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Seven Wonders

2.99  ·  Rating Details ·  652 Ratings  ·  146 Reviews
Written by the New York Times bestselling author Ben Mezrich, Seven Wonders is a globe-trotting thriller in the vein of The DaVinci Code—rife with historic secrets, conspiracies, intrigue, and a whole lot of adventure. When the reclusive mathematician Jeremy Grady goes missing, it’s up to his estranged brother Jack to find out why. His search leads him on a far-flung journ ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 2nd 2014 by Running Press (first published July 1st 2014)
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Sep 05, 2014 Jean rated it it was ok
I won a copy of Seven Wonders from Goodreads First Reads.

I dove into what seemed to be an Indian Jones/DaVinci Code type of adventure. Jeremy Grady, an MIT genius with social disabilities on the Asperger scale, discovers a mathematical connection between the Ancient Seven Wonders of the World and the Modern Seven Wonders of the World. Someone kills him before he can begin to fathom its significance. Enter his twin brother Jack, an anthropologist with a penchant for doing “stupid” things. Not bei
Aug 05, 2014 Aric rated it did not like it
Awful book. An interesting though cliche concept was totally ruined by horrible execution.

Descriptions of characters and scenes that were often jumbled and all over the place.
Awful puns/jokes to end some chapters led to me literally face palming, sometimes with the book in my hand--luckily it was paperback. But seriously these jokes really interupted the any thrill
Dashia, a character in the book says and does near to nothing through the entire 314 pages. Not sure why she is even in the
Dec 15, 2014 Deanna rated it did not like it
I love a good conspiracy thriller, especially those featuring secret societies and ancient civilizations. However, the characters were flat, the book was overly descriptive in the wrong areas, and I quickly lost interest.

No one else has mentioned in their comments, that I've seen anyway, that there are some odd errors that irritated me. In a better book, I would have ignored them. Examples:
*"ice floe" not "ice flow"
*Borneo is an island of the Malay Archipelago, and is not in Africa.
*I'm not a
David Caldwell
I won a copy on Goodreads Firstreads.
Douglas Lord
Oct 17, 2014 Douglas Lord rated it it was amazing
This is a decidedly light National Treasure-esque thrillah starring adventurous, handsome dude Jack Grady who starts connecting some dots between the seven wonders of the ancient world and the all-new seven wonders of the world (note: Machu Piccu was recently and definitively dropped in favor of my girlfriend's ass). Jack meets up with a “bookish and beautiful” fellow adventurer, botanist Sloane Costa, and the two of them start trotting the globe chasing the mystery. Jack has to carefully disent ...more
Dennis Waller
Oct 15, 2014 Dennis Waller rated it it was amazing
My introduction to Ben Mezrich was with The Accidental Billionaires. A very impressive book that was well executed. With this installment in his catalog, "Seven Wonders," I was pleasantly surprised. An engaging story that is reminiscent of the Indiana Jones Sages. Well written, there is plenty here for fans of the genre, I liked the flow of the plot and character development and if rumors are true that a screenplay is in the works, this promises to be a block-buster when it hits the big screen.

David Staniforth
This book promised so much, but failed to deliver in so many ways. It was gripping in places but there was a severe lack of building tension when certain scenes demanded it. The whole journey seemed far too easy to be credible, though I did enjoy visiting the locations and found myself Googling to discover more. By far the biggest let-down, however, was the ending. It was as if the author began this book without having one in mind, and ended up with something that I found totally unsatisfactory. ...more
Elizabeth A
Oct 26, 2014 Elizabeth A rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, 2014
I was in the mood for a thriller, and had recently heard the author talk about this book at the Boston Book Festival, so picked it up. The premise sounded good: archaeological thriller with murder, secrets, history and the seven wonders (ancient and modern). And oh yes, Amazons, those women warriors of mythology. Sounds great right? Unfortunately not. The writing is so dang bad, that after 60 pages, I've decided to return it to the library stacks. Still looking for a fast paced thriller ....
"National Treasure on steroids"
Malvika Jaswal
Oct 18, 2014 Malvika Jaswal rated it it was ok

The story begins when Jeremy Grady, a socially awkward MIT genius, finds that the Ancient seven wonders of the world and the Modern wonders are enantiomers of each other and present themselves mathematically in the form of a double helix. Even as he is musing on this discovery, he is brutally murdered. Enter his twin brother, Jack Grady, who is a field anthropologist and an Indian Jones-like explorer, to try and figure out the reasons for his brother’s death. He is usually joined
Nov 12, 2014 Amber rated it did not like it
You know, this book I thought was going to be a solid two stars, and then I read the ending. Do yourself a favor and skip it. This is a terrible version of "The Mummy" or "The Mummy Returns" (Note: I love those movies, so call me crazy). The action is sub-par and at times unbelievable or unnecessary.

This book is a bogged down mess of random facts of History. It tears apart the action and destroys the character development. There was ZERO tension between the main characters to have engaged in a
Sep 14, 2014 Blaine rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014
This is not a good book, an uninspired ripoff of books like The DaVinci Code. The lead character is Indiana Jones with a different name. The premise is both confusing (I'm still not sure what the brother could possibly have discovered that got him killed) and absurd, piling one coincidence on top of another. Artifacts have been hidden for centuries, yet two of them get independently discovered within days, and then the two finders meet up and find the remaining five within another week because a ...more
Oct 20, 2014 Susan rated it did not like it
Shelves: thrills
Let me be clear: the one star rating means only that this is not my kind of book. Perhaps Dan Brown fans will eat it up--I'm just guessing based on what I've read. There's a conspiracy covering the whole world and thousands of years! Fortunately (I guess) for us, gonzo anthropology professor Jack wants to avenge the murder of his brother. Did nerdy Jeremy really find out something worth killing him for? Jack and his small crew of grad students, augmented by botany professor Sloane, who's made he ...more
Jul 29, 2014 Debra rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery-thriller
I wish I could have suspended belief better throughout this book because it had a great premise. But the clues were so easily solved from one Seven Wonder (ancient and old) to the new, that I just couldn't really buy into this thriller. I liked the Amazon women theory. Author Steve Berry does a much better job with this type of thriller. I'm going to stick with him.
Jun 19, 2014 Ramona rated it it was amazing
I read solely for enjoyment and I did not want to put this book down. If I could have stayed home from work to finish it I would have. The pace was fast and furious. I hope that Jack and Sloane have more adventures. Thanks for letting me read this advanced copy
Jun 02, 2014 Ellen rated it really liked it
Loved the mystery and adventure of Seven Wonders.. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and hope Ben Mezrich has more adventures with Jack and Sloane for us in the future.
** received a copy from Goodreads Giveaways
Jeannie Hudson
Jun 20, 2014 Jeannie Hudson rated it really liked it
Very well-done suspense. Look for my review on my blog.
Kyle Hannon
Sep 01, 2015 Kyle Hannon rated it did not like it
Horrible book. Boring...
Mark Bates
Nov 22, 2014 Mark Bates rated it really liked it
Good romping adventure in the Indiana Jones Genre.
Nov 26, 2016 Primadonna rated it did not like it
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A Reader's Heaven
(I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)

When the reclusive mathematician Jeremy Grady is murdered, it’s up to his estranged brother Jack to find out why. His search leads him on a far-flung journey - from Brazil, India, Peru, and beyond - as he unravels the mystery that links the Seven Wonders of the World, and discovers that Jeremy may have hit upon something that has been concealed for centuries. With the help of scientist Sloane Costa, they disco
Dec 11, 2016 Cheryl rated it it was amazing
I love a good adventure! A treasure hunt through history and time.
Sep 22, 2014 Ashley rated it liked it
All my book reviews can be found on chic.toronto .

After reading a LOT of the same type of novel, I really needed to step outside of my comfort zone. Luckily, this novel fell into my hands at just the opportune time!

SEVEN WONDERS by Ben Mezrich is an Indiana Jones type novel that takes the reader on an adventure that spans the globe. Intertwining the seven wonders of the world and some of the most intriguing mysteries of our time, come read my review after the cut.

RELEASE DATE: September 2nd, 2
Jun 03, 2014 Michael rated it liked it
Did you enjoy the Indiana Jones trilogy*? Did you enjoy the Da Vinci Code**? Then you will probably enjoy Ben Mezrich's Seven Wonders. I was lucky enough to win a copy of the book through First Reads, and I zipped right through a story that is already set for (and should make a wonderful transition to) the big screen. In fact, that's probably the best adjective for the book: cinematic.

The story primarily follows the adventures of Jack Grady, an anthropologist (NOT an archaeologist--back off, cop
May 02, 2014 Ryan rated it liked it
**I received this book as part of Goodreads' FirstReads giveaway**

I really enjoy thrillers that use history and fact(relatively speaking) to provide a fun, action-packed adventure. As an avid fan/reader of Steve Berry's books, I dove right into Seven Wonders with the expectation of an enjoyable read. Unfortunately, my reactions to this book were quite mixed.

I'll start with the positives first. I really enjoyed the lead character of Jack Grady, a globe-trotting anthropologist and adventurer, much
Chelsea Johnson
Jun 01, 2014 Chelsea Johnson rated it really liked it
What a story! Seven Wonders is a high-speed, fast-paced, action-filled mystery tour of the Seven Wonders of the world!

I loved the very beginning as we see Jeremy filling in the pieces of the puzzle and while those pieces are what start this adventure (view spoiler) I was impressed that he was able to find a way to get the information into Jack's hands.

Jack was definitely a version of Indiana Jones and (view spoiler)
Dan Stinton
May 19, 2014 Dan Stinton rated it liked it
**I received this book as part of Goodreads' FirstReads giveaway**

I was initially intrigued by "Seven Wonders" because I've always been fascinated with the Seven Wonders of the World (particularly the Ancient ones) and have previously enjoyed Ben Mezrich's non-fiction books, most notably "Bringing Down the House". Before reading Mezrich's first foray into fiction I gave myself a little quiz and was pleased that I was able to identify 6 of the 7 Ancient Wonders of the World (I missed the statue o
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Jun 19, 2016 George rated it did not like it
Got only 39 pages in, far enough into Ch. 4 to confirm that the guy who seemed to be killed in Ch. 1 really was, and I refuse to go on. I read a lot of SF and fantasy, and have a high tolerance for adequate handwaving in place of actual science or logic. But the biology in Ch. 3 is so offensively wrong that the author forfeited further attention from me--except for this complaint.

Wikipedia tells me that Domenico Panaroli was a real 17th-c. biologist, who indeed described the highly varied flora
Russell Atkinson
Jul 15, 2015 Russell Atkinson rated it did not like it
Seven Wonders reads like a Monty Python sendup of Raiders of the Lost Ark. I would have laughed out loud as I read if it hadn't apparently been trying to be a thriller instead of a farce.

The hero of the story, Jack Grady, is impossibly brave and lucky, surviving every cliched hazard from the Lost Ark movies: masses of spiders, snakes, collapsing walls, attacks by deadly Amazonian warriors, poison darts and spears. He can climb anything, swim through claustrophobically small tunnels in total dar
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