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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. 4 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. 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. 5 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. 4 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. 5 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. 5 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. 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

  8. 4 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.

  9. 4 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 :)

  10. 5 out of 5

    Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede

    To be reviewed over at Fresh Fiction!

  11. 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.

  12. 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::::

  13. 5 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.

  14. 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!

  15. 4 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?

  16. 5 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

  17. 5 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 4 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

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kirra

    As always, I am impressed. This was another incredible book in one of my favourite series' ever! The Three Secret Cities did not disappoint with a compelling story, great surprises and moments that actually left me breathless with shock in a way only Matthew Reilly's unique writing can obtain. The energetic writing perfectly illustrates in your mind the way Jack and his team travelled through the three secret cities in a race against the clock to save their loved ones and the world. In the previo As always, I am impressed. This was another incredible book in one of my favourite series' ever! The Three Secret Cities did not disappoint with a compelling story, great surprises and moments that actually left me breathless with shock in a way only Matthew Reilly's unique writing can obtain. The energetic writing perfectly illustrates in your mind the way Jack and his team travelled through the three secret cities in a race against the clock to save their loved ones and the world. In the previous novel, The Four Legendary Kingdoms, Jack West Jr awakes in an underground arena and is forced to compete against other warriors to prove humanity's worth and prevent a devastating event. Now, after overcoming the trials and escaping with his loved ones, Jack is now under the tremendous task of locating the three lost cities that contain the knowledge needed to prevent the Omega Event. This book was grittier, darker and slightly more violent than the previous novels but I think that portrays just how high the stakes are. Since usually there can be other options or a go-around but with what is on the line and the danger to his loved ones Jack and his team really take no prisoners and leap head first into action. This book did not disappoint me but I knew it wouldn't. It’s going to be a long wait to find out what happens next and I’m definitely sad there are only two more books left in to go in the series now but I know it’ll be fantastic and the conclusion will be worth the wait. Matthew Reilly knows how to write an amazing story that never leaves you feeling like there was more to tell so I'm really excited for the next big thing from him as well as his new standalone book coming out soon featuring time-travel! So, I just absolutely loved this book, it was an excellent read and the ending of this book really got me too.

  22. 5 out of 5

    The Awkward Corner

    Oh Matthew Reilly, how you continue to play with my feelings. Just as high paced, slightly outlandish, adventure packed novel that picks up where Four Legendary Kingdoms left off, and will leave you wanting more - the story won't be quite wrapped up and you'll be waiting for Two Something Somethings, but this new dynamic of grown up Alby, Lily and Older, Married Jack West is fun! It sits well with the kids who grew up reading Matthew Reilly and are now young adults. P.s. Seven Ancient Wonders con Oh Matthew Reilly, how you continue to play with my feelings. Just as high paced, slightly outlandish, adventure packed novel that picks up where Four Legendary Kingdoms left off, and will leave you wanting more - the story won't be quite wrapped up and you'll be waiting for Two Something Somethings, but this new dynamic of grown up Alby, Lily and Older, Married Jack West is fun! It sits well with the kids who grew up reading Matthew Reilly and are now young adults. P.s. Seven Ancient Wonders continues to be the best in the series of course, and also Temple is the best kthnx.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Casey

    Always worth the wait Just like every other Matthew Reilly book I can never get over just how much I get sucked in, needing to keep going in just the one sitting. This book didn't disappoint and with some emotional turmoil thrown in it made for a fantastic read. Always recommended.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kat Lea

    Yet another brilliant exciting can’t put it down so you read it in one night book from Mr Reilly! While you could maybe read it without having read any of the others you really do need to start from the beginning. Like the beginning beginning with Ice Station. Read all 5 Scarecroe books and then start the four Jack West Jnr books and then you can read this one. But read this one!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jem Nash

    One of Matthew Reilly's best to date! Ended up finishing in one sitting. Had some great twists and events that I truly did not see coming. Great read!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Anissa Papadakos

    Jesus Christ that was beyond BRILLIANT - Beyond

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ellen

    This was a very disturbing read. I actually took much more time to read it than usual for titles by this author.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Melanie Stevenson

    Excellent read! Matthew knows how to do fast paced action so well!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Karsyn

    Received from NetGalley. I go on NG and what do I see? The next Jack West book, several months before release. I was SUPER excited and hopeful to get it, I couldn't believe if when I did!! Obviously, if you haven't read the first 4 books in the series, you aren't going to want to read this one, or even it's review, so turn around and start from the beginning! Assuming you are caught up to date, this one leaves off right were the last one ended, with (spoiler alert) Jack the winner of the games and Received from NetGalley. I go on NG and what do I see? The next Jack West book, several months before release. I was SUPER excited and hopeful to get it, I couldn't believe if when I did!! Obviously, if you haven't read the first 4 books in the series, you aren't going to want to read this one, or even it's review, so turn around and start from the beginning! Assuming you are caught up to date, this one leaves off right were the last one ended, with (spoiler alert) Jack the winner of the games and the royals in an uproar about it. Within days there's a bounty on Jack's head and they are all off to try to find out the secret of the cities to prevent the end of the world, of course. The action takes off with a bang as Jack and team race to one city after another in search of clues and objects that will give them the locations of the 3 cities as well as the items needed when they get there. The team is scattered across the globe, usually, coming together briefly just to reorganize and head out again. As is the way with this series, no one is safe and there are loses along the way. It's sad and compelling all at the same time and we have no time to be sad because more is happening and more lives are at stake and the world is at stake. It seems like the end for Jack at times, but as usual, things work out, in more peculiar ways this book but oh the heartache along the way, it's enough to make you want to yell at the book and throw it across the room. And then the ending. Ugh! The ending. So horrible and awful and great at the same time. Matthew Reilly is my favorite author and he delivers again. But I want more now. This book isn't even out yet and now I have to wait forever on the next!! I need more of Jack and team!!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cressa

    No. Not fair. I have to wait until 2020, after that cliffhanger. Urg.... I absolutely love this series. Actually I've loved everything I've read by Matthew Reilly. Once again we get tons in non stop action, great characters, and over the top fun. I know some people complain that it isn't realistic but personally I read too escape from the world so I'm totally okay with it being a little out there. Thank you to Net galley for an advanced copy.

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