Seven Deadly Wonders

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"Matthew Reilly, the New York Times bestselling author and ""pedal-to-the-metal action novelist"" (Publishers Weekly), is back in high gear on the greatest treasure hunt of all time -- a headlong race to find the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. In ancient times, a Golden Capstone was placed atop the Great Pyramid at Giza during a rare solar event called the Tartarus Rotation. Once every 4,500 years, a superhot sunspot -- the Tartarus Sunspot -- aligned itself with Earth and caused immense worldwide flooding and sun-scorching. It is said that when the Capstone sat atop the Great Pyramid, no such flooding or solar damage occurred. And, according to legend, whosoever places the Capstone on the pyramid at the next Tartarus Rotation will gain absolute power over Earth for the next 1,000 years. In 2006, the Tartarus Rotation will come again, but the Capstone is nowhere to be found. With the fate of global dominance hanging in the balance, nearly every world power sends forth its troops to locate the Capstone. Among them are the United States, the European Union, Israel, ruthless terrorists, and one other unusual force: a coalition of seven smaller nations that have decided that the Capstone is too powerful for any one country to hold. So they band together against all odds and send an eight-man team to take on all the great forces in the chase. Led by an Australian super-soldier named Jack West Jr., the team includes a Canadian professor, two crack Irish commandos (one of whom is female), a Spanish paratrooper, a Jamaican soldier, an Arab commando, and a daredevil New Zealand pilot. And with them always is a little girl named Lily, the ten-year-old daughter of the Oracle of Siwa -- one of only two people in the world who can decode an ancient text that leads to the Capstone. This stalwart group embarks on a global journey filled with booby-trapped mines, stupendous ancient wonders, gigantic evil forces, and adventure beyond imagination. From the Colossus of Rhodes to the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, from the Lighthouse at Alexandria to the Great Pyramid itself, fasten your seatbelts and hang on as the author of Ice Station and Scarecrow takes you on the adventure of your life! "

Mathew Reilly's 7 Deadly Wonders is a lot of things--fast-paced, clever, action-packed. But mostly it's perfect for a Jerry Bruckheimer treatment. The novel reads like a screenplay meets video game with one harrowing chase after another.

The breakneck action stems from an Egyptian sun cult which has hidden pieces of the capstone to the great pyramid in the husks of the seven wonders of ancient world, leaving clues that would flummox Indiana Jones. Here's the deal: whichever nation can locate and assemble the capstone in time for a cosmic event designed to end life on Earth will rule the world. Enter a ragtag team of commandos representing non-superpowers (read, in a Da Vinci Code context, not the European Union, the United States or the Vatican) who stand to lose in this eventuality. The team pits itself in a race against the formidable forces of the western world, cosmic calendar, and traps set by ancient-wonder-hider, Imhotep V. Complete with Mario-Brothers-style drawings, the book lurches from one great escape/victory/defeat until its final climax atop Cheops' Pyramid. It's a thrilling ride, perfect to enliven a lazy vacation or long plane ride. The real question is: Brad Pitt or Matthew McConaughey?--Jeremy Pugh

Customer Reviews:

  • This is going to top my list for worst books read all year (and it's only January)
    A disastrous time is approaching. In mere days the Tartarus sunspot will be in alignment with the earth, and if the ancient golden capstone is not in place on top of a pyramid the earth's climate will suffer horribly. To complicate things, the capstone is in seven pieces, each piece located with one of the seven ancient wonders of the world. According to mysterious texts, the nation in control of the capstone at the time of its placement will be undefeated in battle for 1,000 years. Three factions are searching for the pieces: the Europeans, the Americans, and finally our heroes, a small potpourri of adventurers representing a number of less powerful countries who have teamed together in order to prevent the other two from succeeding. In their eyes, the calamity the earth would suffer if the assembly of the capstone is prevented is less than what would befall its citizens should one nation rule the earth for an entire millennium.

    Our ragtag team of protagonists embarks on an amazing adventure, searching ancient ruins around the world for lost artifacts by deciphering riddles in ancient texts and disarming hundreds of booby traps along the way, Indiana Jones-style. There many, many holes in the storyline as the adventure progresses, not the least of which is the premise for the plot itself. The suspension of disbelief required on the part of the reader is far too great for a book not labeled fantasy. You'll constantly roll your eyes and mutter, "Yeah right, give me a break." Also, where was the editor? The overuse of italics and exclamation points alone is painful to endure....more info
  • Incredible!!, Just Incredible!!
    I'm a little taken aback by some of the negative reviews on this book. I think those reviewers must have been reading a different book or something, because this is one of the best books, bar none, that I have read to date. Reilly overloads you with some of the most in depth character development I have seen to date, weaving solid lovable and believable characters into a blockbuster of a story. I am confused at the reviews saying the diagrams were tedious and overdone,when they actually greatly enhance the book as some of Reilly's ideas and truly ingenious visions are uniquely his and the diagrams help the reader to to truly take in the genius that went into the writing of this masterpiece of an adventure novel. Hats off to Reilly, who has truly brought the adventure novel to new heights. To the negative reviewers, I can only say, take a literature class and learn how to make legitimate criticisms or at least wait until you're in high school before offering criticisms on novels. ...more info
  • Wrote a screenplay instead of a book
    On the recommendation of a friend, I picked this up as my first introduction to Matthew Reilly. I learned two very important things: 1) Don't pay attention to my friend when it comes to books, and 2) Matthew Reilly wants to be in movies, instead of novels.

    The positives (there aren't that many): An interesting plot premise, plenty of action, and a modern Indiana Jones-ish hero.

    The negatives...oh, where to start. First, he makes the Catholics some of the bad guys (us Evil Americans are the others). OK, every kind of story like this needs a bad guy, and even though it is a tired and very worn vehicle, I'm OK with's only a novel (I assume that the Girl Scouts will be evil in the next book). But he goes on to invent a stupid cult that is supposed to be what Catholicism is really about. I thought to myself "oh brother, another Dan Brown", then I read in the "interview" that he is a great fan of Brown, and as much admitted to borrowing this nonsense.

    Then there is the blatant "sixth crewman" plot vehicle...Reilly's characters fight it out with a lot of bad Catholics, so it stands that some of them might die, but with one exception the good guys that die are those that have minimal character development, making it easy to figure out in the, book, who was going to die next. The hero shows the appropriate few seconds of angst and grief, but then moves on to meet the next challenge.

    But all of that makes sense when you realize that Reilly wasn't writing a book, but a realllllly long screenplay...complete with nail biters at the end of the chapter...

    ...only to work themselves out quickly in the first line of the next chapter. It works well on film, but it fails as a vehicle to interest a reader.

    Maybe Reilly has written better, but if this is an indication of what his work is typically like, skip the book and wait for the will get pretty much the same, but with only two hours of your time wasted....more info
  • Didn't like the format.
    Don't get me wrong, I love Reillys' other books. They are fast-paced and his earlier books had more character developement than the recent one. But this book just didn't click on all cylinders like the other books. For one the format was really weird. You would be really flowing and he would but a weird break in the writing. Either by doing someting like..... .....this where he would put in the (....) I can kind of see it like a suspenseful ending to a bad mystery movie. And the killer is.... .....John Doe. It just didn't work for me and kind of took me out of the book, which is good from other aspects but the format was just too weird for me to really enjoy it. But I would liket to say that all his other books are amazing, if you like lots of action, and would highly recommend them to anyone....more info
  • Yes it's Anti-American, get over it.
    My complaints about the book, which are few, stem only from the overuse of italics and exclamations marks every few sentences and a few truly unbelievable plot points. The book was very much written to be a movie and it shows in the complicated descriptions of settings that require multiple diagrams in order to understand how these underground caverns are laid out and how the booby traps work.

    Yes the book had a decidedly anti-American bent but guess what, that's reality. America has been the world's only superpower for quite some time now and we really haven't done anything truly noteworthy or altruistic in a very long time. Imagining America as some sort of galactic superpower with dominion over all for 1,000 years would be a truly frightening prospect. I wouldn't want us to have that kind of power, either.

    But overall the book is what it is, a fast-paced action book that is an easy read and fairly enjoyable....more info
  • A Group of Archeologists Races to Save the World from Certain Destruction
    The easiest way to describe 7 Deadly Wonders is to say that it is a book written for the music-video generation. With two-page chapters, multiple short sections and headings per chapter, and lots of illustrations and diagrams, this book is perfect for readers who have short attention spans and need constant action rather than any literary nuance or character development to get them through a nearly 400-page novel.

    Matthew Reilly's success comes from his ability to write page-turning action suspense. This book is certainly exciting--almost overly so at times. In some ways the book reads more like a screenplay than a novel. Without question it will be made into a movie, and the screenwriters who adapt the script will have a very easy job. For that matter, even the set designers will have had most of their work done for them, since Reilly has peppered his book with so many visual cues rather than relying on the more traditional use of words to convey images.

    7 Deadly Wonders is without question a good, fast read. It's fast-paced, not overly lengthy, has a decent plot, and keeps the reader's attention. The characters are shallower than a kiddy wading pool, so there's not much complexity to bog the reader down. Imagery and description are used sparingly, again because of the presence of so many illustrations and diagrams. The action is intense--which is generally a good thing, though by the end the unrelenting danger the characters face becomes a bit wearisome.

    The book is about a small group of militant archeologists trying to save the world from destruction. Every five thousand years, a period of intense heat and drought is brought about when the rotation of the sun brings the earth directly in line with the Tartarus Sunspot. When this happens, most of the world's population will die. Fortunately, the ancient Egyptians were aware of this problem, and they devised a means of preventing it. They fashioned a gold and crystal capstone to sit atop the Great Pyramid at Giza that could absorb most of the excess energy coming from the sun. Curiously, this capstone also endowed its user with absolute power over the entire earth for a thousand years.

    The problem is, the Tartarus Sunspot is only days away from wreaking its havoc on the earth, and no one knows where the capstone is. Delegations from America and Europe are frantically searching for it, using ancient texts and clues buried at the sites of the seven wonders of the ancient world. But a number of smaller nations aren't sure they trust America or Europe to use their absolute power properly if they should find the capstone in time. So they compile their own delegation to locate the ancient relic. And the race is on.

    The book's action and cursory examination of all seven of the ancient wonders of the world almost make up for its lack of depth. There's no sexual content at all, and profanity is kept to a minimum. Even so, there is some objectionable content deriving from the author's proclivity toward meeting modern readers' demand for conspiracies involving the Catholic Church. The church, according to the book, is nothing more than the modern equivalent of the ancient Egyptian cult of Amun-Ra and is put on the same level as the American "cult" of Freemasons.

    The book has other problems as well. It contains more loose ends than a frayed sweater and has more dangling plot threads than metaphors. Few of the fantastic story elements (fantastic meaning "fantasy-like," not "great") are supported by explanation (such as a ten-year-old girl's ability to read ancient dead languages simply because she is the child of an "oracle"). The amazingly intricate (and lethal) booby-traps the team discovers during their archeological quests are right out of the Indiana Jones movies, but with one exception, no means is supplied for the reader to imagine how they might actually work three thousand years after their creation. And American readers might raise eyebrows at the author's portrayal of the Americans in the story as greedy criminals who want nothing more than to mistreat the Australian hero (Reilly is Australian).

    But for all its problems, it book is still highly enjoyable. The conspiracy theory it presents isn't as compelling as the one Dan Brown presented in The Da Vinci Code, but the chase scenes and archeology are fun to read and make the book difficult to put down. The ending is satisfying, if far-fetched. The characters are likeable, though shallow. The villains are very evil (and American), and the heros are very heroic. It's not for readers who prefer "serious" literary works, but like I said, it's perfect for the music-video generation....more info
  • Truly, truly miserable.
    This book was so completely terrible, so absolutely lacking in anything resembling worth, that I simply had to talk about it. It is so bad that I couldn't believe it, and kept reading with the sole purpose to find out how bad it could really get, and so I could tell everybody I knew how totally, completely, wholly bad it was. The only other books I have ever even started to read that were this bad were a few cheesy romance novels, and I wondered how even those could get published.

    Where to begin? I suppose if I had to explain why this book was so amazingly awful in a few words, I could simply point out that the characters were flat, uninteresting stereotypes, the plot was a sad, lame attempt at copying an Indiana Jones movie smashed together with a Dan Brown novel, and the writing itself was so incompetent that a seventh grade teacher would be hard-pressed to give it a good grade.

    Then there's the fact that the motivations of characters and events are told to us with embarrassing clumsiness, major plot points are illogical to the point of absurdity (even beyond the suspension of disbelief you need for a story that revolves around the magical power of the Great Pyramid), and sweeping generalizations based on nationality are made at every turn, with the Evil Americans heading the pack.

    But there's so much more to the horrific tragedy that is this book!

    The plot is basically this: the missing top of the Great Pyramid of Giza has magical powers that will give one country on Earth supreme power if they put some dirt in it on a certain date. But of course, the missing pieces are missing, aren't they? They have been cleverly hidden in the seven wonders of the ancient world, to prevent some a-hole nation from gaining too much power. Guess which a-hole nation is trying to steal power a week before the special day? Also, if the missing pieces aren't put back on top of the Pyramid by noon on the special day, a big sunspot will melt everybody on the planet. Or something.

    The heros of our story are trying to stop all the bad stuff from happening, naturally. We're given an awkward alliance of nations that the rest of the world doesn't seem to think are important - Ireland, Canada, Spain, New Zealand, Israel (Israel? really?), Jamaica, the United Arab Emirates, and Australia. Oh, and there's a little girl, on whom everything rests. The bad guys are the Americans, who stomp around killing people, stealing things, and being uniformly evil, and the European Union, with an evil Italian priest, the little girl's evil twin, and a whole bunch of French guys who are also uniformly evil, if devoid of distinction.

    And that's about it for depth of story. Everything is cobbled together directly from Indiana Jones, with a healthy dose of Dan Brown conspiracy (complete with Freemason US Presidents and Catholic Church sun-worship) and the Australian version of Dirk Pitt from Clive Cussler's adventure novels. We're given a load of ancient wonders which have been hidden for millennia but which are easily found thanks to some ancient documents and scrolls. Each one has a load of "traps" which are always easily and quickly neutralized by our heros, but which kill hordes of faceless bad guys. There's plenty of action all over the globe, from robbing the Louvre to cave-diving in Egypt to breaking into Guantanamo Bay to trekking across the Iraqi desert to murder on the plains of Kenya, but all of it takes place within a week and requires a private plane with unlimited fuel (stolen from Saddam Hussein) and a cheeky Kiwi pilot who apparently never needs to sleep.

    The characters are so poorly drawn that the soullessly wicked Americans aren't even the worst offense (although the main evil one is named Judah - come on!). A couple of chapters in to the book, convinced that Reilly must hate Americans with an unholy passion, I skipped to the Q & A with the author at the back of the book, where he says that he doesn't hate Americans - heck, he's even met some and a few of them are actually quite intelligent! - but that he just needed a villain and they were so convenient. I then realized that Reilly is just totally incapable of characterization. Our main hero is presented as cool, detached, and lethal, but with a soft spot for the little girl - but this all has to be told to us (over and over) because the character's actions are completely inconsistent. The other characters have no distinction whatsoever, and are only delineated by goofy nicknames given to them by the little girl and by their adherence to the stereotypes of their given nationality.

    By far the worst insult to the intelligence of the reader, however, is the extremely atrocious writing. There is an excessive use of demonstrative punctuation: exclamation points, italics, random paragraph and sentence breaks, the hyphen trail-off followed by a combination of all of the above. There is the recurrent use of sound-effect words, too, so that there is constantly the feeling that the author is trying to describe a movie he saw once, but is too drunk to command an adequate vocabulary.

    I could go on and on about how truly abysmal this book is (and yes, I did have to check the thesaurus for more ways to say "bad"), but really, I've already spent too much time on it already. Please, for the love of God, don't read this book....more info
  • Plausibles beware
    Imagine a scene where a 200 ton boulder is bearing down on the hero. At the last second, a falcon swoops down and deflects the boulder. If you find yourself exclaiming, "WHOA!!! That was awesome dude!!! I thought he'd bought it for sure!!! Thank God that falcon happened by!!!!", then you'll probably like Seven Deadly Wonders. If, on the other hand, you find yourself wondering how a 12 ounce bird deflected a 200 ton boulder, you probably won't. I like certain constraints in my fiction. I don't feel tension when I know Gandolph can swoop in at any moment and cast whatever spell is required to save Bilbo's butt from his latest predicament. I didn't like Cruise jumping from train to train and ripping his face off whenever Mission:Impossible's plot had painted itself into some inextricable corner. And I don't like this book....more info
  • After the first 50 pages...
    things get sorted out with the books format and such, at first i was ready to give up and chunk it, but then things got better and i figured out his style/format for the story, and then things made sense and from then onward i could not put the book down!
    all i can say is, give the book a chance! you won't regret it!
    happy reading.

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  • A for the Concept, D for the Exection
    I have never read one of Reilly's books, but the plot intrigued me because of my interest in history and archaeology. Boy, did I learn a lesson. Other reviewers have defended Reilly's writing style by saying it isn't supposed to be "good." Well if it isn't good, why bother reading it? The constant italicizing of words and overabundance of exclamation points is distracting, as has been pointed out by several reviewers. I suspect that the inclusion of so many diagrams was to save Reilly the trouble of having to actually write a descriptive paragraph since it's hard to do so without italicizing every other word or ending it with an exclamation point.

    The premise of the book is excellent. The Americans (and to a lesser extent, Europeans) as the bad guys is completely believeable in the context of the book's paper-thin plot. People who are whining about the Americans being the villians are, in a word, hypersensitive. I would even give him a pass on the lack of any character development if there had been some decent writing to go along with it. Unfortunately, he relied on his readers being lazy and not caring about anything other than people running from place to place. Some readers may do that. Hopefully, a majority ask a little bit more from a novel....more info
  • Shockingly bad writing with little to no content
    This book is fascinating in its lack of literary, suspense, character or plot value. I've read all the Matthew Reilly books, and while none is a stellar example of an effective thriller novel, "Seven Deadly Wonders" is the worst of a bad bunch.

    As an editor, I was, like most readers, appalled at the lack of editing that went into this novel (and I use the term loosely). The average paragraph is four lines long, and many are contained in half a line - I kid you not. This paragraph stands out: "With black hair and even blacker eyes." Why, oh why, does this require its own paragraph? Who can say? Certainly not any reader of any intelligence.

    It might be possible to overlook the cheap use of one-line paragraphs, but they are compounded by a near hysterical overuse of exclamation marks, ellipses, dashes, italics, and onomatopoeias (which frequently warrant their own paragraph, are italicized, are preceded by ellipses and followed by exclamation marks). Where was the editor, one reviewer asked. I second the query, and raise him a, "Where was the author when this was written?"

    Granted, Matthew Reilly is no Hemingway (if that floats your boat), nor even a Dennis Lehane (now that's some real thriller writing with some real character development and some real use of writing as a medium); but if you are going to write a book, *write a book*. It's not enough to prompt the reader, giving mere hints of a plot. It's not enough to endow your characters with "cute" nicknames and assume that confers to them personality, motive, and ambition. It's not enough to sketch out neat diagrams to compensate for the lack of description, motive, character development, and plot. It's not enough to write out a sequence of sound effects ("shlat!"; "thump!-thump!-thump!") and believe that creates atmosphere. It doesn't. It's just plain lazy.

    To the author's credit, the book does what it promises: it takes the reader on a tour of the seven wonders of the world, and it does so quickly and ruthlessly. Perhaps this is all he was aiming for, in which case, kudos, mission accomplished. But it is a sad testament to the publishing world that this made it through what should have been several rounds of editing without some serious alterations....more info
  • Absolutely horrible, yet still entertaining
    OK. First off, I have to say that I enjoyed reading this book as a guilty pleasure. As one reviewer put it, reading this was akin to watching an episode of MST3K- many of the situations in the book were so implausible that they were laughable. I'm not talking about the fantastical sites as much as I'm referring to the way the characters constantly cheat death and always have the right answers. If I didn't know any better, I'd say that this was a self insert fan fiction.

    The plot line is intriguing. Jack West & crew have to discover the whereabouts of the pieces of an ancient capstone, the one that was formerly on top of the Pyramid at Giza. The capstone is the only thing that can save the world from a sizzling sunspot that threatens to kill off much of the planet. The only trouble? Each spot was hidden in one of the seven ancient wonders of the world, and only one of them remain standing or even discovered. Luckily for Jack he has a wunderkind born of an oracle that can read a previously untranslatable guide to the riddles of the capstone locations. Unluckily for him there's a large troop of armed forces from Europe & the US (boo, hiss!) that also want the capstone for themselves. Why? Because the capstone can also grant one nation incredible power over everyone else in the world.

    If the plotline sounded ridiculous, then rest assured- it is ridiculous. It's an interesting premise, but the delivery just falls flat. Much of the plot is either glossed over or in incredible detail. Unfortunately the parts that need details are the ones that are frequently glossed over. Jack seems to have an almost miraculous knack of constantly defeating traps and solving ancient riddles. In fact, it's so far fetched that it's actually something that takes away from the rest of the story and the rest of the characters. None of the other characters (save one or two) ever really do anything to distinguish themselves, especially when Jack the Miraculous is on the scene to take care of all the traps and bad guys. Speaking of traps, I'm amazed that so many ancient traps (some being between 2,000-4,000 years old) were still working perfectly. It's even more amazing that the ANIMALS in these traps were still alive when they're completely cut off from any outside food sources.

    Add on top of that, there's the rabid US hate that Reilly has going on in the books. I'm ok with the US being portrayed in a negative light, but this goes beyond normal characterizations & takes it to the level where anyone who isn't Australian or part of the West team is automatically a Snydley Whiplash bad guy with no redeeming characteristics. In fact, the over the top US hate seems like it's more of a soap box for Reilly's view points. That would have been tolerable enough except for Reilly constantly writing how great the West team is & how they (unlike the US team) try not to kill anyone. That's great, except that for the majority of the book West's crew kills just about every team they come across. Not just kill in fact, but decimate in such "quick" ways as dropping a statue on them. Sounds like a pack of humanitarians to me.

    Yet I still enjoyed this book, even if only for the laugh value. It was fun reading about the seven wonders of the world and it's always intriguing to read different spins on where and what they would be like. I just wish that the author had spent a *little* more time polishing this book up and that a good editor had stepped in and put the reigns on a few topics (the US rage & the Gary Stu-ish characteristics of the West team) that needed to be a bit more restrained. I would recommend this book, but not to everyone. You have to enjoy pulp novels to be able to like the book, and even then you have to be a fan of the lower grade pulp novels to really get into this book.

    3/5...more info
  • Just plain stupid!
    Perhaps that best describes me for even finishing this book. All US bashing aside this "story" is ridiculous. Miraculous saves left and right as this band of idiots travels around the world destroying ancient artifacts. Entire tombs are found in hours using ancient scrolls that apparently are available to anyone. Magma and boiling mud active for thousands of years, flowing through hidden passages triggered by elaborate traps, the likes of which would defy any current day engineering. Self-deploying awnings (made apparently from unobtanium) used to divert lava carried in the mother of all utility belts. Stupid from beginning to embarrassing end. I'm embarrassed to say that I have read other Reilly novels and even enjoted a few but this will be my last. Without a doubt THE worst book I have read. ...more info
  • One Big Chase Scene In a Universe Where Physics Doesn't Apply
    OK, I only made it halfway through the book. This is unusual, but it happened. I wondered if I was missing something and then checked Amazon's reviews. It looks like everyone else is experiencing what I was. All chase, no (real) plot, no character development, and way far too removed from reality for me. Reilly has a 1% understanding of physics...I gave him credit for realizing that dropping something would cause it to fall to the ground. Look, you can't make an 8 ft wingspan human glider powered by compressed air. F=ma just won't work....think about it. Aluminum is not affected by a magnetic field...not even kind of. I doubt that bullets contain a significant amount of iron to be affected by a magnetic way. The total disregard for physical laws just drove me nuts. Being on the hairy edge of plausibility...OK, but this was beyond laughable, it was just plain annoying....more info
    OH NO, I am using exclamation points and caps!!!

    Just teasing, anyways, like a few others have pointed out I am not sure what the deal is with the bad reviews from people that liked his other books. This one doesn't deviate from the formula Reilly follows at all. And if you haven't even read the book...come on! Anyways,

    This is a fun book period. I am not sure if their are different printings, but my book didn't have a lot of one line paragraphs, but I digress...if you like action, you will love this book. The character development is there, you just need to pay attention, the action while outlandish is made somewhat plausible by Reilly's frantic pacing.

    This book would make an excellent action movie in the right hands. Indiana who? Give me jack West, jr anyday!...more info
  • Ammetuerish Predictable, Silly,
    I must laugh at the comment on the back of the book cover indicating that Matthew Reilly is Austrailias next Michael Creighton. Hardly!
    The writing was one dimmensional, predictable and childish.
    If that was not bad enough he uses the story to sneak in his obvious Oliver Stone type technique of using one historical fact taken out of context to build upon some ridiculous theory that ultimately is to forward his motive of undermining both the United States and also the Catholic Church. Oh lets not forget a little Israel bashing as well as the tired worn out villian " Big American Business ". The little tidbits cited as historical fact also contain many errors.

    Hey I enjoy a good yarn and that is why I bought the book, but this author is obviously pushing an agenda which is what I found annoying.
    I'm sure the same mindless reading crowd that is too lazy to actually know their history and loved the Da Vinci Codewill take this story as fact rather than fiction. That is the danger in writers of this ilk....more info
  • A lot of unbelievable fun
    Matthew Reilly writes action well. You can tell from his descriptions of the action that he sees what's going on in the story and he wants you to see it too. He does a really good job of that, too. This is a very visual story.

    This is a very complex story involving 7 wonders of the ancient world, how the characters find them, get past the insane Indiana Jones-style traps, and eventually save the world. (No, that's not a spoiler - you pretty much know going in that everything will turn out for the best.) It's like a roller coaster - you know you'll get to the end OK, but it's quite the adrenaline rush while you're in the middle.

    You almost need a chart to keep track of everything. There are plenty of pictures to help explain things, which I appreciate. As unbelievable and over the top as everything is, it's well thought out and a lot of fun....more info
  • Seven Deadly Wonders is well named
    Seven Deadly Wonders is well named. It's a wonder it was published and it's a wonder the author ever passed an English class. I have never seen so many sentences starting with a conjunction or sentence fragments since my ninth grade English grammar test. There are so many incomplete sentences that I ended up just skipping over large blocks of the text, and so many words italicized for emphasis, that it gives me the feeling that the author's power of description is lacking, and the only way he can give emphasis to something is to highlight a word. I had the strong feeling that this book was dictated, not written, then transcribed with no further additional material.
    It's too bad, because I really liked the concept of the book. But the characters lacked depth and feeling, and I rapidly lost interest in reading it. I agree with another reviewer who said it read like a video game. The same idea occurred to me as I read it. So, off to the trade in box for the used book store with this book!
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  • Good ideas, but atrocious writing
    It's a shame, because the author obviously has some great ideas, but this book is appallingly written. It's rather like listening to an enthusiastic young child describing someone else playing a very fast, very violent video game.

    You wonder if the author is trying to sell a screenplay for a successor to the "Indiana Jones" and "Mummy" films - if so he's forgotten two things, to create characters you care about, and to get readers to the end of his book.

    In the end I gave up. I advise you to save your money....more info
  • 7 Deadly Wonders
    For the science fiction and/or thriller fan who likes lots of action and impossible situations, this is a definite must read. A group of heroic agents from several small nations working together to either save the world keep things moving as they try to retrieve as many of the 7 deadly wonders as possible.

    Buried in the annals of time, pieces of the capstone of the great pyramid have been divided up among what was then wonders of the ancient world. The pieces are needed to prevent a worldwide catastrophe, but the holder of them will also have power over the world for a thousand years. Jack West and his band of representatives from the small nations want to prevent the wrong people seizing power.

    Join Jack and his group of eight as they face death and dangers you can't imagine in their search for the treasures. There are at least two other groups seeking these same pieces and Jack fears he may have a mole in his group.

    Frustration and disappointment seem to dog the little band's footsteps, but they persever. A recommended read for any reader who likes high tension and a sense of almost constant movement in their reading. Talented Matthew Reilly takes you on a tour of the ancient world and reminds us of the things we've lost to wars and conquest.

    Enjoy. I did.
    ...more info
  • Patience...
    This is possibly the worst written book I have ever read. The first chapter is so horrible that I almost put down the book. But if you love conspiracy theories, hold on! Once you become used to the choppy senteces, extra exclamation points and explatives, and the forced suspence, the plot line might grab you. The story is actually intresting, and hard to put down once you get into it. If you can get past the fourth-grade level writing. ...more info
  • Buyer's Remorse
    I really could have found a better use for the eight bucks I spent on this book. I've read four of Reilly's books and have become a big fan. If I were new to his work and started with this one, I would never get around to the others. I'm about a hundred pages into it, and so far haven't seen much in the way of character development. It's hard to care about a character you don't know. Normally, I'd be rooting for someone by this point. Yes, there's a lot of action; in fact, too much action -- no time for the suspense to build up before the bullets or grenades or lava is flying again and the characters are somehow managing to avoid it all. And yes, there are way too many exclamation points. It's supposed to be exciting. I get it.
    My advice for Reilly fans is to skip this one and hope his next novel is better....more info
  • Absurd!
    The last couple of reviews are very accurate in that this book is poorly written, has no character development and requires a complete suspension of belief. Normally I don't review books but this one has me fairly annoyed because I feel my money was stolen. It's the suspension of belief that is most frustrating. For instance, the hero is left behind in tomb, in the next section he's calling to be picked up from a resort island and the explanation is an implication that the hero started and drove a 60-year-old Nazi submarine across the Mediterranean sea. Let's not forget the stealthy 747 jumbo jet, this jet completely avoids radar detection because it has been painted with radar absorbing black paint. What? Then there is the wobbler that prevents bullets from flying straight. I could go on and on. This book really makes Clive Cussler seem like a literary genius. ...more info
  • Matthew Reilly Strikes Again
    Wow! Another amazing read. This is just as fast-paced and action-packed as all of his other books. Just when you think he's completely run out of new material and he can't possibly come up with something new. Wham! You get a book like this. An absolute treat to read, it's like a Jerry Bruckheimer film in print. ...more info
  • Indiana Jones meets Die Hard meets Tom Clancy!!!
    An incredible tour de force! Action-packed! Fact filled mixed with just the right amount of fiction to make the plot beleivable. Granted this book, author even, may now sit well with everyone. That being said, if you're the type of person who enjoys hard-hitting action-packed thrillers along with all those other action-adventure genre type movies (think Die Hard meets Indiana Jones meets Tom Clancy) intermingled with some archaeology and fanciful fun, then this book is one you'll enjoy. Try some of his other books as well. If you're not sure what to expect from Matthew Reilly, one option that you have, which I used, was to go to your local library and check the books out before you buy them, which is what I do before I buy any book....more info
    This is truly a stunning book - wait, scratch that, this is not a BOOK per say (although bound, complete with a page count and priced like a book), but a collection of notes, pictures and musings on the IDEA for a book that Matthew Reilly wanted to write, but either he didn't have the desire, or he didn't want to waste his time to really write. Instead he tuns in (and expects you to pay for)what amounts to nothing more than a script treatment for either a MAJOR MOTION PICTURE, a MAJOR TELEVISION EVENT or a MAJOR VIDEO-GAME. It's filled with short, choppy paragraphs in the James (Chapter One: Alex Cross walks into a room. Chapter Two: Alex Cross looks around the room.) Patterson mold - devoid of any personality or style - it's police blotter paragraphs with JUST THE FACTS.

    The book opens with everyone already on the run. Their mission already stated and their purpose driven. We get a few names, we get a few sexes and we get razor thin personalites. Reilly also tosses in short burts of dialogue that only serve to stress the need for ACTION! on the part of everyone involved (ie: run faster, jump higher, crouch low, dodge spikes, pull trigger). There is no plot here to get in the way of the pacing. No real story, just a grand tour of the promised SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD. And, really, that's it - it truly boggles the mind that its come to this in fiction these days. Zombies write it, zombies read it. Not only was Reilly bored writing it, but you'll be bored reading it - so, why do they write it and why do we read it?

    For Reilly it's the cash, as for us? We truly are far braver than the heroes found in this book - but unlike those heroes, we fell into the trap. We got hit with the spikes, or were rolled right under the boulder - we just get flattened, and Reilly (and publisher) laughs all the way to the bank. This is, truly, a crime. Lazy to the extreme. Devoid of any merit. Unworthy, vile, a cheat and a crock.

    Avoid at all cost (which amounts to $7.99 before tax).

    ...more info
  • Sucked
    This book sucked. I got to about page 300 before I decided to check what the reviews on it were. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone. This is the first and last Reilly book I will read....more info
  • what was he thinking?
    Up to this point I have been a huge Reilly fan. I disregarded the customer reviews and bought the book. I haven't even finished it yet and now I'm sorry I did buy it. After reading "Contest" I was expecting a really great read, but I am very disappointed. Reilly seems to be using the book as a political opinion format and bashes the United States. Since I spent my money on the purchase of the book, I will finish it. I agree with other reviewers: He uses too many exclamation points and one line paragraphs. The character development is just not there. He took a wonderful concept and threw it away....more info
  • Action Action Action
    Reilly seems, to me, like he should be writing movies. All of his work is pretty choppy and many chapters end with "and then it happened..."

    I enjoy an occasional booby trap from time to time and luckily this book was full of them. Pretty good action story, but I'm not a fan of the writing style...but who am I to complain..I've read every other book he's written....more info
  • Reilly's writing always gets a reaction - "Seven Deadly Wonders" is no different
    There are certainly two camps when it comes to reviewing the works of Australian writer, Matthew Reilly. His supporters find his work exhilarating, rapid-fire excitement with non-stop action. His detractors find his novels some of the worst dribble on the face of the planet with plots so unbelievable that they are cartoon-like in nature. This reviewer stands with the former and not the latter when it comes to Reilly.

    I've read everything that he's written and have found each and all of his works to be pleasurable, even if on the guilty side somewhat. He has created some very dynamic characters and plots that never stop for air. Is he Hemingway (as an earlier reviewer asked)? Certainly not. But he is entertaining and if you are looking for a few hours of escapism away from a world filled with a declining economy and big business bail-outs, then by all means, pick up a copy of anything that Matthew Reilly has written.

    This book, "Seven Deadly Wonders", is similar to the other 5 novels in the sense that Reilly has created a churning plot that covers the world and is filled with the appropriate number of super-sophisticated military hardware and evil wrongdoers. In this novel, Reilly takes protagonist Jack West and his military troop on a round-the-world search-and-seizure sortie to grab parts of the capstone of the Great Pyramid that have been scattered among the other 6 Wonders of the Ancient World. West must beat his old boss and mentor, American Marshall Judah (yes, that's right, it's the good ole USA that's the "baddie" in this book) and his army to the scattered pieces - for whoever controls the 7 pieces controls the world according to an ancient prophesy.

    This reviewer's advice is to not take this book too seriously and simply enjoy it for what it is - - - a few hours of action, good characterization, great gadgets, and pure escapism. It's not great fiction and those reading it will have to suspend their powers of disbelief, but it is enjoyable, none the less, for those who experience the "Seven Deadly Wonders" in the proper state of mind....more info
  • "Seven Deadly Wonders" Didn't Overly Impress Me ...

    ... and, no, it wasn't because of the perceived "America bashing," which a number of other reviewers have pointed out in their reviews (and, honestly, which I think is somewhat overblown). Rather, it's a number of other factors:

    1. Where were the editors? Reilly's novel had far too many exclamation points, italics and three- or four-word "paragraphs" for my liking. I am quite capable of reading and understanding full-fledged paragraphs, thank you very much, but the paragraph "fragments" nearly drove me batty at times. If there's a silver lining to this, it would be with the copy editors -- it looks like they, at least, did their job.

    2. Suspension of disbelief. I'm sorry, but it hit me like a ton of bricks when the book said sunspots are the hottest regions on the Sun. Um, no, they're not; they're actually cooler than surrounding regions due to magnetic activity. Other things that threw me for loops included oddly modified aircraft, traps in perfect working order thousands of years after being built and a particular power of the pyramidal capstone granted to the nation of the individual who successfully completes the quest. (I'm trying to avoid spoilers here, hence my generalism.)

    3. Character development. Hello? What character development? I, for one, Reilly, never became particularly attached to any of the characters in "Seven Deadly Wonders" because, frankly, all the reader generally got on most of them was a cursory background explanation.

    4. Silly nicknames. Enough said.

    I could continue, but I'm sure you, dear reader, have better things to do with your time. In closing, allow me two defenses of Reilly's "Seven Deadly Wonders":

    1. I did enjoy the maps and illustrations in the novel. Yes, some of them were childishly drawn, but they still allowed me to better visualize the situations that West and his team found themselves in.

    2. The perceived anti-America slant is just that, perceived. Insofar as I can tell, the evil Americans in the novel are limited to some sort of black ops unit and its leader, both of whom seem to operate outside normal channels of control. There's maybe two or three paragraphs in the novel where I, as a typical, middle-of-the-roader American, felt somewhat put upon for just being American, but that was about it. Besides, I guess Americans have been the heroes in previous works by Reilly, so it's not like he's got an ax to grind.

    Finally, I will extremely careful about purchasing future novels by Matthew Reilly. "Seven Deadly Wonders" taught me that, hey, it's a good idea to read more than the dust jacket or cover before committing dollars to a purchase. Your next work, Reilly, will be scrutinized very carefully by this mostly disappointed customer.

    M. Keck...more info
  • One Big Chase Scene In a Universe Where Physics Doesn't Apply
    OK, I only made it halfway through the book. This is unusual, but it happened. I wondered if I was missing something and then checked Amazon's reviews. It looks like everyone else is experiencing what I was. All chase, no (real) plot, no character development, and way far too removed from reality for me. Reilly has a 1% understanding of physics...I gave him credit for realizing that dropping something would cause it to fall to the ground. Look, you can't make an 8 ft wingspan human glider powered by compressed air. F=ma just won't work....think about it. Aluminum is not affected by a magnetic field...not even kind of. I doubt that bullets contain a significant amount of iron to be affected by a magnetic way. The total disregard for physical laws just drove me nuts. Being on the hairy edge of plausibility...OK, but this was beyond laughable, it was just plain annoying....more info
  • It reminds me of the crappy thriller I tried to write at 18...
    I found myself confounded when I looked the author's website. How can someone with so little literary skills have published so many books!?
    Granted, this is the first Matthew Reilly I have (tried) to read, but even from page 3 I can see no coherence in the structure, with paragraphs here and there, half page breaks interlaced with (I give him that) detailed diagrams.
    So far I have an evil Vatican priest cliche, an inhumane American army, and a ragtag team of nonsensically picked small nations to fight them. There is a ton of historically doubtful (as the references to the golden fleece and Euclids' Elements evidence) tidbits to try to support a childish, non-imaginative plot. Gosh, even James Bond movies don't have such an array of foolish gadgets as hyper-gravity fields and wings! (why no just a hang glider?)
    I am an avid thriller reader, and while several of the authors I usually buy have their own weaknesses, Reilly is the only author so far I have found myself frustrated with. If you want a good techno-historical thrller, go for James Rollins or the Child/Prescot duo. ...more info
  • Worth avoiding
    Sometime ago I read Ice Station by the same author. While it was definitely outrageous, it was still fun and inventive. This book is really neither. I don't think there is an idea in the book that isn't ripped off from somewhere else. Badly drawn diagrams of the various locations supplement the bad prose.

    The traps and the ways the team figure out to evade them is sort of like reading a narrative of someone playing a videogame. Activate the disable bullets gadget, jump left, dodge the oil, hit the "Call Falcon" button, jump over the crocodile, snatch the little girl before she's scalded by hot lava, and so on. Since none of the characters have any depth and the story itself is silly, reading this book quickly becomes a chore....more info
  • What the Flaming Heck is This Crap?
    Some time ago, I gave this book to a friend as a gift. Said friend is a big fan of the archaeological-mystery genre, and this looked to be right up her alley. Then, last weekend, I visited her home and found myself with a few hours to kill. I picked this up and started reading.

    I owe my friend an apology.

    Wow, what dreck. Or should I say, Wow! What dreck! The author's ridiculously breathless writing style, obviously intended to tell us that This! Story! Is supposed to be! Exciting! in case it slipped our minds, is rivaled only by the implausibility of the plot. The characters go around nearly-dying in nasty traps, complete with choppy exclamatory prose, only to breeze through other traps whenever the author wants to take the easy way out. The thing that finally made me shout audibly at the book was when a torch was falling toward a pool of oil, about to flambe the hero, and his freaking BIRD swooped in and carried the torch away. Unless the bird, whose name is Horus, is ACTUALLY THE GOD HORUS, I don't think so! Good grief.

    I didn't make it much further than that. So, I must confess, I only followed Gary Stu--I mean Jack--to the first of the seven wonders. I don't think I can take six more wonders' worth of exclamation marks....more info
  • Interesting concept, terrible book
    The dictionary defines the word ludicrous as "causing laughter because of absurdity; provoking or deserving derision; ridiculous; laughable". That pretty much sums up this book. I actually burst out laughing at times and I don't think that was the effect the author was aiming for. The list of contrivances that had my eyes rolling just kept growing and growing. I especially love the armored, stealth 747 that was covered in offensive weapons. Never mind the fact that it would be so heavy it probably could not even fly, Reilly has one of his protagonists add VTOL capability to the plane in his spare time so that it can hover.

    I can understand foreign writers not depicting the United States in a favorable light. Lots of countries feel the USA is heavy handed in world politics. Reilly seems to have an absolute phobia about America. His view of the U.S. military appears to be that of a bunch of power mad, kill everyone (including their own people) lunatics. Europe and the Middle East are not much better. Only the benevolent and pure Australia and Canada can be trusted.

    I will give Reilly credit for one thing. He does keep things moving. If you are into non-stop action and really don't care about plausibility or character development you may like this book. Possibly this book was aimed at a teenage audience. I don't think many adults will enjoy it....more info
  • Seven Deadly Wonders (Reilly)
    I truly enjoyed this novel, and find Reilly to be a compelling and fun author to read. While I agree that the publisher overused italics and certain punctuation and that it proved a distraction, the character development is first rate, and the plot moves along without any slow points. The relationship between Lily and the team is wonderful, and the first 8 pages of the book are some of the best I've read in this genre in a long time. I'm going to go purchase the next in the series today!...more info
  • Almost so bad that it's good
    Are you the kind of person who enjoys watching bad movies because they become accidentally hilarious? Someone who was giving something the MST3k treatment before you ever saw the show? This book is the literary (and I'm being generous here) equivalent. Written in a style more appropriate for young children (stupid young children at that) the author includes enough in depth descriptions of violence and strong language to make it inappropriate for kids. Too bad really--cause as a 7-year old a lot of this novel might have made sense. From about 9 on though it generates more problems than answers.

    There is a years-old saying for Science Fiction that says that you are allowed one impossible thing but everything else has to make sense. This novel inverts that concept by only allowing one realistic thing (the countries that he mentions actually exist) and proceeds to add 100's of impossible things.

    Let's just take one and I guess this is a possible spoiler, we are supposed to accept as a given that the ancient Egyptians could build hundreds of sophiscated self-maintaining traps that would last and work continously for over 4000 years (including apparently immortal alligators). Sure there's some impossible current technology too, bad physics, bad theology, bad linguistics, bad stereotyping (ok actually the author is quite good at sterotyping but using it is bad), bad .... well you get the idea.

    Here's the weird thing though, I was listening to the book on the BBC America audio version and I couldn't stop. The guy they got to read this thing deserves a medal, he managed to read it without just breaking out laughing at the insanity of the whole thing.

    Yeah make this a movie, I need the laugh....more info
  • Good idea, Badly written
    The idea behind the story is very good. Had it been properly written this could have been a dynamite, can't put down book. Unfortunately it reads as if it had been written by a middle school kid. As another reviewer stated, I too found myself counting exclamation points. The dashes and italics I could have done without also.
    I hate to "quit" a story so I did suffer this all the way through, it was after all an interesting premise. I had never read anything by this author before. I don't think I will read anything by him again....more info
  • Great Action Book
    This was one of Matthew Riley's best books. I literally could not put it down until I finished it. It was action from the get go. What a mind this man has.............more info
  • Lazy writing, laughable research--bubble gum
    This book is fascinating in its lack of literary craft, suspense, character or plot value. Another reviewer's comments sum up this terrible excuse for commercial fiction so well that it's hard to elaborate. After reading the first sixty-four pages, I threw up my hands and took two aspirin. My head ached from the constant eye-rolling.
    If the cutie pie names for the characters weren't enough, then the rubber bullets from a Glock, the hero playing Tarzan--no that's not fair to Tarzan, at least when he wrestled a croc he used his knife--but Reilly would have us believe that the man killed it by twisting its neck, and you'll find more nonsense on page after page--should be should be enough to drive you screaming into the night. Never have I threw down a book and logged onto [...] to see if other readers were as shocked at what passes for a thriller these days as I was.
    Lazy, unorigional writing... absolutely no research into subject matter, I would say comic book characters but then again I'd be insulting the talented people who come up with amazing graphic novels. You can't blame this on anyone but the author and the editor. Passing the buck to ADD teens who gobble this up along with their daily dose of Ritlan isn't the point.
    New York and the sham reviewers should fall on their swords for promoting such poorly "crafted" writing.
    Someone should have told Reilly to go back to the drawing board, read some talented authors, and ... Well .. what's the point. It's too late now.
    I wasted my time and money on this lemon but fool me once ... shame on me....more info
  • All-Out Action
    What a ride! "7 Deadly Wonders" kept me hooked from page 1. I don't typically read action novels, but I love an archaeological mystery. Reilly has put together a totally unrealistic premise, action that makes you think "Oh come on..." and an almost preposterous story....and I was loving every minute of it! I couldn't read it fast enough. Think "Raiders of the Lost Ark" meets "24" - great action, booby traps, gun battles, ancient relics. This was my first Matthew Reilly novel, but definitely not my last!...more info
  • Great Theme, Lousy Book
    This is the first negative review I've posted, ever.

    I picked up this book because the theme of the 'seven ancient wonders' is extremely cool -- and I've read other books by the same author in the past, so it seemed like an instant winner. Wrong.

    This book is a dud - I stuggled through the shallow plot, predictable outcomes and less-than-thrilling scenes in the hope that something would improve. Although there are glimpses of a potentially decent book, the author failed miserably in the delivery.

    Clearly, this is the worst thriller I've read in the last five years. Sadly, I must recommend that you skip along to the next book on your list....more info
  • Good Action Adventure through History
    This book is about the hunt for the Capstone of the Great Pyramid. Basically, ten years previous, a Oracle was born. The child is the only one that can read the lost language that points to the locations of the pieces of the Capstone. Since her birth, Lily has been raised in a secret compound among a few dedicated people that intent to keep the Capstone and it's great powers out of the hands of the Europeans and Americans.

    Present day, Lily has finally been able to translate the script and now they are in a race with the Europeans and Americans to get all the pieces. Jack West Jr. is the leader of the little group. But no matter how hard they try or no matter how obscure the location, they are getting beaten at every turn. It seems someone is giving their locations to the Americans.

    I really liked this book. There are a lot of historical things and possibilities. It was full of action and drama and had a quick pace. If you like action adventures like Clive Cussler, you will like this book....more info
  • Reilly's writing always gets a reaction - "Seven Deadly Wonders" is no different
    There are certainly two camps when it comes to reviewing the works of Australian writer, Matthew Reilly. His supporters find his work exhilarating, rapid-fire excitement with non-stop action. His detractors find his novels some of the worst dribble on the face of the planet with plots so unbelievable that they are cartoon-like in nature. This reviewer stands with the former and not the latter when it comes to Reilly.

    I've read everything that he's written and have found each and all of his works to be pleasurable, even if on the guilty side somewhat. He has created some very dynamic characters and plots that never stop for air. Is he Hemingway (as an earlier reviewer asked)? Certainly not. But he is entertaining and if you are looking for a few hours of escapism away from a world filled with a declining economy and big business bail-outs, then by all means, pick up a copy of anything that Matthew Reilly has written.

    This book, "Seven Deadly Wonders", is similar to the other 5 novels in the sense that Reilly has created a churning plot that covers the world and is filled with the appropriate number of super-sophisticated military hardware and evil wrongdoers. In this novel, Reilly takes protagonist Jack West and his military troop on a round-the-world search-and-seizure sortie to grab parts of the capstone of the Great Pyramid that have been scattered among the other 6 Wonders of the Ancient World. West must beat his old boss and mentor, American Marshall Judah (yes, that's right, it's the good ole USA that's the "baddie" in this book) and his army to the scattered pieces - for whoever controls the 7 pieces controls the world according to an ancient prophesy.

    This reviewer's advice is to not take this book too seriously and simply enjoy it for what it is - - - a few hours of action, good characterization, great gadgets, and pure escapism. It's not great fiction and those reading it will have to suspend their powers of disbelief, but it is enjoyable, none the less, for those who experience the "Seven Deadly Wonders" in the proper state of mind....more info
  • Pachinko
    This is one book I put down - no way I could finish it. There are no characters in the book; no point of view; no empathy; no plot; no purpose; no accurate history; no believable scenes.

    The book caught my attention because I love ancient history. My first instinct was not to buy the book, but the premise held some promise - how bad could it be? Well I found out. I felt throughout the third of the book that I managed to plow through that I was riding a ball in a pachinko machine (even the diagrams added to THAT effect.) Where was it going and what was the purpose?

    The use of history is non-existent. The descriptions are laughable. The only suspense is - will there ever be anything worth reading in the book? Resetting traps --- from 2500 years ago? Characters that disappear and reappear.

    Boring - totally. A waste of money and time. The back cover was a better read....more info
  • !!!!!!!!! --- count those.
    Again, I saw the title, read the plot summary and got excited for nothing. This book was truly painful to read. Hence my not finishing it. Now, as I hope, many of us pay attention to punctuation and how it is used. It affects the message trying to be sent and I think most of us read a sentence and do so in the way the punctuation requires. Let's try:
    "She broke the back of the chair."
    "She broke the back of the chair!"
    "She broke the back of the chair!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

    They are all different. There were WAY too many of those !! in this novel and in places that did not need them. The worst part is that this book was so complex, that there were diagrams aplenty to NOT aid you in understanding.

    I dunno anymore....more info


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