7 Deadly Wonders (Jack West Junior Series #1)

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A legend of the ancient world decrees that every 4,500 years, a terrible solar event will wreak worldwide destruction . . . but whoever sets the Golden Capstone atop the Great Pyramid at Giza will avert disaster and gain the ultimate prize: a millennium of world dominance.

Now the Sun is turning once again and nation will battle nation to retrieve the missing Capstone . ...

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A legend of the ancient world decrees that every 4,500 years, a terrible solar event will wreak worldwide destruction . . . but whoever sets the Golden Capstone atop the Great Pyramid at Giza will avert disaster and gain the ultimate prize: a millennium of world dominance.

Now the Sun is turning once again and nation will battle nation to retrieve the missing Capstone . . . but a group of small nations, led by super-soldier Jack West Jr., bands together to prevent any one country from attaining this frightening power. Thus the greatest treasure hunt of all time begins — an adrenalinefueled race on a global battlefield.

From the Colossus of Rhodes to the Hanging Gardens of Babylon to the Great Egyptian Pyramid itself, unlock the thrills of


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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Nobody writes action like Matthew Reilly." — Vince Flynn , New York Times bestselling author of Act of Treason

"Exciting and Entertaining." — Chicago Sun Times

"A nonstop rollercoaster ride." — Library Journal

Publishers Weekly
Full-stop "Screams. Splashing. Crunching. Blood" punctuate and come to epitomize Reilly's (Area 7; Ice Station) latest video game-style thriller about a race to find the seven pieces of the Golden Capstone that once sat atop the Great Pyramid at Giza. Two millennia ago, Alexander the Great broke the Capstone into seven pieces and hid them in the seven ancient wonders of the world. According to legend, whoever finds and replaces them during a rare solar event called "Tartarus Rotation" (predicted for March 20, 2006) could secure a thousand-year reign of absolute power. The race is on, and among the contenders are the United States, a coalition of European nations (and the Vatican), an Islamic terrorist group, and a team of smaller nations (including Canada, Ireland and New Zealand) led by the novel's hero, Australian Jack West Jr., a next-generation Indiana Jones. The Europeans, goaded by evil Jesuit Francisco del Piero, and the U.S., headed by Jack's nemesis Col. Marshall Judah, want the Capstone for their own aggrandizement, while Jack's noble team believes it's too potent to belong to any one superpower. The "greatest treasure hunt in history"-a nonstop roller-coaster ride that lurches around the globe-might make a summer blockbuster-if American audiences will swallow their compatriots as the baddies. (Jan.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Maybe it is the attack on Guantanamo Bay to capture a bin Laden-type terrorist, or perhaps it is the theft of a priceless artifact from the Louvre. It could be the umpteenth escape from certain death, but this book is a roller coaster of a ride. Reilly, author of the recent best-selling teen novel Hover Car Racer, takes the nonstop action of that story, adds ten times more death-defying stunts, and comes up with this convoluted tale of the search for unimaginable power located within remnants of the Seven Wonders of the World. Jack West, an Australian commando with an artificial "superarm," leads a small group of soldiers who come from countries still friendly with the United States but irritated by its actions in Iraq. With them is Lily, a precocious little girl who is the daughter of an oracle and who knows the secrets of the Wonders. Trying to explain this "thrill-in-every-paragraph" story read by William Dufris is impossible, but it's jam-packed with just enough testosterone to keep male listeners demanding more escapist fiction from Reilly. Joseph L. Carlson, Allan Hancock Coll., Lompoc, CA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The names may have changed but the game remains the same as Reilly (Scarecrow, 2004, etc.) offers up another absurdly over-the-top adventure with this globetrotting thriller. It's 2006, just a week before the sun's hottest point-the Tartarus Sunspot-rotates into direct alignment with the earth, and governments all around the world are a-twitter about the long-lost Golden Capstone-the precious piece of gold that once sat atop Egypt's famed Great Pyramid at Giza. Why? Well, for starters, unchallenged global domination. A few thousand years back, Alexander the Great split the Capstone into seven parts, secreting them away in the ancient architectural marvels known today as the Seven Wonders of the World. Now, whoever pieces them back together in time for the Tartarus Sunspot's rotation will rule the world for 1,000 years. Which, of course, is why Australian commando Jack West Jr. is racing around the globe with a crack squad of soldiers and scholars, gunning to keep the prize from falling into the wrong hands. Along the way, the team battles shady Catholic priests, sadistic Special Ops sergeants, 3,000 or so Guantanamo Bay marines and more superheated lava slides than you can count. No one would mistake Reilly for a master stylist, but he certainly manages to keep the action coming, with the book's endless run of treasure hunts, high-speed chases and gun battles reading like the wet dream of some especially militaristic adolescent. Ridiculous, but fun.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416505068
  • Publisher: Pocket Books
  • Publication date: 12/26/2006
  • Series: Jack West Junior Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 250,386
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 4.20 (h) x 1.30 (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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Chapter One: The Greatest Statue In History




MARCH 14, 2006, 4:55 P.M.


The nine figures raced through the crocodile-infested swamp on foot, moving fast, staying low.

The odds were stacked against them.

Their rivals numbered in excess of two hundred men.

They had only nine.

Their rivals had massive logistical and technical support: choppers, floodlights for night work, and boats of every kind — gunboats, houseboats, communications boats, three giant dredging barges for the digging, and that wasn't even mentioning the temporary dam they'd managed to build.

The Nine were only carrying what they'd need inside the mine.

And now — the Nine had just discovered — a third force was on its way to the mountain, close behind them; a much larger and nastier force than that of their immediate foes, who were nasty enough.

By any reckoning it was a hopelessly lost cause, with enemies in front of them and enemies behind them, but the Nine kept running anyway.

Because they had to.

They were a last-ditch effort.

The last throw of the dice.

They were the very last hope of the small group of nations they represented.

Their immediate rivals — a coalition of European nations — had found the northern entrance to the mine two days ago and were now well advanced in its tunnel system.

A radio transmission that had been intercepted an hour before revealed that this pan-European force — French troops, German engineers, and an Italian project leader — had just arrived at the Third Gate inside the mine. Once they breached that, they would be inside the Grand Cavern itself.

They were progressing quickly.

Which meant they were also well versed in the difficulties found inside the mine.

Fatal difficulties.


But the Europeans' progress hadn't been entirely without loss: three members of their point team had died gruesome deaths in a snare on the first day. But the leader of the European expedition — a Vatican-based Jesuit priest named Francisco del Piero — had not let their deaths slow him down.

Single-minded, unstoppable, and completely devoid of sympathy, del Piero urged his people onward. Considering what was at stake, the deaths were an acceptable loss.

The Nine kept charging through the swamp on the south side of the mountain, heads bent into the rain, feet pounding through the mud.

They ran like soldiers — low and fast, with balance and purpose; ducking under branches, hurdling bogs, always staying in single file.

In their hands, they held guns: MP7s, M16s, Steyr AUGs. In their thigh holsters were pistols of every kind.

On their backs: packs of various sizes, all bristling with ropes, climbing gear, and odd-looking steel struts.

And above them, soaring gracefully over the treetops, was a small shape, a bird of some sort.

Seven of the Nine were indeed soldiers.

Crack troops. Special forces. All from different countries.

The remaining two members were civilians, the elder of whom was a long-bearded sixty-five-year-old professor named Maximilian T. Epper, call sign: Wizard.

The seven military members of the team had somewhat fiercer nicknames: Huntsman, Witch Doctor, Archer, Bloody Mary, Saladin, Matador, and Gunman.

Oddly, however, on this mission they had all acquired new call signs: Woodsman, Fuzzy, Stretch, Princess Zoe, Pooh Bear, Noddy, and Big Ears.

These revised call signs were the result of the ninth member of the team:

A little girl of ten.

The mountain they were approaching was the last in a long spur of peaks that ended near the Sudanese-Ethiopian border.

Down through these mountains, flowing out of Ethiopia and into the Sudan, poured the Angereb River. Its waters paused briefly in this swamp before continuing on into the Sudan, where they would ultimately join the Nile.

The chief resident of the swamp was Crocodylus niloticus, the notorious Nile crocodile. Reaching sizes of up to twenty feet, the Nile crocodile is known for its great size, its brazen cunning, and its ferocity of attack. It is the most man-eating crocodilian in the world, killing upwards of three hundred people every year.

While the Nine were approaching the mountain from the south, their EU rivals had set up a base of operations on the northern side, a base that looked like a veritable floating city.

Command boats, mess boats, barracks boats, and gunboats, the small fleet connected by a network of floating bridges and all facing toward the focal point of their operation: the massive coffer dam that they had built against the northern flank of the mountain.

It was, one had to admit, an engineering masterpiece: a 110-yard-long, forty-foot-high curved retaining dam that held back the waters of the swamp to reveal a square stone doorway carved into the base of the mountain forty feet below the waterline.

The artistry on the stone doorway was extraordinary.

Egyptian hieroglyphs covered every square inch of its frame — but taking pride of place in the very center of the lintel stone that surmounted the doorway was a glyph often found in pharaonic tombs in Egypt:

Two figures, bound to a staff bearing the jackal head of Anubis, the Egyptian god of the Underworld.

This was what the afterlife had in store for grave robbers — eternal bondage to Anubis. Not a nice way to spend eternity.

The message was clear: do not enter.

The structure inside the mountain was an ancient mine delved during the reign of Ptolemy I, around the year 300 B.C.

During the great age of Egypt, the Sudan was known as "Nubia," a word derived from the Egyptian word for gold: nub.

Nubia: the Land of Gold.

And indeed it was. It was from Nubia that the ancient Egyptians sourced the gold for their many temples and treasures.

Records unearthed in Alexandria revealed that this mine had run out of gold seventy years after its founding, after which it gained a second life as a quarry for the rare hard stone, diorite. Once it was exhausted of diorite — around the year 226 B.C. — Pharaoh Ptolemy III decided to use the mine for a very special purpose.

To this end, he dispatched his best architect — Imhotep V — and a force of two thousand men.

They would work on the project in absolute secrecy for three whole years.

Copyright © 2006 by Karanadon Entertainment Pty Ltd.

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  • Posted January 6, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    My favorite series of books so far!

    Where to start? Im 24 and I hated to read for as long as I can remember. The place that I worked had gone bankrupt and we were basically there to make sure the place didnt blow away. I figured there was no better way to pass an uneventful 12 hr shift then to read a book. I just happed to pick up this book and I was in for a suprise!

    This book pulled me in like no other! I love reading about ancient artifacts, forgotten/hidden places and other mystical stuff.I found out that he was in the process of making a third. That book is on its way to my house as I write this.

    I just couldnt put these books down. I would come home from my 12 hour shift at 6am and keep reading instead of sleeping. They are that good!
    Im not sure what im going to do when im done reading "The Five Greatest Warriors". I hope matt will keep writing in this series. He had the seven deadly wonders, then the six sacred stones and now the five greatest warriors. I say keep going untill you get down to 1! I would deffantly read them all.

    As a matter of fact, I think im going to go through and re-read this series in the near future. This series just goes togther so well, kind of like a puzzle. I found myself sometimes going back to previous books to the current books would make sense.

    That is the only thing that I would caution, This series gets kind of deep and somewhat hard to follow and remember some of the previous read stuff to make sense of whats going on currently.

    I would recommend this book to people that like different types of books as this book covers history, artifacts, thrillers, mystery and even a little romance.

    I didnt touch to much on the contents of the book itself because it would be to hard to summerize and I dont want to ruin it for anyone.

    Read this series if you like fiction books like this, you wont regret it!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Good Action Adventure Through History

    This book is about the hunt for the Capstone of the Great Pyramid. Basically, ten years previous, a Oracle was born. The child is the only one that can read the lost language that points to the locations of the pieces of the Capstone. Since her birth, Lily has been raised in a secret compound among a few dedicated people that intent to keep the Capstone and it's great powers out of the hands of the Europeans and Americans.

    Present day, Lily has finally been able to translate the script and now they are in a race with the Europeans and Americans to get all the pieces. Jack West Jr. is the leader of the little group. But no matter how hard they try or no matter how obscure the location, they are getting beaten at every turn. It seems someone is giving their locations to the Americans.

    I really liked this book. There are a lot of historical things and possibilities. It was full of action and drama and had a quick pace. If you like action adventures like Clive Cussler, you will like this book.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2008

    Wish I had a $ for every ! used in the book

    Completely over the top plot, limited character development, somewhat predictable. This is probably the fastest book I've ever read. I have Ice Station and Temple already, but haven't read them. I'm hoping that they are better than this one. Not a bad book, per se, but just SO over the top, it was ridiculous. I made myself finish it just to see where it went. Includes diagrams of the caves and traps, but not all of them. I'm not sure that they really helped comprehend what was happening. Somewhat interesting twist at the end. If you're on the beach for a couple of days and want a completely mindless read and the plot doesn't have to be believable at all, then get this book. Try not to let all the !'s bother you.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2012

    7 Deadly Wonders - Matthew Reilly

    My sister recommended this series of 3 books... I was hesitant at first but decided yo give it a try. Wow! While it was a bit annoying to read the regular '!' At the end of many descriptive sentences (which as someone who loves to write tries to avoid at all costs) the story was actually really well-written snd enjoyable. Despite having 4 kids and a husband, housewotk, interviews and LIFE was sble to read this in about 4 days simply because I HAD to know what was going to happen next!

    I definitely rec this for people who love adventure/sci-fi stories that aren't 'out there'!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 21, 2014


    A fantastic adventure awaits you when you read this book. Intricate details are perfect for picturing the many scenes. Loved the illustrations. Highly recommend this one. You won't be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2014


    Great, fun read. I love all Reilly's books and characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2013


    Reilly is a BIGOT!

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013


    So far I love this book. If you want a thriller get this book! But this is also the first time he is not a step ahead of me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2012

    The begining of the END

    This is the 1st book in the trilogy of history, adventure,band a whole lot of BAD guys who want to end the world. The only hope is a little girl with a huge giftvto stop it. Fast paced page turning action. You wont put it down. So make some time and enjoy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2012

    Good for early teens

    It was just dumb. I read the whole book and every chapter had something more ridiculous than the last. The premise was good but execution bad. Battle scenes that were absurd. Including a magic device that causes bullets to miss. The characters were hokey and all have code names-Avenger, Poo Bear, Huntsman. They fly around in a 747 that they turned into a hovering fortress. Oh, and there is a bird on the team that can defeat booby traps. Somehow it just didnt fit together well. Sci-fi, teen adventure, war, history, Raiders of the Lost Ark poorly rolled in one. Skip it.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2012

    The seven deadly wonders a must read

    Ok first off i just want to say this is one of the best books ive ever read. It has action adventure romance and puts on a intersting spin to common american and catholic views. But i would like to say to all those people who say its offensive i dont agree with you i think that its intersting how it shows us americans as bad people cause to a lot of the world we are fairly bad people. Im not saying we are all terrible, but in the beging of the book it said how the specif organization cief was corrupted bysome bad people. It also said how the catholic religon isa ancient sun cult, but in other books such as percy jackson and the olynpians how the catholic religon was based on thegreek religon is that offensive too but its only speculation you idiots. I rest my case

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2011

    Great Book!!!

    I loved this book. I am a great fan of mystery, thriller, suspense, action books and this one fits the bill. This was the first of his books that I read and have since read them all. Can not wait for his next. If you are a fan of James Rollins or Clive Cussler you will love this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2011


    This book is awsome

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  • Posted August 7, 2011

    NOT GOOD!!!

    This book reads like a poorly acted cut rate adventure movie! Not sure if the author was trying to be this way but it was unbearable to read. Great basis for a story but the characters and storyline were not that believable. I know this is fiction but at least make it somewhat realistic. I love adventure novels but this was too much to bear.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    The First and Best Jack West

    This is the first Jack West novel. I love the way Reilly ties in the Seven Wonders, and mixes action with adventure. A must read!

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  • Posted January 17, 2011

    Extremely Poor

    Reads like the author is playing a video game. Good idea to use ancient wonders, but primary characters flat and should have been killed in chapter 2 or 3. Maps and diagrams useless when reading on nook. Nook needs a zoom feature.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 3, 2011

    Nonstop Amazing!

    An unstoppable thrill ride! From the moment I picked it up to 2 am under the covers with a flashlight, i could not stop reading. A great book.

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  • Posted January 5, 2011

    Amazing Story from Start to Finish

    From the moment i picked up this book i could NOT put it down!!! I nearly walked into wall w/ my nook because i could not stop! One of the best books i have read in a very long time!!! Highly Recommended!!!!

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  • Posted December 30, 2010

    I loved this book! Part archeology, part action adventure. Total fiction just the type of stuff that keeps me on the edge of my seat.

    Reilly takes some liberties and the plot can be preductable at time but it is a fun escapist read. I look foreard to reading the sequals.

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  • Posted July 18, 2009

    Exciting Plot

    The storyline is interesting and the plot keeps moving. Reilly is good at writing thrilling storylines with lots of action that keep you wanting to read more. The only thing I don't like about his writing is his overuse of italics. It seems that on each page there is at least one, if not more, phrases put into italics for emphasis. His stories have enough action that italics are not needed to highlight dramatic moments.

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