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Totally unbelievable, but action packed!
on 26 November 2013
In a nutshell - I paid 99p for this book and I might read the next one, but only if it was free!
I think you have to read this as a comic, just "going with the flow" and ignoring the glaring and unbelievable flaws in the plot line. It was as far fetched as India Jones and the later James Bond films, so you have to suspend belief and enjoy it as a fast paced, action packed fantasy.
Ex-SAS, Matt Drake and his sidekicks - a female USA cop and a nerdy boy, Ben - join up with the Swedish and USA equivalent of SAS troops to fight not one, but two lots of fanatics who want to find the tomb of Odin, the God. They miraculously discover a treasure hidden deep under a mountain, after 10 minutes, by merely jumping on a marker stone, which any tourist or local villager could have discovered over the centuries! They find their way through this minefield of traps - only to be beaten by one lot of the enemy.
And so on. This sort of thing happens in lots of countries, following the trail left by Odin and uncovered mostly by the boy, Ben who is a computer geek. Ben acted so young sometimes, I began to wonder how old he was supposed to be and why he was lodging with the older man, Matt. This was never explained, though it was not a gay relationship. In fact Matt molly-coddled Ben, like a doting mother!
The most far-fetched part, for me, was when a helicopter blasted a hole deep inside a volcano, big enough for the helicopter to fly right inside! Like I said, suspend belief.
I also became weary of the constant use of similes - "he jumped as high as ..... when he ......." etc. especially as I didn't understand some of the American references. Also a woman called Mai was mentioned several times, but never properly explained. I suppose you are meant to buy the next book to find out more.
There was plenty of action, fighting, bloodshed and the body count was high. All in all, an o.k. read, but I wouldn't rave about it.