“The Bones of Odin” by David Leadbeater (@dleadbeater2011) is an fast-paced thrill-ride of a book where the action starts on page 1 and doesn’t let up as hero Matt Drake and his cohorts battle the bad guys throughout locales as exotic as Paris and as dangerous as the inside of a supervolcano. (click here for Mr. Leadbeater’s blog).
My taste in genres is pretty broad. I like a deep, introspective mystery or epic sci-fi saga as much as the next person, but sometimes as a reader I want to dive into something a bit more straightforward. To grab some popcorn, settle into my seat and get swept away as the bullets fly and bodies fall into bottomless pits. “The Bones of Odin” absolutely delivered and I had a lot of fun reading it.
If (when, hopefully) some smart person in Hollywood decides to turn “Bones” into a movie, there is no doubt in my mind it will be a Summer Blockbuster starring the latest stars. There are plenty of big action scenes, starting with the opening set in York, England at — of all things — a fashion show attacked by masked terrorists.
There is also a mystery here, a riddle revolving around the mythology of Odin, the Norse “Father of all Gods and Men” and the Nine Pieces of Odin, which may spell the end of the world as we know it if put together just right. This mystery propels the action forward, as ex-SAS officer Drake and his team — including a damaged New York City detective and a naive university student/musician — race to collect the Pieces before the bad guys.
That’s bad guys, plural, and they are truly deliciously drawn in their evilness.
On the flip side, the good guys are good but not infallible, and one of the things I enjoyed was how Drake came to terms with the fact that he is no longer capable of the same feats as while on active service with the SAS. The dialogue and interplay between the characters sparkles, which means even exposition-heavy scenes as Drake and crew unravel the mystery don’t slow the flow of the story.
I highly recommend adding “The Bones of Odin” to your eReader of choice for the beach, on a fishing trip, the airplane ride, those lazy summer days and nights — anywhere, really. It is a fast, fun and exciting read, and I’m pleased to see Mr. Leadbeater has a second Matt Drake book out, which is going on my To-Read List.