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The Atlantis Code (Thomas Lourds #1)

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A thrill-seeking Harvard linguistics professor and an ultrasecret branch of the Catholic Church go head-to-head in a race to uncover the secrets of the lost city of Atlantis. The ruins of the technologically-advanced, eerily-enigmatic ancient civilization promise their discoverer fame, fortune, and power… but hold earth-shattering secrets about the origin of man.

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ebook, 432 pages
Published August 3rd 2010 by Forge Books (first published 2009)
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Nov 20, 2009 Jennifer rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction
If I could give this book a lower rating I would. I finished it because it was a free advance copy and I felt compelled to write a review. The characters are one-dimensional, the dialog is trite, and the writing is poor. I did like the premise of this book, which is the discovery of a site in Spain that could be the ancient land of Atlantis. What follows is a silly romp through through 5 or 6 countries to find an artifact that will lead to the secret. And of course the bad guy is a Cardinal in t ...more
Amy L. Campbell
May 21, 2010 Amy L. Campbell rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, blogged, reviewed
It's nice to see that misogyny is still alive and well. And can apparently even get published. Lourds is a fairly reprehensible character. I had no desire to see him triumph in any of his endeavors. And by the end of the book, if they had all died, the only one I would have lamented would have been Gary (who was decidedly less of a character and more of an afterthought tacked on for comic relief). Brokaw's wet-dream written large might have been acceptable if the female characters hadn't actuall ...more
Nov 18, 2009 Vicky rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The front cover promised: “If you enjoyed the Da Vinci Code, The Atlantis Code will take you to a new level of mystery, wonder and adventure.” I was looking forward to reading this book, just by that statement alone. Good job marketing people! That statement is big shoes to fill. If you compare a book with Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code you had better live up to the hype. Unfortunately, this book falls desperately flat. So I say, If you enjoyed the Da Vinci Code, read it again and pass The Atlantis C ...more
William Bentrim
Jun 04, 2010 William Bentrim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: action adventure mystery readers
The Atlantis Code by Charles Brokaw

Move over Da Vinci Code, another new Vatican centric novel. Mix together a hidden secret, a rogue Cardinal, a world renowned linguist, a TV producer and a Russian cop and you get a mélange of excitement. A simple translation assignment thrusts a college professor into a maelstrom of intrigue.

Brokaw paints vivid characters with strong characteristics. His main protagonist, Thomas Lourds, is a world famous linguist of immense sex appeal who unlike Indiana Jones

Not many words inspire so much wonder and mystery as that one which is why I'm rather obsessed with the myth. I can't help it I love adventure novels that feature the legend so when one of my many library searches led me to The Atlantis Code I was stoked. It sounded awesome and it got reasonably good reviews on Goodreads so as soon as I brought it home from the library I dove into reading it.

Unfortunately diving into it was similar to diving into a pool empty of water. Right from the b
Jeannie Mancini
The newly released archaeology thriller The Atlantis Code, anonymously penned by Charles Brokaw who is a pseudonym for some famous author, academic, scholar, was a tremendous disappointment. I’ve always been entranced with the Atlantis myth and usually enjoy all the various twists that authors of this genre are able to concoct around this ever-fascinating lost world. Unfortunately, Atlantis Code didn’t offer up anything out of the ordinary.

The premise of this suspense novel revolves around a wo
Chris Nichols
Sep 19, 2014 Chris Nichols rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
If it were possible to give this book half a star, I would. Mediocre writing, predictable plot lines that are straight out of an 80's cheesy action movie, and one dimensional characters made this a book that was almost difficult to read. The author may have done some historical research, but the majority of it are facts someone could easily find on Google. The story was almost exactly like The Davinci Code, an American college professor goes to overseas about an ancient artifact, the Vatican is ...more
Mar 22, 2012 Will rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
If I am disappointed in anything it is that I have only one more Charles Brokaw book to read. Atlantis Code was as good if not better than the Lucifer Code.
While Charles Brokaw's books are written by a ghost writer, whoever writes them does a splendid job at keeping the story lines weaved in together with nods to other moments in other books. However if you haven't read all of them you wouldn't be lost at all.
Atlantis Code is laid out very well, characters are described very well with some p
Jennifer Jensen (Literally Jen)
While on location for a film documentary, Harvard linguist Thomas Lourdes stumbles upon the find of the century: a mysterious bell inscripted with a language that Lourdes is unable to translate. When the bell is taken from Lourdes and the film crew by gunpoint, he goes on a quest to discover the origins of the bell.

In Russia, a colleague of Lourdes is trying desperately to get in touch with him, knowing she has discovered something ancient and wondrous. Before she can reach him, she is murdered
Oct 17, 2010 Kathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some day, we'll all stop using a comparison to The Da Vinci Code when we talk about this style of book. That day won't be any time soon, though, as Dan Brown really captured the world on that one.

This book's hero is a world renowned linguist/professor who gets involved with the search for five ancient instruments that could, when used together, bring about another Biblical destruction. Yep, from the hand of God.

Joining him in his quest is a TV crew and a Russian police officer on a mission of re
As can be gleened from the title of the book, this story follows in the footsteps of Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code. Although this book was somewhat better than some of the others of the genre that are out there, it wasn't spectacular but it was a good enough read for when you're stuck in the airport.

The main character is a linguist and that being my area of study, I enjoyed the sections on languages. He must, however, be an absolute genius to be able to translate an ancient language that no one has
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WOW!! I truly loved this book! The City of Atlantis has always been a huge mystery to me as well as the world, and I always enjoy finding books whether they are fictional or not on that topic. "The Atlantis Code" was filled so much wonder, mystery and action! I loved the characters. Natasha was a kick ass woman and I loved her roughness! Professor Lourdes was a likeable character too. The storyline was very interesting and I loved the fact that this is something that can actually happen in real ...more
Jul 23, 2011 Elodie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It's a good thriller, and some passages left me holding my breath.
The whole Atlantis plot was great and interesting, though I'm not really that into God and all the myths surrounding it like the Garden of Eden. But I found that the author was thorough and it was pleasant anyway.

What I found a bit less entertaining though was the personality of Lourds, which I found all too boastful, as well as Leslie who, though threatened by an army of bad guys, finds the bravery to
Kristin Lundgren
Reasonably fast-paced thriller about Atlantis and some artifacts that could lead to the Garden of Eden. Very far-fetched in it's myths and archaeology, it's still a fun romp with a bunch of thugs, an evil cardinal, and two beautiful women vying for our hero's heart, a linguistics professor. He come off trying to be a James Bond sort, but instead looks more like a louse as he sleeps with everyone in sight, and explains to himself that he's sure they know the score -that he is married to his work. ...more
Jam Sinclair
Apr 23, 2016 Jam Sinclair rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! A real page turner. One of the better ones involving Atlantis that I've read. The whole ancient secrets, conspiracy, mystery side to this is written well (have been disappointed with similar style books in the past, with lack of info or going over the top, etc) this seemed to have good knowledge of history and facts, and enough wit and fast paced action to keep the thrill going. Loved the ending too, think I held my breath for the last 60 pages! lol. I really liked the writing ...more
Dec 24, 2010 Regan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't resist a book on Atlantis. This one was disappointing to a point. So much of it was written in omnisicent point of view and where it was it just pulled me right out of the story. A character would say or do something and then, as if he was a Shakespearian narrator, would tell you what the character was thinking instead of it coming from the character. The "hero" clearly thinks he's sexy -- because the narrator repeatedly tells us he is.

The idea of Atlantis, of finding it and what really
Aug 06, 2011 Tim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've always had a thing for Atlantis so this will be a slightly biased review.

I loved this book! I think the characters were fantastic and I think the book was much better written than a lot of the other books in this genre.

The book keeps you hooked (which for me is a bad thing as I invariably end up losing sleep).

If you like a bit of mystery, history & mythology then I would highly recommend this book and I'll definitely be keep an eye out to see what this author does next.
Krystina Grant
Jan 08, 2011 Krystina Grant rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I first started reading the book there were a couple of very brutal and descriptive scenes that made me wonder if I really wanted to read this particular book. But being intrigued by stories of Atlantis I stuck with it and was quickly drawn in by the action and brilliant story-telling. It kept me on the edge of my seat. I will be looking forward to the next book by this author. As for anyone who likes fast paced, edge of your seat stories will definitely love this book.
Jun 25, 2011 Neeke rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this during my -archaeological action thrillers are so cool- phase, and seriously regret this... There's no way I can get those lost hours of reading back. Don't even remember the core of the story, only that it seriously... lacked a good, and more importantly; original, storyline - to put it nicely.
Sep 06, 2013 Agos rated it it was ok
Shelves: thriller
The author makes a desperate attempt at copying every single bit of action from other "Codex" books (from which The Da Vinci Code is unfortunately the most well-known). But this is so badly done...

I really had to make a huge effort not to abandon reading this book. At least now I'm sure that my feelings about this book after the first few chapters were right. The plot is initially interesting but ends up being very unrealistic and poor; the characters are incoherent and single-minded, almost re
Alayne Bushey
Setting aside preconceptions from The DaVinci Code, The Atlantis Code by Charles Brokaw is about a Harvard linguistics professor, Thomas Lourds, who stumbles across an ancient artifact wanted by a secret group of Cardinals from the Vatican. Together with television journalist Leslie, and Russian police officer Natashya, Lourds and a few other characters travel the globe in search of five ancient instruments inscribed with an untranslatable language, somehow linked to the lost city of Atlantis. W ...more
Sreedevi Viswambaran
The Atlantis Code by Charles Brokaw, Finished reading on 14th November 2009


1CAn ancient artefact is discovered in a dusty antiquities shop in Alexandria, Egypt 13 The Long-Forgotten trinket soon becomes the centre of the most deadly race against time in history.

The 20,000-year-old relic is inscribed with what appears to be the long-lost language of Atlantis. Only one man would seem to be able to decode its meaning 13 the world 19s foremost linguist, Dr Thomas Lourdes 13 but only if he c
Luis Fernando Franco
Mñe... Si fuera película diría "palomera".

Está entretenido, con la fórmula "mágica":
- Un equipo loco formado por un lingüista tipo Indiana Jones, aunque aquí la parte del "bang bang" lo cubre con una policía rusa que dejaría en vergüenza a James Bond y a Bruce Willis juntos; una reportera ambiciosa que pone en riesgo a todos por lograr sus objetivos; un camarógrafo anodino que se vuelve héroe en el momento inesperado
- Un "compló" de una Sociedad Secreta dentro de la Iglesia Católica
- Una fractu
Alex Ronk
Vengo retrasando ésta reseña desde haca varios días, lo termine y me dije que ahora si haría la reseña lo más pronto posible y casi dos semanas después la estoy haciendo :S Pero bueno, ahora si prometo organizarme mejor para las entradas porque soy un desastre D:

Lectura que es parte del desafío de Desempolvando libros y del cual apenas llevo 3 de 10. Ya lo tenía pendiente desde hace muuucho tiempo y aproveche para incluirlo en ese desafío y la verdad es que me tarde bastantito en leerlo. Primer
Kim Van streun
Sep 18, 2016 Kim Van streun rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is not at all what it purports to be, there is no depth to the Atlantean myth it is supposed to be about, instead that is used as a very thin excuse for a round the world , unlikely shoot em up, not worth the paper it is printed on
Jul 15, 2016 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, read-2016
When will conspiracy/adventure writers realize that romantic subplots are neither necessary nor wanted?

All in all, this book was good. It was long, intriguing, and had a compelling plot line. Give me Vatican corruption, secret codes, and world travel any day. But what you don't need to give me is a falsely humble, unapologetically womanizing “hero” of a protagonist.

Just because a female character is in your book doesn't mean that she will inevitably fall into bed with the main character--who, in
Sep 29, 2015 Tom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Antes de empezar quiero decir que no pude dejar de leerlo.

Vale, El Enigma de la Atlántida es el primer libro en una seria protagonizada por el catedrático Thomas Lourds (con muchas similitudes con la serie de Robert Langdon, en el sentido en que ambas series sólo se relacionan por su personaje principal, y no siguen un arco argumental en conjunto entre libros. Además de similitudes en sus argumentos, pero por lo demás son diferentes. En un punto llegué a bromear que esté libro es Robert Langdon
Perrin Pring
I divide this book into two sections. There is the first half, which is filled with bad writing, but an okay plot, and then the second half where Brokaw unknowingly reveals why he will never be able to have a healthy relationship with a woman. The sexism in this book is blinding. Now, before I go any further, I want to say I am a huge James Bond fan, despite the fact that the James Bond franchise is practically built upon sexism and racism. While I don't condone such isms, I can, in certain even ...more
Apr 23, 2013 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Brokaw’s debut novel would impress even a skeptical reader of biblical mysteries. He opens the novel discussing a missing ancient relic, whose plot parallels a Vatican storyline that is equally as mysterious and thought provoking. While the book’s focus shifts to a biblical mystery (one that has been batted around by such authors as Dan Brown and Joel C. Rosenberg) that leaves the reader wondering if there is any proof behind the narrative. The true test of a stellar book relates to its ability ...more
Sree Devi
One long lost truth which could shake the foundations of church and its belief, a linguist profession, blood thirsty assassins behind him, and as usual a villain who is dressed in cassock. Sounds familiar? Yes dears! Same old wine, in ‘old’ bottle, inspired by the DVC success. Finally I am done with the book and now I know my patience levels are at a enviable position. The Initial and final verdict on this book is, apart from few nicely written characters and scenes, the book is entirely boring ...more
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Charles Brokaw is a pseudonym for an author, academic, and college educator living in the Midwest. He’s had a rich and varied life, and is fascinated by history, human accomplishment, and archeology. He began the book The Atlantis Code after seeing an article in a scholarly journal. The piece featured a satellite photo, and pointed out ruins visible in Spain which matched closely the description o ...more
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