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The Atlantis Plague Audiobook

The Atlantis Plague: The Origin Mystery, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

A PANDEMIC 70,000 YEARS IN THE MAKING WILL CHANGE HUMANITY...FOREVER.

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 the Atlantis Plague doesn't 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 actually 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.

With control of the world population hanging in the balance, the Orchid Alliance and the Immari descend into open warfare. Now humanity's last hope is to find a cure, and 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. Kate's journey takes her across the barren wastelands of Europe and northern Africa, but it's 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.

©2013 A.G. Riddle (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    Colleen Puniard 10/02/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Alternate history"

    Great experience! Intriguing story, well narrated and slightly addictive. Looking forward to the next instalment. Highly recommended. Thank you Audible.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Alex delaforce 15/08/2016
    Alex delaforce 15/08/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Story good narration irritating"

    I listened to the first book but when I came to look for a new audio book several months later I forgot how irritating the narration was. I listened to this book for one trip to work and back but could bear it no longer. I returned the book.
    I think the story is OK. The reading is the problem.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kevinplee@hotmail.com Nottingham, England 30/04/2016
    kevinplee@hotmail.com Nottingham, England 30/04/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "The hard yards"

    Far from gripping from start to finish it was hard listening and hard to stay awake. Is it the author or narrator? I'm still not sure why it didn't gel with me. I was finally starting to get into it in the last couple of chapters causing me now to reconsider a resolution not to finish the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Adrienne 01/01/2016
    Adrienne 01/01/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Exciting creative and meaningful messages"

    Good storyline and use of imagination about technology and human behaviour while facing destruction.

    Narrator was good and I am looking forward to the final book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Emily Wright
    Fort Wayne, IN
    7/05/14
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    "Take it for what it's worth and enjoy it!"
    Where does The Atlantis Plague rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Narrator is great, and the story is fun to read and complex. A lot of reviewers have complained about some things not adding up but it is a great listen and and interesting plot. I thoroughly enjoyed both this book and the first book.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Great character development, and I was constantly wondering how the main characters were going to get out of their current predicament.


    What does Stephen Bel Davies bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He's just an excellent narrator. You focus on the story and not on him, and that is how it should be.


    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Michael G Kurilla
    ROCKVILLE, MD, United States
    10/05/14
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    "A well executed reinterpretation of history"

    The Atlantis Plague follows immediately on from where The Atlantis Gene left off. The time dilation effects and name changes have been muted for this installment and so the story is easier to follow. David and Kate are moving in separate tracks for the first half. The plague is racing out of control and Dorian has gone rogue relative to the Imari. The alien intentions are made clear and contain both benign and malignant actions as we learn that two different philosophical approaches have been driving human evolution and development.

    Riddle does a fantastic job of creating a riveting plot with multiple twists along the way. Most entertaining is the creative reinterpretation of human history from 70K BC to the present. He weaves the plague of Justinian and the Black death as events that were intentionally engineered to drive human evolution. Kate holds humanity's fate in her hands with her decision on how to finally resolve the current human catastrophe. Lastly, Riddle sets up book 3 with the suggestion of something that even our alien genetic engineers were fearful of.

    The narration is excellent with a good range of voices for all characters.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • rene
    Henrietta, Tx, United States
    7/05/14
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    "It all comes Together"
    Would you listen to The Atlantis Plague again? Why?

    Yes. i enjoyed both Episodes in this series, hoping there is a Third!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the blending of archaelogy and Sci-Fi with Known History and Legends


    What about Stephen Bel Davies’s performance did you like?

    He seamlessly connected the differing characters, Settings and even Time periods to keep the reader both engaged and on the edge of our seats


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, i did wish i could just let run! Thank Goodness for bookmarks


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A. Pires
    Central Coast, CA
    26/04/14
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    "puts the science in sci-fi"

    I liked this book a lot. As an old school hard sci-fi guy it had the right ingredients for me. I originally was worried this would turn into another zombie book(yuk), and yeah, plagues were big before zombies. But this was a great twist. But if you are one of those commuter listeners this probably isn't for you. There are a lot of characters and a lot of time differential threads. So listening for short periods might leave you lost. I'm also a history buff and this had some intriguing things that I didn't know. The only reason I docked a star was the reader was pretty plain vanilla.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • wii-zer
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    24/10/14
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    "Technical and dry at times, but interesting"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No too much explanation of technology not enough progression


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Not another one...


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Sadly so


    Do you think The Atlantis Plague needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, enough is enough


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Jbog1883
    5/08/14
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    "Picked up where the first left off"

    This book picked up right where the first left off, full of suspense, action and plenty of intrigue. It kept me guessing throughout the middle about where everyone's loyalties lay

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel W. Booth
    Plano, TX United States
    3/08/14
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    "Loved the story."
    Where does The Atlantis Plague rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    That is the problem, I like all of the audiobooks.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Atlantis Plague?

    The history


    What does Stephen Bel Davies bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I have a hard time reading now with my eyes, and I can't read a book while driving but I can listen to a book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I don't know.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Delt.
    NORTHGLENN, CO, United States
    29/03/14
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    "Not sure exactly how I feel."
    Would you try another book from A. G. Riddle and/or Stephen Bel Davies?

    Probably, though with a different set of expectations.


    If you’ve listened to books by A. G. Riddle before, how does this one compare?

    The first book in the series was about the same as this one, and I listened to both. I think the narrator does an OK job but the story in both books doesn't really catch me.


    What does Stephen Bel Davies bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His narration is good although I did find Dorian Sloan's voice to be a little annoying by the end.


    Do you think The Atlantis Plague needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It seems to me that there's going to be one regardless. I wouldn't complain but I'm not going to spend much money on it. Maybe a daily deal but not for a credit or $20. The 2nd book tied up the story line fairly well and I don't really have a desire to go deeper into this universe. I didn't find many of the characters in these books to be genuine or believable. It felt like the story was on rails and no matter what happened the deus ex machina would make sure everything worked out all-right. I know the author spent a lot of time going into back-story and internal-narrative but so much of it seemed too coincidental or tailor-made to help the plot move forward.


    Any additional comments?

    I read a lot of science fiction and I love a good mystery book. When I read 'he's like a Sci-Fi Dan Brown', I guess I expected something different than this. I still enjoyed the overall narrative and thought the concept was original and thought-provoking, I just didn't feel any connection to the characters and would have enjoyed it more if they didn't feel so wooden.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Nicholas
    ALBANY, GA, United States
    16/09/14
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    "even worse than the first"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story was getting way out there and there were incredible mistakes in biology.


    What could A. G. Riddle have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    At lease get the science right, there were so many issues that science souldn't support.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Suzanne
    Burlington, WA United States
    3/07/14
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    "Overblown"

    The first book was fine, but this one was overblown, too long, and overly complex. I almost didn't finish it. The plot was overly complex, and difficult to follow, and frankly, bored me. I nearly quit in the middle. Not recommended.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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  • C
    26/01/15
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    "Poor research by the author"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Neutral on this, the story arc is good but! The author simply has not researched Europe, Racoons in Spain! Really and there are so many inaccuracies is distracts from the story.


    Would you ever listen to anything by A. G. Riddle again?

    Probably not


    What about Stephen Bel Davies’s performance did you like?

    Adiquate, again the actor has made no effort to get even a UK English let alone local pronounciation of place names. For example the Maltese are taught exclusively in English from primary education onward. There is no reason for any accuracy.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    None

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Pete
    Farnham, Surrey, United Kingdom
    27/08/15
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    "Heavy going but worth it in the end"
    Would you listen to The Atlantis Plague again? Why?

    It took me a long time to get through this needing to read a few other books in between as it can get very drawn out in the middle not seeming to go anywhere just round in circles but at about 3/4 through the story picks up and comes to a conclusion


    What did you like best about this story?

    Its the second book in the trilogy and moved the story along


    Which character – as performed by Stephen Bel Davies – was your favourite?

    Al the characters were good and consitant


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    the book is part of a trilogy this is just and excuse for procrastinator I am sure the whole story could have been condensed a bit and I will think twice before downloading the third episode.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Richard Leake
    Nottingham, UK
    17/06/15
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    "Promising but spoilt by too many dates and history facts"

    Love 1st half, so bored by 3rd quarter but picked up in last quarter. As story progress it loses its way and gets taken over by a wordy and date ridden history lesson.
    Disappointed. What otherwise would have been a face paced thriller diluted to dusty mind numbing history lecture.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    Mansfield Woodhouse, United Kingdom
    24/05/15
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    "A good listen, if a little descriptive at points"

    I enjoyed this book a lot. The story went from the previous installment and flowed through nicely, continuing to develop the characters. A complicated look at fantasy version of a very real planet earth that sometimes goes a bit heavy on the narrative. The narrator is good, on the whole. I'm afraid my usual irritation with an American's lack of ability to pronounce various words is still there, but on the whole a good read and I'm looking forward to the final installment!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dr M B Carter
    1/02/15
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    "It's about 50 chapters too long"

    Good narration but storyline just unravels which is a shame really as I had quite enjoyed the first book. Too many flashbacks.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    16/04/16
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    "Not as good"

    There are many faults within the story that are mainly due to lack of proper research in some of the science and history. There are even issues with geography. For example, Andalusia is not a state, it is a province in Spain, and Pamplona is definitely not a city in it.
    The narration really got me this time. I wasn't sure about it in the previous book, but the accents were just terrible and the pronunciation of many cities was so bad that it was difficult to make sense of it. For example, the pronunciation of Ceuta, which features prominently in the book, was so bad that I only realised what city it was half way through the book.
    The plot is entertaining enough.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Paul Wilde
    UK
    21/07/15
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    "Boring, boring, boring"
    What would have made The Atlantis Plague better?

    This had so much potential after the first book, but the author has obviously given up and hopes you'll not notice there's no story , plot development is minimal & quite frankly, I couldn't care less if everyone was wiped out by the virus.Didn't finish & returned for a refund.


    Has The Atlantis Plague put you off other books in this genre?

    No


    What didn’t you like about Stephen Bel Davies’s performance?

    Was he sleeping?


    Any additional comments?

    Boring!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Alexander
    13/01/15
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    "Great series."

    This series is extremely fun. I really enjoy scifi/fantasy books that based themselves around real historical and scientific events. This is a fine example of how to balance reality and fiction.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mogster
    UK
    31/08/14
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    "Dull"

    Whilst I enjoyed (mostly) the first book in the series, this one is no where near as good. It does little to move the story along and just keeps repeating the same scenario over again, so and so is going to kill so and so - repeat.........

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ozzymandias
    Mistworld
    3/06/14
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    "Entertaining but unoriginal"

    This is an entertaining book however I thought the ideas were a little too derivative. It read more like a smash-up of other science fiction series with few original ideas. The first book set the scene to tell an interesting or original story but we end up in much the same place as other science fiction tales. If you have listened to the first book I would say that you are not really missing very much in this book, but it is still an entertaining read if you are at a loose end.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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