Maleka, are now hunting for the third Stone of Power, one of seven mysterious stones lost centuries ago. The third stone might be located in an ancient city, hidden in the depths of the Mexican jungle. When their small plane crashes in
the jungle, Adam, Justin, Kim, and James are rescued by an uncontacted tribe. James, who is wounded, must stay behind as the kids, with only a young boy, Tukum, as their guide, make their way through the dense and dangerous jungle to
find the city. River rafting on a crocodile-infested river and evading predators are just part of this hazardous task.
Of course, their old adversary Dr. Khalid is close behind as the kids press on in search of the lost city of stone gods. But he is
not the worst of their problems. This time Adam will clash with a terrible enemy who adopts the persona of an evil Aztec god, Tezcatlipoca, and is keen to revive the ancient tradition of human sacrifice. Adam, Justin, and Tukum must play a dreadful ball game of life and death and maybe survive. Will they emerge alive from the jungle? Will Dr. Khalid find the third Stone of Power before they do?
ADAM SINCLAIR (main hero)
Adam was just an ordinary 12-year-old boy with no special powers or anything to make him different from his cousin Justin. Until he went to Egypt and was appointed the bearer of the sacred scarab and told he was part of a quest to discover the seven ancient Stones of Power. Now, his senses are sharpened and he has dreams and visions that guide him and his cousin Justin on their subsequent adventures. Adam initially longed for an adventure … now he’s not so sure he wants all this excitement because it seems as if danger dogs his footsteps.
Quote by Adam: “We could have an adventure … just a small one.”
JUSTIN SINCLAIR (Adam’s cousin)
Justin is bigger and better at a lot of things than his younger cousin Adam. Because things come so easily to Justin, he doesn’t understand when other people struggle to achieve. He can be antagonistic when things aren’t going his way, and expects Adam to always follow him. On the plus side, he is quick to find practical solutions to problems and will apologise when he is in the wrong (after a while…). Justin loves food and whereas Adam will lose his appetite in times of stress, Justin will eat to ‘keep his strength up.’
Quote by Justin: “When we were in Egypt, that’s how things worked out. Adam did all the clever things. I just had to keep saving everyone from certain death.”
Adam and Justin were aghast to find that on the eve of their second adventure, they’d been saddled with an African girl called Kim Maleka. Kim, who is Adam’s age, is Aunt Isabel’s foster child. Although she entered the adventure feeling slightly at a disadvantage and with school problems hanging over her head, Kim ended up having extremely good ideas and has a practical side that comes in very handy. She develops great confidence and, in the end, the boys consider her an integral part of the team.
Quote by Kim: “Thanks, guys. I knew you’d come get me.”
- FAISAL KHALID (the baddie!)
Everyone loves to hate a baddie and the most wonderfully menacing character is the evil Dr. Khalid, head of the Egyptian Museum. He is highly intelligent, odiously charming, and completely ruthless. Pivotal to the plot, Dr. Khalid is smooth, suave, compellingly hypnotic; he is the boys’ Nemesis, with eyes, ears, and loutish henchmen all over the place. He pursues the cousins from the time they set foot in Egypt in all their adventures in search of the Seven Stones of Power. He is not the arch-villain, however; he works for someone far more powerful and sinister.
Quote by Dr. Khalid: “I … Faisal Khalid … I will change history.”
ISABEL SINCLAIR (the boys’ aunt)
She is not afraid to dig for the truth and expose it; politics and social issues rank high in her interests. Isabel treats her nephews like young adults and expects the best from them. It takes her a while to accept that the quest and the Seven Stones of Power exist, but once she does, she is supportive of the boys’ role in finding the remaining stones. Isabel is also instrumental in keeping the boys’ cover story intact each time they go on another leg of the quest. Secretly, Adam and Justin hope she never has her own kids because they consider themselves the sons she never had. Adam is especially close to his aunt.
Quote by Isabel: “We’re not looking for trouble, lost archaeologists, or hidden treasure. We’re going on a nice, safe tour with nice, safe people and that’s all. Adventures only happen in books.”
JAMES KINNAIRD (the boys’ archaeologist friend)
Archaeologist James Kinnaird is the only son (and child) of the Scottish Earl of Strathairn and is not really interested in swanking around being an earl’s son, living the high life, doing a bit of fishing and hunting on the side. Tall, handsome, late thirties, with dark hair and blue eyes, James was born with a silver spoon in his mouth but all he wants is to fulfil his dreams of uncovering and preserving history’s mysteries. He makes a point of searching for things considered mere legend. This has become his trademark, in a way.
Quote by James: “I’m counting on you both to help me. This is just the beginning.”
Kotz is the tribal elder and leader of the Jaguar people, the uncontacted tribe that rescues Adam, Justin and Kim when their plane crash lands in the Mexican jungle. Kotz is aware of the outside world and does all he can to shield his people from the dangers of contact with modern society. He is wise, and tries to help the kids find the Third Stone of Power. Kotz is also a shaman of the tribe, and one of the ‘ah k’in’ or day keepers, the keepers of the history of the Mayan people. He can also interpret dreams and omens.
Quote by Kotz: “Perhaps one day there will be no more jungle and no more animals and birds.”
Tukum is Kotz’s grandson. He is proud boy aged 12, and comes across as arrogant. He is skilled in tracking and hunting. He and Justin get off to a bad start and clash several times. Tukum is absolutely vital to the kids’ survival and he helps them in many ways. He has a quaint way of looking at things. Tukum loves to learn new words and ultimately wants to learn to read English.
Quote by Tukum: “It is better to be alive and called a nasty, smelly monkey than be dead.”
TEZCATLIPOCA (another baddie!)
Also known as Smoking Mirror, Tezcatlipoca has dreams of re-establishing the old Aztec Empire, and is prepared to go to any lengths to achieve this. He proves to be a formidable adversary to both Adam and Dr. Khalid. Adam in particular is in grave danger from this man. Tezcatlipoca is not interested in getting the Third Stone of Power for himself; but he is interested in anything that will cement his hold on superstitious people who believe him to be a god, even if it means a human sacrifice!
Quote by Smoking Mirror: “But we know that underneath the skin, just scratch the surface, people want blood, the old violent way, the worship of hungry gods.”
Juan owns the plane that Dr. Khalid sabotages to delay the kids getting to the Third Stone of Power. He is loyal and brave, and wants to help Isabel save the kids and James. His moment comes when he is absolutely vital to the rescue. He can’t believe his luck!
Quote by Juan: “This is so exciting. It is like the Hollywood action movies. I feel like Mr. Arnold Schwarzenegger or Mr. Sylvester Stallone. Maybe even The Rock!”