Matthew Reilly is the author of seven novels: Contest, Ice Station, Temple, Area 7, Scarecrow, Seven Ancient Wonders, The Six Sacred Stones, the children's book Hover Car Racer and one novella, Hell Island.
In the thrilling third installment in bestseller Reilly's series to feature Jack West Jr. (after Seven Ancient Wonders and The Six Sacred Stones), the adventurer from the Australian outback and his band of merry men, women and children race against several nefarious groups to defuse a disastrous celestial event. The planetary entity known as the "Dark Star," the evil twin to our sun, is set to return to our solar system, igniting a massive negative energy source that will destroy all life on earth. It's a tough challenge, but if anyone can save the world, it's Jack. There are riddles to solve, bad guys to kill and derring-do to be done, all of which flashes by as one action scene piles onto the next. Readers should leave their thinking caps behind, hang onto the panic bar and be prepared to be flung hither and yon. Plenty of maps and diagrams add to the fun. (Jan.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
After leaving readers literally hanging at the end of his previous adventure with Jack West Jr. (The 6 Sacred Stones), Reilly jumps in immediately, with the action ramped up even higher. The world will end in three months unless he and his elite team can decipher the clues and uncover the whereabouts of the remains of the great warriors throughout history. Hidden with their bodies are the pieces of a machine needed to save humanity. Of course, there are others who will work hard to stop them from achieving their goal, and West's father leads that team. As time runs out, West realizes success means that he must rely on help from his enemies. The book opens with a three-page summary to help explain what's going on for newcomers and recap for everyone else. VERDICT Nasty traps, nonstop action, and elaborate illustrations make this a compelling page-turner. Think of it as watching an Indiana Jones film on a moving roller coaster. For fans of action, this is essential reading. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 9/15/09.]-Jeff Ayers, Seattle P.L. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.