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The novelty of Brokaw's debut, which links the Catholic Church and Atlantis, isn't enough to redeem this religious thriller. Evil forces associated with a Machiavellian cardinal, Stefano Murani, target hunky archeologist Thomas Lourds in the belief that he has stumbled on a valuable artifact in Alexandria, Egypt. Leslie Crane, the requisite good-girl love interest, interviews Lourds for a TV documentary. After Murani's minions butcher the show's producer, Lourds and Crane go on the run. Aided by the bad-girl love interest, police inspector Natashya Safarov, they travel to Moscow, Leipzig and Senegal. Two big revelations—that the artifact may be connected to Atlantis and that the legendary lost continent may be linked to a revisionist version of an Old Testament account—will get few readers' pulses racing, especially since Brokaw relies more on shoot-outs and narrow escapes than plausible archeological details to carry his story along. (Nov.)
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"In the 19th century, the equivalent of a blockbuster movie was a tense, thrilling novel, often told in serial form. We tend to forget that the modern novel need not be anything more significant than excellent entertainment, which is the perfect description of Charles Brokaw's The Atlantis Code. …A rollicking adventure, with nonstop action and suspense. Readers can only hope that Brokaw is prepared to send Professor Lourds on further quests."--Publishers Weekly
The "Atlantis Code" by Charles Brokaw is a very dumb thriller. In focus is not the hunt for archaeological clues but the hunt between the "good" and the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Thorwald Franke
The invention of a historical context in which to couch this adventure was intriguing, but lacked a little depth. The main characters were sympathetic, the villains, despicable. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Daniel Kingsley
Good author. Kept my attention and has an interesting theory right at the end that I didn't see coming. On now to the 3rd book in his series.Published 6 months ago by Brenda L. Romine