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Nina and Eddie have been thinking about taking a break to start a family The IHA has nothing major going on at the moment and Nina has been offered a large advance to write a book it might be the perfect time for a sabbatical But those dreams are uickly dashed when the new UN liaison calls an emergency meeting to announce that a Viking runestone has been stolen from a Swedish museum and that the heist was led by none other than a mole operating within the IHA itself Nina and Eddie are immediat Although I ve had The Hunt for Atlantis and The Tomb of Hercules loaded up on my Kobo for ages and have been eagerly anticipating my first adventure alongside Nina Wilde and Eddie Chase The Valhalla Prophecy is actually my first encounter with the world of Andy McDermott and I m pleased to say it definitely won t be my lastYes it s formulaic and predictable falls prey to pretty much all the clich s of the genre and belongs to that catastrophic excavation side of archaeology but that s precisely what we come to enjoy If you re a fan of Clive Cussler David Gibbins Will Adams Thomas Greanias Matthew Reilly and the lot then Andy McDermott is going to be another author you want to make room for on your shelfWhat sets The Valhalla Prophecy apart and makes it than just another archaeological treasure hunting adventure is the depth of the backstory Nina Wilde and Eddie Chase are partners in every sense of the word both a romantic pairing and professional colleagues There s chemistry there personality and the kind of genuine conflict anybody who has ever been in a long term relationship with recognize In this volume their 9th outing we also get a significant look into Eddie s past with a mission from the days before becoming the hero we know today including an earth shattering secret that threatens to unsettle his marriage when it s revealedThe use of Norse mythology is both educational and entertaining with some interesting suggestions as to how those myths sprang to life There s a definite Dan Brown sort of element to the archaeology there with each piece of the puzzle leading Nina and Eddie closer to Valhalla itself but it works Like I said the story falls prey to the usual Indiana Jones type clich s with discoveries coming fast and easy and with the need to save the world taking precedent over the desire to preserve precious historical artifacts but it does make for one heck of an adventureThere s also a deeply unsettling element of government conspiracy human experimentation and biological warfare to the story that ties the search for Valhalla to Eddie s past It s dark and it s grim and almost seems out of place in such a fun sort of popcorn adventure but it lends some real credence to the end of the world scenario The god and monster slaying eitr is real and it s been used to breed horrible atrocities in the past with at least one clandestine government agency anxious to take those experiments to the next levelNo surprises here The good guys win the world is saved treasures are revealed and historical sites are destroyed It s a fast paced adventure full of beautiful scenery and interesting history populated by characters you can cheer for and against Whether you ve yet to meet Nina and Eddie or are old friends The Valhalla Prophecyis well worth the read Originally reviewed at Beauty in Ruins

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The Valhalla Prophecy

Ut the mission than he's letting on 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 This pulse pounding adventure will take Nina and Eddie to the vast reaches of the earth in a race against time as they strive to prevent rival forces from unleashing a wave of mass destruction that would threaten the fate of humanity foreverListening Length 15 hours and 54 minute I found my new favorite history s mysteries author This book about Viking myths and history was right up my alley From finding runestones to solving ancient Viking mysteries of their afterlife this is a long detailed book full of global setting today s politics fast paced action exciting historical finds hi tech anticdotes high speed chases bad Russians some good Americans and one hysterical Britsh soldier whose uips kept me laughing and crying during my read I will definitely be reading of Andrew McDermott

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Ely on the scene where they learn from the museum's Norse expert Tova Skilfinger that the runestone reveals the secret of how to reach Valhalla a great hall that according to myth houses a god killing poison known as eitr Using IHA resources on top of Tova's meticulous knowledge Nina is able to deduce the location of the runestone it's in Norway but at the bottom of an isolated lake As the team comes closer to excavating the artifact it becomes increasingly obvious to Nina that Eddie knows abo A very predictable turn of eventsChase and Nina once again escape impossible conditions allies die bad guys are stopped and a whole lot of travel is done The only cool part is the flashback aspect though Pretty good concept And after six years of foiling destructive global threats one would think at the very least that Nina and Eddie would be going on missions with a whole lot security and firepower Well this was a disappointing read for me


10 thoughts on “The Valhalla Prophecy

  1. says:

    Although I've had The Hunt for Atlantis and The Tomb of Hercules loaded up on my Kobo for ages and have been eagerly anticipating my first adventure alongside Nina Wilde and Eddie Chase The Valhalla Prophecy is actually my first encounter with the world of Andy McDermott and I'm pleased to say it definitely won'

  2. says:

    Rated 25This is an interesting story but is waaaayyyyyyyy too long The story could have shed a hundred pages and would have been better for it I guess the publisher reuired a certain amount of pageswords The biggest problem with McDermott is his rather annoying habit of making the action scenes so long and overly detailed sometimes a simple fight takes 5 7 pages to describe and this gets boring well for me it does so

  3. says:

    3 Eddie Stars Is Nina hereNo I came out here all my own 'cause I like collecting pine conesNina and Eddie discovered Atlantis Excalibur HELL

  4. says:

    Sometimes what you really want to read is some balls to the wall action writing You want a book that reads like a film You want action adventure humour and a smidge of archaeology thrown in for good measure I am an unashamed fan of Andy McDermott's books After I read the first book they uickly became launch day

  5. says:

    A very predictable turn of eventsChase and Nina once again escape impossible conditions allies die bad guys are stopped and a whole lot of tr

  6. says:

    This was a Goodreads giveaway I have never read anything by Andy McDermott before I enjoy James Rollins so I thought I would give this a go I have to say I am now a fan I am hooked and will continue to read of Andy McDermott's books This was book 9 in the series but with subtle hints as to what has happened in the past i

  7. says:

    Ninth novel starring husband and wife adventurers Eddie Chase and Nina Wilde This time Nina and Eddie are trying

  8. says:

    I found my new favorite 'history's mysteries' author This book about Viking myths and history was right up my alley From finding run

  9. says:

    The Valhalla Prophecy is the most action packed and intense book so far in the series Nina and Eddie head to Stock

  10. says:

    This is book is one that I will not recommend to anyone The only reason I put two stars rating is the storyline in the book Otherwise all the dialogues are full of funny uotes and expressions 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 Edie Chas

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