The book was full of non-stop action, but it was short on character development and long on outlandish plot devices. The narrative of the action sequences was like reading a video game - going from one booby-trapped room/passage to the next. Very Indiana Jones inspired. The whole premise of the book was very preposterous. I know this is a fictional action adventure; however, everything about the plot was totally unbelievable. The idea of having to gather pieces of the capstone of the Great Pyramid in order to avoid a world-wide catastrophe and to a enable a country to have world domination for a thousand years is straight out of the pulp fiction from the 30s or a comic book. Then there were the childish nicknames given to the team by the young girl, Lily - such as "Pooh Bear", "Big Ears", etc. On top of this, there was the excessive use of exclamation points and italics. All of this detracted from the story to me. I will admit that I did get more into the story towards the second half of the novel. But overall, I much prefer Cussler and Rollins - at least their storylines are somewhat plausible!
Marvelous. I am keeping this one. James Rollins, Clive Custler, Wilbur Smith, George R.R. Martin these are great writers with excellent reads. I love the interplay of history into a modern setting of a Clancy like today. Modern weapons and technology, spying, contient hopping, puzzle figuring greatness. "And I even like the color." -- prince in Indiana Jones, Last Crusade
Tartarusâ¦â¦the sunspot that lines up with the earth roughly once every 4500 years is about to appear again. According to legend it will bring catastrophic destruction upon the Earth unless a golden capstone, lost to antiquity, is placed back where it belongs on top the Great Pyramid at Giza. It is said that whoever has the capstone on the day of Tartarus will make his country invincible. According to legend, Alexander the Great broke apart the capstone and hid it within the seven wonders of the ancient world. A document known as the Callimachus Text details the locations and how to beat the traps. Now, three groups of nations are competing with one another to find the pieces and assemble the capstone on the day that the Tartarus Rotation takes place. The Americans form one team, the European Union the second and supersoldier Jack West, Jr., in possession of the Callimachus text, leads the third. West must beat the odds and lead his team across the ancient world to find the pieces and prevent the possible annihilation of the Earth.
Seven Deadly Wonders by Matthew Reilly is without a doubt one of the best action novels of recent years-think Indiana Jones on steroids. The novel is one heck of a roller coaster ride from beginning to end, starting with a daring rescue and ending with a last-second, Hail-Mary save. Reilly has done an amazing job with the details of each mission, intricately describing each location in detail. The book appears to be historically accurate with regard to the identity and location of each of the ancient wonders. Reilly has sprinkled in the odd trivia throughout the novel, such as the Washington Monument and the Great Pyramid at Giza being at the same height above sea level. All in all, I learned a lot from this novel and could hardly put it down once I started to read it.
I've read other Reilly books and liked them a lot but I just couldn't stick with this one, it seemed just too much confusion, too many names to keep track of, too many pages way too many pages, maybe a shorter book with easier names and places but this one lost me early on.
This is a very well written and entertaining adventure. I don't normally read thrillers but I was drawn in from the very first word and finished it quickly. I'm looking forward to reading more from this genre and am eagerly awaiting the next saga in the life of Jack West Jr and others from Mr. Reilly.
7 DEADLY WONDERS by Matthew Reilly: The race is on to find the seven pieces of the Golden Capstone that once sat atop the Great Pyramid at Giza. Two millennia ago, Alexander the Great broke the Capstone into seven pieces and hid them in the seven ancient wonders of the world. According to legend, whoever finds and replaces them during a rare solar event called "Tartarus Rotation" (predicted for March 20, 2006) could secure a thousand-year reign of absolute power. Among the contenders are the United States, a coalition of European nations (and the Vatican), an Islamic terrorist group, and a team of smaller nations (including Canada, Ireland and New Zealand) led by Australian Jack West Jr. The Europeans and the U.S. want the Capstone for their own benefit, while Wests noble team believes it's too potent to belong to any one superpower. Obviously, the date has come and gone, but maybe they didnt have the right date after all. In the event of stoppage of breathing oxygen masks will drop down. Secure your mask before resuming reading.
If you like exciting thrillers that move really quickly, Matthew Reilly is great. he has a main character in several of his books, but this is not one of them. His books would make great movies, there is so much action in them. In this book, an eight man team must save the world from the superpowers who want absolute power.
Well-plotted, but the author has a juvenile habit of trying to add excitement through italicized phrases and exclamation marks. If you've seen Indiana Jones movies, you won't find the plot points original, but it's a decent read for a snowy day nonetheless.
Indiana Jones meets The Da Vinci Code in this nonstop action-packed thriller about the greatest treasure hunt of all time--a headlong race to find the seven wonders of the ancient world.
An ancient secret...a team of heroes...the adventure of a lifetime.
A legend of the ancient world decrees that every 4,500 years, a terrible solar event will wreak worldwide destruction...but whoever sets the Golden Capstone atop the Great Pyramid at Giza will avert disaster and gain the ultimate prize: a millennium of world dominance.
Now the Sun is turning once again and nation will battle nation to retrieve the missing Capstone...but a group of small nations, led by super-soldier Jack West Jr., bands together to prevent any one country from attaining this frightening power. Thus the greatest treasure hunt of all time begins-- an adrenaline-fueled race on a global battlefield.
From the Colossus of Rhodes to the Hanging Gardens of Babylon to the Great Egyptian Pyramid itself, unlock the thrills of Seven Deadly Wonders.
This was an action-packed fun adventure book which I thoroughly enjoyed. This book has everything; intrigue and conspiracy, heroes and bad guys, clever plot twists, well researched locations, great humor and non-stop action. This was my first Matthew Reilly book but it won't be my last.
INTENSE, ACTION-PACKED, AND OVER THE TOP. Hairs-breadth escapes abound! The characters are constantly out of the frying pan and into the fire. Very cinematic story-telling but a little more character development wouldn't have hurt.
matthew reilly always leaves u wanting a new novel once you've finished one.....he is a master storyteller.....his stories are beelievable and this one is different...a new main character and a great one at that....