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Seven Ancient Wonders (Jack West Junior 1) [Unabridged] [Paperback]

Matthew Reilly
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews)

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4 Aug 2006 Jack West Junior 1

It is the biggest treasure hunt in history with contesting nations involved in a headlong race to locate the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

4500 years ago, a magnificent golden capstone sat at the peak of the Great Pyramid of Giza. It was a source of immense power, reputedly capable of bestowing upon its holder absolute global power. But then it was divided into seven pieces and hidden, each piece separately, within the seven greatest structures of the age.

Now it's 2006 and the coming of a rare solar event means it's time to locate the seven pieces and rebuild the capstone. Everyone wants it – from the most powerful countries on Earth to gangs of terrorists . . . and one daring coalition of eight small nations. Led by the mysterious Captain Jack West Jr, this determined group enters a global battlefield filled with booby-trapped mines, crocodile-infested swamps, evil forces and an adventure beyond imagining.

'More action, hair-raising stunts and lethal hardware than you'd find in four Bond movies. Reilly is the hottest action writer around' Evening Telegraph

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  • Paperback: 535 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; New edition edition (4 Aug 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330426575
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330426572
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 328,456 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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About the Author

Matthew Reilly, born and still resident in Sydney, studied law before turning his pen to fiction. His previous novels, Contest, Ice Station, Temple, Area 7 and Scarecrow have been massive bestsellers in every continent.

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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Same book as Seven Ancient Wonders 21 Mar 2007
By Sarah
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Got a bit over excited when I first spotted this thinking it was a sequel. Don't be disappointed and get the same book twice. Although saying that Seven Ancient or Seven Deadly is a must read, highly over the top action is a work of fiction and I can imagine some pompous people who think they know everything not enjoying it as they are too busy trying to prove the author wrong throughout the whole book. My advice to them is leave the fiction section alone and stick to reading your text books. This is a book that is pure escapism and a real page turner which I found impossible to put down and read from cover to cover in a day. I then did something I haven;t done in a while which was jump on the internet to email the author with my thanks for such a great read and to beg for a sequel. Loved the characters,loved the story and loved the ideas. My poor boyfriend is unable to read this though because every couple of chapters I couldn't help filling him in on what was happening in my book. Enjoy a good read then get it, if you want factual stay away. I loved it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seven Ancient Wonders 18 Feb 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Yes, Seven Ancient Wonders is the same as this newly titled book. This is down to the publishers not Mr Reilly. To those who have moaned about this book.... get a life for goodness sake!!!! My first Reilly book was 'Seven Ancient Wonders' and I am totally hooked. Think James Bond but working as team and without the superior attitude or the annoying sex and sexual overtones. This book if absolute fantasy and it should be read with that in mind. If you don't want to read fiction then don't read this book but don't criticise it either! I loved it and have now read its sequal Six Sacred Stones... please set that word processor on fire Mr Reilly because I'm on the edge of my seat :-)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Toon Raiders 10 April 2008
This rather breathless adventure romp might appear to be a cartoon style thriller, with little in the way of characterisation or descriptions of locations or, in fact, any plausibility.

A more accurate comparison, though, would be to a shoot 'em up computer game. Even the chapter headings (e.g."Second Mission : The Lighthouse") remind the reader of progressing through the different levels of a typical game.

The book is fast paced and breezy enough to be immune to criticism. The opening scene "The nine figures raced through the crocodile-infested swamp..." gives a fair summation of its weaknesses and strengths.

Despite playing fast and loose with historical facts, and some episodes seeming to ignore basic physics too (the helicopters in the Hanging Gardens seem to herald some pretty impossible heroics) the author must be congratulated for having the chutzpah to criticise Dan Brown's truly turgid "Da Vinci Code."

In a flood of extremely unlikely situations and descriptions of psuedo-historical settings, the one inaccuracy that really irritated me was the constant assertion that our hero's unbelievably intelligent Peregrine Falcon is "small and brown." Peregrines are certainly not small, they are powerful and large and grey.
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70 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars same as Seven Ancient Wonders 18 Aug 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
from what i can gather from other internet sources this is the same as Seven Ancient Wonders just a different title.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sorry, I just couldn't finish it! 11 April 2009
I am very sorry but I just had to mark this book down. I would have given it a single star but for the time spent on the illustrations (an rare treat for a novel) which obviously had some thought going into them. The problem with the story was not the literary style like other readers comment on (I could get around this) but the sheer unbelieveability of it ... OK the reality. One recurring instance, is the crocodiles, they seem to get everywhere and just in places you know they could never exist, bloodworms in underground temple pools that have been closed thousands of years you just know they would not survive there and then theres lakes of mercury! I just don't think this would ever happen. For fantasy, I could just about put up with falling gallons of 3000 year oil and self igniting cave torches, fireballs and huge rolling rocks because I guess this is acceptable within the realms of the fantastical but the reality of situations is stretched just a bit too thin. In the end I got to thinking 'oh no, not again' and just lost interest and put it down. Maybe if the reality was made a bit more believeable the rest of the story would come more into its own. Just TOO fantastical for me, didn't leave any challenges to draw me further into the book. If these are the kind of elements (and they are many) that you love in a novel then its for you.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars worst book I have ever read 4 Jan 2011
An open letter to Matthew Reilly (I've just noticed you can't use italics here, which is a shame as I used a lot)

I can honestly say, that without a shadow of doubt, 'Seven Ancient Wonders' is the worst book I have ever read. That's actually slightly misleading because I had to give up very early on when a bunch of half-dimensional characters were running up the inside of a mountain with oil gushing everywhere, crocodiles dropping out of the ceiling and bullets wobbling about.

Perhaps I'm doing you a disservice and your books are aimed at people who can't actually read because you supply lots of diagrams and helpfully use italics whenever something 'exciting' is happening. I should imagine this would be very comforting to them because they can work out what's happening from the pictures and can impress people by being able to point the exciting bits in the text.

If I didn't know better i would have assumed you were a friendless 13 year old who prior to writing this book had trouble writing their own name. I would like to take this opportunity to share some pointers that you may find helpful:

1) Italics. Rule no. 1 - Don't use them. Rule 2 - if you have to use them, use them sparingly. Italics don't make things more exciting any more than people continually describe themselves as 'zany' are actually zany. In both cases it's really annoying. Rule 3 - when you use an italic at least check if it is actually an exciting word, you seem sprinkle them around like confetti and hope that one of them may actually be appropriate.

2) More is not necessarily more exciting. Being charged by an enraged bull is exciting . Being charged by 12 bulls is not 12 times more exciting.
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Published 1 month ago by Jaqs 153
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you
Fantastic read, great gift arrived in perfect condition. Bargain price and recommended to all my family nd friends. Thank you
Published 6 months ago by Lisa Spencer
5.0 out of 5 stars readable
a very good read could not put down and i have also read other two books in this series great
Published 6 months ago by mike mathewson
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Book
Matthew Reilly is a brilliant author and I would recommend his works to anyone, especially "The Six Sacred Stones". Go check him out.
Published 6 months ago by Steven Caulfield
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this book, though I read it only to make sense of the rest in...
It is a book that you read for pure escapism.

He is a good author although some of his scenarios are hard to accept.
Published 9 months ago by bettyz
5.0 out of 5 stars action all the way
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
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for Me
This book came recommended to me ... and was a huge disappointment. To call it 6th Form writing would be an insult to 6th Formers! Read more
Published 11 months ago by Alan Leslie Turton
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
The first in the series and a riveting beginning to a great trilogy. Would reccomend this to anyone a really good read
Published 15 months ago by tantone
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting
Matthew Reilly at his best. love all the books by this Author. enjoyable for both men and women cant wait for next book
Published 15 months ago by madamcyn1
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