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THE END OF THE WORLD IS HEREUnlocking the secret of the Seven Ancient Wonders was only the beginning... After their thrilling exploits in Matthew Reilly's rampaging New York Times bestseller, 7 Deadly Wonders, supersoldier Jack West Jr. and his loyal team of adventurers are back, and now they face an all-but-impossible challenge.A mysterious ceremony in an unknown locationTHE END OF THE WORLD IS HEREUnlocking the secret of the Seven Ancient Wonders was only the beginning... After their thrilling exploits in Matthew Reilly's rampaging New York Times bestseller, 7 Deadly Wonders, supersoldier Jack West Jr. and his loyal team of adventurers are back, and now they face an all-but-impossible challenge.A mysterious ceremony in an unknown location has unraveled their work and triggered a catastrophic countdown that will climax in no less than the end of all life on Earth.But there is one last hope.If Jack and his team can find and rebuild a legendary ancient device known only as the "Machine," they might be able to ward off the coming armageddon. The only clues to locating this Machine, however, are held within the fabled Six Sacred Stones, long lost in the fog of history.And so the hunt begins for the Six Sacred Stones and the all-important knowledge they possess, but in the course of this wild adventure Jack and his team will discover that they are not the only ones seeking the Stones and that there might just be other players out there who don't want to see the world saved at all.From Stonehenge in England to the deserts of Egypt to the spectacular Three Gorges region of China, The 6 Sacred Stones will take you on a nonstop roller-coaster ride through ancient history, modern military hardware, and some of the fastest and most mind-blowing action you will ever read....

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ISBN : 9780330426589
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The Six Sacred Stones Reviews

  • Bradley
    2019-03-29 10:26

    Action! Adventure!Honestly, I don't usually go in for this kind of novel unless pressured by friends or I am just watching some SF adventure, but I can see the appeal. More than that, even. The pacing is always great and while it's not *exactly* a serial adventure right out of the 30's, it has all the pulp feel you could wish for.Ah! But what flavor of pulp is this?It should be familiar to all you connoisseurs of conspiracy theories. The wilder, the better. You know, like the dark sun, (or planet, if you wish), the Nemesis that comes around to wreck havoc in the solar system on a regular basis.Oh, and the world-healing power of crystals, too.And let's not forget the theories that mankind has gone through many stages of high-tech societies and declines! I actually approve of that theory, and not that aliens uplifted us. So much can be buried so absolutely in so little time. I can believe that there could be many very advanced societies in the past. But wait! Reilly takes it further and connects the two and has our ancient ancestors doing their worst to save us future generations from the dark star.As long as we go on a little adventure, of course. :) So let's get the band back together! You've already got one stone!Oh, and not tired of traps, yet? Good news for you! We've got lots of traps. Near-death escapes, captures, torture, and even MORE traps!I think it's good fun. We're not really dealing with reality here. Especially with the caricatures of races or real evidence of connection between Stonehenge and the Pyramids... but screw it. Let's go along for the ride. I'm used to Science Fantasy as much as Science Fiction. This fits the former bill nicely.The point is just to have fun, and this novel, IMHO is better than the first. It builds on everything we went through already and steps it up a few more notches. From Sun Flares to Dark Stars! What's next?What a cliffhanger, too! Literally. lolBut that's expected in an *actual* adventure, right?

  • Tyson Adams
    2019-04-23 13:07

    Whenever I read a review for a Matthew Reilly book I am immediately putting the reviews into one of two categories. Category G - they got it. Category M - missed the point.Reilly is one of the best at writing books that could be an action movie directed by Bay or Bruckheimer. They are meant to be a flat out thrill ride of action and adventure. So many reviewers seem to expect Tolstoy or Dostoyevsky and are understandably under-whelmed. I on the other hand was expecting a novelised action film, so I was whelmed or possibly super-whelmed.I am a huge fan of Reilly's work. I finished his first Jack West Jr book and while it retained Reilly's breakneck pacing and adventure, it lacked reader involvement. Things just happened, you didn't feel thrilled by the adventure, and the book had me second guessing the series. This second JW Jr novel stands in stark contrast and is Reilly at his sterling best. While the Scarecrow series is his best work this series is impressive and worth reading.A little warning: buy both Six Sacred Stones and Five Greatest Warriors, as you will want to read them back to back, just as I am doing. There may or may not be a cliff-hanger that can't wait.

  • Celia
    2019-04-23 13:12

    This was lent to me by a friend, so I did try my best to enjoy it. But this kind of action-adventure-movie transformed into a book just isn't really my thing. Not only the increasingly ridiculous situations the characters find themselves in - "Block of stone about to fall and crush me? I will block it with my titanium arm!"Also, his use of italics and exclamations marks in the narrative made me want to kill myself, or at least write to his editor. Can someone tell him to stop doing that, please? It's completely unnecessary. My friend told me I needed to relax and enjoy the story, but I just kept getting jolted out of it by those exclamation marks.

  • Aseel
    2019-04-05 09:01

    Another fast paced, action jam packed book with ancient history and astronomical information. I loved getting back with the gang again but that last line I feel like is a lie (or it better be) My only issues is that the plot could be sometimes too fast and some parts too slow, and the call signs for the characters is still very confusing

  • Helen Deakin
    2019-03-25 09:26

    Just like the first book in the series, I couldn't put this one down. Mattew Reilly really knows how to rope in his audience and keep them on the edge of their seats with non-stop action and characters that are easy to love. Stephen King's Dark Tower series has always been my favourite book series but I think this series may end up taking the title. Can't stop reading them and now onto the third with the fourth one waiting after that.

  • Vivien Fung
    2019-03-28 13:06

    Matthew Reilly's writing is the written equivalent of someone showing you something, then bringing it so close to your face so as to almost hit you, repeatedly. I don't understand why he thinks his audience is so stupid. Literally every page has about 4 or 5 words that are italicised; he often re-describes something, by way of an obvious aside, that occurred just the page before. He'll have his characters awkwardly explain things in a manner even more artless than usual action books (case in point: ""The Ten Commandments!" Pooh Bear explained. "You can't be serious. The two carved stone tablets containing God's laws handed to Moses at Mount Sinai?"" - really? Really, Matthew Reilly? Aaaahahaha). And he overuses exclamation marks to a fault. Hey Matthew Reilly, it's possible to create atmosphere without using fonts or symbols that literally indicate something exciting or emphatic is occurring on the page.But terrible writing style aside, I once really liked this dude for some fluffy but intriguing action/fantasy. He was my teacher's son so I read his first book, Contest, and really enjoyed the story of an intergalactic arena where terrestrials from all over the universe had to battle it out (I was 16 ok). But somewhere along the way, his books just became the type of material that I assume they put on shelves at airports because it's like hey, shit books are better than no books, suckas!So yeah, this book was a disappointment. Oh, and the plot - overwraught, unbelievable, the hero conveniently knows absolutely everything in the whole world. Read this book if you hate yourself.:D

  • andeeeeee
    2019-04-05 07:06

    reilly once again proves that it is possible to have nothing but action and still have a book be a fun read. barely any characters, leaps right into insane impossible chases and mayhem and wanton destruction and supernatural weirdness. a past book had a 50 page boat chase, this one has a similarly long airplane being chased by many buses on a stretch of desert highway. over the top and goofy and ridiculous but fun as fuck. if this was a movie, it would be a bruckheimer blockbuster and we'd all see it. total rip off cliffhanger, so you'll have to read the next one...

  • Nameeta Rao
    2019-03-29 10:16

    This is a re-read for me. Going through the set again so I can pick up the latest book in the series The Four Legendary Kingdoms.I remember enjoying this book the first time I read it. This time not so much although I did like it for the below reasons:1. The places this books takes you- Jack and his people travel all around the world and there are a lot of new places being introduced as the book progresses. The author has done his research which comes through making it an enjoyable read.2. The history mixed with fiction- I love how the book takes actual history and extrapolates. The concept of a highly advanced ancient civilization doesn't really seem far fetched. 3. The fast pace of the book- There's always something happening. From one adventure to the next there is no rest for this group.But as you continue reading you realize there is something wrong. The characters seem emotionally stunted. Everyone from Lily to Jack just brushes tragedy away and moves on to the next big thing. Maybe this isn't the sort of book that focuses on things like that but it did not sit with me. This book is a good read as long as you don't try to think too much and pick things apart.

  • Hadia Salahuddin
    2019-04-06 13:16

    I will be burning this book right after Im done writing this review. As long as I can remember, it never took me this long to finish any book but this one did it for me, I would open this book, read a page and then snap it shut because it required an intellectual level of a teaspoon for someone to have to actually comprehend what Matthew Reilly is trying to explain to his readers. SO much God Damned repetition of the same stuff,over and over and over again. Not to forget the absurdity of the nicknames that you will come across in this book for instance who names someone Pooh bear, Princess, Wizard, Huntsman. In a particular scene where these so called heroes are going o rescue Wizard, the only image that kept popping in my head was a bunch of puppies going to rescue a guy named Wizard who evidently cant perform magic to save his life. To top it off, exclamation like Wham, boom, blast, whiff, whoosh, what the hell am I reading, a comic strip? There are twins who instantly give u an impression of the Weasleys twins(Harry Potter reference). this book could have been finished in around 200 pages but I have to give it to Matthew Reilly, this guy has a talent, Oh yeah, how to unnecessary prolong a book. The hero who has been out of action since 18 months can be seen fleeing from life threatening situations without even a single scratch. I get it, its fiction but seriously What the hell am I reading? never thats all I have to say, never am I going to pick up anything with Matthew Reilly written on it.

  • Barbara ★
    2019-04-17 11:10

    I read these books just for the fun of them. Oh sure, Matt Reilly does tons of research to make the background (reasoning) believable but then he adds a ton of ridiculous unrealistic escapes and action sequences that are simply over the top. But fun as hell. This series would make a great run of movies. Something that keeps you on the edge of your seat (literally) for the entire two hours. This book is a thrill a minute with conspiracies, betrayal, alien artifacts, ancient architecture (Stonehenge, pyramids, easter island, etc). Heck it even has nasty cannibals and crocodiles. Think Indiana Jones with a little (well a lot really) of James Bond-type intrigue only better and more exciting.

  • Paul Pessolano
    2019-04-07 15:02

    When I reviewed Matthew Reilly's last book, "The Seven Deadly Wonders", little did I know that he would continue the story in his next book. I loved "The Seven Deadly Wonders" and drew the comparison to the adventures of Indiana Jones. It had the same action/adventure that put the heroes in impossible situations and got them out of these situations, only to find themselves in another impossible situation.The action and impossible situations continue in "The 6 Sacred Stones'. The same heroes and villains are back. The good guys are trying to save the world from destruction, while the bad guys, believe it or not, are working to see that the world is destroyed, or trying to use the information gained to rule the world.The book takes us to Stonehenge in England, to the deserts of Egypt, and to the Three Gorges in China. The secrets are based in ancient history and the riddles must be solved by March of 2008 to save the world."The 6 Sacred Stones" solves the secret of the first two stones and leaves the reader hanging, as our superhero is left falling into a bottomless cave, which could be the end of Jack West.Reminiscent of the end of season TV series cliff hangers, we are treated to the same formula in this book. Matthew Reilly leaves you wondering how our hero will survive - and know he will - to again take on the bad guys.Tongue in cheek, loads of action and fun best describe "The Seven Deadly Wonders" and "The 6 Sacred Stones". The author leaves us dangling and anxiously waiting for the next installment.

  • Kribu
    2019-04-02 12:11

    There isn't a lot to say here, really, that I didn't already say in my review for the first book in the series. All that pretty much still applies.However——as I was speeding along with this book——I realised it didn't matter anymore! I was used to it!And I enjoyed it.Even more than the first book! Because... wait for it... I knew what to expect!It's just plain crazy fun. It really is. Not something I'd recommend for anyone who's in the mood for a more serious (or better written) book, but if you're in the mood for a ridiculous, all-out action-adventure film with crazy conspiracies, miracles of ancient architecture, possibly alien artefacts, secret sects all vying for the same prizes (except for some who are trying to stop the good guys and the less good guys from saving the world and ending it instead), completely unbelievable escapes and action sequences, or, in other words, an Indiana Jones type action-adventure (just even more crazy) in book form, well, it's not at all a bad choice.I had great fun reading it. The advice given in other reviews - make sure you have the next book on hand or that you can at least get to it easily, because this one is only the first half of one story and ends on a massive cliffhanger - is definitely sound, although I'll probably take a short break before moving on to the next one (which I do already have) anyway.

  • Alan Hoffman
    2019-04-10 08:08

    I've read many of his other books that require a suspension of disbelief and this one requires even more. Like 7 Deadly Wonders, there are some Indiana Jones-type caves with traps in this story. One cave that requires a system of two people is believable. Yet the author makes another one so difficult with obstacles to "prevent thieves" that it makes me wonder why an ancient civilization would go to such lengths to protect a sacred object. At some point, I don't think even their own people would be able to retrieve it. And these cultures knew the objects would one day be needed to save the world. Wouldn't they have made them a little easier to get by the right people?Like in the first novel, he turns a lot of countries into villians in a way that I don't quite buy. Like a group a Japanese that actually want to end the world? Also, he had one genius little kid in the first book. I liked her as I assume he, or his readers did - so now he arbitrarily adds a second one. I like the prison rescue and his research, but I suggest "Temple" or maybe "Ice Station" or "Contest."

  • Colleen Stone
    2019-04-04 07:08

    I once attended a talk by Reilly about his writing. As he described the type of student he had been, I got the picture of an ADHD student. He hated everything they gave him to read and after he had left school, he decided to write what he himself wanted to read. He decided there'd be no alternation between escalating drama and reflective passages. His novels would be rising action from start to finish. Fair enough.As an English teacher,I realised that Reilly's writing would appeal to reluctant readers, particularly boys and I had some success in this area. For myself, I enjoyed this book, mostly for he novelty value. There is no sophistication. This book is one step up from a comic book. But I'm not a reading snob and there are times I need a light read. I also realise that judging a book is very subjective. What we as readers bring to the reading experience, and the match between the level of sophistication of our reading skills with the author's sophistication in writing is what makes the difference between enjoying a book and hating it.

  • Kim
    2019-04-01 10:13

    Just a disclaimer prior to my review, this book is a sequel to Matthew Reilly's Seven Deadly Wonders and it is important that you read that book first. Also, this book ends in a major cliffhanger because it is going to be followed by another book. So, if you don't want to have to wait to see how it ends, save the entire trilogy for when the final book is written. Having said that, one of the advanced praise quotes on the cover of this book says, "Like reading a video game." That is actually a pretty good description for Matthew Reilly's writing. These books are very fast paced and quite suspenseful. They do require you to suspend your disbelief because the main character is pretty invincible, but they really are Indiana Jones-esque and a blast to read. Thank goodness, Reilly adds diagrams every few pages, because some of this stuff is pretty hard to picture. Over all, these books are a great ride and a fun weekend getaway without leaving your house.

  • Tim The Enchanter
    2019-03-31 14:27

    This Review is applicable to the Audiobook version.The 6 Sacred Stones provided exactly what I expected. Some treasure hunting, guns, explosions and a man with a near mythical ability to avoid death. Please don't read this (or listen to this) if you wish to read action/adventure that is touched with reality. In this installment of the Jack West Series, the fantastic elements are increased to a new level. After successful diverting global catastrophe in the first novel, Jack and his band are seeking to avoid global destruction. The book is filled with mystical lights shooting from stones and previously undiscovered archeological wonders (possibly) built by a super advance earlier people.After reading back what I wrote it seems absurd. I doubt I would be able to finish reading the books but the action and pace of the book works very well as audio and it is an enjoyable and exciting listen. I'm looking forward to the next part.

  • Steve
    2019-04-09 12:28

    I could not put this down, but like the first book in this series, I have some problems with how things are portrayed, so can't give it five stars. The chapters are quite long, but as in the first book, they are broken up into small chunks. The action started immediately, and then kept accelerating, with delicious plot twists. The timeline jumped around a bit, with some chapters set earlier time-wise than earlier book-wise chapters, which was a little confusing. And the cliffhanger ending just left me wanting to start the next book right now.

  • Zach
    2019-03-31 08:02

    A non stop thrill ride exploring the secrets of the ancient world.In true Matthew Reilly style, it grips and doesn't let go.Just when you think that no more shit could possibly hit the fan, Reilly brings more shit, and finds a bigger fan.This book has higher stakes than I ever thought possible in a work of fiction, backed up by mounds and mounds of research, Reilly merges fiction with fact to create an astoundingly compelling read.

  • Amy Norris
    2019-04-13 13:06

    This book is just pure, action-packed fun.I enjoyed this more than the first, and it left me wanting to pick up the third. As I have previously said, the dialogue in these books is a bit cringey at times. Reilly also has a habit of using the same sentences/phrases over and over. (view spoiler)[I did take issue with the killing off of Fuzzy in this book. I thought he was extremely underrepresented in the team in the first book, and in this book he is quickly killed off at the start and no one even asks where he is or what happened to him. No one investigates it. I don't even know why Reilly included him as a character (hide spoiler)]I do love the diverse cast in these books, and as cheesy as they are - the characters are growing on me. The fascinating mix of action and history, combined with the around the world adventures hav totally hooked me.I would also like to add I really enjoy the interviews that are included at the end of Reilly's books. They are interesting and informative. I love hearing about where he gets his ideas from and the work that goes into researching them.

  • Sonia Jackett
    2019-04-19 12:15

    I picked this up in a hotel I was staying at when I’d run out of books. Oh wow.... THIS IS HILARIOUS. It’s the most ridiculous, ludicrous, every scenario so far fetched thing I’ve ever read. It’s written a bit like a cheesy, really corny screenplay for a bad American TV show. With lots of emphasis placed on certain words through italics and exclamation marks!!!! Also loved the accompanying diagrams and pictures. Obviously a lot of the plot is based on myth and legend - which I love - but even the things that are supposed to be fact I have taken with a pinch of salt.Anyway, utterly ridiculous but I enjoyed it a lot, I will be buying the sequel!!!

  • Laura
    2019-04-16 09:18

    Jack West Jnr bursts into action with his team in another race to save the world. Some few faces appear on the scene and as usual its good to see the middle powers of the world kicking above their weight. An enjoyable read, but that ending - never been so glad to have the next book in a series.

  • Shelley
    2019-04-10 14:26

    Synopsis: THE END OF THE WORLD IS HEREUnlocking the secret of the Seven Ancient Wonders was only the beginning...After their thrilling exploits in Matthew Reilly's rampaging New York Times bestseller, 7 Deadly Wonders, supersoldier Jack West Jr. and his loyal team of adventurers are back, and now they face an all-but-impossible challenge. A mysterious ceremony in an unknown location has unraveled their work and triggered a catastrophic countdown that will climax in no less than the end of all life on Earth.But there is one last hope. If Jack and his team can find and rebuild a legendary ancient device known only as the "Machine," they might be able to ward off the coming armageddon. The only clues to locating this Machine, however, are held within the fabled Six Sacred Stones, long lost in the fog of history.And so the hunt begins for the Six Sacred Stones and the all-important knowledge they possess, but in the course of this wild adventure Jack and his team will discover that they are not the only ones seeking the Stones and that there might just be other players out there who don't want to see the world saved at all.From Stonehenge in England to the deserts of Egypt to the spectacular Three Gorges region of China, The 6 Sacred Stones will take you on a nonstop roller-coaster ride through ancient history, modern military hardware, and some of the fastest and most mind-blowing action you will ever read.Review: This novel is a sequel to Seven Ancient Wonders, which ended with the Golden Capstone reassembled atop the Great Pyramid at Giza, and the ritual of power performed to grant one nation a thousand years of unchallenged power - invincibility, as shown by the end of the book, which is won, unknowingly, by Australia and Jack (Huntsman) West Jr.The Six Sacred Stones picks up eighteen months later on Easter Island, the geographical opposite of the Great Pyramid, when seven men use a second Capstone to nullify the power of the Tartatus sunspot and remove Australia's invincibility.This book as action from the first chapter to the last chapter as Jack West and the survivors of The Seven Ancient Wonders find themselves under constant attack, including in Australia where Jack and Lily are relaxing. I definitely suggest that anyone interested in reading this book, first read Seven Ancient Wonders. Lots of the same villians are in this story as well. I give this a 3.5 stars leaning towards 4.

  • Erin H
    2019-03-26 12:04

    Another great installment in the Jack West Jr. series! This one takes place about two years after Jack and the gang saved the world. Jack has officially adopted Lily and despite their new family unit the task of saving the world isn't over. This time Jack reunites with his old team and with the help of a few others, the embark on a quest to find the six pillars and place them around the world. I loved Jack just as much in this one as the first one. It was interesting to see him being called dad by Lily (I still don't like Lily) but he kept up his macho persona. I thought Lily's friend Alby was a great addition to the book. They go to school together and he is a math wiz, something the team defintely needed. What I enjoyed about this one despite all the action, was that the team was split up and their quest took them all over the world. I loved the introduction of the twins, they were just entertaining and good replacements for the others that Jack lost. I thought Zoe's role in this book was fantastic. She really stepped up her role as a leader and was all around a badass. I didn't like this one as much as the previous book. I think it's because there wasn't that much Jack that I would have liked. I definitely enjoyed the team being split so everyone had their own mission, but I just missed Jack. Zoe's team which included both kids, Wizard and Solomon their Kenyan friend embarked on the task of finding a cannabalistic african tribe who had one of the pillars. Of course Sky Monster was their pilot! Jack, Pooh Bear and Stretch dealt with the brunt of their enemies and what happened to them was insane. I didn't know how they were going to get out of that situation. I definitely predicted some of the betrayals and who Jack's enemy really was. I should also mention that another team member added to the group was an American, Astro, but I'm still unsure of his role in all this. I can't wait to get to the next book because I want to know if they are going to succeed!

  • Jerome Parisse
    2019-03-26 09:59

    I thought it was my lucky day: a friend of mine recently came back from Europe and gave me a book, which had been let behind on the seat of a plane. The Six Sacred Stones, by Australian author Matthew Reilly. I had never read any of Reilly’s books, in spite of his huge success, and I was kind of curious about them. I started reading…. and stopped. There was no way I would ever be able to read the book. I did insist though, and read a few more pages, but by then I was feeling sick and had to put it down.If I want to watch a movie, I’ll go to the cinema or hire a DVD; I don’t need to read a book. I found the writing style – is there one? – painful, and even for someone like me who enjoys action, there is too much of it. I won’t rant about the book any further: I haven’t read it. But this led me to think again about genre and literary fiction. Maybe there is something to be said for literary fiction after all? I like literary fiction – in fact I love it – but I’ve always hated the need to pigeonhole everything, books and writers included, as I’ve mentioned in one of my recent blogs. However, when I see the rise of genre fiction such as Matthew Reilly’s, I can’t help wondering if keeping literary fiction as a separate genre, or even outside the genre categorisation, is such a bad thing. Maybe it doesn’t matter, as long as we know what’s on offer in a book? I couldn’t help feeling relieved when two friends of mine, neither of them an avid reader, told me they also had to put the book down after only a few pages. They’re safe. For the moment.

  • Katherine Roberts
    2019-04-02 08:12

    A boy's own adventure for grown-ups. I enjoyed this book for its intriguing plot and kick-ass characters. I also liked the illustrations and diagrams that came thick and fast in my paperback copy... maybe more adult books should have pictures! It read like a film (possibly it is already a film?), and I think it would translate very well to the screen in a fun James Bond sort of style.As literature, I found myself swallowing a few cynical laughs at times, not quite believing the plot twists or the characters surviving massive leaps off tall buildings (or, in this case, inverted pyramids over bottomless abysses). But if you read it in the right frame of mind, then it is a fast whirlwind of an adventure and with the promise of more to come, since it ends on a cliff hanger with the main quest only part completed.Reminds me of the Alex Rider teen spy books, except the child characters are not quite so realistic in my opinion. They speak too much like adults, but then the adults act like big kids so maybe that's appropriate. Teen boys and big kids should love it.PS> This might be a girl thing, but one thing did annoy me (which is why I'm giving it 3 rather than 4 stars)... what's this obsession with call signs? Does EVERY character need one?

  • Linda
    2019-04-09 14:07

    The plot is simple. A team of highly skilled people, who have given themselves names like Scimitar and Wizard, must garner all their high tech resources and mobilize to prevent the end of the world. Their quest is to locate the 6 sacred stones and place them on the 6 sacred pillars, which are located at various mystical places around the globe. Only then will the Dark Sun, the opposite of our star sun, be neutralized. That's it. The plot.The Six Sacred Stones is more a series of sensational action sequences using incredible devices, which do not yet exist in the more mundane world, than a novel. Reading this book is like watching a Road Runner cartoon. There is no character development, no mystery (you know the good guys will always come out ahead), and, considering all the escapes from the jaws of death, no suspense. Fans of chase scenes, sci-fi gadgets, and endlessly resourceful heroes will enjoy the story. Not recommended for more serious readers.

  • martin
    2019-04-10 07:24

    OK, I think maybe I've grown out of the Boys' Own Adventure comic stuff. Matthew Reilly says this is modelled on Indiana Jones rather than the Da Vinci Code but sadly he can't copy too well. Yes, it was entertaining enough as long as you completely suspend all activity in your brain for a few hours! The thing is that Indiana Jones gets away with all the crazy stunts simply because it is all so tongue in cheek, but Mr Reilly seems to have gone for the deadly earnest story telling mode instead (disappointing as Aussies normally have such a great sense of humour)Couldn't quite work out if it was written with a view to a film franchise or as the basis of a new video game. Either way, I wasn't sold - in fact I found myself at page 450 (who does he think he is, Tolkien?) and slowly realising the horrible truth that the story would roll into a third book. Some people will love it - probably the ones who aren't old and boring like me....

  • Tasneem
    2019-03-29 09:59

    "The power of Tartarus has been nullified. Someone has the other capstone. The game is back on."Ah, Matthew Reilly; good to have you back!This is the perfect antidote to just having read the collected works of Kafka (or anything else requiring the slightest bit of thought).Being a series, there is a lot of scope for character development here, and so it was nice to join the same band of heroes from 'Seven Ancient Wonders' and see how they had formed a de-facto family. During the course of this book, you will actually start to care about some of the characters.But seriously Matt, please start writing about Shane Schofield again. No one REALLY cares about Jack West Jr.Or maybe you could write about Aloysius Knight? He is definitely one of the better characters you've come up with.So yes, I want a sequel to 'Scarecrow'. Get on it!

  • Barry Simiana
    2019-03-30 13:26

    Look, I love the actin adventure genre. I really do. Matt Reilly does this a little better than most, though not as good as some. John F Merz, is good. Clive Cussler better. But these books are readable, tho at times you sort of think to yourself WTF? but it's boys stuff: guns and bombs and chases and planes and guns and blowing shit up. Yes he takes himself a little seriously, and there is that whole italicising of power words to amplify them, like in the old Batman TV show with BIFF, BAM and POWWWW. But please, you come to these books t have some fun, not to sit there and judge how out of control and unreal some of the acts are. Lighten up people. Read these books for what they are. ENTERTAINMENT. Relax. you want facts? Read a bloody newspaper. And on that, the man does do some research to build his story on. He works hard. Give him his due. Nota great read, But a GoodRead.

    2019-04-21 11:17

    The second instalment involving the daring Jack and his friends. With the little girl Lily formally adopted by Jack, this book includes chapters covering Lily's version too in yet another earth saving mission. This book starts from where the power of the Benben was harnessed at the end of the first book, and it turns out that, that was just a beginning of an apocalypse, which only Jack and his friends could put on hold and give the people of Earth a breathing space of a few millennia. Yet again, as in the first mission, there are heavy weights, who want to harness the rewards of saving the world on one side and fanatics who want to end the world on the other. The book ends with a super thrilling finish, that will leave you carving for the last book in the series.