A lost civilization. A dangerous quest. A deadly secret....
It's one of history's most enduring and controversial legends: the lost city of Atlantis. Archaeologist Nina Wilde is certain she's solved the riddle of its whereabouts - and with the help of reclusive billionaire Kristian Frost, his beautiful daughter, Kari, and ex-SAS bodyguard Eddie Chase, she's about to make the most important discovery in centuries.
But not everyone wants them to succeed: a powerful and mysterious organization will stop at nothing to ensure that a secret submerged for 11,000 years never resurfaces. More than one would-be discoverer has already died in pursuit of Atlantis's secrets - including Nina's own parents. Failure isn't an option.
From the streets of Manhattan to the Brazilian jungle, from a Tibetan mountaintop to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, Nina and Eddie will race against time - and follow a trail of danger and death to a revelation so explosive, it could destroy civilization forever.
©2009 Andy McDermott (P)2010 Tantor
"McDermott's debut, already an international best seller, raises the bar to please adventure junkies who prefer to mainline their action." (Publishers Weekly)
I've listened to the first half and there have been many times I felt myself becoming less intelligent for listening to the dialog. Each time I felt like turning it off, but it seemed it was still better than nothing. I've finally come to the realization that "nothing" IS better than this. The characters act like what you'd expect from 14 year-old boys.
The story itself is entertaining, but I can't get past the dialog.
I actually enjoy books with some intellectual basis (because I am a total geek), but want trash that doesn;t make me think too hard after a hard day of sorting through Estate tax statutes or Medicaid rules. This seemed perfect- murder mystery set in a backdrop of exotic locales and archeological discussion. I could not have been more wrong. There is absolutely nothing which would make this book even remotely readable.
First, I lost the body count and so can give only a rough estimate of the non humann casualties which include (but are not limited to): several helecoptors, 1 motorcycle, 3 trains (1 of which is highjacked), innumerable cars, a high tech bio lab, 3 ancient cities, 1 entirely innocent villiage with all inhabitants, a private plane, at least one bridge, 2 submarines- need I go on? There is also both racism and the belief even by the nonn racists that race=predestination and that cnspiracies can survive for mellinium without anyone being the wiser despite an apppparantly vast number of people involved and willing to do anything including unnecessary murders to continue it.
Also, there is apparantly a love story in this which seems to be brought on by glimpses of something like basic humanity masked by crudeness, lack of intelligence, and farting and belching to ensure emotional distance (or perhaps because of gas).
I actually purchased this book was so disgusted that I returned it, discovered that I could not warn anyone who had not, in fact, kicked my cat and therefore deserved this book as a form of torture, not to read it under any circumstances. I felt so strongly about this that I bought it again to say: unless you need penance for flinging flaming kittens into an orphanage on Christmas in a former life, do not read this book. Just don't. Even the violence doesn't make sense.
The heroes were initially developed well but somewhere along the line they were all lobotomized. The plot dragged along because our heroes fell into every obvious trap there was. The characters themselves were not too bad and that was the only thing that kept me going to the end. I have read other McDermott pieces and was disappointed.
There are too many to mention and all of the actions scenes were painfully long and predictable once you realized the formula.
Do not waste a credit on this one folks.
The narrator sounds like an elderly british man, and confess, the narration isn't my favorite. I prefer more of a vocal range, and although he tries, he isn't quite able to bring this to life like a better narrator could. I'm still slogging through it, but wanted to warn people to check the sample to see if you like the narrator before buying.
I really enjoy a good audio book, -mostly lectures, mostly History. I enjoy the philology, archeology as well.
If you are looking for a true to life, accurate, plausible, realistic story, this might not be your cup of tea. That's the one thing I would change, -if everything could have been just a little more 'plausible'. But hey, it's not a documentary, it's great Fantasy.
Yes, I think the writing style lends itself to audiobooks.
Firstly, Gildart Jackson is a fine presenter, narrator. I must add the Nota Bene that; When he does a Woman's voice, it sounds like a flamboyantly gay male. I actually laughed out loud a couple of times, I can't say why other audiobook narrators somehow manage to pull it off without sounding this way. But it's no big deal, -only noteworthy because the question was asked.
A follow up? I can't imagine how they would pull that off! But what the heck, I like and recognize Andy McDermott now and I'm all about loyalty so Yes!
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