#Adventure Review: The Midas Legacy by Andy McDermott

Although the latest outing for Nina Wilde and Eddie Chase is more James Bond than Indiana Jones - complete with a Tomorrow Never Dies type subplot that (thankfully) turns out to be a red herringThe Midas Legacy is still a rollicking good read from Andy McDermott, and one that has a great historical/mythological twist.

The opening scenes are absolutely fantastic, with an underwater exploration of Atlantis that is almost worth the price of admission alone. The highlight of the story, though, is the exploration of a hidden cave, high in the Himalayas, which has an Atlantean connection . . . and which offers up a very cool (and reasonably plausible) explanation for the legend of King Midas and his golden touch. McDermott has a knack for teasing something new from history and mythology, turning fiction into fact, and it works really well here.

That is really there where the Indiana Jones aspect comes to a close, with secrets and revelations about Nina's family history carrying the story through to the James Bond portion. I do like, however, that McDermott explores the family past here, explaining how and why her parents came to be such experts in Atlantis, and creating an even more interesting back-story for them. It adds a new layer of conflict into the story as well, with lies, secrets, and ulterior motives abounding.

As for that James Bond portion, it is a ton of fun, action-packed, over-the-top, and entirely catastrophic. I have absolutely no problem with that aspect - I'll take the scene-chewing villains and cartoon explosions over another bleak Daniel Craig outing any day - I would just prefer more digging, exploring, and unearthing of historical treasures.

The Midas Legacy isn't Andy McDermott's best, but it's still one hell of a fun read.

Paperback, 640 pages
Published March 28th 2017 by Dell

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