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The 5 Greatest Warriors

(Jack West Jr #3)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  15,279 ratings  ·  483 reviews

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 h

Hardcover, 400 pages
Published January 5th 2010 by Simon & Schuster (first published November 1st 2009)
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Re-read 08/20

This one had the giant task of tying together all the threads that were scattered in The Six Sacred Stones, so naturally it's rather epic.

Here are the things I loved:
- Treasure-hunting adventures
- Fun traps
- Gruesome deaths
- Ridiculous stunts
- Epic battles
- Super fun, badass characters
- Interesting take on history
- Fascinating locations
- Daring deeds
- Kamikaze moments

Here are the things that cost it one star and why:
A little too long
The scope is HUGE and as a consequence a lot o
Nov 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, 2016-shelf
I have to admit, there's something really fascinating and cool about stories that don't need to reinvent themselves but still manage to be super easy to read and enjoy and yet still feel fresh.

This happens to be one of them.

I mean, seriously. There's still Indiana Jones Traps, people! There's still mystical stones that all the most powerful people through history have held to stay in power! We even get to see Jesus! Woo Woo!

One thing is for certain, the fifth greatest warrior of all time has go
Aug 25, 2010 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
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aussie-authors

Part three of this continuing adventure fantasy saga to save the world from total annihilation.
Jack West Jr. and his band of loyal followers, some though are not as loyal as Jack thinks, have to race against time and an assortment of evil doing villains, his father being the alpha villain, to save the world from the dark planet.
There is a series of ancient pillars that need to be activated in an exact sequence if total extinction of our world is to be avoided.
For the person that is successful in
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Five Greatest Warriors is book three in the Jack West Jr series by Matthew Reilly. When Jack West Jr escape from the abyss that he fell in The Six Sacred Stones started the race of Jack's and his team to find the answers to unlock the secrets of the machine. The readers of The Five Greatest Warriors will go on a rollercoaster ride with Jack West Jr and his team to see if they find the answers.

I love reading books in the Jack West Jr series they are fast moving, and you do not know what goin
~nikki the recovering book addict
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: google-play
Well, I started this series way back when it was first released. But I suppose it fell on the wayside since it generally takes 2 years for a book in this series to be released. And the last book I read ended on a cliffhanger too!

I normally don’t have that much patience to wait. Or would be too antsy anyway. So I have a theory that I blocked the book out of my mind for fear of going crazy with anxiety for the next book. And block it for 10 years I did! A full decade, omg!!

So anyway, for the longe
Alex Jones
Jul 29, 2012 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
Paul Pessolano
Feb 15, 2011 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
Matthew Reilly paperbacks are perfect for weekends when I want to read something fast and light. And as the blurb says "Readers should leave their thinking caps behind" . I dint stress out too much on the plots and loop holes.

So in this book we continue our journey with Jack West Jr. and the team racing to place the remaining three sacred stones at the vertices. We get to see more of Jack West Sr. in this book and the difference between the two as a person and as a father is stark. On this ques
Oct 25, 2011 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
Nov 02, 2009 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.
Tim The Enchanter
Jun 10, 2013 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
Peter Martuneac
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Are you still not reading this series? What are you waiting for? 5 Greatest Warriors is the third and final installment of Matthew Reilly's incredible treasure-hunter series, very "Indiana Jones" in its feel except the hero is a former Australian SAS soldier and his sidekick is a young girl named Lily. The rest of the team has some memorable characters, others forgettable, and the villains are very well done. It's a gripping read throughout all three books with great action, compelling dialogue, ...more
Heidi Mutton
Oct 26, 2009 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
Nov 03, 2009 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.
Nov 28, 2010 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
Feb 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads
3.9, unfortunately this doesn’t get a 4 because there was very awkward, annoying and semi sexist/hyper masculinity writing in here that frustrated the hell out of me

Liked the concept of the story again, all the fast paced action, history, weapons and astronomy information. The characters are okay but not written well enough to care about them, they just deliver the plot which I guess is okay
C Joy
Apr 25, 2010 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 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Rachael Hewison
Dec 02, 2012 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
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
Dec 05, 2009 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
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
Sep 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This follows on from the epic cliff hanger at the end of The Six Sacred Stones and finds Jack West Jr continuing his global quest to set up and trigger the Machine in order to save the world from the apocalypse. In the process he has to battle not only ancient families, evil dictators and time itself but also his estranged father who is fighting to obtain the powers and gifts of the pillars and use them to rule the world (he is not a nice man). The story is once again brilliantly fast paced and ...more
Jan 22, 2010 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 19, 2010 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
May 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The challenge continues in this book where the last book ended with a major cliffhanger. In my opinion, this is the best book in the trilogy as it is non-stop action and the ending ties everything up nicely. Some characters are true heroes but the ones that are bad are really evil which makes the book hard to put down and very exciting. Some happenings are totally unbelievable but you have suspend your belief and just enjoy the ride. I now look forward to reading more books by Reilly. I recommen ...more
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
OHMYGOODNESS!!!!! What a ride!! I was on the edge of my seat. There were a few scenes where if I was watching this on the big screen, I would have my hands covering my eyes and watching it through my fingers,...and if it was on the big screen, I'm picturing my favorite Australian, Chris Hemsworth, playing Jack West, Jr. Loved it!!!!!
Jennifer (JC-S)
Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘No fight is over till the last punch is thrown.’

In ‘The Five Greatest Warriors’ Jack West Jr and his team are (still) on a quest to save the world. And this quest will involve a lot of travel and plenty of action. They discover a rhyme about five mysterious but unnamed warriors. Each of these figures provides a key to knowledge which is required to follow the steps necessary to save the world. But, Jack West Jr and his team are not the only ones seeking this information, and not everyone wants
Cameron Smith
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Now the bad guys were doing what bad guys did: fucking you over after you save their arses!"

The third installment of the Jack West Jr series delivers everything a reader would expect, and more. Commencing from the cliff(abyss?)hanger ending of the Six Sacred Stones, we see Jack and the team overcome trial after trial as they strive to save the world from destruction and tyranny.

Old rivalries flare while new villains rise to grasp power. Vladimir Romanov (Carnivore), with his disfigured steel-pl
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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.


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