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3.0 out of 5 stars Review: The Atlantis Gene by A.G. Riddle, 2 May 2014
This review is from: The Atlantis Gene: A Thriller (The Origin Mystery, Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
In the post Dan Brown DaVinci Code world, there’s a big market for conspiracy theory thrillers. I’ve read many of them – perfect holiday fodder. Fast paced, exciting, they’re ideal when you just want to be swept along for a grand adventure without having to think too hard about it. The Atlantis Gene satisfies all the needs of this corner of the market, while boasting some neat sci-fi concepts.

The plot is suitably convoluted and with enough ‘dun dun dun’ moments that I would have been turning pages rapidly, had I not been listening to the audiobook version. The trick with stories like this is to blend enough plausibility amongst the fantastical so that the reader isn’t thrown into the ‘This is stupid’ realm of suspension of disbelief. Riddle managed to keep me walking the tightrope of ‘is this for real, or is he just making it up?’ long enough that when Nazis in a submarine buried under the ice for several decades came up, I was totally prepared to roll with it.

Kate and David were likeable characters, too – a good dose of chemistry between them, and enough vulnerability to keep them human. Even Field Agent David wasn’t a superhuman machine repelling bullets, which I liked a lot – too many heroes in these sorts of stories magically dodge so many disasters it gets a bit laughable

I’ll admit, there were some sections that I probably would have been itching to skip over, had I not been listening to the audiobook version. There’s a section in the middle where Kate spends several chapters reading someone else’s journal. It turns out to be integral to the plot later on, but at the time it was a vaguely annoying distraction from the characters I was most invested in – but then I am the sort of reader who skips ahead in books to see when the kissing starts… Also, the description at times was a tad rushed, to the point where a battle or two felt more like a list of stage directions than prose.

Overall, though, a hugely enjoyable romp that made up for what it lacked sometimes in description with intriguing plots, likeable characters and cartoonishly heinous villains that are so much fun to hate. Really good fun.

Rating: 3.5/5
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