The Atlantis World : The Origin Mystery

  • by A.G. Riddle
  • Narrated by Stephen Bel Davies
  • Series: The Origin Mystery
  • 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A global cataclysm beyond imagination...a mysterious signal from space...and one last hope to save the human race: The Atlantis World.
As the clock ticks down to humanity's extinction, a team of scientists will risk it all to unravel the secrets of the past.
Northern Morocco: Dr. Kate Warner cured a global pandemic, and she thought she could cure herself. She was wrong. And she was wrong about the scope of the Atlantis conspiracy. Humanity faces a new threat, an enemy beyond imagination. With her own time running out and the utter collapse of human civilization looming, a new hope arrives: a coded message from a potential ally.
Arecibo Observatory: Mary Caldwell has spent her life waiting, watching the stars, looking for signs of intelligent life beyond our world. When that day comes, Mary finds herself in the middle of a struggle older than the human race, with far greater stakes. She must decide who to trust, because there's nowhere to hide.
Antarctica: In the wake of the Atlantis Plague, Dorian Sloane finds himself a puppet to Ares' mysterious agenda. As Dorian prepares to take control of the situation, Ares unleashes a cataclysm that changes everything. As the catastrophe circles the globe, Ares reveals the true nature of the threat to humanity, and Dorian agrees to one last mission: find and kill David Vale and Kate Warner. There will be no prisoners this time. The orders are seek and destroy, and Dorian has been promised that his own answers and salvation lie on the other side.
With Dorian in pursuit, Kate, David, and their team race through the ruins of the Atlantean ship left on Earth, across Atlantean science stations throughout the galaxy, and into the past of a mysterious culture whose secrets could save humanity in its darkest hour. With their own lives on the line and time slipping away, Kate, David and Dorian are put to the ultimate test.

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Too much for a satisfying conclusion

The Atlantis World is the 3rd (and hopefully last installment) for Riddle's Atlantis series. Most of the action takes place off world as characters hop from portal to portal piecing together the alien backstory. David and Kate attempt to recover Kate's latent memories conveniently dispersed to distant portal locations. Dorian is hot on their trail. What transpires is mostly a series of memory dumps by Kate and Dorian at each portal that provides the alien background info for how they came to be on Earth with divergent agendas. Added to the mix are two other sets of remnants of different alien civilizations (the sentinels and the serpentine armada). Dorian gradually arrives at the realization that Aryes has been using him and simply kills him over and over again with little purpose, while David and Kate unknowingly employ the Independence Day strategy to defeat whatever turns out to their ultimate enemy.

The sci-fi elements are mostly alien civilizations that are never fully detailed or fleshed out. Why an advanced, intelligent race would need to freeze and thaw someone for decision making every couple of hundred years never made sense. The alien uprising / revolution was also poorly presented (after thousands of years, this society could not effectively deal with this issue?). Finally, most unsatisfying is that much of the tale breaks a cardinal rule of story telling in that the multiple memory dumps merely tell the backstory instead of showing the action.

The narration is passable and renders as good a job as possible with a weak storyline.
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- Michael G Kurilla

Great conclusion to the trilogy

In the Atlantis World, everything finally comes to a conclusion. The alien threat is revealed, and humanity is at the brink of destruction.

I reviewed the previous two books, and while enjoying them, I didn't think they were super great. But this book was a welcome departure from the first two. The beginning is still a bit slow with boring stuff on Earth, but eventually the book delves fully into the history of the Atlanteans, who the great enemies are, and what the plan was from Ares, Kate, and Janus. It finally delves deeply into science fiction with space battles, ships, advanced races, and more. I even felt myself understanding and rooting for Ares and Dorian part of the time.

It was still a bit slow at times (mostly in the beginning parts) and a few characters were somewhat useless and unnecessary (Paul Brenner's "girlfriend").

Overall this was a really enjoyable ride and has a definite page-turner quality. Well worth the read (or listen).

For the audiobook, the narrator did a fine job and I didn't recognize any misses or problems.

NOTE: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
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- Michael P. Long "mplong"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-12-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios