Atlantis Paperback – 18 Jul 2005
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" The historical conspiracy angle gives the book "Da Vinci"-esque appeal, and the intense visual details of the team's marine discoveries make it naturally cinematic." -- "Publishers Weekly"
"The historical conspiracy angle gives the book "Da Vinci"-esque appeal, and the intense visual details of the team's marine discoveries make it naturally cinematic." "Publishers Weekly"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Author David Gibbins is ostensibly an expert in the field of underwater archeology. It shows, too. If you can last the book out, the historical hypothesis seems to be very well researched and presented. Like the hijacked "Bloodline" theory in DaVinci Code, Gibbins has taken a scientific theory and presented it in a fictional context by dressing a story around it.
Sadly, this is no way to write a novel - especially if your writing talents are as obviously unrefined as those on display in "Atlantis". The characterisation is awful, the book is very badly paced - jumping from high tension to relaxed academic argument from page to page. Worst of all are the action sequences and the relationships between the characters. In the latter case, the players appear like the cast of a very poor James Bond copy (the locations are no better)it is eyeball-gougingly awful to have to read the sections concerning the female lead. The chief protagonist too, is straight from a b-rated 1960s spy thriller.
The nail in the coffin has to be the action. Whilst I have no doubt that Gibbins is an expert in his academic field, he clearly knows nothing about military matters, and has not bothered to research them properly. Some of the action sequences go beyond the point of ridiculous and enter the realm of the absurd. Particular gems include firing a sniper rifle from the cockpit of a moving helicopter (by the pilot, no less!)and goons that react to the sound of a dead goon's rifle being dropped, but not to the gunfire that killed him.
I give this 2 stars rather than the 1 star it is begging for, only because as a concept, Atlantis is not bad. The storytelling and characterisation are nothing short of laughable. Don't buy.
I've been reading some of the previous reviews, and what are you on about, THIS BOOK IS FICTION, NOT FACT, it tells you on the book, so why are you going on about Atlntis doesn't exist and that you were reading it to find out the facts. Well duh, your dissappointed, it's not factual, it tells you it's not factual. There are some factual references, but THATS IT.
I found one of the reviewers rather racist too, classing whites as believing we're more superior. That's very rude, and insulting.
Overall this book is worth the read if you wish to mix a little fact with fiction. If you really enjoy the techinical side to excavations and archiological digs etc. this is the book for you. It certainly opened my eyes in regards to how much technical information you must have for such a job.
The archaeological points are factual and interesting, based on ancient books and the obviously great knowledge of the author.
Descriptions of the Black Sea Flood, Minoan Crete and the birth of civilization are fascinating.
The story starts with the discovery of a golden disc which eventually opens the doors to Atlantis.
However, on the way we encounter a warlord from Kazakhstan intent on stealing ancient artefacts from all around the world. This, in my opinion, is where the book breaks down. Aslan ( the warlord ) is really to all intents and purposes Dr. Evil from the Austin Powers movies. He has an 'underground lair' in a volcano complete with electric wheelchair and shuttles. He rants and raves and even has a female side kick.
Throw in a nuclear submarine still laden and ready to blow, and so much technical information that you want to scream and the story, in my opinion is ruined.
The characters are leaden and not sympathetic. They are all multi -task specialists in absolutely everything from deep sea diving to arms knowledge to helicopter flying even when seriously wounded. The main character escapes certain death with monotonous regularity dispensing with the baddies on the way!
When they finally reach their destination it all seems too fabulous to be even vaguely true, but there again I am no expert.
I found myself plodding wearily to the end rather like the character wading through the deadly luminous clouds of silt in the Black Sea.
Do read this book if you can handle the technical data, but if you are looking for history and adventure you would be better off Pompeii by Richard Harris.
On the downside, my mind has drifted on many occasions due to the author putting far to much description on the technology used by the characters, than into the characters themselves. I'm not interested in reading an entire page about mini submersible subs and how various attachments can be used and what purpose they provide, with a final line telling me which attachment is being used.
If there is anything that is found in the story or the author feels needs explaining, rest assured, one of the characters is gauranteed to know everything about that subject/item, and they then go on to explain it in every detail. Cheers for that info.
In all honesty, a story that could have had an awful lot of potential, and to those of you who want to know an awful lot about artefacts and the finding of artefacts this is the book to read. Unfortunately from my point of view the trivia is boring, but i am determined to finish the book as on the whole the story is so far good. I just keep falling asleep mid chapter, which brings me on to one final point, the chapter structure appears to be almost random, and each chapter feels very long (possibly due to the boring trivia).
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The author is an archaeologist so it is no surprise that all the major characters of this novel are too. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Thomas. D. Perry
Normally David Gibbins produces great adventure's in his books, sadly this one left me lacking, in a big way.Published 7 months ago by Brian Lucas
I was pleased with this book I really loved reading the first book in the series as I did not find out about them until I picked up a copy of the seventh book and worked my way... Read morePublished 12 months ago by chris
Bought for my dad as this was the only book in the series he didn't have! He loves it!Published 12 months ago by Lori
As with many if the reviews for this book, it is a enjoyable read if a little technical at times.Published 15 months ago by Pippa
As much as seeing a comparison to "The Da Vinci Code" on the book of a book makes me nervous, I've been reading for long enough now to know that you shouldn't judge a book... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Mr. Iain R. Wear
David Gibbins is a marine archeologist and it is not surprising this is the theme of his first novel. The overall idea of the story is OK. Read morePublished on 9 Aug. 2014 by Kilronan