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

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

by Andy McDermott

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It’s the opportunity of a lifetime–the chance to prove that a tomb containing the remains of the legendary hero Hercules actually exists. If American archaeologist Nina Wilde can locate it, it will be the most important historical find ever unearthed. But as Nina and her ex-SAS bodyguard, Eddie Chase, begin their search, it’s clear that others want to find the tomb–and the unimaginable riches within–and will do anything to get there first.

Who will find the tomb of Hercules first, and what fantastic treasure does it hold? From New York to Shanghai, from Switzerland to the diamond mines of Botswana, Nina and Eddie must stay one step ahead of their enemies in a race to solve a mystery as ancient as civilization itself. But when a beautiful woman from Eddie’s past joins the hunt, all the rules change–and in this life-and-death game, their next move may be the most dangerous one of all.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553592948
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/27/2009
Series: Nina Wilde/Eddie Chase Series , #2
Edition description: Original
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 98,656
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Andy McDermott is a former journalist and movie critic who now writes novels full-time following the international success of his debut thriller, The Hunt for Atlantis,which has been sold around the world in more than twenty languages. He is also the author of The Tomb of Hercules, The Secret of Excalibur, The Covenant of Genesis, The Pyramid of Doom, The Sacred Vault, Empire of Gold, Return to Atlantis, The Valhalla Prophecy, and The Shadow Protocol. He lives in Bournemouth, England.

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Chapter One

New York City : Three Months Later 

The lights of Manhattan shone like constellations of precision-aligned stars against the night sky. Eddie Chase gazed out at the spectacular panorama and sighed. He would much rather have been somewhere, anywhere, on the island—a restaurant, a bar, even a launderette—than here. 

Not that the venue itself was a problem. The Ocean Emperor was their host’s pride and joy, a 350-foot motor cruiser on which absolutely no expense had been spared. Chase had been on luxury yachts before, but this one represented a whole new level of opulence. Had he just been with Nina and a group of close friends, he would have taken full advantage of the experience. 

But apart from a handful of senior IHA staff, so far he didn’t know any of the hundred-plus guests. And he didn’t have anything in common with them either. Diplomats, politicians, titans of industry, all busy networking and deal-making with every handshake. Chase, on the other hand, was here merely as Nina’s “and guest.” This wasn’t his world. 

It wasn’t Nina’s either, but she was doing everything she could to pretend it was, he thought with a frown. He knocked back the remaining red wine in his glass and turned away from the vista to face the crowd. Nina was standing with former U.S. Navy admiral turned historian Hector Amoros, the head of the IHA, and shaking hands with a tall, distinguished yet smug-looking man. Politician, Chase knew at a glance. 

Nina glanced through the open doors in his direction. “Eddie!” she called, waving one hand to summon him. The champagne glass that had been in her other hand from practically the moment she boarded the yacht had been refilled again, he noticed. “Eddie, come here and meet the senator.” 

“Yeah, coming,” he replied without enthusiasm, fingering his stiff and uncomfortable collar. A blast of noise and wind swept over the deck as he reentered the ship, another helicopter coming in to drop off more ultra-VIP guests on the yacht’s helipad. Chase and Nina had been brought to the Ocean Emperor by boat, as had most of the other guests. Even in the world of the superrich, there was still a pecking order. He imagined the only way to top arriving by helicopter would be to land in a Harrier jump jet. 

Nina looked amazing tonight, he had to admit. The sweeping scarlet off-the-shoulder dress was a world away from the ruggedly practical clothes she had worn when he first got to know her a year and a half before, or even the Italian suits she’d adopted more recently in her role as the IHA’s director of operations. Her normally red hair had been dyed a richer, darker tone for the occasion, swept and styled to highlight her carefully made-up face. 

Chase ground his teeth at the mere thought of her hair. He’d complained about it all day before Nina finally made him promise to shut up. 

But still . . . five hundred dollars for a fucking haircut? “Eddie,” said Nina, “this is Senator Victor Dalton. Senator, this is Eddie Chase, who works for me at the IHA. And he also happens to be my boyfriend,” she added. 

“Nice to meet you, Senator,” said Chase, shooting Nina a subtly annoyed look as he shook Dalton’s hand. He recognized the name—Dalton was in the running to be the next president of the United States. That explained the two stone-faced men in dark suits watching him coldly from nearby: Secret Service agents. 

“You too, Mr. Chase,” Dalton answered. “English, huh? Not a Londoner, if I’m right about the accent.” 

“Too blood—I mean, yeah, that’s right. I’m from Yorkshire.” 

Dalton nodded. “Yorkshire, right. Nice part of the world, I understand.” 

“It’s not bad.” Chase doubted the senator knew where Yorkshire was, or cared. 

“Senator Dalton’s on the IHA’s funding committee,” Amoros told him. 

Chase smirked. “That right? Any chance of a pay raise?” 

Nina’s glossily lipsticked mouth shrank into a tight line, but Dalton laughed. “I’ll see what I can do.” He looked past Chase, his eyebrows flicking in recognition. “Say, our host approaches! Monsieur Corvus, good to meet you again!” 

Chase turned to see a sleekly groomed, black-haired man in a dinner jacket. He looked to be in his midfifties. “Please,” he said to Dalton as he shook hands, “René. This is a social event, yes? No need for tiresome formality!” 

“Whatever you say . . . René!” Dalton chuckled. 

“Thank you . . . Victor! And Nina,” Corvus continued as he turned to Nina, taking her hand, “such a pleasure to meet you again.” He leaned forward and kissed her on both cheeks. Nina blushed. Chase glared at the Frenchman, quickly forcing a neutral expression when he turned to face him. “And you, you must be . . .” 

“Eddie Chase,” Chase announced brusquely, sticking out his hand. “Nina’s boyfriend.” 

“But of course,” said Corvus, smiling as he shook his hand. “René Corvus. Welcome aboard the Ocean Emperor.” 

“Cheers.” Chase looked around at the oak-paneled room. “It’s a really nice boat you’ve got here. I suppose being a shipping magnet has its perks.” 

Dalton suppressed an amused noise, while Nina let out a fluttering, slightly desperate laugh. “René’s not just a shipping magnate,” she said to Chase, emphasizing the pronunciation of the word through clenched teeth, “he’s also one of the IHA’s directors.” 

“Nonexecutive, of course,” Corvus added modestly. 

“It’s only proper that the experts like Nina should make the decisions about protecting the world’s archaeological wonders.” 

“Yeah, well,” said Chase with a big fake smile, “she really does like to be in control of everything, I can tell you.” 

Nina took a gulp from her glass before treating Chase to an equally false grin. “Honey, sweetie?” she said, tugging at his jacket sleeve. “Can I speak to you? Over here?” She tipped her head towards the doors. 

“Of course you can, darling,” he replied. He nodded to the other three men. “Excuse us for a second.” The trio exchanged knowing looks as he and Nina backed away. 

“What the hell are you doing?” Nina hissed as soon as they were what she mistakenly thought was out of earshot. 

“What’re you talking about?” 

“You know damn well what I’m talking about! Making an ass of yourself and embarrassing me!” 

“Oh, I’m embarrassing you?” snorted Chase. “What about you and your ‘Here’s Eddie, my dogsbody at the IHA—oh, and he’s sort of my boyfriend as well’?” 

“I didn’t say that!” 

“You might as well have! And pardon bloody me for getting a word wrong that no bugger uses in normal conversation. Not all of us could go to the University of Poncy Vocabulary. Or afford a five-hundred-dollar haircut,” he added before he could stop himself. 

Nina’s eyes narrowed into angry slits. “You promised me you were going to stop going on about that! The one time, the one goddamn time I need to look good to impress these people, and all I get is you complaining how much it cost!” 

“It was five hundred fucking dollars!” Chase reminded her. “I can get a haircut for ten bucks!” 

“Yes! And it looks like it!” Nina snapped back, waving a hand at his close-cropped, receding hair. “Besides, I’ve got a high-level job with the United Nations now. I’m earning a hell of a lot more than I was at the university— it’s not like I can’t afford it.” 

“Yeah, there’s a lot of things you can afford now, aren’t there?” 

“Meaning what?” 

“If you can’t . . .” Chase trailed off as he saw two people descending the stairs from the upper decks. New arrivals, brought to the Ocean Emperor by the helicopter. 

One was a Chinese man, like Chase in his midthirties, surveying the crowd of wealthy guests with an arrogant smile that suggested he considered himself to be far more important than any of them—or all of them. The other . . . 

“’Scuse me,” Chase said, his fight with Nina completely forgotten. He started for the doors. “I need to get some air.” 

Nina blocked his way, confused and still angry. 

“What? No you don’t! What did you mean, I can afford a lot of stuff?”   “Forget it. I . . .” He looked at the stairs again. It was too late. She’d seen him. 

The Chinese man swaggered through the crowd towards Corvus, people moving out of his path as if he were sweeping them aside with an invisible force field. Following a couple of paces behind was a younger woman. Unlike him, she was Caucasian. Brunette, stunningly beautiful, expensively attired . . . and wearing an expression of quiet sadness.

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Tomb of Hercules 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 100 reviews.
Natz86 More than 1 year ago
I was sort of aprehensive about Andy McDermott in the beginning. The reviews weren't the greatest (or so I've heard). I got the first book in the Wilde and Chase series, "Search for Atlantis" and from the first chapter, I was hooked. This book is no different. A little more romantic drama in this book than I would have liked, but overall, a really good read. It was honestly hard to put down once I got into it. If I had to relate the series to something mainstream for those who don't know what McDermott's Nina Wilde and Eddie Chase Series is like; it's like 50% Indiana Jones, 25% James Bond, and 25% Die Hard.
wolftrackTS More than 1 year ago
Good easy read. One cliffhanger after after another. I'm into the 3rd one now. Keep them coming.
dogWY More than 1 year ago
hard to put down
bookjunkieDG More than 1 year ago
After reading "The Hunt for Atlantis" I felt compelled to read this book. It would surely have to be better. It wasn't. There is so much wrong with this book there isn't enough space to write it all. "The Tomb of Hercules" would lead you to believe there might be something about the tomb in the book. I was 200 pages into the book before the story line got there. It was another great "Eddie" book all about his past/present adventures and how many people he could kill. If you want to read a really great thriller/adventure try Matthew Reilly or James Rollins. They will keep you on the edge of your seat and you won't be able to put the book down.
harstan More than 1 year ago
After THE HUNT FOR ATLANTIS proved successful, the UN named archeologist Nina Wilde as the Director of Operations of the International Heritage Agency though she is not even thirty years ago. The mission of the IHA is to safeguard artifacts from looters. Former SAS operative Eddie Chase is her live-in boyfriend and personal protector. Terrorists attack the IHA research station above Atlantis killing everyone. Led by Joe Komosa they force Dr. Bill Raynes to download data onto a flash drive; before dying Raynes sees the last two entries are Wilde and Chase. Officialdom called it a horrible accident. Three months later, Nina and Eddie hobnob with the rich and famous in New York although Eddie feels like a fish out of water even as they are on the harbor. They meet non-executive director of IHA, affluent Shanghai businessman Richard Yuen Xuan and his wife Lady Sophia. Eddie and Nina get into a nasty public argument and go their separate ways. Nina is determined to find THE TOMB OF HERCULES that she has been researching and Eddie as resolute goes to Singapore to rescue his former wife Sophia from her boorish husband. On separate continents someone tries to kill them. Soon the pair unites on the lam with a powerful adversary in pursuit who wants the Plato manuscript that Nina allegedly has found. This adrenalin pumped story line is on speed as the plot is filled with action from the start and never takes a breather even for a cocktail on a yacht. Although over the top of the stratosphere make that mesosphere and the characters even the villain never developed beyond fighting and the lead couple making up, fans will have a difficult time putting down Andy McDermott's epic thriller. Harriet Klausner
TomWheaton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a quick read. However, the title was a bit misleading. The finding of the tomb only took a small portion of the book. The real story line had nothing to do with the tomb. However, I will continue to read the books in this series.
Jarratt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not as strong as "The Hunt for Atlantis" mainly because the middle third of the book had little to do with the Hercules theme. Still, the stunts were exciting. I'm always amazed how guys like McDermott and Matthew Reilly can come up with some of these action scenes.This one sees our heroes Eddie Chase and now girlfriend Nina Wilde as members of a UN team doing research at the Atlantis site. Once again, a bad guy has big plans for some secret hidden within the vaults of a legendary figure--this time Hercules. We're also introduced to Chase's ex-wife Sophia.I still think Reilly is a better action writer than McDermott but the latter's not far off. His stories aren't quite as strong, but he's fun to read. As with Reilly, you must leave believability at the door.
cathymoore on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love these books for the fact that they don't pretend to be anything they're not. This is the follow-up to the equally silly Hunt For Atlantis. Archaeologist Dr Nina Wilde and her boyfriend, ex-SAS commando Eddie chase set off to find the tomb of the Greek legend Hercules. And yes, it is as ridiculous as it sounds, but so enjoyable and so much fun. Dastardly villans and booby-trapped tombs are dispatched by the heroic couple as they do their damndest to save the world. If Hollywood picks this series up to make into films Wilde and Chase will make Indiana Jones look like Dora the Explorer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great adventure! One of McDermott's best!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It matches what you expect from this series. It's a good read if maybe a bit predictable, but enjoyable none the less.
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Terrible read
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Loved this one,it takes you on a wild and crazy adventure. There's never dull moment. I would definately read more by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever a must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This sounded like a great plot, but really who needs a fight scene that lasts three chapters! The plot was really lacking and the characters never grew. Dont waste your time or money!!
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A hercules book without muscle.
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