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The Five Greatest Warriors: A Jack West Jr Novel 3 Paperback – 1 November 2012
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The thrilling bestseller from Australia's favourite novelist, author of the Scarecrow series and the new Jack West Jr novel The One Impossible Labyrinth.
BOOK 3 IN THE JACK WEST JR SERIES
THE END OF THE WORLD HAS ARRIVED
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.
OCEANS WILL RISE, CITIES WILL FALL
After surviving his deadly fall, Jack must now race against his many enemies to locate and set in place the remaining pieces of The Machine before the coming Armageddon.
WHO ARE THE FIVE WARRIORS?
As the world teeters on the brink of destruction, he will learn of the Five Warriors, the individuals who throughout history have been most intimately connected to his quest, but not before he and his friends find out exactly what the end of the world looks like...
Praise for The Five Greatest Warriors
'Ace of action ... one of Australia's most popular authors ... The master of mass-market murder and mayhem' - Sydney Morning Herald
'Think of it as watching an Indiana Jones film on a moving roller coaster. For fans of action, this is essential reading' - Library Journal (US)
'Well-written, cleverly plotted and extraordinarily gripping' - The Age
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About the Author
Born in Sydney in 1974, Matthew Reilly was not always a big fan of reading. It was only after he read To Kill A Mockingbird and Lord of the Flies in Year 10 that he realised reading could transport you to another world. Following this revelation, Matthew soon began creating stories of his own and set about writing his first novel, Contest, at the age of 19 while still at university studying law.
Following rejections from all the major publishers, Matthew self-published Contest in 1996, printing 1000 copies. He produced a big-budget-looking novel which he sold into bookshops throughout Sydney, one shop at a time.
In January 1997, a Commissioning Editor for Pan Macmillan Australia walked into Angus & Robertson's Pitt Street Mall store and bought a copy of Contest. The editor tracked Matthew down through his contact details in the front of the book. Interestingly, those original self-published editions of Contest have now become much sought after collectors' items. One recently sold on eBay for $1200!
Matthew Reilly is now the internationally bestselling author of the Scarecrow novels: Ice Station, Area 7, Scarecrow, Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves and the novella Hell Island; the Jack West novels: The Seven Ancient Wonders, The Six Sacred Stones, The Five Greatest Warriors, The Four Legendary Kingdoms,The Three Secret Cities, and The Two Lost Mountains; and the standalone novels Contest, Temple, Hover Car Racer, The Tournament, Troll Mountain,The Great Zoo of ChinaandThe Secret Runners of New York.
His books are published in over 20 languages with worldwide sales of over 8 million copies.
Since The Seven Ancient Wondersin 2005, Matthew's novels have been the biggest selling new fiction title released in Australia for that year.
Matthew has also written several short stories, including Roger Ascham and the King's Lost Girl, a special free prequel to The Tournament which is available online. Other short stories include Time Tours, The Mine and the hyper-adrenalised romp, Altitude Rush.
He owns and drives a DeLorean DMC-12, the car made famous in the Back to the Future movies. He also has a life-sized Han Solo in carbonite hanging on the wall of his office! When not writing or penning a film script, Matthew can be found on the golf course.
Matthew Reilly is currently living in Los Angeles. He is the director of his first movie, Interceptor, a Netflix film co-written with Stuart Beattie.
- Publisher : Pan Australia (1 November 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 528 pages
- ISBN-10 : 174261180X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1742611808
- Dimensions : 12.9 x 3.4 x 19.9 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 59,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I've read all of Matthew Reilly's books and eagerly await the next at closure of each.
Do that to me one more time.
It is gripping and keeps you enthralled to its conclusion.
And now I'm ready to read the next instalment...
Jack West Jnr. Always comes out on top.
An easy read. Great bedtime reading. Recommended to those who like action and adventure.
Top reviews from other countries
Since "7 wonders", the story sort of dragged through "6" and we certainly expected the cliffhanger...BANG style of Riley to return the Huntsman to us for "5".
The story certainly is more grown up than the other two, oddly the dialogue is a bit age and person inappropriate... it almost on occasion degenerates to a "duh, dude.." rendition from a very post-adolescent West.
But the pace is the Excellent page-ripping, heart-pounding stuff we've come to know and love.
All too soon this book was over!
We learned, loved, lost and loathed in delightful proportion- with a marvellous sensitivity for the ancient relics and rites being battered by the suspension of disbelief. This balance is what Dan Brown has failed time and again to achieve, yet Riley does this consistently... effortlessly.
While he'll continue to struggle to get on the NYT Best-seller top ten list, we who know continue to appreciate the light and humorous, surprisingly well-researched fiction of Matthew Riley.
However ever since Scarecrow, the books have been on a larger and larger scale, with the action being extreme, but there not really being the same sense of danger or action as there is in the more claustrophobic settings of the better books. It a bit disappointing that Matthew R has taken on a view that larger explosion=better action. This is not the case.
This book is a welcome end to the story that he started, and the action is very good. However, just as you start to get involved with a scenario, it ends (very much an anti-climax). You can see the difficulty he has had with the constant pictures placed in the book to help put a scene in the reader's mind. Compare this to his earlier work, whilst there were a few pics, the words themselves jumped off the page and left you breathless wanting more.
I really hope that Matthew will return more to his older ways in due course, as his books are in serious danger of almost making fun of themselves (and the loyal readers).
As a final point I wish he would stop puting things in italics to try to emphasise action or something dangerous - please credit your readers with the ability to actually understand these points for themselves. These are actually off putting.