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A LOST CIVILIZATION. A DANGEROUS QUEST. A DEADLY SECRET. It's one of history's most enduring and controversial legends—the lost city of Atlantis. Archaeologist Nina Wilde is certain she's solved the riddle of its whereabouts—and with the help of reclusive billionaire Kristian Frost, his beautiful daughter, Kari, and ex-SAS bodyguard Eddie Chase, she's about to make the mosA LOST CIVILIZATION. A DANGEROUS QUEST. A DEADLY SECRET. It's one of history's most enduring and controversial legends—the lost city of Atlantis. Archaeologist Nina Wilde is certain she's solved the riddle of its whereabouts—and with the help of reclusive billionaire Kristian Frost, his beautiful daughter, Kari, and ex-SAS bodyguard Eddie Chase, she's about to make the most important discovery in centuries. But not everyone wants them to succeed: a powerful and mysterious organization will stop at nothing to ensure that a secret submerged for 11,000 years never resurfaces. More than one would-be discoverer has already died in pursuit of Atlantis's secrets—including Nina's own parents. Failure isn't an option. From the streets of Manhattan to the Brazilian jungle, from a Tibetan mountaintop to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, Nina and Eddie will race against time—and follow a trail of danger and death to a revelation so explosive, it could destroy civilization forever....

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The Hunt for Atlantis Reviews

  •  Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
    2019-03-22 04:51

    The Hunt for Atlantis is rip-roaring treasure hunting adventure that keeps the fans of this genre on their toes. Andy McDermott doesn't bother trying to be 'literary'. He just writes a fun book here. When a reader goes into this book, they should keep that in mind. McDermott also keeps the narrative and plot in service of his goal of providing an exciting adventure. While he doesn't take himself too seriously, I think that the history and archaeology aspects were realistic, and the science seemed solid. The characters keep you guessing. I loved the way he sets up the first meet between Nina and Eddie. Eddie is the guy you didn't expect to be Nina's future bodyguard. Eddie breaks the stereotypes of the action hero right down the middle. And I loved him for that. He's such a character, always cracking jokes and not afraid to look silly in the process. I liked that he does use levity to get through some tough situations. But at the end of the day, he can kick butt like nobody's business.Nina is definitely an egg-head and she's in over her head, but you see her growth as the novel goes along. She realizes that discovering Atlantis has greater implications than she might have thought, and it puts her obsession (one that was also her parents') into perspective. For someone who was never around actual physical danger, she does quite well, and no one can doubt her courage. I liked the chemistry between them. It develops naturally for two people who spend so much time together and go through so much. Kari Frost was an interesting character. I didn't like her that much at first. She was too everything: too rich, too beautiful, too physically perfect. That doesn't really change, but you come to realize that she is much like Galatea. She has become what her father created her to be. It makes you sad, because you realize how much wasted potential was there. While McDermott doesn't spend a lot of time on character development, you have plenty of pages to get to know these people through the story unfolding.I was suspicious of the Frosts from the beginning. I think it's because I've become cynical. I couldn't help wondering what their endgoal was. Also, I admit the unlimited resources struck me as being kind of sinister. You have to keep reading to see where the author is going here, and in some ways that was surprising. It sort of takes us full circle.I liked how McDermott continually flips things around with our perceptions of the characters' motivations. I was surprised at how the loyalties and alliances shift, but it was naturalistic. One thing I didn't like was (view spoiler)[that poor Hugo met his demise in the very way he was deathly afraid of. That was just wrong. Left a bad taste in my mouth. (hide spoiler)]As far as the adventure, that was very well done. This book is almost non-stop adventure, but in a good way. While McDermott doesn't hit the Matthew Reilly level of awesomeness to me, he is a good choice when I want to read for another series with lots of action and treasure hunting, fun characters, and well-integrated tidbits about ancient civilizations. The violence does get bloody at times, but not excessively gory, which is an issue for this reader.Summing up, I didn't have high expectations for this book initially. I'm glad that I gave it a chance, because I found it quite enjoyable. I think Eddie is a standout character. McDermott takes some chances with him, and veers away from the stereotype of an action hero in a very enjoyable way. The chemistry between Eddie and Nina was good and it adds to the fun of the novel. McDermott throws plenty of twists and turns in the novel and keeps it from being too predictable. While some fussy readers would consider The Hunt for Atlantis low brow, I enjoyed it. It delivers on action, thrills, has some very funny dialogue and scenes, and gave me some main characters to root for. I'd recommend it to fans of action/adventure and those of us who wanted to be Indiana Jones when we grew up.

  • Aisling Zena
    2019-02-27 02:57

    4.5 starsWho hasn't heard of the legend of Atlantis?And who among us hasn't speculated even a tinsy bit whether it was real or not and if real where did it exist? Plato described Atlantis and inadvertently created one of the biggest mysteries of all time. No one can guess what the truth is unless we finally make a time machine. And this is what drives humanity, our need to know and this book plays on that need beautifully.For my romance-lover friends, if you want flaming passion and torrid affairs look elsewhere. This is an adventure book throughout. We do have a couple in the making but amidst all the action, the death defying stunts there is little time for love. There's banter and some looks but mostly relentless action. I felt like I got dropped in the middle of an Indiana Jones movie and I didn't want to leave the set. Nina Wildehas a theory about the location of Atlantis and tries to persuade a committee to fund an expedition to explore the area but is rejected. When she arrives home she receives a phone call from a famous philanthropist wanting to discuss her theory. Things quickly turn surreal for Nina after that. Unknown men trying to kill her, a stranger rescuing her, a billionaire and his daughter truly believe in her theory and the Brotherhood trying to destroy everything.Eddie ChaseAll I could picture after a dangerous car chase was Indiana Jones minus the hat and whip. Then the train chase just cemented the image. Eddie Chase is hired as a bodyguard for Nina, he has numerous acquaintances all over, deadly accurate with a gun, plenty of comebacks and a knack for avoiding death.Don't expect in-depth analysis of the characters or too many personal details. This was a relentless, high speed race to discover Atlantis and avoid death. Action packed doesn't even describe it. Multiple twists most of which I saw coming hence the deduction of half a star. But even though I guessed the twists, the explanation and description of Atlantis was so attention grabbing I didn't care much. It was a hold-your-breath-will-they-make-it-or-wont-they from the first pages until the end. A definite must-read for adventure lovers. And food for thought for all those who still wonder where Atlantis could be.

  • Lukuoli
    2019-03-03 04:55

    McDermott had a great idea for a novel but he managed to ruin it with bad writing, a predictable, conventional plot and characters that were even more conventional and predictable than the plot. Besides the plain and ordinary "easy to identify with" heroine with no super skills there was her professional mercenary protector, a classic annoying person - a character one knew from the first appearance was going to die for being so bloody annoying - and this unbeatable Indiana-Jones-on-amphetamine character who besides being an archaeologist, an architect and a martial arts ace is also spectacular with guns, an awesome acrobat and a designer of special diving suits - err, really realistic ...NOT. I've seen the same characters under other names in countless books (and films) and nothing made McDermott's characters stand out. Well written characters become the reader's friends but McDermott's characters left me cold and uncaring about their faiths.I got the feel this was a soulless mass prodct, not the writer's work of love. With so many good thrillers and competition out there I'm amazed someone actually consented to publish something this weak. It's sad the book is so bad because all the ideas pertaining to Atlantis - the search, the clues, the history - were really convincing (to a person with no previous knowledge about Atlantis theories). It's just that all the good stuff ended there.

  • Patrick Gibson
    2019-03-04 21:55

    I have read some good things about this author. He is a former movie critic (thumbs up on that) and seems to be a well reviewed new action writer. Okay, I’ll bite. But before I spend $5.99 on a single Kindle version I will sneak over to the used bookstore (now located at the flea market, go figure) and buy his first THREE novels for $5. If I don’t like the other two novels, I can line the litter box with them (many a dreadful book has ended up as cat poop catcher).The description of the book brings you in, the prolog gets you hooked and then from there it is basically an Indiana Jones wanna-be. Keeping that in mind it is somewhat enjoyable. The concept of the book is great with a fresh look at the myth of Atlantis. However, there were WAY, WAY too many action scenes and most were unbelievable; more likely written in the hopes of this being picked up by Hollywood to turn into a film or more likely a Saturday night SyFy movie. I would have to agree with one reviewer who wrote that "Either research isn't Mr. McDermott's strong suit, he thinks his readers are stupid, or he simply doesn't care, but what he wrote displays a complete lack of understanding of the laws of physics, fluid dynamics, and several other sciences." By the end of the book you find yourself so tired of the ridiculous action scenes that you want to just give up and toss the book out the window. I found myself skipping over most of those by the end; looking for the meat of what the writer was attempting to write. The last action scene with the motorcycle and the plane... (sigh) perhaps it would work in the movies but not so much reading it and trying to picture it in your mind; no matter how much of an imagination you have. I like action but this was just too much and too farfetched. Most action scenes were so poorly written it was more confusing than anything. There was no breathing room between these ludicrous scenes to catch your breath and get to know the characters better. This could have been a great book if the writer would have cut out some of the superciliousness, added more dialogue, and did some research. Due to the concept of the story line I kept reading the book hoping for more on the myth verses focusing on the action.That said, will I read the next two books? Well yes. Some reviewer said the author improves and the books get better. Looks like I will have to use ‘Decision Points’ for the litter box this week.

  • Kristen
    2019-03-01 23:47

    I don't know this Andy McDermott, but he's merciless, because this book grabs hold of you on page 43, jams both thumbs right into your windpipe, and doesn't let up for a second until it ends. This is one serious thrill-ride of a story!Archeologist Nina Wilde has been searching for Atlantis since her parents died years before in their search for it. Although she keeps being told Atlantis is a myth, she's convinced it's real, and more than that, she's certain she knows where to find it. Unfortunately, her university has no interest in funding an expedition to let her prove it.Enter reclusive billionaire Kristian Frost. Frost's representative contacts her and asks her to go with him to meet Frost and discuss the possibility of funding her expedition. Nina thinks she's gotten lucky - until the "representative" tries to kill her!She's saved by ex-SAS agent Eddie Chase, who REALLY works for Frost and takes her to meet him at his remote home and labratory in Norway. Soon Nina, Frost's daughter Kari, Chase and others are off on the hunt to find Atlantis. Unfortunately, a shadowy group known as the Brotherhood is determined to keep them from locating Atlantis, and will stop at nothing, including murder, to keep Atlantis lost.If you like Matthew Reilly, this book is for you. The action, excitement and close calls are non-stop, and the combination of the action with the historical and archeological backdrop makes for an excellent read! Literally, I'm not sure I exhaled during the last 200 pages of the book there were so many moments where you're sure the good guys are dead and you can't imagine how they'll get out of this. Something else I liked is that McDermott clearly knows about all the action stuff he writes, because there were numerous points where something was happening and I said to mysef: "that's impossible because of 'x'" and then he explains why it COULD happen that way, so even though much of what goes on couldn't be pulled off by us normal people, these former military-commando-types can actually do these things. I like that the story isn't SO far out that it is completely unbelieveable.The pace of the book is really fast but it's also an easy, engaging read and the characters and the plot are just terrific. Highly recommend it, and I will definitely check out others in this series.

  • Nina
    2019-03-15 03:55

    Eli jos olet norjalainen, blondi sekä hyvä matikassa ja logiikassa, olet todennäköisesti atlantilaisten jälkeläinen. No, norjalainen en ole enkä myöskään hyvä matikassa, mutta blondi kyllä ja logiikassa varsin kohtuullinen... joten olisin mahdollisesti ikään kuin puoliksi atlantilaisten jälkeläinen? Ehkäpä ne atlantilaisgenomit ovat myös tänne Suomeen eksyneet. Vähän siistiä. Tai sitten ei.Tämän tyyppinen kirjallisuus, jossa lähdetään selvittelemään vuosituhansien takaisia historiallisia myyttejä ja mysteerejä ovat minulle todellinen guilty pleasure. Koska en Dan Brownin kirjoja halua lukea, haen näitä halpoja adrenaliinipiikkejä sitten jostain muualta. Tällä kertaa vuoronsa sai Andy McDermott, joka toimitti tehtävänsä varsin mallikkaasti laatuunsa (tai kenties sen puutteeseen) nähden.Olipa kirja täynnä vauhtia ja vaarallisia tilanteita. Melkoisen kioskikirjamainen ja kaavamainen, mutta viihdyttävä ja mukaansa tempaava. Kesti aikansa lämmetä hahmoille, mutta kyllä se siitä kun vauhtiin päästiin. Vähän kyllä välillä repeilin juonen ja hahmojen älyvapaudelle sekä pyörittelin silmiä kaikille niille "kuinka sopivasti nyt taas sattui tämä näin..."-hetkille. Mutta tiesinhän minä mitä olin lukemassa joten en kai mitään huikean nerokkaita suorituksia juonikuvioiden kannalta voinutkaan odottaa.Suurin ongelmani tämän kirjan suhteen olivat liian tiuhaan tapahtuvat toimintakohtaukset ja kuinka absurdeja sekä ne että miespääsankarimme Eddie Chase ovat. Viimeinen toimintakohtaus kesti kymmeniä sivuja (puhutaan tyyliin viidestäkymmnestä) yhteen putkeen ja se oli todella uuvuttavaa luettavaa. Myönnän skippailleeni sivun siellä ja toisen täällä, koska en jaksanut lukea sitä miten järisyttävän vaarallinen ja jännitävä tilanne oli meneillään tai millainen terminaattori Chase oli. Chase muuten oli kuin MacGyverin, Jack Bauerin ja James Bondin yhteinen rakkaudenhedelmä, jota ei pysäytä mikään - ei luodit, ei pudotus kalliolta, ei painepuvun hajoaminen kilometrin parin syvyydessä merenpohjassa, ei useamman pommin räjäytys eikä tonnien painoiset kivenmurikat satelemassa niskaan. En oikein pidä liian voittamattomista hahmoista.Olen erittäin varma, että tämän sarjan parissa vielä jatkan. Toinen osa odotteleekin jo yöpöydällä.3.5 tähteä.

  • Κώστας
    2019-03-22 04:48

    Η Ατλαντίδα είναι πάντα ένα ελκυστικό θέμα για δημιουργούς και αναγνώστες. Δυστυχώς όμως ο συγγραφέας το χειρίζεται με άσχημο τρόπο μην εκπληρώνοντας τις προσδοκίες μου ούτε κατ'ελάχιστο.Αδιάκοπες ταρζανιές των κεντρικών ηρώων, με τους κακούς στα κλισέ που έχω ξανασυναντήσει άπειρες φορές στο παρελθόν και τον συγγραφέα να είναι άλλος ένας από αυτούς που λοξοκοιτούσαν το χόλυγουντ ενώ έγραφε."Αγκαλιάστηκαν και φιλήθηκαν", "γατζώθηκε από τους τροχούς του αεροσκάφους ενώ απογειωνόταν", "ο (καλός) πυροβόλησε έξω από την κλειστή καμπίνα και μια λίμνη αίματος περιτύλιξε τον (κακό)διαπερνώντας τη θωράκιση (και την μη ορατότητα του στόχου!)", "πήδηξε ενώ τα 2 τραίνα κινούνταν παράλληλα" και διάφορα άλλα σαχλά με έκαναν να χαμογελώ σαρδόνια που δεν μεταφράστηκε κανένα άλλο βιβλίο του ιδίου ούτε από τη σειρά αυτή-δεκαλογία μέχρι στιγμής(ουγκ)- ούτε και μεμονωμένο.Απορώ με τον υψηλό μέσο όρο που παίρνει εδώ στο goodreads(3,86).Aπό ότι φαίνεται, ο κόσμος διψάει για περιπέτειες και τις καταναλώνει χωρίς προαπαιτούμενα.Προσπεράστε (Οι ψαγμένοι).

  • Sparshy Saxena
    2019-02-19 23:57

    Slightly balding with a gap toothed grin.. And an infectious sense of humour.. Oh I loved Eddie Chase!!The whole.. Twisted Treasure Hunt (as one would rather call it)was beautifully decorated with meaningful action and witty humor to link crisply spaced out History. The pace was almost unrelenting in terms of claiming your undivided attention.All of this.. And yet not losing the ultimate goal of historical fiction.. Describing the legend of Atlantis and its surrounding theories to its impatient readers at appropriately spaced intervals. All in all.. A good read if you want to get hooked onto something for hours!!

  • Yohanna
    2019-02-20 02:05

    Does Atlantis exist?A question that has been in the minds of many, one of them is the young, smart archaeologist Nina Wilde.Having been obsessed with its existence for all her life - literally, as she was taken along with her archaeologist parents obsessed with the same search, the same search that claimed their lives - and claiming to know the exact location of Atlantis, Nina proposes her research to the University. Devastated when faced with the University panel's rejection, she immediately jumps at an offer given out of the blue by a world-famous Norwegian billionaire, Kristian Frost.With an orichalcum sextant arm cum map in hand and Plato's dialogues in mind, together with Frost's daughter Kari and an ex-SAS bodyguard Eddie Chase, Nina Wilde goes through all kinds of obstacle to find Atlantis. Dealing with an illicit trader in Iraq, making first contact with an indigenous tribe in the deep rainforest of Brazil by the Amazon River, nearly crushed by gazillions of barb-wired spike and face lust-for-blood caimans in a replica of Poseidon Temple, fighting for life in a perilous deep-sea diving adventure in the Gulf of Cadiz, trekking the freezing Himalayas… You name it. And the obstacles get even more life threatening, thanks to the involvement of the Brotherhood of Selasphoros, who has its own agenda in stopping them to find the site.The Hunt for Atlantis is a fast-paced, globetrotting, curious adventure that is hard to put down. I find it so hard to contain myself from sneaking a quick look at the last page *grins* but YAY!, I made it! Though I can't help thinking "this-is-so-Indiana-Jones-plus-James-Bond-plus-Lara-Croft-kind-of-adventure", Andy McDermott is quite successful in wrapping it nicely that in the end, I am not only falling in love with the characters - especially the "ill-mannered-yet-adorable" Eddie Chase - but also becoming more interested in the intriguing myth (or legend?) itself. The simple writing (exclude, though, many of its technical terms and processes such as when describing the sophisticated submersibles, please) also helps, and somehow, the exchanges are quite entertaining. Formulaic as it seems, the familiarity is nice.A quite successful debut from Andy McDermott. I'd like to read his next works.

  • Cydnie
    2019-03-15 03:01

    I won this book on Goodreads. The promo blurb sounded interesting, hence my signing up to win. Unfortunately, not one of my favorite novels. The basic story was pretty good. Dr. Nina Wilde is determined that Atlantis really existed and is trying to continue the quest to find it that ultimately took the lives of her parents. The clues that are used to move the story along were interesting; using modern technology, places and things that were easy to use as references. But, reading this was sort of like watching Indiana Jones, James Bond, and a mystery - all at the same time. Oh, and throw in the overused f-word a couple of times each page. I am not being prudish, but I got really tired of reading it. [Does this author know any other swear words? Really.:] At times the dialogue was okay, but other times it was quite flat and amateurish. Mr. McDermott is very fond of exclamation points!!! [overused as well:], and vivid descriptions of body parts being blown apart. Mostly I got tired of, "Oh, this person is going to die - nope, just made you think so", over and over.I think that with some serious editing, especially of language and gore, it could have been a fairly interesting mystery. To be honest, if I hadn't won it- I may not have read past the prologue.

  • Donna
    2019-03-14 21:45

    I started this book earlier this month and just couldn't get into it. I wasn't sure if it was just my mood or if I actually had no intentions of returning. Well I returned to it yesterday and I'm glad I did. This was action packed. The author had great suspense in all the right places. I seemed very "Indiana Jones" to me. I loved that overall feel and thought it would make a great movie...well I guess that depends on who makes it. This moved at a very fast pace. I wish the motivation of the Brotherhood was stronger. It was a weak excuse to do what they did. It could have been more menacing. The 2nd antagonist was more menacing in a Hitler-esque kind of way. This one was stronger and made the story more interesting. So 4 stars.

  • Diane
    2019-03-18 21:58

    I gave up - it's poorly written, with too many exclamation points & a heroine who is too dumb to live, let alone have a PhD - I mean, really, does she think the hero's going to hand her an activated grenade after he's just saved her life (yes, it's a live grenade, no, it's not going to blow up)?

  • Shinangyo
    2019-03-01 21:58

    DO NOT start reading this, thinking of it as a book, or you will be greatly disappointed. Take it more, as a script, for a really bad action / adventure movie. Spoiler Alert !!!! Here's the synopsis : Secret society A and B hate each other and there's an Atlantis based mysterious plot, with a touch of nazism. So now that you understand, what you got yourself into, enters naïve (doesn't know she's beautiful type of girl) but brilliant academic student Nina Wilde. She dedicates her to life to continuing the work of her tragically deceased parents... finding Atlantis. Let's talk about the characters. You have Chase, Nina's love interest, who is an ex British SAS agent (the acronym means that he can do everything), he's handsome, manly, he farts and make sex jokes but it's cute because he's got a British accent. He's employed by the mighty wealthy Frost family to protect Nina.Later on, we meet Kari Frost (who seriously needs an acronym), daughter extraordinaraire, she's got more beauty than a Victoria secret model and more brains than Einstein. She could probably take on Bruce Lee and and Rambo and kick their asses. Everything she puts on is designed to make her look elegantly sexy, even an armored diving suit.Kristian Frost (yeah they are into the Kardashian thing) father and ruler of secret society B of which there are only two members, him and his daughter. He is the "subtle" Hitler parallel of the story. And there's the Rich and Ruthless Vilain of secret society A, Qobra. I think this must be one of Michael Bay's script, there are gunfights and explosions all around the world for no good reasons and plot twists seen so far ahead they don't deserve to be mentioned. The only thing you can believe in paradoxically, is the Atlantean culture. The descriptions of their buildings and history is convincing enough. The rest of the story is forgettable. I'm off to re-read the Song of Ice and Fire series to remind myself what a good writer is all about.

  • James
    2019-02-22 22:49

    Ah, the Nazis, will you ever go away?I won this book on Goodreads. It's not something that I would normally pick up, but it seemed interesting enough. The book doesn't use Nazis in the traditional way that most action books/movies do (although it mentions this), but instead uses a more modern day application of Nazi thought. Still, it seems that any action writer, when struggling for a good idea, can pick up the Nazis and use them as the meat of their plot. As my Logic professor in College once jokingly told us, "If you ever need to win an argument, just tell the other person that their ideas are what Hitler would have wanted." So true.This book ran in every way like a bad action movie. I wasn't surprised in the least to read the back flap of the book and discover that the author used to critique movies. And that he's British. Why, why, why do British authors feel the need to lace their writing with over the top profanity, to the point of distraction and making their characters seem uneducated and course. Every other line seemed to be "Oh $#&@!" The Nazis are coming. Not quite that bad. Almost.The plot was mildly entertaining, but not like I'd hoped it would be. The writing was stale and stereotypical and resorted to "intense" action scenes one after the other to keep you reading. The characters are unnecessarily sarcastic, even when in the middle of a shoot out. If this is the kind of thing you like, all action and no substance, character development, or thought, then yeah, I guess you'll like this book, but for me, it was lacking.

  • Mike (the Paladin)
    2019-02-24 02:49

    I was a little slow about going to 4 starts here. This is another book I like...but wish i could maybe have gone 3.5. The books characters while fairly complete are, well maybe sort of 2 dimensional. If great characters are painted in vibrant colors these are sort...pastel. I'm thinking that we'll get to know them better if we:Follow the series!And I probably will. The story itself is fast moving and full of action. There's a plot twist built in that while it can't actually be a surprise because of the way the book is written and the story told you'll probably still be tossing a coin till the end. I mean you'll have considered both ways the story can go...a couple of times.The book never meanders or slows down and makes up in action anything it may lack in character background and depth. So in case you missed it, what I'm saying is the book's strength is the action.The search for Atlantis is far from an unknown plot and interestingly there's a sub plot here that could be used to write a (view spoiler)[ post-apocalyptic thriller... The plot would just have to include the death/killing of a few billion (that's with a "B") people. That's sort of a downer but Stephen King managed it in The Stand. (hide spoiler)] That said however you get a nice fast moving thriller that blatantly sets up a series of books to come. Not just a sequel, a series... Pretty good book. Enjoy.

  • Neal Kristopher
    2019-02-27 00:58

    Reviews Of Unusual SizeRe: Nina Wilde, a... researcher, or professor, or something, thinks she knows where Atlantis is! But her college says Poo-Poo. Lucky for her, trillionaire Frost is very interested in finding it too, and sends her off, accompanied by the supposedly charming and mysterious Brit, Eddie Chase and overly talented Kari Frost. But Atlantis is being pursued by another hardcore rich dude and there may be more to Frost's interest than just uncovering a long lost civilization...Outstanding: Action, action, action! Non-stop and often creative. The buildings of the Atlanteans are vividly described.Unacceptable: The witty comments and charming barbs here fall totally flat, with comments about Eddie not being able to talk about doing something supposedly daring getting old really fast. And making clever references to films, only to have the exact thing happen 3 minutes later is.... Well, it's stupid, that's what.Summary: I was really hoping for a book reminiscent of early James Rollins here and got a pale imitation. It took me forever to slog through it - and McDermott's constant use of the dash - like for every paragraph - got on my nerves. I'll check out his later books because he does have a way with a creative action scene and I love a good adventure novel, but this was a disappointment.2/5

  • Mitch
    2019-03-08 01:06

    I was in the mood for a thrilling adventure book, so I decided to try out Andy McDermott's "Hunt for Atlantis". Exciting and full of action? Yes. Believable? Not even close. Entertaining? Enough. Although it won't be known as a classic, it did it's job well enough.The following may or may not contain spoilers:Nina Wilde is the daughter of two dead parents who spent their adult life hunting for the lost city of Atlantis. Nina has the financial aid of a billionaire by the name of Frost, and the physical help of his beautiful daughter Kari and UK bodyguard Eddie Chase. The hunt will lead them from Iran, to Brazil, to Tibet uncovering secrets and dodging villains along the way!I like the first half of the book, but it became a bit bizarre and unbelievable as the story went on. Also there are way too many "close calls" and I also found much of the plot highly predictable. None of the "twists" surprised me. However, I didn't expect a brilliant specimen of literature; so this book did hold up it's end of the bargain with it's entertainment factor. I have yet to decide if I will want to continue this series, or just leave it behind with Atlantis (haha!).

  • Adam Jones
    2019-03-15 04:41

    My favourite book that I have read in recent years I think. It may not be the best written book, and it may have events that defy reality and border on ridiculous, but I love it all the same.Full of adventure, action sequences, plenty of explosions and chases in various vehicles, it has all that any fan of action films would want. Then mix that with the famous myth of Atlantis, and the very reason I picked this book up in the first place.I have read this book a fair few times now and I expect it'll be one I keep coming back to every so often.

  • The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon)
    2019-03-22 05:40

    An exciting read, fun. This book is along the same lines Clive Custlers Dirk Pitt Series. The characters are funnier but not quite as well developed as Cussler's. Still it moved quick, one exciting moment after another and a suprise at the end. It's hard to ask for more than that. There are moment's where the reader needs to suspend belief, and the whole "Atlantis" thing is a bit overdone these days, but McDermott manages to keep it fun and fresh and the history/science of it all is engaging.

  • Rob
    2019-03-11 23:49

    Unorthodoxly, I ended up reading Mc Dermotts second novel - The Tomb Of Hurcules first, and so I had a fair knowledge of how this book would play out. Fortunately this did not ruin the story, and although it wandered into the realms of fantasy a little too often, it was brought back to reality with several thrilling scenes and a fantastic ending, an absolute must for lovers of adventure.

  • Brenda
    2019-02-21 22:04

    I really wish I could do 1/2 star ratings on this. I would give it 3.5 stars. This was a good fun read. Lots of adventure and thrills. The amount of casualties and gun fights might turn some people off if they have too vivid of an imagination. I'm looking forward to the next Nine/Eddie adventure.

  • Ryan Burt
    2019-03-19 02:41

    I liked this book. Premise a little bit on the ridiculous side. But I am a big fan of the mystery of Atlantis. So I like most books that have anything about it included. I am planning on reading the next book though.

  • Jade
    2019-02-28 01:47

    *4.5 stars.Amazing start to what I hope to be an awesome series. In my opinion, it reminded me of a cross between, Indiana Jones and The Da Vinci Code. I can't wait until I can get my hands on the second book!!!!

  • Joe Geesin
    2019-03-15 03:05

    The story of Atlantis, the race to find it, an apparent bad guy whose motives aren't quite as ulterior, and a good guy whose motives are. Then there's a twist and a half along the way. Excellent characterisation and a great story really well worth reading - I'd def go for more in the series. The pace and amount of action at the end was just a little too much, and the undercover agent I worked out early on, but the good/bad twists def made up for that and more.

  • Stefan Svartling
    2019-03-08 22:59

    Fast paced, a lot of action and a bit interesting.

  • Ann Keller
    2019-03-11 00:42

    Wow! I’m still reeling from turning the final page of this fast-paced thriller. As exciting as a shrieking descent on a roller coaster, as cold and calculating as a whale chasing a school of fish in a frigid Norwegian fjord, The Hunt for Atlantis will deep you riveted to its pages until the momentous conclusion.Archaeologist Nina Wilde is intrigued by the mysterious symbols on the orichalcum pendant retrieved from the rough sands of Morocco. Could this be the key to Atlantis? Nina’s parents fought and died in search for the great city. Now, Nina is apparently the recipient of assistance from the great Frost Foundation, a huge humanitarian organization founded by reclusive Kristian Frost.However, suddenly Nina finds herself fighting for her life! The Brotherhood, an ancient group bent on preserving the secrets of Atlantis, believes she poses a threat and attempts to kill her. Luckily, Eddie Chase, a former SAS bodyguard, rescues Nina and accompanies her to the humid Amazon jungle, where an ancient ruin hints at the secrets of Atlantis.Frost and his lovely and talented daughter, Kari, seem to be stellar citizens. Not only do they hold wealth and power, but they wield both in a seemingly genuine interest to help mankind. How could Nina not be impressed by them?The Frost expedition searches for the location of the fabled city of Atlantis, all the while being trailed by Starkman and his team of mercenaries. Who keeps leaking information to Starkman’s team? Is there a saboteur in their midst?The hunt for Atlantis leads the team from the scorching desert hideaway in the Middle East and the secrets beneath the Gulf of Cadiz to the underwater city itself and the immense temple of Poseidon. Gold and precious stones glint from the sides of the great temple, the very center of power for these ancient people. Starkman is not about to allow them to carry away the secrets of this great people. He will apparently do everything in his power to lead them to a watery grave!Time and again, Eddie Chase rescues Nina from death, proving his skill as a trained bodyguard and trusted friend. His methods and acquaintances may seem a little strange at times, but Nina can’t help appreciating his numerous talents.Kari is also an unexpected friend. Trained as a skilled fighter, she resembles a Nordic princess of old. Regal and slender, Kari is every inch the daughter of a billionaire philanthropist. Over the course of the story, she also becomes Nina’s friend and mentor.At last, the search for Atlantis takes the team to the chilly Himalayas, where a former expedition led by Nina’s parents, met their fateful end. Here, Kristian Frost locates the mausoleum of the last king and queen of Atlantis. Taking samples of their pure DNA concludes his life long search for those bearing the true Atlantean strain. Now, it is time to eliminate the witnesses.In a splendid plot twist, Nina is caught in a battle between opposing factions and finds her friendship with Kari tested to the limits. Will Kari be able to resist her father’s cruel decree or blindly follow him in his insane desire to eliminate three-quarters of the world’s population by dispersing a deadly virus and return true Atlanteans to power? Throughout mad chases in expensive Ferraris, bloody gun battles, pounding explosives and thrilling danger, Andy McDermott leads the reader on a hair raising expedition. Hatred and suspense, excitement and danger, love and friendship, avarice and kindness - this book has it all. No wonder it became a bestseller. If you have an afternoon to devote to a teeth jarring, heart pounding ride into the depths of an ancient civilization and the heights of humanity in all its aspects, then this is the book for you!

  • Lori L (She Treads Softly)
    2019-03-14 04:02

    The Hunt for Atlantis by Andy McDermott represents a genre that is one of my guilty pleasures: action/adventure novels. As Publisher's Weekly said, McDermott "raises the bar to please adventure junkies who prefer to mainline their action." And that is the reality here. The Hunt for Atlantis is a fast paced, globetrotting novel that has plenty of action. It is like a merge of Indiana Jones and 24. Really. The novel goes from one adventure plus narrow escape to another.Let me be honest here. When reading action/adventure novels I'm not necessarily looking for great character development or subtle plot shifts. I want the pure adrenaline rush that non-stop action and narrow escapes provide. That's it. And McDermott delivers the goods. It is also very humorous at times and McDermott, a former movie critic, includes lots of movie references.You do have to suspend disbelief to enjoy the story, after all, the action is the whole point, but I did have to roll my eyes several times. One good example occurred when the characters are in Paris, and are going to see the sights. They only spend the morning at the Louvre, go shopping in the afternoon, and Nina still had time to be back at her room in the afternoon for a nap. Yeah... But, if you are just seeking escapism and can overlook the characters ping-ponging across the globe with seemingly little or no preparation, narrowly surviving every fatal circumstance, then you're going to enjoy The Hunt for Atlantis.The Hunt for Atlantis was on my wish list for a couple years so I was pleased to see that currently there are five books in the series, with more due out. I guess we all know what I'll be looking for at my local used book store. In the mean time I know a couple other people who will enjoy The Hunt for Atlantis.Highly Recommended; http://shetreadssoftly.blogspot.com/

  • Alice
    2019-03-15 22:52

    A new, for me, series in the vein of James Rollins & Matthew Reilly that stars Dr. Nina Wilde & ex-SAS Eddie Chase. This outing was dedicated to finding the ever elusive Atlantis. It had a slight Indiana Jones vibe (temples with booby traps), a good bit of action (exploding vehicles and gun fights), snarky humor (most of the main characters) and Nazis. There was a little less romance than I would've liked and the bad guys were predictable as were the 'twists' that came about towards the end. Overall it was a fun little ride and I am looking forward to reading further adventures with Nina and Eddie (who in my head looks like Mark Valley).

  • Marc Dorval
    2019-03-04 00:56

    I needed a book for an upcoming trip, and found this in the library. It sounded interesting enough, and light enough, for my trip.The story was interesting, and the ideas were not new but certainly well presented. What kept me from loving the book, though, was the absence of texture in the characters. I felt that I was reading a movie script that expects the actors to flesh out the characters. Rather wooden dialogue didn't help at all.It's the type of book that you want to read for fun, without much though, in the space of a few hours...

  • Karsyn
    2019-03-21 00:42

    I read the 2nd book in the series years ago when I came across it in a library, not knowing it was a series at first. Been wanting to re-read it forever, so I decided to start listening to the audiobooks because I ADORE Gildart Jackson. Unfortunately, he didn't do the version I have of this first one and I did not enjoy the narrator, but I enjoyed the story and I look forward to continuing to hear about Chase & Wilde. Going to re-read the 2nd since it's been so long.