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.
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.
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.
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
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.
No too much explanation of technology not enough progression
Not another one...
No, enough is enough
The story was getting way out there and there were incredible mistakes in biology.
At lease get the science right, there were so many issues that science souldn't support.
This book picked up right where the first left off, full of suspense, action and plenty of intrigue. It kept me guessing throughout the middle about where everyone's loyalties lay
That is the problem, I like all of the audiobooks.
I have a hard time reading now with my eyes, and I can't read a book while driving but I can listen to a book.
I don't know.
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.
"Poor research by the author"
Neutral on this, the story arc is good but! The author simply has not researched Europe, Racoons in Spain! Really and there are so many inaccuracies is distracts from the story.
Adiquate, again the actor has made no effort to get even a UK English let alone local pronounciation of place names. For example the Maltese are taught exclusively in English from primary education onward. There is no reason for any accuracy.
"Heavy going but worth it in the end"
It took me a long time to get through this needing to read a few other books in between as it can get very drawn out in the middle not seeming to go anywhere just round in circles but at about 3/4 through the story picks up and comes to a conclusion
Its the second book in the trilogy and moved the story along
Al the characters were good and consitant
the book is part of a trilogy this is just and excuse for procrastinator I am sure the whole story could have been condensed a bit and I will think twice before downloading the third episode.
"Promising but spoilt by too many dates and history facts"
Love 1st half, so bored by 3rd quarter but picked up in last quarter. As story progress it loses its way and gets taken over by a wordy and date ridden history lesson.
Disappointed. What otherwise would have been a face paced thriller diluted to dusty mind numbing history lecture.
"A good listen, if a little descriptive at points"
I enjoyed this book a lot. The story went from the previous installment and flowed through nicely, continuing to develop the characters. A complicated look at fantasy version of a very real planet earth that sometimes goes a bit heavy on the narrative. The narrator is good, on the whole. I'm afraid my usual irritation with an American's lack of ability to pronounce various words is still there, but on the whole a good read and I'm looking forward to the final installment!
"It's about 50 chapters too long"
Good narration but storyline just unravels which is a shame really as I had quite enjoyed the first book. Too many flashbacks.
"Not as good"
There are many faults within the story that are mainly due to lack of proper research in some of the science and history. There are even issues with geography. For example, Andalusia is not a state, it is a province in Spain, and Pamplona is definitely not a city in it.
The narration really got me this time. I wasn't sure about it in the previous book, but the accents were just terrible and the pronunciation of many cities was so bad that it was difficult to make sense of it. For example, the pronunciation of Ceuta, which features prominently in the book, was so bad that I only realised what city it was half way through the book.
The plot is entertaining enough.
"Boring, boring, boring"
This had so much potential after the first book, but the author has obviously given up and hopes you'll not notice there's no story , plot development is minimal & quite frankly, I couldn't care less if everyone was wiped out by the virus.Didn't finish & returned for a refund.
Was he sleeping?
This series is extremely fun. I really enjoy scifi/fantasy books that based themselves around real historical and scientific events. This is a fine example of how to balance reality and fiction.
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.........
"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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