Book Review: The Atlantis Revelation by Thomas Greanias

Unfamiliar with Thomas Greanias‘ work, I decided to dive into his latest book – The Atlantis Revelation. The combination of Atlantis and Nazi schemes was enough to tickle my fancy, exploring the fantastic world of archaeologist Conrad Yeats. The book turned out to be a bit like National Treasure with a bit of The Da Vinci Code and James Bond thrown in for good measure.

The book opens with Yeats diving in the wreckage of the legendary Nazi submarine, Nausicaa, deep in the Mediterranean ocean. Nausicaa was once captained by SS General Ludwig von Berg, also known as the Baron of the Black Order, the leader of Hitler’s Ahnenerbe – a group dedicated to proving that the Aryans were the descendants of Atlantis. The Baron had found some kind of Atlantean artifact and it had gone down when the submarine was sunk by the British Royal Navy in 1943.

Yeats soon discovered that it was the Flammenschwert or “Sword of Fire” – some kind of torpedo or bomb based on Atlantean technology? He had little time to find out however, as he was attacked in what I can only describe as a Thunderball-like (thank you Ian Fleming) underwater scuba battle by men also after the Baron’s treasure. As his attackers left him stuck in the Nausicaa, he had to wonder what he’d gotten himself into this time.

This was only the beginning of an adventure that spans the globe as Yeats puts the pieces together pitting him against Sir Roman Midas, Russian orphan turned British mining tycoon and mastermind behind what could become a global oil crisis. Along the way, Yeats works again with Sister Serena Serghetti from the Vatican, whom he had a previous relationship with. And it ends in a chase under the Temple Mount to stop a group intent on starting a world war.

Yeats seems to have a knack for surviving impossible situations and coming out on top or knowing who to contact when he gets into a bind, which got a bit tiring after a while. The jet-setting lifestyle and multiple talents of our erstwhile archaeologist made James Bond seem like an amateur while channeling a bit of Indiana Jones. But other than that it was fun to see how all the threads wove together.

The Atlantis Revelation was a very quick read and kept me entertained all the way through to the end. I’m always intrigued when writers work Nazis into the equation, as with The Boys from Brazil from Ira Levin and the Indiana Jones franchise. And add in the Atlantis side of things and I have to say it’s a great combination.

If you like quick, fun thrillers, The Atlantis Revelation by Thomas Greanias should be on your reading list. Check it out at your favorite library or bookstore!

–Fitz

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Book Review: The Chameleon Conspiracy by Haggai Carmon

Hey there…

Even James Bond would probably have a hard time chasing down The Chameleon. Haggai Carmon’s agent Dan Gordon chases The Chameleon around the world by following money and clues, eventually uncovering a terror plot that is much larger than any single person.

Do you think of international finance or fraud investigation as being interesting? Neither did I. How about a fraud investigator for the US Department of Justice with ties to Mossad? Ok, now we’re getting warmer. Now what happens if we add in a terror plot with sleeper cells in the United States? Now I’m hooked.

For the last 20 years, author Haggai Carmon has held a number of intriguing jobs: international attorney, undercover intelligence operative for a number of U.S. federal agencies, husband, father, and author of the Triple Identity and The Red Syndrome, the first two Dan Gordon novels. Now with The Chameleon Conspiracy, he’s done an amazing job weaving the complex areas of money laundering and fraud investigation with international intrigue to make a compelling, page-turning story.

Agent Dan Gordon, over the course of a number of months, travels from the United States to Australia, Europe, and the Middle East to try and track down a mysterious Albert C. Ward III who bilked money from a number of investors throughout the US. His investigation eventually finds him working with the FBI, CIA and Mossad as they attempt to discover just how deep the conspiracy goes…

I’m a huge spy novel fan, but have to admit I haven’t read any for a while. The last one I read was Devil May Care by Sebastian Faulks, a James Bond novel set during the 1960s at the height of the Cold War. The Chameleon Conspiracy takes place in the present political climate, using our post 9/11 world to take us to dangerous hubs of terrorism and anti-American sentiment in Pakistan, Iran, and elsewhere.

It’s nearly impossible to review this book without giving too much away. Suffice it to say that if you’re looking for an entertaining, but intricate spy novel, I can’t recommend The Chameleon Conspiracy enough. Now I have to go find the other Dan Gordon books by Carmon to catch up! Find it at your favorite local bookseller or online retailer.

–Fitz

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DVD Review: The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest, Season 1, Volume 1

Hi all!

Growing up in the 1970s, I caught sporadic glimpses of the Jonny Quest series from the mid ’60s on televison. And I was hooked. It took the best parts of James Bond and comic book heroes and boiled it down to an adventuring family and their sidekicks.

For the kids, you had Jonny Quest, the 11-year old son of Dr. Benton Quest. Jonny was smart, impetuous, and always getting into and out of trouble. Hadji was Dr. Benton Quest’s adopted son and Jonny’s sidekick. Not only was Hadji an Indian boy from the streets of Calcutta, but he also had strange mental abilities. And then there was Bandit, Jonny’s bulldog that was around for comic relief.

On the adult side, you had Dr. Benton Quest, a scientific genius accomplished in many fields and known around the world. And his sidekick/bodyguard was Race Bannon, a great guy who could kick butt and take names when he needed to save the Quests on their many adventures.

The team goes all over the world, solving mysteries and stopping evil. And where there was evil, there was Dr. Zin. Dr. Zin was an interesting combination of James Bond villains, alien technology, and mysticism. He was definitely a bad seed.

In 1995, there was a new Jonny Quest movie on TNT called Jonny Quest vs. the Cyber Insects. I remember watching this one on TV. And this led to a revival of the Jonny Quest franchise in the mid-90s as The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest.

The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest, Season 1, Volume 1 provides 13 episodes of the revamped series that included a new character – Jessie, the daughter of Race Bannon. In addition to traditional Jonny Quest-style adventures around the world, the show also added Questworld, a 3D computer generated realm, to try and bring the series up to date. This first DVD set includes half of the 26 episodes from season 1.

Though I appreciate the effort that must have gone into the series, I have to say that the computer-generated parts of the series didn’t work for me even in the mid-90s. Now these graphics look horribly outdated and clunky. I think I may have watched one or two episodes on television at the time and was disappointed, so stopped watching. It appears that the creators went back to the more 1960s-ish look and feel for the cartoon for season 2, so perhaps I will check out those sets when they are released in a year or two.

In addition to the first 13 episodes of season 1, the DVD set also includes a feature “Jonny Quest Returns: Modernizing a Classic for a New Generation of Fans,” which provided the producers and creators a chance to share some of their creative decisions when they chose to update the series.

If you were a fan of The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest during its first season in the mid-90s, I’d encourage you to check out the DVD set The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest, Season 1, Volume 1 at your local rental store.

–Fitz

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p.p.s. If you were a fan of the original series, I highly recommend picking it up at Amazon:

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