Book Review: The Atlantis Plague by A. G. Riddle

June 29, 2020

The Atlantis Plague by A. G. Riddle is the second book in The Origin Mystery trilogy, a science-fiction story following a genealogist out to save the human race from the brink of extinction. Mr. Riddle has wrote several novels after working as an IT entrepreneur.

  • 426 pages
  • Publisher: A.G. Riddle (November 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1940026075


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I enjoyed The Atlantis Gene, and was looking forward to reading the second installment in the series. The Atlantis Plague by A. G. Riddle (The Origin Mystery #2) continues from where the previous book has left off, with the same characters, in situations which constantly test them.

I highly recommend to read the first book in the series, I’m afraid that The Atlantis Plague will not make much sense without it. The book does deliver good science-fiction fun, a fast narrative, and a few bites of real science just to make the fiction part look believable.

Mr. Riddle wrote a smart book, but it’s difficult to keep track of all the science behind the science, and the fiction behind the science. The worst part, I thought, was that all the great science-fiction he weaved wasn’t really used in the context of the story which has more to do with hidden memories.

Nevertheless, this is an imaginative and interesting novel. The plot line is outlandish, the villains are two dimensional, but I knew that going in and had a fun time reading and trying to keep up with the jargon.

This was a usual “middle book”, neither a beginning nor an end. I have no idea if the author set up to write a trilogy, or decided to so based on the success of the first book, but since the whole conspiracy was revealed in the previous novel, it seemed that the narrative was struggling a bit to come up with a coherent plot, which became very detailed, a classic example of telling and not showing.

The strength of The Atlantis Gene was that the author wrote a great story which was supported by science, then threw in aliens. In this book, the scientific explanations appear more frequently, and are more lectured based than storyline related. While interesting on some level, I thought they slowed the story down.

An enjoyable book for sure, could be a bit shorter especially on the science parts, but they can be easily skipped once you get the gist of it. Several might be important to the section they’re in, but not really important to the story as a whole.


Dr. Kate Warner wakes up in Spain and to her horror she realizes that a plague has wiped out billions of people around the world in a few short days. There are two groups that offer a solution, the Orchid group which has found a way to delay death, and Immari International that wants the disease to run its course, only leaving genetically superior people.
The two groups devolve into a global war.

Kate holds to key to finding a cure to the disease, but she is not the only one that knows she is the key, and is now a wanted woman. Throughout her hiding and research, Kate discovers that the history of human evolution is something unimaginable previously.

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Zohar — Man of la Book
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