Thomas Greanias builds excitement and suspense every step of the way in this daringly original, thought-provoking adventure that moves with electrifying force. This is the ultimate voyage, a journey to the center of time, as awe-inspiring as the dawn of man...and as inevitable as doomsday. This is Raising Atlantis.
©2005 Thomas Greanias; (P)2005 AtlantisAudio, a division of Atlantis Interactive, Inc.
"Raising Atlantis is a wonderfully honed cliffhanger, an outrageous adventure with a wild dose of the supernatural. A thrill ride from start to finish." (Clive Cussler)
"A remarkable first novel. Raising Atlantis grabs hold of you from the first page and pulls you into an astonishing world of scientific fact and fiction, suspense and good old-fashioned adventure. Thomas Greanias is a superb writer who knows how to tell a tale with style and substance. Thoroughly entertaining." (Nelson DeMille)
This had potential to be a good yarn: however it was ill constructed, disjointed and badly written, in short it makes Dan Brown look like a literary Genius. Don't bother.
I enjoyed this. Its no masterpiece but an interesting storyline. My only gripe... the narrator does some awful accents!! The English.Australian middle aged nun sounds like a teenage chimney sweep from 1800s England!!
"Stargate+Da Vinci Cod= Raising Atlantis"
Raising Atlantis is like reading a weird hybrid between DaVinci Code and Stargate. Lets see, you have the annoying whiningly-superior academic protagonist: check. Obscure government experiment: check. Catholic conspiracy involving the Vatican: check. Someone who can decipher ancient codes and text: check. Someone spouting cryptic religious messages: check. Characters with extremely dysfunctional parents: check. Pyramid and Alien connection: check. All that was missing was a Tielk-like sidekick, and Robert Langdon's obscure preaching about cryptic philosophical points... Oh wait... There's Conrad.
Okay, all joking aside, I enjoyed Raising Atlantis, but I found myself gritting my teeth when the ex-nun character was summoned to the Vatican. The story lost a great deal of punch when the character "Mother Earth" became involved. (Seriously does every action novel these days have to involve the Pope or the Vatican?)
Then there's Conrad. Golly, if I have to listen to Conrad whine one more time about how his daddy don't love him as much as he loves his military career, I wanted to slap the character. Seriously, did anyone like Conrad? He was whiney, irritating and self-centered. I don't blame his dad for wanting to throw him in the brig.
I think this book had some great adventure. But I can't help but wonder what it would've been like with protagonists I actually LIKED. 4 stars.
"I couldn't disagree more"
I have read review after review of this book that proclaim it to be horrible drivel with *maybe* a good idea for a story but was badly realized with characters that were poorly developed, etc. Well, for this genre, I couldn't disagree more. I came back here to see if there was a sequel because it was clearly setup for one, and I enjoyed this book so much I am looking forward to it. It should probably be loosely categorized in the Science Fiction genre, not Suspense, and especially not Espionage. There is definitely a lot there to work with, and I enjoyed it immensely. All books of this sort require total suspension of disbelief. But that's why it's called "fiction". If you take the various "facts" that are presented, about the characters and about what's going on, at face value and start from there, the book is quite compelling. I am not the only one to think so, apparently. It achieved #1 Amazon sales ranking in April 2002 and #2 on Amazon’s eBook fiction list (Mysteries & Thrillers) in May and June 2003 behind Dan Brown’s THE DA VINCI CODE. It was reported to be on the NY Times Best Seller list, but I was not able to confirm this. At any rate, I recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading Atlantis-themed books. It may not be the best book out there, but it is most certainly an enjoyable read.
"Goes on and on and on"
A good yar filled with bits and pieces of other good yarns a dabbling of current events, some religion for those who need some nd unfortunately, once again, the salvation of the world is dependent on superstition and judeo/christian dogma. The hero takes a 20 foot leap to a stone floor with no damage to his ankles, the heroine falls 30+ from a helicopter and is unharmed all in all a bit "over-the-top".
Your never quite sure if science or reason has any place in the tale and by the time you've decided, none, it gets even more bizarre with the never-ending end that seems to go on and on and on.
3 stars is the best I could do for this audiobook and those only because the "graphics" or visuals created by the story are truly wonderful. I'm a sucker for special effects.
"WOW THIS KICKS ASS!!"
Is hard to believe that this is not a Dan Brown Novel, Thomas Greanias has done a remarkable job in assimilating Dan Brown's formula. This book will have your heart pounding from the start. Just as Dan Brown's (Deception Point, Angels & Demons and Da Vinci Code) this book is a synthesis of facts and fiction. In addition, the excellent narration of Scott Brick gives this book a perfect 5 STARS!!! "THIS IS A MUST HAVE"!!!
"You'll need drugs"
To suspend your disbelief enough to swallow the outlandish happenings in this tiresome tale. They should also help with the simplistic characters and repetitive "He screamed!" and "She froze!" passages that seem to be on an endless loop. I used to think I could listen to Scott Brick read the phone book. This drivel proves my assumption wrong, even he can't save it.
"Are you kidding me?"
This is the worst book I've ever finished. It is a bad attempt at a redo of Raiders of the Lost Ark meets the Day After Tomorrow. (Unless Day After Tomorrow was based on this book, in which case I apologize.) There were no characters that I cared anything about. In fact, I was hoping they would all die so the book would just get over. The story was predictable at first and then it just became impossible. This book was so bad that Scott Brick couldn't even save it. Actually, even Scott was subpar here with a bad Australian accent. I did give the book one star because I do love Scott Brick even at his worst.
"An absolutely appalling book"
A preposterous story strung together with cliches and characters who are uniformly arrogant, angry, and sarcastic. I stopped listening when I realized that I wanted each of them to meet a bad end.
High hopes for a decent adventure are dashed very quickly. While Scott Brick does a great job, he can only read what is written. While obviously a great premise, and not a bad story concept, the writer seems to rush through each scene as if impatient to get to the next chapter. Details are lacking, and characters are shallow, inconsitent, and make illogical and out-of-character decisions throughout the story. The author constantly adds props "on-th-fly" to the story, to brace up the flimsy structure of the story. I was surprized how poorly written the story turned out to be, particularly after reading the initial peer reviews by other authors I enjoy. I listenend to the entire story, hoping for redemption, but it never materialized. Whew.....
This was an amazing book. If you?re into ancient civilizations, celestial mysteries and modern technology that doesn?t match up to mysterious nature of the pyramids you will love this book. Shrouded by the US trying to keep a secret discovery found miles beneath ice under wraps things get dicey when other countries fear a ?secret nuclear test site? of the Americans. This book is an interesting read for Atlantis enthusiasts.
I've only just started this epic tale and have only one complaint to address at this time. Scott Brick is a great narrator, but really? "Your 'Oliness"????? Australians do not speak with a Cockney accent! A linguist who grew up in Australia would not speak like she had just finished a run in "My Fair Lady." This and this alone might keep me from continuing to trudge through this poor cousin of Mr. Brown's Code. Aaargggghhh!
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