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The Tomb of Hercules by Andy McDermott
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Mar 18, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: adventure, confusing, thrillers
Read from March 17 to 18, 2011

** spoiler alert ** I enjoyed the first entry in this series, The Hunt for Atlantis. Unfortunately, The Tomb of Hercules, while still mindlessly entertaining adventure, gets bogged down in teenage angst-style relationship woes and a lack of focus.

18 months after discovering Atlantis, Nina Wilde and Eddie Chase are in a relationship. Alas, they fight about everything and Nina is more interested in getting wildly expensive haircuts and Armani suits to go with her new bureaucratic position than with actually going out and doing some Indiana Jones-style discovering. Eddie is frustrated, and about 90% of his dialogue is profanity, which is pretty pointless and not at all expository. All we get out of it is that he's mad. Whoo. Anyway, after a chance (or is it?) meeting with his ex-wife, Sophia, who's gorgeous AND a peer to boot, Nina and Eddie halfheartedly run around trying to find the titular tomb of Hercules, which makes a very early entrance in the book and isn't described very well. Mostly the story revolves around Eddie and Nina fighting like two year olds, then escaping from bad guys in spectacularly unbelievable ways, and then fighting again. McDermott mocks some of the crazy stuff that happens in Dan Brown novels (remember the falling out of a helicopter into the Tiber part? Yeah.) but turns right around and has his main characters slide down the outside of a skyscraper on a metal panel (!) and stop a nuclear bomb from going off by stuffing a dead body into it (!!!). Sorry for the spoiler there--but you knew they'd save the world, didn't you?

Hoping that the next one is more focused on the adventure and more clearly plotted. This one jumped around so much that it was really difficult to follow.
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