The Origins Mystery: The Atlantis Gene


70,000 years ago a strange mutation happened to the human genome. A Great Leap Forward. We became smarter. Much smarter. Why?

Kate Warner has dedicated her life to finding a cure for autism. But her work has landed her in something much more serious. And dangerous.

  A millenia year old organization known as the Immari now threatens to bring down humanity. And Kate's research on autism now holds the key to the survival of the human race.

  What Kate actually discovered is the secret to forcing the next "Great Leap Forward" in human evolution. But it could mean disaster to the human race in the wrong hands.

  Now her and a mysertious man, David Vale, must unlock the key behind a global conspiracy, centuries old, and the origin of humanity. But if the Immari catch them, its game over. For them, and the human race as its known.








I haven't read many fiction books that question the origins of human life ... but after reading The Atlentis Gene, I want to. AG Riddle makes up a completely reasonable mode for which humans evolved. Some highly advanced society came down, gave us a special gene that allowed us to survive and then conquer the planet. Perfectly simple. In fact he did such a good job of explaining evolution in this way, evolutionary biologists might want to start reconsidering our current knowledge of human evolution.

Riddle also highly excelled in tying in historical events to his evolution theory. The great flood that is present in all creation stories, it actually happened. The Spanish Flu outbreak of 1918, that was from Atlantis. The msyterious Nazi science known as "the Bell" was a real thing. He continues to do this through the end of the second book, tying in the Bubonic Plague, the rise and fall of the Greek and Roman Empires, etc.


Now on to the contents of the story...


The beginning of the story is highly confusing. Lots of unfamiliar people (many never make another appearance). Lots of unfamiliar organizations (Clocktower, Immari Intaernational, etc.). You have no idea who's working for who and who's agenda is what. Its not until David and Kate finally meet up and try to infiltrate an Immari base that everything gets sorted out. But this chaotic beginning gives you a good feeling of how strong and powerful this "conspiracy" actually is.

Going on to the Bell. It sounds like a really cool intrument. It has the power to MELT people. Who doesn't want that ability. But it takes on a whole new identity when Kate and David finally read the diary of Patrick Pierce. "The Bell" is actually an Atlantean Structure that was supposed to keep people from entering the Atlantean structures. It was also the source of the Spanish "Flu" (AKA the Atlantis Plague (Phase 3)). I still think the Bell was pretty cool, regardless of the millions of people it killed. I was sad to see that it didn't return for book two.

After Kate makes her first round with the Bell, we move on to find out what the story is actually about. Up to this point, the main focus of the story was retrieveing two of Kate's autistic children from Immair. But after that plan backfires (and the children are sent to Antarctica with nuclear bombs), we find out the connection the book has to Atlantis. At a monestary in asia, Kate meets a group of people known as the Immaru. They are the oldest civilization in history, dating back to the time of the "Great Flood". Their leader shows her a tapestry that has been in their possession for thousands of years. One that shows the outcome of human history. The tapestry shows a series of "floods" in human history. Two are revealed to have happened in the past. But two are still to come. And so now, the story shifts into the real stage: when is the next "flood" coming. And that is figured out quite quickly.

While at the monestary, Kate is gifted with something else; a diary belonging to one Patrick Pierce. Within its pages is the history of the bell, the spanish flu, and the location of Atlantis (off the coast of Gibraltar). This was pobably my least favorite part of the story because a lot of unneeded details were added, and made this part of the story seem to drag on forever. But the latter of the book (as well as book two) prove the diarie's importance.


But now on to the end ... Atlantis.


First off, compliments to AG Riddle for reviving the Atlantis mystery and doing so in such a good way. The setting was perfect. What's better than super tech city underneath a popular shipping route. And then the one in Antarctica drove the mystery even deeper. Why is there on in Antarctica? And why is there one off the coast of Gibralter? And why are they different?

The time distortion was also a cool trick placed in there, escpecially since it sets up book two so good (Kate goes in for two hours comes out two months later with half the population dead.). But why Riddle decided to make the time distortion a day to a year is unknown to me. But I expect that it has something to do with the plot line of the final book, The Atlantis World.

I also much enjoyed the "resurrection tubes" as they become known. The idea that you could possibly never die is pretty intriguing. As is exactly how they work. #Spoiler...This is revealed in book two.


And finally...lets discuss our main antagonist: Dorian Sloane.


This guy is one of best antagonist's I 've read of. You don't even know he's the antagonist until the end, and then he turns out to be like a mastermind behind human destruction. He's so obsessed with detsroying whatever "threat" awaited in the Antarctica he figured it was a good idea to send children with nukes into Antarctica. Only a true psychopath would do that. And this was done in full knowledge that if the nukes detonated, Antarctica would be gone ... as would most of the continental coast line. Gotta Love psychopathic antagonists.


Continue the series with the Atlantis Plague, where all Hell (or Atlantis) breaks lose.