Book Review: The Atlantis Gene by agriddle

This book is terrible. Not worth reviewing except to express my utter astonishment that anything can be so bad. How does this kind of garbage get published with such a huge budget while genuinely well-written novels are left languishing in the self-published heap of neglect? Could the publishers not see how badly written it was? I don’t think I’ve ever come across anything quite so badly executed. It makes Dan Brown look like a ten-time Booker Prize winner. The grammar is putrid. A child could split an infinitive with greater skill.

And as for the plot – it’s just laughable. I’m all for the preposterous plot but this is just stupid – badly thought out, possibly not even thought out at all. The author (though I wouldn’t credit him with that title – the moron with the keyboard) claims to have spent two years researching this. More like one afternoon skimming Wikipedia. However, the “author” has, at least, taken the trouble to read a “how to write a thriller” textbook. The chapters are painfully short, sometimes barely a page. This, apparently, is supposed to make it “exciting” – NOTHING makes this story exciting. It was dead before it started. There is no characterisation at all. The names you do get to know at the start of the book are killed off, one by one, until you wonder (or hope) that perhaps everyone in the book will die and there won’t be any more book. The villains can be swapped around at will and are more stereotypical than your average stereotype. Nazis! Really……? Most of the time you can’t tell the characters apart (men or women) but don’t care anyway.

Far, far worse than the travesty of a so-called thriller is that there are TWO MORE of these awful books. It’s also been optioned for a movie – OF COURSE! Because what else are you going to make a movie out of other than a piece of trash writing – books by morons for morons make terrific movies for morons.

There isn’t one single original idea here. Even the main premise of the Atlantis gene has been done before. Hello, Stargate Atlantis, anyone? They did this several trillion times better. With mentions of Star Trek and Indiana Jones, the “author” clearly thinks his story ranks as highly.

In the end, I can forgive a great story poorly executed if only it wasn’t so very, very poorly executed. But this isn’t a great story. Lame, derivative, hollow, yes, but not great. Which leaves those awful, flat, bland, ugly, clumsy, clumpy, unedited, unstylish, unimaginative, characterless, proseless, limp, useless, cliched, hideous sentences: they are going to haunt me forever (or at least until I can get my hands on a Real Book…..)


About susannahjbell

I am a writer of science fiction and other strange and surreal works. I mostly write novels and the occasional novelette. My published works include A Doorway into Ultra, the Fleet Quintet and the Exodus Sequence. I live in London in an attic flat but really want to live in a tree. I wanted to be an astrophysicist but would settle for an alien abduction. I write because I don’t know what to read.
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3 Responses to Book Review: The Atlantis Gene by agriddle

  1. Brutal, but funny! I’ve got to read this book now…

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