Seven Deadly Wonders
A TEAM OF HEROES . . .
THE ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME
A legend of the ancient world decrees that every 4,500 years, a terrible solar event will wreak worldwide destruction . . .
But whoever sets the Golden Capstone atop the Great Pyramid at Giza will avert disaster and gain the ultimate prize: a millennium of world dominance.
Now the Sun is turning once ...more
As Jack couldn't be killed, does this mean that any attempt to kill someone from Australia will be automatically foiled? What if the Australian countrymen try to kill each other? (hide spoiler)]
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
Wait. Before I roll out my Deadly Arguments of Mass Book Destruction (DAoMBD™), ...more
For this is what it is! Yeah, robot arms and flying suits and all, but best of all, and adventure to pick up your 5000 year old Legos or Amon Ra is gonna smite you!
Say what? Is that even in this book? Well, sortof.
What we do have is a rollicking adventure that aims for the sort of pure WOW and AWE factor that is generally missing from today's literature, taking us on a tour through all the Seven Wonder ...more
Not gonna lie - Reilly's writing is completely outrageous.
I am 100% here for it.
It's so over-the-top and action-packed and full of miraculous moments and impressive saves and I FKN LOVE EVERY MINUTE OF IT.
This book introduces us to one of my favourite fictional heroes: Jack West Jr. He's basically a badass blend of John McClane, Indiana Jones and Aragorn from LOTR - some of my faves right there - and he's accompanied by a hardcore team of warriors from around the globe as they r ...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
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"
But there are rules here: throw l ...more
Matthew Reilly always brings an exciting thrill ride of a tale to the pages of his book, this was no exception.
I love how he obviously does his research so the theories etc become more believable.
In this book we are taken on a mythological ride with Jack West Jr an ex-SAS army dude with a bunch of international team mates trying to get ahead of the larger competition in collecting all the pieces of the famed 'Golden cap-stone' of the Great Pyramid.
There is non stop action, a bit of ...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
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
This is an action packed adventure tale that doesn't slow down. With rough and tough soldiers and a 10 year old girl that has them all wrapped around her little finger - she changes their call-signs from the tough-guy names to cute, childlike names (Pooh Bear, Stretch, Big Ears) - and still this doesn't make the story any less of ...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. ...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
I read this book because the author was recommended to me by a friend. Unfortunately the public library (which is also the high school library in my town) only had three of the authors books - none of which ...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
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
People who don't read generally ask me my reasons for reading. Simply put I just love r ...more
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
I don't read a lot of action thrillers. Most of them read as being really formulaic to me, and I can't seem to turn my brain off enough to just enjoy the ride. This one especially reads like Indiana Jones had a fling with (Inter)National Treasure, and brought their child up like Lara Croft. The team is a ragtag group, each hailing from a different small(? Under-represented? Not the US or EU?) country, each awesome at literally everything. No, seriously, everything. The hero, Jack West, ma ...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
|What's the Name o...: SOLVED. Alternate History fiction book. People are trying to save the earth from something. They were traveling all over the earth to ancient sites and finding things like crystal tubes/tunnels under pyramid sites. [s]||6||35||Sep 25, 2020 05:18PM|
|This book is awesome!!||18||71||Feb 02, 2013 11:20AM|
|Action/Adventure ...: December Treasure Hunt Group Discussion: Seven Deadly Wonders *Spoilers*||7||36||Jan 02, 2012 08:44AM|
|A decent read||1||32||Nov 18, 2008 06:18PM|