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Seven Deadly Wonders by Matthew Reilly
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Oct 11, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: thriller
Read from June 06 to 16, 2016

Sigh. This book had so much potential as a rollercoaster ride, but the author doesn't seem to trust his own work to be exciting.

Jack West Jr is the leader of a team of international (from non-superpower countries) to cut off the lead European countries and the US who are competing in a mystical race that would put the winner in charge of the world for a thousand years. A little ludicrous (for example, a tracking device was implanted in a character five years before any of the events in the book why?) in places. Actually, a lot of places. Still, it was exciting, and I rather liked the ending.

However, the action scenes suffer from being written more like a video game, requiring pictures and diagrams to let the reader fully understand what is going on. As well, there are so many cases of 'two identical paths, and two teams racing to the end'. Like I said, video game.

And as for the not trusting his story, there was too much use of emphatic italics and... ellipses, and exclamation marks! to drum up excitement. The writing should not (and really didn't) need these cheats.

This could have been a three-star or even a four-star book, but it came across more like a book for a ten year old boy, and that knocked it down.

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