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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  1,289 ratings  ·  116 reviews

There is a signal emanating from deep within the ice of Antarctica. Atlantis has awoken. Ancient monuments all over the worlds from the Pyramids of Giza, to Mexico to the ancient sites of China are a brewing crisis not of this earth, but somewhere out in the solar system. Connecting
Mass Market Paperback, 586 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 2001)
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Sep 23, 2008 David rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Neal Stephenson, Asimov, and Heinlein.
Recommended to David by: John Reyman
Decipher is a real treat; intelligent, well-researched, fast-paced, and thrilling. If this is Pavlou's first novel, I can't wait to see what he came up with for his second and third outings (Gene and Code Zero, apparently).

Decipher ties together myth, linguistics, archeology, physics, and much more to spin a near-future tale of a race to save the planet from annihilation. Pavlou obviously spent a great deal of time researching this book, but only rarely does that get in the way of the story.

I’ve read a lot of bad reviews about this book, but it’s become one of my favorites. This book definitely requires a technical mind and a love for science, so if 500 pages of science and cultural history sound boring to you, I doubt you’d enjoy this as much as I did.

In 2012, the best scientists across the globe have been assembled to solve a mystery. The earth is going through a traumatic time with many earthquakes, floods and odd weather. The lost city of Atlantis may have been found and could
First off, let me say that while I absolutely adored this book enough to give it 5 stars, it has several parts where it turns into an info-dump where the characters spout off info necessary to move the plot along. While I didn't find this a problem the first time I read it, I found it a bit boring when I've reread it since then. Still, the book is overall worth the read.

The plot centers around mysterious occurrences that start happening around the year 2012. A team of scientists are rounded up
kathy leland
Apr 14, 2007 kathy leland rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone disappointed in The DaVinci Code
If you want to read a book that actually fulfills the literary promise of the extremely disappointing "DaVinci Code" should read this one instead. It has everything: world mythology, futuristic premises, fascinating connections between past and the present civilizations, very satisfying historical accuracy, and interesting characters who are not entirely two dimensional.

This novel would make a truly amazing movie, and I can't believe some Hollywood visionary hasn't bought the rights and started
Less than halfway through the book, and I'm tired of it. It's an interesting premise, but poorly written. Overloaded with techno-babble and scientific and historical "facts" that don't strongly relate to the main story. Too many under-developed characters that are too hard to keep track of as it bounces from plot-line to plot-line. I doubt I'll finish the book.
UPDATE - I actually finished it. I can't believe I wasted my time on this dumb book.
Jenny Delandro
The story starts quietly then like a predator it pounces.
You feel mauled and like you are being dragged along with the story but you are completely helpless because you have to find out what they know... you have to follow their of the story keep filtering into my mind months after I have finshed ..
This book was great! A secret under the ice in Antartica leads to a race against time to save the world from total destruction. My kind of book!
Rodrigo Aguerre
Es uno de los mejores libros que he leido. Lo lei sin demasiada motivacion porque no habia investigado mucho al respecto, sencillamente fue la recomendacion de una amiga y decidi darle una oportunidad. Al principio me costaba terminar de engancharme con la trama, no porque fuera aburrida sino porque saltaba de una situacion a otra y no terminaba de asentarse en algo, cada situacion era completamente diferente a la anterior y ademas presentaba nuevos personajes, como que uno no termina de hacerce ...more
In this fascinating blend of science, mythology, and language, ancient monuments the world over are being awakened by a signal emanating from deep within the ice of Antarctica. The signal contains secrets that threaten to destroy the world. Atlantis has awoken. Ancient monuments all over the worlds from the Pyramids of Giza, to Mexico to the ancient sites of China are reacting to a brewing crisis not of this earth, but somewhere out in the solar system. Connecting to each other through the ocean ...more
Wow! This was an absolutely fascinating book!! It had all sorts of interesting facts and a great premise about Atlantis. And it certainly had a great sense of adventure and suspense! It was like reading an action movie - but a well-researched one! Unfortunately, the book followed the genre-standard of characters were more like caricatures than actual people... and not every little bit of the Great Mystery (including what would seem like some of the more interesting bits) was included. For all th ...more
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Shelly Kotalik
I learned from this book that I won't read another of his books. He used a scientific platform, which I initially found interesting, to basically spew his anti-religion ideas. Yeah. No, thanks. I didn't even finish this book because it was a cheap knock-off of Jurassic Park with different technology. The characters - were they supposed to be likeable? And easy to follow? Meh. I should have known the instant archaeologists started barbequeing thousands of years old mammoth meat that had been froz ...more
The begining of the book is amazing- you can't tell where the fact ends and the fiction begins as you listen in on conversations of ancient history conspiracy theory and nanatechnology and so much more, and what it means for the not so distant 2011. It has been a few years since I've read it, so I can't remember in detail all the amazing topics it broached, but I remember being in geeky love with the first half or so of the book. Hi-tech science, obscure ancient history, tying them together with ...more
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Dear Readers, for you to get a sense of my excitement for my Monday review this week, I must first show you the blurb that led me to read this book.

“TEN THOUSAND YEARS BEFORE CHRIST, THERE WAS THE FLOOD… Now, twelve thousand years later, a confluence of events affecting both the Sun and the Earth point towards a repeat performance. A small group of scientists must decipher an unknown language discove
Llegué a la página 125, me quedaban casi 400 más y dije: “Hasta aquí hemos llegado”. Quede claro: lo cogí con ganas de escapismo, bestsellerismo y fantasía. Ni siquiera esta buena disposición lo salvó. Lo peor no es que sus personajes sean caricaturas vistas mil veces en películas y novelas. Lo peor no es su desbordante fantasía que mezcla aztecas con la Atlántida, Egipto, el cambio climático, la CIA y lo que haga falta. Lo peor no es que sitúe a los aztecas en los Andes. No, lo peor es que se l ...more
Cynthia Yates
This is not my usual read. Overloading a book with statistics, science facts, etc, is usually a killer for me. However, I have to say, this one is different. The whole religious, archeological, quantum physical, governmental, mythical intertwining tie-ins caught me and held me the whole way through to the end. Stel Pavlou is a genius. The whole 'end of the world' theme is totally believable when he does it. This is truly a spectacular read!
loved this book. The first 50 or so pages are difficult to get past if you have problems with someone trying to disprove religion. These pages are important to the story and he is not derogatory towards religion he just has some interesting ideas on the history that could have happend. After these first pages it is a high paced high adventure page turner. I love it and would read it again.
The review of this book prompted my buying it. Though the ending disappointed (did Pavlou seek a movie deal?) it is no less worth reading. Indeed, before I read it, I lent it to a friend, who recommended to his friends, who recommended it to their friends, and on it went- leaving me to wonder if I'd ever get it back so that I could read it!
I am an atlantis theory nut, and this book was right up my street. one of the best books i had ever read at the time. the only bit i try to forget is the ending, where it all goes a little wrong.
Great book for the adventure seeker and science lover. Has romance, in-depth plot and an astounding arsenal of scientific facts that help to back up this already amazing plot.
Lavinia Lewis
Another favourite. This book is extremely fast paced despite being nearly six hundres pages long. It is well researched and gripping right to the very last page. Highly recommend.
Karlheinz Kobras
great book about buckyballs and the babylonian numbering system. I'm not 100% satisfied with the ending
fantastic fun. a thriller that thrills science that entertains and a plot that should be filmed asap
This is a long book and sometimes gets to technical BUT it is exciting, on the edge of your seat reading.
readers of atlantis-type stories would like this one. wish this guy wrote more books!
Jeanne wiltin
really fun. kinda cheesy at times,really cool science stuff.
Great read, especially if you like chemistry and history.
"Atlantis is discovered in Antartica, and it
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Stel Pavlou makes stuff up for a living. Despite all advice to the contrary, he intends to go on making stuff up until somebody physically stops him. Distractions would be the best bet, food mainly, and the odd shiny thing.

Stel Pavlou is Anglo-Greek so only 50% of his gift giving should be treated with any suspicion. Stel is short for Stelios. No one knows what Stelios means. One guess is it’s fro
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