The Six Sacred Stones (Jack West Jr #2)
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...more
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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? ...more
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 ...more
—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' ...more
The action and impossible situations continue in "The 6 Sacred Stones'. The same heroes and ...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 ...more
As an English teacher,I realised that Reilly's writing would appeal to reluctant r ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
As literature, I found myself swallowing a few cynical laughs at times, not quite believing the plot twists or th ...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 ...more
The Six Sacred Stones is more a series of sensational acti ...more
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 ...more
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.
There are too many players, countries, armies, conspiracies, and motives involved, making this one hard to follow, convoluted mess. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more