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The 5 Greatest Warriors (Jack West Jr #3)

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New York Times bestselling author Matthew Reilly returns as Jack West, Jr. and the loyal team race to uncover the secrets of the five chosen warriors. A must read book!
Hardcover, 381 pages
Published January 5th 2010 by Simon & Schuster (first published 2009)
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Aug 25, 2010 Rob rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Matthew Reilly's books are the literary equivalent of deep fried mars bars. You know you shouldn't, you might even regret it, but they're fun while they last.

I feel embarassed even admitting I read his books: they are often quite badly written and he has an excruciating habit of writing things in italics if he thinks something's really exciting. But I've read a few and, despite inwardly wincing, have enjoyed them. This is essentially because they unleash your inner 14 year old who just wants lot
Paul Pessolano
Feb 15, 2011 Paul Pessolano rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So continues the adventures of Jack West, probably the greatest adventure hero since Indiana Jones. If you been following Jack's adventures in the first book, "The Seven Deadly Wonders", and the second book, "The 6 Sacred Stones", you know Jack and his crew are out to save the world and are quickly running out of time.

As in his previous adventures Jack and his crew are up against, what seems to be, insurmountable odds. They are being pursued and harassed by a force from the United States that is
Oct 25, 2011 Sequelguerrier rated it did not like it
The Five Greatest Warriors by Matthew Reilly has to be mentioned because it is quite simply the worst thing I have read in a while. This is an airport novel and has no pretension to be either realistic or profound. When you buy a Reilly novel you hand in your disbelief and your sense of reality with the cash. What you are supposed to get is a page turning thriller cum fairy tale of the Indiana Jones kind. So it comes as a bit of a disappointment that this rip roaring, world saving tour de force ...more
Barbara ★
I enjoyed the mini-adventures where they were under the gun to get the task accomplished and the infighting/competition between Jack Jr and his father. I also liked that Jack's team included two teenagers who helped in ways the adults couldn't. If you suspend your belief system, this is a wonderfully exciting book. If you don't (or can't), then you will get bogged down in the impossibilities and probably not enjoy this third book in the Jack West series.

I did find it over-the-top at times and si
Alex Jones
Aug 02, 2012 Alex Jones rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is completely ridiculous. I read a lot of fantasy and find willing suspension of disbelief pretty easy due to believable characters, logical consistency and for the most part physically similar settings. This book, set in modern day, requires more suspension of disbelief than all of them. I have to ignore all of physics I learnt past primary school; ignore all laws of probability; ignore a large amount of history and ignore a lot of what I've learnt about people's motivations. So, why ...more
Tim "The Enchanter"
Jun 19, 2013 Tim "The Enchanter" rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Action Adventure fans, Fans of James Rollins and Clive Cussler
This Review is for the Audiobook version of the 5 greatest Warriors.

The Five Greatest Warriors is the sequel to the 6 Sacred Stones. It picks off from the literal cliff hanger ending of the previous book.

As with the previous Jack West Jr. novels, I received exactly what I expected. Absurd action and adventure, tons of explosions and gun fights, and the end of the world.

Jack West and his "Team of Small Nations" is no A-Team. If you don't understand the reference, no one was ever shot or killed in
Heidi Mutton
Oct 26, 2009 Heidi Mutton rated it it was amazing
This book was brilliant from the moment you picked it up. Full of action and adventure and a race to save the human race from extinction.
This is the third book in the triolgy. A must read if you like this sort of novel. In the triology
1. Seven Ancient Wonders.
2. Six Sacred Stones.
3. The Five Greatest Warriors.
Matthew Reilly is a brilliant writer...the text flows beautifully, and this character of Captain Jack West JR is fantastic.
Great series to interest your teenage boys in especially if you wa
Feb 01, 2011 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, fiction
Another cracking good read from Matthew Reilly - as usual, he puts his heroes in unbelievable, impossible situations from which they always manage to escape. If this stuff was filmed it would be more of an adrenaline rush than most action films these days. If that's what you're looking for in a fast-paced, action-packed book then look no further
Apr 27, 2010 Joy rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Matthew Reilly fans, historical fiction fans
This book is overwhelming I don't know where to start. The action continues, more characters emerge, new betrayals in line, shocking deaths, and unexpected results all in one mishmash of adrenaline rush. Reading Matthew Reilly's novels make me feel like watching a Hollywood movie. I'll try to gather my thoughts and hopefully give a coherent review.

Continuing where he left off, Reilly tied the loose ends with his latest Jack West Jr book. 6SS is the "calm before the storm", he focused on charact
Oct 08, 2010 Paul rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I love Matthew Reilly. And his books.

I always get part way through and I start to think "Gee, maybe there is such a thing as too much action," but then I realise that it's not just action. The characters are rounded and developed, they each have their own journey to complete within the book. The plot twists and turns at such an explosive rate that my head barely has time to keep up. The ingenuity is there. There are things that I wonder how he'll work them out but then BAM! it's an awesome concl
Rachael Hewison
Dec 02, 2012 Rachael Hewison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
AMAZING!! Nothing more needs to be said or discussed. Oh all right then a quick review if you really want one. This book is the long awaited sequel to The Six Sacred Stones and there is always the fear that the sequel will not live up to expectations. However never fear, if you enjoyed the previous book you’ll enjoy this.
Reilly picks up straight where he left off but he sets aside four pages in the beginning to summarise the previous book so you’re up to speed and how he managed to so well to re
Dec 14, 2009 K rated it really liked it
With the way that Six Sacred Stones ended (talk about a cliffhanger!), this eagerly anticipated next chapter of Jack West Jr’s mission is just as gripping as one would have come to expect from Matthew Reilly.

I will admit I am probably biased seeing as I attended my first ever book signing when I bought this book =)

As per usual with the last 2 Jack West books, as I read I am keeping a list of things that interest me to google later when I have time. I know he is bending historical/scientific fac
Mar 07, 2010 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
Matthew Reilly's books make me laugh but also keep me gripped to the end. Fast paced but with huge plot leaps which seem a bit daft at times - well ALL the time actually.
The writing can be a bit juvenile at times but I like that about it. His use of italics is hilarious!
This book picks up where The Six Sacred Stones: A Novel left off, with our hero falling into an abyss, but you know he isn't going to end his days there!!
Comic book stuff, and high time one of Reilly's books was made into a movie
Jan 25, 2010 Tricia rated it it was amazing
I hate to say I was disappointed with this installment of Jack West and his team, but it did not seem to have the same "keep you on your toes" action the previous two novels did. I will admit, it would of been next to impossible to impress me the way the others did, but I was still expecting more. This series is still topping me all time faves, and I am definitely going to read it again to see what I missed the first time around. And I do recommend it to anyone who is an Indiana Jones fan or any ...more
Nov 03, 2009 Masnita rated it it was amazing
This book is awesome. It concluded the series (the 7 ancients wonders, the 6 sacred stones and the 5 greatest warriors) with great and satisfying ending (especially to those bad guys are dead in a brilliant way). It is full of fast-paced readings and adventures. The adventures are also a make-believed. I'm looking forward for Reilly's other works in the future.
Jan 11, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it
I dont know why I keep reading these books, I really dont. This series is so unrealistic and over the top, and the writing isnt even all that good......but I just cant stop. For whatever reason, Im fascinated with finding out what happens to Jack West, Jr. and his team next. I spent most of my weekend reading this one, and had a pretty good time.
Dec 01, 2014 Randy marked it as to-read


From the deserts of Israel to the tsunami-lashed coasts of Japan, from the steppes of Mongolia to the most mysterious island on Earth -- this is what we have come to expect from Matthew Reilly: stupendous action, white-knuckle suspense, heroes to cheer for, and an adventure beyond imagination. Strap yourself in and hold on tight as he unleashes his biggest and fastest adventure yet, *The 5 Greatest Warriors*.

When we last left Jack West Jr., he was
Amanda Sailors
In the Five Greatest Warriors, Reilly's rugged team of heroes must save the world from a deadly astronomical event, all the while trying to decode some of histories greatest mysteries, and beat the bad guys to the end.

This book definitely falls into some type of guilty pleasure category for me. On on hand, I know that it is kinda junk: the characters are so morally black and white that their boring, there is rarely any actual suspense as the heroes seem to have some sort of insane luck, and the
Buffy Greentree
I will give full credit to Reilly that he knows his target audience and tries to write for them. I have no doubt that all the weapons cited were correct. I also acknowledge that some of my complaints about the book come from having degrees in Classics, Archaeology and Theology, which most people don't have and don't really care about historical accuracy.
Similarly, his target audience is not interested in his technical excellence with the English language (you should not have to italicize action
Aug 02, 2011 Mattias rated it liked it
Matthew Reilly pisses me off!!

Why, you ask? Well because I should hate this book with all my heart. It has so many flaws; for most of the book you feel like you are reading a script for some new videogame. The characters are only a means to an end, to be a pawn in Reillys action sequences besides that we dont really know who they are. The action is sometimes so over the top its bordering on the laughable. The chapters are often so short that you feel like you are reading a bedtime story for the
Matt Schiariti
Nov 19, 2012 Matt Schiariti rated it liked it
I've been reading Matt Reilly for quite some time, starting off with Ice Station. I've read all of his novels.

I know what to expect from him. Frenetic action, shadow organizations, etc, etc. I thought the 7 Deadly Wonders was an ok book, although it was definitely over the top, even for Reilly. Six sacred stones was similar, obviously, but I thought it was better told with the emphasis less placed on implausible action scenes.

Now we have the Five Greatest Warriors, the last chapter in the dark s
Feb 10, 2015 Isabelle rated it really liked it
Although the Jack West series is every bit an adrenaline rush as Scarecrow, it rates no 5 stars because all the while I was reading the 3 books I wasn't immersed, distractions and wait-a-minutes broke the flow of the story in the form of questions about the plot itself - does it really matter who does the deed so long as the world is saved? Because Reilly has from the beginning painted the hero as selfless, I did not see the point in the frantic game of catch-up since the end goal is the same wh ...more
Jeffrey Poston
Mar 17, 2015 Jeffrey Poston rated it really liked it
I buy pretty much anything Matthew Reilly writes (except his YA novels) and I always enjoy the rip-roaring adventure. The action is non-stop, and this novel is no different. You have a slightly larger-than-life hero who always does the right thing, supported by a band of adventurers who seem infected by his mission to save the world. Pitted against him are equally larger-than-life villains... except there are MORE of them! It's a lot of fun trying to figure where the next adventure is going to t ...more
Rachelle (Rachelle's Reading)
This was definitely my least favourite of the trilogy; instead of building on the previous books and raising the stakes, this comes across as more of the same.

Throughout the novel, I wasn't engaged with the story or the character development, I found the writing to be lackluster and predictable which is upsetting as I really enjoyed the authors previous works.

I was not happy with the pacing or certain scenes treatment and length in the book, there were certain interpersonal issues within the p
Jan 30, 2016 Krystal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jan-feb-16
No matter which book you pick up, Matthew Reilly consistently delivers great action. I've particularly enjoyed the Jack West series because I love the ancient history, and I'm quite happy to believe Reilly's telling of it. There's great diversity in the myths and locations and I love the variety of the locations, even if they do have similar trap systems. I was delighted by Pooh's role, and there were some seriously bad ass action sequences that had me irrepressibly grinning on the train. On the ...more
Jan 19, 2016 Keri rated it really liked it
*You need to have read the other two books in the series before you read this one.*
As usual MR has given us over the top action sequences to go along with Austrailian hero, Jack West Jr. He and his band of cohorts have been racing around the world trying to place all the capstones before The Dark Star arrivess to destroy the world. Of course he has everybody and his uncle after him to stop him, because they want the power for themselves. If you have been following the series then you are going t
Andrew Roberts
I always have to remind myself not to expect anything more than a bit of fast-paced fun with Matthew Reilly. I do appreciate the bits of technology and history that he includes, but his books are neither historical fiction or sci-fi ... I'm sure I will be back for more in the future, though!
Nov 14, 2011 Bindu rated it did not like it
The only reason i completed this book was i hate leaving a book half read. I dont understand how a book as childish as this could get so many stars in the reviews. The concept is nothing new.. The same old world comes to an end unless the hero saves it concept. Well the references to history in the storyline could have made it enjoyable, had they not tried to include every conceivable and inconceivable theory into it. Right from the Nazis to Israelis to Russians n Japanese they have covered it a ...more
Guy Haley
Dec 15, 2015 Guy Haley rated it it was ok
Ace Aussie Action Man Jack West Jr. has his back to the wall, but that won’t stop him and his buddies from saving the world, strewth!

Self-publishing sometimes works, as Reilly’s techno-thriller assault on the book charts shows. His Ice Station was repeatedly rejected, until Reilly had a few hundred copies printed up and they sold out. Success swooped on him like a hawk, a hawk with wings made of money.

This is a fine example of why perhaps we need arbiters of taste to protect us from ourselves.

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Matthew Reilly is a New York Times best-selling author of eight novels that have been published in eighteen languages in twenty countries. He has sold more than 3.5 million copies worldwide.
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