Andy McDermott: the return of Wilde & Chase

October 15, 2013, Article by Ben Willis in Books


That’s right, Andy McDermott’s most famous characters are back. With the 9th Nina Wilde and Eddie Chase thriller, THE VALHALLA PROPHECY, publishing later this month, what better time to look back at their previous adventures? If you’re new to the series, here’s what you’ve been missing…

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THE HUNT FOR ATLANTIS (2007)

Kicking off the series, THE HUNT FOR ATLANTIS sees Nina tracking down the location of the lost city of Atlantis, although there are some who will do anything to stop her. With the help of ex-SAS bodyguard Eddie Chase and beautiful heiress Kari Frost, Nina faces a breakneck race against time around the world, pursued at every step by agents of the mysterious – and murderous – Brotherhood of Selasphoros.

THE TOMB OF HERCULES (2008)

In the second adventure, Nina and Eddie are following a violent trail of corruption and conspiracy around the globe. From Switzerland to Shanghai, Botswana to London, it’s a race against time to find the Tomb of Hercules before it falls into the most evil of hands . . .

THE SECRET OF EXCALIBUR (2008)

Said to make whoever holds it unstoppable in battle, the sword Excalibur has been coveted across the ages, and was thought lost for over a thousand years. Thanks to a cryptic message to Nina, this may be about to change, as she and Eddie are propelled into a deadly race to find Excalibur.

THE COVENANT OF GENESIS (2009)

Off the coast of Indonesia, Nina makes an explosive find: evidence of a settlement that existed over a hundred thousand years before any previously known civilisation. But when her ship is attacked, it becomes clear that the clandestine religious group calling itself the Covenant of Genesis will stop at nothing to prevent her from revealing this knowledge.

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THE CULT OF OSIRIS (2009)

Following a run of pretty bad luck, Nina and Eddie are discredited, jobless and broke. That’s until a plea for help sends them on a deadly quest across the globe, as they try to reach the mysterious Pyramid of Osiris. Oh, and they need to get there before Khalid Osir, the charismatic leader of a sinister cult.

THE SACRED VAULT (2010)

The world is in shock when Michelangelo’s David is stolen from a museum in Florence, Italy. The latest in a series of audacious thefts of historical treasures, it’s only a matter of time before another priceless artefact is targeted. However, it soon becomes clear that the thefts form only part of the raiders’ ultimate plan, Nina and Eddie are off on another adventure as they look to recover a treasure beyond price, and help prevent global annihilation along the way . . .

EMPIRE OF GOLD (2011)

When Nina and Eddie, are given the chance to work on an Interpol investigation into smuggled artefacts, they are stunned to realise that the artefacts hold clues to the location of a lost Inca settlement hidden somewhere in South America. As Nina and Eddie dig deeper, it soon becomes clear that finding the settlement may only be the start of an incredible quest. But they are not alone in their search, as they face corrupt soldiers, murderous revolutionaries and ruthless drug lords.  With so much at stake, what price will they pay for the greatest of fortunes?

TEMPLE OF THE GODS (2011)

Eddie is on the run, falsely accused of murder, and Nina’s only distraction from this has been investigating the origin of three strange statues stolen from her just before his disappearance. When Nina discovers they may be relics from the lost civilisation of Atlantis, it’s clear that she has to get her head back in the game, and fast. They both have their own troubles as they face what could be their most dangerous quest yet.

So that’s the story so far. Eight adventures, each more epic than the last, have brought us here for the ninth all-action Nina Wilde and Eddie Chase adventure…

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THE VALHALLA PROPHECY (2014)

Nina and Eddie Chase are sent to recover a Viking runestone that has been stolen by a gang of raiders. For the stone holds the key to an ancient evil that cannot be allowed to escape – one that has been confined in Norse mythology’s most holy of places: Valhalla.

They find themselves in a race against time to locate the legendary hall of the Viking warriors before rival powers claim its deadly contents for themselves. Their quest leads them to Scandinavia, where Eddie is forced to revisit a dark chapter from his days as a mercenary that he has kept hidden from everyone … even his wife.

A primordial terror is about to be unleashed from the depths of the Earth and the best chance of surviving its threat lies with Nina and Eddie. But even if they succeed, will the cost to their lives be worth the price they must pay?

THE VALHALLA PROPHECY is published 16th January 2014!

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