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The Six Sacred Stones (Jack West Junior 2) [Unabridged] [Hardcover]

Matthew Reilly
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4 Jan 2008 Jack West Junior 2

After their thrilling exploits in Matthew Reilly’s bestseller Seven Ancient Wonders, super-soldier Jack West and his loyal team of adventurers are back, and now they face an all-but impossible challenge. For a mysterious ceremony in an unknown location has triggered a catastrophic countdown that will climax in the destruction of all life on Earth.

But there is one last hope. If Jack’s team can find and rebuild a legendary ancient device known only as the “Machine”, they might be able to ward off this coming Armageddon. The only clues to its location, however, are held within the fabled Six Sacred Stones, long lost in the fog of history.

And so the hunt begins . . . From Stonehenge in England, to the deserts of Egypt, to the spectacular Three Gorges region of China, The Six Sacred Stones will take you on a non-stop rollercoaster 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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  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan (4 Jan 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0641912595
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405040976
  • ASIN: 1405040971
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 16 x 5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 481,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Matthew Reilly wrote his first book, Contest, in 1994 whilst attending the University of New South Wales. It was rejected by every major publishing company.

This caused Reilly to self-publish 1,000 copies using money borrowed from his family.

Reilly went to a bookstore in Sydney and asked if he could place the copies on one of their book shelves. They accepted the offer. Very shortly after, the books had sold out and the owner of the bookstore called Reilly to order more books.

One copy was read by Pan Macmillan, who immediately signed Reilly up to write Ice Station, which became an international bestseller.

Since then, he has been published in over fifteen countries, including Norway, Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, The Netherlands, South Africa, Japan and China.

Reilly's main influences include Michael Crichton, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and possibly Art Bell.

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Matthew Reilly has rapidly found a unique place for himself as master of the inventive adventure thriller moving at cinematic speed.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars AAAHHHhhhhhh!!!!!!!!! 17 Feb 2008
I have enjoyed most of Matthew Reilly's books, and I was really looking forward to this one. However, it was incredibly annoying. As other readers have commented, the book simply stops at the end of a chapter. In the Q&A in the book he talks about TV series finishing with a cliffhanger ready for the next series, something he wanted to do with this book. Matthew, perhaps you hadn't noticed, but this is a book, NOT a TV series. Write another screenplay if you want to fulfil your TV amibtions, don't simply finish a book 'cos you want it to be like TV.

Lastly, is there another author who uses as many exclamation marks as Matthew? It looks incredibly childish, like a schoolboy who has tried writing a story and wants to make it appear exciting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Very disappointing.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor! 29 Sep 2009
Don't get me wrong, I love all of Matthew Reilly's books and absolutely lap up the Scarecrow series but like the prequel, Seven Ancient Wonders, Six Sacred Stones is just a step too far.
The plot is ripped straight from the Fifth Element with a number of stones needing to be united to destroy a black sun. Normally I could get past that but the story is so contrived with action elements popping up every other chapter that it get's so tiresome I fought to reach the end. I'm sorry to write Reilly a bad review but I'm angry that he's descending into a crazy world of rehashed tomb raiding and traps that wouldn't work followed closly by untied plot holes that I have no other option.
To give an example, one tomb has two tunnels, one above the other and each need people to go through and deactivate the others traps. Bare in mind this was created centuries ago. The two modern teams communicate using radios. So how did the ancients do it the first time? Telepathy??? Just poor.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Implausible and not even entertaining 29 Sep 2012
By ttree
I'm one of those people who won't easily give up on a book, but I feel I wasted several hours of my life on this badly written thriller. The characters are worse than wooden, the dialogue risible, the situations impossible and the plot ludicrous. It doesn't really help that it's fast-moving - because the journey's pointless.

I'm happy to suspend my disbelief - this is fiction after all - but when it's as badly crafted as this, it's impossible to find the empathy needed to enter anyone's fantasy world. I didn't care what happened to the "characters" (such as they were) and I was dismayed to find on reaching the bitter end that the author is planning to write a sequel.

My advice would be to read the first 20 or so pages and decide if this is the kind of thing you want to spend a few hours of your lifeon. If by that stage you're feeling some of the things I've written above, don't go any further. The world is full of great writing without wasting time. I'm sorry I did.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the six sacred stones 5 July 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
this is the 2nd book in an amazing rollercoster ride of adventure and history. where a group of small nations join together to take on the heavy weights of the world and win. well worth a read but buy the other two books first then sit back put everything on hold for a few days of non stop action

Seven Ancient Wonders (Jack West Junior 1)
The Six Sacred Stones
The Five Greatest Warriors (Jack West Junior 3)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written but gripping 18 Nov 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Not the greatest book, as others have said, terrible plots and unrealistic action - bit like the A team where a few hundred bad guys are shooting at the good guys but non get hit. However, it's also a book you can't put down as you're desperate to find out what happens next, even if only to find out how the author can possibly come up with a way to get the hero/s out of the situation they're in.

It's worth a read, but don't expect anything fantastic in any literary sense and be prepared for the fact it is the first half, or third of the story and you will be left hanging. Extremely frustrating and I wish I'd seen these reviews and not bothered to buy this until I had the next book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been so much better 7 Oct 2008
Having bought this book when it first came out & only having managed to find time to finish it now, I didn't realise that it was a cliffhanger ending & am now waiting for The Six Sacred Stones Part Deux! Having read most of his other books, this is typical Matthew Reilly fare. Outlandish plots, gravity defying stunts, non-stop action. I generally laugh out loud reading his books & pretty much know what to expect.
I wouldn't recommend this if this is your first Matthew Reilly book, I would read a couple of others first to know what you are getting.
He doesn't fill pages with boring sub-plots or character building or back plots, it's in your face, non-stop action packed thrill from start to finish. Can't wait for the next instalment.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Impressed! 24 Aug 2008
I have read nearly all of Matthew Reilly's books and this one runs along the same format as the others. My main complaint is that it is advertised as a new release but is only a part of a bigger plot. Matthew's writing and plot are easy to get along withh and do bounce the reader along but this change in length seems a bit over the top.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty expensive for a third of a book! 26 Mar 2008
I've, enjoyed this one for the most part.

As others have said the events are so implausible they are laughable but still fun. Like when you were a kid playing cops and robbers; you got shot but didn't die because you had your fingers crossed which activated a forcefield around you that reflected the bullets back of course.

My main gripe is that it's barely half a book! Yes, its 500 pages but I'd guess another two books of that length will be required to complete the story.

It really should be advertised at The Six Sacred Stones: Part One
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 8 days ago by helene lepley
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling
Great series! I hope that he intends writing more, we both enjoyed it . It is a book that one can re-read and enjoy again
Published 6 months ago by Jennifer
5.0 out of 5 stars Like action from the start
If you like action from the start, then Matthew Reilly is the author to look for I have all his books
Published 10 months ago by stew
4.0 out of 5 stars six sacred stones
Based on customer service everything is OK. This book is in my pile of Mathew Reilly books and as yet I have started to read it. Read more
Published 11 months ago by S. JIM
3.0 out of 5 stars The Shape of Things to Come
One day in the future, when all "books" are electronic, and the thought of chopping down forests to enable us to read will seem as distasteful as cutting off an elephant's foot to... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Rotgut
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this writer
I was enthralled, a really well written book that held my interest from start to finish. Can't wait to read the next one in the series
Published 15 months ago by tantone
5.0 out of 5 stars Full on action
Action from page one - you are transported back in time - not for the squeamish, fantastic could not put down, storyline and cliffhanger ending means you need to start the next... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Jackie Heron
1.0 out of 5 stars Contrived. Dire. Ridiculous.
In it's favour, the plot is certainly fast-paced - insofar as it races from one cliche to the next. That's the best thing I can say about this book, unfortunately - highly... Read more
Published 17 months ago by M. C. Morrison
4.0 out of 5 stars Marmite Book!
This is the first Matthew Reilly book I've ever read and quickly discovered it would have helped if I had read "The Seven Wonders" first. No hint of this on the cover. Read more
Published on 4 Sep 2011 by K. Rosen
5.0 out of 5 stars The Six Sacred Stones
A famous: 'couldn't put it down' one from the master of thrillers.

I love the continuation from the Seven Ancient Wonders. Read more
Published on 7 Aug 2011 by deputy_derrick
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