Quick reviews of two recent additions to book series I am a faithful follower of: L J M Owen’s Intermillennial Sleuth Dr Elizabeth Pimms and Matthew Reilly’s Jack West Jr. Mayan Mendacity Synopsis : Dr Elizabeth Pimms has a new puzzle. What is the story behind the tiny skeletons discovered on a Guatemalan island? And how do […]
The Great Zoo of China Synopsis : ‘Now, I know what you are thinking,’ Hu Tang paused. ‘You are thinking that there are hundreds of zoos, why does the world need another one? Indeed, what can China do with a zoo that has not already been done before? Ladies and gentleman… this is what we can do.’ […]
Three books arrived during the past few weeks. This week Penguin are releasing four more titles in their beautiful Penguin Australian Classics series – Cloudstreet by Tim Winton, A Fortunate Life by A B Facey, The Bodysurfers by Robert Drewe and The Tall Man by Chloe Hooper. Penguin kindly sent me a copy of this hardback edition of […]
Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves Synopsis An old Soviet weapons installation in the Arctic has fallen into disrepair. Known as Dragon Island, the facility is home to a next-generation weapon with the potential to unleash a destructive force upon the world that was developed during the Cold War and subsequently forgotten. When a terrorist organisation […]
The Five Greatest Warriors Synopsis IT BEGAN WITH SIX STONES Jack West Jr and his loyal team are in desperate disarray: they’ve been separated, their mission is in tatters, and Jack was last seen plummeting down a fathomless abyss. IT FINISHES HERE After surviving his deadly fall, Jack must now race against his many enemies […]
The Six Sacred Stones is action-packed and an enjoyable read but has Matthew Reilly bitten off more than even he can chew this time?
Jack West Jr., the seemingly invincible defender of the free world and all round nice guys’ peace and solitude on his farm in outback Australia is rudely interrupted by an army of invaders one morning. This sets in motion the coming together of all our favourite characters that helped Jack save the world last time in The Seven Ancient Wonders – Pooh Bear, Wizard, Stretch, Sky Monster, Lily and Zoe.
I have just started the second novel in Matthew Reilly’s Jack West Jnr. Series, The Six Sacred Stones.
Reilly doesn’t muck around, he gets straight into the mystery and intrigue. It’s so Indiana Jones-ish – love it!
BOOK RATING: Story 4 / 5 ; Writing/Narration 4 / 5 BOOK REVIEW: Action-packed. Although I am a huge fan of Reilly’s work, I wasn’t expecting that much from this little novella – I honestly didn’t think the Scarecrow story (normally chunky, around 500 pages) would translate well into novella format — I was wrong. […]