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Reviews of Ancient Rising (2005)

Review by alambert (2006-06-22)
This novel was a tremendous beginning to a new fantasy franchise. Dan Ryan is a successful writer who suffers a devastating tragedy, the death of his beloved wife and daughter. Distraught, he goes to his roots and returns to the church for guidance. What he finds is a strange character claiming to be Hermes, the Greek God of mythology. After a demonstration of supernatural ability, Dan is convinced to join a band of archaeologists in the search for Atlantis. There, Dan was expected to free the Greek Gods (Zeus, et al) from an ancient curse that kept them imprisoned in the sunken continent.

The dilema for Dan is...if he frees the Gods, will they destroy mankind?

The pacing of the story is at breakneck speed, never giving you an opportunity to take a breath. Its narrative is first person, but De La Torre does a great job at description, still allowing you to get into the entire world and the chase for Atlantis. This story had all kinds of interesting elements, including evil billionaires, pirates and even zombie-like creatures.

This book is like the Da Vinci Code but with a fantasy twist.

Fantastic read. Highly recommended.

Review by connor duncan (2005-08-28)
I was recently given the opportunity by the author to get an advanced copy of the book for another site that I sometimes post at. From what I understand, it’s due to be released on October 1st and should be available at all our normal haunts. The author has a website at if you want more info.

Here is my review of the work -
ANCIENT RISING, JC De la Torre, Luna Brillante Publishing, 216 pages, ISBN: 1411642651, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, reviewed by Connor Duncan.

Dan Ryan is a happily married father and successful author of a series of apocalyptic novels when his world is turned inside out. His wife and daughter are killed by a drunk driver and in the midst of his mourning he is visited by a peculiar fellow proclaiming himself to be the Greek god Hermes. Dan is told that he is the key to discovering the lost continent of Atlantis and freeing Zeus and the other gods from a curse that keeps them imprisoned in the sunken land.

After much persuasion and questioning his own sanity, Ryan flies to Greece and finances the research of archeologist, Theo Constantopolus, who has been searching for Atlantis for thirty years. While in Greece, Dan meets the Professor’s granddaughter, Mina, and his dedicated staff – Marty, Noah, Roger, Seren, and Mort. The crew is skeptical of Ryan and his “source” until a dramatic find is made using Ryan’s information. Ryan also discovers that Graham Solitaire, a billionaire amateur archaeologist, is also seeking Atlantis and will stop at nothing, including piracy and torture, to find it first and turn it into a tourist attraction.

The stakes increase as the search continues on, Ryan and the crew battle zombies, sharks, and sea monsters. They find part of the Library of Alexandria, search beneath the Sphinx, travel from Greece, to Egypt, and eventually Spain. When they finally do reach Atlantis, Dan discovers that the gods awaiting him are not the benevolent beings Hermes promised them to be and mass carnage ensues.

I personally loved this book. De La Torre has a tremendous descriptive style that put me right into the middle of the search for Atlantis. Through the search for clues to the ultimate battle of survival for the human race, De La Torre’s fast paced style reminded me of a Dan Brown or Clive Cussler adventure. I particularly found the part where he found out his wife and daughter were killed riveting. The emotion seemed to pour from the pages. My only reservation was the quickness of the read. It ended far too quickly and while the ending set up perfectly for the next volume, it leaves you wanting more. Of course, I assume that was the author’s intent. I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys adventure Sci-Fi or Fantasy. This one is the first part of a trilogy, I can tell you I’ll be the first in line waiting for the next one, Ancient Destruction.

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