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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10,000 BC… Wasn’t that bad, really!

Hey there…

First of all, I just have to say that this movie wasn’t as bad as I was led to believe. Sure it’s over the top in places and a bunch of baloney as far as historical facts go… But it wasn’t THAT bad… Come on!

Roland Emmerich delivers a frivolous romp through Hollywood history for 2 hours. That’s all this is. We get cool effects. Some characters you sort of care about. And a satisfying ending. What more could you want?

[rating:2.5/4]

Will I be rushing out to buy this on DVD any time soon? Nope. Did I enjoy it? Yup.

Here‘s the IMDB link.

This movie starred Steven Strait and Camilla Belle did fine in their roles. Not a lot of work on their part was actually required (though Strait as D’leh did have to do a lot of running in places I think). Belle as Evolet did fine as the feisty heroine.

Sabertooth Tiger from 10,000 BC

What really was the star of this film was the sabertooth tiger. He was cool. And the mammoths weren’t bad either. You can forgive the Eric von Danniken Chariots of the Gods and Atlantis references and just take it as it is. 🙂

If you take it for what it is — light entertainment — it meets that expectation just fine. I give it 2.5/4.

Until next time… go see a movie!
–Fitz

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