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fast but infantile,
This review is from: Seven Ancient Wonders (Jack West Junior 1) (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.