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Atlantis (Jack Howard #1)

3.37  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,801 Ratings  ·  346 Reviews
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Archaeologist Jack Howard is a brave but cautious man. When he embarked on a new search for buried treasure in the Mediterranean, he knew it was a long shot. When he uncovered a golden disc that spoke of a lost civilization more advanced than any in the ancient world, he started to get excited. But when Jack Howard and his intrepid crew finally got close
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Published June 1st 2008 (first published 2005)
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Jennifer It was the first of his I've read and took me a while to get into, but then it gets to be quite a bit of action. However, I like the historical facts…moreIt was the first of his I've read and took me a while to get into, but then it gets to be quite a bit of action. However, I like the historical facts and the technological details, esp. since author notes tell you what they are based on. If not your preference, the details may be a bit much.(less)
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Algernon
Jul 27, 2012 Algernon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
Easily the worst book I've tried in 2011. I am usually very easy to please, witness my 4 star median rating on Goodreads, but Gibbins ticked me in all the wrong places. I am also an advocate of letting readers make up their own opinion and not thrashing any author or book, but my friendly advice is : stay away from this.
I choose the book without any previous research, solely based on the subject of Atlantis. It is, as usual with the theme, not really about ancient Atlantis, but about modern arch
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Nikoleta
Jul 28, 2016 Nikoleta rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Δεν μπόρεσα να το τελειώσω, δεν είχα υπομονή, η πλοκή ήταν βαρετή. Ενώ η υπόθεση στηριζόταν σε αερολογίες χωρίς καμία βάση και νόημα. «Ωχ ένας πάπυρος! Πρέπει να είναι του Σόλωνα! Και δεν έχουμε άλλες πληροφορίες από αυτόν γιατί αφού τον έγραψε πρέπει να έπαθε αμνησία! Είμαι σίγουρος ότι τον χτύπησαν στο κεφάλι και του τον πήραν!» Ποοοσο επιστημονική προσέγγιση!!!
(Κάπου άκουσα οτι ο συγγραφέας είναι αρχαιολόγος;;; Οοοοκ... ντάξ...)
Julie
Nov 28, 2009 Julie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is so wonderfully awful that I can't put it down. A backstory first: my fiance and I used to get each other romance novels and use a bright yellow highlighter on the really gross, terrible parts. Makes for great airplane reading. I think this book deserves that treatment.

All of the characters are described in superlatives and have multiple skills that are completely unrelated to what the person does for a living. For example, we have a British underwater archeologist who is also talent
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Poppy
May 25, 2007 Poppy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
A bunch of archaeologist searching for Atlantis. Well, their adventure in searching is intriguing, the conflict with terrorist adds suspense. But too many technoblab that made me say, "Huh?" every time someone explain an operation of a high tech (fictional) machine. And there are many, I tell you, and unnecessary.

Plus, in the end the main character reminds me too much of Rambo. He's a marine archaeologist for goodness sake, not a search-and-destroy kind of soldier. But all and all I like the plo
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Joshua Silverman
Aug 04, 2015 Joshua Silverman rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I had to abandon this book. I'm sorry. It just got way way too boring.

The first 150 pages is basically a bunch of scientists in a room talking about discoveries, ancient times, scientific verbiage that slows the pacing of the book down.

It just drags. Who knows, maybe something actually happens that doesn't take place in a boardroom sometime later in the story, but there are a lot better books to read out there that are more interesting (and I like historical fiction!).
Shilpa
Jun 17, 2007 Shilpa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book suffers from excessive rambling. When a group of specialists are speaking to one another you wouldn't expect them to go into detailed technical definitions every 5 minutes. The author basically pulled out the dictionary/encyclopedia everytime something technical was explained.

I love fantasy, but this book tries to be realisitc/probable...but its NOT! Ugh.
Kost As
Dec 28, 2015 Kost As rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Προσοχή, περιέχει σπόιλερς!!)

Λίγα λόγια για το βιβλίο: Ο (διάσημος) αρχαιολόγος Jack Howard και κάποιοι συνάδελφοί του, μέσα από κάποια σκιρτήματα της τύχης, ανακαλύπτουν μια σειρά από ευρήματα, τα οποία, χάρη στον πνευματικό πλούτο των αρχαιολόγων αυτών, μπορούν και αποκρυπτογραφούν και οδηγούνται στη λύση ενός από τα μεγαλύτερα αινίγματα των αρχαιολόγων: το μυστήριο της χαμένης Ατλαντίδας!

Ωραία ως εδώ! Στα θετικά: Κανείς δε μπορεί να παραγνωρίσει το γεγονός ότι ο David Gibbins το κατέχει το
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Benjamin Thomas
Oct 28, 2015 Benjamin Thomas rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure
I really loved the premise of this book. The main character is a marine archeologist and gathers a team of experts in response to a find that seems to lead toward the discovery of the lost Atlantis. And I knew if I liked the book there were at least three more by the same author and with the same protagonist. The author himself is a professor of archeology at Cambridge for crying out loud and has led numerous underwater excavations and written extensively on the topic. To top that off, my daught ...more
Bellady
Feb 02, 2010 Bellady rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book coz I misplaced the other 2 books I currently read and until now still couldn't find where they are. Telling about the adventure of a bunch of archeologists who found a series of clue about where the mythical Atlantis truly was. Interesting, but I still find it difficult to decide whether I like it or not. Usually this's the kind of book I could truly love. But don't know why, I can't make up my mind yet. Oh well, just beginning reading it, and not yet halfway, so hoping I ...more
Brendan
Feb 14, 2008 Brendan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
Shelves: fiction
This book was terrible. I liken this book to getting punched in the stomach repeatedly. There was just too much technical garbage that was never ending and every time you thought it was over you would get punched in the gut and the whole process would start over. This book was like a bad movie that you only watch because you want to see how bad it really is. SPOILER ALERT: the best part of the book is when it was over.
Grace
Aug 15, 2012 Grace rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I found this book in The Friends of Library for sale section at my local library for 50 cents.

I find underwater archaeology a fascinating subject. Combine that with a theory on the location of Atlantis and write it in novel form, and you have me caught as an interested reader. David Gibbins’ novel has enormous potential as both an action novel and that borders on science fiction grounded in realism. I very much liked the premise, but where the idea succeeded, the execution failed.

David Gibbins i
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Calle
This is the only novel I've rated withing finishing it. It held my interest for about 100 pages. After another 80 pages or so I was hoping the pace would pick up and halfway through I gave up. It was just endless bad dialogue and detailed desciptions of irrelevant technical details. Gibbins may know archaeology but he couldn't tell a good story to save his life. After giving up trying to enjoy the book I tried to find another use for it and started reading it at night instead of taking a sleepin ...more
Wayland Smith
May 09, 2016 Wayland Smith rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book read like a bad action movie. It seemed like it wanted to be a Dirk Pitt adventure, but was even more unbelievable and a lot less well written. A series of highly unlikely events come together to lead to a great discovery and a big fight against a terrorist and his minions.

Much like a Dirk Pitt book, the story starts with an event in the distant past that ends in death, but will effect the plot in the modern day. Eventually, a group of marine archeologists find a few different artefac
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Marc
Dec 12, 2007 Marc rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Grosse déception, je m'attendais à un scénario avec un gros context historique, des recherches passionnantes et au lieu de ça on a des réponses qui arrivent trop vite et un héros qui tient plus de rambo que d'un historien. En bref, ça craint.
Anna
Jun 20, 2013 Anna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Anna by: overdrive
this is a good essay about some of the current theories of the origins of the Atlantis myth, but it does not work as an action or adventure story.
the characters keep repeating the same information over and over and over again.
Sara Reeves
Jun 06, 2010 Sara Reeves rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is so spectacularly terrible you might want to read it to just wallow in the terribleness.
Pavel
Aug 31, 2015 Pavel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is the worst book I have read in a long time. It is so excruciatingly bad that I had to keep on reading it, just to see how masochistic I can be. Jack Howard is a Cambridge educated combo of Indiana Jones and Rambo, a dashing marine archeologist who pilots ships, submersibles, helicopters, you name it, speaks to his companions in lines from wikipedia and has a glib sense of humour. Katya Svetlanova is a correspondingly dashing expert in ancient languages and scripts ("she turned down many o ...more
Soho_black
As much as seeing a comparison to "The Da Vinci Code" on the book of a book makes me nervous, I've been reading for long enough now to know that you shouldn't judge a book by the cover. Perhaps more worrying was the fact that my fiancée wanted to take the book to a charity shop despite this comparison, having enjoyed Dan Brown's novels far more than I have.

In "Atlantis", marine archaeologist jack Howard has just discovered an ancient artefact that he believes may have come from a Minoan ship; so
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Theresa
Aug 08, 2014 Theresa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Title of this should be: “I have a theory about that,” said Jack.”

If you’re into the sport of extreme military and general science-in-action reading, then this is for you. Don’t get me wrong, I love science and archeology, but after only 20% into the story, I was already mind-numb from all the details and explanations that I was feeling detached from the story. After a while who cares how old the stupid shipwreck and disk are, we don’t even know what it is yet they think they might find. Which
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Harry Steinmetz
A deeply flawed book, but an enjoyable read. More of an action/adventure book than the sci fi/fantasy I was expecting. The two stories, the discovery of Atlantis and the the ridiculous bad guy adventure could easily be seperate books and probably should have been. The finding of Atlantis moves with huge leaps and bounds and wild speculation is accepted with huge expedatures made in the flimsiest of theories, which always happen to the correct. The sunken Russian sub with nukes on it, just happen ...more
David Roberts
May 20, 2013 David Roberts rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am reviewing the adventure novel Atlantis by David Gibbons which is very good & which I bought from a local secondhand bookstore. Gibbons is an expert on shipwrecks & lost cities so a lot of the information on Atlantis is based on fact. The plot is an historian called Jack and his team find an artifact that leads them to Atlantis, in the Nile Delta region. It appears the war between the Greeks & the Atlanteans was in fact a war between the Minoans & the Mycennaens. The Atlantea ...more
Christa
Jan 31, 2009 Christa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
I think that there was a good story at the heart of Atlantis, but it often was bogged down in descriptions. Some of the descriptions of a lost civilization and its treasures were so extensive that I couldn't begin to create a picture of them in my mind. The same was true of the descriptions of the ships and weaponry in the book. I would have enjoyed this book if more of it were given over to the plot instead of the multitude of details.

Jack Howard, a marine archaeologist, makes an astounding di
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Brent Soderstrum
May 14, 2015 Brent Soderstrum rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow...life is just too short to spend anymore time trying to figure out what the author is trying to explain. This is Indiana Jones written by Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory. Dumb it down Mr. Gibbins so that people can enjoy the story you are trying to tell. It certainly appeared to be an interesting tale about the lost island of Atlantis but it took me so long to get the story from all the other mumble jumble that I just had finally had enough. I did read 300 pages of it. I will cautio ...more
Pamela
Sep 28, 2008 Pamela rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have never decided to quit reading a book until I picked this one up. There is waaaay more technical speak about archaeology, history & geography than there is story. As a result, I couldn't attach myself to any of the characters. it's almost like the plot was there to support all the technobabble instead of the other way around. It was also very mechanical: Here is the genious/hero. Here is his genius/hero friend. Here is the genious/hero's love interest. Here is some trouble.

Several diff
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Dalia Ismail
Jun 02, 2013 Dalia Ismail rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you're perplexed by the probably-not-so-true Atlantis, take a deep breath and plunge into the depths of the Black Sea with Jack Howard to marvel at its wonders. Gibbins weaves a really plausible story to the fabled tale of Atlantis. I would have abandoned the book, if he hadn't written so darn well!
To be honest, what I 'really liked' was just the awesome history parts, all the heated discussions and fictional discoveries. The rest little mattered to me. I cared nothing for Jack's wound, the
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E.J.
Aug 22, 2009 E.J. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
One of the lamest reads, I had high hopes it would plunge me into an adventure worthy of its title and back blurb. It wasn’t. This book’s target audience is men who read Men’s Adventure novels, but I doubt that many men would sit through the windy archaeological dissertations delivered by “our hero” or by his sidekick, a breast-clad she-man love liaison. The agenda-filled undertows in this novel range from anti-pirating on the high seas to anti-female-circumcision and the enslavement of women by ...more
Trish Wylie
Jun 29, 2012 Trish Wylie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Considering my love of archeology TV Shows like Time Team, my fascination with the myth of Atlantis and my desire when I picked up this book for an adventure, this book should have rated much higher. Unfortunately, like many others who have reviewed it here on Goodreads, I found the techno-babble too much and on the numerous occasions when the author felt the need to tell me everything in excruciating detail found myself skipping over chunks of the text. Ultimately it weighed the story down unne ...more
Valerie McNamee Earl
Yuck.
Many problems.
The answers came too easily. If all of histories mysteries were this easy to solve, we would know everything.
By Chapter ten, my eyes almost fell out from rolling them too much. I am thinking, I really don't like this book.
One more 'gasp of astonishment' and I will SCREAM
Like right, the discs they happened to find at different sites, happen to be the correct ones to fit the magical door. RIGHT
Katya just happens to be the warlord's daughter. RIGHT

No way did this book come close
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Jamie
Dec 27, 2007 Jamie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
ugh. I only give one star because he does use proper sentence structure...for evil! such a HORRIBLY written trashy novel that I actually quit halfway through. Characters? Sketches them threadbare. Plot? Stitched together as an afterthought. Weapon descriptions? Let's make the book thicker. You would be asking yourself just now, is there a russian submarine with 60 missing nuclear weapons literally blocking the gates to atlantis? Yes. Does our hero decide that the best route to safety is scuba di ...more
Annalee
Nov 03, 2008 Annalee rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The writer spends a lot of time talking about underwater technology and weapons, and I meant a lot of time. If you're interested in hardware all named usung longs lists of abreviations and numbers then you'll love this book. If you want to read about Atlantis, be prepared to wait, and wait. Unfortunately, even when it got to the 'juicy bit' I was still bored. I don't know how Gibbins does it, to take a potentially exciting storyline and turn it into a shopping list of guns, bombs, helicopters an ...more
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Canadian-born underwater archaeologist and novelist. Gibbins learned to scuba dive at the age of 15 in Canada, and dived under ice, on shipwrecks and in caves while he was still at school. He has led numerous underwater archaeology expeditions around the world, including five seasons excavating ancient Roman shipwrecks off Sicily and a survey of the submerged harbour of ancient Carthage. In 1999- ...more
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