Video Audio icon An illustration of an audio speaker. Audio Software icon An illustration of a 3. Software Images icon An illustration of two photographs. Images Donate icon An illustration of a heart shape Donate Ellipses icon An illustration of text ellipses. The old-fashioned way, Jack said. Then he began banging the metal helmet against the first stone step beneath the waterline.
Dull clangs rang out. Three short ones, three long ones, then three short ones again. Morse code, Alby realized. Jack clanged the helmet against the stone some more, punching out another code. The flare went out. Darkness engulfed them. A Russian-made Kilo-class submarine loomed in the water in front of them, dark and immense. Er, Jack, Wickham interrupted. What do we do now? Jack looked up. Wickham left.
Jack watched him go, lost in thought. Alby was eyeing Jack. Jack came out of his reverie. Vulture and Scimitar boarded one and immediately departed. Wolf, Rapier, Mao, and Iolanthe watched them go. They had their use. Iolanthe shrugged. We used them. And they came through, Wolf said.
So what now? Mao asked. And in the longer term? What if they cross our path again? Then we crush them with overwhelming force, Wolf said. Good, Mao said. But the South African pilot was skilled and he barrel rolled clear of the stream of gunfire. Sky Monster proved to be correct. Oddly, they were grinning, beaming even.
Zoe sighed with relief. Thank God. Take us there. Zoe and Jack also embraced warmly, holding each other for a full minute. Jack laughed, stroking her hair gently.
Wizard smiled. Right, Jack said. Wizard audibly gasped at the sight of them. Oh no. Lily breathed. A solemn silence descended on the group. Lily broke it. Jack threw a glance at Zoe and Wizard. Zoe nodded silently. Wizard just bowed his head. Lily said. Lily said, You did that once, Daddy. Lily protested. What about the rest of you? It was six days before the events at the Second Vertex. Arriving at the pickup, Wolf stood over Stretch for a long moment, as if assessing him.
And you chose your new friends. Beside him, Mao grunted in disgust. A single tear appeared from underneath his blindfold and trickled down his cheek. But for the final leg of his journey to his. Start your free trial. Page 1 of 1. It is difficult to write a review for this book without it becoming a spoiler for book 2, please be aware you need to read this series in order to get the most from it and this is saying something for someone who is usually happy to read a series out of order!
In the book they are attempting to rebuild the final prices of an Ancient 'Machine', as this is the only thing that can prevent a global catastrophe. This in involves research into various Ancient Texts, as well as solving puzzles, researching famous historical figures including Jesus and Genghis Khan to name but two and loads of high octane adventure including fights with Megalomaniacs.
Throughout the book Matthew uses great ingenuity to solve puzzles akin to Raiders of the Lost Ark type puzzles involving numerous traps set for the unwary treasure hunters. I feel there is also good characterisation in the books, with characters you come to like and care about. Just be careful who you tie your allegiances to, unlike some authors he is not averse to killing off main characters.
This has to be one of the most action packed books I have read especially since the background and plot was set up in the previous book.
Whilst it can be read as a standalone there is a summary of the 2 previous books at the beginning , but to get the best out of these books you need to read all three books. In Matthew Reilly's words he keep trying to top himself 'with each book and come up with the fastest most out-of-control action-adventure stories imaginable'.
All I can say is mission accomplished! Again to quote him, 'if I've done my job as an author, you won't be able to tell the real from the fake'. He is right to state, in my opinion, 'it is the story that counts'. I cannot recommend these books highly enough, so if you like action books, books with a historical back drop, books about completing quests and saving puzzles, or fighting off megalomaniacs this is the book and series for you! Don't delay, read today.
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Because they are about to find out what the end of the world looks like. His books have been published in more than twenty languages in twenty countries, and he has sold more than 7.