Jewel of Atlantis (Gena Showalter's Atlantis Series #2)

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All Atlantis seeks the Jewel of Dunamis, which legend claims can overcome any enemy. Grayson James, human agent of the ultrasecret Otherworld Bureau of Investigation, has orders to keep it from the wrong hands?or destroy it. What he doesn't know is that Jewel is a woman, not a stone! But once he meets this precious gem, destroying her is the last thing on his mind?.

Jewel, part goddess, part prophet, needs Gray's help to win her freedom. Gray needs her wisdom to navigate ...

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Overview

All Atlantis seeks the Jewel of Dunamis, which legend claims can overcome any enemy. Grayson James, human agent of the ultrasecret Otherworld Bureau of Investigation, has orders to keep it from the wrong hands—or destroy it. What he doesn't know is that Jewel is a woman, not a stone! But once he meets this precious gem, destroying her is the last thing on his mind….

Jewel, part goddess, part prophet, needs Gray's help to win her freedom. Gray needs her wisdom to navigate monster-ridden Atlantis. But need blossoms into passionate love as they battle demons, dragons and vampires—and fight for a future that seems impossible….

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Gena Showalter delivers her most pure romantic fantasy yet, in this entertaining story of Gray James, the heroine's brother from a previous book, The Stone Prince.

As an employee of the Otherworld Bureau of Investigation, Gray James is used to dangerous missions, but what looks to be an easy one-day adventure winds up risking something more precious: his heart. Gray's mission is to extract the Jewel of Dunamis from the otherworldly Atlantis. Apparently, it can predict the future and tell who is lying, but what Gray can't predict is that the gem is actually a woman -- part goddess, part prophet, part slave, and 100 percent sexy. Teaming up to help each other, Jewel and Gray naturally fall in love, which leads them into another world of dangerous complications.

Showalter's fans will enjoy her breezy tone, fast-paced plotting, and sexy humor, set against a backdrop of malevolent demons, vampires, and dragons. Ginger Curwen
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780373775309
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Series: Gena Showalter's Atlantis Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 225,638
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Gena Showalter

Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than thirty novels in a thrilling blend of genres: breathtaking paranormal and contemporary romances, supernatural humor, and cutting-edge young adult novels. Visit her at GenaShowalter.com.

Biography

Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Paranormal Romance, Contemporary Romance, and Young Adult novels from a multitude of publishers. She has appeared in Cosmo and Seventeen magazines, on MTV, and has also been featured on many regional and national news programs.

Good To Know

Gena credits much of her success to her wonderful fans, amazing family, and the three slobbery English bulldogs who sleep under her desk. She is a self proclaimed coffee addict and when she's not writing she likes to...well, we're not sure. We've never seen her do anything but write.
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It was supposed to be an easy mission. An in-and-out job. A one-day extraction.

His boss had fed him that line of bullshit, and Grayson James had foolishly believed him. Upon first entering this lushly green, sea-kissed land known as Atlantis, however, Gray realized he would have had better luck trying to sell a Frigidaire to a goddamn Eskimo. At a goddamn jacked-up price.

Atlantis.

Not a myth. Damn it. He'd hoped otherwise.

He scowled. In one hand, he held a beeping, miniature GPS system programmed from coordinates found on a map. An actual, honest-to-God map of Atlantis his boss had discovered in a missing millionaire's stash. Right now, the GPS signal bounced off the earth's magnetic core, helping him navigate his way through this Atlantean jungle. In the other hand, he gripped a machete. The sharp silver blade hacked at the thick foliage blocking his path.

No, Atlantis was not a myth. It happened to be home to the most loathsome creatures he'd ever encountered. And as an employee of OBI, the Otherworld Bureau of Investigations, he'd encountered plenty.

Made him wonder why he'd even joined the agency.

He knew the answer, though, and it wasn't because he'd (secretly) watched Star Trek for most of his teen years and knew how to speak Klingon. "Heghlu'meH QaQ jajvam," he sighed. Today is a good day to die.

When he'd learned (to his horrified shock) that there actually were other colonized worlds in the vast expanse of the galaxies, he'd left his job as a detective with the Dallas PD and began searching for a Men in Black-type operation. When OBI finally contacted him he'd signed on immediately. He believed fiercely in the need to learn about these otherworlders and protect his own planet from them.

How could he have known that the most fearsome creatures of all resided here, on his own planet? Simply buried beneath the ocean, protected by some kind of crystal dome?

As he dodged a stray limb, he ground his teeth together. "Atlantis," he muttered. "Code name, Hell."

After entering a swirling, gelatinous portal OBI had discovered underwater in Florida, he'd found himself inside an enormous crystal palace guarded by huge, sword-wielding men. Luck had been on his side as he stealthily maneuvered his way past them, unnoticed, and entered this jungle.

That's when he kissed that fickle bitch Lady Luck goodbye.

For the past two nights, a blood-sucking vampire, a fire-breathing dragon, and a hungry, salivating winged demon, aka the Welcoming Committee, had chased him, each sharpening mental forks and knives.

The memories made him feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

He knew the routine now. In less than one hour, night would fall and those…things would emerge again. They would hunt him. They would attempt to fucking eat him. And not in a good way.

His blood ran cold at the thought and not even the hot, humid air could warm him. For fifty-eight hours he'd been stuck in this seemingly never-ending maze, and for fourteen of those hours, he'd followed the exact same pattern: creatures track, Gray evade.

The first night, he'd tried to shoot them with his Beretta. He managed to nail the dragon between the eyes, but his other pursuers dodged the bullets, quickly and effortlessly gliding out of range.

The second night, when the two remaining creatures appeared, Gray utilized his combat skills and slit the vampire's throat. A pleasure, he had to admit, but he hadn't emerged unscathed. Five deep, raw scratch and bite wounds adorned his neck and thigh, throbbing constantly. Not festering, but never quite healing.

How he'd escaped the demon after that, he didn't know. Injured and weak as he'd been, he would have been easy to overpower. Hell, his bleeding body would have made a delicious dinner buffet. Many times he'd wondered if the demon had purposefully let him go, enjoying the thrill of the hunt a little too much.

Well, the demon wasn't the only one who was going to enjoy himself tonight. An anticipatory smile lifted Gray's lips. Smarter now, he wouldn't be caught off guard. Plus, he'd already worked up a plan affectionately dubbed Operation Kill the Bastard. If KTB unfolded successfully, the demon would soon join his bloodsucking friends in hell. If it didn't, well, Gray would resort to Plan B: Operation Oh Shit. He'd sprint like a madman and hide until light glowed once more from the seemingly alive dome above.

His gaze flicked to said dome. There was no sky here, only mile after mile of iridescent, pearlized crystal. Waves constantly washed over the outer side, and multiple-sized and colored fish swam in every direction. He like the naked mermaids best.

A twig slapped his cheek, snagging his attention, slicing skin and adding one more item to his growing shit list. He lost all remnants of his good humor. At least the insects had stopped swarming him. A real silver lining, he thought bitterly. He never should have taken this job.

He veered left just as his wristwatch vibrated. He stopped abruptly. "Just what I need," he muttered. If it wasn't one thing, it was another, and now it was time to check in with home base.

He dropped his backpack, dug inside, and withdrew a small black transmitter, switching it to On. If he failed to check in at least once a day, the cavalry would sweep in and finish his job. He'd never failed a mission, and he wouldn't fail this one.

"Santa to Mother," he said, cringing when he spoke his code name. His unit had thought it was funny as hell, saying he swooped into other worlds and left little presents (like bombs and dead bodies), so the name had stuck. "Do you copy?"

A few seconds of static, before he heard, "Go ahead, Santa." He recognized the voice of his boss, Jude Quinlin.

"I'm still without the package, but all is well."

"Copy that."

"Over." He ended the transmission and stuffed the receiver into his backpack, then kicked into gear again. All was well, his ass. To survive Operation KTB himself, he needed to find a small clearing with ample room to sprint, dodge, and dive for cover. So far, no luck. And he was running out of time, his hour ticking away unmercifully.

When a wall of trees blocked his path, he pivoted right, but the GPS erupted in a series of erratic, high-pitched beeps, a sign he'd taken a wrong turn. Growling low in his throat, Gray spun around and backtracked until the miniature device calmed. Sweat trickled from his temple and dripped onto his military fatigues.

He'd been due a vacation, damn it, a chance to see the brothers and sister he hadn't visited in over two years. He called them regularly, of course, but that wasn't the same as hugging them, laughing with them. Being with them. He wanted to play with Katie's children, wanted to make sure her husband Jorlan was treating her like the prize she was.

Working for OBI—which translated into constant planet-hopping through inter-world wormholes—didn't allow for frequent trips home. Hell, working for OBI didn't allow for trips anywhere except alien planets. And now underwater cities. It sure as hell didn't allow for dating and getting laid. Unless he wanted to have a one-night stand with a three-eyed, blue-skinned, slimy alien female. He didn't.

1. He'd never liked one-night stands, preferring instead multiple nights with multiple orgasms.

2. Three eyes? Slimy skin? Uh, gross.

3. Did he mention that he liked to take his time with a woman, lingering over every nuance of her body, savoring her scent, her taste? That he liked to hear her shout about his unbelievable sexual talents in English?

He grinned at the thought of "unbelievable sexual talents."

Another branch bitch-slapped his cheek, and he lost his grin. Your fault, man. You shouldn't have let your mind wander into the gutter. How true. Now was not the time to be thinking of sex and women. Or having sex with women. He blamed the heat for his wayward mind. That, and the fact that he hadn't gotten laid in a long, long time. Too long.

Way too long.

Why else would he have lost focus on what was important—his survival—in favor of picturing a naked woman. A naked woman with long, velvet-soft legs that wrapped around his waist and—

Yet another twig popped him, in the eye this time. How many would he have to endure? "Concentrate, boy." It's not like he suffered from ADD. You're here for a reason, James. Think of nothing but that.

One moment of distraction could cause a mission to fail. He knew that, and was surprised at how easily his mind kept veering. Perhaps being hunted by a cannibalistic demon wasn't exciting enough for him. If that was the case, he needed a total body probe and psych exam ASAP.

"The mission. Think only about the mission." As they had a thousand times before, his boss's departing words drifted through his mind. We found a book, Gray. The book, actually, titled Ra Dracas. It tells of dragons and vampires and other such nonsense, but the true message is hidden between the text, written in code.

"The text about dragons and vampires is nonsense," he mocked. Hindsight sucked major ass.

Once we broke that code, his boss had added, we learned about the Jewel of Dunamis, a jewel so powerful it can be used to predict the future. A jewel so powerful it can show who's lying and who's speaking the truth. Whoever holds it will have the ability to destroy any enemy. Conquer any army.

Small wonder his government wanted so desperately to own it.

Gray was to find and steal this precious jewel, then bring it home. If his mission was compromised in any way, he was to destroy it so that no one else got their greedy hands on it.

It was that simple.

Simple? Yeah, about as simple as routine brain surgery. Gray paused briefly and sipped from his dwindling canteen of vitamin-enhanced water. The cool liquid slid down his parched throat, offering a much-needed burst of energy before he jolted back into motion.

For an eternity he pushed himself onward, never slowing, ever conscious of what awaited him if he didn't find a spot to enable Operation KTB. His gaze darted to his wristwatch, the digital red light barely visible under the dirt and grime covering him. Twenty minutes until showtime, so he had to find a workable patch of land now. He scowled and—

Watch out for the quicksand.

His eyes jerked swiftly across his surroundings as he searched for the speaker, a woman. He didn't duck for cover, didn't stop walking, preferring instead to be mobile. Plus he didn't want to scare her with any surprising movement. That's how trigger-happy fingers were created.

He did tighten his grip on the machete. The odds were fifty-fifty the woman had a weapon, and even higher that she'd actually use it. Still. A man couldn't be too careful.

Are you listening to me? I said, watch out for the quicksand!

The husky, heavily accented female voice slammed into his mind once again, so richly sensual and commanding he acquired an instant, unwanted, and surprising hard-on—before he promptly began sinking into a large pool of quicksand.

"What the hell?" Instinctively he attempted to raise his legs, which only caused him to sink farther and faster. He stilled and glared at the ground, watching it slowly rise, covering his feet… his ankles.

Now you've done it. Exasperation clung to the edges of her words. She might even have added, Dumb ass, but he wasn't sure. I tried to warn you.

"Where are you?" he asked, using his gentlest, most reassuring tone as he eyed the lush green bushes circling him. The leaves here were thicker than any he'd ever encountered, barely moving in the gentle wind.

There was no hint of person or clothing peeking from the shrubbery, still no rustle or snap to indicate movement. She'd tried to save him from the quicksand, so she hopefully meant him no harm. God knew he needed all the help he could get right now.

"You can come out," he said. "I won't hurt you. You have my word."

Think for a moment, Gray. You don't hear me with your ears, but with your mind.

"How do you know my name?" he asked sharply. Then he blinked, shook his head, blinked again. The voice remained, echoing from each corridor of his brain. She was right. Her words were actually inside his mind.

How was that possible?

How the hell was that possible?

"I'm schizo." The statement burst from his mouth, too shocking and surreal to keep inside. "I've finally jumped over the ledge of sanity with thousand-pound weights tied to my ankles." He'd seen some weird shit in his lifetime, and it had finally caught up with him.

He should have known it would come in the form of a split personality. A sexy as hell female personality, at that. Her whisky-rich voice…he'd never heard anything quite so erotic.

Down, down he sank as the sand covered his calves with its gooey wetness. The scent of stagnant water and decaying—he wrinkled his nose. He did not want to guess what was decaying.

Insane or not, he hadn't survived two days and nights of torture to die by stinky sand. No matter what he had to do, he'd save his life—or rather, lives—from this mess.

God, this sucked.

Unwilling to lose a single supply, he tossed his GPS and machete to dry ground. Careful not to jostle too much or too quickly, he removed his backpack and tossed it beside the blade, wishing to God his propel wire hadn't been lost during a battle with the Welcoming Committee.

He scowled for, what… the thousandth time in as many hours? The expression well represented his views of Atlantis. Meanwhile, he continued to sink, slowly, slowly, the wet sand working its way past his knees, up his thighs. The thick liquid grains were cold, and his body temperature fell a couple hundred degrees. His blood pressure was the only thing on the rise.

Amid the popping and gurgling of wet suction, he searched his surroundings again, this time looking for a lifeline. No branches, no vines were nearby. Only a large white rock, but it was too far away to reach with his hands.

Take off your shirt,the sensual, I-want-you-naked-and-in-my-bed voice said.

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  • Posted December 22, 2010

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    Jewel of Atlantis

    The second book in the Atlantis series. Atlantis is a world hidden below the ocean by the gods to contain all of their creations before the humans. The only way in is to discover one of two secret portals...guarded by men that can change into dragons and are ordered to kill all who try to come in.

    Grayson James has managed to sneak through these fearsome guardians (not sure how) in search of the mythical Jewel of Dunamis. A jewel that has the power to tell the future, read minds, and separate lies from truth. His company wants to get the jewel before some government can get ahold of it and use it to their advantage during a war. Now, this reason seemed a little far fetched, because if no one can get to Atlantis to retrieve the jewel, then how can they use it? But, OK, I went with it.

    Grayson soon realizes that the Jewel of Dunamis is not a gem, but a beautiful woman that is being held against her will by the demoms (one of the many creatures living in Atlantis), to take advantage of her gifts. This being a romance, sparks fly when they meet and Grayson must find a way to rescue her and keep her with him always.

    I really enjoyed a lot of the tensions between Atlantean races the author allowed to spring up throughout the story. From dragon men, mermaids, gorgons, minotaurs, demons and vampires, they all had reasons for wanting the jewel in their hand and their reactions to her were unique and real. I enjoyed her character very much, while I found Grayson a little dull. It was a great read to follow up the first book, Heart of the Dragon, and parts of the storyline stem directly from the events that ended the first in the series (which I have found is unusual in romance series).

    3.5/5

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2009

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    Good Book

    This isn't my favorite book in Gena Showalter's Atlantis series, but it ties in wonderfully with the other books. It's a fun read and I recommend anyone who likes fantasy to give this series a try.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2012

    highly recommened

    loved it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2011

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    Another great Atlantis story

    As soon as I finished the first book (Heart of the Dragon) I had to start on this book. I love the romance, the action, and the thrill of being taken to a forbidden place that the gods hid. Such a good series. Can't wait to read the rest!

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  • Posted May 15, 2010

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    Jewel of Atlantis Gena Showalter (Atlantis Series #2)

    I read my first Atlantis Series book out of sequence, my first one was the "Vampire Bride" and I loved it so well I bought the complete series and started reading the rest of the books in order. This one, which is technically book 2, is a fun, fast paced fantasy novel mixed with romance and comflict and makes you really want the characters to get together and stay there. The more I read the series, the more I appreciate the creative world Gena Showalter has created. Lots of thought and imagination went into each page and if you like steamy,fantasy romance, this is a truly hot dish to savor.....

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  • Posted March 13, 2010

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    Pleasently Surprized

    This was an easy read and I enjoyed it. I could not put it down. I have not read romance novels in probably over 20 years. I like that the spin on Atlantis. I liked the book because not all the characters were human, however, they showed human frality. Good Read, great for taking you out of reality. We all need that. So I am going through the series. I would not buy as a hardcover book, but I would buy as an ebook to enjoy. I

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  • Posted January 6, 2010

    My Favorite Book of the Series!

    Each book in this series held me captivated until the end! Gena has a way of keeping you turning the pages until sunrise even!! Book 2 was my favorite because of Gray. What a sexy hunk of human man, and funny too. His angered cursing, creature avoiding, trap conquering, jewel seeking mission and sense of humor, had me wanting to bring him to life straight from Atlantis itself. Get every book in this series and then put yourself on the waiting list for book 5 this year...you'll be glad you did. Thank you Gena for a new and exciting world you've allowed us to escape to once again!!!!!

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

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    Take me to Atlantis

    I loved this series!! I want to go to Atlantis now. Gena sure has a way with words, I could almost envision every twist and turn in the castles and the domes. This series is definitely a keeper.

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  • Posted August 10, 2009

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    Took me away

    All the books in this series are great!

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  • Posted May 25, 2009

    Great Series

    For paranormal romance lovers this series is a fun treat. The characters are funny and interesting. The book grabs you from the beginning. I read the entire series in 1 week. Easy and fun reading for a rainy day.

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  • Posted April 23, 2009

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    Great Story!!!

    My favorite out of the 4 books. The bickering between Jewel (Prudence, Blaze)and Gray is amazing and fun too! Easy read too!

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  • Posted April 13, 2009

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    An Awesome Sequel to two books!!

    This book is an awesome read that I highly recommend! The story follows Grayson James ,aka, Gray, the brother to the heroine of "The Stone Prince" as he goes through a portal in the Atlantic Ocean. Gray is sent to Atlantis by the Otherworld Bureau of Investigations (OBI) to obtain the Jewel of Dunamis. According to the Book of Ra Dracas, the Jewel of Denamis can predict the future and ascertain if someone is lying or being honest. Unfortunately for Gray, the Book also details a world full of vampires, demons, nymphs, and other creatures only found in myths. In the midst of fighting for his life, Gray hears a female's voice that guides him to safety and to her rescue from Marina, Queen of the Demons. The female identifies herself as Jewel, but doesn't tell him she is the Jewel he is searching for. In the process of rescuing Jewel, Gray is injured by both a demon and a vampire, creating a poison in him that would have killed him if not for the assistance of Jewel. Gray begins developing both vampire and demon characteristics while he and Jewel fall in love. Darius and Grace reappear from the HEART OF THE DRAGON and play a pivotal role in the conclusion of the novel. Overall, I enjoyed this book although I thought it took Gray too long to figure out that the female Jewel was in actuality the Jewel he was searching for. I particularly enjoyed the world of Atlantis that Ms. Showalter has created

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2009

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    Stimulating Book

    I have read the other books in the series and this one follows them very well. The style of writing is very good. Kept me interested and was great to bring the other charaters from the other books into it. I would recomend the book and have passed it on to my daughter to read with the others in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2009

    OUTSTANDING!!

    First book in the series, and a first for me with this author. Really enjoyed the way the book flowed and the way the author detailed the way everything looked in the story, you had no problem picturing anything in the book. Would HIGHLY recommend the rest of the books in this series. The characters stay with you and the book is a outstanding read.

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  • Posted December 25, 2008

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    Another Visit to Atlantis

    Not only is this the follow-up to Heart of the Dragon, but it stars Grayson 'Gray' James, the brother of the heroine from The Stone Prince!<BR/><BR/>A wonderful romance filled with every creature Atlantis can offer, a cute heroine and twists and turns, you won't wanna put this book down!

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  • Posted November 2, 2008

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    Jennifer Wardrip - Personal Read

    If you like sexy paranormal stories with a dash of mythology, then Gena Showalter will always be your girl. With JEWEL OF ATLANTIS, she's taken all the things that readers love-vampires, demons, nymphs, sacred tomes, obscure jewels, and queens of evil-and turned it into a love story that transcends the bonds of time. <BR/><BR/>Grayson James might be human, but he's also a member of the super-secret Otherworld Bureau of Investigation-and he's just been ordered to travel to Atlantis and find the elusive Jewel of Dunamis, which the recently discovered ancient scroll Ra Dracus talks about. Said to be able to overcome any enemy by foretelling the future and acting as a sort of lie-detector test to determine whether someone's lying or telling the truth, the OBI doesn't want the Jewel falling into the wrong hands. So Gray has been ordered to rescue the Jewel and bring it back, or to destroy it. <BR/><BR/>Unfortunately, as soon as Gray enters Atlantis he finds himself battling all types of nasties-vampires, demons, you name it. If it weren't for the woman speaking inside his head, he'd be dead meat. Fortunately, the unknown woman, who insists he call her Jewel, leads him away from danger, and to her rescue from the Queen of Demons, Marina. <BR/><BR/>Jewel is a woman who's part goddess and part prophet, but she's also a pawn that the city of Atlantis has used for almost forever in its never-ending struggle for power. She needs the help of the human Gray to escape from her captors, but then she becomes intrigued by the man who arouses feelings in her she never felt possible. Although she knows that she's the elusive Jewel of Dunamis, she has no desire to let Gray know this-not at first. But as her feelings turn towards love, and enemies seek to destroy them both, Jewel realizes that she has no choice but to reveal the truth, and the prophecy that she's known for years that foretells their destruction. <BR/><BR/>JEWEL OF ATLANTIS is an engaging read, filled with exciting characters and a highly descriptive underwater city. It's also sexy, funny, and a great read. If you like paranormal stories, you'll thoroughly enjoy Ms. Showalter's latest release.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2007

    Originally Posted on Romance Junkies

    If you like sexy paranormal stories with a dash of mythology, then Gena Showalter will always be your girl. With JEWEL OF ATLANTIS, she's taken all the things that readers love-vampires, demons, nymphs, sacred tomes, obscure jewels, and queens of evil-and turned it into a love story that transcends the bonds of time. Grayson James might be human, but he's also a member of the super-secret Otherworld Bureau of Investigation-and he's just been ordered to travel to Atlantis and find the elusive Jewel of Dunamis, which the recently discovered ancient scroll Ra Dracus talks about. Said to be able to overcome any enemy by foretelling the future and acting as a sort of lie-detector test to determine whether someone's lying or telling the truth, the OBI doesn't want the Jewel falling into the wrong hands. So Gray has been ordered to rescue the Jewel and bring it back, or to destroy it. Unfortunately, as soon as Gray enters Atlantis he finds himself battling all types of nasties-vampires, demons, you name it. If it weren't for the woman speaking inside his head, he'd be dead meat. Fortunately, the unknown woman, who insists he call her Jewel, leads him away from danger, and to her rescue from the Queen of Demons, Marina. Jewel is a woman who's part goddess and part prophet, but she's also a pawn that the city of Atlantis has used for almost forever in its never-ending struggle for power. She needs the help of the human Gray to escape from her captors, but then she becomes intrigued by the man who arouses feelings in her she never felt possible. Although she knows that she's the elusive Jewel of Dunamis, she has no desire to let Gray know this-not at first. But as her feelings turn towards love, and enemies seek to destroy them both, Jewel realizes that she has no choice but to reveal the truth, and the prophecy that she's known for years that foretells their destruction. JEWEL OF ATLANTIS is an engaging read, filled with exciting characters and a highly descriptive underwater city. It's also sexy, funny, and a great read. If you like paranormal stories, you'll thoroughly enjoy Ms. Showalter's latest release.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Fun for fantasy and romance fans

    Otherworld Bureau of Investigation supervisor Jude Quinlan assigns his best field agent Grayson James to retrieve the Jewel of Dunmaris as referenced in the recently found ancient tome Ra Dracus. All Gray has to do is go through a portal in Florida waters that leads to the underwater city of Atlantis, find the item that has incredible paranormal powers, and return home. Jude insists this is a cakewalk for the OBI top person in the cold or in this case under the water.------ However, Gray immediately finds himself battling and killing vampires, dragons, and demons. None of those creatures scare him as much as the sexy woman speaking inside his head. She tells him she has no name, but he should call her Jewel. As they team up against all odds, they fall in love, but she believes she can never leave Atlantis while he knows he does not belong there.----- JEWEL OF ATLANTIS is a terrific romantic fantasy that sort of reads like Die Hard enters a supernatural Shangri-La as the fabulous hero sounds so much like John McClane while trying to complete the mission yet stay alive against creatures that come across as so real in Atlantis. Jewel brings mystery as to whom and what she is. Fans who appreciate something a bit different but quite entertaining will want to trek with these two fabulous protagonists as she escorts him to the portal, but during that dangerous hike they fall in perhaps the vastest star-crossed love conceivable. JEWEL OF ATLANTIS is fun for fantasy and romance fans.----- Harriet Klausner

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