Armand Ptolemy and the Golden Aleph

Read by Mark Jeffrey

(4.1 stars; 82 reviews)

Synchronicity machines. Difference engines melded with the iChing. Geomancy: the art of making stone float with sound. The hacker collective 'Anonymous'. Secret societies …

This is the world of ARMAND PTOLEMY, a new action-adventure hero. Facing an enemy armed with the Golden Aleph -- a mystical device that allows its wielder to see holographically into every point in time and space, Ptolemy must use every trick of his Oxford-educated mind and circus-trained body to succeed.

But how do you fight an enemy that knows your every move … even before you do?

When Armand Ptolemy is called to investigate strange tremors plaguing an old wing of the New York public library, he finds himself enmeshed in a series of events that began in 1912. Yet Ptolemy himself is rumored to be from the past himself -- and the world's Elite lust after the secret of how he seemingly jumped forward over one hundred years in time. Most keenly interested in this secret is Octavio Veerspike, head of the Veerspike banking dynasty.

When the Commission -- a secret society of the world's most powerful people -- suddenly call a conclave in the tropics, Ptolemy has to figure out what they're up to, and fast.

But the Elites have other ideas. Putting into a motion the capstone of a hundred-years old plan, the Commission wants Ptolemy out of the way. And with the Golden Aleph giving them very potent powers of prediction, they just may succeed ...

Author Mark Jeffrey (@markjeffrey on Twitter) is perhaps best known for his best-selling young adult novel MAX QUICK: THE POCKET AND THE PENDANT (HarperCollins, 2011). First podcast as a podiobook, it was picked up by HarperCollins and re-published in hardcover in May, 2011. More information can be found at

MAX QUICK: THE TWO TRAVELERS is currently available as a podiobook. Mark Jeffrey is currently working on MAX QUICK: THE BANE OF THE BONDSMAN as well as ARMAND PTOLEMY AND THE GEOMANCER. More information on Armand Ptolemy can be found at

Praise for MAX QUICK:
“A wildly imaginative romp through the vagaries of time, Max Quick leads the reader on a high–speed tour of ancient myths, alien kingdoms and some books you can really throw yourself into. Terrific adventure at breakneck speed.” (Richard Newsome, author of The Billionaire’s Curse )

“An imaginative addition to the middle-grade speculative adventure canon.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books )

“Max Quick has the answers to life’s biggest questions. The world stands still the moment you enter this book. It’s a fabulous, fleet-footed adventure story that goes by in a whoosh.” (Kristin Miller, New York Times bestselling author of The Eternal Ones and the Kiki Strike series )

“A fresh, fun and fascinating idea deftly brought to life. With all its deeply–felt adventure, Max Quick should quickly captivate young readers.” (James Jennewein and Tom S. Parker, authors of the RuneWarriors Trilogy )

“This fast-paced adventure…will keep readers turning the pages. The incorporation of figures from Sumerian mythology adds an interesting element that may appeal to fans of Rick Riordan’s “Percy Jackson” series.” (School Library Journal )

“Riveting. The Pocket and the Pendant is not what you expect, no matter what you expect.” (Scott Sigler, New York Times bestselling author )

“Jeffrey’s descriptions of how time has stopped will stop readers in their own tracks. Plenty of action-adventure appeal.” (Booklist )

Mark has been named on of ‘50 to Watch’ by Variety Magazine, selected as one of the “Digital Coast 50′ by the Silicon Alley Reporter, and one of the “Heroes of Multimedia” by Entertainment Weekly and presented as a featured speaker at the first Harvard University Conference on the Internet and Society in 1996.

Mark holds a B.S. Computer Science from the University of New Hampshire.

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(3 stars)

this story has a lot going on but you have to provide the plot. Sadly, the story ends after chapter 12 without an ending. if you believe the world is a result of a conspiracy then you might like this book. but why did it end so abruptly? did something happen to the author to shut him up? hmmmm, maybe THEY don't want us to know. they want us confused and kept in the d.a.r.kkkkkk. wait, I hear something that I can't understand and it's too d.a.r.kkkkkk. to see

Reeling in Borneo

(3 stars)

A great book right up to the abrupt and unresolved ending. I waited for some comments from the author confirming that part 2 would be out soon....but nothing. Let's create a website where similarly affected people can vie to create their own version of a fully resolved ending for this book. Harsh...but necessary....

(0 stars)

The conspiracy theories put me off - but not enough to stop listening. The completely absurd premise of the Golden Aleph, passed off with a bit of mystico-technobabble and the comment by a character that it "isn't much of stretch" (which it is), put me off - but not enough ...

(0 stars)

I enjoyed this book and certainly hope that there are more coming. I felt a little cheated at what felt like a rather abrupt ending. It seemed like there was so much more to go, and then there's the epilogue! Still, an interesting story that I'm looking forward to see ...

(0 stars)

I'll begin by saying that I really enjoyed this book. A few goofs in the narration but over all that was fluid and captivating as well. The only draw back for me is that it ended before the climax. I realize that was intentional and another installment is in the ...

(0 stars)

If you have a strong distrust of anything you do not understand, if you want to believe that the simple greed of simple people is not enough but that there has to be a Hidden Evil behind this all, this is the book for you. The action scenes are great, ...

(3.5 stars)

Much better than the first Max Quick story, but worse than the second. you feel like you have walked in about halfway through the story and are kicked out just before the climax. At least we didn't have to listen to the author butcher the word sequel this time

(0 stars)

I have enjoyed this book, it is a lot of fun...but Mark, you shouldn't hold back, tell us what your political views really are(sarcasm)...Like I said, lots of fun, well written and well narrated I am jealous that you can do both.