It began with six stones.
From the deserts of Israel to the tsunami-lashed coasts of Japan, from the steppes of Mongolia to the most mysterious island on Earth - this is what we have come to expect from Matthew Reilly: stupendous action, white-knuckle suspense, heroes to cheer for, and an adventure beyond imagination. Strap yourself in and hold on tight as he unleashes his biggest and fastest adventure yet, The 5 Greatest Warriors.
When we last left Jack West Jr., he was plummeting into a fathomless abyss and his quest to save the world from impending Armageddon appeared doomed.
But all hope is not lost.
After an astonishing escape, Jack regroups with his trusty team. Racing to rebuild the final pieces of the fabled "Machine", they discover an ancient inscription containing a rhyme about five mysterious unnamed warriors - great historical figures whose knowledge will be vital to unlocking the secrets of the Machine and its long-lost "pillars". But the ancients have hidden their secrets well, and with each pillar bestowing an incredible power upon its holder, their pursuit has attracted the attention of other forces from around the world - some who want to rule it and others who want to see it destroyed.
With enemies coming at him from every side and the countdown to doomsday rapidly approaching, Jack and his team had better move fast. Because they are about to find out what the end of the world looks like.
©2010 Matthew Reilly; (P)2010 Simon & Schuster
I am a registered nurse and a father of four great kids. I live in a rural part of Oregon and love it. I enjoy books, but Sci-Fi Fantasy has allows been the ones I reach for more than others.
I would recommend this audiobook to anyone who enjoys a fact paced action adventure where the heroes have their faults but despite this they do what they do for all of man-kind. This book best would best fit with people who not critical about the fictional way people can do extraordinary things.
His ability to put an attitude to the voice each character even more so if you read the first two novels. His voicing made the audio version of this book fly and enjoyable
This is real a book that you have just read and not think to yourself, Really?. This is not suppose to be a Dan Brown or Vince Flynn book. Its a fast in your face action book where people do things that are totally impossible and the story gets wilder and wilder with each new book. if you not into this type of book then look elsewhere.
I loved Reilly's early books and liked the first Jack West novel, so I'll keep reading/listening.
There were lots of problems with the story: the ancient mysteries that have stood the test of time were all solved very quickly and with zero effort. The plot was repetitive with the bad guys just narrowly beating the good guys to the punch over and over and over. Many details, including the "big surprise" at the end were very predictable.
As always with Reilly there were plenty of good action scenes. No single scene stood out.
Yes, but just barely.
If you've never tried Reilly, begin with Ice Station or Temple. Don't start with the Jack West books.
We love Matthew Riley's characters in his Super Jack Sagas. We can't wait for another one. Always action, far fetched but Sooooo much fun.
love these stories, great adventure and lots of action, with awesome details of historic elements. but I geuss it's a pet peav... Steven Crossley needs to learn the difference between the letter 'O' (Oow) and the number '0' (zero). When he was telling the timing's of event, he would say 'Ooow six oow oow' made me so mad, not trying to be a grammer nazi. otherwise great story.
Reilly ' Jack West trilogy is loads of action to keep the reader interested. good characters that are for the most part well written. The author is a bit over the top sometimes in the blood and gore department but the story is compelling enough to make you want to go on and finish.
Narrator: Pretty good but female voices would benefit from practice or, a woman. I wish the producers of books with strong female characters would just get a woman to read them.
Folks, for audiobooks it's not just about the writer, it's also about the narrator...
First a grip with audible - Until recently they've done a poor job of identifying which book is first or second or whatever in a series. I purchased this audiobook thinking it was a standalone novel, then realized it was the second book in a two-part series. Nonetheless, I decided to give it a try - see what would happen - and it wasn't overly disappointed .
The saving grace on my grip above was that the audiobooks starts off with a pretty decent review of what happened in the first book - enough so that it made me decided to give the audiobook a try. The story is actually well thought out, all the twists and turns are answered in the end, and even though I didn't know the characters from the first audio, I was able to connect with some of them.
The shortcomings? Well, it is an intricate story with pillars, and vertices, and locations all over the Earth. Also, the descriptions of these places and the mazes the characters have to deal with are very detailed and at times detracts from the story. The narrator was not at the same level of quality I have been used to with other audios - I belive he's British, and does a good Australian and Irish accents - but his female voices need some work. I couldn't follow if a female character was talking unless it was explicitly stated who spoke the words.
Overall, a pretty decent book - and it looks like Audible is doing a better job of identifying books in a series.
This is not up to Reilly's standards. The story is all over the place. sometimes rambling, confusing. The series is is one book long. The reader empathizes every sentence which after a while is boring.
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