Seven Ancient Wonders – #AtoZChallenge 2019

I love reading books in the thriller genre. Fast paced, action packed books that keep me turning pages and hooked from start to finish. Apart from crime fiction, this is the genre I’ve read the most I think. I came across Matthew Reilly’s books at the neighborhood lending library. It was one of his Schofield series that made me like his writing. Both Schofield and Jack West Jr are soldiers, but I like this series slightly more.

The premise of Seven Ancient Wonders is that there once sat a magnificent golden capstone at the peak of the Great Pyramid of Giza. The capstone was understood to be able to bestow great power upon its holder, but it was divided into seven pieces and each piece hidden inside the seven greatest structures of that age. Now, 4500 years later, a rare solar event threatens the existence of Earth itself, and the only solution is to find the seven pieces, rebuild the capstone and trap the energy from the solar event in the capstone. But everyone wants that power, mostly for evil intents. And determined not to let that happen is a coalition led by Jack West Jr, call sign Huntsman.

A layered plot, full of action…

A thriller needs lots of fast paced action, and this book definitely has that. I liked the plot and the development behind the story of Lily. It’s her involvement that makes this story a bit different from the other thrillers I’ve read. While other novels, including the Schofield series, don’t necessarily give the hero something to lose, this series does. Jack loves Lily, his ward, who has grown up in his care hidden away from the world. Each member of the coalition does. Her welfare is their priority, so while they have to be involved in the action, they also have something to lose, which makes them slightly more careful in their choices and decisions. The author also brings some tension between countries into the backstory of the secondary characters like Stretch or Pooh Bear, and even the involvement of Judah. There are layers, and I enjoyed unraveling them.

But might divide readers…

There are deaths in the story that shook me, and some that saddened me a lot. I liked the action scenes, which felt quite extreme at times and unbelievable, but I felt it was easy to imagine though. I have reread a couple of times now, and enjoyed each read. But because the action feels extreme, like a movie script, this might be a book that divides readers. They’ll either dislike it, or they’ll love it. I’m part of the latter group. Worth a read, that’s for sure.


This is the 10th year of the #AtoZChallenge and my tenth year attempting it. My theme this year is Books – Read and Loved. As evident by the theme, I am going to write on books I’ve read and loved.


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Vinay Leo R.
22. 04. 2019

Poetry & writing are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

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