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History's greatest code has finally been broken ...
David Gibbins has worked in underwater archaeology all his professional life. After taking a PhD from Cambridge University he taught archaeology in Britain and abroad, and is a world authority on ancient shipwrecks and sunken cities. He has led numerous expeditions to investigate underwater sites in the Mediterranean and around the world. He currently divides his time between fieldwork, England and Canada. This is his first novel.
Atlantis.Gibbins, David.tr. by Gerardo di Masso. Colombia/ U.S.: Planeta. 2007. 365p. ISBN 978-84-08-07221-8. pap. $19.95. FICTION ~ Marine archeologist Jack Howard may have found the key to uncovering Atlantis, the legendary sunken city purportedly built by a flourishing culture. A scrap of papyrus discovered in an Egyptian desert, which may contain a secondhand account of the lost city, sends Jack scrambling to assemble a team.... Once prepped and in position in the Aegean Sea, Jack and company find themselves caught up with Kazakhstan terrorists and a [global] fight over a missing Soviet nuclear submarine. It's thrilling stuff for sure....[and] Gibbons, an underwater archeologist and Cambridge University Ph.D., knows his science, [but] things don't pick up until the second half of the story, when the dive gives way to a more straightforward kidnapping plot. The historical conspiracy angle gives the book Da Vinci-esque appeal, and the intense visual details of the team's marine discoveries make it naturally cinematic. [PW 8/14/06] Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.