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AN INCREDIBLE VICTORY BUT AT A TERRIBLE PRICE... Against all the odds, Jack West Jr found the Three Secret Cities but at a heartbreaking cost. His beloved daughter Lily, it appeared, was slaughtered by Sphinx in a cruel ancient ritual. TO THE MOUNTAINS AND THE FALL! With his rivals far ahead of him, Jack must now get to one of the five iron mountains-two of which have never bee AN INCREDIBLE VICTORY BUT AT A TERRIBLE PRICE... Against all the odds, Jack West Jr found the Three Secret Cities but at a heartbreaking cost. His beloved daughter Lily, it appeared, was slaughtered by Sphinx in a cruel ancient ritual. TO THE MOUNTAINS AND THE FALL! With his rivals far ahead of him, Jack must now get to one of the five iron mountains-two of which have never been found-and perform a mysterious feat known only as 'The Fall'. Although what is this object on the moon that is connected to it? A NEW PLAYER ARRIVES Amid all this, Jack will discover that a new player has entered the race, a general so feared by the four legendary kingdoms they had him locked away in their deepest dungeon. Only now this general has escaped and he has a horrifying plan of his own...


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AN INCREDIBLE VICTORY BUT AT A TERRIBLE PRICE... Against all the odds, Jack West Jr found the Three Secret Cities but at a heartbreaking cost. His beloved daughter Lily, it appeared, was slaughtered by Sphinx in a cruel ancient ritual. TO THE MOUNTAINS AND THE FALL! With his rivals far ahead of him, Jack must now get to one of the five iron mountains-two of which have never bee AN INCREDIBLE VICTORY BUT AT A TERRIBLE PRICE... Against all the odds, Jack West Jr found the Three Secret Cities but at a heartbreaking cost. His beloved daughter Lily, it appeared, was slaughtered by Sphinx in a cruel ancient ritual. TO THE MOUNTAINS AND THE FALL! With his rivals far ahead of him, Jack must now get to one of the five iron mountains-two of which have never been found-and perform a mysterious feat known only as 'The Fall'. Although what is this object on the moon that is connected to it? A NEW PLAYER ARRIVES Amid all this, Jack will discover that a new player has entered the race, a general so feared by the four legendary kingdoms they had him locked away in their deepest dungeon. Only now this general has escaped and he has a horrifying plan of his own...

30 review for The Two Lost Mountains

  1. 4 out of 5

    Krystal

    Holy crap. This was all kinds of batsh*t insane. WARNING: This review contains spoilers for the previous books in the series. As we all know, the last book ended in a painful cliff hanger that led to an excruciating two-year wait. Thankfully, this book jumps straight into clearing things up for us - although, let's face it - chances are you had it worked out already. This book begins in Russia, and it's quick to take on all kinds of trouble from a host of bad guys, meaning Jack is very much on the b Holy crap. This was all kinds of batsh*t insane. WARNING: This review contains spoilers for the previous books in the series. As we all know, the last book ended in a painful cliff hanger that led to an excruciating two-year wait. Thankfully, this book jumps straight into clearing things up for us - although, let's face it - chances are you had it worked out already. This book begins in Russia, and it's quick to take on all kinds of trouble from a host of bad guys, meaning Jack is very much on the back foot from the beginning. Frustratingly, this book leaves him trailing further and further behind. Poor bastard. I can't describe how painful it was for me that Jack was always so far behind. He's always been great at coming from the back to take the win but this book makes it feel almost impossible - the odds are just so ridiculously stacked against him. This feels very much like an 'in-between' sort of novel; there's a lot of allusion to a labyrinth which was never going to make it into this book, so it feels like it spends a lot of time setting up that final challenge, rather than focusing the attention on the adventures of the lost mountains. It annoyed me a little, but only because I know I've got another wait before that conclusion which I know is going to be all kinds of epic. It also felt a little lacking in all the ancient puzzle-solving that I've enjoyed so much in the other books. The Lost Mountains of the title didn't actually feel that important to the whole progression of this particular episode. Lots of planes and other vehicles which I always take with a grain of salt - these things don't hugely interest me but I really love the enthusiasm that comes through the writing. The creepy psycho statues are back, too, and are wreaking plenty of havoc. The team is still split in all kinds of directions and I really miss them all working together. It adds to Jack's desperation that he seems to have to deal with so much of it by himself, but it does also give us some epic moments when characters come together again after a long and/or tense separation. But I'm very much looking forward to some serious teamwork in the last book. Overall, I really enjoyed how crazy this adventure was, but it was also seriously fkn depressing. It was just so hard for me to read about how dire things looked for Jack at every single turn. So I guess the emotional factor messed with me a little too much to make it a 5-star. They've always been such fun novels but suddenly the drama is real and the consequences are too extreme and things just feel so damn helpless throughout this book. It hurt my heart. Tell ya what, though. The final book is going to be all kinds of insane and I honestly can't wait. I am ready for everything in this series to come together like the most incredible tapestry ever woven. I AM READY. ...aaaaaand impatiently waiting. Again. With thanks to Macmillan for my ARC

  2. 4 out of 5

    The Cats’ Mother

    This is a story about a brave dedicated adventurer who has to pass a series of tests in a breathless and exhausting race to be the first to complete a very important mission... but enough about me getting my review onto GoodReads 😹 Seriously, this is the sixth book in the epic Jack West Jnr series which began in 2005 with Seven Ancient Wonders, and has been counting down, so we all know this is the penultimate book. Reilly is the only author I buy in hardback (luckily they usually come out around This is a story about a brave dedicated adventurer who has to pass a series of tests in a breathless and exhausting race to be the first to complete a very important mission... but enough about me getting my review onto GoodReads 😹 Seriously, this is the sixth book in the epic Jack West Jnr series which began in 2005 with Seven Ancient Wonders, and has been counting down, so we all know this is the penultimate book. Reilly is the only author I buy in hardback (luckily they usually come out around my birthday) but that still seemed a long way away, so my squeal of excitement when I saw it was available on NetGalley, and then repeated when I was actually approved, was probably heard over in Australia. I dropped my current book and fully intended to stay up all night reading, but the Siren Bell must’ve knocked me out, so this has engaged me for most of today instead. I really think it’s the best one yet. (You absolutely have to read this series in order.) The last book ended with the devastating sacrifice of Jack’s adopted daughter Lily in a secret ceremony under the Rock of Gibraltar, one of steps necessary for the salvation of the universe. An epilogue hinted that perhaps it wasn’t Lily after all, and this opens with the revelation that she is indeed still alive but in big trouble, tied up on the steps of the Kremlin. Evil megalomaniac Sphinx has hatched a plan to subjugate the whole world under his rule, which means completing a death-defying challenge called The Fall in one of five hidden mountains around the world, then navigating the labyrinth to get to the throne. He’s not the only one - we meet other dastardly villains with their own plans for the world. Jack West is also set on getting there, but he only wants to save the universe from the pending Omega event - and they’re running out of time. Can Jack and his family of friends and allies solve the ancient riddles and hold off the terrifying baddies before it’s too late? Matthew Reilly may not be the world’s greatest writer, but he is arguably one of it’s best story-tellers. The way he is able to come up with ever more original predicaments for Jack and his team to escape from, to play with our emotions as characters we’ve come to adore face almost certain death, only to be rescued at the last second by the unlikeliest heroes, but not always - there are also some gut-wrenching losses in this one, make him one of my absolute favourite authors. “The voice had a distinct accent, one that Jack knew well. A New Zealand accent.” was a line to make my adopted Kiwi heart sing. Somehow he constructs the most elaborate challenges out of real places and names from history, throwing in detailed drawings so you can picture exactly what he means. He also comes across as a genuinely nice guy. This is not serious literature, but it is seriously good fun. I think I enjoyed this even more than the last few because for a change Jack is doing the chasing and rescuing, rather than being trapped and beaten, and also because of the fantastic female characters in this one, some from before and some new - especially the brilliantly kick-ass potty-mouthed nuns! Oh and those dogs... Obviously this is not the end, but it finishes at the perfect place to set us up for The One something something, due to come out Christmas 2021. It’s going to be a long wait. Meanwhile The Two Lost Mountains is published in Australia on October 13th. An enormous thank you to Matthew Reilly, NetGalley, and Pan MacMillan Australia for the ARC which allowed me to give my honest review (and be first, yay)! Matthew, I can honestly say, “‘Mmmm, that was satisfying. I enjoyed that.”

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mandy White

    Guest reviewer - my husband, who loves Matthew Reilly books like I love Michael Connelly books! Well, where do I start - at the beginning I guess and that means you should too. The Jack West Jnr series - Seven Ancient Wonders, The Six Sacred Stones, The Five Greatest Warriors, The 4 Legendary Kingdoms and The Three Secret Cities all lead to this fast paced epic, The Two Lost Mountains - book 6. Jack West Jnr is completing an ancient trial to prevent an Omega event, the end of everything. In tradit Guest reviewer - my husband, who loves Matthew Reilly books like I love Michael Connelly books! Well, where do I start - at the beginning I guess and that means you should too. The Jack West Jnr series - Seven Ancient Wonders, The Six Sacred Stones, The Five Greatest Warriors, The 4 Legendary Kingdoms and The Three Secret Cities all lead to this fast paced epic, The Two Lost Mountains - book 6. Jack West Jnr is completing an ancient trial to prevent an Omega event, the end of everything. In traditional Matthew Reilly style, the book reads like an action movie, bouncing across the globe with characters that you will love and those that you will hate. Filled with action, the ancient worlds meets the modern, which leaves you at a crossroads at times, wondering how on earth people are going to escape certain death - and with a clever, get out clause, they usually do. Without spoilers, we gain new characters but also lose some, and Mr Reilly loves to swing the axe at your heartstrings. It makes it tricky to review without giving anything away - so when you get your copy do not read the chat with the author at the end until you have finished. This is an enjoyable romp across Europe and Africa and is leading into "One Something Something" Thank you to MacMillian Australia for sending my wife a copy of this book for me to read and review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jeanette Lewis

    Thank you to Netgalley and Publishers Pan Macmillan for this electronic ARC of The Lost Two Mountains by Matthew Reilly for my honest opinion and review. Another action packed thriller from this fabulously creative author. The book is fast paced with events and characters that hold the reader's attention in constant alert, a hard to put down book. While it is part of a series it stands alone well. Lily, inside a ceremonial chamber in the heart of the Rock of Gibraltar is preparing to die and await Thank you to Netgalley and Publishers Pan Macmillan for this electronic ARC of The Lost Two Mountains by Matthew Reilly for my honest opinion and review. Another action packed thriller from this fabulously creative author. The book is fast paced with events and characters that hold the reader's attention in constant alert, a hard to put down book. While it is part of a series it stands alone well. Lily, inside a ceremonial chamber in the heart of the Rock of Gibraltar is preparing to die and awaits for the inevitable when all of a sudden there are pistol shots, the Sphinx is wounded but to her dismay she recognises her saviour who now would be the one to be sacrificed. The chamber reveals with the strange light from the bloodstained water the Word of Thoth and with Lily able to translate reads the events and actions that will prevent Omega and where the Supreme Labyrinth with the ultimate throne as Emperor at its core awaits, only available in the first instance by performing the Fall at an Iron Mountain to acquire the Mark. It further describes the possible use of armies and the Siren Bells. Now, within the chamber five rings of red gems are also revealed. Taking the largest one, Sphinx is now in control of the armies of Bronzemen automatons. Not content, Sphinx wants control of the Siren Bells that would make the world's inhabitants wherever necessary his slaves. Moscow: Jack West Jnr is desperately dragging the bodies of Stretch, Aloysius and Lily, in their Siren Bell induced sleep while being pursued by the Bronzemen. From here on the pace really picks up with the reader taken on an amazing journey including the Vatican, Mont Saint Michel, Jerusalem and Egypt with Jack conceding that he is being beaten at every stage by his rivals until finally with still more automatons in pursuit he and his companions drop into the Labyrinth entrance just as the door is sealed.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Wayne

    I give every star there is and then some. I'm a big fan no doubt and biased but to me they are so ridiculously amazingly good that I finish them so fast I have ages to wait until the next one and I don't even care. I always say to myself now take your time with this one, savour it but it's impossible. Well it is for me anyway. Mathew Reilly is a master storyteller and can have you spellbound from Start to finish. The world building is extraordinary. The detail that goes into his books is astounding I give every star there is and then some. I'm a big fan no doubt and biased but to me they are so ridiculously amazingly good that I finish them so fast I have ages to wait until the next one and I don't even care. I always say to myself now take your time with this one, savour it but it's impossible. Well it is for me anyway. Mathew Reilly is a master storyteller and can have you spellbound from Start to finish. The world building is extraordinary. The detail that goes into his books is astounding and very clearly the result of his extensive research. As a librarian that will always get a massive tick from me. But how he manages to do this with what is going on around the characters at a million miles an hour is beyond me. Truly great writing. Everything is so vivid and so realistic that you are transported right there. Not just watching but right there as every thing goes on around you. The characters are also perfect and all of them add just the right balance and depth to the story. Jack West JR is the focal point but there's so many other great characters too. Zoe, Lily, Alby, Iolanthe are brilliant as always and the villains are truly truly villainous and there's a few which also gives great depth. There's also a couple of nuns who make an appearance to look out for. The plot is hectic and crazy and barely stops for a breath but when it does it's captivating as well. The historical detail is again meticulously researched and it's almost impossible to tell when it's fiction or fact. A master storyteller no doubt. There's twists and turns and heart in mouth moments as well as some sad and poignant ones too. No spoilers here but it's got every emotion and then some. And special mention to the gadgets and vehicles as well. They are stupendous in their complexity but told with a simplicity that even the most non technical reader could get. Another Matthew Reilly book another sure fire No 1 bestseller. Like I said he knows his craft beautifully and can write to his readers like no other. This series has been awesome from the start and this just raises the bar again. And the next one while a long way away is worth the wait no doubt. If you haven't read this series start it. If you haven't read any of his books then do so. So highly recommended it's off the charts.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Pallav

    There are only three authors whose books I finish in record time from release date. Jim Butcher, Joe Abercrombie, and Matthew Reilly. Even with all the bullshit going around in 2020, all three released their books nearly in sync with each other. Hell, Butcher released two books this year and I have been happy as a sailor in a whorehouse. That said, Two Lost Mountains is the penultimate book in Jack West Jr. series and it doesn't deviate from the formula of deep history, breakneck action, and imp There are only three authors whose books I finish in record time from release date. Jim Butcher, Joe Abercrombie, and Matthew Reilly. Even with all the bullshit going around in 2020, all three released their books nearly in sync with each other. Hell, Butcher released two books this year and I have been happy as a sailor in a whorehouse. That said, Two Lost Mountains is the penultimate book in Jack West Jr. series and it doesn't deviate from the formula of deep history, breakneck action, and impossible odds. Here's the thing about Matthew Reilly books. You don't go in to see the wonders of language or quick phrases, or even a complex story line, what you go in for is a Hollywood action blockbuster with impossible things happening on every page. That's what these books are and they make no apologies for them. I, for one, loved the action in this one. And I loved how Reilly manages to weave ancient myths into the story while moving it ahead at a pace that is faster than a bullet train. The pages fly! The research he has done into these books is immense and it ties up really well with the narrative. Satisfying story! Now I want him to finish the Jack West books so we can have more Scarecrow books!!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sumit

    The penultimate book in the Jack West Jr. series, and this has all the ingredients for which I love this series. Not for the language or complex plot, but for breakneck speed, impossible odds and larger-than-life action. There is no one like Matthew Reilly who can weave ancient myths into a action-packed storyline while moving it ahead at a pace that is faster than a bullet train with lots of cool military gadgets. The action sequences are so over-the-top that it is ridiculous, but that's precio The penultimate book in the Jack West Jr. series, and this has all the ingredients for which I love this series. Not for the language or complex plot, but for breakneck speed, impossible odds and larger-than-life action. There is no one like Matthew Reilly who can weave ancient myths into a action-packed storyline while moving it ahead at a pace that is faster than a bullet train with lots of cool military gadgets. The action sequences are so over-the-top that it is ridiculous, but that's preciously the point. This is hugely entertaining and enjoyable romp across Europe and Africa and is nicely leading into "One Something Something". I hope Jack West Jr. will go out with a Big Bang.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rahul Phatak

    Lots of action as usual, huge 'area-of-effect' compared to the previous books. Lots of rushing from one set piece to another but not much trap-solving. Sadly not much mythology and world-building. I feel my interest in this series slowly waning.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kirra

    *Spoiler free review* The Two Lost Mountains is out today! It was the longest wait after the way we left the characters at the end of Three Secret Cities but finally and luckily for me, I was sent a copy of this beautiful book for review and was able to dive into it as soon as I opened it up. The cover of this book ties in so well to the current storyline and it’s also just so beautiful. This series has such lovely hardcovers and I’m really looking forward to having the complete collection. Alth *Spoiler free review* The Two Lost Mountains is out today! It was the longest wait after the way we left the characters at the end of Three Secret Cities but finally and luckily for me, I was sent a copy of this beautiful book for review and was able to dive into it as soon as I opened it up. The cover of this book ties in so well to the current storyline and it’s also just so beautiful. This series has such lovely hardcovers and I’m really looking forward to having the complete collection. Although, I will really be devastated too when there’s no more Jack West Jr. stories because this has been the best series I’ve followed over the years and his books never disappoint. The Two Lost Mountains brings us back right into the action and back up to speed with what Jack and his family are doing within this high-paced race to save everything they love and care for, and the whole world. I found this book to be the easiest read to get into this whole year as Matthew Reilly is the best writer to me when it comes to immersing your readers into a story and getting them up to speed as well after time away from it. Without giving anything away, I can say I was happy with the events in the book. Read the rest of my review here!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Young

    Thank you NetGalley and Pan McMillan for this advanced copy. 5 million stars!!!!! If you have followed the Jack West Jr series from the beginning (Seven Ancient Wonders) you are sure to know Jack and his team. This one is insane truly truly action all the way. I love mythology and how Reilly weaves the stories, builds on them then blows them up!! I read this in 2 days and did not want to stop. Guess what?? There is no two year wait!! The One.....is out next year!!!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kylie

    Oh Matthew Reilly you have done it again!! Our Australian hero West takes us on another fast paced thrill seeking adventure and what a way to end this book! So many emotions while reading this. I can't believe there is only one book to go! 😭 🇦🇺 Thanks to netgalley for the free copy in exchange for an honest review

  12. 5 out of 5

    Morgan | Mashleas Reads

    This book, as we’ve come to expect with the Jack West Jnr books, was an adventure from start to finish. It’s filled with the same gut-wrenching race against time, impossible odds, evil plans and really terrible villains. The last book ended with a huge cliffhanger and it was great to get back into this world, this race and to see the team again. The Two Lost Mountains starts in Russia and it’s only for the first chapter or so that Jack is doing ok. He really struggles in this book to keep up wit This book, as we’ve come to expect with the Jack West Jnr books, was an adventure from start to finish. It’s filled with the same gut-wrenching race against time, impossible odds, evil plans and really terrible villains. The last book ended with a huge cliffhanger and it was great to get back into this world, this race and to see the team again. The Two Lost Mountains starts in Russia and it’s only for the first chapter or so that Jack is doing ok. He really struggles in this book to keep up with his enemies in the race to find the Five Iron Mountains and to complete the fall. He goes up against some absolutely evil people. The kind who will do anything to get what they want. I really felt for him in this book. It was dark, it was grim and it seemed like he would never catch up, he was so far behind all the rest. He has enemies coming from all sides and the team has to be split up in order to stay in the game. There were some scenes that had me thinking ‘how will he get out of this?’. As with all the previous Jack West Jnr books I read this in one sitting. It was so easy to read and it gripped me completely, encouraging me to devour each page as quickly as I could. I loved the concept of found family and it was so great to see the love and care Jack’s team has for each other. This book had some happy, sad and beautiful moments in amongst the adventure. If you are a fan of the previous books you’ll definitely enjoy this one, and I cannot wait for the final book in the series. Thank you to Macmillan Australia for providing my copy for review! I voluntarily read and reviewed this book and all thoughts and opinions are my own and do not represent the author or publisher. 

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer (JC-S)

    ‘Lily West woke up with a jerk, startled and terrified, and freezing, freezing cold.’ The last book in this series ended with the apparent sacrifice of Jack’s adopted daughter Lily in a ceremony which was one of the steps necessary to save the universe. But, as we learn on the first page of the penultimate book in this series, Lily did not die. She is in trouble. Lily is in the hands of that evil megalomaniac, Sphinx, who has a plan for world domination. Pick up this novel, and plunge into a frene ‘Lily West woke up with a jerk, startled and terrified, and freezing, freezing cold.’ The last book in this series ended with the apparent sacrifice of Jack’s adopted daughter Lily in a ceremony which was one of the steps necessary to save the universe. But, as we learn on the first page of the penultimate book in this series, Lily did not die. She is in trouble. Lily is in the hands of that evil megalomaniac, Sphinx, who has a plan for world domination. Pick up this novel, and plunge into a frenetically paced series of challenges and close calls as Jack West Jr and his cohorts try to save Lily. And the world. Of course, Sphinx is not the only bad guy. If you have read the first five books in this series, you will recognise some of the others. I strongly recommend reading this series in order: it’s the best way to meet the characters and to get a sense of what Jack West Jr and his team are up against. ‘Jack didn’t know what to do.’ The Jack West Jr novels (this is the sixth) are great escapist fun. Action-packed adventures involving suitably horrific villains, some seriously awesome heroes (both male and female), elaborate challenges and totally impossible situations. Alas, not everyone is likely to survive to make it to the final instalment in the series. I have found this series hugely entertaining and am looking forward to the finale. Note: My thanks to NetGalley and Pan Macmillan Australia for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book for review purposes. Jennifer Cameron-Smith

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jo

    The Two Lost Mountains by Matthew Reilly Jack West Jr is a character similar to Indiana Jones, he's charismatic fearless and always faces immense danger. This is the sixth installment in this series and Jack West Jnr is completing an ancient trial to prevent an Omega event, the end of everything. Also competing in this trial are two groups bent on enslaving the worlds populations and one who wants the world to end, only Jack and his team can save the world and preserve life as we know it. In tra The Two Lost Mountains by Matthew Reilly Jack West Jr is a character similar to Indiana Jones, he's charismatic fearless and always faces immense danger. This is the sixth installment in this series and Jack West Jnr is completing an ancient trial to prevent an Omega event, the end of everything. Also competing in this trial are two groups bent on enslaving the worlds populations and one who wants the world to end, only Jack and his team can save the world and preserve life as we know it. In traditional Matthew Reilly style, the book reads like an action movie, every new novel see's the the action intensify. History, mythology and a cast villains and hero;s that battle through one challenge after another. I absolutely love this series if your looking for a fast paced read that will keep you on the end of your seat. Then this is it, also if you have gamers that don't read, than this is the perfect series for them. 5 stars.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Allie Ford

    I'm a Matthew Reilly fan and have been eagerly following this series since randomly buying The Six Sacred Stones over a decade ago (yes, it's been that long, and yes I read the first two out of order). I remember the early books as being utterly un-put-downable. I feel like I've lost that a bit as the series has gone on... This book, which Matthew describes as the middle book of a trilogy, definitely has that middle-b00k feel. A lot of things going on, some building on previous plot points, some I'm a Matthew Reilly fan and have been eagerly following this series since randomly buying The Six Sacred Stones over a decade ago (yes, it's been that long, and yes I read the first two out of order). I remember the early books as being utterly un-put-downable. I feel like I've lost that a bit as the series has gone on... This book, which Matthew describes as the middle book of a trilogy, definitely has that middle-b00k feel. A lot of things going on, some building on previous plot points, some clearly setting up for future ones. Some just kinda happening. If you haven't read the rest of the series, it probably won't make a lot of sense - the characters and most aspects of the plot are all very well established at this point (so you do need to head back to the Seven Ancient Wonders). While the action was non-stop, I found the fact that the heroes were always at the back of the pack and couldn't get a break to be a bit wearing, some of the emotional moments were a bit rushed or pushed aside in favour of dashing off somewhere else, and there were just a few too many players, making the story feel very choppy to me, only building momentum in the last few pages. With the final book looking like it's going to be largely contained in one location, with the mythology pouring back in, and a contained set of actors, and getting ready to pull together all the loose threads that have been left hanging in previous books, I'm excited for The One something something... more excited, unfortunately, than I was about The Two Lost Mountains. I enjoyed it, but, for me, it didn't quite live up to the expectations I've come to develop for Matthew's books.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jesse Gold

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. *Spoiler Alert* - Funny Post. Jack: "I'm just going to nip back to Australia (from France), I'll be back in 30, 40 minutes tops..." Jack: "I made it to the temple... oh, what? Sorry? They already did the fall and detroyed the temple? Shiiiit, sooo next location?" Jack: "So there are five mountains but two are missing?" Everyone: "Yes." Jack: "How hard would it be to find them?" Alby: *Googles 'lost mountains'* "Oh I found them, they're over there." Jack: *Witnesses gruesome death of friend* "I'm not a *Spoiler Alert* - Funny Post. Jack: "I'm just going to nip back to Australia (from France), I'll be back in 30, 40 minutes tops..." Jack: "I made it to the temple... oh, what? Sorry? They already did the fall and detroyed the temple? Shiiiit, sooo next location?" Jack: "So there are five mountains but two are missing?" Everyone: "Yes." Jack: "How hard would it be to find them?" Alby: *Googles 'lost mountains'* "Oh I found them, they're over there." Jack: *Witnesses gruesome death of friend* "I'm not a hundred percent convinced he's actually dead." Matthew Reilly: "What's the most efficient method of pissing off the Catholic Church? I know, the Pope is corrupt, the Cardinals like gay porn, Jesus was just some dude, the church puts hits out on doctors and fuck it, let's destroy the Vatican, who even gives a shit?" An entertaining read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    I think my enjoyment for this series is getting less as it goes on. The scenarios become more and more unbelievable and the fact that that main character is able to make it out of them without really any prior training, against extremely well trained opposition, is absurd. However in saying that, it reads like you are watching a movie and I shot through this book in a short amount of time. Reilly definitely kills of characters for shock value to keep the story line moving and get you more investe I think my enjoyment for this series is getting less as it goes on. The scenarios become more and more unbelievable and the fact that that main character is able to make it out of them without really any prior training, against extremely well trained opposition, is absurd. However in saying that, it reads like you are watching a movie and I shot through this book in a short amount of time. Reilly definitely kills of characters for shock value to keep the story line moving and get you more invested in the main characters. I also appreciate the author interview at the back of the book explaining some of the decision making arounf the choices. Definitely going to be reading the last in the series because I can't leave on that cliff hanger!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Vinay Badri

    Rollicking, Outlandish, Bombastic, Pulse pounding - its everything that you turn to a Matthew Reilly book for and you get it delivered in spades. By this time in this series, you are either fully in or you checked out quite early. For those in, the book does put Jack West Jr at all sorts of disadvantages (even more than usual) and Jack pretty much plays catchup right through when the book finishes. Through the journey, Jack faces insurmountable odds, unbearable losses and incredible weapons - al Rollicking, Outlandish, Bombastic, Pulse pounding - its everything that you turn to a Matthew Reilly book for and you get it delivered in spades. By this time in this series, you are either fully in or you checked out quite early. For those in, the book does put Jack West Jr at all sorts of disadvantages (even more than usual) and Jack pretty much plays catchup right through when the book finishes. Through the journey, Jack faces insurmountable odds, unbearable losses and incredible weapons - all of which culminate in a fiery climax paving the way for the conclusion of the series in the next book

  19. 5 out of 5

    Hayley

    From the opening pages I had a smile on my face. I always feel like a naughty kid that’s had too much red cordial when I read one of Matthew’s books. The energy is electric. I have been reading Matthew Reilly books since I was a teenager and they are just so much fun. A combination of ancient history and sites and myths, add plenty of action similar to a James Bond or Die Hard movie and the books never disappoint. Always such a fun roller coaster of a read with Mr Reilly and who doesn’t adore th From the opening pages I had a smile on my face. I always feel like a naughty kid that’s had too much red cordial when I read one of Matthew’s books. The energy is electric. I have been reading Matthew Reilly books since I was a teenager and they are just so much fun. A combination of ancient history and sites and myths, add plenty of action similar to a James Bond or Die Hard movie and the books never disappoint. Always such a fun roller coaster of a read with Mr Reilly and who doesn’t adore the character of Jack West?

  20. 4 out of 5

    Joanne

    Well, it was once again a jammed packed adventure, though I do question his approach to Jesus Christ and the statement he was just a man, 😡😡 and the theory of Moses etc etc, I have heard this before. It’s disappointing as I love his books but this book falls a bit short for me. Continual ebb and flow of Jack getting out of trouble just in the nick of time, the history stuff which I got lost with at times. Haven’t said all that I did read it in two days.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    No spoilers and no plot discussion. Typical Reilly - fast paced action, amazing scene descriptions, sincere building of family and friendships, all overlaid with mythology and up-to-date technology and travel around the globe. A cross between Indiana Jones and Mission Impossible. Enjoyed reading every word of this book and puzzling out the diagrams. If you loved the previous 5 Jack West books, you'll love this one. If you haven't read any of the previous 5 Jack West books, do yourself a favour and No spoilers and no plot discussion. Typical Reilly - fast paced action, amazing scene descriptions, sincere building of family and friendships, all overlaid with mythology and up-to-date technology and travel around the globe. A cross between Indiana Jones and Mission Impossible. Enjoyed reading every word of this book and puzzling out the diagrams. If you loved the previous 5 Jack West books, you'll love this one. If you haven't read any of the previous 5 Jack West books, do yourself a favour and start with Seven Ancient Wonders. The only reason I rated this four stars is that I felt it was too busy setting up the next (and last) book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Anissa Papadakos

    OMG - JUST BRILLIANT WOW WOW WOW

  23. 5 out of 5

    Stef (Noveltea Corner)

    3.5 stars

  24. 4 out of 5

    Gabi

    Bad Matthew! Ending with a massive cliff hanger?? Again?! Really??? (but seriously, so goooood! Fast paced, action packed, nail biting stuff! Can't wait for the last book)

  25. 4 out of 5

    RG

    More of the same. Fans will love it but its getting very formulaic. Needs to start a new series soon.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Gordon Barlow

    Finished in a day, spend 2 years waiting for this now need to spend 2 years waiting for the next one. Fantastic penultimate book in a fantastic series.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ita

    A nice escape from reality but it's just more of the same, no surprises here: non-stop action, lots too hard to believe but very entertaining.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Rooney

    Another fast paced tour de force through historical sites

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ervin

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Yeah I realise this is a relatively low rating, so I do want to emphasise that, as a long time fan, I really did enjoy the book. However, it doesn't rate that well compared to the rest of his work unfortunately. The writing got in the way of the story at times - it's never been fundamental to my enjoyment of MR novels, but it is noticeable when it impedes the thrill and flow of the work. I also feel that particularly focusing on having Jack *always* on the back foot and desperate this time made Yeah I realise this is a relatively low rating, so I do want to emphasise that, as a long time fan, I really did enjoy the book. However, it doesn't rate that well compared to the rest of his work unfortunately. The writing got in the way of the story at times - it's never been fundamental to my enjoyment of MR novels, but it is noticeable when it impedes the thrill and flow of the work. I also feel that particularly focusing on having Jack *always* on the back foot and desperate this time made things feel predictable, as no matter how dire things got you know he would come through. While that is mostly true and fine, taking things to this extreme reduces the tension. Finally, it kind of feels like the ideas and plot for this series have been a bit overstretched due to the need to fit the seven book model. That said, I had a couple of fun nights reading this and it definitely hit the classic MR levels of ridiculousness and audacity on plenty of occasions - the final 'Russian Doll' offensive especially! I still really like Jack as an Indy-style character, and especially as an Aussie action hero! I also did not for one moment think Sky Monster and Pooh Bear were still alive so massive props for that. The levels of destruction were better than ever, especially with things expanding well into the public arena. With things getting real, I did appreciate the darker tone taken as we approach the endgame. Looking forward to seeing how this all ends....

  30. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Barbeler

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. There are some things I loved about this book, and some things I really didn't. I'm gonna flag this for spoilers, because we're going to touch on some things that are definitely spoiler territory. First up, Jack west Jr. is just the best kind of hero. The one who you can root for without fear. Who's not infallible, but is immune to corruption. It feels like this is a throwback these days to a kind of hero from yesterday, but it's the reason I've come back for six books, and why I'll be coming bac There are some things I loved about this book, and some things I really didn't. I'm gonna flag this for spoilers, because we're going to touch on some things that are definitely spoiler territory. First up, Jack west Jr. is just the best kind of hero. The one who you can root for without fear. Who's not infallible, but is immune to corruption. It feels like this is a throwback these days to a kind of hero from yesterday, but it's the reason I've come back for six books, and why I'll be coming back for the seventh. The blend of modern tech and ancient myth in this series is great. I love it both because of how ridiculous it is, and how Matthew Reilly manages to blend it all together in a way that you can buy into. It's obvious to me that Matthew sat down and really worked his shit out for the final three books in this series. As a result, this book really does feel like the middle stepping stone - a necessary trip on the way to the final confrontation - but without a real identity of its own. One thing that I really didn't like about this book was that it felt like our heroes were not the driving force of the action. Reading the post-story interview with Matthew Reilly shows that was his intent, but by the last few pages of Jack West Jr. and his team having the rug pulled out from under them yet again, I was ready to throw the book out of a nearby window out of sheer frustration. It wasn't as though Jack West Jr. couldn't act on his own - he and his team had to work doubly hard to get to the bottom of this mystery they're embroiled in, but to have them show up EVERY SINGLE TIME being beaten to the punch? That stings. I liked Rastor, the new villain, but every time he talked about nihilism I just pictured Peter Stormare from The Big Lebowski delivering the lines. It's going to be interesting seeing what happens in the final volumes of the series. It'll be the end of an era, that's for sure.

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