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The thrilling new novel featuring Jack West, Jr. from New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Matthew Reilly! A shadow world behind the real world When Jack West, Jr. won the Great Games, he threw the four legendary kingdoms into turmoil. A world with its own history, rules and prisons Now these dark forces are coming after Jack...in ruthless fashion. That The thrilling new novel featuring Jack West, Jr. from New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Matthew Reilly! A shadow world behind the real world When Jack West, Jr. won the Great Games, he threw the four legendary kingdoms into turmoil. A world with its own history, rules and prisons Now these dark forces are coming after Jack...in ruthless fashion. That is reaching into our world...explosively With the end of all things rapidly approaching, Jack must find the Three Secret Cities, three incredible lost cities of legend. It’s an impossible task by any reckoning, but Jack must do it while he is being hunted...by the greatest hunters in history.


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The thrilling new novel featuring Jack West, Jr. from New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Matthew Reilly! A shadow world behind the real world When Jack West, Jr. won the Great Games, he threw the four legendary kingdoms into turmoil. A world with its own history, rules and prisons Now these dark forces are coming after Jack...in ruthless fashion. That The thrilling new novel featuring Jack West, Jr. from New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Matthew Reilly! A shadow world behind the real world When Jack West, Jr. won the Great Games, he threw the four legendary kingdoms into turmoil. A world with its own history, rules and prisons Now these dark forces are coming after Jack...in ruthless fashion. That is reaching into our world...explosively With the end of all things rapidly approaching, Jack must find the Three Secret Cities, three incredible lost cities of legend. It’s an impossible task by any reckoning, but Jack must do it while he is being hunted...by the greatest hunters in history.

30 review for The Three Secret Cities

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kylie D

    You've got to love Matthew Reilly, he never lets you down. This latest book in the Jack West Jnr series is the usual whirlwind of a book, never letting up on the action, as Jack and his team race around the world finding the location of the Three Secret Cities of the title. As usual there is mayhem, baddies and we leave a trail of destruction in our wake. All in a days work for Jack West Jnr! This is one of my favourite series, Matthew Reilly mixing meticulous and extensive research with rivetti You've got to love Matthew Reilly, he never lets you down. This latest book in the Jack West Jnr series is the usual whirlwind of a book, never letting up on the action, as Jack and his team race around the world finding the location of the Three Secret Cities of the title. As usual there is mayhem, baddies and we leave a trail of destruction in our wake. All in a days work for Jack West Jnr! This is one of my favourite series, Matthew Reilly mixing meticulous and extensive research with rivetting adventure and taking the reader on a rollercoaster ride through myth and legend. Highly recommended.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Krystal

    OH MY GOD I CAN'T DEAL. And you're telling me I have to wait til freaking 2020 for the next one?!! I don't even know how to process this. This book has been my most anticipated read of 2018, and it did not disappoint. There's the trademark action involving vehicles and guns, chases, puzzles and some seriously evil villains. Once again, Jack has to save the world with assistance from his friends, solving riddles and brushing shoulders with death. It's super far-fetched, so if you're one of those OH MY GOD I CAN'T DEAL. And you're telling me I have to wait til freaking 2020 for the next one?!! I don't even know how to process this. This book has been my most anticipated read of 2018, and it did not disappoint. There's the trademark action involving vehicles and guns, chases, puzzles and some seriously evil villains. Once again, Jack has to save the world with assistance from his friends, solving riddles and brushing shoulders with death. It's super far-fetched, so if you're one of those people who needs realism, this is probably not the series for you. Me, I personally love how outrageous things get, and I'm more than happy to suspend disbelief. It picks up where The Four Legendary Kingdoms left off, with the Minotaurs having to face what comes out of the coffins, while Jack is back home, recuperating. I had to flick through the last half of 4LK to refresh my memory and it was well worth it. This is a definite continuation of that story, but its own contained arc of it. This is back to the global scale of the first few novels, meaning we've got more characters as well. I was so happy to have the twins pop up again! I also LOST MY MIND when one particular character showed up that I wasn't expecting. I still grin maniacally thinking about that grand entrance. SO BADASS. *swoon* I love the way these characters interact with one another, so I was sad they were all so spread out! They kinda clump in groups of two or three, but it does allow for fast action in multiple locations so it works. The locations themselves were a lot of fun to puzzle out, as with any Jack West Jr book. Reilly does some meticulous research, then plays around with history wherever there's a gap and it's always a good time reading about all these myths and legends that have been turned on their heads. The scale is always big and he uses familiar legends and historical figures so that you're easily drawn in. There was a teaser recently from the author that warned he did something terrible in this book, and it was in my mind the whole time. I was constantly wondering which of our favourites was gonna die, and if he was in fact going to kill someone or just teasing. That little teaser had me believing anything is possible, so all those fatal situations became so much more real! Because suddenly there's no, 'oh he can't kill off a main character' moments and it amps up the intensity instantly. (Read it for yourself to discover the Mystery of the Teaser :P) SO MUCH INTENSITY. I loved it, but it gave me mild anxiety on repeated occasions. Safe to say, I LOVED THIS BOOK. It had everything I've come to love from Reilly's books, and it's just such a fun ride to lean back and enjoy. There's never a dull moment, but it has its emotions, too, so that you can really invest in these characters. The cover is gorgeous, too, and the inside cover is also gorgeous but totally intriguing and confusing. I could study the pictures and diagrams in this book for hours. Highly enjoyable, totally worth the wait, and absolutely ridiculous fun. Matthew Reilly fans should enjoy this one immensely, and for people who love treasure-hunt-type action, get onto the first book, Seven Ancient Wonders so you can enjoy the journey properly. Copious thanks to Pan Macmillan Australia for my sneaky early copy.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Steven

    Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review! Man alive, was this one a roller coaster ride??? Oh wait, they all are. This one, though, might tear your heart out. There's torture and suffering and death.... but there's also a lot of fun classic Jack West adventure: crazy rescues, ancient cities, cool powerful artifacts, daring escapes, overwhelming odds, etc. If you've not picked up any of Jack West's series, you should, starting with Seven De Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review! Man alive, was this one a roller coaster ride??? Oh wait, they all are. This one, though, might tear your heart out. There's torture and suffering and death.... but there's also a lot of fun classic Jack West adventure: crazy rescues, ancient cities, cool powerful artifacts, daring escapes, overwhelming odds, etc. If you've not picked up any of Jack West's series, you should, starting with Seven Deadly Wonders. They're not deep literature, but they are absolutely fun as can be, especially if you go in expecting it to be cheesy and fun like most books can only aspire to be. This is the fifth book in the series, so at this point, we're more invested in many of the characters... which makes some of the losses that much more painful. But I think you'll find the ride worth it. Join Jack West and his gang as they tear around the world, trying to save it YET AGAIN from both huge natural disasters and power-hungry villains, and you can be the newest part of his crew. :)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Josh

    Despite the hefty page count, Matthew Reilly's books are super quick reads loaded with pure adrenaline - and the latest installment in the Jack West Jr. series is no different. Whereas the previous book, The Four Legendary Kingdoms focused primarily on a single location, Hades, The Three Secret Cities marks a return to West's globetrotting adventures as he and his loyal friends attempt to save the world once more from certain doom. By completing a complex set of ancient puzzles across multiple c Despite the hefty page count, Matthew Reilly's books are super quick reads loaded with pure adrenaline - and the latest installment in the Jack West Jr. series is no different. Whereas the previous book, The Four Legendary Kingdoms focused primarily on a single location, Hades, The Three Secret Cities marks a return to West's globetrotting adventures as he and his loyal friends attempt to save the world once more from certain doom. By completing a complex set of ancient puzzles across multiple continents, the returning adventure-based action theme prominent in previous books proves to be a winner yet again. My rating: 4/5, sure some of the action sequences felt a little repetitive at times and Jack West Jr. seems to have superhuman healing and fighting abilities but that's part of the fun with these books. They're well researched and loaded with manic action to provide a great form of escapism. I can't wait for The Two something something!

  5. 4 out of 5

    The Cats Mother

    This is the only author that I buy in hardback, but I must be getting old - normally that would be on release day, and I would finish it within 24 hours, but I didn’t feel quite the same urgency this time, and I’ve read other books in parallel with it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a rollicking good time, but it is very much the same formula as the four before it. Don’t even think about trying this if you haven’t read the rest of the series. This one begins soon after the events of 4 Legendary K This is the only author that I buy in hardback, but I must be getting old - normally that would be on release day, and I would finish it within 24 hours, but I didn’t feel quite the same urgency this time, and I’ve read other books in parallel with it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a rollicking good time, but it is very much the same formula as the four before it. Don’t even think about trying this if you haven’t read the rest of the series. This one begins soon after the events of 4 Legendary Kingdoms, with poor Jack barely catching his breath before he has to embark on another mission to save the world. An ancient prophecy tells that unless a set of rituals involving three ancient weapons in three mythical places are completed, the world will come to a horrible end. Racing from New York to London, Italy to Iceland, and Venezuela to Gibraltar, Jack and his friends and family have to battle all sorts of enemies, modern and ancient, some rather unexpected, some truly evil. There are some very sad moments, some good jokes, all the usual cliffhangers and impossible escapes, and a fantastic cameo. Somehow Reilly still manages to come up with new dangers, stunts, weapons, puzzles and threats, and work in all sorts of historical and legendary elements. The ending, epilogue and interview with the author leave it in a satisfying place and the next book is due out in 2020, so not as long to wait as usual either.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Joanne

    the four legendary kingdoms take 2 I like the fact that years have not passed by just days. Shane Schofield reappearance —mmmm no need to write another scarecrow book, kill two birds with one stone and just put the two together save time save paper. With his announcement a week out from release that he was going to do worse than his last scarecrow book, panic was ripe across the globe but I think many of us knew exactly where he was going. Information overload, I had to back track a couple of t the four legendary kingdoms take 2 I like the fact that years have not passed by just days. Shane Schofield reappearance —mmmm no need to write another scarecrow book, kill two birds with one stone and just put the two together save time save paper. With his announcement a week out from release that he was going to do worse than his last scarecrow book, panic was ripe across the globe but I think many of us knew exactly where he was going. Information overload, I had to back track a couple of times to check exactly what they had to do. Gosh a little hectic. Three items, three secret cities talk about not easy, the whole pace of the story is go go go. It was good to see that many of the other characters like Alby and lily and and basically everyone on his team helping out, I mean there was no other way for it to happen, cause there was no way in hell jack west Jr was going to do it all. Villains well they certainly were cranked up a notch. Two words best to describe would be EXTREME TERRORISM. Nasty and gruesome and some of the the things were just down right twisted. This in my opinion changed a lot from the last book, there was a distinct changed, I don’t know what was going on in Reilly’s head when he was writing these scenes. I guess he thought he had to, otherwise it just becomes monotonous. That’s what I think the line of the story is breaking away from that monotonous same old same old in some respects. Overall 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ very clever ending I loved it. Look forward. Too The two something of some.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede

    THE THREE SECRET CITIES by Matthew Reilly is the fifth book in the Jack West, Jr series, and I'm very late to the party as this is the first book I read in the series. Luckily, it was a very easy book to get into since it all begins with a summarizing of what happened at the end of the last book, THE FOUR LEGENDARY KINGDOMS. The story in this book picks up right away with Jack, the winner of the Great Games, realizing the world is about the end, and he and his friends must stop it from happenin THE THREE SECRET CITIES by Matthew Reilly is the fifth book in the Jack West, Jr series, and I'm very late to the party as this is the first book I read in the series. Luckily, it was a very easy book to get into since it all begins with a summarizing of what happened at the end of the last book, THE FOUR LEGENDARY KINGDOMS. The story in this book picks up right away with Jack, the winner of the Great Games, realizing the world is about the end, and he and his friends must stop it from happening. However, first they must find the "Three Secret Cities." It's not easy, especially because they have a lot of enemies that are out to kill or capture Jack, his family, and friends. READ THE REST OF THE REVIEW OVER AT FRESH FICTION!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Wayne

    Take all the stars Mr Reilly - take them all. I had a copy of this and Thrawn Alliances in my hands to read and I chose this one. There is no other author that would be able to make me do that. One look at this and I had to read it first. The world building is fantastic. For a book that is all go go go non stop action the level of detail is amazing. You are literally racing through the most amazing action sequences but also have to focus on the beautifully woven detail. Matthew Reilly is a master Take all the stars Mr Reilly - take them all. I had a copy of this and Thrawn Alliances in my hands to read and I chose this one. There is no other author that would be able to make me do that. One look at this and I had to read it first. The world building is fantastic. For a book that is all go go go non stop action the level of detail is amazing. You are literally racing through the most amazing action sequences but also have to focus on the beautifully woven detail. Matthew Reilly is a master at this. The backstory and places the characters visit are so vivid and clear you truly are transported there. The characters are amazing too. Jack West JNR is an amazing hero and focal point of the story. The other characters too are very well written and really add to the story. There's also a special guest who I won't mention but is a very welcome addition. The plot is very sound and the pacing is manic but it works so so well. You can't help but get enthralled in the action and swept up in a non stop roller coaster ride. There's also a cliffhanger type ending and I love cliffhanger type endings. I pick these books up and just know it will blow me away. Matthew Reilly is just that good. You wait all year for it, read it in three days, realize you have to wait twelve months for another one but you just don't care. He is just that good. If you haven't read any Matthew Reilly then, as the famous add says, Just do it

  9. 5 out of 5

    Julie Garner

    I have finally had some time to process my emotions after finishing this book. I can't believe I ended it with tears streaming down my face - that is not meant to happen with a Jack West Jnr novel. There are no tears in ancient warfare!!! As always, well researched and planned out. I believe Reilly must have had the finish line planned when he started this series of books. In this fifth book we once again see a blending of characters with a very important support character making his drop in. We I have finally had some time to process my emotions after finishing this book. I can't believe I ended it with tears streaming down my face - that is not meant to happen with a Jack West Jnr novel. There are no tears in ancient warfare!!! As always, well researched and planned out. I believe Reilly must have had the finish line planned when he started this series of books. In this fifth book we once again see a blending of characters with a very important support character making his drop in. We also get our hearts torn out, once, twice, may be more. As we get closer to the finish line, the intensity is heating up and keep us rooted in one spot as we continue to cheer for these great characters to show the world who they are. We are introduced to new, heartless people in this book (because there hasn't been enough in this series). They are very ego-centric and struggle to understand the pure community based spirit that is Jack West Jnr. That is, until we meet Sphinx who admires Jack's loyalty to his team and the world as a whole. This does not mean he is a nice guy. In fact, he is just as ego-centric as the rest of them but with better planning. I can't believe that there are only two books to go in this series. I can't wait to keep reading but I am saddened by the fact that I know the end is coming.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sahitya

    Wow what a thrilling ride. I’m so glad I picked this up right after finishing The Four Legendary Kingdoms, because this helped me remember all the juicy tidbits before diving into another Jack West Jr story. This book gave me all the feels that I first felt when I discovered The Seven Ancient Wonders but it was also very emotional and exciting at the same. The best part of this book is that the author decides to go back to the original formula of telling Jack’s story - a globetrotting adventure w Wow what a thrilling ride. I’m so glad I picked this up right after finishing The Four Legendary Kingdoms, because this helped me remember all the juicy tidbits before diving into another Jack West Jr story. This book gave me all the feels that I first felt when I discovered The Seven Ancient Wonders but it was also very emotional and exciting at the same. The best part of this book is that the author decides to go back to the original formula of telling Jack’s story - a globetrotting adventure with a looming deadline. It picks up right after the ending of The Four Legendary Kingdoms and gives no time for Jack to rest before he is off to save the world again. There is a lot of hopping between places - New York to London, Italy to Greece, Venice to Venezuela and many many more. Our favorite crew gets separated into teams to discover the three secret cities, so we don’t see all of them together much. Reilly also manages to device some very new torture methods we haven’t seen before and I just want to tip off my hat to his imagination. We get the usual story of figuring out the locations of the secret cities, finding the immortal weapons, some daring escapes and puzzling through booby trapped avenues while racing against time to perform another ancient sacrificial ritual to save the world. What makes this book extra special is the emotional pull throughout. We see some beautiful moments between Jack and Lily, Alby, Zoe and even Nobody and the other members of the crew. After this feeling of joy, the author decides that we have been happy enough and we are shocked to our core by the deaths of some key characters and I just couldn’t believe that they happened. It just made the story all the more real and every scene felt like the harbinger of more death. Coming to the action side of it, we have one of the most inventive rescue by a beloved character from Scarecrow and that scene just delighted the Reilly fan in me. As always, the author manages to interweave the story of many myths and legends but I absolutely loved the way he utilized the symbolism of Medusa’s curse and how he turned the legend of the Knights of the Round Table on its head. And that ENDING..... it almost killed me and then gave me just enough hope to hang on to. This book is a dream for any adrenaline junkie reader and fans of Jack West Jr and I promise, you will be thrilled on every page. And if you haven’t read this series, but love a jet setting adventure, a relentless hero, lots of mythology and the end of the world looming - what are you waiting for... Just go ahead and start this series from the beginning. As for me, it’s going to be a long wait till 2020.

  11. 5 out of 5

    James

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. *SPOILERS* This series has really lost its way, which is a real shame. The first three Jack West novels were something else and all-time favourites of mine, a really incredible story with great characters. The Four Legendary Kingdoms I found pretty enjoyable, standard Reilly/Jack West - a non-stop thriller with crazy ancient history lore. But I found The Three Secret Cities to be terrible. For a start, there's not an original idea in this book. The main plot recycles the premise of the earlier Jack *SPOILERS* This series has really lost its way, which is a real shame. The first three Jack West novels were something else and all-time favourites of mine, a really incredible story with great characters. The Four Legendary Kingdoms I found pretty enjoyable, standard Reilly/Jack West - a non-stop thriller with crazy ancient history lore. But I found The Three Secret Cities to be terrible. For a start, there's not an original idea in this book. The main plot recycles the premise of the earlier Jack West novels - yet again there's an ancient mechanism built into the planet that has to be activated in a few days' time to stop a catastrophic event. The 'secret cities' aren't really cities, they're the same principle as the Vertices from 6SS/5GW, basically Tomb Raider levels that can only be overcome via a code that someone conveniently found earlier on an ancient stone tablet. Ancient artifacts have to be found and placed in these cities - sounding familiar? Even the Greystone is just the same as Ice-9 from Cat's Cradle... The action moves along so quickly there's no time for any sort of character development or depth. Reilly seems to eschew actually describing any of the locations in the book in favour of a Microsoft Paint diagram. Half the pages only have a few lines of text on them. Depth and substance seems to have taken a back seat for more torture porn scenes. Zoe, Stretch and Pooh Bear barely feature in this book (or the last one) despite being central characters in the first three. Even Hades, who I was looking forward to getting to know in this book, plays a pretty small role. The mystery and intrigue surrounding Aloysius Knight has vanished and he's just a gun-for-hire in this book. And I know you don't read a Matthew Reilly novel if you want something realistic but the scenes set in the real world are somewhat outlandish and break the illusion a bit. For a start, having a scene involving a terrorist attack in London is in extremely bad taste given what's happened in the UK and elsewhere in the world over the last few years, and if this had happened, combined with a skyscraper being destroyed in New York and the battle in Venice, it would have placed the world into lockdown. And no mention is made of the effects of most of the world's royal families being massacred in the previous book - can you imagine what would happen in the UK if the whole royal family suddenly disappeared without explanation? I think I'll stick with this series to see how the storyline ends. I really hope the next book is a lot better and back up there with the first three.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Nikki

    I was always going to enjoy this, but Matthew’s fast paced action still makes me smile. This picks up right after Four Legendary Kingdoms so I did need to give myself a little reminder of how it ended 😂 I love the little ongoing relationship between Jack and Scarecrow 💙 tiny detail but so well done. And the (spoiler event!) is excellent as a result; I proper squealed. I do feel that this series is getting even more outlandish and ridiculous but I love it. The eight, in particular, created an int I was always going to enjoy this, but Matthew’s fast paced action still makes me smile. This picks up right after Four Legendary Kingdoms so I did need to give myself a little reminder of how it ended 😂 I love the little ongoing relationship between Jack and Scarecrow 💙 tiny detail but so well done. And the (spoiler event!) is excellent as a result; I proper squealed. I do feel that this series is getting even more outlandish and ridiculous but I love it. The eight, in particular, created an interesting scenario in how public they were willing to be with their search. And then I don’t think you can talk about this book without taking about the deaths - especially with more promises to come. Not sure I can take that. There’s one in particular that I found very shocking, and another that I didn’t expect, even if I may have been right in the end (spoiler avoidant). Amazing continuation :)

  13. 5 out of 5

    Shelley

    I'm not crying, you're crying. Holy shit what an ending. We have to wait until 2020 for the sequel? ::::Head desk::::

  14. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    I suspect each time Matthew Reilly sits down to write a new book he asks himself the same question. “How can I push the action quotient further than I did last time?” The good news, from our perspective at least, is that he keeps managing it. I can sum up each new Matthew Reilly novel in four simple words – Bigger, Better, Faster, More. When it comes to pure, unadulterated mayhem I don’t think there are many who deliver as consistently as Reilly does. The Jack West Jnr series has been excellent I suspect each time Matthew Reilly sits down to write a new book he asks himself the same question. “How can I push the action quotient further than I did last time?” The good news, from our perspective at least, is that he keeps managing it. I can sum up each new Matthew Reilly novel in four simple words – Bigger, Better, Faster, More. When it comes to pure, unadulterated mayhem I don’t think there are many who deliver as consistently as Reilly does. The Jack West Jnr series has been excellent since book one. Each book builds on the story that has come before and is creating an ongoing tale that is pretty damned epic in scope. We are onto book five now, and this latest adventure is just as fresh and exciting as it predecessors. I don’t think I can stress this enough, the action in The Three Secret Cities is unrelentingly bonkers. I mean that as the highest of compliments. There are pitched gun battles all over the place, tower blocks collapsing in on themselves, death defying halo drops and world famous landmarks being obliterated. It’s all in a day’s work as far as Jack West Jnr is concerned. These action set pieces are outlandish in the extreme, and I loved every one. There is a constant sense of spectacle. Each time I thought I couldn’t be amazed anymore I was proven wrong. There are a handful of WTF! moments that are likely going to melt your brain. I dearly want to see Matthew Reilly’s work translate to the big screen. The Three Secret Cities is a literary action blockbuster, I want it to be a cinematic one as well. The only trouble I would have with that would be deciding who would be my dream cast. Though the novel is chock full of excitement you would be wrong to think that it all there is. The author weaves an engaging plot between all the moments of derring-do. There are ancient puzzles to solve and clues to decipher. One of the things I really liked is that Reilly uses a unique interpretation of mythological stories to fit within his narrative, so they factor into modern events. This delivers a perfect counterpoint to all the explosions and shooting. If you have read the rest of Reilly’s back catalogue you already know that Jack West Jnr exists within the same shared universe as his other action hero, Shane ‘Scarecrow’ Schofield. The good news is The Three Secret Cities further cements this link with the inclusion of a character who has featured in the Schofield novels. No, there will be no spoilers regarding that person’s name here, my friend. I would not wish to ruin that particular surprise. The only thing you need to know is that if you are fan of the other novels there are scenes in The Three Secret Cities that will make you grin from ear-to-ear. Years ago, I read a magazine article that suggested there is no such thing as an original story. The author stated that all fiction can be traced back to ancient legends and their base concepts. To a degree, I think this is true. In many respects Jack West Jnr is a modern-day Odysseus, the indomitable hero. Nothing, or no-one, will stop West from achieving his goal. He will fight to his last breath for his friends. He will drop everything and travel half way across the planet, at a moment’s notice, to help those in need. These acts of selfless heroism make him a genuinely engaging protagonist. The other thing I think that is important is that West isn’t invincible. He doesn’t always succeed in everything he does. Sometimes he isn’t the one doing the rescuing. I would be horribly bored if he was that perfect. West is part of a delightfully mismatched, extended surrogate family and most of these characters show up at one point or another. Any time Pooh Bear, Stretch or Sky Monster appear always makes me smile. Elsewhere the villains remain gleefully villainous. I’m sure you’ll be shocked when I tell you it turns out that religious zealots, clandestine secret societies and global shadow governments are all thoroughly nasty types. Whenever any one of these scumbags gets their comeuppance, you’ll find yourself having difficulty containing the urge to shout in triumph. The Three Secret Cities delivers on every page. Rip roaring adventure at a breakneck pace does not get any better than this. If you are an action thriller fan, and you haven’t already, I strongly suggest you discover Matthew Reilly today.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    I love Matthew Reilly's thrillers and Jack West is a great hero. This sixth book in the West series is a fine thriller. Hugely exciting, taking place across much of the globe and with some big shocks. As usual, the book is packed full of diagrams and charts that really add to the mood. Excellent! Review to follow shortly on For Winter Nights.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kayla (BOOKadoodles)

    What do you meannn I need to wait until 2020 for the next book?!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ralitsa Koleva

    https://bloodyrosered.wordpress.com/2... Обичам Матю Райли и по-специално двете му поредици, посветени на Плашилото и Джак Уест, но някак си приключенията на Джак са ми по присърце, затова винаги се вълнувам когато излезе нова книга с негови приключения и с известна тъга се замислям, че краят на поредицата лека-полека наближава. Все пак е обявена за 7 книги, а не мисля, че Райли е от тези ламтящи автори, които да си променят думата само заради печалбата. Да не говорим, че има навика да задрасква https://bloodyrosered.wordpress.com/2... Обичам Матю Райли и по-специално двете му поредици, посветени на Плашилото и Джак Уест, но някак си приключенията на Джак са ми по присърце, затова винаги се вълнувам когато излезе нова книга с негови приключения и с известна тъга се замислям, че краят на поредицата лека-полека наближава. Все пак е обявена за 7 книги, а не мисля, че Райли е от тези ламтящи автори, които да си променят думата само заради печалбата. Да не говорим, че има навика да задрасква главни действащи лица от дъската с лека ръка и не се знае до финала на поредицата какво ще се случи. Аз лично, след тази книга, си имам своите подозрения, но няма да ви спойлвам. Оставихме Джак Уест в края на приключението му в игрите на Царате, където той някак си успя да избяга и да предотврати една несправедливост, но… може би направи кофти услуга на света, защото сега някой трябва да спре събитието Омега. Естествено отново всички искат реликвите, които търси самият Джак заедно с хората си, но нещата стават още по-сложни, когато си ядосал някого и той иска главата ти… И я иска от Рицарите на Кръглата маса. Едно от очарованията на Райли е да работи с митовете и легендите по такъв начин, че да не ги променя драстично, но успешно да ги пренесе в днешно време и ясно да покаже на читателя, че една история може много да се измени във времето, както се случва това с Тризъбеца, едно от трите оръжия, които Джак и хората му трябва да открият наред с шлема на Хадес и … Ескалибур. Да, точно така, Матю Райли отново си играе с митологиите по един прекрасен начин. Самият той е воден от това, че читателите му винаги могат да потърсят информация в Гугъл и прави дълги проучвания преди да напише книгите за Джак, както исторически, така и географски и това е една от причините тази поредица да е толкова завладяваща и носеща духа на Индиана Джоунс, но поне за мен далеч по-чаровна и интересна. И макар да беше едно безумно и диво приключение на висока скорост, тази книга е пълна и с много тъга, защото Матю е от онези безмилостни автори, които дори не се колебаят да убиват герои, с които хората са свикнали и които обичат. А най-лошото е, че обещава нещата да станат още по-трагични в следващата книга. Накъде още, бе!? Истината е, че когото и да убие, ще продължа да го обичам, защото след години очакване, той върна един от най-любимите ми поддържащи герои, който май е и всеобщ любимец. Връща го по един брилянтен начин и съответно го поставя в опасност, та както се вика, не се привързвайте. За мен е късно, но за вас още не е. Ако търсите приключения, които да ви държат на нокти, да не усещате, кога са минали 100-ина страници, да откривате изгубени светове и реликви, ако обичате всякакви приключения тип Индиана Джоунс, то Джак Уест и неговите приключения са вашето нещо, но не забравяйте да почнете от „Седемте смъртоносни чудеса“ и да карате подред. Защото, поне за мен, да се потопиш в свят на изгубени светове, реликви, тайни и мистерии, е нещо толкова различно и освежаващо. Екшън с елементи на история, митология и изгубени езици. Обожавам как продължи историята след края на „Четирите Легендарни Царства“ и, естествено, разбрахме какво излезе от ковчега. „Трите тайни града“ се оказа зашеметяващо приключение, което не ме разочарова изобщо. Точно обратното, бях изненадана, смях се, затаявах дъх, подскачах от радост и тъгувах. Ако сте фен на Райли и сте чели тази книга, много ми се иска в коментарите да обсъдим появяването на моя любим герой, който сега няма да спомена, за да не напълня останалите със спойлери.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer (JC-S)

    ‘For three whole days after the Great Games, the Underworld lay silent.’ And then, the action started. The Four Legendary Kingdoms are in turmoil. The world is doomed, unless Jack West Jr and his friends can save it. It’s simple, really, all they must do is find the three ancient weapons in three secret cities, complete a series of ancient puzzles within seven days and the world will be saved. One problem is that he first must identify the location of the three cities, another problem is that qui ‘For three whole days after the Great Games, the Underworld lay silent.’ And then, the action started. The Four Legendary Kingdoms are in turmoil. The world is doomed, unless Jack West Jr and his friends can save it. It’s simple, really, all they must do is find the three ancient weapons in three secret cities, complete a series of ancient puzzles within seven days and the world will be saved. One problem is that he first must identify the location of the three cities, another problem is that quite a few people are after Jack West. They want him dead. So, what will Jack and his team do? Well, there’s plenty of travel, lots of danger to overcome and some incredible escapes. This is the fifth book in the Jack West Jr series, and I love the adrenaline-filled action. Pure escapism for me, totally unrealistic but loads of fun. Mostly. I’ve become attached to a few of the characters along the way, and they don’t all make it to the end. Those who do make it seem blessed with superhuman powers: how else could they recover so quickly and fight so effectively? This is a series where the reading order of the books is important. I’m now looking forward to the next instalment. Jennifer Cameron-Smith

  19. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    Five stars because the epilogue gripped me that hard, and I couldn't put it down. While I miss some of the tomb running that this series has abandoned to turn into something that reads more like a Michael Bay movie on steroids, I still find this series a guilty pleasure. And also, the use of planes in this book in particular is laughable, but I can certainly see the author has a fascination with Russian built aircraft. The action built up from the first page and didn't let up, and kept me guessi Five stars because the epilogue gripped me that hard, and I couldn't put it down. While I miss some of the tomb running that this series has abandoned to turn into something that reads more like a Michael Bay movie on steroids, I still find this series a guilty pleasure. And also, the use of planes in this book in particular is laughable, but I can certainly see the author has a fascination with Russian built aircraft. The action built up from the first page and didn't let up, and kept me guessing along with some brutal shocks. And now I have to wait for the next book in the series, but I can't!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Reeda Booke

    Holy moly...this book was something!! The thrills just keep on coming, but that ending...oh, that ending....I was crying, then I was like, "say what?!" It royally sucks to have to wait for the next one! Do not attempt to read this if you have not read the Jack West series, it will not have the same impact. And dang, I also want to see another Scarecrow book! 5 stars for never-ending thrills and because I love this character!

  21. 5 out of 5

    K.

    Trigger warnings: violence, graphic death, gun violence, torture, mentions of rape, death of a family member, explosions, probably other stuff too it's late and I'm tired I'm sorry. 3.5 stars. I've been reading Matthew Reilly's books since Ice Station came out like 20 years ago, and while his books are REALLY easy to fly through in a couple of hours, part of me thinks that they're getting a little bit worse with every book he brings out. The Four Legendary Kingdoms was a fantastic idea - crossin Trigger warnings: violence, graphic death, gun violence, torture, mentions of rape, death of a family member, explosions, probably other stuff too it's late and I'm tired I'm sorry. 3.5 stars. I've been reading Matthew Reilly's books since Ice Station came out like 20 years ago, and while his books are REALLY easy to fly through in a couple of hours, part of me thinks that they're getting a little bit worse with every book he brings out. The Four Legendary Kingdoms was a fantastic idea - crossing over two of his longest running series - but all the female characters basically went down the toilet. So needless to say, I was more than a little hesitant about this one. It was definitely better than The Four Legendary Kingdoms. The female characters actually served a purpose, and no one was a sexy lamp. On the downside, Reilly was NOT afraid to kill off much loved characters, and considering I'm still not over a certain death in Scarecrow, I was not entirely okay with it. That being said, the addition of Knight to the series was an absolute delight, and that ending kinda sorta blew my mind. So. It could have been worse?

  22. 4 out of 5

    Brendan Morphett

    The worst thing about reading a Matthew Reilly novel as soon as it releases is that you have to wait for 2 whole years before you get to read the next one. The book begins pretty much right where the previous novel left off and the thrill ride and emotional roller coaster doesn't stop until the final page. Another all time great novel by one of the best in the business

  23. 4 out of 5

    Gopal

    The Three Secret Cities is Matthew Reilly at his best showcasing 3 of everything. 3 quests to 3 cities guarded by 3 guardians carrying 3 ancient weapons to empower it while battling bronze warriors who search for their master. The Four Kingdoms ended with Jack West Junior blowing up the obelisk to prevent the King of Land Orlando Compton-Jones from becoming the King of Kings and obtaining the knowledge of the Mysteries. Now the Omega Event is approaching and the secrets of the Mysteries need to fo The Three Secret Cities is Matthew Reilly at his best showcasing 3 of everything. 3 quests to 3 cities guarded by 3 guardians carrying 3 ancient weapons to empower it while battling bronze warriors who search for their master. The Four Kingdoms ended with Jack West Junior blowing up the obelisk to prevent the King of Land Orlando Compton-Jones from becoming the King of Kings and obtaining the knowledge of the Mysteries. Now the Omega Event is approaching and the secrets of the Mysteries need to found some other way. Jack has with his actions plunged the shadowy Royal World into interregnum. Various factions are forming and new villains are coming to the fore to stop our fearless hero in his quest to understand the Mysteries and then face the two trails - The Trial of the Cities and The Trial of the Mountains. Since the Mysteries are now not known, now it is upon Jack and his team to put together the clues with help of Lord Hades - King of Underworld and find stop the Omega Event from happening. Read the full review in my blog: Gopal's Review of The Three Secret Cities

  24. 5 out of 5

    Charlie - A Reading Machine

    Good fun but certainly not to be taken seriously. Reilly is under so much pressure to stick to his theme of ancient wonders he is being forced to go to some very whacky places and cover all his bases again and again. A typical conversation goes "Ahh Mr West, the Fifth great warrior and finder of the four legendary kingdoms. How fortunate to meet you here at one of the three fabled cities. Are you in possession of any of the three epic weapons or the six mystic cleansing stones? No? Well it doesn' Good fun but certainly not to be taken seriously. Reilly is under so much pressure to stick to his theme of ancient wonders he is being forced to go to some very whacky places and cover all his bases again and again. A typical conversation goes "Ahh Mr West, the Fifth great warrior and finder of the four legendary kingdoms. How fortunate to meet you here at one of the three fabled cities. Are you in possession of any of the three epic weapons or the six mystic cleansing stones? No? Well it doesn't look good for you. Mhahah. Mwahahaha. MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAH" My favourite thing about this book was that it features the return of a favourite character from his Scarecrow series and that once again he manages to pull off some pretty epic set pieces. The action is always where it's at in these books. I am destined to read this series until the end but to be honest it's been a while since I really loved one of these books.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Thank you to Gallery, Threshold, Pocket books and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book for an honest review. I give this book 3.5 stars. I chose this book because my husband read the fourth book in the series while I was in early labor with my first child. It was fun to listen to as my husband read it out loud to try and distract me - so I thought I would check it out. The fifth book in the series begins where the last one left off. The action and events flow similarly to the prior boo Thank you to Gallery, Threshold, Pocket books and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book for an honest review. I give this book 3.5 stars. I chose this book because my husband read the fourth book in the series while I was in early labor with my first child. It was fun to listen to as my husband read it out loud to try and distract me - so I thought I would check it out. The fifth book in the series begins where the last one left off. The action and events flow similarly to the prior books in the series, but are based on the new challenges that Jack faces. There is a more somber tone due to deaths of influential characters, which helped balance out some of the action. The overall flow to the book allows for a quick and enjoyable read. For those fans who have enjoyed Matthew Reilly in the past, this will definitely be something they want to read. For the newer readers like myself, I am putting this series on my list to start from the beginning so I can get the entire backstory. I wanted to give this a better rating, however the ending was a little bit too much of a 'gotcha'. I think it was not as genuine as it could have been - more to sell future books in the series than to elevate the series as a whole.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Raja Selvakumar

    Another can't-put-this-book-down-hold-your-breath-oh-my-god-the-book-is-finished stunner in the Jack West series. Over the years Matt Reilly has consistently impressed with his ability to paint society as we know it as a facade rooted in ancient symbolism and beliefs. What distinguishes this entire series thus far against, say, the Robert Langdon series by Dan Brown is sacrificing symbolic depth for intense action sequences and convenient fortune for Jack West. When held against the standard of Another can't-put-this-book-down-hold-your-breath-oh-my-god-the-book-is-finished stunner in the Jack West series. Over the years Matt Reilly has consistently impressed with his ability to paint society as we know it as a facade rooted in ancient symbolism and beliefs. What distinguishes this entire series thus far against, say, the Robert Langdon series by Dan Brown is sacrificing symbolic depth for intense action sequences and convenient fortune for Jack West. When held against the standard of the other books in this series.... this one fell a little flat. Too many moving characters and too many "well isn't that convenient" moments in not nearly enough pages. Aloysius Knight... basically a second Jack West literally appears out of thin air to save the day! A 57 year old Nobody is suddenly a very important Somebody. While the action sequences and scenic visualization continue to impress, these drawbacks somewhat ruined the overall experience. The breadcrumbs left behind by the Sphinx for what the the next two books will entail (it seems that the last book will be about the Sphinx, which is pretty cool). I am certainly excited to see how the end of the series will go down- hopefully not at the expense of trying to develop the new characters or skimming over important symbolic details in general.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ricky

    Just as Matthew Reilly hinted at after the two-part adventure that was Books 2 and 3 in this series, it's pretty clear that the rest of the countdown in the titles is a big old four-part adventure in the making. Building on the plot threads set up in The Four Legendary Kingdoms, we go from that book's premise of Matthew Reilly doing The Hunger Games to this book's premise of Matthew Reilly doing Catching Fire. The games are much higher in stakes, with an even more insidious environmental threat Just as Matthew Reilly hinted at after the two-part adventure that was Books 2 and 3 in this series, it's pretty clear that the rest of the countdown in the titles is a big old four-part adventure in the making. Building on the plot threads set up in The Four Legendary Kingdoms, we go from that book's premise of Matthew Reilly doing The Hunger Games to this book's premise of Matthew Reilly doing Catching Fire. The games are much higher in stakes, with an even more insidious environmental threat to contend with, and of course the extra danger level of having to confront the challenges of all three cities all at once or else everything's going to be for naught. And that's before we get into the nasty behind-the-scenes politics of Hades vs. everyone else in charge of the Legendary Kingdoms. This book's the usual Matthew Reilly action rager, building up to his nastiest ending yet - yes, even more so than The Six Sacred Stones. But then there's that last line that foreshadows a twist that leaves me guessing helplessly - and wrongly, no doubt - what the hell Reilly could have in mind when the title countdown ticks to Two.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sean Morton

    I'm glad I have this book in a nice big hardcover, so I can smack Matthew Reilly over the head with it when I meet him for scaring me like that. Picking up where The Four Legendary Kingdoms left off, The Three Secret Cities takes us back to the globe-trotting adventure we all know and love from this series. This time Jack and gang must find three immortal weapons and empower them in the cities of Thule, Ra (El Dorado), and Atlas (Atlantis) before the world is destroyed. However, Jack is hunted by I'm glad I have this book in a nice big hardcover, so I can smack Matthew Reilly over the head with it when I meet him for scaring me like that. Picking up where The Four Legendary Kingdoms left off, The Three Secret Cities takes us back to the globe-trotting adventure we all know and love from this series. This time Jack and gang must find three immortal weapons and empower them in the cities of Thule, Ra (El Dorado), and Atlas (Atlantis) before the world is destroyed. However, Jack is hunted by not one but two groups of people who are upset with him over his actions at the Great Games. I really enjoy this series, the character developments and relationships give it that extra special family vibe that makes the story a little more wholesome. On top of this the book had all the traits of a fast-paced, action-packed Matthew Reilly book that makes it his. I liked the introduction of the letters, even if I knew what it foreshadowed, and I loved the return of Aloysius Knight. There are a few things that I did not like that I shall not mention here for obvious reasons. One thing I will mention was that the book was exciting and well paced throughout but I felt the ending was a little rushed and abrupt. In the end another great read, and now that I'm caught up (who would've thought I'd be reading a new release book within a month of it coming out?) I have to wait two years to see what happens next.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Peter

    The one where Matthew Reilly became George R.R. Martin. Okay, maybe not that bad, but I definitely felt like he was ruthless to his characters in The Three Secret Cities. Some of those characters deaths were brutal, which I am okay with or at least that's what I am trying to tell myself as I write this. The stakes have rarely felt higher in a Matthew Reilly book, to the point where I wasn't sure who would make it out of this story alive. As usual, Reilly has written The Three Secret Cities in th The one where Matthew Reilly became George R.R. Martin. Okay, maybe not that bad, but I definitely felt like he was ruthless to his characters in The Three Secret Cities. Some of those characters deaths were brutal, which I am okay with or at least that's what I am trying to tell myself as I write this. The stakes have rarely felt higher in a Matthew Reilly book, to the point where I wasn't sure who would make it out of this story alive. As usual, Reilly has written The Three Secret Cities in the same high calibre as the rest of his Jack West Jr series, delivering that winning cocktail of intense action, history and adventure. You can tell he is working towards an ending, too. The plotting is very tight, and The Three Secret Cities definitely paves the way for the next book in the series(yay, cliffhangers!). This book also contains one of the best character entrances I've ever read. I couldn't wipe the smile off my face as they appeared and I am sure many Reilly fans will feel the same once they realise who it is. Despite this being book five of the series, things only continue to get bigger, faster and better. I can't wait to see how Reilly brings it home.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jo

    The Three Secret Cities by Matthew Reilly MATTHEW REILLY IS BACK - DOING WHAT HE DOES BEST. No one writes books like Matthew Reilly does,their a fast paced adventure stories with a high body count, wanton destruction, heart-pounding cliffhangers, and brilliant twists. This book is the fifth book in the Jack West Jr series. Each book in the Jack West Jr. series has had a fast paced adventure, and this is no exception. All the best elements of this series - elaborate mazes, trials and sinister villain The Three Secret Cities by Matthew Reilly MATTHEW REILLY IS BACK - DOING WHAT HE DOES BEST. No one writes books like Matthew Reilly does,their a fast paced adventure stories with a high body count, wanton destruction, heart-pounding cliffhangers, and brilliant twists. This book is the fifth book in the Jack West Jr series. Each book in the Jack West Jr. series has had a fast paced adventure, and this is no exception. All the best elements of this series - elaborate mazes, trials and sinister villains, history, mythology and a tight knit group of heroes all feature in The Secret Cities. When Jack West, Jr. won the Great Games, he threw the four legendary kingdoms into turmoil. A world with its own history, rules and prisons Now these dark forces are coming after Jack... I absolutely love this series. Actually I've loved everything I've read by Matthew Reilly. Jack West Jr is basically Indiana Jones, There are no dull moments in this series and is the series that I always give to reluctant male readers. 5 stars

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