Friday, 6 August 2010

Atlantis – David Gibbins, 2005

A mighty empire once ruled the larger part of the world. [...] Its rulers lived in a vast citadel, up against the sea, a great maze of corridors like nothing seen since.

Jack Howard, along with his friend and accomplice Costas Kazantzakis and the rest of their achaeology group, become embroiled in a dangerous and deadly adventure when they discover unbelieveable truths that will challenge popular theories about the location the famous underwater city of Atlantis.

But the scientists are not alone in holding an interest in the citadel, and this serves as the trigger for dangerous underwater skirmishes amongst the mysterious subaquatic landscapes.

David Gibbins turns this famous legend into an underwater fantasy in which it is difficult to draw lines in the sand between historical fact and mere watery fiction.

Extraordinary how often that happens in archaeology. [...] Most of the great finds are made by chance.

Keep an eye on: the real historical facts spread throughout the story. The detailed description of geographical locations and the linguistic quotations.

Another big merit of this book is that it addresses the subject of archaeological crime, and describes the extensive archaeological black market. Unfortunately, as with many contemporary writers, the “bad guys” are presented as merciless Muslims. Despite that, “Atlantis” serves as a comprehensive lesson in several subjects, including History, Chemistry, Geology, Anthropology, Archaeology, Philology, Christianity and (why not?) Weaponry.

And history, as you said, Professor Nazarbetov, has a nasty habit of repeating itself.


ISBN: 978-0-7553-4791-9


  1. Nice review paco and aslo your new section simply 5 is fantastic. keep going man. Well done

  2. Thanks Luis,

    Hopefuly some other authors will be as kind as Jeremy Duns and Scott Mariani and we will have more interviews in the future.


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