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Preview — Seven Ancient Wonders by Matthew Reilly
Seven Ancient Wonders (Jack West Jr #1)
That's all I can say here. I started out with an open mind, I was looking forward to this book, I like action adventure and I'll forgive a lot if the book has a good action feel. Also, I'm a fantasy fan so I'm practiced at "suspending disbelief", I'll swallow a lot with a shrug and an "oh well" if it makes a good story.
This time...it didn't.
I've never read anything by Mr. Reilly before. Here he seems to have taken a page from Bullwinkle J. Moose's book. He combined Peabody's Im ...more
Where to begin? ...more
I confess, the book isn't terrible. I'm used to suspending my sense of disbelief when re ...more
Reilly's writing style is reminiscent of the fight scenes in the TV Batman series of the sixties...
He leapt onto the helicopter from the tree
Relentless, totally implausible high octane scene followed by well, ditto... and then once more and just when you need a breather you are plunged headlong into a crocodile infested pit on your way to saving the world from mysterious shadow organisations operating within governments... oh and of course the President i ...more
But there are rules here: throw l ...more
It was like this author was trying to combine India Jones, the Da Vinci Code, and "The Mummy" all in one book. The series of adventures and exotic weaponry pre ...more
The only problem I had with the book was the author's extensive use of italics for emphasis. It fitted well in some instances, but for me it was over-used, becoming d ...more
He writes a line -
- and carries it on.
And I could have played bingo with the sheer number of the word 'suddenly.'
Ending one chapter with: "Jack had made a terrible mistake"
And starting the next one with "No, he hadn't"
I owe my friend an apology.
Wow, what dreck. Or should I say, Wow! What dreck! The author's ridiculously breathless writing style, obviously intended to tell us that This! Story! Is supposed to be! Exciting! in case it sl ...more
I tend to judge books in the Cussler/Rollins/Preston genre by the number of ti ...more
This review is for the Audiobook version of the book.
What do you get if Laura Croft and Indiana Jones were to mate, have a child, and appoint the terminator as the child's Godfather? You get Jack West Jr., the Hero of the 7 Deadly Wonders. A brilliant yet deadly, tomb raiding, treasure hunting soldier with one mechanical arm.
Please pass this book by if you are looking for intellectual stimulation. This is not a thinking mans book. This was Die Hard for your reading (or listening) pleasu ...more
Here's a few for you:
West and his team are looking for a 2500 year old underground entrance. His buddy, carrying the ancient scroll which reveals the secret entrance, consults the scroll and discovers the entrance is marked by 4 lotus trees. And wouldn't ya know, there are the trees! 2500 years later, and still standing!
Pooh Bear gets trapped behind a sliding boulder with no way out e ...more
The Flow!!! of the story.
And the diagrams. Really? You describe something in the book, about 5 times, but then for good measure, add a crappy diagram in case I still didn't get it.
Bear in mind people, I actually didn't get past the first 50 pages, so all this happens at once. And
Finally it's over. I am undecided on how many stars I am going to give. After making my review I will decide.
So, what have we got here... A action-slash-adventure thriller book sure reads like a movie script.
First of all I nearly gave up after reading 78 pages and after my second, third and each attempt I read but I don't want to leave any unfinish book.
I have so many critics that I don't know how to begin. I know this is FICTION novel but at the same time I know this is not fantasy and n ...more
Matt Reilley is a favourite with some of my friends. So I picked up a few of his titles. He fails to impress me even at the end of the second one. Thriller stuff usually makes me forget food & sleep; especially the ancient myth type. But not this one.
In the first place, the story is not in the least convincing, particularly towards the end. It defies most laws of Physics-gravity included. The story wasn’t gripping enough for me. ...more
This is bad, very bad, head aching bad, jaw dropping b ...more
With the fate of global dominance hanging in the balance, nearly every world power sends forth its troops to locate the Capstone. Among them are the United States, the European Union, Israel, ruthless terrorists, and one other unusual force: a coalition of seven smaller nations that have decided that the Capstone is ...more
It just pissed me off. There was a big overuse of italics, which just made me feel like I was reading something written by Anne Shirley on steroids. The plot was incredibly far-fetched. If it wasn't so incredibly far-fetched, in fa ...more
I knew this wouldn't be a good book, but I expected it to at least be entertaining.
I wanted to read something with a preposterous plot, which this has in droves, but the writing was a road block.
The text read closer to back-of-the-napkin movie outline than book. There were pages and pages of diagrams - hard to understand by themselves, and much of the text was simply explanation of the diagrams - the text also being hard to understand without the diagrams.
The exposition wa ...more