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The Tomb of Hercules (Nina Wilde & Eddie Chase #2)

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  4,941 Ratings  ·  221 Reviews
From the author of THE HUNT FOR ATLANTIS, comes an electrifying new novel - prepare yourself for an adrenalin-fuelled ride.



An ancient warrior

For archaeologist Nina Wilde it's the opportunity of a lifetime. Her studies of an ancient text have convinced her that a tomb containing the remains of legendary warrior Hercules may actually exist. If she can locate it, it will be t
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Paperback, 506 pages
Published 2008 by Headline
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Patrick Gibson
Nov 29, 2010 Patrick Gibson rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: testosterone
What do you call it when an author sets up a premise and promptly destroys it with a stupid sentence? There must be a term for it. Like ‘shitass?'

For example:

“the scientists were normally able to conduct their explorations with no interference from the outside world.
BUT NOT TONIGHT.”

Or this gem:

“It was not a place where anyone in his right mind would choose to be.
BUT SOMEONE WAS THERE.”

How about:

“The dart guns were designed to fire tranquilizers. But these were loaded with something else.
SOMET
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Mark Muckerman
Jun 04, 2012 Mark Muckerman rated it did not like it
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Mike (the Paladin)
Ooooookkkkaaayyyy...... This is an action thriller that really didnt have enough action to thrill me.

I read the first book in this series where Eddie and Nina set out to find Atlantis. This seems to have gone so well and been so successful that our writer decided that a search for another mythical place was in order and would be a great idea.

Except of course that things don't go a lot differently in this book than they did in the first.

Well they don't go that differently except for the addition
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Dan
Mar 02, 2012 Dan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Okay, so I know how I talked up this series after reading the 1st one. Granted, the genre is super-cliche but I thought Hunt for Atlantis was even good enough to get 5-stars. Why? Because that was an entertaining novel. McDermott apparently did not realize what made the first novel good because almost all of that gets lost here.



The Hercules stuff is good and this is where the book redeems itself a bit. But the problem is that it's not even really the main plot of the book! I won't get into the r
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Kimberly
Jul 12, 2012 Kimberly rated it it was ok
Recommended to Kimberly by: Alan
The book was full of action, great character building, and mystery. However, I found it a little dull after reading book one: The Hunt For Atlantis
Most of "The Tomb of Hercules" gave me a sense of dejavue. I probably wouldn't read it again.
Michael
Nov 15, 2009 Michael rated it really liked it
Fun read… If you like James Bond or India Jones you’ll enjoy these books… This is book 2 and I highly recommend reading the book 1 first which is The Hunt for Atlantis. Though this book does stand alone, reading the first book will give the read a better understanding of the lead character's relationships.
Joe White
This was a Hardy Boys setting of character types operating independently against James Bond style corporate madmen (women) bent on using their incredibly unbelievable network of world resources to gain more world domination.
In real life a person can't walk down the street without government intervention and the military or some special government agency is constantly monitoring and intervening in every country and in every unusual major corporate physical building or excavation site. Not in this
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Truly
Dec 28, 2009 Truly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sebagai anggota jaduler di GRI, nama Hercules tentu punya daya tarik sendiri. Setelah memendam rasa sekian lama, akhirnya acara diskon di GI membuyarkan puasa beli buku yang sudah dicanangkan! Puasa batal demi buku ini... dan beberapa teman-temannya he he he

Bayangan cerita seru seperti yang sering ditayangkan di tv (sebelum Xina...)ternyata tidak ditemukan di buku ini! Sejak lembar pertama dibuka, isinya penuh dengan adegan perkelahian, tembak-menembak, kejar-mengejar, penghianatan, tentunya den
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Pamela
Mar 18, 2011 Pamela rated it it was ok
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Tony
Nov 06, 2012 Tony rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure
Don't be fooled by two things: 1) That the titular Tomb of Hercules plays much of a part in proceedings and 2) That Andy McDermott's sequel to the rip-roaring 'The Hunt for Atlantis' is nearly as exciting or blissfully fun. This reads more like an epilogue to that story stretched out to 600 pages, with McDermott choosing to focus way way too much on James Bond-esque outlandish spy-fi action beats than actually telling a truly interesting, history-weaving narrative as in the previous book. The fa ...more
winda
Jan 14, 2010 winda rated it it was ok
if you put "the tomb of hercules" as title, mr mcdermott, please put the tomb in more than just one chapter!!

*merasa ditipu*

after the fantastic, movie-like adventure in search for atlantis, i thought the tomb of hercules would offer the same thing. Not! Well, at least not in the herc's tomb thing cos that only took one chapter!

The thing that intrigue me first time seeing the book is the title. As someone who loves myth i would love to know how mcdermott twist on this one.

Disappointing, storylin
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Hana
Sep 08, 2015 Hana rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
It didn't dissapoint me, it had fast pace, lots of action, some dry humor and both main characters were quite real and human with real (relationship) problems even though Eddie had some wicked skills. I loved the book and am looking forward to next.
Jeff Lyons
Jul 28, 2011 Jeff Lyons rated it it was amazing
Oh man! Can Andy McDermott write a fun-filled, action packed, outrageous ride of a book. After finding Atlantis, Nina and Eddie go searching for Hercules, only this time, Eddie's terrorist ex-wife is in on the game. I did not care as much for the Eddie-Nina fits of jealousy when Sophia came into the picture but they still had their lighter, laugh-out-loud moments. The testfor integrity to find the tomb kept me on the edge of my seat. Although sometimes the bad guy death scenes reminded me of som ...more
Maya
May 26, 2009 Maya rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
An amazing book that is a cross between Indiana Jones, and the British Series Spooks or for the people in the US the series 24.

Nina (an archeologist) and Eddie (her ex-SAS boyfriend and body guard) are looking for the Tomb of Hercules. This takes them on an adventure, from New York, to Shanghai, to Botswana, to England, to Switzerland, to Algeria and back to New York again.

On the way they deal with crazy ex-wives, nuclear bombs, submarines gone crazy and traps in old tombs. All in all an easy e
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Sean Newgent
Jan 06, 2016 Sean Newgent rated it it was ok
Yike.

After a promising debut with an entertaining first novel, McDermott returns with The Tomb of Hercules, a book that has very little to do with the title and a lot to do with hamfisted political drama and villainy that would make a Bond baddie blush.

The first book took us on a disjointed but fun adventure in the search for Atlantis; providing bad enough bad guys, good enough good guys, and an occasional bit of history to remind us it was a historical adventure. While The Tomb of Hercules op
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Neha
Apr 11, 2014 Neha rated it liked it
I took up this book because of the oh-so promising name and what not.
It's not a bad book. Honestly it's a god truthful representation of how real relationships might work, not all hunky dory but with fire and brimstone and all the other cliches.
But as for the real Tomb part, I was very disappointed. I mean the time they spent in the Tomb itself was like, one chapter?
I had expected a lot more. I was expecting an Indiana Jones - Lara Croft type of scene where oh they spend hours in the caves tryin
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Elena
Jan 31, 2009 Elena rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-worth-it
Actually I did find the book I had lost, but it could have stayed hidden where it was forever because it sucked anyway! Badly! Hercules shows up around page 400 in the most predictable and boring ways, and the rest of the book is about bad guys chasing the good guys all over the world, and guess who always makes it?
Lots of people dead with bodies torn into pieces, and blood everywhere.. Bleah!!!!!!
Marchel
Baru nyadar kalau ini lanjutan the hunt for atlantis, sewaktu memulai baca buku ini.

Cerita buku ini mengingatkan saya akan James Bond.
Diawali adegan penyerbuan suatu tempat sebagai prolog, dan kemudian dibuka dengan perkenalan tokoh, lalu pesta di yacht mewah, dan selanjutnya langsung misi mendebarkan.

Kali ini di negeri Cina, tambang berlian Botswana, dan suatu tempat di gurun di tengah benua Afrika.

Tidak sesuai dugaan awal saya, yah tadinya berharap ada pencarian mitos Hercules di sana-sini. Lu
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Rob
Aug 12, 2009 Rob rated it it was amazing
This was my first taste of the series and I really liked it, with its outlandish plot and good helping of action-packed scenes. On the other hand it was pretty unbelievable in many area`s, and I would only recommend this to those that only want action, not a well balanced and though out plot. ...more
Jordan Anderson
3.5 stars really.

I enjoyed McDermott's previous novel (and rather successful debut) enough to give it 4 stars. Was it perfect? No. Though, for a first novel (and one that had, in general, such positive reviews), it was decently written and entertaining enough for me to give the next McDermott novel a shot. Plus as authors mature and hone their craft, their writing and pacing and development should continue to grow.

Unfortunately, The Tomb of Hercules does the exact opposite. Whether is was the pr
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Michael Davies
Dec 23, 2009 Michael Davies rated it it was amazing
This is James Bond the Andy Mcdermott way, full of action and quirky one liners but not so sophisticated, and the character's tend to get a bit more then a bruis.
If you like action movies then you will enjoy his books. An quick easy read.
Sarah
May 31, 2010 Sarah rated it liked it
Good action packed book, although it does seem to drag on a bit with circumstances the two main characters get themselves in. This is the second book in a series, but you don't have to read the first to get into the story.
Mary Kay
Oct 14, 2011 Mary Kay rated it really liked it
I happened upon this book by accident and am glad to say it was a very happy accident. I will be reading more by this author. The book had a constant flow of action that kept me involved all the way to the end.
Steven
Feb 08, 2009 Steven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had even more action and location than the first one in the series. I didn't think that was possible.

Read the Atlantis book first, if you enjoyed that then you must read this.
Wendy
Jun 15, 2015 Wendy rated it really liked it
Nina Wilde and Eddie Chase are back, this time, embroiled in the hunt for the Tomb of Hercules. The actual hunt for the tomb did not take up a lot of pages. The book reads more like an action movie - explosions, murders, kidnappings, etc. The characters are quite tongue-in-cheek, as when the antagonists say that they're "not James Bond villains" but then goes ahead and explains the hows and whys of world domination, just like in the Bond films. Of course, the 2 stars of the book are seemingly in ...more
Shahnaz
Oct 15, 2014 Shahnaz rated it really liked it
I actually read the first book of the series years ago but only got the time to continue the series just now. As usual I am fascinated by how I could picture the whole action in my head. Although I still like the first one better but I can't help to be awed by how awkward you would be in between current girlfriend AND ex-wife but [SPOILER AHEAD] the evil ex-wife. The only thing I found weird is how easy to dismiss the ex-wife. I don't mind to prolong headhunt of the ex-wife but getting her done ...more
Darcy Lavergne
Sep 11, 2014 Darcy Lavergne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Another good book by Andy McDermott. Enjoy the story and the characters. The thrills just keep coming.
John Mac
Feb 03, 2015 John Mac rated it liked it
There is certainly a lot of action in this book for those who crave such things. It rarely stops! Unfortunately, a great deal of it seems highly implausable.

This is also NOT a treasure hunter book. Yes, the title would lead you to believe it was, however the actual quest for, discovery and exploration of the eponymous tomb of Hercules only forms a very small part of the book. The major part is just an excuse for frenzied chases, miraculous escapes, nefarious schemes and gruesome deaths. Oh, and
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Lucy Lu
Nov 02, 2015 Lucy Lu rated it really liked it
Next one please.
Shane
Mar 10, 2016 Shane rated it liked it
Shelves: adventure
"The Tomb of Hercules" was all right.
I enjoyed the parts that actually involved Hercules's tomb, although this was a smaller portion of the book than I was expecting, as most of the plot revolves around nukes. There is a lot of action is this book--frankly, too much. The action sequences just go on and on: first we're throwing punches in a mine, then we're getting into a gunfight, then we've trying to escape in a huge dump truck, then we're fighting in speedboats, it can be a bit much back-to-ba
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Andy McDermott was born in Halifax, West Yorkshire, and now lives in Bournemouth. As a journalist and magazine editor, amongst other titles he edited DVD Review and the iconoclastic film publication Hotdog. Andy is now a full-time writer.
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Other Books in the Series

Nina Wilde & Eddie Chase (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • The Hunt for Atlantis (Nina Wilde & Eddie Chase, #1)
  • The Secret Of Excalibur (Nina Wilde & Eddie Chase, #3)
  • The Covenant Of Genesis (Nina Wilde & Eddie Chase, #4)
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