Atlantis (Atlantis, #1)by Published 01 Jun 1999
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Three areas on the Earth's surface defy explanation: The Bermuda Triangle, the Devil's Sea of Japan, and a small region of Cambodia.
Inside these realms, planes have disappeared, ships have vanished, and, in Cambodia, an entire civilization has been lost.
Now, the destructive force behind these mysteries has been revealed. They invaded before. Ten thousand years ago. When they destroyed Atlantis.
And they're back.
"Atlantis (Atlantis, #1)" Reviews
Yeah, that Robert Doherty guy-- can't review my own book, though one time my editor put a quote from Robert Doherty on a book that was under my own name, or vice versa. But at least need to list it under my books.
I read the Kindle version, and I hope the print version was not as poorly edited. There were about half a dozen grammar mistakes. Also, there was one page where the main character's name was replaced on two occasions with what I later learned was the name of the main character of Doherty's Area 51 series. Really? Also kind of annoying that the end of the Kindle version is the first chapter of one of Doherty's Area 51 books. It threw me off that the book ended at a 94%.
Doherty's military background is evident in the detail of that aspect of the characters and their actions, but his lack of depth of knowledge of history and language made some of the storyline ring hollow for me. Even one aspect a military person should have known was off: the main character listened to and deciphered a Morse code message, but then claimed he had no way of replying since he "didn't have a Morse Code key." He had to have know at least some Morse code to understand the incoming message; he would have been able to send an outgoing one. Character development was pretty limited, and I didn't really care for most of the characters. One stand-out was the woman from the NSA.
Although the idea of the story was interesting, the writing was rather bland. Lots of time wasted on not very creative descriptions. I found myself often frustrated with the slow pace of the unraveling of the story. In the end, there was actually little that you actually learn.
I hadn't realized that this is only the first book in a six-book series. The ending made that clear, though. I am curious about all the many loose ends in this book, but don't want to slog through more of this author's writing.
I picked up the first 2 books in this series because I enjoyed the early books in the "Area 51" series by the same author (Bob Mayer = Robert Doherty = Greg Donegan and at least one more) and I have always found the Atlantis and Bermuda Triangle mysteries compelling. That was enough to draw me in.
The series opens in the Bermuda Triangle and quickly spreads around the globe to other sites marked with similar mysterious disappearances. Bob's style is to introduce 2-4 sets of characters then follow them in parallel - often in different times of Earth's history, going back to the mythical time of Atlantis. Each story has a good pace, and he occasionally shows glimpses of how the stories are going to intersect.
I do wish the editors would be more diligent about proofing. An occasional typo is one thing, but there are a couple of errors that really interrupt the flow of reading because you have to stop and figure out what the author intended to say.
I'm still debating between 3-4 stars. If I could give 3.5, that's what I'd rate it.
Just finished Atlantis - Yep, a really great read all the way through. Just a short stretch in beginning that didn't grab me and that was military in the jungle, but that isn't the focus, just some background. It picked up quickly after that and I was captivated through the book I'd recommend it for anyone who loves science fiction, adventure and a really good read.
This book pulled a lot of different legends and myths together to form a pretty intellectual adventure. I was pleasantly surprised and am looking forward to reading the rest of the series.