#43 — The Atlantis Plague by A. G. Riddle

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08.12.2013 - 23.12.3013
My rating: 6 out of 10.

Second book in series, follows The Atlantis Gene.

When I finished reading The Atlantis Gene, I thought: Wow, I want to know what's next! I checked A. G. Riddle personal site for updates at least couple of times a month, until I saw that the second book was available on Amazon!
Overall, the ending of the Gene (I'll call The Atlantis Gene so) was in my opinion, a bit hurried, like the author didn't have enough time to finish the book. So that several important events were described on the last couple of pages (I'll try to avoid spoilers for the readers who haven't yet got their hands on the books). The second book starts off even more rapidlyю The reader knows that the world is going to end because of the plague, and Kate is working on a cure (unsuccessfully). David experiences some very disappointing events (no spoilers!).
And as a matter of fact, we become aware that the chain of events that caused the plague leads to the alien race, who interfered with our genes.
I must say, I'm not a big fan of aliens in books. More so, the first book made the described events very realistic, so that I could even imagine something like that happening. But the aliens? Come on. It just puts me off, since I find that hard to believe.

I mean, think about it logically: we came here on a spaceship that employs concepts in physics your race hasn't even discovered. You putt around this tiny planet in painted aluminum cans that burn the liquified remains of ancient reptiles. Do you honestly think you could beat us in a fight?

The scientific explanations make the matter even worse. First, they appear more frequently than in the first book, and are quiet lengthy, and seriously, if I wanted a lecture on the cure for HIV, I could just visit Wikipedia. Second, science in the book supports the plot, gives a basis to the events and justifies actions of the characters. But when the science becomes entangled with the aliens, whom you cannot doubt since they ARE the main characters, this what I find irritating.
Overall, if you ask me, I would read the third part. And this is going to be a third part. Do I think that the second book was bad? Not, of course it wasn't. Aliens love/hate is a personal thing. Some would love vast scientific explanations. I'm just not that into it. I think as an author A.G. Riddle made a great work, especially considering he is not a professional writer, and this is indeed his second book. I do recommend The Atlantis Plague to people who love books where fiction and science facts merge, and who do not mind alien interventions.

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