“ Author: Matthew Reilly / Format: Paperback / Date of publication: 25 November 2010 / Genre: Crime & Thriller / Subcategory: Thriller / Suspense General / Publisher: Orion Publishing Co / Title: The Five Greatest Warriors / ISBN 13: 9781409103127 / ISBN 10: 1409103127 „
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I've read some other books by Matthew Reilly, and he writes similar action / adventure stories with a fast pace, and more often not the hero survives against incredible odds. They can be far fetched, and the Five Greatest Warriors is no exception. However, it may be unbelievable, it may be far fetched, but somehow I keep coming back for more! The Five Greatest Warriors is the third book in a series about Jack West Junior, who is trying to find the stones required to assemble an ancient machine which will in turn stop the destruction of the earth caused by a dark sun which enters our solar system. There is a numerical theme going on the series - the first book is called the Seven Ancient Wonders, the second instalment is the Six Sacred Stones etc so I am guessing eventually he will write all seven books of the series.
This book sees Jack West Jnr in a race against some evil people (Wolf - his father and Carnivore - a Russian with a metal jaw) to put the six stones in the right place at the right times in order to absorb the harmful rays from the ever advancing dark sun. Once a stone has been put in place, it becomes empowered with an ability which is bestowed on whoever holds the stone. This is why there are some bad people after them - the power the stones offer could be mishandled in the wrong hands and Jack is determined not to let this happen.
There are a lot of overlooked points of accuracy in this book (don't let the truth get in the way of a good story!) with jarred when reading - for example Jack's airplane, the Halicarnassus never seems to need refuelling, and the machine which deflects the path of bullets called "the warbler" wouldn't have even been on an episode of "Tomorrow's World" as it is so far fetched, but somehow it didn't spoil the reading pleasure for me. I consider Matthew Reilly to be a guilty pleasure of mine as I know literary critics would slate his work but I get a lot of enjoyment from reading about this India Jones type figure, Jack West Jnr. I think the main reason is the pace - this book, like the rest in the series, is very fast paced and it makes for a gripping good old fashioned action / adventure story.
If you're interested in picking up a Matthew Reilly, I'd recommend that you read this series in order as there is a lot going on in the preceding two books and to start with the Five Greatest Warriors would give you a lot of unanswered questions and wouldn't make much sense. Good, but not perfect due to it's sometimes far fetched details, four stars. Thanks for reading.