Seven Ancient Wonders (Jack West Jr #1)
4500 years ago, a magnificent golden capstone sat at the peak of the Great Pyramid of Giza. It was a source of immense power, reputedly capable of bestowing upon its holder absolute global power. But then it was divided into seven ...more
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Wait. Before I roll out my Deadly Arguments of Mass Book Destruction (DAoMBD), I ...more
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
Audiobook: William Dufris is a pretty good narrator that I've enjoyed from John Scalzi's Old Man War series. He does some voices and is easy to listen to. However, I kept waiting for the characters to start using their Brain Pals. It was a bit hard to separate Mr. ...more
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
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 tend to judge books in the Cussler/Rollins/Preston genre by the number of ti ...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
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
Anyone who read my review of Temple knows I am highly critical of Reilly's writing style. In terms of story he does really well - starts off with an action packed scene with likeable and interesting main characters. But what would make a terrific movie translates into a frustrating novel when italics and exclamation marks are over use ...more
Captain Jack West Jr and his team of experts in ancient history, martial arts, guns, bombs and anything else they might need, set out to find the seven pieces for their nations, before the Europeans and Americans get their ...more
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
If you like fast-paced, oh-my-God-I-can't-believe-this-is-happening type of books that are full of the literally unbelievable, then you'll also enjoy this book.
The described locations, such as Giza pyramid was just one of the amazing settings as a massive puzzle must be solved in order for our hero to save the world.
Jack West is one of my favorite characters by Matthew Reilly.
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
One of my favourite things about his books are the little maps he has for each section of the book so you can follow the route of the characters. I really recommend reading this in paper format, as an ebook ...more
Plot synopsis: The world will end unless the capstone of the Great Pyramid is found, reassembled (because, spoiler alerts, it is not all in the same place!) and a magic spell is chanted. Luckily, there is bunch of intrepid super-soldiers (and an 8-year old girl of course) who know roughly where to find it. Here is where it gets inter ...more
My warning is that the politics are as fantastical as the rest of the basis- American Special forces are portrayed as inept overfunded baby killers (LITERALLY); when we're not busy being global civil rights crushing bullies. Christians are all dopes who R ...more
Next to the fact that this book is badly written I was really annoyed by the sound descriptions: Bam, boom, click, shom, ping, shwack, thwack, …
And the story? Well some “small” nations have built a coalition against A) “Old Europe” (= Italy, Germany, France + Vatican!) and B) USA. The Americans are just REALLY REALLY bad while “Old Europe” is just stupid and incapable of doing anything. This coalition finds a small child ...more
The best way I can describe this series, at least this first instalment; is Rambo meets Indiana Jones. This book, like all Reilly books is a non-stop action sequence, spanning the globe. It's got prophecy, sacrifice, volcanoes, snake pits, snares, Saddam Hussein's stolen plane, pyramids and an unreadable ancient language.
Following a family of sorts, against the might of Ame ...more