Wednesday, October 19, 2011

World of Words Wednesday - The Vault of Shiva (The Sacred Vault) by Andy McDermott


My Review: It has been almost forever since I read an adventure-action-thriller type of book. I picked it up at the airport on my way back from India earlier this year. This is the first book of the series that I have read and I have to say, I am looking for the other titles to read now.
What surprised me was that they had different titles for the book in India and for the rest of the world – I am guessing the Indian title would have done well for everywhere else too (the title outside India is ‘The Sacred Vault’).
That said, the book itself was a fun read. A series of audacious heists - crowned by the latest and most daring one with Michelangelo's David getting stolen – start off this book to a action-packed story. As events lead Nina Wilde and Eddie Chase on a ‘wild chase’ halfway across the world from San Francisco to the Himalayas, the book reveals multiple interesting characters whose stories meld in easily to make it more enjoyable. Weapons (both modern and ancient) zip and zoom around the daring and super-human heroes and heroine as well as the despicable villains of the book throughout making it a true action thriller!
Granted, there are quite a few ‘over-the-top’ scenes in the book but when a book is such a great entertainer, all these flaws can be forgiven.
Action-packed, fast flowing, with bits of comedy and humor thrown in along with some romance and marital conflict(!), this book is perfect for reading by the beach, on a hammock in the garden, or while traveling. This is a movie waiting to happen! 

Book Blurb: The world is in shock when Michelangelo's David is stolen from a museum in Florence, Italy. The latest in a series of audacious thefts of historical treasures, it's only a matter of time before another priceless artefact is targeted. When the Talonor Codex-a great Atlantean explorer's account of his travels-is stolen, it becomes clear that the thefts form only part of the raiders' ultimate plan. The codex holds clues to the location of the Vault of Shiva and its fabled contents-the legendary Shiva-Vedas, the chronicles of the ancient Hindu god of destruction. Witnesses to the latest daring robbery, archaeologist Nina Wilde and former SAS soldier Eddie Chase are forced into a treacherous hunt across the world to discover the vault before its secrets fall into dangerous hands. The vault's prize is a treasure beyond price, but it may also be the catalyst for global annihilation.

This book goes towards my list for the South Asian Challenge.

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