On two primeval sister-planets two magnificent civilizations hurtle towards their cataclysmic destinies. Poseidon and Athens Ra are the two rival brothers who govern them. They possess advanced tech and all-too-human passions.
Are they gods or are they men?
Level-headed Terresian explorer and scientist Poseidon Ra commands an expedition to Erthe where a routine genetic protocol on the aboriginal population has unexpectedly triggered a staggering leap in human evolution. He quickly realizes that he's traveled 940 million miles across the solar system only to fall in love with a planet - and its exceptionally advanced, exquisite native daughter.
Sensualist and bad boy Athens Ra has been tasked with governing the mining colony of Mars - a life- sustaining mission crucial to the survival of the home world. The drilling spawns riches beyond imagining, and enemies that are the stuff of nightmares.
One brother discovers a love that will change the course of history, the other - monsters, madness and death.
©2015 Robin Maxwell (P)2015 Robin Maxwell
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"Absolutely FANTASTIC story!!!"
Yes I will definitely recommend this book. It is a wonderful and exciting story, and the narrator gave a phenomenal performance!
I'd have to say that Clietta (might have spelled that wrong, but that's how it sounds when spoken ), was my favorite character. I can relate to her and therfore I connect with her character most deeply. But to be honest, this book was so well written that you tend to bond with all of the characters..
The earthquake/tsunami scene was very intense.
Yes absolutely, but alas I had to stretch it out to 2 days *sigh*.
Worth the credit/money.
"Brilliant! Give a few chapters...it's worth it!"
I highly suggest reading the acknowledgments firs... IF YOU ARE ALREADY AWARE OF THE GENERAL PLOT that is. Maxwell herself praises and almost admits plagiarism of an amazing list of authors and they're works. This being a work of fiction and a great read, she has taken these theories and factoids and made me load my cart with every book she "borrowed from" mentioned in her acknowledgment. First acknowledgment ever that I listened to like 5 times! I cannot wait for the next
The book has a very distinct voice with great visuals and imaginative use of technology. I like that the author didn't write so-called strong female characters, but rather three dimensional people, with clear motivations, human desires and flaws.
The main thrust of the story is I'm afraid a little unimaginative and it takes far too long for the main conflict of the story to materialize. Overall I really enjoyed the narrator, the characters and the visuals and so I would definitely recommend this tale.
As an aside, I would like to bring up that this book has got me wondering if the idea of Atlantis, or for that matter the relatively recent ancient alien hypothesis is fundamentally racist?
No I don't mean that I think the author is, or in fact many of the people who believe in the hypothesis are. I've just started to notice that this story and all others involving Atlantis or advanced alien civilizations visiting earth seem to be phenotypically Caucasian.
Please don't get me wrong I believe a storyteller should be able to tell the story in any way they choose, because art should be free, but I find it odd that most seem to default to the, blonde hair, pale skin light eyes model of superiority and what that still says about the state of science-fiction (and for that matter pseudoscience) in America today.
Take that how you will but whatever you do, please give this book a try.
"One of my favorite epic novels, ever!!!"
While listening to Atlantos I truly felt like I was diving deep into the rich and mysterious beginnings of human civilization. I always yearn for a true epic story such as this one, in which each character, beautifully brought to life in Suzan Crowley's reading, is like a fulcrum to a swiftly moving plot. The overarching thing that made this listening experience the most enjoyable was the sensation of being able to sink into this story effortlessly, every time I pressed play.
I always enjoy how Robin Maxwell speaks through several character's voices. In this book it is particularly interesting because of the vast differences between individuals that literally come from different worlds. It is no small task, to depict these people who were like gods and goddesses, the stuff that legends are made of, while avoiding a superficial description. But these characters feel so real, and the details in their relations with each other are in turn delightful and compelling.
I have not, but I would like to, as I very much enjoyed her performance.
This book is a vivid, extraordinary work of a seldom visited genre, "historical science fiction", in which Robin Maxwell's mastery of historical fiction shines. In it we get to visit a possible scenario of our distant past and the origin of civilization. In my opinion, Maxwell's ciphering is quite plausible. I really enjoyed Maxwell's afterward, (read by the author), in which she speaks of Plato and other sources that spurred her imagination to compose this fantastic tale.
"ATLANTOS; A time and place now so familiar!"
Yes - an epic adventure revealing of our humanity and it's possible origins.
First approach and visit to Gaya and Poseidon’s reverence for "the miracle of Erthe."
Her rich interpretation of each scene conjured, for me, pictures, sounds and even the aromas of Erthe. Further, Robin’s full complement of interesting characters has given Suzan the opportunity to give voice and emotion to this read.
Absolutely not - too rich a tapestry to appreciate in one viewing.
Listen on and allow the magic to consume you ... it will!
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