8849290So here we are with book number 7 of Andy McDermott‘s saga starring the smart mouthed ex-British special forces Eddie Chase, and his lovably befuddled American archeologist client-turned-wife Nina Wilde.  They’ve found Atlantis, Excalibur, the Ark of the Covenant, the Vault of Shiva, the tomb of Hercules, and the pyramid of Osiris.  What other archeological myths are left for them to find?  Well the fabled lost city of El Dorado for one.

This one takes place in South America and features largely with Aztec mythology.  Nina and Eddie are searching for the third in a set of strange purple statues that are tied into earth energy somehow, and all clues point towards Venezuela at first, where the couple get embroiled in an attempted political coup; then on to Peru, the last stronghold of the Aztec civilization where they believe the fabled lost city is still standing somewhere.

Kit and Mac are brought back into the picture, and unfortunately we lose them both, although you’re not too sad to see Kit go.  Turns out he’s been working for some secret organization (what else is new) calling themselves the Group.  We don’t know anything about them really, except they have an interest in the statues as well, but no one tells us why yet.

When are Nina and Eddie going to have a really good, close friend introduced in the series who doesn’t turn out to be a secret agent of some weird secret organization?

And the bastard Kit shoots Mac in the back.  So yeah, a part of me cheered when Kit bit the bullet.

We take a quick trip to London before Peru, where Eddie’s Nan has taken a bit of a turn for the worse, and we’re introduced to his estranged father finally, and the grade A jerkoff actually has a hand in things going downhill later on in the book.  We lose Nan as well, which saddened me because she was a really fun character.

And of course at the end, someone we once thought was dead makes a reappearance, so cue plot twist and focus on the next book!

Compared to some of the other books in the series, this one was nicely paced.  I had a really hard time putting it down.  It’s also a real soul jerker in the end, as Eddie is arrested for murder and Nina doubts his innocence.  They don’t take him into custody of course, he’s bound and determined to prove his innocence to Nina and he can’t do that behind bars.  So the books ends with Eddie on the run, and Nina (we assume because it never comes back to just her perspective once Eddie makes a break for it) devastated that her husband might be capable of taking a life in cold blood.

See, Eddie was the one to kill Kit, and Nina was there, but as is usual in these cases, she didn’t see the whole picture of Kit trying to shoot Eddie with a gun, she only saw Kit hanging at Eddie’s mercy above a raging inferno, and Eddie kicking him in the face, and back to a fiery doom.  To be fair when presented with this, it would be kind of hard to believe in his innocence, but it’s still not fair on the poor guy who’s been battered, bruised, broken and beaten all for her across seven books now.

I am really looking forward to the next installment, I can’t wait to see what Eddie does to clear his name and how him and Nina are going to get back together.

Next up: Warrior Betrayed by Addison Fox

9645576As Montana Grant struggles to lead her late father’s company, her estranged mother suddenly reappears, spouting nonsense about Mount Olympus, immortal warriors, and curses. But after an event that puts the company’s future-and Montana’s life-at risk, she decides to take her mother’s last but of advice.

Quinn Tanner is Montana’s security specialist-and a Taurus Warrior. With worldwide peace hanging in the balance, it’s up to Quinn to help Montana rise to her destiny-even as they’re falling in love.