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Raising Atlantis | [Thomas Greanias]

Raising Atlantis

A secret U.S. military dig has uncovered ancient ruins two miles beneath the ice of Antarctica and activated the ultimate weapon. Now rogue American archaeologist Conrad Yeats and beautiful Vatican linguist Serena Serghetti must team up to unlock the secret origins of human civilization before a global cataclysm ends it.

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Publisher's Summary

The truth is down there. A secret U.S. military dig has uncovered ancient ruins two miles beneath the ice of Antarctica and activated the ultimate weapon. Now rogue American archaeologist Conrad Yeats and beautiful Vatican linguist Serena Serghetti must team up to unlock the secret origins of human civilization before a global cataclysm ends it.

Thomas Greanias builds excitement and suspense every step of the way in this daringly original, thought-provoking adventure that moves with electrifying force. This is the ultimate voyage, a journey to the center of time, as awe-inspiring as the dawn of man...and as inevitable as doomsday. This is Raising Atlantis.

©2005 Thomas Greanias; (P)2005 AtlantisAudio, a division of Atlantis Interactive, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Raising Atlantis is a wonderfully honed cliffhanger, an outrageous adventure with a wild dose of the supernatural. A thrill ride from start to finish." (Clive Cussler)
"A gripping page-turner....I think it's a lot like The DaVinci Code, but I like the ending on this one better." (CBS News)
"A remarkable first novel. Raising Atlantis grabs hold of you from the first page and pulls you into an astonishing world of scientific fact and fiction, suspense and good old-fashioned adventure. Thomas Greanias is a superb writer who knows how to tell a tale with style and substance. Thoroughly entertaining." (Nelson DeMille)
"It's not hard to see why this techno-thriller has already been such a success: a gripping plot about the discovery of an island believed to be Atlantis, not in the Aegean but buried under the ice of the South Pole; some colorful characters, including a father-and-son team of archeologists; and some clean, no-nonsense writing that adds to the reading speed and suspense." (Chicago Tribune)

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    Autumn Marina, CA, United States 08-03-05
    Autumn Marina, CA, United States 08-03-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Stargate+Da Vinci Cod= Raising Atlantis"

    Raising Atlantis is like reading a weird hybrid between DaVinci Code and Stargate. Lets see, you have the annoying whiningly-superior academic protagonist: check. Obscure government experiment: check. Catholic conspiracy involving the Vatican: check. Someone who can decipher ancient codes and text: check. Someone spouting cryptic religious messages: check. Characters with extremely dysfunctional parents: check. Pyramid and Alien connection: check. All that was missing was a Tielk-like sidekick, and Robert Langdon's obscure preaching about cryptic philosophical points... Oh wait... There's Conrad.

    Okay, all joking aside, I enjoyed Raising Atlantis, but I found myself gritting my teeth when the ex-nun character was summoned to the Vatican. The story lost a great deal of punch when the character "Mother Earth" became involved. (Seriously does every action novel these days have to involve the Pope or the Vatican?)

    Then there's Conrad. Golly, if I have to listen to Conrad whine one more time about how his daddy don't love him as much as he loves his military career, I wanted to slap the character. Seriously, did anyone like Conrad? He was whiney, irritating and self-centered. I don't blame his dad for wanting to throw him in the brig.

    I think this book had some great adventure. But I can't help but wonder what it would've been like with protagonists I actually LIKED. 4 stars.

    42 of 44 people found this review helpful
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    Jerel Carpinteria, CA, USA 02-15-06
    Jerel Carpinteria, CA, USA 02-15-06 Member Since 2003
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    "I couldn't disagree more"

    I have read review after review of this book that proclaim it to be horrible drivel with *maybe* a good idea for a story but was badly realized with characters that were poorly developed, etc. Well, for this genre, I couldn't disagree more. I came back here to see if there was a sequel because it was clearly setup for one, and I enjoyed this book so much I am looking forward to it. It should probably be loosely categorized in the Science Fiction genre, not Suspense, and especially not Espionage. There is definitely a lot there to work with, and I enjoyed it immensely. All books of this sort require total suspension of disbelief. But that's why it's called "fiction". If you take the various "facts" that are presented, about the characters and about what's going on, at face value and start from there, the book is quite compelling. I am not the only one to think so, apparently. It achieved #1 Amazon sales ranking in April 2002 and #2 on Amazon’s eBook fiction list (Mysteries & Thrillers) in May and June 2003 behind Dan Brown’s THE DA VINCI CODE. It was reported to be on the NY Times Best Seller list, but I was not able to confirm this. At any rate, I recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading Atlantis-themed books. It may not be the best book out there, but it is most certainly an enjoyable read.

    20 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Ocean Shores, WA, United States 08-02-05
    Joseph Ocean Shores, WA, United States 08-02-05 Member Since 2003

    Began reading sci-fi 71 years ago, at age 4, will continue until my clock quits ticking.. Best education one could have ever wished for.

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    "Goes on and on and on"

    A good yar filled with bits and pieces of other good yarns a dabbling of current events, some religion for those who need some nd unfortunately, once again, the salvation of the world is dependent on superstition and judeo/christian dogma. The hero takes a 20 foot leap to a stone floor with no damage to his ankles, the heroine falls 30+ from a helicopter and is unharmed all in all a bit "over-the-top".

    Your never quite sure if science or reason has any place in the tale and by the time you've decided, none, it gets even more bizarre with the never-ending end that seems to go on and on and on.

    3 stars is the best I could do for this audiobook and those only because the "graphics" or visuals created by the story are truly wonderful. I'm a sucker for special effects.

    27 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    Scot Evergreen, CO, United States 11-03-05
    Scot Evergreen, CO, United States 11-03-05
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    "You'll need drugs"

    To suspend your disbelief enough to swallow the outlandish happenings in this tiresome tale. They should also help with the simplistic characters and repetitive "He screamed!" and "She froze!" passages that seem to be on an endless loop. I used to think I could listen to Scott Brick read the phone book. This drivel proves my assumption wrong, even he can't save it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Marco Elio lyons, IL, USA 07-27-05
    Marco Elio lyons, IL, USA 07-27-05 Member Since 2004
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    "WOW THIS KICKS ASS!!"

    Is hard to believe that this is not a Dan Brown Novel, Thomas Greanias has done a remarkable job in assimilating Dan Brown's formula. This book will have your heart pounding from the start. Just as Dan Brown's (Deception Point, Angels & Demons and Da Vinci Code) this book is a synthesis of facts and fiction. In addition, the excellent narration of Scott Brick gives this book a perfect 5 STARS!!! "THIS IS A MUST HAVE"!!!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tim 07-29-05
    Tim 07-29-05
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    "Are you kidding me?"

    This is the worst book I've ever finished. It is a bad attempt at a redo of Raiders of the Lost Ark meets the Day After Tomorrow. (Unless Day After Tomorrow was based on this book, in which case I apologize.) There were no characters that I cared anything about. In fact, I was hoping they would all die so the book would just get over. The story was predictable at first and then it just became impossible. This book was so bad that Scott Brick couldn't even save it. Actually, even Scott was subpar here with a bad Australian accent. I did give the book one star because I do love Scott Brick even at his worst.

    37 of 47 people found this review helpful
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    Alan Lake Geneva, WI, United States 10-27-08
    Alan Lake Geneva, WI, United States 10-27-08 Member Since 2008
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    "An absolutely appalling book"

    A preposterous story strung together with cliches and characters who are uniformly arrogant, angry, and sarcastic. I stopped listening when I realized that I wanted each of them to meet a bad end.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Cypress, TX, USA 01-23-08
    Robert Cypress, TX, USA 01-23-08
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    "Whew"

    High hopes for a decent adventure are dashed very quickly. While Scott Brick does a great job, he can only read what is written. While obviously a great premise, and not a bad story concept, the writer seems to rush through each scene as if impatient to get to the next chapter. Details are lacking, and characters are shallow, inconsitent, and make illogical and out-of-character decisions throughout the story. The author constantly adds props "on-th-fly" to the story, to brace up the flimsy structure of the story. I was surprized how poorly written the story turned out to be, particularly after reading the initial peer reviews by other authors I enjoy. I listenend to the entire story, hoping for redemption, but it never materialized. Whew.....

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Brent Levelland, TX, USA 08-02-05
    Brent Levelland, TX, USA 08-02-05
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    "Very Entertaining"

    This was an amazing book. If you?re into ancient civilizations, celestial mysteries and modern technology that doesn?t match up to mysterious nature of the pyramids you will love this book. Shrouded by the US trying to keep a secret discovery found miles beneath ice under wraps things get dicey when other countries fear a ?secret nuclear test site? of the Americans. This book is an interesting read for Atlantis enthusiasts.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Albert Karawara, Australia 02-04-11
    Albert Karawara, Australia 02-04-11
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    "Puh-leeeeze!"

    I've only just started this epic tale and have only one complaint to address at this time. Scott Brick is a great narrator, but really? "Your 'Oliness"????? Australians do not speak with a Cockney accent! A linguist who grew up in Australia would not speak like she had just finished a run in "My Fair Lady." This and this alone might keep me from continuing to trudge through this poor cousin of Mr. Brown's Code. Aaargggghhh!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    ISLE OF LEWISUnited Kingdom
    9/24/06
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    "raising atlantis"

    This had potential to be a good yarn: however it was ill constructed, disjointed and badly written, in short it makes Dan Brown look like a literary Genius. Don't bother.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
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    "Good... funny accents!"

    I enjoyed this. Its no masterpiece but an interesting storyline. My only gripe... the narrator does some awful accents!! The English.Australian middle aged nun sounds like a teenage chimney sweep from 1800s England!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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