by Lynn Voedisch
on Tour July 1 - July 31, 2013
Book Details:Genre: Contemporary Fantasy Published by: Fiction Studio Books Publication Date: April 2, 2013 Number of Pages: 277 ISBN: 978-1-936558-57-5 Purchase Links:
Synopsis:DATELINE: ATLANTIS is a contemporary fantasy featuring a female Indiana Jones who dives underwater and accidentally discovers what just might be the lost world of Atlantis. After she and her photographer document fabulous pyramids and other structures under the Caribbean sea, they return to their newspaper in the Los Angeles area, only to have all their evidence stolen. The sea rolls back and reclaims the buildings, and the photographer is kidnapped by unknown criminals. The simple news assignment becomes more complicated with each turn and takes the Amaryllis Lang (pen name: Amy Quigley) to Chicago, Florida, Mexico and the Bahamas. An ever-skeptical reporter, the Amaryllis Lang finds that her search for humanity's first family (in the possible Atlantis) dovetails with her own search for her own lost roots. Long ago someone murdered her archeologist parents—and they may be the same villains who are working against her own efforts to bring the Caribbean discovery to light. In the midst of the tension, a testy romantic triangle develops. Plus, the pressure never stops as editor Noel Wright III keeps badgering her for a Pulitzer Prize-winning story. After escaping the villains' traps with her life intact, Amaryllis emerges a more open-minded adventurer, a better journalist, and an adventurer who is never afraid to let a historical find change written history.
DATELINE: ATLANTIS starts with Amaryllis and her photographer friend Garret exploring recently uncovered caves in Mexico. They find evidence of a previously unknown civilization. They have found the story of a lifetime. Only the caves are covered with water too soon. What seems like an act of terrorism turns out to be more. Once Amaryllis and Garret are back in LA their lives change forever. Garret is kidnapped and his pictures go missing. Amaryllis is on a mission to find him and their story. Garret turns up in Chicago (Amaryllis’ home town). He talks of an Englishman who took him and the pictures.
Amaryllis reconnects with her family and her childhood friend, Donny, who tell her about her parent’s deaths 25 years before. They tell her that her parents were archaeologists and that they were exploring an ancient tower that was found between The Bahamas and Florida. How they brought artifacts to the surface to prove that there was a civilization older than 10,000 BCE. They also tell her that they died while exploring this tower. Amaryllis always wondered what happened to them and why her name was changed as a child.
She soon finds out that there are people (scientists and religious groups alike) who don’t want anyone to prove that civilization started before the accepted writings in the Bible. Amaryllis also finds out that these people will do anything to keep her quiet, including trying to kill her.
Through all of this Amaryllis learns more about herself and what she really wants in life. That is to find love and a home. She finds that it was right where she left it, with the one person who has always known her and been there for her.
DATELINE: ATLANTIS is a good summer read. It takes you on an adventure and you don’t have to leave home. I found that the story started out a little slow but once Garret is kidnapped the story picked up steam. I was drawn into Amaryllis’ world (sorry didn't really get the two names premise of the story) and wanted to find out more about Atlantis and what happened to it. If you want a good beach read this is it. You will be taken away on an adventure for sure!