The Atlantis Gene by A.G. Riddle has been on my reading list for a while. I have just been so pressed for time over the past few months that I haven’t been able to get around to reading it. I finally did last week during the long Thanksgiving weekend and I am extremely pleased that I did. This book was a thoroughly enjoyable read. It had lots of that action adventure suspense and a great deal of thought placed into the action. I really like that. It was also filled with a compelling mystery and the end of the book leaves you wanting to go straight to the bookstore and buy the next book in the series. I don’t know if this novel has a fandom moniker yet but I’m definitely a whatever it would be called.
First off, I have to admit that I am huge enthusiast of the Atlantis myth in general. I watched Atlantis the Disney movie as a kid and then went and bought a copy of an awesome pseudo-science book written back in the 1882 by Ignatius Donnelly. I find the entire idea fascinating. The idea of a lost civilization of sophisticated technology that the world has forgotten. I am also a fan of different creation myths and the ubiquitous flood legends from around the world. This story has both and it blends the ideas together so well that here and there while reading you lose yourself and find it hard to differentiate fact from fiction. I don’t know about you but that is one of the reasons I love a good sci-fi thiller.
A. G. Riddle tells a very well woven set of story lines that converge naturally to form a dense set of relationships and circumstances that drives the story. It follows a number of different characters who are deeply involved in their own loosely connected stories. The two protagonists hold small pieces of a grand conspiracy with differing levels of involvement with the organization behind it all. There is Kate Warner who starts off completely unaware of any conspiracy as she is deep into investigating therapies for autism. Then there is David Vale, an operative and station chief for an international intelligence agency known as Clock Tower. He has been spending the years since 9/11 personally investigating an group called Immari International which we later find is not what the anyone thinks it is. The two pair up and go on a search for answers that traverses incredible spans of both distance and time.
This book is sci-fi book but it provides enough explanations within its worlds to really be thought provoking. However simultaneously it is also an archaeological mystery thriller. Hard to explain without giving things away. I am no spoiler. Every reader will enjoy the complex interconnectedness between the past, present and possible future.
The amazing thing about the story is just how well A. G. Riddle was able to go back and forth between character story lines. Few pull it off so masterfully.
Give it a try. It’s masterful writing that creates a vivid and imaginative reading or listening (if audiobooks are you thing) experience.