I was expecting something between Indiana Jones and the daVinci Code when I bought this book. I was sorely disappointed. The hero is a James Bond type archeologist, and of course an expert in everything. The story is bogged down by countless technical details about weaponry and gadgets, balanced by cliched characters: the loyal-to-the-death friends, the damsel-in-distress, the plain and, of course, traitorous woman, the evil muslim warlord. Oh, and of course, Atlantis is destroyed in the end.
I was ready to stop reading this book midway through, but finished it out of morbid curiosity, and because, out of principle, I don't like not finishing a book.
I was hoping for something along the lines of James Rollins, who is first rate at mixing history/archaelogy/science with the action we expect to find in a book like this.
I was extremely disappointed. There was way too much technical jargon, so that I felt it was more a lecture than a story being told. The main characters are so smart, all of their predictions are always right on the mark, they always have the exact technology to get the job done, blah blah blah.
I pushed on past my usual page 100 because I liked the idea of the plot and thought it would make way for less talk, more action. Nope.
Not worthy of any more of my time spent on it so I gave up and I'm not sorry I did.
A slow read in the beginning. The set up of the scienctific portion of the novel becomes literary speed bumps in sections. Once the main story line unfolds after about page 120, the tempo picks up. Overall, one of those novels I would refer to as "brain candy". The theories that are posed with regard to the Bible are outside my beliefs. Overall, a mediocre read.
A formulaic snooze-a-thon. If you read the first two chapters, two in the middle and two at the end you might find it suspenseful.
The rest is boring scientific hokum, endless underwater tedium and dull incomprehensible descriptions of rocks, metals, equipment ad infinitum. Far inferior to all others in this cookie-cutter genre.
Get adventure book along the line of Indiana Jones. It starts out a little slow because the author is giving you all the historical facts that you need to understand the plot. It is worth it to read through to get to the action.
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I picked this one up by chance at the local bookstore because anything labeled "Atlantis" will catch my eye. And I must say I was not disappointed. I enjoyed this book from cover to cover. While I did expect an adventure story with some over the top scenarios, I was surprised at how easy it was to read through while keeping my attention. I felt when I read this book it could easily become a storyline for the PlayStation 3 title "Uncharted". I would definitely recommend this book if you are a fan of Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt novel's.
I think that it was a bad idea to read two Atlantis books in a row. It was hard to sit back and just read the novel, instead of doing a near-constant compare-contrast of the two stories. First of all, the positives: I thought that the writing was more approachable than _Decipher_'s, perhaps because there wasn't the same scientific base. The characters were also a step above Pavlou's - not a large step, but a step nonetheless. As for the negatives: well, Atlantis here just wasn't that neat... and then the way it ended... also, I really could have done without the whole terrorist plot line - and unfortunately it seems like more energy went into that than Atlantis. Still, it was overall entertaining and it was interesting.
Marine archaeologist Jach Howard has stumbled upon the keys to an ancient puzzle. With a crack team of scientific experts and ex-Special Forces commandos, he is heading for what he believes could be the greatest archaeological find of all time. The site of fabled Atlantis. While a ruthless adversary watches his every move and prepares to strike.
But neither of them cound have imagined what awaits them in the murky depths. Not only a shocking truth about a lost world, but an explosive secret that could have devastation consequences today. Jack is determind to stop the legacy of Atlantis from falling into the wrong hands, whatever the cost, But first he must do battle to prevent a global catastrophe.
Marine archaeologist Jack Howard stumbles on the key to an ancient puzzle.He believes he can find Atlantis.The book is filled with wonderful facts and reminded me of a Dirk Pitt navel only with a new cast of characters. A good read as he stumbles though and is chased by daring folks from the other side that always seem one step ahead of him.
it was entertaining but i did not find the plot to be original. Guess I've read one too many risky mission impossible books... the detail was fascinating though. Definitely a different perspective on the 'lost world' than what is portrayed in the movies
ATLANTIS: the fabled island which disappeared beneath the waves at the dawn of history. One of archaeology's most enduring mysteries. Fact or myth? No one has ever known--until now...
One day, on a dive in the Mediterranean, marine archaeologist Jack Howard gets lucky. Very lucky. He and his team uncover what could be the key to the location of the lost island.
Jack is on the verge of making an astounding breakthrough, but someone else knows about Atlantis's location. And Jack and those closest to him are suddenly locked in a life or death game with consequences that could destroy thousands of lives. For what Jack discovers is beyond his wildest dreams--but it comes at a terrifying price.