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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (15 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755377451
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755377459
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,593 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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Book Description

The fifth thrilling novel from Andy McDermott in which Nina Wilde and Eddie Chase must help a young archaeologist locate a lost pyramid if they are to stop a cult determined to find it for their own nefarious reasons.

About the Author

Andy McDermott works as a freelance writer 'and occasional cartoonist'and in a previous incarnation was magazine editor for, amongst others, DVD Review and the iconoclastic film magazine Hotdog. Andy was born in West Yorkshire.


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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ben Peyton on 5 Nov. 2009
Format: Paperback
Book 5 of the Nina Wilde / Eddie Chase series was released early in many parts of the country and I was delighted to find it at W H Smith in Penzance.

If you know Andy McDermotts' books then you'll be pleased to know that this is more of the same. If you don't know Andys' books then think James Bond meets John McClane meets Lara Croft meets Michael Bay meets relentless action sequences and you're half way there.

The action in this book floats between Egypt, New York, Paris and Switzerland and, again, the pace is frenetic. Car chases, gun fights, punch ups, religious cults, booby traps and lost secrets all crop up to give you a joyous escape from the 9-5.

The baddies are suitably nasty, the plot interesting and the action will have you turning the pages like there's no tomorrow.

*****************Potential spoiler alert******************

However, during my reading of this book I was constantly thinking that Nina and Eddie are always "safe" and maybe that weakens some of the tension? Authors such as Vince Flynn, Matthew Reilly and James Twining have killed off recurring characters in their respective series of books and this has not diminished their sales / stories. Maybe it's time for Andy to do the same to keep things fresh?

I'm aware that these books are about Nina and Eddie but to add to character development how would one cope without the other? Just a thought.

Bottom line: Andy once again creates an exciting, interesting and enjoyable read. Popcorn entertainment at its best and I look forward to the next one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MrsMe on 12 Aug. 2010
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This is a good book in that it's fast-paced and the history bits provide a bit of extra interest, but think of it much like a James Bond film - leave reality at the door! Quite how many explosions/gunfights/spinning helicopters two people can get into and out of without a scratch and without being arrested is something you just have to skim over. A good holiday read, but not sure I'll be buying any more of the series as I imagine they'll be exactly the same just in a different location/chasing a different mythical 'prize'.
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I must admit that I am developing something of a love for thrillers with any sort of connection to history - and this one is no exception. Of course literary snobs won't like it and neither will "academic" historians. If you are looking for an intellectual thriller with historical connections, try Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco. But if you are not looking for academic distractions and are willing fasten your seat belt and go along for the ride you will be taken on a roller-coaster of an adventure by this book.

McDermott clearly had a movie in mind when he wrote this. The action sequences positively cry out for the Hollywood treatment - or should I say heli-wood? The hero is an ex-SAS man who knows how to handle tough situations and one can almost imagine Tinseltown A-listers lining up for the part. His other half is an archaeologist - like the heroine in Adam Palmer's The Moses Legacy (another adventure involving ancient Egypt and modern conspiracies). But in this case her career is on the rocks and she looking for a resume-builder.

This book has more visual action than Palmer's well-balanced offering and far more than Dan Brown's ponderous The Lost Symbol. But it lacks the intelligence (real or pseudo) that gives those books an added element of appeal. In that sense this is very much a "boy's" book rather than one that can cut across the gender divide. Having said that, as one of the boys, I did enjoy it.
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By Mr. M. Rasool on 30 Jun. 2015
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There are some readers who do not like blockbuster style action in books, preferring the mayhem to be limited to two sentences - ok, I'm exaggerating - and that books should be like books, and action only should be on screen etc. But I feel having action in books is a great alternative to watching it on screen, as reading, as we all know, is good for your mind etc, and books like the Cult of Osiris can get people who don't normally read to become readers, especially if they're big cinema goers of the blockbuster kind, which this book is. A blockbuster with plenty of car chases, fights, gags and escapism. Actually, reading an Andy Mcdermott book is an equivalent to watching a blockbuster. No different. I think Cult of Osiris is a fun- packed, well paced riot from the get go, and I particularly love Macy Sharif ( she's quite hot) and the Hollywood star Chase is body guarding is funny. The interactions between the two leads are great, though it definitely puts me off marriage. It's not deep literature about flower gardening and victorian sewers, but boy, is it fun, and it sure chirps me up. Definitely one of mr Mcdermott's best.
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An archeological dig is about to uncover the Hall of Records, hidden for centuries beneath the Sphinx, in Egypt. Young archeology student, Macy Sharif stumbles across a religious cult, that has already broken into the Hall, and barely escapes with her life. She makes a frantic call for help to discredited archeologist Nina Wilde and her husband, Eddie Chase.

This story has a lot of action in it, and is quite similiar to a other books in the series. Comic book type villians, with faceless goons working for them, the good guys getting all the lucky breaks etc, and not much by way of character development. I did not think it was one of the better books in the series though. Probably only worth a look if you like adventure type stories.
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