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The Drowned Kingdom

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What could cosmopolitan Santorini and the lost Atlantis possibly have in common? Two stories separated by thousands of years, but drawn together by something much greater. A discovery made on Santorini today could potentially change the history of the human race for ever. On this same island three and a half thousand years ago, a desperate struggle took place in legendary Atlantis; a struggle to save a people and a civilisation. The two stories and their characters run a parallel course, touching, parting and intertwining constantly, tied to the place that links them, the archaeological site of ancient Akrotiri, where both start and both end. 

 A delightful journey to one of the world’s top tourist destinations and a race against time in the age of the Minoans, creators of the oldest European civilisation the archaeologist’s spade has ever brought to light. This novel is the product of extensive research. It is a fascinating quest to discover the truth behind the legend of lost Atlantis. It is a combination of the real and the imagined, the past and the present, which excites and holds the reader’s interest to the very last page. The novel deals with the possibility that the myth of Atlantis is linked to the Santorini’s massive volcano eruption, 3500 years ago. This is one of the most prevalent theories worldwide by international and local researchers and under the author's opinion, the most logical theory.

The end of the book includes an appendix with a modern translation of the references to Atlantis in the Timaeus and Critias dialogues of Plato. It also includes an appendix of photographs of archaeological finds and murals mentioned in the novel. This information will help readers to form their own opinions and draw their own conclusions about the legend of the lost city of Atlantis.

English translation available 

‘…on the island of Atlantis there was a great and incredible empire…’

(Plato: Timaeus)

No incontrovertible evidence of the existence of Atlantis has yet come to light. The fact is that the only reliable written record of this legendary civilisation, shrouded in mystery, is to be found in the dialogues of Plato.

Theories about the lost island of Atlantis abound; some declare its location to be far away America, others nearby Spain. Yet all these theories have shaky foundations and the evidence given to support them is tenuous and sparse.

This book reveals that if such a civilisation as that of Atlantis ever really existed, the evidence overwhelmingly points to the conclusion that that is exactly what Plato was describing when he wrote about the magnificent Minoan civilisation that reached every corner of the Aegean sea and came to an abrupt end with the cataclysmic eruption of the volcano on Santorini.

Much research has gone into this novel and extensive use has been made of fully documented scientific fact, findings and historical events. It is hoped this will allow readers to form their own opinions regarding the likelihood, or lack of it, of Santorini really having been the island that gave rise to the legend of lost Atlantis.

Two stories thousands of years apart are drawn together by something much greater. A discovery made on Santorini today, which could potentially change the history of the human race for ever.

A young scientist is called upon to solve the mystery while also dealing with his own personal obsessions and disastrous love-life.

On this same island three and a half thousand years ago, a desperate struggle took place in legendary Atlantis; a struggle to save a people and a civilisation.

A general fights to save his people from the dismal fate that lies in store for them and from the relentless mania of nature. It is a losing battle that he fights right to the end with total disregard for himself.

The two characters are completely different yet ultimately complement one another. They are inextricably bound together in space-time in a mysterious, metaphysical way.

The two stories and their characters run a parallel course, touching, parting and intertwining constantly, tied to the place that links them, the archaeological site of ancient Akrotiri, where both start and both end.

The chapters of each alternate with one another, swinging from present to past and back again, constantly creating and solving riddles, heightening tension but also enlightening.

A delightful journey to one of the world’s top tourist destinations and a race against time in the age of the Minoans, the oldest European civilisation the archaeologist’s spade has ever brought to light.

It is after the school of Dan Brown with an adventure unfolding in the present that, in doing so, sheds light on unknown aspects of the past. At the same time, another story unfolds in the past with the scenes of flight from the pre-historic city, the ancient civilisation of Atlantis/Santorini, bringing to mind that other literary great, The Last Days of Pompeii.

It is a happy marriage of the real and the imagined, the past and the present, which excites and holds the reader’s interest to the very last page.

Additional Info

Koukoulas Giorgos

Giorgos Koukoulas was born in Athens in 1973 and has been living on Santorini for the last six years, married with two children. He studied Electronic Engineering at university and went on to do postgraduate studies in Communications and Data Networks at Brunel University in the UK. He has worked at Demokritos National Center for Scientific Research (N.C.S.R.), the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry (A.C.C.I.) and on the teaching staff at XINIS college of education. Today he works as an Air Traffic Safety Electronic Engineer at Santorini airport. This is his first novel. It was self published by the author in July 2012 in Greek and was translated in English. Due to its success, the novel was published by Dioptra in July 2013 under the title The drowned Kingdom. The English version is 402 pages in total and it is sold mainly in the island of Santorini, making a great success especially with the visitors of the island.

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