Ancient Rising - Book 1 of the Rise of the Ancients saga

Rated 3.50/5 based on 2 reviews
JC De La Torre classic's is back and better than ever. In 2005, Ancient Rising introduced the world to Dan Ryan, the hunt for Atlantis and the Greek Gods. Hailed by critics and fans alike, this cult phenomenon endures.

This new version of Ancient Rising offers a tighter, better paced story and a new foreword by the author giving intimate background on the genesis of the Rise of the Ancients saga More

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About JC De La Torre

JC De La Torre is a speculative fiction author who lives in Wesley Chapel, Florida - a suburb of Tampa. De La Torre has written two critically acclaimed novels, the Rise of the Ancients saga, and Nightmares from Eberus - A Speculative Fiction collection. He also is a featured columinist for Bleacher Report on Tampa Bay sports.

De La Torre is married to his lovely wife, Rita, and their family consists of their Yorkshire Terrier, LeStat, and their two cats Artemis and Marius.

JC has a passionate love for speculative fiction, especially Science Fiction, Fantasy, Alternate Realities, and the Occult. His writing will include all of these sub-genres as well as other interesting excursions. His fast paced writing style and descriptive narrative has been compared to best selling authors Dan Brown and Clive Cussler. JC's work features action, adventure, horror, a bit of the supernatural, and essentially something for every one.

Fans can visit JC De La Torre at

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Review by: Carol on Sep. 21, 2011 :
An action-adventure story with virtually non-stop action. The writing style is all action and dialogue with very little insight into the thought of the main character after the initial few pages.
As the first of a series, the ending provided just enough resolution to feel a certain stage was done.
(reviewed 7 months after purchase)
Review by: Sharon E. Cathcart on May 26, 2011 :
When I review books, they always start out with five stars -- and I see what happens from there.

J.C. De La Torre has a fascinating speculative fiction idea, with an author getting involved in an archaeological team studying Atlantis. When Hermes shows up (and speaks some bad, Harry Potteresque fake Latin instead of either the real deal or Greek, which bothered me) and starts providing clues for the team to raise the lost city, things should get interesting.

I really liked the concept of this book, but found myself distracted by poorly rendered dialect (Glaswegian is *difficult,* admittedly, but it is not rendered at all correctly here -- if you can't render dialect, don't try) and some egregious errors of fact in terms of archaeological process (like shining bright lights on ancient documents ... which is destructive).

With a bit more research, this book could have been outstanding. I just had a hard time getting past the issues that bothered me.
(reviewed 80 days after purchase)

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