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Seven Deadly Wonders

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Maybe it is the attack on Guantanamo Bay to capture a bin Laden-type terrorist, or perhaps it is the theft of a priceless artifact from the Louvre. It could be the umpteenth escape from certain death, but this book is a roller coaster of a ride. Reilly, author of the recent best-selling teen novel Hover Car Racer, takes the nonstop action of that story, adds ten times more death-defying stunts, and comes up with this convoluted tale of the search for unimaginable power located within remnants of the Seven Wonders of the World. Jack West, an Australian commando with an artificial "superarm," leads a small group of soldiers who come from countries still friendly with the United States but irritated by its actions in Iraq. With them is Lily, a precocious little girl who is the daughter of an oracle and who knows the secrets of the Wonders. Trying to explain this "thrill-in-every-paragraph" story read by William Dufris is impossible, but it's jam-packed with just enough testosterone to keep male listeners demanding more escapist fiction from Reilly. Joseph L. Carlson, Allan Hancock Coll., Lompoc, CA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Full-stop "Screams. Splashing. Crunching. Blood" punctuate and come to epitomize Reilly's (Area 7; Ice Station) latest video game-style thriller about a race 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. The race is on, and 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 the novel's hero, Australian Jack West Jr., a next-generation Indiana Jones. The Europeans, goaded by evil Jesuit Francisco del Piero, and the U.S., headed by Jack's nemesis Col. Marshall Judah, want the Capstone for their own aggrandizement, while Jack's noble team believes it's too potent to belong to any one superpower. The "greatest treasure hunt in history"-a nonstop roller-coaster ride that lurches around the globe-might make a summer blockbuster-if American audiences will swallow their compatriots as the baddies. (Jan.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

"A nonstop rollercoaster ride." -- Library Journal "Exciting and Entertaining." -- Chicago Sun Times "Nobody writes action like Matthew Reilly." -- Vince Flynn, New York Times bestselling author of Act of Treason

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