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.
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.
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.
Why are we so different?
Just keep the good writing
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.
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Yes. i enjoyed both Episodes in this series, hoping there is a Third!
I like the blending of archaelogy and Sci-Fi with Known History and Legends
He seamlessly connected the differing characters, Settings and even Time periods to keep the reader both engaged and on the edge of our seats
Yes, i did wish i could just let run! Thank Goodness for bookmarks
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.
Great character development, and I was constantly wondering how the main characters were going to get out of their current predicament.
He's just an excellent narrator. You focus on the story and not on him, and that is how it should be.
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.
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.
Probably, though with a different set of expectations.
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.
His narration is good although I did find Dorian Sloan's voice to be a little annoying by the end.
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.
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.
Say something about yourself!
I liked the idea of aliens doing gene manipulation to help save dying, extinction bound hominids and creating us. The editing needs to be much tighter. The story moves in a very slow and ponderous fashion. Characters become other characters in other times sharing bodies or minds or something. Everything is unnecessarily complex.
Probably not. Maybe if he gets a better editor.
Hard to tell. Most of them were not that interesting even though several of them were really two characters in one.
No, not at all.
Yes, the nasaly voice seemed to always have the wrong inflection in the sentences. Coupled with the drab pace of the book, it made this title ultimately unlistenable.
After listening to the first one (which was just okay) I was curious to see where the story would go. Halfway through, I skipped to another audio title intending to return but never did. I realized there was no compelling reason to return to the story and moved on.
"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.
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