Review for The Atlantis Gene by A G Riddle

the atlantis gene

My Rating: 4/5

Author:  A. G. Riddle
Title: The Atlantis Gene

Genre: Science Fiction


Amazon Description:
70,000 years ago, the human race almost went extinct.
We survived, but no one knows how.
Until now.
The countdown to the next stage of human evolution is about to begin, and humanity might not survive this time.

The Immari are good at keeping secrets. For 2,000 years, they’ve hidden the truth about human evolution. They’ve also searched for an ancient enemy–a threat that could wipe out the human race. Now the search is over.

Off the coast of Antarctica, a research vessel discovers a mysterious structure buried deep in an iceberg. It has been there for thousands of years, and something is guarding it. As the Immari rush to execute their plan, a brilliant geneticist makes a discovery that could change everything.

Dr. Kate Warner moved to Jakarta, Indonesia to escape her past. She hasn’t recovered from what happened to her, but she has made an incredible breakthrough: a cure for autism. Or so she thinks. What she has found is far more dangerous–for her and the entire human race. Her work could be the key to the next stage of human evolution. In the hands of the Immari, it would mean the end of humanity as we know it.

Agent David Vale has spent ten years trying to stop the Immari. Now he’s out of time. His informant is dead. His organization has been infiltrated. His enemy is hunting him. But when David receives a coded message related to the Immari attack, he risks everything to save the one person that can help him solve it: Dr. Kate Warner.

Together, Kate and David must race to unravel a global conspiracy and learn the truth about the Atlantis Gene… and human origins. Their journey takes them to the far corners of the globe and into the secrets of their pasts. The Immari are close on their heels and will stop at nothing to obtain Kate’s research and force the next stage of human evolution–even if it means killing 99.9% of the world’s population. David and Kate can stop them… if they can trust each other. And stay alive.


My Short Summary:

The Atlantis Gene story is a fast-paced adventure/sci-fi story. Kate, a doctor working on a cure for autism, discovers that her research may be applied to a bigger project. Two children are kidnapped from her research facility, and she must find them. David has been seeking answers to the 9/11 attacks for years. He eventually enters into a top secret agency and plans to stop the culprit at all cost. When the agency is compromised, David must uncover exactly what is going on. With unexpected assistance from each other, the two set out to find the children and help save the world.  They soon discover that everything stems back thousands of years. Mankind might be in danger, but they aren’t sure if it’s from another subhuman species or their own. Can they figure things out, and more importantly, can they save the world in time?


Third person through multiple people


Character Development:

Kate is smart and resourceful. She’s not the strongest person in the book, but she doesn’t shy away from trying. When the children from her research facility are kidnapped, she would stop at nothing to get them back. Having had emotional and physical scars from her past, she must face them now. Similar to Kate, David must also face his fears from his past. The years of dedication and research into the Immari now leads him on an adventure that he might not be ready for. After almost dying in 9/11, will he make it through this next confrontation?

For most of the story, things move at a fast pace. Sometimes it’s hard to get to really get to know the characters from the jumps. However, the story touches upon the characters pasts as well as the struggles they face. I think I would have preferred a few more pages at a time with characters to know and connect with them better. I don’t want to include spoilers, but near the end I had to slow down to keep up with everything.


Plot Development/Flow:

As stated above, the story usually moves at a fast pace. The chapters are short, so there is a lot of jumping around. The jumping isn’t confusing, but sometimes I wished that I had a few more pages within the chapter instead of jumping to another scenario. The story moves along well. It slows down a little in the middle of the book as the reader gets more information on the past events. The ending was a little abrupt. However, this may be because I did not realize this was a series instead of a standalone novel.  I would have at least liked to have read a few more details about what happened during those last two months.


Standalone or Part of a Series:

First book in a series