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The Atlantis Code Hardcover – November 10, 2009

4.0 out of 5 stars 80 customer reviews
Book 1 of 4 in the Thomas Lourds Series

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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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"Short, gripping chapters move the action from Egypt to Russia to Africa to London.  Indiana Jones meets The Da Vinci Code. Look out, Dan Brown, Brokaw can play this game a lot better than most of your imitators."--Booklist

"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

"If you enjoyed the Da Vinci Code, The Atlantis Code will take you to a new level of mystery, wonder, adventure and excitement. This book will enthrall you and at the same time connect you in a very intimate way with the mystery of your sacred existence."--Deepak Chopra
“A winning combination of all the ingredients an adventure addict could want: great action, intrepid archeologists, dark conspiracies, cliffhangers, and a real sense of wonder."--Kevin J. Anderson, New York Times bestselling coauthor of Paul of Dune and author of The Edge of the World
"Brokaw's hero is Indiana Jones without the whip.  Who knew archeology could be so exciting?  Wonderful entertainment."--Stephen Coonts, New York Times bestselling author of The Traitor
“Storytelling doesn’t get much better than this.  I’ve set this one aside to read again!”--David Hagberg, New York Times bestselling author of The Expediter

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books; First Edition edition (November 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765315319
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765315311
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.5 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,587,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jeannie Mancini VINE VOICE on November 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The newly released archaeology thriller The Atlantis Code, anonymously penned by Charles Brokaw who is a pseudonym for some famous author, academic, scholar, was a tremendous disappointment. I've always been entranced with the Atlantis myth and usually enjoy all the various twists that authors of this genre are able to concoct around this ever-fascinating lost world. Unfortunately, Atlantis Code didn't offer up anything out of the ordinary.

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.
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Format: Hardcover
Setting aside preconceptions from The DaVinci Code, The Atlantis Code by Charles Brokaw is about a Harvard linguistics professor, Thomas Lourds, who stumbles across an ancient artifact wanted by a secret group of Cardinals from the Vatican. Together with television journalist Leslie, and Russian police officer Natashya, Lourds and a few other characters travel the globe in search of five ancient instruments inscribed with an untranslatable language, somehow linked to the lost city of Atlantis. Where did the instruments come from? Are the ruins in Spain really Atlantis? And how can Lourds and his women escape the evil Cardinal Murani with their lives intact? These are the types of plots and action and conspiracies which I adore in a book. Running for your lives, secret languages, ancient artifacts, evil dudes wearing robes. I eat these things for lunch, and I like them.

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.
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I just finished reading my library's brand new copy of "The Atlantis Code," the finished book, not the ARC. Here's my take on it:


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.

3.5 stars
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