The Atlantis Gene: A Thriller (the Origin Mystery, Book 1) Hardcover – 19 Feb 2014
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'I was hooked from the opening chapter. The scope of The Atlantis Gene is both enormous and ambitious. It is also confident and assured' For WinterNights.
'A compelling novel. A thriller certainly, but one that combines so many factual historical references that the reader is left wondering where facts end and fiction begins. With an unerring sense of drama, the tension ramps up in the final part' Best Selling Crime Thrillers. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
A.G. Riddle spent ten years starting and running internet companies before retiring to focus on his true passion: writing fiction. He lives in Florida. Visit www.agriddle.com--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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What follows is a pageturner of the most frenetic and exhilarating kind as Kate and David become both hunters and prey. We quickly follow them across continents, their chase picking up clues from past and present, including archaeological remains, an old diary, chambers within the deepest mines. Everything suggests that Immari is about to set in motion a near extinction event. Mankind is about to be all but destroyed and the countdown is on and it can be measured in just a few days. Throughout, help and danger meet and confront Kate and David from the least expected sources, supporting their growing fear and belief that they have uncovered a global conspiracy that may be as old as humanity itself.Read more ›
It begins in Antarctica when a Nazi U-boat is seen trapped in an iceberg. We then travel to Jakarta where Dr Kate Warner is researching into autism. Her laboratory is broken into and two children kidnapped; why? We then meet David Vale, a security expert working for Clocktower. This organisation is under attack from Immari.
The police think Kate is involved with the kidnapping and she is put in prison where David rescues her.
Kate and David then investigate the powerful Immari organisation.
Story: Captivating, compelling and complex thriller.
Characters: Exceptionally interesting, detailed and well developed.
Writing style: Easy to read and the story flowed well.
This thriller is a mixture of fact and fiction. Sometimes its difficult to differentiate between fact and fiction. But this doesn't appear to matter as the reader is absorbed in this gripping thriller.
If you like thrillers then this for you.
I will be reading the second to see where the story goes, and there were parts I really did enjoy, it just seemed to take such a long time to get there. There is a sequence in the book where we travel back in time via a diary that's found and that segment of the story is excellent. This is the element that brings everything together, but the first half of the story just seems to meander along with little direction.
I'm perhaps being a little unfair with only 3 stars, but as I said it didn't captivate me.
I finished it whilst on holiday but it was one of those books where I just couldn't wait to get it finished to get it over and done with.
It was all too fast paced, nothing seemed to knit together well, and I didn't really care for any of the characters.
I know the author has listened to all the comments from this book and has taken steps to better the writing for the second book, but I don't think I will bother with the next in the series.
The major problem I had was that it was too contrived, everything came to easy to the protagonist and it all got a little too confusing.
What I liked was the idea of the book and the author is actually a good writer, just needs some tweaking which I am sure he has done for the other books in the series.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good read for the history/scientific/humanities fans. Gripping tale spanning multiple generations bringing believable fiction into the real world. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Geoff Marlow
Judging from all the other reviews this is a marmite book. You either love it or hate it. I loved it in it's cheesey, fast paced, airport lounge, adventure style. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jayney
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