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7 Deadly Wonders Hardcover – 27 Dec 2005

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (27 Dec. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743270533
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743270533
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 3.1 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (217 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,645,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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"



"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"

"A nonstop rollercoaster ride." -- "Library Journal" --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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The bestselling author of Scarecrow and Area 7 takes us on a thrilling, non-stop treasure hunt across the world --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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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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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is matthew reilly and indeed amazon taking the piss. to rename a book 4 months after it was first published and mislead and con people into buying it is no joke. i live in france and have to pay air mail. i am seriously thinking of terminating my account with amazon as first and foremost they are allowing this to happen. bloody downright ridiculous and a bloody downright rip-off. shocking for amazon is this. matthew reilly must be skint to pull a stunt like this. i am not happy. so there!!!!!
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Format: Hardcover
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 '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'.
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Format: Hardcover
I've read all Mr Rielly's other books and quite enjoyed them ... This one, however, has to be one of the worst books I've ever read. Yes, it has the same kind of fast-paced action that makes some his other writing entertaining. Unfortunately, Reilly's grip on reality (which has never been incredibly strong) has completely deserted him this time.
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.
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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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By J. Chippindale TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 11 May 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is the third or fourth new author for me, this year, what a joy. Having read some of the other reviewers comments on this book, I approached it with an open mind but also a little trepidation. I was pleasantly surprised and found the book extremely fast paced and very entertaining. Sure, it isn't going to win any literature prizes, but I am certain it was not written with that intention.

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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