The 5 Greatest Warriors (Jack West Junior Series #3)

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IT BEGAN WITH SIX STONES . . .

From the deserts of Israel to the tsunami-lashed coasts of Japan, from the steppes of Mongolia to the most mysterious island on Earth—this is what we have come to expect from Matthew Reilly: stupendous action, white-knuckle suspense, heroes to cheer for, and an adventure beyond imagination. Strap yourself in and hold on tight as he unleashes his biggest and fastest adventure yet, The 5 Greatest Warriors.

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Overview

IT BEGAN WITH SIX STONES . . .

From the deserts of Israel to the tsunami-lashed coasts of Japan, from the steppes of Mongolia to the most mysterious island on Earth—this is what we have come to expect from Matthew Reilly: stupendous action, white-knuckle suspense, heroes to cheer for, and an adventure beyond imagination. Strap yourself in and hold on tight as he unleashes his biggest and fastest adventure yet, The 5 Greatest Warriors.

When we last left Jack West Jr., he was plummeting into a fathomless abyss and his quest to save the world from impending Armageddon appeared doomed.

But all hope is not lost.

After an astonishing escape, Jack regroups with his trusty team. Racing to rebuild the final pieces of the fabled “Machine,” they discover an ancient inscription containing a rhyme about five mysterious unnamed warriors—great historical figures whose knowledge will be vital to unlocking the secrets of the Machine and its long-lost “pillars.” But the ancients have hidden their secrets well, and with each pillar bestowing an incredible power upon its holder, their pursuit has attracted the attention of other forces from around the world—some who want to rule it and others who want to see it destroyed.

With enemies coming at him from every side and the countdown to doomsday rapidly approaching, Jack and his team had better move fast. Because they are about to find out what the end of the world looks like . . .

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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.)
Library Journal
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416577584
  • Publisher: Pocket Books
  • Publication date: 12/28/2010
  • Series: Jack West Junior Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 592
  • Sales rank: 365,062
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew Reilly is the international bestselling author of numerous novels, including The Five Greatest Warriors, The Six Sacred Stones, Seven Deadly Wonders, Ice Station, Temple, Contest, Area 7, Scarecrow, the children’s book Hover Car Racer, and one novella, Hell Island. His books are published in more than twenty languages in twenty countries, and he has sold more than 4.5 million copies worldwide.

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THE SECOND VERTEXBENEATH THE CAPE OF GOOD HOPESOUTH AFRICADECEMBER 17, 2007, 0325 HOURS

JACK WEST fell.

Fast.

Down into the black abyss beneath the inverted pyramid that was the Second Vertex.

As he plummeted into the darkness, Jack looked up to see the gigantic pyramid receding into the distance, getting smaller and smaller, the jagged walls of the abyss crowding in around it.

Falling through the air beside him was Switchblade, the Japanese-American US Marine who moments earlier had betrayed Wolf and almost derailed his plan to insert the Second Pillar in its rightful place at the peak of the pyramid. It turned out that Switchblade’s Japanese blood was more important to him than his American upbringing.

But after a last-ditch swing from Jack and a desperate struggle above the abyss, Jack had jammed the Pillar in place just as the two of them had dropped from the upside-down peak and commenced their fall into the bottomless darkness.

The rocky walls of the abyss rushed past Jack in a blur of speed. He fell with Switchblade in a tumbling ungainly way, their limbs still awkwardly entwined.

As they plummeted, Switchblade punched and scratched and lashed out at Jack, before grabbing his shirt and glaring at him with baleful eyes, screaming above the wind, “You! You did this! At least I know you’ll die with me!”

Jack parried away the crazed Marine’s blows as they fell.

“No, I won’t . . .” he said grimly as he suddenly kicked Switchblade square in the chest, pushing himself away from the suicidal Marine—at the same time, grabbing something from a holster on Switchblade’s back, something that every Force Recon Marine carried.

His Maghook.

Switchblade saw the device in Jack’s hands, and his eyes widened in horror. He tried to grab it, but now Jack was out of his reach.

“No! No!!

Still falling, Jack pivoted in the air, turning his back on Switchblade to face the wall of the abyss.

He fired the Maghook.

Whump!

The high-tech grappling hook flew out from its gunlike launcher, its metal claws snapping outward as it did so, its 150-foot-long reinforced-nylon cable wobbling like a tail behind it.

The grappling hook’s claws hit the wall of the abyss, scraped against it, searching for a purchase before—whack!—they found an uneven section of rock and caught—and instantly Jack’s cable went taut—and his fall was abruptly and violently arrested, and it took all his might to keep a grip on the Maghook’s launcher.

But hold on he did, and as he swung in toward the vertical wall of the abyss, the last thing he saw behind him was the shocked, furious, powerless, horrified, and beaten look on Switchblade’s face as he fell into black nothingness, his evil mission a failure—a failure that was multiplied a hundredfold by the realization that Jack West had got the better of him with one of his own weapons and that he was now going to die alone.

Jack swung into the wall of the abyss with a colossal thump that almost dislocated his left shoulder.

Silence.

For a moment, Jack hung there from the cable of Switchblade’s Maghook, dangling from the rocky vertical wall of the great abyss, high above the center of the world and at least a thousand feet below the upside-down bronze pyramid of the Vertex. Despite its immense size, it now looked positively tiny.

Closing his eyes, Jack exhaled the biggest sigh of relief of his life.

“What the hell were you thinking, Jack?” he whispered to himself, catching his breath, letting the adrenaline rush subside.

A flutter of feathers made him spin, and suddenly a small brown peregrine falcon alighted on his shoulder.

Horus.

His faithful bird pecked affectionately at his ear.

Jack smiled wearily but genuinely. “Thanks, bird. I’m glad I survived, too.”

Distant shouts from up in the Vertex made him look up—Wolf’s people must have noticed that the Pillar had been set in place and were now sending men to get it.

Jack sighed. He could never hope to climb back up in time to catch them, let alone stop them. He might have saved the world and their lives and killed the traitor in their midst, but now the bad guys were going to get the booty: the Second Pillar’s reward, the mysterious concept known only as heat.

But there was nothing Jack could do about that now.

He turned to Horus. “You coming?”

And with that, he gazed up at the pyramid high above him and after a deep breath, reeled in the Maghook, grabbed a handhold on the rough surface of the abyss’s wall, and began the long climb upward.

© 2010 Karanadon entertainment Pty, Ltd.

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  • Posted April 16, 2010

    this Book my last

    All characters have a nick name..even planes and subs !
    The wrighting is out in left field,and going farther. Good by.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 23, 2010

    Matthew Reilly - not quite at his finest

    Although I enjoyed this book and it certainly was a good conclusion to the preceding books in this series, I did not necessarily feel this was Matthew Reilly at his finest. Please do not take this comment the wrong way - I will continue to buy Mr. Reilly's books as I enjoy his fast paced style, the interaction of his characters and the subject matter of his books. Additionally, this is a must read for anyone who has started reading this series and if you like Matthew Reilly, this book certainly will not disappoint. However, I enjoyed other Matthew Reilly books better, even ones from this series. I felt that the action became bogged down in the middle of the book, which is a first for me regarding any of the Mr. Reilly's previous books. By the time the characters arrived to the final Vertex, I was anxious to have this wrapped up and over. I also had the feeling Mr. Reilly did as well, particularly when considering how rapidly things drew to a conclusion. Again, I look forward to Mr. Reilly's future writings and fully intend to keep purchasing his books, especially now that this series has ended.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 14, 2009

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    The pace of this entertaining thriller is faster than Indiana Jones

    The Dark Star has begun it entry to the solar system. If it is allowed to continue its arrival, the earth will be destroyed by the negative solar energy this sun emits.

    Australian adventurer Jack West Jr. knows that life has survived the last visit, but not how. He and his team begin a desperate race to find a way to prevent pandemic calamity from occurring. As he and his squad work on solving seemingly indecipherable riddles, some people believe the Dark Star should come to earth. They try to prevent Jack and company from succeeding; and with time running out they look like they will achieve their objective.

    The pace of this entertaining thriller is faster than Indiana Jones as Jack and his teammates go from one adventure to another without a respite. The story line is action, action and nth degree action. Although the plot is over the top of Mt. Kosciusko (make that Mt. Everest) fans who ignore plausibility will want to go along for the ride (see Seven Ancient Wonders and The Six Sacred Stones).

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2013

    WILL NEVER READ ANOTHER REILLY BOOK

    Reilly is a raving B I G O T ! ! ! ! !

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2012

    Great Read

    If you liked Indiana Jones, a bit of history with a big helping of action READ THIS BOOK. You wont be disappointed. It is a true page turner, warning you wont want to put it down.

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  • Posted June 14, 2012

    Some parts were a little silly even for a thriller but it was st

    Some parts were a little silly even for a thriller but it was still a good book.

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  • Posted May 6, 2012

    Never boring!! Be prepared to find a room to lock youself in fo

    Never boring!! Be prepared to find a room to lock youself in for the duration because you'll not be able to put it down! Prepare your meals ahead of time or send out because you won't have time! There are no breathers no lulls in the stories, believe me your stuck....

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  • Posted November 27, 2011

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    Big Disappointment

    This is the third book in the trilogy and does not have a cliff-hanger that book two did. There was a year in between books 2 & 3 which was annoying. Book one was great with the ancient wonders of the world. Book 2 was okay, far-fetched and I let it go. This one was so-so. I read the first 200 pages, skimmed, and read the mission. I like the diagrams the author includes, but sometimes he lets that be the set-up to the scene. All in all, it was a big disappointment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2011

    Awsome

    This book is awsome

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  • Posted April 9, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Reilly Keeps Trucking

    Like all of Reilly's books, The Five Greatest Warriors is all about the action. Some of the scenes and gadgets are hard to swallow, but this is a good, escapist thriller, so you just grin, shake your head, and move along. In the main, it's a story that keeps you interested. Good rainy day book for the thriller fan.

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  • Posted January 5, 2011

    Another Great Book From Reilly

    I read the first two books in the series in a matter of a few days, This book also grabbed me from the start, i couldn't put it down. I am afraid to say that this is the last in the Jack West Jr. Series. This book really sums up the first 2...As you should read them in order....Happy Reading

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  • Posted August 11, 2010

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    Another great Matthew reilly book.

    So this ends the series of Jack west.................for now.

    It was a pretty good book.

    A bit slow at first but picked up after a bit. He has a good story line in this book connecting it with the previous two books. Towards the last 50 pages or so, he seems to have rushed through it not making it as detailed at other chapters.

    None the less, a great book.

    I hope MR brings jack back for another treasure hunting story taking the series from 7 to 1.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2010

    Reilly's books are always a great read.

    I know when I sit down to read one of Matthew Reilly's books it is always a page turning adventure. I wish I was sharing in the fun! This book is not a disappoint fun and fast paced.

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  • Posted March 14, 2010

    Awesome!!

    Another winner in the series. If you love history and adventure you will love this. Jack West is the hero you want to know. This selection of 5 Greatest Warriors ending with Napoleon is inspired. You must read.

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  • Posted February 22, 2010

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    Great blockbuster of a book.

    This book was a good finish to a great series by Matthew Reilly. Don't read this unless you have read the previous 2 books, which I happened to enjoy more than this book. This book was very far-fetched and was too unrealistic for me to give it a perfect rating. This book is packed with action if that is what you like. However the action is reads more like a video game than a blockbuster movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2010

    Was an excellent book.

    Great book from start to finish. I couldn't put it down.

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  • Posted February 21, 2010

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    A gripping story from front to end

    If you like stories that you cannot put down until you know how things are going to turn out, Matthew Reilly's books are for you. The 5 Greatest Warriors is another page turner brought to you by a writter that knows what will get you on the edge of your seat. Heart pounding, fast action will get you with every turn of the page. A must read for anyone who love thrills.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2009

    The 5 Greatest Warriors

    After recently seeing Matt is publishing a new story, I am sleepless with anticipation. I simply can't help but wonder what happened to our heroes to end "The Six Sacred Stones." I have eagerly devourde everything Matt has previously written. It can only be hoped that he has'nt forgotten his main character being trapped at the bottem of a pit! It will be interesting to see how this story begins, and whether Sacred Stones is referenced.

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    Posted November 1, 2011

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