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The Three Secret Cities

(Jack West Jr #5)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  5,598 ratings  ·  561 reviews



When Jack West Jr won the Great Games, he threw the four legendary kingdoms into turmoil.


Now these dark forces are coming after Jack ... in ruthless fashion.

Hardcover, 434 pages
Published October 30th 2018 by Macmillan Australia
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Kylie D
You've got to love Matthew Reilly, he never lets you down. This latest book in the Jack West Jnr series is the usual whirlwind of a book, never letting up on the action, as Jack and his team race around the world finding the location of the Three Secret Cities of the title. As usual there is mayhem, baddies and we leave a trail of destruction in our wake. All in a days work for Jack West Jnr! This is one of my favourite series, Matthew Reilly mixing meticulous and extensive research with rivetti ...more
**Re-read 09/20**

Basically it's all the global adventuring fun of the first three books with all the fangirling fun of the fourth book. STILL GOOD.

I still lost my mind over the best bits. It's just that epic.

Also, 2020 is here and although it's mostly been terrible the silver lining is quite clearly that we finally get the next book in this series. <3 Patience is a virtue, friends.

**Original Review 10/18**


And you're telling me I have to wait til freaking 2020 for the n
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

Man alive, was this one a roller coaster ride??? Oh wait, they all are. This one, though, might tear your heart out. There's torture and suffering and death.... but there's also a lot of fun classic Jack West adventure: crazy rescues, ancient cities, cool powerful artifacts, daring escapes, overwhelming odds, etc.

If you've not picked up any of Jack West's series, you should, starting with Seven De
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read_2018, own
Despite the hefty page count, Matthew Reilly's books are super quick reads loaded with pure adrenaline - and the latest installment in the Jack West Jr. series is no different.

Whereas the previous book, The Four Legendary Kingdoms focused primarily on a single location, Hades, The Three Secret Cities marks a return to West's globetrotting adventures as he and his loyal friends attempt to save the world once more from certain doom.

By completing a complex set of ancient puzzles across multiple c
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
These books are just so much damn fun. Think Indiana Jones combined with the over the top-ness and the last few Fast & Furious movies. This takes place immediately after The Four Legendary Kingdoms. Unlike the last book that took place in one setting, Jack and his team return to their globe trotting adventures. I really like how Reilly has found a way to merge in all of these ancient Earth civilizations along with creating real world scenarios upon ancient myths were based on. I also really enjo ...more
Pat (not getting friend updates currently)
If you have not yet entered the Matthew Reilly universe, do not start with this book. This is the 5th book in the Jack West Jnr series and they must be read in order or you will be bamboozled by the many characters and the mash-up of myth/legend and history ‘facts’ and artefacts! Also, if you need plausibility, do not read this book (or anything by Matthew Reilly). His books are fantastical and completely implausible - but they are also high octane, adrenaline fuelled rides of pure escapist fun! ...more
The Cats’ Mother
This is the only author that I buy in hardback, but I must be getting old - normally that would be on release day, and I would finish it within 24 hours, but I didn’t feel quite the same urgency this time, and I’ve read other books in parallel with it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a rollicking good time, but it is very much the same formula as the four before it. Don’t even think about trying this if you haven’t read the rest of the series.

This one begins soon after the events of 4 Legendary K
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
the four legendary kingdoms take 2
I like the fact that years have not passed by just days.

Shane Schofield reappearance —mmmm no need to write another scarecrow book, kill two birds with one stone and just put the two together save time save paper.
With his announcement a week out from release that he was going to do worse than his last scarecrow book, panic was ripe across the globe but I think many of us knew exactly where he was going.
Information overload, I had to back track a couple of t
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede

THE THREE SECRET CITIES by Matthew Reilly is the fifth book in the Jack West, Jr series, and I'm very late to the party as this is the first book I read in the series. Luckily, it was a very easy book to get into since it all begins with a summarizing of what happened at the end of the last book, THE FOUR LEGENDARY KINGDOMS. The story in this book picks up right away with Jack, the winner of the Great Games, realizing the world is about the end, and he and his friends must stop it from happenin
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I woke up at 3am and finished this book. Love Matthew Reilly books. This book is a continuation of The Four Lengendary Kingdoms. After Jack wins the trials he is now forced to face the same people to save the planet. This book leaves you with a cliff hanger so I have no doubt there will be another book pertaining to the same subject matter.
Dec 12, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Take all the stars Mr Reilly - take them all.

I had a copy of this and Thrawn Alliances in my hands to read and I chose this one. There is no other author that would be able to make me do that. One look at this and I had to read it first.

The world building is fantastic. For a book that is all go go go non stop action the level of detail is amazing. You are literally racing through the most amazing action sequences but also have to focus on the beautifully woven detail. Matthew Reilly is a master
Wow what a thrilling ride. I’m so glad I picked this up right after finishing The Four Legendary Kingdoms, because this helped me remember all the juicy tidbits before diving into another Jack West Jr story. This book gave me all the feels that I first felt when I discovered The Seven Ancient Wonders but it was also very emotional and exciting at the same.

The best part of this book is that the author decides to go back to the original formula of telling Jack’s story - a globetrotting adventure w
Julie Garner
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: action, arc
I have finally had some time to process my emotions after finishing this book. I can't believe I ended it with tears streaming down my face - that is not meant to happen with a Jack West Jnr novel. There are no tears in ancient warfare!!!
As always, well researched and planned out. I believe Reilly must have had the finish line planned when he started this series of books. In this fifth book we once again see a blending of characters with a very important support character making his drop in. We
Mar 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: x2018-19-season
The grand set-pieces are here. The lost history and hidden mystery are here. The over-indulgent use of italics and exclamation points are here. But the scale and sense of urgency are both so large as to defy the suspension of disbelief necessary to have gotten this far in the series. Crisscrossing the Globe is a given at this point, but to cram the sheer volume of events into a single week as is done here beggars belief. Combine that with a few off-putting American political references that do n ...more
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Matthew Reillys novels. So much action and thrills. It reminds me of when I was a kid as during my high school days thats all I read. Jack is back, but this one we have the old school Reilly, more global adventures and puzzles to solve. Just think Indiana Jones x100. Some of the scenes are way over the top but you dont come into a Reilly book expecting deep thought. Its escapism at its best. Cant wait for the next
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was always going to enjoy this, but Matthew’s fast paced action still makes me smile.

This picks up right after Four Legendary Kingdoms so I did need to give myself a little reminder of how it ended 😂

I love the little ongoing relationship between Jack and Scarecrow 💙 tiny detail but so well done. And the (spoiler event!) is excellent as a result; I proper squealed.

I do feel that this series is getting even more outlandish and ridiculous but I love it. The eight, in particular, created an int
David Dalton
While I like the Jack West Jr books, I do not love them. Too PG-13 for me. I am a Die Hard thriller type of reader and these stories are too much kiddie adventure for me. I love Johnny Quest, but I am looking for Scarecrow type action. With West, it is more like Indiana Jones on steroids. But still, toned way down for young readers. Bless their hearts I was once a young reader myself, about a million years ago. Nothing wrong with that, if YA reading is what you really want to sink your teeth int ...more
I'm not crying, you're crying. Holy shit what an ending. We have to wait until 2020 for the sequel? ::::Head desk:::: ...more
Thank you to Gallery, Threshold, Pocket books and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book for an honest review.

I give this book 3.5 stars. I chose this book because my husband read the fourth book in the series while I was in early labor with my first child. It was fun to listen to as my husband read it out loud to try and distract me - so I thought I would check it out.

The fifth book in the series begins where the last one left off. The action and events flow similarly to the prior boo
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I suspect each time Matthew Reilly sits down to write a new book he asks himself the same question. “How can I push the action quotient further than I did last time?” The good news, from our perspective at least, is that he keeps managing it. I can sum up each new Matthew Reilly novel in four simple words – Bigger, Better, Faster, More. When it comes to pure, unadulterated mayhem I don’t think there are many who deliver as consistently as Reilly does. The Jack West Jnr series has been excellent ...more
Bede Millner
Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, series
It took me a little bit to get into this Jack West edition... I feel that Reilly tries to one-up himself in each progressive book in the series, so sh%t just gets more and more ridiculous and in some cases simply unbelievable/inconceivable. Like I know this is fiction and it’s not meant to be real, however in order to be engaged it needs to be remotely possible.

In saying that, despite the ridiculousness (eg. there are literally three GROUPS of highly trained professional killers out to capture/k
I love Matthew Reilly's thrillers and Jack West is a great hero. This sixth book in the West series is a fine thriller. Hugely exciting, taking place across much of the globe and with some big shocks. As usual, the book is packed full of diagrams and charts that really add to the mood. Excellent! Review to follow shortly on For Winter Nights. ...more
Kayla Charisse
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-books
What do you meannn I need to wait until 2020 for the next book?!
 Charlie - A Reading Machine
Good fun but certainly not to be taken seriously. Reilly is under so much pressure to stick to his theme of ancient wonders he is being forced to go to some very whacky places and cover all his bases again and again.

A typical conversation goes "Ahh Mr West, the Fifth great warrior and finder of the four legendary kingdoms. How fortunate to meet you here at one of the three fabled cities. Are you in possession of any of the three epic weapons or the six mystic cleansing stones? No? Well it doesn'
Jennifer (JC-S)
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
‘For three whole days after the Great Games, the Underworld lay silent.’

And then, the action started. The Four Legendary Kingdoms are in turmoil. The world is doomed, unless Jack West Jr and his friends can save it. It’s simple, really, all they must do is find the three ancient weapons in three secret cities, complete a series of ancient puzzles within seven days and the world will be saved. One problem is that he first must identify the location of the three cities, another problem is that qui
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Five stars because the epilogue gripped me that hard, and I couldn't put it down. While I miss some of the tomb running that this series has abandoned to turn into something that reads more like a Michael Bay movie on steroids, I still find this series a guilty pleasure. And also, the use of planes in this book in particular is laughable, but I can certainly see the author has a fascination with Russian built aircraft. The action built up from the first page and didn't let up, and kept me guessi ...more
Reeda Booke
Holy moly...this book was something!! The thrills just keep on coming, but that ending...oh, that ending....I was crying, then I was like, "say what?!"
It royally sucks to have to wait for the next one!

Do not attempt to read this if you have not read the Jack West series, it will not have the same impact.
And dang, I also want to see another Scarecrow book!

5 stars for never-ending thrills and because I love this character!
R Coulbeck
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jack's back, and fresh from winning the 'Great Games' he's saving the world yet again. But this is his toughest challenge to date, and it's not all smooth sailing.

Another rollercoaster of an adventure by Matthew Reilly. I really love all his books, but Jack West Jnr's adventures have to be my favourite. Thoroughly historically researched, never boring and impossible to put down. Highly recommend these to anyone who likes action, adventure, history and myth combined. Though of course, start at th
H.L. Walton
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I wish I could give these books more than 5 stars!!! I can't get enough of them and devastated that now I have finished I have to wait for the next one to come out. Matthew Reilly really knows how to keep you on the edge of your seat with non stop action on every page and with each chapter saying to yourself "just one more chapter, just one more." And the ending.....Wow! ...more
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Born in Sydney in 1974, Matthew Reilly was not always a big fan of reading. It was only after he read To Kill A Mockingbird and Lord of the Flies in Year 10 that he realised reading could transport you to another world. Following this revelation, Matthew soon began creating stories of his own and set about writing his first novel, Contest, at the age of 19 while still at university studying law.


Other books in the series

Jack West Jr (7 books)
  • Seven Deadly Wonders (Jack West Jr, #1)
  • The Six Sacred Stones (Jack West Jr, #2)
  • The 5 Greatest Warriors (Jack West Jr, #3)
  • The Four Legendary Kingdoms (Jack West Jr, #4)
  • The Two Lost Mountains (Jack West Jr, #6)
  • The One Impossible Labyrinth (Jack West Jr, #7)

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