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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 2012
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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.

    62 of 70 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 2009
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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.

    30 of 35 people found this review helpful
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    AudioAddict Austin, Texas, USA 03-24-14
    AudioAddict Austin, Texas, USA 03-24-14 Member Since 2013

    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.

    26 of 31 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 2010
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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.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    guymarb Neuille, France 03-22-14
    guymarb Neuille, France 03-22-14 Member Since 2012
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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

    20 of 28 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.

    Audiobook provided for review and downloaded from Audible.

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

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Spruell 06-07-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved the Story - Narrator's Voice, Eh?"
    What did you love best about The Atlantis Gene?

    The story was enthralling! Full of historical conjecture, romance, adventure.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes


    What aspect of Stephen Bel Davies’s performance would you have changed?

    The chapters didn't follow the book, and there were differences in text in comparison with the book. His voice is kind of nasal-like and not a good fit with this book. It surprised me in the beginning, but I dealt with it because the story itself was so good.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Please get someone else to narrate the third book. Please.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    wayne seattle, WA, United States 04-11-14
    wayne seattle, WA, United States 04-11-14 Member Since 2012
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    "a little better than average"

    The author takes a new approach to an old plot line, and does a fairly good job at keeping his basic science intact at least from the laymans point of view. With only the premise compelling you to suspend belief. I'm a firm supporter of this way of writing science fiction, so I deem this readable. The Narrator, is not a voice actor, and pronounces didn't as dident, over and over again, but those are nitpicks. He does an affordable job of telling the story and after you've gone through all the really great books, this is a decent secondary read. I'm not going to say it was bad. Actually, I listened to both books, so far and enjoyed them. I'll most definitely listen to the third.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Michael P. Long Charlotte NC 04-07-14
    Michael P. Long Charlotte NC 04-07-14

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    "Action thriller with some mystery and Atlantis"

    I was given the opportunity to do a review of the Audible version of The Atlantis Gene by A.G. Riddle.

    The book is a mystery thriller about a mysterious worldwide terrorist organization and their quest to unlock the secrets of Atlantis and to either prevent or facilitate the destruction of the human race. I don't normally read too many of these (I got burned out on Clive Cussler), but I am glad I gave this a shot.

    The narrator (Stephen Bel Davies) does a really great job. Rather than reading the whole thing in monotone, he actually does quite a few different voices for characters, and he almost always gets the inflection, etc. right. So I really enjoyed his delivery of the novel.

    As for the story itself, I found it to be very interesting and I wanted to learn more about the mystery and the mysterious Atlantis technology. The novel covers a lot of territory both in present time and in the past by jumping backwards for quite a bit of the story (told through a character reading a journal). The pacing was pretty good and the character development for the protagonists was well done (the development for the villains was non-existent).

    This is definitely an adult novel... there are some horrific scenes in it, and some profanity-laced tirades. Suffice to say, the bad guys are bad in this novel.

    As for the cons, I felt that at times the same stuff was just rehashed over and over. I'm sure some readers would appreciate having concepts or facts repeated 4 or 5 times, but not for me. Some of the timing was just off too... they had a short time (say 30 seconds or 10 minutes) and spent an entire chapter in dialogue or thoughts. Also, while there is plenty of action, there is also a ton of explanation and at times I was saying "just get on with it already". And lastly, you really have to suspend your belief for a lot of this...just enjoy the ride and try not to analyze it too deeply.

    Overall, a very enjoyable story and I am gearing up to read the sequel.

    NOTE: I received this novel for free in exchange for an honest review.

    7 of 10 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.

    13 of 19 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.

    3 of 3 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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • G. Hughes-Wilson
    Sandwich, Kent
    7/25/14
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    "A load of tosh, badly read."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The truly unbelievable feats of David ....


    Would you ever listen to anything by A. G. Riddle again?

    I might consider it - if it was a different narrator.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Yes, the reader was incapable of reading a sentence without pausing - as if for a comma - after every verb. Infuriating.


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

    There are already two further books in the trilogy. I shan't bother with them.


    Any additional comments?

    I do so wish that the narration was checked; maybe bad readers would not get through the weeded process.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • alexander
    Dublin 12, Ireland
    7/20/14
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    "Over long & far fetched"
    What made the experience of listening to The Atlantis Gene the most enjoyable?

    Initially captivating, but became like an outline for a film script with confusing continuity.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    had to reread the ending chapters as i found that after a few weeks i could not recall how it all came together.


    Have you listened to any of Stephen Bel Davies’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    no


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    best read in the predefined segments, else it was too confusing.


    Any additional comments?

    is there any way of selecting specific chapters for refreshing ones memory. the text can be confusing at times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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