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April 28, 2010

The Cult of Osiris (Nina Wilde series Book 05) by Andy McDermott

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The Cult of Osiris (Nina Wilde series Book 05)
by Andy McDermott


In Andy McDermott’s brilliant new novel, Nina Wilde and Eddie Chase are on the hunt for the lost pyramid of Osiris…

The incredible secret of the Great Sphinx of Egypt is about to be revealed. An archaeological dig is preparing to open the Hall of Records, a repository of ancient knowledge hidden beneath the enigmatic statue. But on the night of the unveiling student Macy Sharif makes a shocking discovery: a religious cult already raiding the Hall of Records to find the location of the mythical Pyramid of Osiris. Framed by corrupt officials, she goes on the run, trying to reach the only people who can save her before she is silenced — permanently. Discredited, jobless and broke, archaeologist Nina Wilde and ex-SAS soldier Eddie Chase have problems of their own — until Macy’s plea for help sends them on a deadly quest across the globe as they try to reach the mysterious pyramid before Khalid Osir, the charismatic leader of the OsirianTemple. But is the cult’s motive purely greed… or something more sinister?

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Review:The Cult of Osiris is the latest book in the Nina Wilde and Eddie Chase series. The book picks up a few months after the last book. By this time Nina has been discredited in the entire archeological community as a crackpot thanks to her claim that she had found Eden.

So she is out of a job and is completely depressed when she gets a call from a graduate student (Macy) who was part of an archeological dig in Egypt and has stumbled on a clue to find the tomb of Osiris. Soon after she, Eddie and Macy are chasing clues around the world as people try to kill them.

The book is quite fast paced and reads somewhat like an Indiana Jones novel, though McDermott does do a good job explaining the religion of Osiris. The main characters in the book are pretty well developed but the supporting cast is quite two dimensional which is unfortunate. The villain in the story is the standard one ‘ wants to ‘rule the world and make lots of money while at it’. There were a couple of twists in the book that even though were expected made it a good read.

Although, I think that the author should start thinking about other kinds of books because I don’t think he can write too many additional books in this series without getting repetitive in the storylines. I mean how many more times can Nina and Eddie save the world from a disaster caused by ancient artifacts?

Final Recommendation: A decent read. Don’t need to have read the previous books in the series to enjoy this one but they would give a broader understanding on the world the book is based in.

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