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Friday, February 08, 2008


**** Atlantis by Greg Donegan. Science fiction.

I bought this book and its sequels after learning about the similarities to Lost. And of course because the Crusie/Mayer collaboration made me curious about Bob's solo work. I wasn't disappointed, and I don't regret buying them all without waiting to see if I liked the first one.

It's been over a month since I read this, so the precise chronology of details is hazy. (You may have noticed there haven't been a whole lot of book reviews lately.) Sorry about that. The gist, though:

A small unit in Vietnam goes on a mission to an area in Cambodia where strange things are happening... and only one of them returns, thanks possibly to his prescience: Eric Dane. His military career doesn't last much longer--nobody wants to hear, and they certainly don't believe, his wild stories about what happened. Now he's been keeping his head down, living a quiet life. Until a military contractor's plane goes down, with the CEO's daughter on board, in the area where his fateful mission took place, and they want him to help the rescue team. What clinches the deal: they believe him.

Turns out, the area is a gate, and is connected to other gates throughout the world, including the Bermuda Triangle and the Devil's Sea. They have to deal with bad guys wanting to use the gates and cold profit-hungry corporate executives, as well as the dangers of the gates themselves and the creatures around them.

Some threads weren't as well fleshed-out as I'd have liked, but at least I knew going in that it was the beginning of a series, so I'm expecting more clarification in the future. It also required a great deal of suspension of disbelief, but then I expected that, too. Mostly, I wished I'd understood how/why Dane's psychic abilities helped with the gates, but I presume that's a question for the future books, too.

Oh, by the way, yes: the Lost parallels are there.

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His Area 51 series is the best!
I love this series too tho.
Thanks for the recommendation! I need a new book to read. I have been kind of out of the reading circle since I have had my daughter
Angela, I have those on my list--so many books, so little time. *sigh* :)

TTMNT--look around, I've got a lot of recommendations! Hope you enjoy it if you read it. I know how that is--when my kids were small, I had a lot less time to read, too.
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