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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (17 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755345533
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755345533
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 4 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Andy McDermott is the bestselling author of the Nina Wilde/Eddie Chase series of adventure thrillers, which have been sold in over 30 countries and 20 languages. His debut novel, The Hunt For Atlantis, was published in the UK in 2008; on its US publication the following year it became his first of several New York Times bestsellers. He is also the author of the explosive spy thriller The Persona Protocol, and the first in a planned series of short stories about celebrity sleuth Leviticus Gold.

His eleventh novel, the Wilde/Chase adventure Kingdom Of Darkness, goes on sale in August 2014, and he is currently working on the next book in the series.

Andy's novels have received critical acclaim for their epic globetrotting scope and non-stop thrills, described as "pulse-racing adventure" (Northern Echo) with action scenes that "explode off the page" (Daily Express), while Andy himself has been called "a new master of the genre" (Le Figaro) and "a writer of rare cinematic talent" (Daily Express).

A former journalist and movie critic, Andy was the editor of respected UK magazines like DVD Review and the iconoclastic film publication Hotdog. He is now a full-time author. Born in Halifax, he now lives in Bournemouth.

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The fourth book in Andy McDermott's thrilling series featuring archaeologist Nina Wilde and her ex-SAS boyfriend Eddie Chase.


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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Ben Peyton on 14 May 2009
Format: Paperback
The fourth book in the Nina Wilde / Eddie Chase series is yet another rip-roaring adventure from the awesome Andy McDermott.

Explosive set-pieces, Presidential cover-ups and the Vatican all feature in this non-stop thrill ride. Yes, these have all been written before but the pace and energy of this book sets it apart. Eddie's puns are better / worse than ever. Not to give anything away but the two best ones involve Pirates and MC Hammer. I got some odd looks on the tube as I burst out laughing at the latter.

I don't want to ruin the plot for anyone but it's every bit as interesting as the previous books and as action / adventure books go you can't do much better than Andy McDermott. Pure escapism . I read this in two days as it's so hard to put down. And the good news? The next book is out in November!

Do yourself a favour. If you like James Rollins, Matthew Reilly, Clive Cussler, Jack Du Brul, adventure books or big Hollywood action movies then read Andy McDermott. You won't be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Mcclelland on 18 Aug. 2010
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You know exactly what you're going to get with Eddie and Nina, and personally I think its the best since Atlantis. Apart from the incredibly well written action set pieces, the character development(especially Ninas) is well handled and doesn't overshadow or slow down the pace.

The theme is very similar to "The Atlantis Code", as is one of the key plot mechanisms, the now mandatory secret Vatican society. However even that coupled with that other hackneyed plot mechanism of the presidential cover up doesn't detract from proceedings, and all leads to what I found to be a far more satisfying denouement than "The Atlantis Code".

There are references to all the earlier Eddie / Nina adventures, which won't detract from the story if you are new to the series, but which do leave the feeling that there is some overall arc joining all the adventures together.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nick Brett TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Dec. 2009
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Let me summarise the plot for you:

Action - banter/witty quip - betrayal/twist - change location. repeat.

It's really that simple and if you scratch away at any aspect of the plot then it is more full of holes then a tramp's socks.

Archaeologist Nina and her ex-SAS (of course!!) boyfriend Eddie have the habit of digging up all sorts of old lost relics and treasures. Not little ones, I mean things like Atlantis and Hercules' Sword. In this, their fourth adventure, they discover evidence of a civilisation that pre-dates known history. These types of plot obviously require a mega rich bad guy or an evil secret society, and in this case we get the secret society option.

Of course the secret society (yes, of course it is called The Covenant of Genesis) is incredibly powerful and wants to erase all evidence of the civilisation. So...

Action - banter/witty quip - betrayal/twist - change location. repeat. For about 600 pages.

I saw it very much like an Indianna Jones film, very fast moving with loads of action and banter, but all gloss and no substence. The action is quite violent and tongue in cheek, and some of the one liners and comments delivered by Eddie can be quite amusing. Think of the Roger Moore James Bond, nobody can be despatched without a quip!

But it doesn't pretend to be anything it's not. It tries to add a bit of fun to the more traditional search for ancient relics/treasure stories that Dan Brown sadly generated, but manages to maintain it's standards and expectations unlike recent efforts from the likes of Matthew Reilly.

Harmless fun, but you will forget the entire thing a day after you finish it. Ideal for aeroplanes and the beach.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. Newstead VINE VOICE on 5 Jun. 2009
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Wow what a rush although slightly similar to The Hunt For Atlantis in the fact they are looking for an ancient civilisation being chased by some murdering Vatican connected thugs with the Nuclear ex-wife of Eddie joining in for a re run, a corrupt president, scenes that would make 007 think twice and humor that is just fabulous this is great stuff.
From the word go on a barren arctic landscape being blown up to drilling into icebergs in the antarctic and taking on Janjaweed murdering thugs this is his best ever. Matthew Reilly has some work to do
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bob TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Feb. 2010
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This is more of the adventures of Nina and Eddie, Nina could best be described as a female "Indiana Jones" and the theme is similar, lost temples and artefacts etc. If you have read previous books in this series it is the subject of another unlikely quest however it is none the worse for that, the plot holds together and the characters are well developed. Although this works well as a stand alone novel it would be best to read the previous ones in sequence as this one gives considerable spoilers regarding previous books in the series.
Early in the book it is obvious that someone is out to destroy evidence of an early civilisation that Nina has found together with anyone who has been involved in the find, although the plot is fairly obvious there are many twists and turns before the final scenes. After all the action the end of the book slows in pace and sets up for the next in the series "The Cult of Osiris"
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The Covenant of Genesis' first hint at its content is its wonderfully colourful cover. 4th in the series following Dr Nina Wilde and Eddie Chase in their archaeological endeavours across the world, pulling you deeper than you thought possible, into both archaeological theory and fact along the way. You don't necessarily have to have read the first three novels in the series, as The Covenant of Genesis is a brilliant read in its own right. But in order to fully appreciate the complexity and depth of the character development, I strongly recommend you read the series in chronological order.

Overall it is a consistent, well written piece of work. It is also extremely well paced throughout. The action sets your heart rate up to thump through the adrenalin fuelled chapters, but McDermott also allows the reader to rest, digest and keep up with the turn of events at regular enough intervals; so that the gunfire may have ceased but you've got more than enough motivation to keep reading as the plot thickens, evolving at every turn of a page. The novel is action packed to the brim, but appears to be consistently well researched. In particular it is littered with punchy witticisms, adding both to the events in the plot as well as the reader's understanding of the characters. Despite the pace, there was the odd occasion when I wished I could skip forward to the answer. The little details in between enhance the bigger picture, but the downfall of good writing is sometimes you just can't wait.

McDermott offers his readers some truly brilliant scenes, but he also creates fantastic plot twists that are both incredulous but entirely believable at the same time- always keeping the reader fully immersed and engaged in the story.
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