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by Thomas Grenias
Pocket Star, July 2005
352 pages
ISBN: 0743491912

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For some reason, I kept putting this book aside in order to read others. When I finally picked it up, I was stunned. If you like adventure thrillers of the type written by Alistair MacLean, then RAISING ATLANTIS is for you. It was first 'published' as an e-book and that is perhaps why I thought it was not important. Don't let that put you off.

The author postulates that an Antarctic earthquake opens a hole in the two-miles thick ice cap covering the continent at the bottom of the world. Once part of Pangaea, the undifferentiated land mass that covered part of the waters of the earth, it separated and moved to its present position, taking with it a higher civilization. All societies have their flood myth. Perhaps this is where ours started.

We follow Conrad Yeats, an archeologist whose ideas of an underlying civilization to our own have been trashed by the establishment; Dr Serena Serghetti, a 27-year-old linguist and former nun, and to a lesser extent, Conrad's adoptive father, General Yeats.

Lt Commander Terrance Drake is in Antarctica returning to base when he sees the Command Center and base fall through the ice. Drake also falls through and as he does, he sees hundreds of people frozen in the ice.

The earthquake brings a US force to the area to study what is going on, and, to their amazement, find the top of a pyramid poking through the hole. General Yeats has Special Forces go to Peru to get his stepson, who has postulated that we descend from a Mother Culture. The Pope calls Dr Serghetti to his study and gives her a map from the Vatican archives. He tells her to go to Antarctica because, although the Americans don't know it yet, they will need a brilliant linguist. There are also anti-American forces, under the ostensible command of the United Nations, wanting to find out what has been hidden two miles beneath the ice.

The action is non-stop. Just when you think nothing else can happen, something does. If there is a fault in the book, it is a mildly annoying religious aspect. Serena believes that bad things happen on earth because God is punishing humankind and will continue to do so as long as unscrupulous men like Conrad exist. If we leave out that subplot, the book would make an exciting summer movie.

Reviewed by Barbara Franchi, July 2005

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