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The Three Secret Cities: 5 Hardcover – 4 December 2018
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A shadow world behind the real world
When Jack West, Jr. won the Great Games, he threw the four legendary kingdoms into turmoil.
A world with its own history, rules and prisons
Now these dark forces are coming after Jack...in ruthless fashion.
That is reaching into our world...explosively
With the end of all things rapidly approaching, Jack must find the Three Secret Cities, three incredible lost cities of legend.
It's an impossible task by any reckoning, but Jack must do it while he is being hunted...by the greatest hunters in history.
--The Associated Press
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- Publisher : Gallery Books (4 December 2018)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 448 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1501167197
- ISBN-13 : 978-1501167195
- Dimensions : 15.24 x 3.81 x 22.86 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 312,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in Australia on 27 April 2019
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Having read all of the previous books in the series, I must mention that the one before this book (The Four Legendary Kingdoms) was my least favourite – It seemed to have ventured into an even more surreal world than that of the other books. MR fans know his books are over-the-top (think of a major motion picture with incredibly complex settings packed with traps, action, explosions, surprises, and extraordinary escapes). When the previous book (4) seemed to have crossed over to another realm I was worried that Jack’s story had passed its best. But, I’m very pleased to say that this new instalment, The Three Secret Cities, has reinvigorated the Jack West Jr. series.
Although it continues on from the ‘four’ book, its settings were grounded in a more real world, which I found easier to relate to and ‘believe’. As usual, the cast of characters was substantial, but even with all of their sub-plots in play, Jack still remained the core focus as he tried to save the world from oblivion. Without revealing anything specific, there were twists that I didn’t expect (nor hoped for) that knocked me for six. But that’s what books do – they draw you in, they engage you, they make you happy, they make you sad, they keep you hooked.
Jack West Jr. is back. This ‘three’ book in the series has all of the action, thrills, danger, complexity, and impossible escapes that I expect from Matthew Reilly. Thanks MR for continuing to share Jack with us.
As always, I highly recommend this book.
It continues right where The Four Legendary Kingdoms ended, and once again ends with a cliffhanger.
Because it is a sequel, readers must read the previous books in the series first, and I highly recommend reading the Shane Schofield/Scarecrow series up to Scarecrow beforehand.
A must read!
grippng and absorbing. Leaves readers waiting desperately for the next book coming.
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When Reilly was at his best with Ice Station & Temple the writing was much more adult and in depth. I rank Ice Station as being one of my favourite books ever. However this is truly awful. Childlike script and a lack of depth.
Having read 4 Legendary Kingdoms again prior to this, I was hoping it would be a little more grounded this time. How wrong can you be.
I will not spoil anything but the destruction of a tower block in New York City and the terrorist incident outside of the Houses of Parliament are completely ill judged and were hard to read considering recent atrocities in both places. All I could think was ‘how has anyone signed off on this’.
I think that Reilly has a team around him now who can not say ‘No’ to his woeful writing. I am aware he has had many personal battles. But this is extremely poor and truly laughable. I won’t be reading any more of Reillys work. He has gone downhill at a rapid pace. Sorry.
My niggle is that the kindle version is £11, but currently you can get the four legendary kingdoms at £0.99! I don't know how Amazon is pricing these books but it feels very overpriced. If you can wait a few weeks, I think the price will come down.
Bring on the next novel, the two....?
As usual, Matthew Reilly produces a fantastic adventure that left me feeling throughly emotionally wrung dry. I had remembered how invested I had become in these characters but hadn’t realised just how emersed in this story I was. Parts of the book had me genuinely in despair but the small seed of hope is planted right at the end.
Can Jack and the team really survive and reign vicious this time? I can not wait for the next book to find out! I’m going to read all of his other books again till I get my next Jack West Jr fix.
I did enjoy it but think I will have to buy a box of tissues before I purchase the audio book to add to my collection.