CBS Films announced today it has secured the rights to the trilogy of Atlantis novels by author A.G. Riddle. The first book in the series, The Atlantis Gene, has become a critical and sales phenomenon on Amazon's eBook sales charts.

The Atlantis Gene concerns a brilliant geneticist and an international counterterrorism agent who must team up to thwart a global pandemic and solve the greatest mystery of all time: the truth behind the origins of humanity.

Self-published in March of 2013, The Atlantis Gene quickly amassed hundreds of thousands of readers and raced up the sales charts. The third installment in the trilogy, The Atlantis World was released on May 15, 2014 and has already reached #1 on Amazon science diction rankings.

A.G. Riddle is a native of North Carolina, a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill and previously spent a decade starting and running internet-centric companies. Riddle was recently ranked #2 in Science Fiction Book authors (including print) on Amazon, behind George R.R. Martin.

Creative Executive Winnie Kemp is overseeing the project for CBS Films.