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Reviewed in Australia on 27 April 2019
Book Review : The Three Secret Cities : (Book #5 Jack West Jr Series) : Matthew Reilly

The Master Magician Mr Matthew Reilly Does It Again and Again and Again and Again and Again!!!!!

I Was So Lucky, I Read The Four Legendary Kingdoms & The Three Secret Cities back to back in about 5 days!

Jack West Jr, Aloysius Knight, Alby Calvin, Lily West, Zoey Kissane. Iolanthe Compton-Jones. Mae Meriwether. Pooh Bear. Stretch. E-147 Minatour. Professor David (Nobody) Black, The Wonder Twins : Lachlan & Julius. Hades (Mr Anthony Michael Dominic Desaxe) : The Marshall of France - King of the Underworld. Orlando Compton-Jones: The King of Land. Cardinal Ricardo Mendozia : (The Church's Shadow Omega Group). The Slave King Yago Desaxe (Hades younger brother) : Officially known as the Governor of the Royal Prison @ Erebus. The Knights of the Golden Eight : & Their Leader : Jaeger Eins. The Sphinx. The Helmet of Hades, The Sword in The Stone : Excalibur. The Mace of Poseidon. The Four Guardians of Silver. The 300 Guardian's of Bronze of the 3 Secret Cities. The Omega Event & Sacrifice. The Zeus Papyrus. The Original Book of Geniuses.
The 3 Secret Cities: Thule. Atlas. Ra. The 3 Immortal Weapons : The Sword of Rock (Land). The Trident of the Sealord (Sea) (a triple bladed mace not trident). The Helmet of Hades (Underworld). THE TRIALS OF THE TWO CITIES.THE TRIAL OF THE MOUNTAINS. The Altar of The Cosmos, Sagittarius A. Aragon Castle Ischia Island, Almafi Italy. Iceland Thulean Plateau, North Atlantic Ocean. Medusa. Poseidon Liquid Cement. Sir Bjorn The First of Three Watchmen, the Trismagi of The City of Thule. The Sphinx The Watchman of Atlas. The Ranger : The Watchman of Ra. History. Action, Adventure, Murder, Mystery, Mayhem, And Sacrifice! What More Could You Ask For, All Wrapped Up Within The Pages Of One Amazing Book! Do Yourself A Favour, Run Out & Buy It Today, But If You Buy 1 You’ll Want The Whole Series!

Lost Ancient History, Passed Down By An Ancient Civilisation Unknown To Only A Selected Few Privileged People Through Out History : Only to the Very Elite : The King of the Kings & Like!
This is not the history books we as commoners know. This is the Real Deal! The Original Book Of Geniuses not the tamed watered down version rewritten by multiple men over generations or The Papyrus of Zeus, The Word of Thoth:
A Lost Ancient Language Known to only Two Humans in the World : Lily & her older twin brother Alexander.
Mysteries of the Universe, A Lost Ancient Race that bought their wisdom, technology & Healing Ways to Ancient Man! And the Race & games to receive all that Power, Wisdom, Knowledge, to know what no other alive knows.
In Book 4 we saw a small diversion from a typical Jack West Jr Series being more like a "Scarecrow Series" Format in its fast paced, non stop action adventure, over a short period of time, but Book 5 see's a return too an Original Jack West Jr format! A race to an Ancient City lost to time or an Artefact (or both) over a longer period of time in to beat the bad guy's to the treasure, the knowledge & most importantly to save a loved one & usually the world!

Matthew Reilley's attention to the smallest detail, his impeccable research of history, his imagination in associating this or that to a particular time, place, person or artefact is ingenious. He truly is a Master Magician in his field.
And Best Of All, An Aussie Talent; A gift given to this world from the impeccable year of 1973! Just like Me!

One of the things I love the most about Matthew's Characters are the way they are written. They are real, much like me & you. They have their faults, they don't always win! And yes they often come last in a race or fight, but never ever give up!
Just like one of Jack's favourite sayings
"You don't come this far, to only come this far"! And Jack & Co are real men & women, they have faults, they make mistakes, they don't always get it right, but what they do get right is their morals, a sense of justice, right from wrong, loyalty & mateship, their depth of character & caring. Their not always the smartest, fastest or strongest, but they never, ever give up no matter the cost, who or what they lose!
Then u have the other character's, Jack's opponents. And they too are well written, but usually in total opposition in character to Jack as in they have no morals, no ethics, they fight & play dirty, doing whatever it takes to win, even that means killing an innocent or destroying a landmark. Nothing & no one gets in their way! Its these guys (Male or Female) you just love to hate & as you read along you begin imagine their demise & how spectacularly it will occur. Just how will this beast die screaming? Does the real scene match the imagined scenes in your own mind? That's always one of my favourite reveals of any Matthew Reilly book!

And then there's the Matt Reilly trademarks "the booby traps" (how does he keep coming up with more elaborate better working traps)? "Or the History" (real, imagined & amalgamated), "the weapons", "the machines of war",
"the armour & armoury". The detailed description of each gun, grappling hook gun, plane, chopper or battle tank!
His description is so real it feels as if your driving the tank yourself or pulling the pin of a grenade to toss at the enemy!

Next we come to the dynamic world building. His story's while usually set in present day & time also at the same time take us back to Ancient times & places that have forever been lost to history or are places no man has ever lived to tell the tale of. This is where Matthew Reilly really shines & comes into his own!
Describing a lost civilisation is so detailed & remarkable you see it in your minds eye as if you were staring at it in the flesh. But the detailed diagrams always help. His imagination rivals my own & I feel a kindred spirit in Mr Reilly,
I only wish I had his ability to put it into words of my own that could make me write like him.

Congratulations Matt, its all this & more that makes you my All-Time Favourite Male Author Australian or not!
The only thing that sucks about your books is the excruciating long wait between releases of a Jack West Jr Book due to the in depth research of history, places artefacts & people & papers, but its totally understandable as much goes into each & every book & it's worth the wait!

I Rate The Three Secret Cities by Matthew Reilly 5 ⭐ OUT OF 5⭐,
I'd love to give it more, 6⭐Out of 5⭐
but it's just not possible!
Waiting with baited breath 4 2020 and book # 6 The Two Something Something’s!
I borrowed both the hard back edition and the ebook edition from my local library, The Len Beadell Library and this is my fair, honest and impartial review of The Three Secret Cities : Matthew Reilly.

Book Reviewed by : Jewelz Pederick
🙋‍♀️❤From The 😜🇦🇺📖🐛❗
(Bye Love From The Crazy Australian Book Worm)!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Master Magician Mr Matthew Reilly Does It Again and Again and Again and Again and Again!!!!!
By Jewelz Pederick on 27 April 2019
Book Review : The Three Secret Cities : (Book #5 Jack West Jr Series) : Matthew Reilly

The Master Magician Mr Matthew Reilly Does It Again and Again and Again and Again and Again!!!!!

I Was So Lucky, I Read The Four Legendary Kingdoms & The Three Secret Cities back to back in about 5 days!

Jack West Jr, Aloysius Knight, Alby Calvin, Lily West, Zoey Kissane. Iolanthe Compton-Jones. Mae Meriwether. Pooh Bear. Stretch. E-147 Minatour. Professor David (Nobody) Black, The Wonder Twins : Lachlan & Julius. Hades (Mr Anthony Michael Dominic Desaxe) : The Marshall of France - King of the Underworld. Orlando Compton-Jones: The King of Land. Cardinal Ricardo Mendozia : (The Church's Shadow Omega Group). The Slave King Yago Desaxe (Hades younger brother) : Officially known as the Governor of the Royal Prison @ Erebus. The Knights of the Golden Eight : & Their Leader : Jaeger Eins. The Sphinx. The Helmet of Hades, The Sword in The Stone : Excalibur. The Mace of Poseidon. The Four Guardians of Silver. The 300 Guardian's of Bronze of the 3 Secret Cities. The Omega Event & Sacrifice. The Zeus Papyrus. The Original Book of Geniuses.
The 3 Secret Cities: Thule. Atlas. Ra. The 3 Immortal Weapons : The Sword of Rock (Land). The Trident of the Sealord (Sea) (a triple bladed mace not trident). The Helmet of Hades (Underworld). THE TRIALS OF THE TWO CITIES.THE TRIAL OF THE MOUNTAINS. The Altar of The Cosmos, Sagittarius A. Aragon Castle Ischia Island, Almafi Italy. Iceland Thulean Plateau, North Atlantic Ocean. Medusa. Poseidon Liquid Cement. Sir Bjorn The First of Three Watchmen, the Trismagi of The City of Thule. The Sphinx The Watchman of Atlas. The Ranger : The Watchman of Ra. History. Action, Adventure, Murder, Mystery, Mayhem, And Sacrifice! What More Could You Ask For, All Wrapped Up Within The Pages Of One Amazing Book! Do Yourself A Favour, Run Out & Buy It Today, But If You Buy 1 You’ll Want The Whole Series!

Lost Ancient History, Passed Down By An Ancient Civilisation Unknown To Only A Selected Few Privileged People Through Out History : Only to the Very Elite : The King of the Kings & Like!
This is not the history books we as commoners know. This is the Real Deal! The Original Book Of Geniuses not the tamed watered down version rewritten by multiple men over generations or The Papyrus of Zeus, The Word of Thoth:
A Lost Ancient Language Known to only Two Humans in the World : Lily & her older twin brother Alexander.
Mysteries of the Universe, A Lost Ancient Race that bought their wisdom, technology & Healing Ways to Ancient Man! And the Race & games to receive all that Power, Wisdom, Knowledge, to know what no other alive knows.
In Book 4 we saw a small diversion from a typical Jack West Jr Series being more like a "Scarecrow Series" Format in its fast paced, non stop action adventure, over a short period of time, but Book 5 see's a return too an Original Jack West Jr format! A race to an Ancient City lost to time or an Artefact (or both) over a longer period of time in to beat the bad guy's to the treasure, the knowledge & most importantly to save a loved one & usually the world!

Matthew Reilley's attention to the smallest detail, his impeccable research of history, his imagination in associating this or that to a particular time, place, person or artefact is ingenious. He truly is a Master Magician in his field.
And Best Of All, An Aussie Talent; A gift given to this world from the impeccable year of 1973! Just like Me!

One of the things I love the most about Matthew's Characters are the way they are written. They are real, much like me & you. They have their faults, they don't always win! And yes they often come last in a race or fight, but never ever give up!
Just like one of Jack's favourite sayings
"You don't come this far, to only come this far"! And Jack & Co are real men & women, they have faults, they make mistakes, they don't always get it right, but what they do get right is their morals, a sense of justice, right from wrong, loyalty & mateship, their depth of character & caring. Their not always the smartest, fastest or strongest, but they never, ever give up no matter the cost, who or what they lose!
Then u have the other character's, Jack's opponents. And they too are well written, but usually in total opposition in character to Jack as in they have no morals, no ethics, they fight & play dirty, doing whatever it takes to win, even that means killing an innocent or destroying a landmark. Nothing & no one gets in their way! Its these guys (Male or Female) you just love to hate & as you read along you begin imagine their demise & how spectacularly it will occur. Just how will this beast die screaming? Does the real scene match the imagined scenes in your own mind? That's always one of my favourite reveals of any Matthew Reilly book!

And then there's the Matt Reilly trademarks "the booby traps" (how does he keep coming up with more elaborate better working traps)? "Or the History" (real, imagined & amalgamated), "the weapons", "the machines of war",
"the armour & armoury". The detailed description of each gun, grappling hook gun, plane, chopper or battle tank!
His description is so real it feels as if your driving the tank yourself or pulling the pin of a grenade to toss at the enemy!

Next we come to the dynamic world building. His story's while usually set in present day & time also at the same time take us back to Ancient times & places that have forever been lost to history or are places no man has ever lived to tell the tale of. This is where Matthew Reilly really shines & comes into his own!
Describing a lost civilisation is so detailed & remarkable you see it in your minds eye as if you were staring at it in the flesh. But the detailed diagrams always help. His imagination rivals my own & I feel a kindred spirit in Mr Reilly,
I only wish I had his ability to put it into words of my own that could make me write like him.

Congratulations Matt, its all this & more that makes you my All-Time Favourite Male Author Australian or not!
The only thing that sucks about your books is the excruciating long wait between releases of a Jack West Jr Book due to the in depth research of history, places artefacts & people & papers, but its totally understandable as much goes into each & every book & it's worth the wait!

I Rate The Three Secret Cities by Matthew Reilly 5 ⭐ OUT OF 5⭐,
I'd love to give it more, 6⭐Out of 5⭐
but it's just not possible!
Waiting with baited breath 4 2020 and book # 6 The Two Something Something’s!
I borrowed both the hard back edition and the ebook edition from my local library, The Len Beadell Library and this is my fair, honest and impartial review of The Three Secret Cities : Matthew Reilly.

Book Reviewed by : Jewelz Pederick
🙋‍♀️❤From The 😜🇦🇺📖🐛❗
(Bye Love From The Crazy Australian Book Worm)!
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