- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Tom Doherty Assoc Llc (April 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0812534271
- ISBN-13: 978-0812534276
- Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
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- #29365 in Epic Fantasy (Books)
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Fantasy involving psychic powers, Atlantis, reincarnation, and sinister conspiracies, from the authors of The Forever King (1992). Orphan, sailor, and diver Sam Smith, living on a boat with irascible Floridian Darian McCabe, often hears a woman's voice psychically calling to him when he dives into the dangerous waters known as the Peaks. On one dive, Sam goes too deep, gets the bends- -and discovers a huge, oddly cut magic diamond. Hospitalized, he meets Dr. Cory Althorpe, another psychic (she's linked to a group called the Rememberers--they all dream of pyramids and volcanoes) who shares Sam's rare blood type. Other Rememberers congregate nearby as the opposition, the Consortium, try to murder them and grab the diamond. Thousands of years ago, you see, Atlantis lay on an island in the Bermuda Triangle and was ruled by King Zeus; once Atlantis fell, Zeus's descendants became psychics, healers, and Rememberers--while vengeful Hades, Zeus's rival, founded the Consortium dedicated to wiping out the psychics. Eventually, Sam is transported back to the last days of Atlantis, where he strives to change history and bring a new Atlantis into the modern world. A yarn that begins engagingly enough but grows increasingly gnarled and absurd, with an ending compounded of equal parts hokum and the saccharine: for die-hard Atlanteans only. -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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While most of us are familiar to some extent with the Atlantis legend, the authors have really put some meat on those bones. Aside from just being an interesting story, the authors have successfully woven a wonderful tapestry, while drawing on the many myths surrounding the subject. A good read! Thank you.
Orphan Sam Smith has suffered from psychic phenomena his entire life, unsure how to interpret it and frequently thought crazy by those who witness it. Adopted by seaman Darian McCabe, Sam hears a siren's voice calling to him from the underwater reefs, and cannot resist it. He retrieves an oddly shaped diamond from the ocean bottom - and his life will never be the same.
A wealthy industrialist wants the diamond. He belongs to the Consortium, a group who tracks down psychics with Sam's unusual blood type and kills them. The Consortium knows that those like Sam are reincarnated Atlanteans, and fears their potential power should they ever come together. The Consortium heads are aware reincarnates, themselves - of those who were responsible for the original decline of the civilization of Atlantis.
Up to this point in the story, everything is quite gripping and exciting, but then Sam makes another dive, travels through a time portal, and ends up in Atlantis before its fall. His modern-day doctor, Cory Althorpe, is the reincarnation of the woman who was known as the goddess Athena, an Atlantean noblewoman whose voice was the siren call fetching Sam back. The two fall in love, endure some ugly adventures in the shifting Atlantean political base with Hades gaining ascendancy over Zeus and Poseidon, and escape to their separate destinies - which, of course, again intertwine, in the future - before Sam and the other Atlantean reincarnates in his own time gather, regroup, and dispatch their enemies with what might as well be a magic wand.
The first part of the novel reads like an action-adventure/spy thriller, and is very good. The second half reads like a soap opera, and is too clever for its own good - it delivers too many pat explanations for the gods, the origins of various Flood myths, and the like. The psychic-bloodline angle is quite interesting, but makes most of the past Atlantean plot fairly unbelievable - these "gods" would sooner (and better) have utilized their power, and if not, the explanation for why not is simply not apparent.
Not a bad read, just be aware what you're getting into before you start.