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The Six Sacred Stones
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Matthew Reilly is the international bestselling author of seven other novels: Ice Station, Temple, Contest, Area 7, Scarecrow, Seven Ancient Wonders, the children's book Hover Car Racer, and one novella, Hell Island.

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While Jack West Jr. and his colleagues are recovering from their ordeal in Seven Deadly Wonders, another deadly enemy plots to get them. With a multicity tour. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

The wildly imaginative Reilly has taken inspiration from comics, video games, movies, thrillers and Code-style puzzle novels to create this rocket-fueled sequel to his 7 Deadly Wonders. After completing a 10-year mission to acquire the Golden Capstone of the Great Pyramid from what's left of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, Jack West Jr. has retired to the Australian outback to raise his adopted daughter, Lily. Jack's pal, Professor Max T. Epper, known as Wizard, has discovered that the Dark Sun, a mysterious heavenly body, is due to emerge in nine days, triggering the Apocalypse. Ultimate disaster can only be averted if someone can locate the six legendary Pillars, cleanse them with the Philosopher's Stone and insert them in the 6 Vertices, thereby causing the Great Machine to power on and negate the fatal blast from the Dark Sun. If anyone can perform these Herculean labors, it's Reilly's resourceful hero. A pervasive tongue-in-cheek quality (one that extends to the low tech-looking maps and illustrations) will help readers find this outlandish adventure thrilling. (Jan.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Six Sacred Stones, the sequel to Seven Ancient Wonders, takes us on the next whirlwind adventure of Jack 'Huntsman' West Jr and his motley crew of incredibly intelligent scientists, mathematicians, army-trained combat fighters and genius children, one of whom is his adopted daughter. Simultaneously setting out from the Sichuan Mountains in China and outback Australia, they race around the world in the attempt to beat the powerful and greedy elite factions of the Chinese, British, American, Japanese and Arabian governments who wish to use the power of the sacred stones for their own benefit. What West's team knows and the others don't is that in successfully redistributing the rare artifacts to their rightful places at the ancient sites they will be saving the world, and as such our team alone is working for the greater good. Jack West Jr is all you could ask for in a hero. Think MacGyver meets Die Hard's John McClane. Fast, efficient, brave and intelligent, he possesses the ability to decipher archaic codes and riddles, wrestle crocodiles, evade ancient booby traps and ensure the safety of his team and daughter all at the same time. From the first novel we see the return of Lily, Wizard, Pooh Bear, Stretch, Tank, Sky Monster and Zoe, plus new allies Astro and Vulture. Unfortunately, not everyone is as they seem, and as certain presumably trustworthy cohorts start double-crossing Huntsman's team, we learn never to trust anyone when the prize is so high. This novel is classic Matthew Reilly. Fans of the author's work will enjoy this book immensely. Fast- paced and action-packed, this story can be enjoyed by anyone wishing for a few hours of escape and a dose of pure entertainment. Also, it is the perfect book for teenage boys finding it hard to locate adult novels that have a high level of entertainment and a language level suitable for young adult readers. Those who haven't read the first installment in the 'Ancient Wonders' series shouldn't be put off reading it-it can easily be read as a stand-alone novel as it gives the reader enough back story to understand what is going on and who the characters are. All up, this is a highly enjoyable read and a compelling sequel to yet another successful series by one of the best Aussie authors writing popular fiction today. Anna Hood is a bookseller at the Avid Reader bookstore in Brisbane

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