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The Six Sacred Stones (Jack West Jr #2)

4.16  ·  Rating Details ·  16,368 Ratings  ·  458 Reviews

Unlocking the secret of the Seven Ancient Wonders was only the beginning....

After their thrilling exploits in Matthew Reilly's rampaging New York Times bestseller, 7 Deadly Wonders, supersoldier Jack West Jr. and his loyal team of adventurers are back, and now they face an all-but-impossible challenge.

A mysterious ceremony in an unknown location

Paperback, 581 pages
Published by Pan Publishing (first published January 1st 2007)
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Celia Powell
This was lent to me by a friend, so I did try my best to enjoy it. But this kind of action-adventure-movie transformed into a book just isn't really my thing. Not only the increasingly ridiculous situations the characters find themselves in - "Block of stone about to fall and crush me? I will block it with my titanium arm!"

Also, his use of italics and exclamations marks in the narrative made me want to kill myself, or at least write to his editor. Can someone tell him to stop doing that, please?
Tyson Adams
Jun 18, 2011 Tyson Adams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whenever I read a review for a Matthew Reilly book I am immediately putting the reviews into one of two categories. Category G - they got it. Category M - missed the point.

Reilly is one of the best at writing books that could be an action movie directed by Bay or Bruckheimer. They are meant to be a flat out thrill ride of action and adventure. So many reviewers seem to expect Tolstoy or Dostoyevsky and are understandably under-whelmed. I on the other hand was expecting a novelised action film, s
reilly once again proves that it is possible to have nothing but action and still have a book be a fun read. barely any characters, leaps right into insane impossible chases and mayhem and wanton destruction and supernatural weirdness. a past book had a 50 page boat chase, this one has a similarly long airplane being chased by many buses on a stretch of desert highway. over the top and goofy and ridiculous but fun as fuck. if this was a movie, it would be a bruckheimer blockbuster and we'd all s ...more
There isn't a lot to say here, really, that I didn't already say in my review for the first book in the series. All that pretty much still applies.


—as I was speeding along with this book

—I realised it didn't matter anymore!

I was used to it!

And I enjoyed it.

Even more than the first book! Because... wait for it... I knew what to expect!

It's just plain crazy fun. It really is. Not something I'd recommend for anyone who's in the mood for a more serious (or better written) book, but if you'
Apr 05, 2014 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, action
I could not put this down, but like the first book in this series, I have some problems with how things are portrayed, so can't give it five stars. The chapters are quite long, but as in the first book, they are broken up into small chunks. The action started immediately, and then kept accelerating, with delicious plot twists. The timeline jumped around a bit, with some chapters set earlier time-wise than earlier book-wise chapters, which was a little confusing. And the cliffhanger ending just l ...more
Paul Pessolano
Feb 16, 2011 Paul Pessolano rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I reviewed Matthew Reilly's last book, "The Seven Deadly Wonders", little did I know that he would continue the story in his next book. I loved "The Seven Deadly Wonders" and drew the comparison to the adventures of Indiana Jones. It had the same action/adventure that put the heroes in impossible situations and got them out of these situations, only to find themselves in another impossible situation.

The action and impossible situations continue in "The 6 Sacred Stones'. The same heroes and
Alan Hoffman
I've read many of his other books that require a suspension of disbelief and this one requires even more.

Like 7 Deadly Wonders, there are some Indiana Jones-type caves with traps in this story. One cave that requires a system of two people is believable. Yet the author makes another one so difficult with obstacles to "prevent thieves" that it makes me wonder why an ancient civilization would go to such lengths to protect a sacred object. At some point, I don't think even their own people would
Colleen Stone
I once attended a talk by Reilly about his writing. As he described the type of student he had been, I got the picture of an ADHD student. He hated everything they gave him to read and after he had left school, he decided to write what he himself wanted to read. He decided there'd be no alternation between escalating drama and reflective passages. His novels would be rising action from start to finish. Fair enough.

As an English teacher,I realised that Reilly's writing would appeal to reluctant r
Vivien Fung
Aug 10, 2011 Vivien Fung rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Matthew Reilly's writing is the written equivalent of someone showing you something, then bringing it so close to your face so as to almost hit you, repeatedly. I don't understand why he thinks his audience is so stupid. Literally every page has about 4 or 5 words that are italicised; he often re-describes something, by way of an obvious aside, that occurred just the page before. He'll have his characters awkwardly explain things in a manner even more artless than usual action books (case in poi ...more
Hadia Salahuddin
Mar 03, 2013 Hadia Salahuddin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I will be burning this book right after Im done writing this review. As long as I can remember, it never took me this long to finish any book but this one did it for me, I would open this book, read a page and then snap it shut because it required an intellectual level of a teaspoon for someone to have to actually comprehend what Matthew Reilly is trying to explain to his readers. SO much God Damned repetition of the same stuff,over and over and over again. Not to forget the absurdity of the nic ...more
Apr 01, 2009 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just a disclaimer prior to my review, this book is a sequel to Matthew Reilly's Seven Deadly Wonders and it is important that you read that book first. Also, this book ends in a major cliffhanger because it is going to be followed by another book. So, if you don't want to have to wait to see how it ends, save the entire trilogy for when the final book is written.

Having said that, one of the advanced praise quotes on the cover of this book says, "Like reading a video game." That is actually a pr
Tim The Enchanter
This Review is applicable to the Audiobook version.

The 6 Sacred Stones provided exactly what I expected. Some treasure hunting, guns, explosions and a man with a near mythical ability to avoid death. Please don't read this (or listen to this) if you wish to read action/adventure that is touched with reality. In this installment of the Jack West Series, the fantastic elements are increased to a new level. After successful diverting global catastrophe in the first novel, Jack and his band are seek
Dec 02, 2012 Zach rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A non stop thrill ride exploring the secrets of the ancient world.
In true Matthew Reilly style, it grips and doesn't let go.
Just when you think that no more shit could possibly hit the fan, Reilly brings more shit, and finds a bigger fan.
This book has higher stakes than I ever thought possible in a work of fiction, backed up by mounds and mounds of research, Reilly merges fiction with fact to create an astoundingly compelling read.
Jun 16, 2016 BALA GUHAN rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second instalment involving the daring Jack and his friends. With the little girl Lily formally adopted by Jack, this book includes chapters covering Lily's version too in yet another earth saving mission. This book starts from where the power of the Benben was harnessed at the end of the first book, and it turns out that, that was just a beginning of an apocalypse, which only Jack and his friends could put on hold and give the people of Earth a breathing space of a few millennia. Yet again, ...more
Erin H
Aug 23, 2015 Erin H rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-series
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Katherine Roberts
A boy's own adventure for grown-ups. I enjoyed this book for its intriguing plot and kick-ass characters. I also liked the illustrations and diagrams that came thick and fast in my paperback copy... maybe more adult books should have pictures! It read like a film (possibly it is already a film?), and I think it would translate very well to the screen in a fun James Bond sort of style.

As literature, I found myself swallowing a few cynical laughs at times, not quite believing the plot twists or th
Jerome Parisse
Jun 28, 2010 Jerome Parisse rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I thought it was my lucky day: a friend of mine recently came back from Europe and gave me a book, which had been let behind on the seat of a plane. The Six Sacred Stones, by Australian author Matthew Reilly. I had never read any of Reilly’s books, in spite of his huge success, and I was kind of curious about them. I started reading…. and stopped. There was no way I would ever be able to read the book. I did insist though, and read a few more pages, but by then I was feeling sick and had to put ...more

Unlocking the secret of the Seven Ancient Wonders was only the beginning...

After their thrilling exploits in Matthew Reilly's rampaging New York Times bestseller, 7 Deadly Wonders, supersoldier Jack West Jr. and his loyal team of adventurers are back, and now they face an all-but-impossible challenge. A mysterious ceremony in an unknown location has unraveled their work and triggered a catastrophic countdown that will climax in no less than the end of all li
May 19, 2011 Linda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The plot is simple. A team of highly skilled people, who have given themselves names like Scimitar and Wizard, must garner all their high tech resources and mobilize to prevent the end of the world. Their quest is to locate the 6 sacred stones and place them on the 6 sacred pillars, which are located at various mystical places around the globe. Only then will the Dark Sun, the opposite of our star sun, be neutralized. That's it. The plot.

The Six Sacred Stones is more a series of sensational acti
Jul 17, 2011 martin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
OK, I think maybe I've grown out of the Boys' Own Adventure comic stuff. Matthew Reilly says this is modelled on Indiana Jones rather than the Da Vinci Code but sadly he can't copy too well. Yes, it was entertaining enough as long as you completely suspend all activity in your brain for a few hours! The thing is that Indiana Jones gets away with all the crazy stunts simply because it is all so tongue in cheek, but Mr Reilly seems to have gone for the deadly earnest story telling mode instead (di ...more
Barry Simiana
Sep 30, 2013 Barry Simiana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Look, I love the actin adventure genre. I really do. Matt Reilly does this a little better than most, though not as good as some. John F Merz, is good. Clive Cussler better. But these books are readable, tho at times you sort of think to yourself WTF? but it's boys stuff: guns and bombs and chases and planes and guns and blowing shit up. Yes he takes himself a little seriously, and there is that whole italicising of power words to amplify them, like in the old Batman TV show with BIFF, BAM and P ...more
"The power of Tartarus has been nullified. Someone has the other capstone. The game is back on."

Ah, Matthew Reilly; good to have you back!

This is the perfect antidote to just having read the collected works of Kafka (or anything else requiring the slightest bit of thought).

Being a series, there is a lot of scope for character development here, and so it was nice to join the same band of heroes from 'Seven Ancient Wonders' and see how they had formed a de-facto family. During the course of this b
May 19, 2016 Eadie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 500-series
This 2nd book in Matthew Reilly's trilogy has everything: ancient history, heroes, bad guys, clever plot twists, well researched locations, great humor and non-stop action. It's a page-turner that is unputdownable which ends with a major cliffhanger. Can't wait to delve into the next book in order to find out how Jack and his team work towards saving the world.

Apr 26, 2012 Susan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was really disappointed. I expected this book would be a
refreshing change of pace. It had pace: frantic.

The author has thrown in every bit of pseudo-science along with
mythology from every world religion in an attempt to...
well, I'm not sure what. Thrill and bedazzle all readers would be my guess.
Sorry to say I was neither thrilled nor bedazzled.

The book ends in a cliff hanger designed to sell the next book. It might
work if only the author could make you care about the character. I didn't.
Barbara ★
I read these books just for the fun of them. Oh sure, Matt Reilly does tons of research to make the background (reasoning) believable but then he adds a ton of ridiculous unrealistic escapes and action sequences that are simply over the top. But fun as hell. This series would make a great run of movies. Something that keeps you on the edge of your seat (literally) for the entire two hours. This book is a thrill a minute with conspiracies, betrayal, alien artifacts, ancient architecture (Stonehen ...more
Sep 18, 2015 Sam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, mystery
This is another excellently fast paced action packed read that takes you on a journey around the world as Jack and his crew find themselves on a quest to save the world, all with the added bonus of having an army of enemies chasing them at every turn. The story does get a little complex but as the characters work through it and catch up with each other as they separate and re-group the reader also gets a chance to catch up, which does prove rather useful at various points. There is one big probl ...more
Apr 08, 2009 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've giving this book 3 stars because it was at least entertaining, but that may be a little too generous. The whole book is a series of action sequences right out of a Hollywood blockbuster - think Indiana Jones crossed with James Bond. A lot of it is pretty far-fetched, but like in the movies, fluffy entertainment. The thing that I really should dock a star for is the fact that it is not a stand alone book and there is a sequel coming out in the fall. There is no indication of this on the cove ...more
Dec 04, 2012 Tony rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
With all the elite military weapons experts Reilly consults for his books, you would think one of them would clue him in to the fact that a mag-hook is magnetic and therefore will not stick to the tail of a 747. But hey, this is Reilly's world. A world where 12 year old boys talk like drunken sailors (mild-mannered little Alby, page 447)and Moses is not really Moses.

There are too many players, countries, armies, conspiracies, and motives involved, making this one hard to follow, convoluted mess.
S. Santos
Aug 29, 2016 S. Santos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Six Sacred Stones by Matthew Reilly, is the second book of a trilogy. The story first takes

place in Australia around 2007 and 2008, 18 months later after the setting in the first book,

Seven Ancient Wonders, took place.

There are many different settings that occur around the world in this book. It can be a bit

confusing because you aren’t necessarily aware where one character is at in a moment, you have

to read more to identify kind of see where there location is at.

What happens in the book
To be fair, I am writing this review several years after reading and in the midst of listening (again) to the audio book of Seven Ancient Wonders.

I loved 7AW. Jack is totally my hero and his relationship with Lily just clinches it for me. BUT Reilly ruined it for me with 6SS (and 5GW by extension). As previous reviewers have commented, Reilly's writing style is not literature. It is fast-paced and designed as a text representation of a visual experience. And that works. Just don't bring your bra
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Nice Book but need to await the sequel 6 51 Jun 05, 2013 05:57AM  
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Jack West Jr (4 books)
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