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The Atlantis Code Hardcover – November 10, 2009
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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
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The premise of this suspense novel revolves around a world renowned archaeologist and linguist named Thomas Lourds. While excavating in Egypt for the lost library of Alexandria, he is shown a mysterious ceramic bell with inscriptions in an ancient language he has never seen before. Unable to find any documentation, he contacts an associate in Russia, who has also found an ancient ceramic musical instrument, a cymbal with the same elusive markings. When the Russian scientist turns up dead with the cymbal stolen, and when Lourds himself is attacked and his bell gone as well, all hell breaks loose as he slowly learns these two musical instruments, along with three others, are the key to the archaeological find of all time, the location of Atlantis.
Other key players that tag along with Lourds on his hunt for answers are a beautiful Russian police woman who is the sister of the Russian scientist seeking revenge, and a pair of young television journalists seeking the story of a life-time. The police woman has the personality of a pit-bull, both journalists are naïve, immature and clueless. I felt throughout the entire book that this motley crew added nothing to the story and felt they often were annoying with their bickering and immaturity.Read more ›
Brokaw's twist on an often used stock-plot (Catholic Church hides something, and someone else must discover it) was new and unique and I was thankful that it kept me entertained. Lourds is searching for five musical instruments that unlock Sacred Texts which the Chuch does not want known. This is the reason I kept reading, I wanted to know the key to the mystery. Did they really discover Atlantis, and would Lourds be able to translate the artifacts in time? Sadly, it's the only thing I really liked about the book.
Before I get started on the things I didn't like, I will confess something: I'm a woman. I know, shocking. But I'm saying that now because in case some guy reads this and thinks I'm biased because of my sex, I will also say that I'm not a moron.Read more ›
1. I enjoyed the descriptions of the main characters: the brilliant (and arrogant) archeologist, the self-centered, often clueless journalist, the cold but effective Russian detective, and the suprisingly bright camera man. Each one came alive for me because each was a flawed human. The bad guys made less sense -- they appeared to be bad simply to move the action along.
2. The plot moved quickly, keeping me reading to see what happened next. In addition, moving the action from location to location kept it fresh and added to the interest.
1. The ending of this novel was less than satisfying. Within a few pages, the bad guys were dispatched, the main characters saved -- as you would expect. However, not all the loose ends were tied up. What was the knowledge that so many died for? Where was the resolution? What will happen to the prize now in the hands of the church?
2. I was willing to suspend disbelief about the story of the destruction of Atlantis, but I just couldn't do it. It was too thin for me.
3. The ending appeared rushed. Where the first three-quarters of the book entertained me with characterization, action, and motive, the last quarter had new characters added without much information as to why they would participate in a scheme that could spell the end of the world.
This novel is light reading that maintained my interest through most of the book. With many locations and some good characterizations, it might be coming to your local cinema soon. However, don't expect another "DaVinci Code." This one's not it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The plot was excellent and the action was fast paced. A good read for anyone that likes action adventure.Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
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 11 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 14 months ago by Daniel Kingsley