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3/12/2012 8:07:00 AM
Sullivan's travels guide him to write mystery

Cottonwood resident Michael C. Sullivan describes himself as a "traveler" and a "keen observer of human behavior," who also happens to be fascinated by ancient history. A lifelong journalist, who has worked at newspapers and magazines across the United States, he has applied his interests and skills to his novel "Fulfillment - It's All About Power," which is now available through the Barnes and Noble e-book NOOK site.

A native of Chicago, Sullivan began a long journalism career in Michigan's Upper Peninsula in 1968, where he first became interested in Native American culture and history. Since then, he has traveled through the U.S., Mexico, and Belize examining connections between Amerindian history and contemporary issues.

During 2006, Sullivan drove down through the heart of Mexico to the Yucatan Peninsula to learn more about ancient Mayan civilization, visiting Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza and Tulum en route to Belize, where he lived in the jungle for two months, near the Mayan village of San Pedro Columbia, inland from Punta Gorda. It was there that he discovered that the nearby ruins of the ancient city of Lubaantun was where a legendary crystal skull was allegedly uncovered by the daughter of a British archaeologist in 1924. The artifact, which became known as the Mitchell-Hedges Skull, supposedly holds mystical powers.

"I went there to do more research on the Mayan calendar and its predictions about the Year 2012," Sullivan says. "I had already written and published a non-fiction book about prophecies and end-times scenarios entitled 'In Search of a Perfect World' and I was hoping to come up with more information; but the local Maya are simple people, more concerned with day-to-day living than prophecies and the Mayan calendar. So, without coming up with new information, I decided to write a mystery/thriller novel focusing on the crystal skull. It actually gave me more leeway to discuss life and current events in light of what has happened in the past."

The story centers on a mature couple who visit the region for a combination vacation and research quest who find themselves caught up in a strange struggle, with U.S. government agents, for another crystal skull - reputed to hold the key to free energy.

"I had some interesting experiences in Belize and met some fascinating characters, which I incorporated into the novel," Sullivan says. "As I began writing, I saw similarities between the rise and fall of the Mayan civilization and that of the Ancestral Puebloans, or the Anasazi, of the Four Corners region. So I tied them together. We can learn a great deal from them."

Sullivan's novel is now available at a reduced price of 99 cents for NOOK e-readers through Barnes and Noble. It can also be ordered through his website to either be downloaded or read electronically for only $5. Free samples are also available there through www.insearchofaperfectworld.blogspot.com.

Sullivan says he is well into another novel, focusing on the evolution of the indigenous peoples of the Four Corners from prehistoric times to the present.

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