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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Not anytime soon; perhaps if I forget this book.
Better writing, character depth
Mediocre, like the story
Simple to follow
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.
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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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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.
A G Riddle's The Atlantis Gene presents a novel reinterpretation of both humanoid evolutionary biology as well as recent historical events. Beginning 70,000 years ago, the notion is entertained that our evolutionary past has experienced some outside, purposeful influence for reasons unknown. An autism researcher and a spy embark on a worldwide travelogue piecing together the present day mystery while uncovering related events from the WWI era.
The science elements are varied with evolution, molecular biology, and the physics of time all mixed together. Equally compelling is the detailed descriptions of tradecraft for the espionage components. Suggestions of aliens or at least distinct intelligent, hominid type creatures is hinted. Differences in the passage of time in various locations creates characters across the long story timeline, but along the way, the 1918 Spanish flu, WWII Nazis, and 9/11 are all integrated into a coherent alternate historical interpretation that bodes bad luck for mankind.
The narration is well done with a good range of voices, female and male as well as ethnic variations. This requires a close listen as the time passage variation creates the same characters with different names in different time periods.
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.
"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.
"Global conspiracy, world domination contorted plot"
We're doomed. Perhaps.
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.
His delivery conveys the urgency and tension effectively. This is particularly true in the action sequences.
Moved no, its not that sort of book. It is not particularly though provoking either just a good bit of sci-fi.
"Dull and uninspiring"
recently listened to "the martian" the "wool" trilogy and "hollow world" all gripping well rounded stories that pull you in. i mention these so that if you have listened to any of these you'll know where I'm coming from. this story was dull, confusing at times and just didn't grab me at all. nothing new or interesting here. skip this and listen to any of the above if you haven't allready
"This'll make you think."
I knew nothing about this book or Author when I purchased this, so when I started reading I was amazed at how good it was. As the story unfolded it just got better and more complex with each chapter. This will warp your brain, a must read.
"ABOMINABLE NARRATION, LUDICROUS STORY"
Pretty much everything. I have to trust that the science is good but I was not convinced. Silly 2 paragraph chapters clearly written as a TV series for some really obscure channel with 3.5 viewers,
No and I will avoid anything else written by this person
Flat, nasal delivery, no characterisation, poor pronunciation. Marbella? Per-lease. It's Spanish not Italian.
Not really except, unlike books I have enjoyed I did not let it seep into valuable time and stuck to listening on public transport. On the plus side however the juvenile storyline was at least uncomplicated and the narration whilst dreary and flat was utterly clear.
I did make it to the end and somewhere in there is the germ of a potentially good sci-fi yarn. Shame it did not fulfil its potential
"Engaging story but does jump about a bit."
I'd recommend this book but the style of writing doesn't suit dipping in and out. There are lots of small chapters that bounce between characters and can make following the exact details a little tricky. But that is probably as much because I listen to 30-60mins at night before I got to sleep.
I enjoyed this story but some of the chapters were just to small and used to forward different story lines simultaneously. This meant that there were lots of pauses and 'Chapter xxx' being read out.
Stephen was pretty good, clear understandable and gave a little personality to the characters.
I think if this got a film adaptation then there would be a lot of story left out. It is practically a trilogy in it's own right never mind the next two books.
"A book I had to put down"
A better narration, I found the narrator very uninspired. The sentences and paragraphs were all read in a sort of monotone feel. No emphasis on the pace of the story or situation.
Completely ruined the book for me, with this sort of reading I don't see anyone lasting more than 30 minutes at a time.
Getting a narrator who seems to be remotely interested in the story line.
The story seems to be quite an interesting one, but I think I will read the hardcopy of this.
It is a good cure for insomnia
"A load of tosh, badly read."
The truly unbelievable feats of David ....
I might consider it - if it was a different narrator.
Yes, the reader was incapable of reading a sentence without pausing - as if for a comma - after every verb. Infuriating.
There are already two further books in the trilogy. I shan't bother with them.
I do so wish that the narration was checked; maybe bad readers would not get through the weeded process.
"Over long & far fetched"
Initially captivating, but became like an outline for a film script with confusing continuity.
had to reread the ending chapters as i found that after a few weeks i could not recall how it all came together.
best read in the predefined segments, else it was too confusing.
is there any way of selecting specific chapters for refreshing ones memory. the text can be confusing at times.
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