The Gods of Atlantis

The Gods of Atlantis

Book - 2011
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This novel is a stand-alone sequel to Atlantis. A lost Nazi bunker in a forest in Germany contains a dreadful secret. But is there a horrifying new dimension - another ingredient in the Nazi's rule of terror? Marine archaeologist Jack Howard returns to the lost island of Atlantis in the Black Sea to answer questions about the Atlantis priests that have plagued him. Then by tracking down the 1930s expeditions of Himmler's Ahnenerbe - the Nazi's Department of Cultural Heritage - and its link with Atlantis, Jack realises he is not just on the trail of the greatest lost relics from the past. Could there possibly be a terrifying new version of 'Atlantis', a priesthood of evil? Jack must uncover the truth before it is too late.
Publisher: London : Headline, 2011.
ISBN: 9780755353996
Characteristics: 436 p. :,map ;,24 cm.


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May 21, 2012

Not really very well written--something of a disappointment after his earlier books. The characters spend an immense amount of time sitting around deducing things and then over explaining them for the reader. In the first third of the book, for example, two events where the characters take action occurs and the rest of the time they just sit around talking. Less telling, more showing.

Then there are the tedious coincidences. For example, a character needs to get from Turkey to Germany fast so he phones a friend who happens to be ferrying a Tornado back from Afghanistan and hops a ride. Or, the characters need info on some doings during WW2 so one character's aunt (of course) happens to have played a pivotal role, as did her husband and she also turned out to be an expert in developing antidotes.

A good edit would have pared this down by two-thirds and then the author could have put some actual "action" in his action adventure. Boring! This will be the last of his books that I bother with.

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