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The Valhalla Prophecy: A Novel (Nina Wilde and Eddie Chase) Paperback – September 30, 2014
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The Vahalla Prophecy was an action packed read from start to finish. Most of the characters had a strong background in being heroic, including Eddie and Nina. In this story a Norse ruinstone is taken from a museum and Eddie and Nina are beckoned to investigate it. Then are told that the ruinstone could be the key to finding Vahalla. Vahalla where the Vikings predicted the end of the world battle would be. Now the two are racing to find whom stole the artifact before the world is doomed.
What made the novel not for me was that it was the epitome of cliches for the action genre. Even the style of writing was exactly what you'd expect, fast paced and always looking to thrill you. This in not a bad thing for most people, and it doesn't mean the book is bad, this book just isn't for me. For fans of actions and adventure, this book would be great for them.
The part on Viking culture is the main redeeming point for me. As stated before, I'm a big fan of such things. So a bit of the book was educational, and interesting. I even learned a few things I hadn't known before.
Yes, it's formulaic and predictable, falls prey to pretty much all the clichés 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 shelf.
What sets The Valhalla Prophecy apart and makes it more 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 revealed.
The 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.Read more ›
The premise was also a unique twist on the Valhalla legend. I don’t know diddly about the “true” legends so from that perspective, I couldn’t call fowl on any of his research. I had a great time and took it all at face value. It’s not like I’m going to accept his facts as historically accurate anyway. I never do in these type novels. I take all this stuff with a grain of salt and leave those that care to fret over those details. If I happen to know something is way off, I may say something but…
Anyway, I had a great time reading it though I wish the chapters and/or scenes were a bit shorter so it would’ve been easier to read during commercials. The solid third-person kept things on track with minimal to no noticeable head-hopping.
My only beef may be a setup for something further and that’s something that happened to one of the major characters at the end. I hope it doesn’t spell doom for the series. We’ll see.
Overall, a fun read and I look forward to the next one. Highly recommended.
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Like all of Andy McDermott great reading, I love a story that continues into a mission. I love reading Clive Cussler's books and Andy is just like Clive keeps you in suspense all... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Brian Dollisson
The series is full of great adventure and imagination. we follow the characters as they find the great mysteries of the past - makes you wish they really exist.Published 2 months ago by Carol Lerch
Unfortunately I think the series has become diluted. The first few of Andy McDermott's books in this series were fantastic and it has slowly declined in my opinion. Read morePublished 2 months ago by A Customer
Usual fun adventure, but unclear how Vikings connected such widely separated sites in this ancient times. Read morePublished 2 months ago by virginia collins
I am never dissapointed with any of these reads and its awesome to ride a journey with fictional characters.Published 5 months ago by Karla
great read not as predictable as most of the others in the seriesPublished 5 months ago by dwmskmmoore