My Favorite Books

The Walking Drum
Ender's Game
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
The Curse of Chalion
The Name of the Wind
Chronicles of the Black Company
The Faded Sun Trilogy
The Tar-Aiym Krang

Thursday, March 2, 2023

Review: Apocalypse Atlantis: Historical Archeological Action Adventure

Apocalypse Atlantis: Historical Archeological Action Adventure Apocalypse Atlantis: Historical Archeological Action Adventure by Jay C. LaBarge
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

If you liked the previous installation in the Nick LaBounty series, you will like this follow-up as it is more of the same.  You got a dual timeline with Nick in present day and an Atlantean/Minoan timeline prior to the eruption fo Thera and the collapse of the bronze age.  Not entirely sure how a trained expert in Mesoamerican migration ends up on a grecian archaeology dig, but if it works for Indiana it can work here.  In this case, Nick is on the outs with the love of his life (see book 1) and just needs a distraction (if you thought that would spare you the frat boy hijinks and personal drama … think again).  

Like the previous story, you still get way too much drama and detail here so the story takes forever to really get started.  The big bad is yet another agent of the secret criminal cabal intent on ruling the world because there is only room for one ego on this planet.  Still not clear on why we needed the imagined Minoan story … maybe a story about a Nazi U-Boat will make it all better … because Indiana/Nick is always running into Nazis.  Ultimately all of the pieces for a decent story are here, they way it was stitched together didn’t work very well for me.

I was given this free advance review/listener copy (ARC) audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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My Ratings Explained ...

  • [ ***** ] Amazing Read - Perfect story, exciting, engrossing, well developed complex characters, solid plot with few to no holes, descriptive environments and place settings, great mystery elements, realistic dialogue, believable reactions and behaviors; a favorite that I can re-read many times.
  • [ **** ] Great Read - Highly entertaining and enjoyable, exciting storyline, well developed characters and settings, a few discrepancies but nothing that can’t be overlooked. Some aspect of the story was new/refreshing to me and/or intriguing. Recommended for everyone.
  • [ *** ] Good Read - Solid story with a 'good' ending, or has some other redeeming feature. Limited character development and/or over reliance on tropes. Noticeable discrepancies in world building and/or dialog/behavior that were distracting. I connected enough with the characters/world to read the entire series. Most of the books I read for fun are here. Recommended for fans of the genre.
  • [ ** ] Okay Read - Suitable for a brief, afternoon escape … flat or shallow characters with little to no development. Over the top character dialog and/or behavior. Poor world building with significant issues and/or mistakes indicating poor research. Excessive use of trivial detail, info dumps and/or pontification. Any issues with the story/characters are offset by some other aspect that I enjoyed. Not very memorable. May only appeal to a niche group of readers. Recommended for some (YMMV).
  • [ * ] Bad Read - Awkward and/or confusing writing style. Poor world building and/or unbelievable (or unlikeable) characters. Victimization, gaslighting, blatant abuse, unnecessary violence, child endangerment, or any other highly objectionable behaviors by Main characters. I didn't connect with the story at all; significant aspects of this story irritated me enough that I struggled to finished it. Series was abandoned. Not recommended.