'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 A thriller certainly, but one that combines so many factual historical references that the reader is left wondering where facts end and fiction begins.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. '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.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
Oh boy, oh boy, having a good idea about human evolution et al does not a good book make. You really have to put together a coherent and sensible storyline and build the narrative around believable characters and events. Given that someone actually spent time writing this drivel then I guess one star should be awarded for at least his wasted time. Examples of utter nonsense follow as a guide to readers that have half a brain not to buy this or the others in the trilogy.
Prologue: Apparently a boat with only two cabins has sailed all the way to Antartica with only three people on board!! A.G have you any idea how ludicrous that is, have you no idea of the southern ocean? They then leave a drunk Naomi in charge of the boat while they trek across the iceberg where apparently they will freeze to death in a couple of hours because they didn’t bring any appropriate clothing and of course set off even though they knew that the sun would set in a few hours. OK, perhaps I can overlook these ludicrous events let’s get into the guts of the story with chapter 1.
Chapter 1. Fourth paragraph in and apparently coffee cups clang when dropped on the floor, huh, go figure. Then: Two baddies outside one to the other “don’t use your gun it might draw attention use your knife” oh guess what, when inside he does draw his gun and uses it?? Back to the lab and oh what’s that flashing light, fire, no nothing just ignore it? But there are 12 autistic kids left on their own in another room completely unsupervised. Never mind I’ll check it out in a minute let’s talk about these photos you’ve got in this box whilst the alarm continues!!
Then instead of just opening the blinds we are treated to the unbelievable line of “twisting the hard plastic cylinder that controlled the blinds” It’s at this point I just burst out laughing and knew I wouldn’t finish the book.
Oh, and back to the baddies, with the sidewalks and roads filled with pedestrians crowding the streets everywhere apparently two baddies dressed all in black with ski masks are just overlooked? Must be an everyday sight in Jakarta!
Back inside, we are told there is no one else in the building, no one, anywhere. Oh hello we have 100 autistic kids in the residential unit. We then find a dozen in one room, ALL ALONE, with no supervision. They then take just two of the kids leaving the other 8 in the room and meet the baddies in the corridor.
This is where the baddie who told the other one not to draw her gun actually “draws his gun” unbelievable!!
Oh, and then I know what they’ll do, they’ll tackle him, I’m sure he doesn’t really mean to use the gun and if he does and shoots us it won’t matter about all the other kids in the room and apparently the other 100 odd still somewhere else?
We are 4% into the book and this utter nonsense has done it for me, how anyone can read this and give it 4/5 stars I just can’t understand. Please don’t waste your money, I find it hard to believe anyone actually wrote this, it’s almost as though it was written by a robot with no grasp of structure or understanding as to how to construct a story or even of basic believable events.
You’ve probably given up reading my rant by now but I just had to get it off my chest, please all you normally wonderful reviewers don’t let rubbish like this go by with out proper reviews.
5つ星のうち3.0Three books for the price of one! (Not in a good way)
The Atlantis Gene makes some intriguing points about the origins of humanity, but it really reads like three books forced together to become one. It would have possibly been a better book if it had concentrated on just one or two of the three genres it tries to cram together like uneasy bedfellows: science fact, science fiction or fantasy.
The basic story concerns a mystery from the past involving the Atlantean race of people. A modern offshoot of this race is trying to resurrect the ancient race of Atlanteans and wipe out or enslave the modern human race. Only one thing stands in their way - a rogue gene which gives ordinary humans immunity from the Atlantean death ray. So far so good.
There is the usual cast - good guy protagonist, good girl victim, bad guy antagonist, bad guy's henchmen, treacherous friends and enemies alike. The story spans many continents and is written in a very sparse, urgent style which some readers who ask a bit more from their prose may find irritating.
My main beef with this book isn't the story or even the cardboard cutout characters. It's the style in which the story is told. It leaps around from person to person, continent to continent and cliffhanger to cliffhanger with characters and conversations offering little explanation of the whole. The changes of POV are confusing, with multiple characters narrating the same scenes. I felt little attraction to any of the characters because just when one of them threatened to become interesting, they are snatched away into yet another dramatic moment and left hanging from the cliff edge in a rather contrived way.
On the plus side, there's some good action and some genuinely tense moments; by far the best part of the story is the flashback diary sequence. Finally, we get a credible character who is given time to develop his arc and it works very well.
The let down comes from the huge demands on our willingness to suspend disbelief. Nothing ejects me from immersion in a story like one of those "yeah, right!" moments - it makes me feel like the author is taking liberties with the reader. Sadly there were three jarring events like this, and this set me against the book and encouraged me to be more critical than perhaps it really warrants.
It was a decent enough read, but the sketchy narrative, undeveloped characters and clash of genres made it hard work to finish. I won't be buying the others in the series, but I'm glad the author found success with this series. There are FAR better books out there on the indie scene that don't have this author's marketing reach, and I would encourage readers to look further afield if you enjoyed this.
This book starts off at a heck of a pace and just keeps it going, at times its difficult to keep up with the multiple storylines going on at once but its worth the effort. I loved the way the author linked the science fiction plot with actual historical events like the Toba volcanic eruption and Spanish Flu, even bringing biblical events in at one stage with the great flood. It does make you think..... Some of the writing is very clumsy at times, especially with regard to the romantic storyline between some of the main characters but on the whole its just one of those books you don't want to put down.
As an endorsement I've just started The Atlantis Plague (The origin Mystery Book 2)
5つ星のうち5.0A fantastic read. I loved all three books in this trilogy.
WOW! This trilogy was recommended to me by my son so I gave it a go as it sounded very interesting. I absolutely loved all three books and read them one after the other. The pace is fast throughout and is so exciting, if it was a film I would've been on the edge of my seat. A story of how, as a race, we survived when we should have become extinct; this has always intrigued me. The author has come up with an original, fantastic reason for this; intertwining fact with fiction beautifully. I will be looking for more books by A G Riddle and my thanks to him for such an enjoyable read.
5つ星のうち4.0A Good Read, But One Down From Being Top Notch
I don't normally read sci-fi thriller stuff, so I may not be a good judge in some respects, but it seemed to me that the fast pace of this book was at the expense of any character development; certainly not for a long time. The scientists did science, the interrogators interrogated, the policemen detected and so on, without any suggestion that any other thoughts might ever enter their heads. In other words, the characters are all strikingly two-dimensional - but maybe that's on par for the action genre?
Additionally, in the early stages of the book the filmic style of writing; the jumping from scene to scene, meant it was rather difficult to understand exactly what was going on. One knew that there were baddies doing bad things, but why and to whom took a while to get a handle on. For some while the combination of these two things; the non-personalities and the scene flipping made me wonder if I could really care less.
The book's salvation comes in the form of a clever and well constructed plot, which does eventually reveal itself, along with good research of the component themes. The author makes a convincing job of describing parts of the mining process, biological research, the Atlantis myth and so forth - enough to convince me, anyway. The action scenes, of which there are plenty, are all well written too.
Overall the book did become a page-turner and I duly found myself wanting to know how it all was all going to end. I am happy to have bought the book and would recommend it. Although in my opinion the ending was slightly underwhelming, despite the author having drawn together all of the strands needed to deliver a really satisfying finale. Rather like a footballer blazing the ball over from one yard out from the goal, I thought.
5つ星のうち5.0A present to future story and excellent read
I'm a Sci Fi futurist fan and having a son who has Asperges I was intrigued to see where this story was going to go. The story is set in the modern day world with hints at what our past may have been and where we as a species may be heading. It has a good mix of bad guys good guys and a heroine with a kind of Jason Bourne and Indiana Jones mix. A thoroughly enjoyable read and having read this Kindle book in a couple of days I'm looking forward to reading the next two which I have just downloaded.
What a read. Couldn't put this complex fast moving thriller down. 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. No spoilers.
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.
This started off in a pacy, fast manner but then quickly became confusing flitting about all over the place for no reason other than to confuse the reader. The characters and story were thin - Dr Warner would be in therapy for years after what she has endured! & her accomplice has had more cliched escapes than James Bond could ever imagine. After a while i gave up wondering what the Immari corp was up to and I know there's a sequal so the heroes escape. I could not enagage with the story or develop and interest in the characters they are so shallow, and quickly lost interest & then hit the delete button.
I enjoyed this book immensely. The pace is high, the protagonists leap from one scene to the next at break neck speed. It has the desired benefit of keeping the reader turning pages and not going bed (as one should have)! The downside is that the pace removes the opportunity for any real character development, beyond the normal scenes we are used to from a Hollywood movie.
The premise is intriguing and it made me pick up the book. The author has perhaps thrown a few too many twists in but overall the book works. I’ll definitely read the next instalment.
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. I was reminded of Dan Brown's books, some of which I loved others I hated. What was better than Dan Brown was the lack of the "Symbologist". The characters were smart and instantly loveable. The romance was expected - but sometimes having your expectations met is a good thing. I liked how Riddle didn't build up the romance but let it happen fast, sometimes life is like that too. There have been a lot of comments about the story going a bit too far but, If you have seriously read into the Atlantis Theories, (like I have) then you'd find that Riddle is actually quite spot on. He weaves an action story that's easy to get sucked into.
Author pulls together a number of historical events and creates an interesting interpretation them. As usual made secret society wants to take over the world, small group of do gooders try to stop them. Nothing wrong with the usual storyline, just forewarning others you will have read similar before If you have read Andy McDermott's books, this is extremely similar in both concept and characters
I clicked on this book as it showed up as one of the 'People who bought this also bought this...' items. I bought it because it sounded interesting and it was cheap! I am so glad I did as it has turned out to be a fantastic book which I have read in less than 2 days.
It is a book which is hard to slot into any particular genre. Thriller? Yes. Dystopian? Yes. Sci-Fi? Yes. The first two thirds of the book seem like a now classic Dan Brown/Boyd Morrison/Scott Mariani type thriller with a group of good guys trying to solve an ancient mystery before the bad guys destroy the world. However by the time you reach the last third you realise that it is more than that and that is when the Sci-fi element really kicks in. Please don't be put off by this. If anyone asked me the one type of book I would not read I would instantly say 'Sci-fi' however this strand of the story is woven so brilliantly into the story that it seems completely natural.
The story is very well paced and keeps you guessing right until the end. The characters are well conceived and believable although I would like them to be a little more rounded in the next book with a bit more back story thrown in.
This book is also a good example of what makes the Kindle such an amazing device... I have finished this book this morning and already have the sequel downloaded and ready to go and a whole Sunday ahead of me in which to read it.
I read this book in record time and had to wake up at 5 am this morning to finish it. It's really gripping throughout. The ending leaves the story sufficiently concluded to satisfy, but with the door open to a sequel in which almost anything can happen. What I found really well done is the way AG Riddle takes events from history - sometimes not very well known - and adapts them to fit in with the story in a way that's plausible. For example, in 1938, in their quest for understanding Aryan origins, the Nazis DID launch an investigative expedition to Tibet. And they DID believe that the Aryans reigned in a cold climate. The author's knowledge of modern theory of the origin of humankind in Africa, and the geological history of Earth, is well evident. At one point I thought he had introduced too many separate threads, and would not be able to tie them all up satisfactorily, but he did. The only adverse comment I have is that towards the end of the book, I found it a little difficult to distinguish between the 'goodies' and the 'baddies', and their respective causes, but this may well have been deliberate. The Atlantis Gene is AG Riddle's first novel and it's of the calibre of the best Dan Brown and Max Brook's World War z. It is only thanks to Kindle that author's like AG Riddle can have their work published and let the reading public assess its worth directly, rather than via the corporate publishing bottleneck. I am really looking forward to the sequel.
I admit to having this book for a few months before really getting into it. I read the first few chapters which didn't excite me and started reading other stuff. I started reading it again and then just had to finish it. If you like action, good goodies, caricature baddies, time portals and have a an ability to suspend credulity, then give it a try!
I nearly missed a rattling good book here! The first 10 - 15% seems to be populated with a hundred different characters, all in different locations but after that it's easy to keep up. Others have spoken of the plot and the excitement, so I would just like to say that to my utter amazement so far I have not seen a single incidence of bad language and I have nearly finished reading this book. So many of the thriller/espionage/good guy, bad guy genre books are liberally peppered with the crudest of profanities that it is a treat to come across an author who can write a riveting book without. On the strength of this book I have already ordered the rest of the trilogy - and I hope that you enjoy thgis book as much as so many others have