7 Deadly Wonders Hardcover – 27 Dec 2005
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"Exciting and Entertaining."
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"A nonstop rollercoaster ride."
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"Nobody writes action like Matthew Reilly."
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"Exciting and Entertaining."-- "Chicago Sun Times"
"A nonstop rollercoaster ride."-- "Library Journal"
"Nobody writes action like Matthew Reilly."-- Vince Flynn, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Act of Treason"
"An absolute bone crusher of a thriller! Matthew Reilly is the king of hardcore action." -- Brad Thor, national bestselling author of "Blowback"
"Nobody writes action like Matthew Reilly." -- Vince Flynn, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Act of Treason"
"Exciting and Entertaining." -- "Chicago Sun Times"
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I can honestly say that 'Seven Ancient Wonders' is the worst book I have ever read. Actually that's slightly misleading as in reality I only lasted to page 25 because I couldn't take any more of the half-dimensional characters you wrote running up the inside of a mountain with oil gushing everywhere, crocodiles dropping out of the ceiling and bullets wobbling about. If only I were exaggerating.
Perhaps I'm doing you a disservice Matthew and your books are aimed at people who can't actually read? You seem to supply a remarkable number of diagrams and you are incredibly generous with your use of italics so we can't mistake when something 'exciting' is happening. This is particularly thoughtful for non-readers as they will be able to work out what's happening from the pictures and impress friends and family by pointing at the exciting bits in the text.
If I didn't know better I would have assumed you were a friendless 13 year old who still had trouble writing their own name but it turns out you are actually an Australian lawyer. And that would have been my second choice.
Anyway Matt I thought it might be helpful if I offered up some pointers to make your books more ... er ... readable. Or just readable. Or even better, just make you stop.
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 any more exciting in the same way that people who constantly describe themselves as 'zany' aren't necessarily zany. Rule 3 - when you use an italic at least check you are putting it on an exciting word. I can only assume you have accidentally set your 'italics randomiser' to 'on'.Read more ›
Unbelievable characters (like our lead hero and, in fact, every member of his team - even the 10 year old girl is about as believable as Ginger Spice winning an Oscar!).Wacked out story - OK, this is not too unusual for Reilly.
The science ... oh boy ... the science, and the engineering. Blimey, if Boeing could actually make a 747 do what one does here ... never mind the ultra-drivel about suspots, or about 'warbler' technology that 'magnetically' diverts bullets ... and there's more. Much more.
Some advice, pure and simple - Don't.
The book was written to entertain and excite the reader and it certainly did that for me. If the author bends the rules a little and does not stick rigidly to ancient history as it has been written down by the scholars, then so what. For those who have an interest in Ancient History, myself included it may offend a little. But speaking personally I don't see why it should. After all the book is a novel and does not purport to be anything else.
The plot of the book is woven around the original seven wonders of the world, quite an ingenious idea, I thought. Two thousand years ago a significant object was dismantled and hidden within the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Now, in modern times jack West, an archaeologist and a team of nine men are trying to discover the exact locations of the Seven Wonders and unlock their secret . . . But theirs is a race against time.
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Absolutely love Matt Reilly's books, just hoping for the rest of the series to come out!Published 27 days ago by Alexander
Action-packed and full of excitement, creative play on ancient Egyptian tombs and their 'traps' though!Published 1 month ago by Kira
re-reading this to see if it's suitable for my 12 year old son, happy to say it is! I like it a lot, and considered giving it 5 stars because it's so fun to read, but it's not... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Oaka1000
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