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Arrival at Portal Island

(Civilization Hunt #1)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  30 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Not knowing what he's getting dragged into, Michael arrives at a mysterious island to help out his colleagues. He soon finds ancient standing stones that all the locals are afraid of -- and with good reason: two settlements have already vanished from the island without a trace in the past few hundred years. Can the team of archeologists figure out what is going on? Or will ...more
Kindle Edition, 1012 pages
Published July 13th 2016
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Glen Weissenberger
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was quite astonished and delighted by Attila Beno's Arrival at Portal Island, which is the first of a three-part series entitled "Civilization Hunt."

The protagonist, Michael, quickly finds that a remote island to which he has been invited holds mysteries and inhabitants (who may or may not be who/what they appear to be) that lead them to discover archeological clues that mark not only the lost existence of a single civilization but vastly more complex possibilities. Evidence unfolds indicatin
Hannah West
Aug 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Graphic Novel/mystery lovers
This is the first time I've delved into the world of the Graphic Novel. And I have to say, I liked it.

I think it helps that the storyline was a genre I like, but I think I would've liked it anyway. I haven't read a fiction book with pictures since I was a child, and I think it has it's merits. I didn't have to imagine what the characters looked like - though I do enjoy that part of reading - and, strangely, I didn't find this off-putting at all.

'Arrival at Portal Island' is a mystery that keeps
Jul 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
The graphic novel, "Arrival to Portal Island", by Attila Benő, is part 1 of a 3 part adventurous tale set in our modern day. There's an island to explore with mysteries and science fiction/fantasy elements a plenty. Our main character, Michael, comes to an island with the mistaken belief that he was invited for some 'fun in the sun time'. He quickly realizes that he is really there to help solve a mystery. There's a portal and evidence of a past civilization, but making the connection is the rea ...more
J. Saman
Sep 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a graphic novel, part 1 of 3, which I found to be a lot of fun to read. Michael is sent to an island and very quickly we realize that he's there for a lot more than just fun times. There's a mystery to be solved and even a portal to a past world with unknown things on the other side as well as a mysterious placed castle. The very detailed dreams that take place within the castle may in fact be one of my favorite parts of the book. Michael goes all over the island, following clues and tr ...more
Ravenna Young
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was my first go at graphic novels and I have to say it was a positive experience. Once I started this book, I quickly became intrigued by the idea of the portal and the mysteriously placed castle. The vivid dreams that take place while within the walls of the castle was an interesting concept and I loved the castle graphics the most.
Characterization is different here, but still ok. I am a novel reader, so it was difficult for me to change gears but I was able to do it and managed to finish
Jay Saph
Sep 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
When I first opened this file I didn't think this was going to be my thing. However, I zoomed through it in 2 days sitting there with my laptop on my lap. It is fast, entertaining and has plenty of intrigue. I'm tempted to read the prequel and follow on series. There is something very alluring about the use of pictures to carry to plot forward and the focus on dialogue makes it easy to read fast. Sometimes it is great to try something different and this opened my eyes a little.
Well done to the
Scott Spotson
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a lot of fun to read.

As everyone knows, this is a story told in a series of panels, comic strip style. I loved comic strip publications as a kid, so it was easy for me to get into this. But unlike comic strips, which are episodic, this seemed to be based on a novel, thus rendering this an unique blend.

Some notes about the ease of reading. I am told there is no paperback version. If there is, I would suggest it be in comic strip style again, with six panel per page.

When you read it on an
Rachael Thompson
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have never read a graphic novel on a kindle before but I am very happy I gave this one a chance. It's really good so far! It takes place on a mystery island where a group of archeologists are trying to decipher ancient texts, explore a hidden castle, mine for golden eggs, and figure out the secrets of a potential portal. There are multiple theories about what happened to lost civilizations and everyone had crazy dreams, that I'm sure are some sort of clue.

I honestly have no idea what is really
Justin Bohardt
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a very interesting twist on the graphic novel. The images are all computer generated; there's no internal dialogue from the characters, only the images which are a little more static and the character conversations. I confess it was a little off putting at first, but the story and the mystery kept me hooked while I got used to the medium. There is a lot of potential with this series and I am definitely curious to see where it goes. ...more
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First I have to disclose that this is actually the first graphic novel I have ever read, so it was a little hard to get into at first. But once I channeled a comic book lover I really started to appreciate this work.

The story is almost immediately intriguing, layering mysteries on top of mysteries. The graphics were rich and complimented the story while the characters' expressions appropriately matched the dialogue. Every aspect of this novel draws you into the adventure, and I appreciated that
Mark Mayfield
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have read a few works from Attila Benő and have always enjoyed his style. This is one of the most unique novels I've read in a long time. It is told in over 1000 computer generated images with comic book type dialog bubbles. When I first opened it I thought I was gong to be bored stiff or simply tire of turning the pages but it was actually a delight to read. It's part of a series so be prepared that the book does not have a conclusion. It is part one of a multiple series. It was quite enjoyab ...more
Amy Vedder
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
For someone like me who has a passion for archeology, this book wasn't any less than a real treat. To double my joy, this book had about a thousand illustrated pages! I simply loved it. The book follows the adventures of a team of archeologists that has landed to uncover a mystery on a remote island where several settlements have disappeared in past and locals are very scared. I found this to be a very different book--the writer definitely seems to have done enough research to keep the readers t ...more
Oct 30, 2016 rated it liked it
There's a few positive reviews here so I'm going to jump straight in and be critical (hopefully constructive criticism).

This is a rather unusual format for a graphic novel. There are over 1000 pages in landscape dimensions, and each page is a single computer-generated picture with a speech bubble or two. It almost feels like some kind of advanced treatment for a telemovie. I think it has probably too many pages to make a good hardcopy book. It's hard to imagine anyone reading it except on a digi
Ashley Fogg
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
This graphic novel is definitely a unique piece, and will appeal to some and not appeal to others. I for one enjoyed it and some of my children did, too. I have a background in art so I appreciated the oddly funny but well-rendered people and backgrounds in the story. It is created using some sort of software, not illustrated by hand. I think the whole idea and the imagery are imaginative!

The story held the attention of my thirteen year old who was very interested in the pictures. But I do thin
Rohit Gahlowt
Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book. The graphics gave it a unique feel. It's like watching a movie, but I still got the feeling i was reading a book... there was still space for my imagination to interpret the scenes as I would like to. The story starts a little slow, but i realized that the story needed for me to understand the situation the characters were in, so that was fine, and later it got fast paced and zipper around smoothly, and ended with a nice cliffhanger. It's a great start for a series. Nic ...more
Christopher Jessulat
Generally speaking, if you're into the kind of Indiana Jones/treasure hunting genre, this will probably have something in it for your enjoyment. It's one of the few graphic novels I've ever read and is significantly less gritty than I am used to, but that didn't detract from the story much. What I did find distracting was the persistent feel of it - ever slide is landscape orientation, there's no use of paneling like I am familiar with (in my limited comic/graphic novel experience) - so in some ...more
Samantha Burnell
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Started reading this and immediately got the kids onboard and we enjoyed this rather than watch TV. I used my kindle cloud app on a laptop which worked great as the graphics and pictures are really good and it works well on a large screen, especially when there were three of us trying to follow the story. The main appeal of this graphic novel for my lot was that it was very close to a computer adventure game, so it had the feel of exploring an open world game about it. The graphics are all reall ...more
Mariyam Hasnain
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was my first attempt at reading a graphic novel. And, I would say what a fun read it was. With colorful and vivid graphics, Arrival at Portal Island was quite entertaining. It hooked me from the beginning and kept me engaged the entire time. Characters appeared live with vivid facial expressions and smoothly flowing dialogues.
This book is the first of the three part series and I desperately want to read the upcoming books of the Civilization Hunt. The only thing that I'm a bit apprehensive
Tristen Kozinski
Jun 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Actual Rating 3.5 stars

Arrival at Portal Island was an interesting but flawed read. I liked the overall story and the mystery elements worked well as the characters work through several theories and inconsistencies about the island's titular portal. For the most part, the CGI works well (with the exclusion of some facial expressions) but never really enhances the book through it's own merits. Apart from that, my only complain is that the dialogue often felt stilted (I think mainly in the instanc
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I like the book.
Arrival at Portal Island is about a professor that find a remote island that is very mysterious, with relices and a story of disappearance of the whole population of the island, he came to the island with his family and archaeology students to investigate it.

The illustration is unique, the scenery and the characters were made in spacial way, that I am very impress. The story is fastening and engaging, the book is well done.
Ben Edge
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not a bad graphic novel. Definitely worth a read, and leaves wanting to move on to the next in the series. Personally, I feel the artwork could do with a little grit and grain, to make it less clean cut, but it hardly detracts from a great read.
Angelina Kerner
Aug 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Aug 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.

I originally requested to review this book because of it's connection to archaeology. Unfortunately, the "archaeological" aspects of the book were minimal at best and poorly researched and inaccurate at worst. There was no actually archaeology conducted in this first book, unless you count calling some of the characters archaeologists without showing any of their work. It felt more like "Indiana Jones archaeology" and "archa
Maggie Larche
Aug 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Arrival at Portal Island is the beginning of a mysterious adventure on an even more mysterious island. There are disappearing inhabitants, anachronistic artifacts, trippy dreams, and imposters. But most importantly - there's a portal. Where it leads and how it works occupies our lead characters for most of the book.

I really enjoyed following along with their theories on what happened to the island's settlers and how the portal works. The scenery was beautiful, though I wasn't always cra
Sara Claridge
Aug 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
The story opens as Michael arrives on an island expecting a bit of a vacation with friends from a university, only to discover it was his expertise that got him the invite. He’s quickly drawn into the mystery and intrigue that surrounds the place and I enjoyed following him around the island, as he tried to discover the secret behind the inhabitants’ disappearance, collecting clues and trying to deduce the next step in the mystery.
It’s the first graphic novel I’ve read with computer generated p
Ann Pratley
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Reading a story this way - with such vivid graphics - was a completely new experience for me, but a greatly enjoyable one. The storyline of this book is solid and enjoyable, and it is easy to move on from it with an eagerness to read the next chapter of this story. The graphics are well done and of a high quality, and suited my large colour screen perfectly. I look forward to reading the next part in this highly visual mystery story.
Attila Benő
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
A perfect read for anyone interested in a mystery that tries to solve ancient secrets. Can these archeologists discover the knowledge that their ancestors tried to hide so well? Why was this knowledge hidden, anyway? It should be used by everyone! Right? Or maybe not?
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Lydia Larue
Apr 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Arrival at Portal Island is a graphic novel that is made with a 3d rendering software such as Daz Studio or Poser, software that I am very familiar with as a visual artist. The story is told visually through speech bubbles and visual scenes. The protagonist is Michael.

While I think the use of a 3D software is a genius move when it comes to creating comics–and one that we will likely see more of–I would have liked it if Benő used more of the lighting features in the program and the post editing s
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Making Connections: 4459. ARRIVAL TO PORTAL ISLAND by Attila Benő 1 9 Jul 15, 2016 04:07PM  
Born in Hungary, Europe, Attila Benő has been fascinated by the events of the past ever since his childhood. With education in both ancient religion and information technology, a past in writing offline magazines, and a passion for comics, the archeological mystery series in a graphic novel format was an obvious choice.

Q: Why archeological mystery? What background do you have in archeology?
A: I re

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