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The secret of Excalibur is the third book written by Andy McDermott featuring Nina Wilde and Eddie Chase.
Having already found the legendary atlantis and located the tomb of Hercules, when Nina receives a cryptic message from an old friend of her parents concerning the mythical sword Excalibur, she feels compelled so see what he has to say.
Excalibur has always been a sword of legend, said to make the holder unstoppable in battle, it has been lost for over a thousand years but now, it may be found and a battle will commence as to who will gain control of the sword and the powers it is said to possess.
The search for the missing pieces of the sword takes Nina and Eddie on a mission that searches from the Arab deserts to the icy cold of Siberia.
This book, unlike previous books does actually seem fairly realistic, the plot has been more restricted and doesn't try to take on too much as the author has done in previous books. The 'baddies' are seem more realistic as well, quite 'James Bond' style, infact the whole book was quite James Bond like, although not quite in the same league.
The book was very fast paced and action packed, you could see how it could easily be turned into a movie, it was also interesting from a historical point of view as you discovered lots about the Arthurian legend and many of the common myths were dispelled.
It's certainly a vast improvement on The Tomb of Hercules and I would recommend reading it if you came across it. I wouldn't go out especially to buy it though!