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The Atlantis Plague: The Origin Mystery, Book 2 | [A. G. Riddle]

The Atlantis Plague: The Origin Mystery, Book 2

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.
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Publisher's Summary

A PANDEMIC 70,000 YEARS IN THE MAKING WILL CHANGE HUMANITY...FOREVER.

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.

Immari International offers a different approach: do nothing. Let the plague run its course. The Immari envision a world populated by the genetically superior survivors--a new human race, ready to fulfill its destiny.

With control of the world population hanging in the balance, the Orchid Alliance and the Immari descend into open warfare. Now humanity's last hope is to find a cure, and Kate alone holds the key to unraveling the mystery surrounding the Atlantis Plague. The answer may lie in understanding pivotal events in human history--events when the human genome mysteriously changed. Kate's journey takes her across the barren wastelands of Europe and northern Africa, but it's her research into the past that takes her where she never expected to go. She soon discovers that the history of human evolution is not what it seems--and setting it right may require a sacrifice she never imagined.

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

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    Emily Wright Fort Wayne, IN 05-07-14
    Emily Wright Fort Wayne, IN 05-07-14
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    "Take it for what it's worth and enjoy it!"
    Where does The Atlantis Plague rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Narrator is great, and the story is fun to read and complex. A lot of reviewers have complained about some things not adding up but it is a great listen and and interesting plot. I thoroughly enjoyed both this book and the first book.


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

    Great character development, and I was constantly wondering how the main characters were going to get out of their current predicament.


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

    He's just an excellent narrator. You focus on the story and not on him, and that is how it should be.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    A. Pires Central Coast, CA 04-26-14
    A. Pires Central Coast, CA 04-26-14 Member Since 2012
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    "puts the science in sci-fi"

    I liked this book a lot. As an old school hard sci-fi guy it had the right ingredients for me. I originally was worried this would turn into another zombie book(yuk), and yeah, plagues were big before zombies. But this was a great twist. But if you are one of those commuter listeners this probably isn't for you. There are a lot of characters and a lot of time differential threads. So listening for short periods might leave you lost. I'm also a history buff and this had some intriguing things that I didn't know. The only reason I docked a star was the reader was pretty plain vanilla.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Suzanne 07-03-14
    Suzanne 07-03-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Overblown"

    The first book was fine, but this one was overblown, too long, and overly complex. I almost didn't finish it. The plot was overly complex, and difficult to follow, and frankly, bored me. I nearly quit in the middle. Not recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Paulo Stanford, CA, United States 05-19-14
    Paulo Stanford, CA, United States 05-19-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Waiting for book 3. This is as addictive as Pavlov"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Atlantis Plague to be better than the print version?

    YEs.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The notion that our development as Humans can have more plausible causes than the mere evolution of the species fighting for life. GOD can have many forms.


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

    Passionate reading.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Why are we so different?


    Any additional comments?

    Just keep the good writing

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael G. Kurilla ROCKVILLE, MD, United States 05-10-14
    Michael G. Kurilla ROCKVILLE, MD, United States 05-10-14 Member Since 2005
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    "A well executed reinterpretation of history"

    The Atlantis Plague follows immediately on from where The Atlantis Gene left off. The time dilation effects and name changes have been muted for this installment and so the story is easier to follow. David and Kate are moving in separate tracks for the first half. The plague is racing out of control and Dorian has gone rogue relative to the Imari. The alien intentions are made clear and contain both benign and malignant actions as we learn that two different philosophical approaches have been driving human evolution and development.

    Riddle does a fantastic job of creating a riveting plot with multiple twists along the way. Most entertaining is the creative reinterpretation of human history from 70K BC to the present. He weaves the plague of Justinian and the Black death as events that were intentionally engineered to drive human evolution. Kate holds humanity's fate in her hands with her decision on how to finally resolve the current human catastrophe. Lastly, Riddle sets up book 3 with the suggestion of something that even our alien genetic engineers were fearful of.

    The narration is excellent with a good range of voices for all characters.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    rene Henrietta, Tx, United States 05-07-14
    rene Henrietta, Tx, United States 05-07-14 Member Since 2011

    I'm a Registered Nurse. I've been an avid reader all my life. I love Audible books. I'm able to enjoy books and still keep busy!

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    "It all comes Together"
    Would you listen to The Atlantis Plague again? Why?

    Yes. i enjoyed both Episodes in this series, hoping there is a Third!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the blending of archaelogy and Sci-Fi with Known History and Legends


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

    He seamlessly connected the differing characters, Settings and even Time periods to keep the reader both engaged and on the edge of our seats


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

    Yes, i did wish i could just let run! Thank Goodness for bookmarks


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John Arp, TX, United States 04-28-14
    John Arp, TX, United States 04-28-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A satisfying read."

    One of the best Science Fiction books I have read in a long time. The Origin Mystery sounds like it will be the same story told again an again, but it is truly a unique tale of intrigue and mystery wrapped up in a Sci-Fi package. I would recommend this series to anyone who enjoys reading a well written story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sheila 11-17-14
    Sheila 11-17-14

    Very diverse person who enjoys good books.

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    "Could not get past the narrator"
    What did you like best about The Atlantis Plague? What did you like least?

    Just like in Riddle's book 1... He used Stephen Bel Davies as the narrator. I can't stand his voice. My mistake was purchasing both books at the same time before listening to the first one. Lesson learned.


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

    No idea. I could not get to the end.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    His voice.


    Was The Atlantis Plague worth the listening time?

    Not really I don't think I listen very long. I tried, hoping that maybe the narrator's voice would have been more tolerable in this book but it was not. He still sounded like a robot with a nasal problem.


    Any additional comments?

    get a different narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chris United States 09-10-14
    Chris United States 09-10-14 Member Since 2011
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    Well I’m on the 2nd instalment of this series, again it’s fast paced and confusing. Who are the good guys same conspiracies. With planet earth on the verge of mass human extinction…I always wonder what they survivors did surrounded by the dead and dying and rotting fresh….just a thought. Then the saviour…..Ares the evil one; can the remaining humans be saved….the ending at least makes sense as to what is happening who is who…
    Again the narration was great.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron 03-29-14
    Aaron 03-29-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Not sure exactly how I feel."
    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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    "Dull"

    Whilst I enjoyed (mostly) the first book in the series, this one is no where near as good. It does little to move the story along and just keeps repeating the same scenario over again, so and so is going to kill so and so - repeat.........

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ozzymandias
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    "Entertaining but unoriginal"

    This is an entertaining book however I thought the ideas were a little too derivative. It read more like a smash-up of other science fiction series with few original ideas. The first book set the scene to tell an interesting or original story but we end up in much the same place as other science fiction tales. If you have listened to the first book I would say that you are not really missing very much in this book, but it is still an entertaining read if you are at a loose end.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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