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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 3.3 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 406,191 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, 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 By Sarah on 21 Mar 2007
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 By K. W. Farmer on 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 By Rotgut VINE VOICE on 10 April 2008
Format: Paperback
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Vivienne Powers on 11 April 2009
Format: Paperback
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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70 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Craig stuart on 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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Old Flozer on 4 Oct 2006
Format: Paperback
When my son was about seven, his school essays would invariably follow the set theme for a paragraph or so then jazz things up with "then suddenly a giant shark appeared...". This book really took me back to that style. The author heaps improbable feat upon improbable feat, and underlines how amazing everything is with liberal use of italics, exclamation marks and sentences split over two lines connected with.....

.... dots!!!! This really made me cringe after a few pages. I have the impression this was written in a single, breathless burst, with little or no revision or editing. The author admits that he did little research and that much of the historical material is 'pretty flimsy'. This is a shame, because with some toning down of the plot absurdities and layout, he could have kept the pace and made a better fist of the Indiana Jones style adventure that he says he was aiming at. One for early teens perhaps.
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