©2008 Matthew Reilly; (P)2008 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.
Really enjoyed this book. It mixed the Da Vinci Code with Map of Bones. Don't want to spoil it for anyone but I couldn't stop listening to it. I ended up sitting in the car at work till the last minute just so I could listen for as long as possible. Lots of twists and turns which kept you interested but not so indepth that if you missed a couple of minutes you lost the plot.
I thought this would be ideal for a night in work, trashy thriller typewith little need to concentrate too much but sadly it didnt hit those heights, it is basically an action comic book, poor plodding plot with a hero so lucky he needs to forget his current job and take up buying lottery tickets for a living, left unfinished as the fairly obvious "twists" and incessantly similar prose left me disinterested in the characters and the story. Essentially a substandard dan brown novel (if such a thing were possible)
This book has an excellent story, but the writing is undistinguished. It reads like a novelised action comic, with masses of action in which the hero survives against impossible odds while others around him are losing their lives in many gory ways.
Some aspects of the story raised questions in my mind which were ignored by the writer, such as the density and therefore great weight of the idol, and the entering of a date as a code in the nick of time to disarm a weapon: it could be done in the American way (mm:dd:yyyy) or the European way (dd:mm:yyyy) or the logical way (yyyy:mm:dd) but there was no time to get it wrong.
The author has been far more interested in constructing his plot and the action than in displaying skill in writing. For example, every statement is echoed by the hearer as a question, and certain phrases are grossly over-used (such as “in that instant …”, “eyes went wide”, “and then it happened.”). After about ten hours of the story this writing style became extremely irritating and I was tempted to give up, but I did want to hear the ending. I’m glad I stuck it out because the ending was good, but I will give Matthew Reilly a miss in future.
Very disappointing book. Plot points include, petrified elements (?????), Inca warriors who can ride horses and fire pistols. Musket fire that is the same as machine gun fire. This was a formulaic piece of rubbish only for the very ignorant
This book hurt. "At that exact same moment" I lost count of the number of times I would have thrown a physical book away. It is a mess. The bad guys are worse than cardboard. Their motivations are either non-existent or just plain ludicrous. The central premise of the Thyrium and the Super Nova were handled so badly, it was clear Reilly doesn't know much about nuclear physics. Although from the action scenes he is well versed in Hollywood Physics.
There were some interesting scenes. The falling tank would have been a great scene if I hadn't already grown to despise the book and just wanted to get to the end so that it would just be over.
One bonus is that I can be much more confident in my own writing, knowing that something like this can actually get published.
"Indiana Jones action story"
I recommend this to anyone who loves a fast-paced Indiana Jones type adventure.
William Race wrestling with the caimans (crocodiles). The rapas (big cats) are pretty cool as well.
Sean Mangan is an excellent narrator and has done brilliant job with the Matthew Reilly books I have listened to so far.
"Thrill After Thrill"
Loved Temple is a thrill after thrill set in Peru, we are introduced to William Rice as the main character. It's a fast paced action filled listen of good and evil forces and an idol. You can't beat Reilly for a great action story. Sean Mangan again is such a fantastic narrator he makes listening such a pleasure.
"Great story read by a great narrator"
I enjoy reading Matthew Rielly, but Sean mangan adds another level. I own all Matthew Reilly's read by Sean mangan.
Definitely, all of these books are, there aren't enough hours in the day
"Fasted Paced fun Read"
This was one of the first audio-books that I listed to. It was very fast paced not always believable but that is the beauty of fiction. Now one of my favourite authors.
"Non stop action"
Fantastic book! We listened to this on a 12 hour drive - kept us WELL awake for the whole trip.
I loved it . . .Was great fun
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