That said, it was refreshing for once that Americans were the bad guys and Russians the good guys. Deep in the jungles of Venezuela, they face corrupt soldiers, murderous revolutionaries and ruthless drug lords who will stop at nothing to obtain the city's treasures. He even had to share a bathroom with one of the other tenants. Eddie is part of it and not only escapes unscathed, there is never, ever, ever any penalty for him to pay with the local authorities. The stone holds the key to an ancient evil concealed in one of Norse mythology's holiest places: Valhalla.
In total fairness to the author, I thought that the previous novel ended nicely at a point where there was no further story that needed telling with our lead characters, hence my comment about the story here feeling less. Only Nina and Eddie can prevent the unleashing of a primordial terror from the depths of the earth. So, this is the book. He has no excuse whatsoever for behaving the way he did, showing clearly that his loyalty is not to Nina at all. This was book 9 in the series, but with subtle hints as to what has happened in the past, it was easy to read this one out of order.
I have to say the news isn't good. In fact, his connection to it is buried deep within his past-in the dense, sweltering jungles of Vietnam-and he knows that to find Valhalla is to unleash a grave danger upon the world. But when her ship is attacked, it becomes clear that the clandestine religious group calling itself the Covenant of Genesis will stop at nothing to prevent her from revealing this knowledge. I made myself finish the book because I received it for free, despite that it wasn't all bad. I also had a difficult time suspending a real world understanding of the evils of Soviet Russia and its modern manifestation to believe that it could be portrayed as a protagonist earnestly trying to save humanity, rather than enslave it. But is the cult's motive purely greed. I even learned a few things I hadn't known before.
In total fairness to the author, I thought that the previous novel ended nicely at a point where there was no further story that needed telling with our lead characters, hence my comment about the story here feeling less. What the hell had gone wrong? The novel begins in New York with the two of them discussing the prospect of having a child together a very long awaited child I hasten to add which quickly spirals into a car chase in Switzerland to a trek to one of the Canadian islands in search of the deadly eitr. There's chemistry there, personality, and the kind of genuine conflict anybody who has ever been in a long term relationship with recognize. Eight years ago, Eddie was a mercenary tramping through the Vietnamese jungle at night in a raging storm. Register a Free 1 month Trial Account. But even if they succeed, will the cost be greater than either of them could have ever imagined. The world is in shock when Michelangelo's David is stolen from a museum in Florence, Italy.
To me a book is either worth reading or it isn't. As Nina and Eddie dig deeper, it soon becomes clear that finding the settlement may only be the start of their incredible quest. I know that winning this book and exposing me to McDermott has made me a fan, and as I said before, I will be going back to read the others in the series! The ultimate duo - Nina Wilde and Eddie Chase - return in their ninth action-packed adventure. It's the kind of story you end up with when you write it as a B-movie screenplay instead of a coherent, intelligent thriller. Travelling to Sweden, Eddie and Nina find themselves in a race against time to locate the legendary hall of the Vi… The ultimate duo - Nina Wilde and Eddie Chase - return in their ninth action-packed adventure.
You want action, adventure, humour and a smidge of archaeology thrown in for good measure. This in not a bad thing for most people, and it doesn't mean the book is bad, this book just isn't for me. Will Nina and Eddie be able to save the world again? This was a Goodreads giveaway. And when I mean all - it is really in all the time some of the characters speak each other, they are super annoying, by telling some witty joke. Then are told that the ruinstone could be the key to finding Valhalla.
The pace of the book is decent, again it is not a roller coaster, but some of the stunts pulled by Eddie seem outrageous and impossible. Praise for the novels of Andy McDermott Raises the bar to please adventure junkies who prefer to mainline their action. That was so amateurish and boring that I quit reading those and simply skipped them to get back to the contemporary action which it turned out, wasn't much better. But those dreams are quickly dashed when the new U. The contemporary story moved at a fair clip, but it was the standard story: Eddie and Nina are all lovey-dovey.
It was unseasonably hot and unpleasantly humid, the temperature in the cramped studio flat already oppressive even at this time of the morning, but things would be no better outside. I will definite I found my new favorite 'history's mysteries' author! It was at this point that I decided I'd read enough of this nonsense, and fully realized what a smart decision I'd made all that time ago to quit reading this amateur trash and find something better. I have never read anything by Andy McDermott before. After I read the first book they quickly became launch day purchases and this one was no different. Edie Chase is more super action hero than all of the actors in The Expandbles movie combine. Yes, it's formulaic and predictable, falls prey to pretty much all the clichés of the genre, and belongs to that catastrophic excavation side of archaeology, but that's precisely what we come to enjoy.
For a while she has just been the smart archaeologist looking for lost treasures whereas now we see her looking to the future and what she wants from life. It is a quest that will force Eddie to revisit a dark chapter from his mercenary days that he has kept hidden from everyone. Whether you've yet to meet Nina and Eddie or are old friends, The Valhalla Prophecyis well worth the read. Hoyt is once again leading the opposition against Nina and Eddie. I am definitely reading the next.
As stated before, I'm a big fan of such things. Sadly, I can't say that this book was a good one for me. This and where are Vikings, there is snow and it's too damn cold. Not one of huge plot twists I hate to admit that McDermott for a moment had me believing Eddie and his version of events. It is a quest that will force Eddie to revisit a dark chapter from his mercenary days that he has kept hidden from everyone. He had no job, was almost out of money … and in the middle of a bitter separation from his wife. If she can locate it, it will be the most important historical find ever to be unearthed.