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The Secret Empire: Atlantea Discovered (Volume 1) Paperback – May 6, 2013
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Being a artist I've always loved the Steampunk movement, even in the early days before it had a name and people were just welding bits of old cars together, I had a desire to learn to weld a few bits together too. Now it's stupendous, remember the London Olympics and diva Annie Lennox in full regalia and the machines to die for. I've also a very nerdy interest in gearing - a handsome set of complicated gears from the industrial revolution sends me into just as much as swoon as does a Fra Angelico or Picasso.
Added to that we have Atlantis; a small child with a large imagination and a comic book, shows this mythical land being destroyed because of a huge crystal harnessing the power of the sun and that's the reason for the destruction of their world. Well who knows the truth of it, but most say there is always something behind the old myths, sometimes we even find out. Those legends about us not being the first technological advanced humans on this earth have been hushed a little, my favourite is that Antarctica's ice has obliterated all of an early first great civilisation-who knows and who knows if we will go the same way?
However there is much more than fantastic descriptions of a fabulously designed city of Atlantea and the dangers of the surrounding wilderness. It is also a beautiful love story between a clever Greek priestess and a Sea Captain from an Atlantis obsessed with genetic purity; a Nazi like wonder-world. If the early Greeks were brilliant philosophers and scientists then the later Romans were the best engineers and loved gearing....so logically....
If you just want a delighful love story between the wondrous Helena and the brave mariner Klaus, or if the old myths make you wonder what might have been, then I can thoroughly recommend a read of this fascinating book. Great ending too and I can't wait for the next book and I hope a certain dreadful lady gets her comeuppance.