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The Atlantis Gene (The Origin Mystery #1)

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70,000 years ago, the human race almost went extinct.
We survived, but no one knows how.
Until now.
The countdown to the next stage of human evolution is about to begin, and humanity may not survive this time.

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Paperback, 506 pages
Published May 4th 2013 (first published January 1st 2013)
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    Nitin Arora
    A good plot badly written. I don't mean to be harsh but that's how it is. The book felt like reading a movie script instead of a novel. The scenes are too rushed at times, and the scenery abruptly changes, too fast (just like present day TV action series), and so many chapters just makes it more cluttered and confusing. Scenes are not clearly explained in my view, and it was very hard to visualize what was going on.

    The story is a typical sci-fi and has nothing to offer out of the box. It is jus
    I am not one to go back and modify my reviews (out of sight, and all), but I think there is some confusion about this one. I want to start out by stating that I love this book. Amazon Prime is clunky and I feel so lucky that I stumbled on this book, because the book itself is well crafted. I could easily suspend my disbelief for the duration, and the characters were likeable/unlikeable when they were supposed to be.

    I love Sci-Fi, which is the general category that I would put this book in, with
    The Atlantis Gene drew me in from the start. This book is extremely fast-paced, almost like watching a movie. Great story line and characters. I especially loved the character development of Kate and David. I think the book does a good job of revealing back story without over doing it. A lot of books I read get bogged down in details and I lose interest but not this book.

    I caught myself looking up details from the book and found the author's website to have a great fact vs fiction section (atlan
    Josh Rollins
    This book has a promising *suggestion* of a plot, which is why I gave it two starts. I gave up on it 38% in. It is written like a cheap action movie, not like a book, and feels as if Mr. Riddle never had any beta readers for this story. The author try to throw everything but the kitchen sink at you: Atlantis, aliens, secret brotherhoods and conspiracies, codes, ultimate good and ultimate evil, Nazis, and the list goes on.

    It seems Mr. Riddle was inspired by Dan Brown, but even Dan Brown started
    Brilliant. 489 pages of times when I stayed up until 2 in the morning with my eyes glued to my Kindle screen. 489 pages of when I'd be at work and frantically wanting to fangirl and wondering if anyone could see how excited I was.

    That's when you know a novel has captivated you with its story. I stumbled upon the book on Amazon, read the description, and thought, "Hm. A sci-fi novel with its own creation theory that involves Atlantis? This must be good." Every minute I had, every break I gained,
    I will not insult any reader of this DNF review by not disclosing the fact that I simply could not connect with this book and the style in which it was written. Thus, I did not finish it and after only 50 pages decided to put it down. So I will not offer any serious critique other than a rationale as to why I did not connect with it. If you find this annoying, i agree with you, yet as my least favorite saying goes: it is what it is (totally lame, because we all know it is what it is until its no ...more
    Andy Rice
    I can count on one hand the number of books I willfully put down before finishing, and this is one of them. I honestly tried (and even got through 73%, according to my Kindle), but it just got more painful. The plot is painfully contrived to the point where it seems the author just tosses in mystery and science fiction cliches and hopes they stick (Atlantis and aliens and evil corporations and Nazis and the list goes on), without any effort to weave them into the story.

    The writing is cringe-wor
    This book has everything. Almost literally. Nazis,time travel, Atlantis, a mystical spear that was used to stab Jesus, secret portals that let you walk from Gibralter to Antarctica, space monkeys, miniature nuclear weapons that can be created in days and placed in a 5 year old's backpack, world wide plagues, neanderthals, genetic engineering, gun fights, love stories, crazy plot twists, the Spanish flu, magical potions that cure all wounds and ills, characters with massive Freudian complexes, lo ...more
    Mike Nemeth
    Author A.G. Riddle inaugural novel starts out pretty fast. Make that somewhat insanely fast. He throws things at the reader in rapid succession. But stick with it and pay attention. Comprehension will dawn. The characters begin to make sense and A.G. revisits everything. Every little plot twist gets attention. All the elements he packs into the beginning of the mystery will make sense. The grand scheme begins to make a little too much sense, making me wonder if there isn't some kind of Immari or ...more
    Greg Tymn
    The first word that came to mind after finishing this novel was "Ambitious".

    Perhaps a bit too amibitious. There were many sub-plots requiring a set of characters or at least name changes for the characters. There were interesting people (the boy in the monastery) who were brought in, seemed pleasant, and then forgotten. Then there was the main trunk of the story line....or was it? And we see all these tubes with Atlanteans, but we fail to have any description of what they look like.

    So....while I
    I borrowed this book for free using the Kindle Lending Library. While I gave this book 1 star, I think this author has potential. The overall concept was ok, but the work just felt unpolished. The sci-fi aspects were well explained, and the plot was fast paced, but the dialogue was cringe worthy. I think in an effort to explain the science but keep the pace moving the author sacrificed character development. My main problem with the book is I couldn't care less what happened to any of the people ...more
    Jessica Kayuha
    I always hate to criticize an indie author's first published work. I know some of what it's like to put yourself out there for the public to notice and critique, and it's not an easy thing to do. So, first, kudos to the author for finishing and publishing.

    The concept behind this story is intriguing. While I think he's going off a bad idea of the Atlantis myth, he at least goes all in with it. And the science behind things, to my non-studied brain, seemed plausible and I didn't find myself rollin
    This was a debut novel for this author, and boy, could I tell. Talk about overloading your book with topics! This book included such diverse subjects as several religions, evolution and Darwinism, autism, and then tried to combine genres of books as well such as mystery with almost James Bond type action, as well as turning this into a piece of science fiction. It was kind of as if the author was trying to set this up for a movie...but I don't see that coming, simply because this was way too bus ...more
    Ed Morawski
    Man! An amazing book I couldn't put down (and at 488 pages that's a long thrill ride).

    A little bit sci-fi, a little bit mystery, suspense, thriller, and even historical fiction - it's all here and not only kept me on the edge of my seat but kept me guessing where it was going.

    This story has some of the most ruthless villains (or are they?) and the author is ruthless in his own way too, not afraid to kill off one character after another just as you get to know them.

    Don't really understand some of
    Thanks to Firstreads and the author for my free copy of this fantastic book.

    I have this thing about "thrillers". They have to be thrilling. This book definitely lives up to the name. This is one of the best books that I have read this year! I read a lot of thrillers and this one is definitely on par with something by James Rollins or Steve Berry and to think it was independently published! Indie authors are where it's at these days and A.G. Riddle (pseudonym? sure sounds like it to me.) has "it"
    I deserve an award for being able to finish this book. Honestly.

    The plot had everything to attract me: genetic experiments, Greek myths and lost cities, evil Nazi conspiracies, even references to my own country. Yet, for the life of me, I cannot figure out how an author could accumulate all these fantastic ideas and deliver such a horrible story.

    At numerous times, all I wanted to do was stop reading and delete the book from my kindle, but I kept going, hoping the author would redeem himself and
    Catherine Nobles
    The general theme is not unique...Atlantis... ancient, secret, malevolent society wants to prepare for a super race that would rule the world after culling "undesirables" by releasing deadly viruses into the general population...significance of Antarctica. However, the author has made his telling of the story unique and highly imaginative. It was easy to like the protagonists, Kate and David, and hate the villain, Dorian. I enjoy science thrillers and the author has made it easy to ruminate abou ...more
    John Nicholson
    Note: this is the same review I wrote on the Amazon site. This book is not yet available through Audible, but the author has a contract with them for the first two books in the series.

    I am almost always working on three to five books at a time. I found this debut novel a major page turner, and was unable to read another book while I was immersed in this one. I almost never read a self-published novel. I'm a slow reader, and just don't have time to do a lot of experimental reading. However, in w
    Atlantis? Genetics? Secret society reaching back to before recorded history? Could it be as good as advertised? Yes! I loved this! It's the kind of book that makes me giggle when I'm done, it was just that good.

    It's written in three parts and the first two parts are good, but when you get to the third section, Whaaaaat?! I had guessed at some things, but my guesses weren't complex enough and didn't go far enough. I both wanted to read faster to see what else was going to happen, but also stop an
    William Davis
    If the legend of Atlantis fascinates you, if you’re interested in the possible origins of the human species, and if you love a good thriller, the Atlantis Gene is the book for you. Throw in some historical oddities and two warring factions fighting for the future of the human race and you get a potboiler that is extremely entertaining and hard to put down.

    As an independent novelist myself, I know how hard it is to get noticed. The Atlantis Gene should be noticed and appreciated for the deftness
    Fantasy Art  Gifts
    This author has a very big imagination. This book is intelligently written and combines real life with a bit of science fiction. You feel like you're there for every journey each character takes. It plays on what ifs without becoming unbelievable. If I could have understood the genetics part a bit better I'd give this book five stars. It was a pleasure to read and can't wait to see what future hold for these characters.I highly recommend the book. It appeared in a list of similar books others ha ...more
    Pick this book up and prepare yourself for a fabulous ride! This first story by this author starts a bit slow and "all-over-the-shop" and next thing you know, you are fully immersed in a crazy world of conspiracies and paleoanthropology and World War 1 bunkers and Antartica... add a couple of Tibetan monks and some kidnapped autistic children, and you've got a story that is a great adventure, full of history, science and fun...the science is a bit of a stretch at times, but suspend disbelief and ...more
    Colin Barnes
    Started off with a strong prologue but I felt the super short chapters and constant cutting from one thing to another always kept me at a distance and I never really got that involved with the story. Although a fairly simple plot, it became quickly convoluted for my taste.

    I'm in the minority as it's clearly a well received book, but I just found the 'As you know bob' style of delivering exposition via dialogue a little forced, and with the constant cutting between short chapters it felt like a
    Caprice Hokstad
    A solid 3.8. Despite some problems (see below) it was very compelling and hard to put down.

    I did have a lot of trouble keeping characters straight, as there were a lot of them, with aliases, and because of a time warp situation, people who should have been dead, were not.

    The plot was also very convoluted, with too many conspiracies and cataclysmic events all vying for attention.

    It was rather too fast-paced for my taste. The writing almost felt like an outline or a movie script of an all-action m
    Jamie Jeffries
    This is a self-published first novel, and as such, has some flaws. What I liked about it was the level of detail in the premise. I'm a sucker for pre-historic civilizations, unexplained mysteries and the fanciful ways in which authors weave stories around them. I read this some months ago on the recommendation of my writing partner, who had created a plot he felt was similar. (It wasn't.)

    A few days ago, I started to read the sequel and found myself lost enough that I had to re-read this one firs
    This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. It seriously has everything AND it flows well. I wish I could say more but I don't want to give anything away!! One of the few mystery books that I didn't have figured out within the first few chapters. Seriously, read this book.
    Jennifer Wells
    Wow. This book was fast paced and full of stuff I love: conspiracy theories, science fiction, alternate history, spies, nazis, mysterious artifacts, ancient astronauts...I could go on and on. The story centers on a woman who studies autism and a man who works for a secret spy agency. Nothing is what it seems. There are unexpected twists and turns around every corner and throughout the entire book these two protagonists are racing to stay one step ahead of the bad guys--which are an ever evolving ...more
    Ignacio Gil
    Good fun!
    It´s one of those easy reading + fun books. Bad guys, good guys, mistery, and a dash of sci fi in the beguining... wich increases exponencially.

    This book was well thought out. The story line was easy to follow. Great characters. It was a very enjoyable read. I will definitely be reading the next one!
    Nand Kishore Sagi
    Page Turner

    While picking up a book to read in the Kindle library I came across the Atlantis series. I had always been fascinated with anything on Atlantis. I have watched Stargate Atlantis, Atlantis series on BBCA and then I come across this series. with high expectations I borrow this book from kindle library on a Saturday night and start reading. that was the wrong thing to do as I could not sleep anymore and needed to find out what happened next. David and Kate's fight to save the kids felt s
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    A.G. Riddle spent ten years starting and running internet companies before retiring to focus on his true passion: writing fiction. He grew up in a small town in North Carolina and attended UNC-Chapel Hill, where he founded his first company with one of his childhood friends. He currently lives in Parkland, Florida and would love to hear from you...

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