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The Atlantis Plague: A Thriller (The Origin Mystery, Book 2) Paperback – November 18, 2013
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Humanity faces extinction
In Marbella, Spain, Dr. Kate Warner awakens to a horrifying reality: the human race stands on the brink of extinction. A pandemic unlike any before it has swept the globe. Nearly a billion people are dead--and those that the Atlantis Plague does not kill, it transforms at the genetic level. A few rapidly evolve. The remainder devolve.
As the world slips into chaos, radical solutions emerge. Industrialized nations offer a miracle drug, Orchid, which they mass produce and distribute to refugee camps around the world. But Orchid is merely a way to buy time. It treats the symptoms of the plague but never cures the disease.
Immari International offers a different approach: do nothing. Let the plague run its course. The Immari envision a world populated by the genetically superior survivors--a new human race, ready to fulfill its destiny.
A New Hope
With control of the world population hanging in the balance, the Orchid Alliance and the Immari descend into open warfare. Now the last hope for humanity is to find a cure. Kate alone holds the key to unraveling the mystery surrounding the Atlantis Plague. The answer may lie in understanding pivotal events in human history-events when the human genome mysteriously changed. Her journey takes her across the barren wastelands of Europe and northern Africa, but it is her research into the past that takes her where she never expected to go. She soon discovers that the history of human evolution is not what it seems-and setting it right may require a sacrifice she never imagined.
About the Author
A.G. Riddle spent ten years starting internet companies before retiring to pursue his true passion: writing fiction.
His debut novel, The Atlantis Gene, is the first book in The Origin Mystery, the trilogy that has sold over two million copies in the US, has been translated into 18 languages, and is in development to be a major motion picture.
His recently released fourth novel, Departure, follows the survivors of a flight that takes off in the present and crash-lands in a changed world. HarperCollins published Departure in hardcover in the fall of 2015, and 20th Century Fox is developing the novel for a feature film.
Riddle grew up in a small town in North Carolina (Boiling Springs) and graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill. During his sophomore year of college, he started his first company with a childhood friend. He currently lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with his wife, who endures his various idiosyncrasies in return for being the first to read his new novels. They welcomed their first child, a daughter, on September 2, 2016.
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Kate is introduced to us a scientist studying autism in a small clinic and has herself and two small children abducted to another facility. Here she meets up with her adoptive father Martin who tries to tell her about herself but they have to escape the facility. She refuses to leave without the children who have already been moved to Antarctica. She rescues David who was sent to save her and boards a train to a mountain retreat of monks, where she tends to David's wounds and gives him a transfusion of her blood. While he is recuperating, she gets shown a special tapestry with a story on it. This is the start of the awakening of her memories of a past life existence that goes back in time.
She and David leave the mountains and find themselves captured and she is taken to Antarctica where she is forced to enter a buried ship in the ice, to rescue the two boys who are carrying mini nuclear bombs in backpacks. Meanwhile David had been deposited underground near the site of another ship near Gibraltar . He wanders into the ship which connects him to the same ship Kate is on.
Here's where the story gets bouncy in the time, because after David, Kate and the two boys are united, they meet up with her father who had entered the ship in 1918
Her father had been a wounded soldier who had been nursed back to health by the daughter of a rich British man. The two feel in love and wanted to marry. The father agrees to marriage if he would supervise a dangerous mining enterprise which was being done under sea level. He agrees with condition that she thinks he's doing something else. Everything goes well until they reach the entrance to the alien ship. Something causes an effect of a plague which kills many people . Somehow he got into the ship and was spared but when he comes out of ship and climbs out of the mine he finds his pregnant wife dying from effects along with a six year old boy. He insists that his wife be placed into the tubes on ship to save her and child plus they put the boy inside, and lock him also inside until 1978
Once I got the story time line straight, it was easy to follow patterns to see how the origin of a special gene story to explain how we developed to the intelligence of today's level, plus adding in our competitive nature to be the strongest. We see a glimmer of hope for mankind at end ,maybe
Normally I enjoy this kind of galaxy- and time-spanning romp, but somehow in this case... it just did not quite work for me. Something to do with the pace of the narration, after starting out in a quite measured pace and rooted in hard fact and science, it is almost as though it veers off course in the second and third installment, with the plot becoming overloaded and scatty. In the end I was struggling to bring all the threads together – and to be honest was not really trying any more.
On the plus side I found the characters had depth to them and are likable/ unlikable. Though actually, thinking about it again, the main characters are so tenacious and somehow survive through the whole trilogy, which cannot be said for the rest of the global population, that you end up feeling that the whole thing is a bit too improbable and constructed.