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The Atlantis Gene: The Origin Mystery, Book 1 | [A. G. Riddle]

The Atlantis Gene: The Origin Mystery, Book 1

Seventy thousand years ago, the human race almost went extinct. We survived, but no one knows how.

Until now. The countdown to the next stage of human evolution is about to begin, and humanity might not survive this time. The Immari are good at keeping secrets. For 2,000 years, they've hidden the truth about human evolution. They've also searched for an ancient enemy - a threat that could wipe out the human race. Now the search is over.

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Audible Editor Reviews

Editors Select, March 2014 - I recognized The Atlantis Gene from the Kindle bestsellers list, and was delighted to learn that it was coming to audio. A.G. Riddle has written a thrilling and unusual story about the history of human origins, which seamlessly blends in Nazis, aliens, religion, autism, evolution, and Atlantis. I found this to be incredibly accessible, exciting, and original listen – A.G. Riddle is definitely an author to try if you like Dan Brown or Michael Crichton. Narrator Stephen bel Davies helped ensured I was hooked right away, and can’t wait to sink my teeth into the next book in the The Origin Mystery series. —Sarah, Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

The greatest mystery of all time...the history of human origins...will be revealed.

Seventy thousand years ago, the human race almost went extinct. We survived, but no one knows how.

Until now.

The countdown to the next stage of human evolution is about to begin, and humanity might not survive this time.

The Immari are good at keeping secrets. For 2,000 years, they've hidden the truth about human evolution. They've also 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 discovers a mysterious structure buried deep in an iceberg. It has been there for thousands of years, and something is guarding it. As the Immari rush to execute their plan, a brilliant geneticist makes a discovery that could change everything.

Dr. Kate Warner moved to Jakarta, Indonesia to escape her past. She hasn't recovered from what happened to her, but she has made an incredible breakthrough: a cure for autism. Or so she thinks. What she has found is far more dangerous - for her and the entire human race. Her work could be the key to the next stage of human evolution. In the hands of the Immari, it would mean the end of humanity as we know it.

Agent David Vale has spent 10 years trying to stop the Immari. Now he's out of time. His informant is dead. His organization has been infiltrated. His enemy is hunting him. But when David receives a coded message related to the Immari attack, he risks everything to save the one person that can help him solve it: Dr. Kate Warner.

Together, 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 obtain Kate's research 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.

©2013 A.G. Riddle (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    january huntersville, NC, United States 03-20-14
    january huntersville, NC, United States 03-20-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Pretty bad, but not the worst I've ever read"

    I'm afraid this review might go a bit negative, so I want to begin by saying, I didn't hate it. That being said, there are many glaring flaws that are difficult to overlook.

    First, I imagine writing about the past is bothersome and time consuming. You would have to know what technologies were available in different years. This book covers over 100 years, but the author made the past and present sound the same. It was particularly obvious in the parts about the journal. A personal journal written 100 years ago is going to sound much more formal than one written today. But these had a more conversational tone, as is found in modern writing.

    The characters are inconsistent and confusing. Other reviewers (on Amazon) have described them as cardboard cut-outs. They do not progress or grow in any way throughout the book. And the love story...ugh. It was as if he just threw that in there because he felt like that's what people expect.

    I realize that it's already a rather long book, but I feel that the author could have taken a little more time with developing the plot and characters. People will stick to a long book if it's good.

    There were also parts that were clearly taken straight out of Wikipedia. Just cut and paste. Not even reworded. (Explanation of Toba Catastrophe, for example.)

    This book felt like someone trying to tell you about a really good dream they had. "I found myself in this building I'd never been in. There were people there that I didn't know. They asked me to follow them. I did, but I don't remember why. Then I was flying over the Grand Canyon because I needed to go rescue my Grandma from the alligator people." Yep. That's almost exactly what this book was like.

    On a more positive note, I really do admire this guy for following his dream of being a writer, and self-publishing his books.

    The ideas in the book could have been interesting if the writing hadn't been so amateurish. I'm giving the book three stars because, in the end, I was mildly entertained. And I hate giving one star when you can clearly tell that the author has risked everything to follow a dream.

    92 of 101 people found this review helpful
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    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 03-30-14
    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 03-30-14 Member Since 2015
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    "What made me download this?"

    I usually trust reviewers...and this book is certainly receiving the reviews it deserves (for the most part). So I can't imagine what made me download it! Was it a recommended audible book? It seems impossible...Alas, download I did. And it was terrible. At one point, I actually double-checked that I had not downloaded Book II by mistake (soooooo much time had gone by with no clear clue as to what the 'mystery' was about or what was really going on...or what could remotely connect all these widely disparate characters and events). I guess the 'promise' of that mystery must have been tempting (so the author gets one star for that), but after an hour or so on the SECOND downloaded half, I just stopped caring. Wish one of the other reviewers had a 'spoiler' and would tell me what (if anything) ended up happening. Did they all die? Did the world end? Meh. Will attempt to get my credit back on this one.

    48 of 53 people found this review helpful
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    AudioAddict 03-24-14
    AudioAddict 03-24-14

    I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!

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    "Dear Author: Ever heard the saying Less is More?"

    STORY (suspense) - If you read the summary of the story, you can see where it might be quite good...but it's just okay. There's just too many characters, too many time lines, too many subplots. ENOUGH! It's fairly long (15:44) and there's a lot to think about and keep straight. For the first 11 or 12 hours I was entertained, but then it just seemed to drag on and I stopped caring. I will give the author an A for imagination, but that's about all this book has going for it.

    PERFORMANCE - Meh, he does okay. He doesn't do a very good job distinguishing characters, but it's not too much of a problem. Sometimes he drops his voice at the end of the line he's reading like the sentence is over, then he realizes there's more and tacks the rest on halfheartedly. All in all, the performance neither adds nor detracts from the book.

    OVERALL - (Actual rating 2.5) No sex, minimal cursing. This is not an easy listen and you will have to pay close attention. The story isn't finished by the end of the book, so you will need to hear Book 2 to see how it ends. Personally, I don't care.

    43 of 49 people found this review helpful
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    GLENNO 01-23-15
    GLENNO 01-23-15 Member Since 2013

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    "A compelling read!"

    This is one of those books that you don't want to stop reading. The premise is fantastic and the heroes are likeable (always a must for me in any media).

    The story is really great. I'm a sucker for conspiracies and this book has a great one! The author folds in several scientific discoveries and historical incidents too, both distant and recent. Nice!

    The author took me in a different direction than I thought the book might go. I like that too.

    A nice side-benefit for me was that the book was so thought-provoking. It illustrates man's imperfect view of God. It also depicts how man corrupts both science and religion through his imperfection. You may think differently and still enjoy the story.

    The reader was a bit of a problem for me. His voice works perfectly for a smarmy character (there are several in this book). But he doesn't seem to be able to voice a lot of different characters. I got lost multiple times trying to keep track of which character was talking. The better readers excel at differentiation (see Bronson Pinchot). I gave him two stars but added one just because the book he was reading is so great.

    All-in-all a great read and I am about to read the sequel.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Joe SEATTLE, WA, United States 03-29-14
    Joe SEATTLE, WA, United States 03-29-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Erich von Danken Meets Tom Clancy"
    What did you like best about The Atlantis Gene? What did you like least?

    The story is fairly original, though the writing and genre are both fairly generic. The characters are bland, the writing style seems amateurish, and the relationships between the characters feel forced.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes. It's the perfect vehicle for a summer block buster. It has everything that that type of movie needs: shooting, explosions, a love story, and religious undertones. In fact, it would make a better block buster than it does a book. As a novel it is derivative in it's writing style and seems more like a paint-by-numbers spy novel than original piece of work. Though as I stated above, the idea of the story is pretty original, it is just the characters, dialogue, and action that are sub-par.


    Any additional comments?

    If you don't have anything better to read, you like Tom Clancy books, and are interested in Ancient Aliens, check this book out. It won't blow you away, but is an OK way to pass the time.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    guymarb Neuille, France 03-22-14
    guymarb Neuille, France 03-22-14
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    "Lightweight writing and matching performance."
    Would you try another book from A. G. Riddle and/or Stephen Bel Davies?

    Not anytime soon; perhaps if I forget this book.


    What could A. G. Riddle have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Better writing, character depth


    What didn’t you like about Stephen Bel Davies’s performance?

    Mediocre, like the story


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Simple to follow


    Any additional comments?

    None

    27 of 36 people found this review helpful
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    Tad Palatine, IL, United States 03-25-14
    Tad Palatine, IL, United States 03-25-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Just to much dumb"

    I had such hopes for this book and kept reading it with the dream of that promise. It was not to be. The whole book is a series of unbelievable events and not the 'WOW that's unbelievable' but the 'that's ridiculous' kind. From the hero spy agency set up like a terror cell, to the arch villain in charge of a super secret billion dollar high tech organization who knows absolutely no science or engineering, to the head spy who's been in a country for years yet speaks none of the languages, to the super smart (as in highly highly educated) heroes who cant figure out a card reader. And those are just off the top of my head examples that aren't spoilers. The story is a fine regular suspension of disbelief conspiracy story that I normally don't have a problem with but when I'm saying just 'let it go' every ten minutes...well needless to say I found it to be a let down.

    20 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    AudioBookReviewer Madison, WI, United States 03-25-14
    AudioBookReviewer Madison, WI, United States 03-25-14 Member Since 2011

    All of my reviews are on my blog audiobookreviewer dot com

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    "Could have been so much more"

    The Atlantis Gene: The Origin Mystery, Book 1 is a highly complex science fiction mystery thriller that made some pretty huge promises to me, via all of the other positive reviews. Several mini-stories are told that all eventually end up binding together. We have aliens, I think or at least some sort of supreme beings. A secret organization, Clocktower, that is found to be much older and powerful than anyone, even those in the organization, thought possible. We have an American Autism researcher based in Indonesia. All of this created some confusion with me questioning what is actually happening and, ultimately getting lost. Once I got my footing in one plot line I was thrust into a completely different one. I found the lengthy explanations of seemingly mundane tasks quite tedious, making some scenes very difficult for me to get through without my mind wandering. The biggest thing was I couldn't connect or even care for any of the characters, something that easily elevates even the most mundane of stories. What I liked was what The Atlantis Gene could have been, or what I thought it was going to be, an all out action packed, thought provoking, tension creating, alien invading super spy thriller. As for the description of Dan Brown + Michael Crichton = A. G. Riddle, didn't add up for me. However I congratulate Riddle in being able sell a ton of books for his first novel and I see many bright spots in his future, but for me I don't think I will be continuing with this series. However you may think it is the cat's meow.

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    Please find this complete review and many others at audiobookreviewer dot com

    14 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Taylor 02-09-15
    Taylor 02-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Plagues, prehistoric men and secret societies!"
    Any additional comments?

    I often listen to books on tape when I run to pass the time. This book provided a welcome diversion for long runs that I know require a larger block of time. The interweaving of multiple story lines is more suitable for binge listening and can be hard to follow if you are only planning to listen for a few minutes per sitting. I will undoubtedly be purchasing the next installment.

    I loved the narrator. He is easy to listen to and creates distinct characters. I just wish Dorian Sloan wasn't so whiney! Other than that, no real complaints.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Garrett United States 02-05-15
    Garrett United States 02-05-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Excellent Book of Intrigue"

    This book kept me hooked! An excellent performance from the narrator and a very clever plot that leads you to places you never expected.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Ozzymandias
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    "Brilliantly written and developed story"

    This book is great. Where some authors stuff the middle of a story with boring filler, this book is different. It is a steady burner and the mystery is unveiled as it progresses. It is dramatic and dynamic a very entertaining listen. You'll find it hard to pause listening.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Verner
    Camberley, United Kingdom
    5/31/14
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    "Global conspiracy, world domination contorted plot"
    If you could sum up The Atlantis Gene in three words, what would they be?

    We're doomed. Perhaps.


    Would you recommend The Atlantis Gene to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this to anyone who likes science fiction that is set in the present and builds on past facts. The blending of future tech with present context is done well. However, while the overall premise is consistent the character events feel contorted and the coincidences sometime a stretch too far.


    What about Stephen Bel Davies’s performance did you like?

    His delivery conveys the urgency and tension effectively. This is particularly true in the action sequences.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Moved no, its not that sort of book. It is not particularly though provoking either just a good bit of sci-fi.


    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Olney, United Kingdom
    7/25/15
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    "Dreadful"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I've listened to lots of audio books and this is the worst.. so much that this is the first time that I have felt compelled to write a review. The story is unbelievable (but not in a good way!), confusing and needs a good edit. I found the performance awful too - especially the annoying pause that the narrator frequently makes when moves from line to line. Don't bother.


    What will your next listen be?

    Mr Mercedes, Stephen King.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Droning narration, no drama, unwanted pauses.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • L'Bags
    7/24/15
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    "Sorry but sadly predictable"

    This feels like it's been written for a film script and focuses on sensational scenarios rather than storey. I was disappointed

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adam
    7/4/15
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    "too predictable"

    in my opinion, the style of the narrator didn't work. i just couldn't get used to the random changes in tone and pauses mid flow. the actual story was ok and did a da vinci code by grouping facts loosely together in a believable way. the twists were entirely predictable. overall, it reminded me of the colour brown...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • robert christmas
    6/16/15
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    "Great book couldn't wait to"

    great book couldn't wait to get stuck into the next book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Benjamin
    Hereford, United Kingdom
    6/10/15
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    "A must!"

    A must listen. I couldn't wait for my next opportunity to listen.

    Brilliant story

    X-Files on steroids

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    5/31/15
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    "Riveting Listen"

    Really enjoyed this thriller come sci fi book. The narrator was excellent. Can't wait to get the next instalment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rh
    5/21/15
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    "Mildly entertaining."

    Overall it was ok, felt like a book bought at a train station in an emergency. The story was very disjointed and the very short chapters made listening a bit odd, but the overall plot caught my interest and kept my attention pretty well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brent
    Gravesend, United Kingdom
    4/22/15
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    "Couldn't make it through"
    Any additional comments?

    Story built on an interesting premise, but then everything from Nazis to aliens were thrown at it. That might still have been ok, but the characters are so flat and one dimensional, their responses so unbelievable, that I couldn't suspend disbelief long enough to get through the book.

    I am no writer, but an avid reader and the quality of the writing here is way below what I expect.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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