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"Marine archeologist Jack Howard may have found the key to uncovering Atlantis, the legendary sunken city purportedly built by a flourishing culture. A scrap of papyrus discovered in an Egyptian desert, which may contain a secondhand account of the lost city, sends Jack scrambling to assemble a team, including Costas, an MIT- and Stanford-trained expert in 'submersible technology' and Katya, a beautiful Russian Atlantis specialist. Once prepped and in position in the Aegean Sea, Jack and company find themselves caught up with Kazakhstan terrorists and a multicountry fight over a missing Soviet nuclear submarine — and that's before they've uncovered the ancient secrets of the lost city. It's thrilling stuff for sure, but the story limps along on complicated, exposition-heavy science that's doled out much too slowly (characters walk each other — often and at length — through their particular areas of expertise as the plot requires). Gibbons, an underwater archeologist and Cambridge University Ph.D., knows his science; still, things don't pick up until the second half of the story, when the dive gives way to a more straightforward kidnapping plot. The historical conspiracy angle gives the book Da Vinci-esque appeal, and the intense visual details of the team's marine discoveries make it naturally cinematic, but if history and science lectures aren't your cup of Dramamine, you might want to give this one a pass." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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narrpalho, November 13, 2010 (view all comments by narrpalho)
Interesting premise. And a cute joke or two ("rosy-fingered dawn). And absolutely terrible. Worst book of my year. Cliche after cliche after cliche. Sort of the A-Team of archaeology. Of course they're all ripped, rich scions and/or playboys, who...this will be a shock...all have experience in military intelligence in various countries. The discoveries all are earth-shattering, all at the same time and all lead to the same place..."A_______". Don't want to spoil it for you. And the current evil-doers in American pulp fiction are central...yup...islamic terrorists. What would we do without them now that the Soviet and IRA are more or less gone? This book is utterly and completely predictable from the getgo.
If I hadn't been in a transcon flight with nothing else, I would have chucked it. I read some to the woman sitting next to me. She predicted the babe interest would show up by page 20. It was page 32 "Her green penetrating eyes..." etc. And the evil doers are all dowdy and frumpy, not like the svelt Katya, who not only can strip, but can strip a AKS-74U Kalashnikov as well. AND she knows everything about Soviet-era subs. Not your run-of-the-mill archaeologist with green penetrating eyes.
Please...it is SOOOO bad. There are lots of books out there. Pick another one.
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narrpalho, November 13, 2010 (view all comments by narrpalho)
Interesting premise. And a cute joke or two ("rosy-fingered dawn). And absolutely terrible. Worst book of my year. Cliche after cliche after cliche. Sort of the A-Team of archaeology. Of course they're all ripped, rich scions and/or playboys, who...this will be a shock...all have experience in military intelligence in various countries. The discoveries all are earth-shattering, all at the same time and all lead to the same place..."A_______". Don't want to spoil it for you. And the current evil-doers in American pulp fiction are central...yup...islamic terrorists. What would we do without them now that the Soviet and IRA are more or less gone? This book is utterly and completely predictable from the getgo.
If I hadn't been in a transcon flight with nothing else, I would have chucked it. I read some to the woman sitting next to me. She predicted the babe interest would show up by page 20. It was page 32 "Her green penetrating eyes..." etc. And the evil doers are all dowdy and frumpy, not like the svelt Katya, who not only can strip, but can strip a AKS-74U Kalashnikov as well. AND she knows everything about Soviet-era subs. Not your run-of-the-mill archaeologist with green penetrating eyes.
Please...it is SOOOO bad. There are lots of books out there. Pick another one.
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Margie, September 7, 2009 (view all comments by Margie)
I picked this book up at a library book sale and it is the first time I have read Mr. Gibbins' work. While it gets a little technical at times - which just makes the brain work harder - the book is an exciting story of a search team who locates Atlantis and the many surprises they find there and Russian terrorists who keep getting in the way. I will definitely look for Mr. Gibbins' other books.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780553587920
Author:
Gibbins, David
Publisher:
Dell Publishing Company
Author:
David Gibbins
Subject:
General
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Mediterranean Sea
Subject:
Marine archaeologists
Subject:
Suspense fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Adventure
Subject:
Popular Fiction - Adventure
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
Jack Howard
Publication Date:
20060931
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
6.95x4.19x1.08 in. .55 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Marine archeologist Jack Howard may have found the key to uncovering Atlantis, the legendary sunken city purportedly built by a flourishing culture. A scrap of papyrus discovered in an Egyptian desert, which may contain a secondhand account of the lost city, sends Jack scrambling to assemble a team, including Costas, an MIT- and Stanford-trained expert in 'submersible technology' and Katya, a beautiful Russian Atlantis specialist. Once prepped and in position in the Aegean Sea, Jack and company find themselves caught up with Kazakhstan terrorists and a multicountry fight over a missing Soviet nuclear submarine — and that's before they've uncovered the ancient secrets of the lost city. It's thrilling stuff for sure, but the story limps along on complicated, exposition-heavy science that's doled out much too slowly (characters walk each other — often and at length — through their particular areas of expertise as the plot requires). Gibbons, an underwater archeologist and Cambridge University Ph.D., knows his science; still, things don't pick up until the second half of the story, when the dive gives way to a more straightforward kidnapping plot. The historical conspiracy angle gives the book Da Vinci-esque appeal, and the intense visual details of the team's marine discoveries make it naturally cinematic, but if history and science lectures aren't your cup of Dramamine, you might want to give this one a pass." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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