Ahead of its publication, Andy shared with us his love for all things adventure and why he enjoys writing novels of this genre so much!
Everyone would love to have an adventure. The problem is real life tends to get in the way. It’s hard to fit racing bad guys to an incredible treasure around work, school holidays and taking the car for its MOT. And all those plane tickets to exotic locations don’t come cheap.
Which was why I decided that if I couldn’t experience an incredible Indiana-Jones-meets-James-Bond adventure for myself, I could do the next best thing and write a book about it. That novel was The Hunt For Atlantis, starring archaeologist Nina Wilde and former SAS soldier Eddie Chase, which began a new and exciting adventure in my own life when I heard the magic words: “We want to publish your book”. (To a writer, that’s even better than being told “We want you to find the Lost Ark”!) It became an international best-seller, translated into over 25 languages, and kicked off an entire series of epic quests for Nina and Eddie. The latest, Temple Of The Gods, is their eighth adventure, and their biggest – and most dangerous – yet.
That’s the great thing about books compared to movies. Because they’re not limited by budgets, I can have my heroes go anywhere and do anything. Find El Dorado, the legendary city of gold? Simple. Discover an ancient civilisation buried beneath the Antarctic ice? Not a problem. Unearth a lost pyramid in the Egyptian desert or have a chase across Botswana involving house-sized dump trucks and tanks and airboats and killer hippos? Sure, and throw in a Zeppelin too!
But I discovered while I was writing the books that adventure is about more than chases, gunfights and finding incredible treasures. The developing relationship between Nina and Eddie became a roller coaster ride in itself, with as many thrills and fireworks as their globetrotting missions.
The seventh novel, Empire Of Gold, ended with them separated physically and emotionally. Will they choose to get back together, or even live long enough to have the chance to reunite? You’ll have to read Temple Of The Gods to find out!”
Temple Of The Gods by Andy McDermott will be available in store from Thursday 2nd August for just £3.86 – or as part of our 2 for £7 deal!