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  • The Atlantis Plague: The Origin Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By A. G. Riddle
    • Narrated By Stephen Bel Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (708)
    Performance
    (643)
    Story
    (647)

    In Marbella, Spain, Dr. Kate Warner awakens to a horrifying reality: the human race stands on the brink of extinction. A pandemic unlike any before it has swept the globe. Nearly a billion people are dead--and those the Atlantis Plague doesn't kill, it transforms at the genetic level. A few rapidly evolve. The remainder devolve. As the world slips into chaos, radical solutions emerge. Industrialized nations offer a miracle drug, Orchid, which they mass produce and distribute to refugee camps around the world. But Orchid is merely a way to buy time. It treats the symptoms of the plague but never actually cures the disease.

    Emily Wright says: "Take it for what it's worth and enjoy it!"
    "Not sure exactly how I feel."
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    Would you try another book from A. G. Riddle and/or Stephen Bel Davies?

    Probably, though with a different set of expectations.


    If you’ve listened to books by A. G. Riddle before, how does this one compare?

    The first book in the series was about the same as this one, and I listened to both. I think the narrator does an OK job but the story in both books doesn't really catch me.


    What does Stephen Bel Davies bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His narration is good although I did find Dorian Sloan's voice to be a little annoying by the end.


    Do you think The Atlantis Plague needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It seems to me that there's going to be one regardless. I wouldn't complain but I'm not going to spend much money on it. Maybe a daily deal but not for a credit or $20. The 2nd book tied up the story line fairly well and I don't really have a desire to go deeper into this universe. I didn't find many of the characters in these books to be genuine or believable. It felt like the story was on rails and no matter what happened the deus ex machina would make sure everything worked out all-right. I know the author spent a lot of time going into back-story and internal-narrative but so much of it seemed too coincidental or tailor-made to help the plot move forward.


    Any additional comments?

    I read a lot of science fiction and I love a good mystery book. When I read 'he's like a Sci-Fi Dan Brown', I guess I expected something different than this. I still enjoyed the overall narrative and thought the concept was original and thought-provoking, I just didn't feel any connection to the characters and would have enjoyed it more if they didn't feel so wooden.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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