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3.0 out of 5 stars Fun, but not extraordinary, June 11, 2012
This review is from: The Hunt for Atlantis: A Novel (Nina Wilde and Eddie Chase) (Mass Market Paperback)
While this novel was fun to read, I didn't find anything particularly fresh here. The book feels more as if it's attempting to ride on the coat tails of the previous commercial success of other books in the genre. Had the plot ventured more in the characters actually "discovering" Atlantis and explored the technology toward those ends, or even the consequences of such a find, I might have enjoyed it more. There were times I felt the book just plain ripped off the Indiana Jones franchise (such as when the chief male protagonist tells his partner "I'm making this up as I go along.")

Some pros included the plot intrigue and the well-written action scenes. The book did, for the most part, allow me to suspend disbelief and it was consistent in pace. I did like most of the characters although the goals of the villain were somewhat unbelievable. Unfortunately, the book was too long for the plot device and if shortened by about 150 pages I don't think I would have missed much. There weren't long passages of exposition, so at least the length wasn't filler, but the plot was too derivative and the characters too thinly drawn to justify 500+ pages.

If you like "pulp" action-adventure novels, and aren't looking for too much depth into the science and technology of modern treasure hunting, you should enjoy it. However, the execution wasn't strong enough to prompt me to read additional books in the series.
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