Bresloff’s story doesn’t lack for adventure, however the language, themes, and the graphic nature of the Mayan ceremonies are borderline for the target audience with references “shots of tequila”, the use of phrase “you son of a _____” and “What the_____.” Leaving blanks for the students to fill in with their own imaginations, which at times can much worse than the entire phrase.
The Mayan ceremonies described at the end of the book reference human sacrifice and demon possession. Neither of these themes would be appropriate for a Christian school or a young reader.
The story is told very well, but perhaps for an older audience. (reviewed by M.Free)
DISCLOSURE: A copy of The Fifth Codex was provided to us by the author for the purpose of a review. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer. NOTE: This book will not in the ACS Library.