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Book Review: The Seven Ancient Wonders, by Matthew Reilly

There are a few series I love when it comes to thriller genre. Two of them are from Matthew Reilly. The first is the Scarecrow series, and then there is this one, the Jack West Jr. series.

4500 years ago, a magnificent golden capstone sat at the top of the Great Pyramid of Giza. It was said to be immensely powerful, reputedly able to bestow even global power on its holder. Then it was dismantled into seven pieces and hidden away, each piece separately, in the seven greatest structures of that age. In the current time, a rare solar event threatens to be catastrophic to the world, and the solution is to find those seven pieces. But the promise of global power is tempting, and more than one faction want the capstone in their possession, thus beginning a race to see who finds it first.

The factor that sets this series apart is the character of the girl, Lily. I loved her character a lot, and her relationship with Jack and with Big Ears is perhaps the highlight of the book for me. Yes, the action sequences border on the verge of unbelievable, but it’s a fictional story, so can give the author some flexibility for that. I loved most of the character sketches, and even the antagonist was quite well sketched. The twist to the tale given by the villain’s (and Jack’s) backstory was quite brilliant, and unexpected. As was the ending, which was actually a bit moving too.

I quite enjoyed the read, and would reread. Now on to the rest of the series, and I do have some way to go too.

A Score Of 9 Out Of 10

Book Details:
Title: Seven Ancient Wonders
Series: Jack West Jr. #1
Author: Matthew Reilly
Genre: Thriller
ISBN/ASIN: 9780330426572
No. of Pages: 535
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Rating: 9 out of 10

Vinay Leo R.
© A Bookworm’s Musing
5th May. 2019


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