The Midas Legacy by Andy McDermott
Random House Publishing Group: 3/28/17
eBook review copy: 640 pages
Nina Wilde/Eddie Chase Series #12
The Midas Legacy by Andy McDermott is the latest addition to the popular action/adventure series featuring Nina Wilde and Eddie Chase.
The first book in the series is The Hunt for Atlantis, and The Midas Legacy
actually continues part of that story. Nina has a grandmother, whom
she was told was deceased, contact her about her family's connection to a
mysterious cave guarded by Buddhist monks. Apparently an Atlantean
explorer went to the Himalayas and left a treasure in a cave there - a
treasure tied to King Midas of Greek mythology. Nina's mother had looked
for the location of the cave unsuccessfully. Nina looks at her mother's
notes, given to her by her newly discovered grandmother, and determines
that a trip to the Himalayas is warranted. An unknown enemy is waiting
for them, though, which starts the nonstop action.
Nina and Eddie are known, established characters at this point. You
expect Nina to have the research and historical/archeological knowledge
at the forefront of her mind. You expect Eddie to have amazing
tactical/military knowledge and the ability to get them out of any
situation. Nina does have some mad tactical skills too. Nina will have a
smart mouth, and Eddie will make bad jokes and wise cracks. They will
We're jumping ahead three years from the last book. Nina was pregnant in The Revelation Code.
Now Nina and Eddie's daughter Macy is three. In the last book Nina
mentioned that she was pregnant on about every other page. Be forewarned
that this time it will be mentioned just as frequently that they have a
daughter, they have to get back to Macy, they need to survive for Macy,
etc. etc. Yes, it is just as annoying. Macy herself is w-a-y too
precocious for her age.
While there isn't any further character development beyond the two being
parents, let's be honest, these aren't the books you read for great
character development and subtle clues you must carefully follow to
unlock the secrets. These are formulaic action/adventure thrillers and I
can't fault McDermott for writing what his fans want. The heroes will
escape from totally unbelievable circumstances in incredibly unrealistic
ways, even though they are wounded or hurt, while making bad jokes.
There continues to be globe-trotting action with little or no
preparation. The pair remain an
"almost a magnetic draw for megalomaniacs,
murderers, and terrorists."
This is an "airplane book" and at 640 pages you can count on a
distraction for hours. You can even skim through some pages and still
follow the action. I'd have a backup book around just in case you are
stuck overnight at an airport as this one does grow tiresome after so
My review copy was courtesy of the Random House Publishing Group.