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The Atlantis Gene: A Thriller (The Origin Mystery, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

A.G. Riddle
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Book Description

Read the novel that started it all: The Atlantis Gene is the first book in A.G. Riddle's bestselling Origin Mystery trilogy (currently being translated into sixteen languages and in development to be a major motion picture).



70,000 years ago, the human race almost went extinct.
We survived, but no one knows how.
Until now.
The countdown to the next stage of human evolution is about to begin, and humanity might not survive this time.

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 ATLANTIS GENE is a thought-provoking technothriller about global genetic experiments, ancient conspiracies, and the mysteries of human evolution. Its complex characters and historical and scientific details will stay with you long after you finish. This fast-paced adventure is the first book in A.G. Riddle's Origin Mystery Series (now in development at CBS Films to be a major motion picture).

NOTE: All three books in the trilogy are now available.

Book 1: The Atlantis Gene --
Book 2: The Atlantis Plague --
Book 3: The Atlantis World --

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About the Author

A.G. Riddle spent ten years starting and running internet companies before retiring to focus on his true passion: writing fiction. He grew up in a small town in North Carolina and attended UNC-Chapel Hill, where he founded his first company with one of his childhood friends. He currently lives in Parkland, Florida and would love to hear from you:

Product Details

  • File Size: 1017 KB
  • Print Length: 489 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Riddle Inc.; 1 edition (March 27, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C2WDD5I
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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340 of 355 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An exciting new voice in the thiller / action genre June 28, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
"The Atlantis Gene" is the debut novel by A.G. Riddle. It's a Science Fiction thriller that combines elements of the lost city of Atlantis, human evolution, Nazis, conspiracy, alien technology, and end of the world scenarios.
The very basic premise (without spoiling anything) is that the human race was on the brink of extinction at one point in the past and somehow, for some unexplained reason, humans made a giant leap forward in the evolutionary ladder that allowed them to not only survive, but to take control of planet Earth. Dr. Kate Warner is a researcher and an expert on human evolution. She is living in Jakarta Indonesia studying and seeking a cure for autism. One day while working on a new treatment with a pair of her autistic children, hooded soldiers move in, ransack the facility, and steal the children. Shortly thereafter, agent David Vale shows up on the scene and he and Kate are sucked into a worldwide race against time to save not only themselves and the children, but quite possibly the whole world.
This book was recommended to me by a friend. He raved about it. Told me it was a "must read". After getting through the first half of the book, I found the story to be solid, but nothing necessarily different or special. As a matter of fact, I was a bit disappointed at how similar certain aspects of the plot were to Jeremy Robinson's "Second World" and James Rollins' "Black Order". And when I say similar, I really mean exactly the same. I even called my friend to tell him that I thought the book was average in every way and was a copy of these other books. I pressed on however and fortunately at about the halfway point, Riddle starts to separate his book from the others. The plot thickens, the characters start to develop, and the plot starts to turn.
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452 of 491 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Mash-up of History and Science! June 3, 2013
By Holly Y
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book was written for me, I swear. I just finished it after 3 days of neglecting everything else in my life, and thought, "Finally, the powers that be created a story teller who is capable of writing 500+ pages in which every single word is completely to my tastes."
The history and the theories behind evolution, religion, autism, Atlantis...well I'm a complete sucker for all of that and Riddle played them perfectly. He wove together several different theories and myths that many people wouldn't associate but it's incredibly believable and makes you want to put your thinking cap on and theorize right along with him.
The science portions of the book were incredibly understandable and seemingly accurate. Whether you're a geek or have never watched or read anything "sciency" you'll understand it and it will fascinate you.
The writing style is so swift and yet easy going at the same time. The book moves you right along, yet everything is well explained. There are some funny one-liners in it...just the right amount so that they do read as funny instead of cheesy. The action scenes are actually imagineable, like a little movie in my head (and I swear this book will be a huge movie someday) unlike so many other action books. And there is just the teeny tiniest dash of romance thrown in there so your heart smiles for a mere second but you are not in danger of gagging.
So the book was excellent, I absolutely can't wait for the next one, and I will 100% recommend it to everyone!!
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136 of 153 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lacks restraint and development, but there's promise here December 22, 2013
I'll be honest, the only thing keeping me going with this book was the desire to write an authoritative review of it; to warn others to steer clear. Then, after I was finished, I read the author's note. This is a debut book by an indie author, a guy following his passion, who acknowledges that this is not a perfect book and seeks feedback. And that's part of the reason I picked it up in the first place, I liked the idea of someone with an (overly) ambitious story, bringing it to life and the community (overly) supporting it. So I'm not going to snark out and eviscerate this book as I was planning, but as the author requests, here are my thoughts:

1. Develop the characters and their motivations. This book is filled with throw away one paragraph backstories that are supposed to completely define the character. It's no exaggeration to say that one of the main character's motivation in the plot was derived from a death in 9/11, that might have had 3 paragraphs written to it in the entire book. There's a huge section of the book devoted to a diary substory, where the diary character is actually developed, you care about what's going on. I found myself disappointed when the focus would shift back to the main plot. Put the same effort into the main characters.

2. Pass on some ideas. This book is overly ambitious, it tries to account for every conspiracy theory and wrap it up into a single story. The idea sounds fun on paper, but good grief is it a mess in reality. The Nazi religious artifact missions, human evolutionary theories, Atlantis, 9/11, the cause of historic plagues, ancient shadow groups in an endless battle- it's so much, and so much is not necessary. The 9/11 reference is not explained at all, to the point where it's borderline offensive.
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567 of 668 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Where to start July 14, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
OK, first I'm glad there is a forum for new authors, and every author has to write his/her first book. But please, at least have an editor look at it. Not to pick nits, but the spelling and grammar errors were irritating: one peeks at something, one doesn't peak; a chicken lays an egg, a person does not lay about. The anachronisms were irritating: there were no plastic sheets to cover things in 1917. "Branding" in those days meant burning a symbol on a cow. The concept of branding as creating a unique name and image for a product in the consumers' mind is a 21st Century concept. And I think, but I'm not sure, that when a character is resurrected from 1917 and he doesn't know what a computer is, he probably would also not know what medical nanobots are.

Now, for more substantive issues. The hero was as dumb as a sack of rocks. I was hoping he at least had a plan when he and the heroine managed to infiltrate (actually, blunder into because the security guards were even dumber than a sack of rocks) the stronghold of the bad guys in China. I was hoping the plan would have some elegance and a bit of cleverness. But as near as I could figure, it consisted of him telling her, "You go find the kids. I'll set off a few diversionary explosions and look for a train to get us out of here." He then forgot all about the possibility of security cameras, so as fast as he planted explosives, the bad guys picked them up, and very quickly cornered him and shot him up. After a totally improbable escape, involving plague-ridden bodies on trains and monks knowing exactly which box car our gravely wounded hero and our heroine happen to be on, and . . . oh, never mind.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Literally couldn't put it down, on to the Atlantis Plague!
Published 3 hours ago by Zach Ackley
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent start to an excellent series
I loved this book. I couldn't stop reading until I finished all three books in the series. I like the way the author linked science, history, and religion. Read more
Published 9 hours ago by Fritz
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Childish/hoaky dialog attribution. Sappy charactors.
Published 15 hours ago by Eric L. Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
After about 30 pages into the book, I struggled to put the book down. The story was intriguing and thought provoking. Read more
Published 16 hours ago by Vicki Robbins
5.0 out of 5 stars One epically fun thriller!
One epically fun thriller -- Atlantis, Nazi's, secret organization,etc, etc with a very elaborate plot, fun characters and fast-paced action. Read more
Published 19 hours ago by Dr Anton Chuvakin
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
a convoluted story
Published 21 hours ago by herbert wagner
1.0 out of 5 stars Begins very well, but shifts quickly to science fiction ...
Begins very well, but shifts quickly to science fiction with an implausable middle, considering current theories of worm holes, and goes down hill from there with ridiculous rambo... Read more
Published 23 hours ago by Patrick Wiley
5.0 out of 5 stars Left Me Wanting More...
An interesting take on the Atlantis legend, enough so I already have Book 2 and 3 in my Kindle Library...hoping the continuing saga holds up as well.
Published 1 day ago by Jerry B. Bagley
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very exiting thriller, however there are numerous sections that sees to be redundant.
Published 1 day ago by Reza Nejad
5.0 out of 5 stars very interesting read
Total page turner. Some really interesting theorys used to make a fast paced plot
Published 1 day ago by Mrs.Peacock
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A.G. Riddle spent ten years starting and running internet companies before retiring to focus on his true passion: writing fiction. He grew up in a small town in North Carolina and attended UNC-Chapel Hill, where he founded his first company with one of his childhood friends. He currently lives in Parkland, Florida and would love to hear from you...

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Why does this book get so many reviews?
A lot of authors have asked me why The Atlantis Gene garners so many reviews. I don't have an exact answer, but I've written a blog post that offers my theories. I hope they're helpful.

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Oct 11, 2013 by A.G. Riddle |  See all 19 posts
Great book
I am really looking forward to Book 2.
Aug 16, 2013 by C. Locher |  See all 3 posts
Good book, liked the authors note
The Atlantis Plague came out today!
Nov 18, 2013 by BargainShopper |  See all 3 posts
Interesting concept but confusing path Be the first to reply
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