The Six Sacred Stones by Matthew Reilly

The Six Sacred Stones (Jack West Jr, #2)The Six Sacred Stones by Matthew Reilly
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The six sacred stones is the second novel in Matthew Reilly’s Jack West Jr. series.

This story opens on West’s secluded farm in Western Australia where he has lived in peace with little Lily, the next generation of a line of Siwan oracles who can read the word of Thoth. It opens up with a bang showing us that there is nothing but big trouble on the horizon for West and his ragtag team who quickly became family. Lily has a friend, her only friend her age, visiting for their school holidays, Alby, who in his own right turns out to be quite a genius. He too gets caught up in the next adventure when Chinese troops descend onto Jack’s farm giving him, Zoe and the children no other choice but to get out of there as fast as they can.

The story follows on from the Seven Ancient Wonders (the first book), which saw West and his team called to battle the clock and get to Egypt to complete the “good” side of the Tartarus ritual. It turns out the Tartarus was just the beginning and now they are called forth again to race another clock, as well as the Chinese, and the head of CIEF himself, Wolf. They must travel all over the world facing their foes in a Chinese jail that nightmares are made of, Crocodiles, Hyenas and even the ancient Cannibalistic tribe of the Neetha that reside in the dense jungle of the Congo. They must obtain the Philosopher’s Stone, the six sacred stones, and make their way around the world to the six points of the sacred temples, otherwise, you guessed it, the world will end.

I picked this book up in January of this year, straight after finishing the seven ancient wonders. For some reason, I just wasn’t in the mood and put the book down until a few days ago when I decided it was time to get it off my “currently reading” list. Once I got past the start and the non-stop action truly started I read through a lot quicker than my first attempt. Don’t get me wrong, this book was full on action, as Reilly’s book normally are, and it was fast paced. It was full of the adventure we’ve come to expect from Reilly, filled with impossible situations that somehow our heroes always seem to beat, some people find this annoying, but for some reason, it doesn’t irk me that much. Yes, in reality our characters probably would have been killed a million times over, but it’s a story, it’s meant for entertainment and that’s what it does.

I’ve read Reilly’s Scarecrow series and absolutely love it, once I got past the military jargon of course. This series is still full of action and characters with military knowledge, but I find it focuses more on the well known myths and legends around the world and brings a different opinion on what they could mean, and what really happened. I love the history aspect of it, I’m a sucker for anything that touches on myths and legends, and explores the different possibilities of what might have REALLY happened in history.

One thing I find that does irk me slightly with Reilly’s writing style, is the use of italics, exclamation marks, and sound effects. I feel like as he’s been writing the stories, he’s seen it as an actual movie in his head, but failed to omit the accompanying extras that goes along with a movie. It can be annoying at times, but then I realised what it reminded me of. His style of writing reminds me of an excited person telling a story that truly excites them. How can it annoy me to the point of hating it when I think of it like that?

All in all, you can expect what Reilly normally brings to the table with this novel. I’m definitely going to continue reading the series, as I always end up enjoying the story in the end, even if it drags in places, plus I need to see if the world ends!

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