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The Three Secret Cities: A Jack West Jr Novel 5 Paperback – 26 November 2019
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- ISBN-10 : 1760781053
- ISBN-13 : 978-1760781057
- Product Dimensions : 19.8 x 3.2 x 13.1 cm
- Publisher : Pan Australia (26 November 2019)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: 11,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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: Seven Ancient Wonders, The Six Sacred Stones, The Five Greatest Warriors, The Four Legendary Kingdoms, and The Three Secret Cities; and the standalone novels Contest, Temple, Hover Car Racer, The Tournament, Troll Mountain, The Great Zoo of China and The Secret Runners of New York.
His books are published in over 20 languages with worldwide sales of over 7 million copies.
Since Seven Ancient Wonders in 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.
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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.
However, even in that mind set I struggle whenever the characters start talking about space and 'galaxies'.
That isn't how they work... It isn't how any of that works.
Still an enjoyable read.
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!
A great story to the very end
I look forward to the next installment
It was worth the read hard to put down
Good ole Jack West story and getting help from one of Scarecrows mates to help him.
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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....?
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.
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.