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The Cult of Osiris [Paperback]

Andy McDermott
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April 15 2010
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 Osirian Temple. But is the cult's motive purely greed...or something more sinister?

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Andy McDermott works as a freelance writer 'and occasional cartoonist'and in a previous incarnation was magazine editor for, amongst others, DVD Review and the iconoclastic film magazine Hotdog. Andy was born in West Yorkshire.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I haven't read this yet, but gave it a review based upon Andy's previous work.

I enjoy his writing style greatly. It flows smoothly and quickly. While some of the action seems implausible, it is as close as you can get to reading an episode of your favorite action movie or TV show - I have no doubt that there will probably be adaptations to the big screen at some point.

In case you don't know - this same novel will be released as 'The Pyramid of Doom' in USA/Canada - 'The Cult of Osiris' is the UK title. Why they did this? Who knows, but it is somewhat confusing!

The Pyramid of Doom: A Novel
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3.0 out of 5 stars Well running a bit dry? June 28 2010
By ChibiNeko - Published on
I've loved the first few books in the series, so much so that I actually went to the trouble of tracking down the UK versions so I didn't have to wait for the US releases to catch up. Up until this book, I'd been pretty happy to continue on with that pattern. I have to say, I was rather disappointed by this entry into the series & I think that from here out, I'll just wait for the US releases since we should be completely caught up by the end of this year.

Following up on the events of the previous book, this one finds Eddy & Nina falling on hard times. The whole "Eden fiasco" & Rothchild's dismissal of Nina has left her without a job or a good reputation- the entire world views Nina as a joke. When college student Macy contacts Nina claiming to have pictures of a tablet that could lead to one of the biggest discoveries yet: the tomb of the Egyptian god Osiris. Unfortunately there's also a powerful cult full of influential people standing in Nina & Eddie's way, people who are fully willing to eliminate anyone who gets in their way.

While I did enjoy this book, it was far from the five star read that I was expecting it to be. Much of the charm of the series has been that the books have been potato chip reads that have plenty of action, lots of intriguing historical mysteries to uncover & nice chemistry between the two lead characters. It's just that this book sort of felt a little flat & wasn't as interesting as the previous books were.

I think part of it was that the bickering between Eddie & Nina took up a good chunk of the book. While it is fun to an extent, there's just way too much of it in this book. I can understand *why* there's more of it (no job & a depressed Nina will lead to arguments), but that still doesn't make the bickering any less of a chore to read.

Then there's the treasure hunting. It just wasn't as thrilling as the previous books were & most of it felt incredibly rushed. I can't help but feel that if McDermott were to pace himself better with his books (he releases 2 a year), this book would have been far better. I can't help but worry that he's beginning to burn himself out by attempting to write so quickly.

I enjoyed this book, but I can't help but think that it needed to simmer for a little bit longer. This book was just underdone. Fans of the series will like this well enough, but newcomers are better off starting with the first books. (For the backstory as well as the better written entries in the series.)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Rip-off!!!! Aug. 8 2011
By Katie Zimmie Willison - Published on
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This book is "The Pyramid of Doom" just with a different name. Now I have TWO copies of the same book. Not happy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Extremely dragging start...but still is spell-binding! Feb. 14 2010
By Book_Goddess - Published on
I love this entire series! I own all 5 of these books (ordering 3 from the UK) and can't wait to order the 6th book. While this one does start gives a good idea of how much Nina and Eddie's lives have changed thanks to a vicious smear campaign. But once things start rolling...they keep rolling until you're left breathless at the end! Definitely a series I don't want to see ending any time soon!
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2.0 out of 5 stars ho hum, more of the same Aug. 5 2011
By Nick Brett - Published on
I confess I had given up on this series at the end of the last book, but a friend gave me this so I felt the need to try one more.

So why had I given up on the series? Well it churned out the same format book after book. A love/hate bantering relationship between the two leads, feisty archaeologist Nina and ex-SAS (of course) boyfriend Eddie. Then you throw in some ancient artefact or myth and some caricature bad guys and a number of set action scenes with not a great deal between them. Easy, effortless reading if you don't raise your expectations.

So how did this one compare? Well it regurgitates the same formula not surprisingly, this time a cult are after a treasure laden pyramid and the rest is exactly what you would expect. Those who love the series will love this, but those with higher expectations and a need for more depth in both plot and character will probably be left wanting. I know I was.
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't really write a fair, unbiased review. ... Oct. 8 2014
By Don Emmerich - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I can't really write a fair, unbiased review. I am *hooked* on And McDermott's Nina Wilde/Eddie Chase series. As far as I am concerned, he can't write them fast enough. They are shameless, action thrillers, with action being the operative word. Often completely unbelievable, way beyond stretching credulity. Nonetheless, I *love* them all!! And they even have plots!
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