Seven Deadly Wonders – An Adrenaline-Fueled Adventure

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“Seven Deadly Wonders” by Matthew Reilly is a wild ride, an action packed escapade designed to get your adrenaline pumping. The clever plot uses ancient relics and legends in a way that’s reminiscent of the “Da Vinci Code” but it provokes disbelief every time you turn a page. This is one adventure story that would probably work better on the big screen or as a video game. Think “Mummy” meets “Indiana Jones.” Reilly’s larger than life quest is very visual; in fact there are many pictures and diagrams included in the book, although they’re really not needed.

Every 4500 years a solar event occurs – the Tartarus Rotation – that will raise the temperature on Earth and cause massive destruction. A golden Capstone was constructed capstone project writer which has the power to neutralize the sunspot. Two thousand years ago Alexander the Great and Pharaoh Ptolemy of Egypt broke the Capstone into seven pieces and hid them in the seven ancient wonders of the world. According to the legend whoever finds and replaces them during the “Tartarus Rotation” will gain power for the next one thousand years. The rotation is due to happen March 20, 2006 and the race is on to find the seven pieces.

There is also an Oracle, a child who is the only one who can read the lost language that shows locations of the pieces of the Capstone. Lily is being raised in secret by a group that wants to keep power out of the hands of the Americans and Europeans. The leader of this group is our hero, Australian, Jack West, Jr., who believes the power is too great to belong to any one nation. But somehow he is thwarted at every turn. Someone is leaking their locations.

Reilly’s writing is designed to convey action, with lots of exclamation points, short paragraphs and sentences. If you’re a reader who likes well crafted prose you’re won’t find it here. You also won’t find fully fleshed out characters, they take a back seat to the action. And some readers may be offended by the anti-American sentiment. The good guys are Australian.

With a highly imaginative but unlikely plot you’ll have to suspend belief. But despite its flaws the book provides an entertaining escape. If you can read it for pure escapism and not take it too seriously it will afford a few hours of far-fetched diversion.

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