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The Six Sacred Stones by Matthew Reilly
The Six Sacred Stones by Matthew Reilly
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Six Sacred Stones, 7 Aug 2011
A famous: 'couldn't put it down' one from the master of thrillers.

I love the continuation from the Seven Ancient Wonders. The use of the equinoxes are excellent and the idea for the Asteroid Belts existence is something that only Matthew Reilly could fit into his book of epic proportions.

The 50-50 of ancient history and imagination is perfect, the linkage of the Great Pyramid and Stonehenge is staggering.

I wanted to read it constantly as it is so engaging, but at the same time I didn't as I wanted to savour every page.

>Reilly breaks every rule for the writing of a series if a main character and makes sure that death is never far away, its… Read more
The Alchemist's Secret by Scott Mariani
The Alchemist's Secret by Scott Mariani
I think within the whole Conspiracy/Thriller genre, most writers had overlooked alchemy, so I was keen to try it - it was the first book that I found to read using Shelfari as well.

Ben Hope's a good character, with the usual something bad happened in the past that drives him into doing what he does.

Its about 50-50 real-to-imagination in terms of the facts like, Fulcanelli was real but ..., which I think is the best way of writing about something we're not quite sure about.

As ever witers feel the need to but love into their books, but its nice that Mariani doesn't let it go too far.

I will read the next one: Mozart Conspiracy, because again, it… Read more
The Mozart Conspiracy (Ben Hope 2) by Scott Mariani
4.0 out of 5 stars The Mozart Conspiracy, 7 Aug 2011
Scott Mariani writes a different style of conspiracy/thriller. There's a constant thread of conspiracy throughout that builds up very slowly over the book. Which someone may say means that: 'it takes a while to get going', however for me its a fairly relaxed style of writing that gives a big contrast to Dan Browns and Matthew Reilly which is refreshing.Ben Hope is already a firmly established character, and its nice that he's the only one that's a constant it means that a lot more can happen. Leigh Llewellyn and her brother Oliver are excellent at giving us an insight into moire of Ben's life before the 'hired retriever' Ben Hope that we're presented with.

Mozart's death is a… Read more

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