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The Atlantis Code (Thomas Lourdes) Paperback – 4 Jun 2009

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Product details

  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (4 Jun. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141040807
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141040806
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 3.5 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 191,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Atlantis Code will take you to a new level of mystery, wonder, adventure and excitement (Deepak Chopra)

Short, gripping chapters move the action from Egypt to Russia to Africa to London. Indiana Jones meets The Da Vinci Code. Look out, Dan Brown, Brokaw can play this game a lot better than most of your imitators (Booklist Review)

In the 19th century, the equivalent of a blockbuster movie was a tense, thrilling novel, often told in serial form. We tend to forget that the modern novel need not be anything more significant than excellent entertainment, which is the perfect description of Charles Brokaw's The Atlantis Code . . . A rollicking adventure, with nonstop action and suspense. Readers can only hope that Brokaw is prepared to send Professor Lourds on further quests (Publishers Weekly)

A winning combination of all the ingredients an adventure addict could want: great action, intrepid archeologists, dark conspiracies, cliffhangers, and a real sense of wonder (Kevin J. Anderson, New York Times bestselling co-author of PAUL OF DUNE and author of THE EDGE OF THE WORLD)

Brokaw's hero is Indiana Jones without the whip. Who knew archeology could be so exciting? Wonderful entertainment. (Stephen Coonts, New York Times bestselling author of THE TRAITOR)

Storytelling doesn't get much better than this. I've set this one aside to read again! (David Hagberg, New York Times bestselling author of THE EXPEDITER)

About the Author

The author is a well-known figure in the literary community, with many awards and books to his credit. He's been a university professor, a teacher, a little league coach and a rodeo cowboy. He's a frequent speaker who has given lectures at such widely divergent places as the CIA, West Point, and science fiction conventions. He lives in the Midwest with his family.

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Format: Paperback
I am a fan of this type of book, lost Ark, Jesus tomb, Spear lost.
But after a good start it got lost in trying to be a James Bond rush around exotic locations, Russia, East Africa, Rome the ending in Spain, far to many gunfights to be taken as real without police involvment along the way.
Far to many villans and hitmen, plus of course the Catholic Church and secret orders operating in the Vatican, the end seemed rushed but of course we knew what was going to happen.
Sorry but this was a poor book, many others are offering a more solid story if not belivable...
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By Paul on 16 Sept. 2013
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Brokaw inhabits somewhat the shallower end of the pool in which writers like Kuzneski and Boyd Morrison swim. There's nothing wrong with the book. The underlying archaeological mystery is as inventive as any I've read and the key research has been well carried out. It just falls a little short of being unputdownable, gets a little turgid in parts and doesn't have a feel that you would want to re-read it at a future date. But it is certainly not wasted time and is definitely worth reading once.

So what to say? The action scenes lack a bit of impact. The writer relies rather too much on verbal lecture mode to unfold the background information. Characterisation appears to be rather thin, with new ones introduced by name and a brief description before being slotted into place. They tend to adapt to the needs of the author rather than being driven by their own personalities. The sadistically vicious baddie does his sadistically vicious act once and thereafter reverts to being a fairly average black hat. The female lead displays some ninja qualities early on based upon contact with 'special forces' but then slips into dumb, self-destructive blonde mode for the rest of the book except when the occasional light-bulb moment is called for. Other characters appear only to fade into a role as extras.

The sex has been mentioned and I didn't find that a problem. Other authors in the field seem to shy away from it like a nun in an orgy to avoid getting labelled sleazy, which is something of a failing in the way that the male and female leads in their books go to such lengths to avoid the inevitabvle. It isn't pervasive here either with one short but explicit scene and indications that it happened more often than the one time.
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Other Readers seem to have slated this book heavily, however after reading it i really have no idea why. ok, the book may not be some amazing piece of literature which is going to go down in history, but it was definately worth the read.

i like reading books like The Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons, The Gaudi Key, i like the chase and the puzzle that the character is trying to solve. This book has been described below as an imitation of some of Dan Brown's work, they called this a bad thing, however its exactly what made me buy it, i like Dan Browns books but i wanted more books to read like his, life would be pretty boring if i only had Dan Browns books to read, and thats what i felt this was, another book in the Dan Brown/puzzle/treasure hunt kind of genre. i found it thrilling, exciting and i struggled to put it down. let me stress i never felt like i was rereading a dan brown novel it just ahd a similar style.

other reviewers have also stated that you could tell exactly what was going to happen, ifind alot of books, movies, tv programs all follow a similar path of here is a character - here is a problem the character faces - here is the solution - the end. this makes elements of most plots predictable, its very rare the main character dies, it rare that some sort of solution is found, but i find its how you get to the solution that is exciting and i felt that this book did this very well. what i like about this book and others in this genre is they the characters hit many problems you never know if there going to hit a dead with one clue and have to go another way etc

other reviewers in my opinion were to harsh on this book, i really enjoyed its fast paced, exciting, thrilling hunt for atlantis.

(sorry i didnt go into much detail in the plot but i felt that would spoil the read for someone else)
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An excellent Dr Lourds adventure trying to uncover the secrets of Atlantis ahead of a murderous Cardinal. Another reviewer has pointed out some geographical confusion regarding Senegal.
There are other errors p.34 "this writing should be in one of the Altaic languages.Turkic,Mongolic or Tungusic." "it's a family of languages that encompassed this area. It's where all language here(the Middle East sprang from. The language group stretches from Central Asia to Japan a thousand miles north and has absolutely no links to ancient Egypt,Anatolia,Iran or Mesopotamia.

P.55 has the evil Cardinal and this henchman(both Italians)talking in Rome. "A cymbal.""A symbol of what?" The Italian words cimbalo and simbolo are not so easily confused as in English.

P.227 "amusing to note how many land-locked South American countries hosted veritable navies"
There are only two such countries in the Americas, Bolivia and Paraguay to choose from.

Travelling in Yorubaland, Nigeria, p.385 "pointing out spider monkeys".P386 "spider monkeys leaped from treetop to treetop" and "the driver had to serve to avoid hitting a forest elephant."
These encounters are even more remarkable than discovering Atlantis, as spider monkeys are native to the Americas and the last Nigerian elephant died in 2005,hundreds of miles away to the east.
P.106"Russia,even these days,wasn't the hottest of destinations,the kind that had flights leaving every thirty minutes". I think this overstates the problem of travelling from Egypt to Moscow, which I believe has good connections. Lourds travels via London. Istanbul,Athens, Cyprus or Israel should have been quicker.Also on the flight p.114 "Lourds sipped the water" What water?

The book also paints the Yoruba as being the equivalent of the Phoenicians. Their society did not coalesce until c1000 C.E and there is no evidence that they were ever seafarers.
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