The Tomb of Hercules: A Novel by Andy McDermott

The Tomb of Hercules: A Novel

byAndy McDermott

Kobo ebook | October 27, 2009

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It’s the opportunity of a lifetime–the chance to prove that a tomb containing the remains of the legendary hero Hercules actually exists. If American archaeologist Nina Wilde can locate it, it will be the most important historical find ever unearthed. But as Nina and her ex-SAS bodyguard, Eddie Chase, begin their search, it’s clear that others want to find the tomb–and the unimaginable riches within–and will do anything to get there first.

Who will find the tomb of Hercules first, and what fantastic treasure does it hold? From New York to Shanghai, from Switzerland to the diamond mines of Botswana, Nina and Eddie must stay one step ahead of their enemies in a race to solve a mystery as ancient as civilization itself. But when a beautiful woman from Eddie’s past joins the hunt, all the rules change–and in this life-and-death game, their next move may be the most dangerous one of all.

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Title:The Tomb of Hercules: A NovelFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:October 27, 2009Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:055390681X

ISBN - 13:9780553906813

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent A great addition to the Nina Wilde & Eddie Chase series - not as thoroughly enjoyable as The Hunt for Atlantis - but still a great read and finished it in one sitting. This series is definitely worth checking out. Highly Addicting!!
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good addition This is a good addition to Nina and Chase's story line. Not as engrossing as the Hunt for Atlantis, but still enjoyable. Eddie and Nina's relationship is put to the test here, as both see how much the other as changed since they hooked up, and they get to deal with all this while searching for the mythical tomb of Hercules. Nothing overly remarkable, except too much action if you can believe it. There was more fighting than story so it brought the book down a bit. But otherwise not bad!
Date published: 2011-08-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Book two goes way over the top but still lots of excitement Well the follow up to McDermott's first book The Hunt for Atlantis is even MORE of a thrill-ride - and I wouldn't have thought that was possible, so he gets point for that! In the aftermath of Nina and Eddie finding Atlantis, and stopping the deranged megalomaniac trying to remake the planet's population [if you haven't read the first book, you really should!] they are living together as well as working together at the U.N. in the International Heritage Agency. What they're mostly doing though is fighting with each other, as Nina's become content to be a desk-bound bureaucrat, and Eddie's chafing at sitting around feeling useless. But when, at a U.N. fundraiser aboard a millionare's yacht Eddie comes face-to-face with his ex-wife, Sophia - who lied to him when she left him telling him she'd slept with his best friend - as well as her new billionare Chinese husband, he's a little shaken. But the next day he realizes that Sophia slipped a note into his pocket begging him to help her because she's in desperate circumstances, Eddie's determined to go to Shanghai and save her, ignoring Nina's angry protests. Nina, meanwhile is on a hunt for a new lost archeological treasure - the tomb of Hercules. After pulling every string she can, Nina finally gets access to the original texts that relate to the tomb, despite the vehement protests of the representative of the organization who owns it. When he goes to the men's room, after shifting the handcuff attached to the book from his own wrist to Nina's, all hell breaks loose. Armed men break into the building and Nina has to refresh her memory on advanced escape techniques learned during the hunt for Atlantis to make it out alive. It quickly becomes apparent that there's some connection between Eddie's attempts to save Sophia and the attempt on Nina to get the ancient book, although exactly what's going on is murky. And so begins another hair-raising adventure that takes Nina and Eddie to far-flung locations from one end of the planet to the other in their attempts to figure out what's going on, who the bad guys are, what they're doing, and how to stop them. My only complaint about this book - and really, it's a very minor one - is that the level of unbelieveability in what happens is substantially higher than in the first book. Some of the stuff the bad guys manage to pull off in the course of the story just seemed a bit too far past the "you have GOT to be kidding me?!" point. But, it was certainly an engaging, exciting and totally over-the-top entertaining thriller, and I absolutely enjoyed it so I'm not going to quibble much, and I was happy to give this four stars. One small warning, there are some extremely gory and violent scenes in the book, especially towards the end, but if action/suspense is your genre then you're probably used to that, and I wouldn't say it's any worse here than in other books of the genre. Bottom line: If you like action/suspense stories and you also enjoy history and archeology, then I definitely recommend this book to you. Great writing, great characters and lots of excitement.
Date published: 2011-02-22