Saturday, March 5, 2011
My First Book Post
One note that I should make here is that I read for purely entertainment purposes. It is rare that I will pick up a work of non-fiction or (gasp!) anything educational. I spend my days in the office taxing my poor brain to its limits and reading is my little escape from reality during my lunch hour and commute. By commute, I mean by bus. Of course I wouldn't read while driving (yeesh!). I love mysteries, action-packed thrillers, some vampire/werewolf/supernatural fantasy among other things.
I recently picked up Andy McDermott's latest book, The Pyramid of Doom. I had never read one of his books before and thoroughly enjoyed it. Now, I'm one of those people who, when they find an author they enjoy, must go back and read all of their books. I'm actually pretty anal about it which is why, within days of finishing Pyramid, I was back in the bookstore buying The Hunt for Atlantis.
This book is the first in his series featuring archaeologist Nina Wilde and ex-SAS bodyguard Eddie Chase. The action starts almost right away and doesn't stop. Ten years after Nina's parents die, supposedly in an avalanche, during their search for the legendary city of Atlantis, she has been continuing their work and is hot on the trail. Unfortunately, she is not the only one and the race is on. The chemistry between the character is great and there are enough bad guys to keep it interesting. Of course, the lines between good and bad are not always entirely clear. Mr. McDermott does an excellent job of combining historical facts and legends with his own story telling to make this an engaging adventure.
Now the main characters *somehow* manage to survive through enough flying bullets, bombs and physical abuse that their survival stretches the limits of believability but if you're willing to suspend your disbelief in the name of a romping good time and a bit of escapism from real life, you'll really enjoy this book. I did.
As I'm sure you've already guessed, I'll be heading out to the bookstore again soon to get the second book in the series, The Tomb of Hercules. This is how my little home library expands with numerous series. Yeah, I'm using the term "little" very loosely here. So sue me!
Posted by Kathy at 1:09 PM