Books Science Fiction Thriller

The Atlantis Gene – Not impressed

The Atlantis GeneThe Atlantis Gene (The Origin Mystery #1) by A.G. Riddle
My rating: 4 out of 10 stars

The Immari are good at keeping secrets. For 2,000 years, they’ve hidden the truth about human evolution. They’ve also searched for an ancient enemy–a threat that could wipe out the human race. Now the search is over.

Off the coast of Antarctica, a research vessel discovers a mysterious structure buried deep in an iceberg. It has been there for thousands of years, and something is guarding it. As the Immari rush to execute their plan, a brilliant geneticist makes a discovery that could change everything.

Dr. Kate Warner moved to Jakarta, Indonesia to escape her past. She hasn’t recovered from what happened to her, but she has made an incredible breakthrough: a cure for autism. Or so she thinks. What she has found is far more dangerous–for her and the entire human race. Her work could be the key to the next stage of human evolution. In the hands of the Immari, it would mean the end of humanity as we know it.

Agent David Vale has spent ten years trying to stop the Immari. Now he’s out of time. His informant is dead. His organization has been infiltrated. His enemy is hunting him. But when David receives a coded message related to the Immari attack, he risks everything to save the one person that can help him solve it: Dr. Kate Warner.

Together, Kate and David must race to unravel a global conspiracy and learn the truth about the Atlantis Gene… and human origins. Their journey takes them to the far corners of the globe and into the secrets of their pasts. The Immari are close on their heels and will stop at nothing to obtain Kate’s research and force the next stage of human evolution–even if it means killing 99.9% of the world’s population. David and Kate can stop them… if they can trust each other. And stay alive.

The book blurb sounded interesting. Sadly enough this book did not impress me. The basic story is not too bad and the writing itself is acceptable. The major problem I have with this book is that it plays out too much like an American TV-series. It is a rather unbelieavable ride of conspiracies, twists and changes of fortune and rapid scene changes. Personally I never really felt like I cared very much about any of the characters.

To make matters worse the author also starts to meddle with time. He does not go as far as time travel but both slowing down time when going from one room to another and hibernation is on the menu. The result is an increasing mess of people suddenly being different persons that actually lived in a different time as well as the story partly advancing months by the turn of a page.

To me the author replaced effort that should have gone into thinking through the details of the story and coming up with a compelling implementation of the basic idea with simply throwing as many Hollywood clichés, Nazis, messing with time, conspiracies on top of conspiracies etc… into the mix and shake well.

Maybe the book is just not my cup of tea but I am not impressed with it and I will probably not bother reading more books in this series.

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