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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.


    4 of 4 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.

    3 of 3 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.

    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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    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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    Mark Boyertown, PA, United States 11-20-14
    Mark Boyertown, PA, United States 11-20-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Good listen except jump around to much"

    Like the book. Hard to follow because it jump around so quickly from one event to another with such short chapters just getting into the scene and it switches.

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    wii-zer sc 10-24-14
    wii-zer sc 10-24-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Technical and dry at times, but interesting"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No too much explanation of technology not enough progression


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

    Not another one...


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Sadly so


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

    No, enough is enough


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    Nicholas 09-16-14
    Nicholas 09-16-14 Member Since 2011
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    "even worse than the first"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story was getting way out there and there were incredible mistakes in biology.


    What could A. G. Riddle have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    At lease get the science right, there were so many issues that science souldn't support.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Scott 08-05-14
    Scott 08-05-14 Member Since 2013
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. This is a great series. I cant wait for the final one to come out!


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

    Yes. Each book in the series is a complete story in itself, but also keeps you wanting to jump into the next one!


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

    I have listened to all three books in this series, and have pre-ordered the audio of the final book. They are all great audio-books!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    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.........

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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.

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