The Atlantis Gene (The Origin Mystery, #1)by A.G. Riddle Published 2 Jul 2015
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THE GREATEST MYSTERY OF ALL TIME…
THE HISTORY OF HUMAN ORIGINS…
WILL BE REVEALED.
70,000 years ago, the human race almost went extinct.
We survived, but no one knows how.
The countdown to the next stage of human evolution is about to begin, and humanity may not survive this time.
The Immari are good at keeping secrets. For 2,000 years, they have hidden the truth about human evolution. And they’ve searched for an ancient enemy — a threat that could wipe out the human race. Now the search is over.
Off the coast of Antarctica, a research vessel has discovered a mysterious structure buried deep in an iceberg. It’s been there for thousands of years, and it isn’t man made. The Immari think they know what it is, but they aren’t taking any chances. The time has come to execute their master plan: humanity must evolve or perish. In a lab in Indonesia, a brilliant geneticist may have just discovered the key to their plan.
Four years ago, Dr. Kate Warner left California for Jakarta, Indonesia to escape her past. She hasn’t recovered from what happened to her, but she has made an incredible discovery: a cure for autism. Or so she thinks. What she’s found is actually far more dangerous. Her research could rewrite human history and unleash the next stage of human evolution. In the hands of the Immari, it would mean the end of humanity as we know it.
One man has seen pieces of the Immari conspiracy: Agent David Vale. But he’s out of time to stop it. His informant is dead. His organization has been infiltrated. His enemy is hunting him. But when he receives a cryptic code from an anonymous source, he risks everything to save the only person that can solve it: Dr. Kate Warner.
Now Kate and David must race to unravel a global conspiracy and learn the truth about the Atlantis Gene… and human origins. Their journey takes them to the far corners of the globe and into the secrets of their pasts. The Immari are close on their heels and will stop at nothing to find the Atlantis Gene and force the next stage of human evolution — even if it means killing 99.9% of the world’s population. David and Kate can stop them… if they can trust each other. And stay alive.
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THE ATLANTIS GENE is a thought-provoking techno-thriller about global genetic experiments, ancient conspiracies, and the mysteries of human evolution. Its complex characters and historical and scientific details will stay with you long after you finish. This sci-fi adventure is the first book in A.G. Riddle’s Origin Mystery Series.
"The Atlantis Gene (The Origin Mystery, #1)" Reviews
A good plot badly written. I don't mean to be harsh but that's how it is. The book felt like reading a movie script instead of a novel. The scenes are too rushed at times, and the scenery abruptly changes, too fast (just like present day TV action series), and so many chapters just makes it more cluttered and confusing. Scenes are not clearly explained in my view, and it was very hard to visualize what was going on.
The story is a typical sci-fi and has nothing to offer out of the box. It is just a mish mash of everything (evil vs good, nazis, Atlanteans, super human race vs us petty homo-sapiens, a pretty and intelligent female doctor and a strong ex-military male lead, them falling in love together and so on....
The only reason i finished this book is because i usually try not to give up on any books without finishing them, especially when i have paid for them. It was at times a pain to read through it and that is never the case with a good book.
I would say, if you value your time, do not read this book. It would make a great movie, but is a bad book in my opinion.
I am not one to go back and modify my reviews (out of sight, and all), but I think there is some confusion about this one. I want to start out by stating that I love this book. Amazon Prime is clunky and I feel so lucky that I stumbled on this book, because the book itself is well crafted. I could easily suspend my disbelief for the duration, and the characters were likeable/unlikeable when they were supposed to be.
I love Sci-Fi, which is the general category that I would put this book in, with a secondary classification as mystery/thriller. I work in a biomedical research facility, and I appreciated that it tickled those parts of my brain. I am not a scientist or a geneticist, so I can't speak to the accuracy of the science, but it was good enough that it satisfied me as a person who works around it every day. I think for the average lay person the science will be equally convincing. Some of it falls into the really fanciful parts of Sci-Fi, but at as a certified nerd I don't mind those parts at all.
This book ended on a cliffhanger (at about 4:30am this morning), but that is okay. The second book is available as a free book in the Amazon Prime lending library too! Woohoo! I took the day off today, so after I get my Christmas tree up I plan to reward myself by starting the next one. I have to admit, I am not one of those people who usually reads untested authors. I have my favorites, and I will read new books if some of my friends highly recommend them. I don't often find books that I love by randomly selecting them based purely on the fact that I really like the title (I really loved the title). I am definitely happy I found this one, and I suspect that I will be rereading it at some point too, which is the real hallmark of a good book, in my opinion.
This book has a promising *suggestion* of a plot, which is why I gave it two starts. I gave up on it 38% in. It is written like a cheap action movie, not like a book, and feels as if Mr. Riddle never had any beta readers for this story. The author try to throw everything but the kitchen sink at you: Atlantis, aliens, secret brotherhoods and conspiracies, codes, ultimate good and ultimate evil, Nazis, and the list goes on.
It seems Mr. Riddle was inspired by Dan Brown, but even Dan Brown started out simple, with few characters, which is not the case here. You will find dozen of one-chapter characters that are there just to die, and others that are as shallow as a sheet of paper Mr. Riddle probably didn't even use to plan them out. The women can't do anything besides be helpless, look pretty, and swoon as soon as the "right" man shows up. Ugh. I read porn where women had more character than in here. There's plenty of explosions and "heroism" which will make your eyes roll up so high they'd fall back into your skull (there is even a scene were the protagonist woman character has a dream in which the hero IS a knight, literally)
There IS a story to salvage here, somewhere, and I hope Mr. Riddle works on his story and re-releases it. As for now, there's too much ambition and far too little story.
I can count on one hand the number of books I willfully put down before finishing, and this is one of them. I honestly tried (and even got through 73%, according to my Kindle), but it just got more painful. The plot is painfully contrived to the point where it seems the author just tosses in mystery and science fiction cliches and hopes they stick (Atlantis and aliens and evil corporations and Nazis and the list goes on), without any effort to weave them into the story.
The writing is cringe-worthy. Explanations of legitimate scientific concepts are laughably bad (I found parts of the Wikipedia article on Spanish flu dropped directly into the characters' dialogue), and the author goes way overboard with cliches (count the number of times you see the phrase 'brain wiring'). The story is seemingly just a series of cheap action scenes wired together with some token dialogue, sort of the literary equivalent of a Michael Bay movie. This isn't a criticism of popular fiction - I enjoy the John Grishams and Tom Clancys of the world as much as the next guy - but I could find nothing redeeming in this book.
The Atlantis Gene drew me in from the start. This book is extremely fast-paced, almost like watching a movie. Great story line and characters. I especially loved the character development of Kate and David. I think the book does a good job of revealing back story without over doing it. A lot of books I read get bogged down in details and I lose interest but not this book.
I caught myself looking up details from the book and found the author's website to have a great fact vs fiction section (atlantisgene.com). Loved all the scientific elements (evolution, genetics, clinical trials) and also interesting historical details. The author clearly did his research.
The spy elements in the book maintain the action and excitement. Each chapter ends on a high note. There are numerous layers to this book but the author is able to mesh everything together in a thought provoking way. What appear to be minor details at the time reappear throughout the story linking the present with the past.
This book will appeal to a variety of readers. As a female reader, I was interested to see if the author appealed to a larger group and was pleasantly surprised. He even threw in a little romance.
I love to travel so the foreign locations were an added bonus.
The Atlantis Gene will definitely have you thinking long after you put it down. I'm looking forward to The Atlantis Plague!