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Atlantis Gate
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon March 2, 2003
Book #4, thought to be the "finale" actually will be followed by two more books, accourding to info in the author's website.
Atlantis Gate is very full of action, and is an excellent continuation of #3, Devil's Sea, which was also a great read. I recommend starting at the beginning with Atlantis, then reading Burmuda Triange, then Devil's Sea, and then this one--Atlantis Gate.
As I stated in my review of Devil's Sea, the story is far fetched, but hey, this is science fiction! It's a magnificent journey into another realm. I was so captivated, I read it in one sitting.
The characterization is really quite good for a science fiction action novel. The main character--Dane--is immensely likeable, and he's surrounded by other interesting characters. The parallel story line between the distant past and present made the book even more fascinating to me. There's also plenty of scientific fact and theory interspersed for plausibility.
The book had a satisfying ending, but clearly left room for a sequel, which is forthcoming.
I won't try to give a synopsis of the story, since that's been done umpteen times. I will say that if you want a pure, hard science fiction novel that is completely believable, you might find some of the elements of this story a bit too much. But, if you're willing to open up your imagination and enjoy the ride, this book is thoroughly entertaining!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2003
Interested in remote viewing, Atlantis, time-travel, the lines on the Nazca plain, pyramids, and human existence? This may be a book for you. Ever wonder about the Valkyries, multiple dimensions, today's military? Then, this is certainly a book for you.
Greg Donegan's book explores, among other things, the relationships between modern warfare and ancient Greek citystates. Do you think the events of 9-11 were unique? Read about how Leonidas and his band of 300 Spartans held off a Persan invasion of 10,000 troups lead by Xerses in 480 B.C. and how that battle connects with today's events.
Part fiction, part fact, "Atlantis Gate" by Greg Donegan will appeal to those who normally may not read much fiction, but who are interested in the subject matter. Did I mention that "Greg Donegan" is not the author's real name? Maybe there's more to "Conspiracy Theory" than what meets the eye.
And, whatever happened to Amelia Earhart? And how was that connected with the nuclear disaster in Chernobyl? "Donegan" connects the dots and the reader versed in historic events will appreciate the effort and the story.
Well-written, quick-reading, and fascinating. Those are the best words to describe "Atlantis Gate". I'm on to other books by "Greg Donegan" (or whatever the author's real name is).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 30, 2002
Third part of a series; however, it relies too much on happenings in the first two books and does not stand well on its own. You can figure everything out, but recaps of the first two books would help a lot with the plot.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 23, 2002
I was waiting for a flight and i was bored so I purchased this book in one of the airport bookstores. It helped me get thru the plane ride, but I'm not sure I would have purchased or even finished this book otherwise.
For starters, I did not know that this was part of a series. I was confused in places because the author would put in references to people and events that were not previously mentioned. Some of these were important to the story, and i eventually figured them out, but it would have been easier and perhaps made more sense with prior knowledge. Also, a lot of the "science" in the fiction was really kind of a stretch and kind of hokey (end of the world countdown for example) in places. the characters didn't really have a lot of depth to them and a few people seemed to be introduced just to make a part of the plot feasable.
With that being said, the book moves at a pretty good pace, with something continuously going on, and the premise is actually not bad. It involves people from several different times (Greek and Persian warriors, Samurai, present day), trying to fight "the Shadow" from destroying the world. There is a mix of high-tech from the present, along with swords in spears in the Greek times and the wierd science of the shadow in "the space between".
All in all, this is not a masterpiece, but a quick and entertaining read while waiting for your flight...
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on October 29, 2011
The Atlantis series, which currently consists of five books, are an innovative and imaginative foray into the realm of science fiction/history/philosophical literature. I am now on the last book in the series, and although some of the spelling ang grammar errors can distract at times, I have found each book to stir the imagination andf really go where few other books have gone before. In some ways, the story line reminds me of the Riverworld series of books by Philip Jose Farmer, which are among the top 10% in my estimation.

In the series you will be introduced to a modern day hero who was a soldier during the Vietnam War who did undercover missions in Cambodia with a group of special forces soldiers, a Viking, Roman legionaires, Robert Frost, Sitting Bull, Amelia Earhart, the Oracle at Delphi, Valkyeries (not what you think), warring cosmic forces referred to as the Shadow and the Ones Before, tectonic plates, Lake Baikal, the Bermuda triangle, the Devil's Sea, Cheronybl, Mt. Erebus, etc.... The series is really about Atlantis, what happened to it, and where the Atlanteans went and how the Shadow is sucking our planet dry, and has been a force for many thousands of years. There is time travel (sort of) and the concept of the multiverse. As I said, at times the grammar is not so hot, but the story is fantastic, and the author is very good at imagey and dialog. I'll most likely read his Area 51 books next.
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on September 13, 2011
The first four books occur in one timeline primarily and are focused on a single threat being made to the world and how to defend against it. These books are probably the easiest to follow and really build up the characters.

The last two books deal with how to defeat the threat being made. These books have two or even three stories going at once and are a bit confusing at times. I think the biggest issues is that sometimes the concurrent stories are given to much precedence in comparison with the main story. There is great detail given to some aspect of these stories that could be better used progressing the main story line.

I found the ending to the entire conflict to be a little short. It's pretty clear what happens to most of the main characters but nothing is really mentioned about the conflict as a whole other than it is finished.

The series as a whole is quite interesting though. There wasn't as much in respect to Atlantis as I figured there would be when I started the series but it still works. If you like a story that takes place over different times, deals with places like the Bermuda Triangle and the Nazca Lines, and maybe even takes you to other worlds then this is a series that would probably interest you.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on October 1, 2010
I've read many of Bob Mayer's books before and enjoyed them. I am half way through the Gate series and it's a good read BUT the proof reading is non-existent and it effects the readability of the text greatly in some places. I don't know if it's Mr. mayer's, fault or Amazon's bit it's not acceptable. It's so bad on occasions that it takes 3-4 read throughs to understand what's actually being written. I don't care that this is an ebook format, no-one paying for a book should have to accept that poor level of quality. You certainly wouldn't with a printed copy. Proof read before publishing please!
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on May 11, 2005
Ex-Green Berret Eric Dane has a nightmare of the end of the world. Is it just a dream or a warning? As he and the rest of the world fight the Shadows in the present, they're running out of time. The Shadows are starting to play hard ball - they're pushing for all or nothing. They want the Earth, one way or another. The key to victory seems to be a map.

As Dane and his team fight in our time, the fight is also linked to the past, in 480 B.C., where an agent of the Shadows is helping the Persian army against the Greek City-States. The Battle of Thermopylae will decide our past AND our future!

Not only is there lots of action but we get to see what's inside the Valkyrie's suit and what's inside the Shadows' sphere ships.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 3, 2002
After reading every book in this series, and just about everything else Mr. "Donegan" has written, this one disappointed me greatly. It seems like it could have been a good book but ultimately felt unfinished. Apparently the story needed to come to an end but there was simply no way to do it justice in the number of pages alloted. I was left with several very big "how did he know that?" questions.
It is a shame and certainly not inidicative of this author. I'll still read whatever he comes out with next.
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on May 30, 2012
I read the first in the series "Atlantis" and was hooked on the rest. The storyline is great and does not telegraph what is coming. I have purchased all six books in the series and all have been hard to put down. Piecing together all the historical figures is wonderful and I could see a movie from all of this. The only thing that detracts from a great book is it apparently was spell checked by a third grader. Apparently it was the same third grader that proofed several of the other books. For a former newsletter editor in an honors society it puts me off somewhat, but not enough to put down the books.
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