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Nov 04 2020

The Two Lost Mountains by Matthew Reilly

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Jack West series. Macmillan, 2020. ISBN: 9781760559083.
(Age: Secondary/adult) The Two Lost Mountains is the sixth in the Jack West series. Jack again teams up with his extraordinary group of loyal friends who are ready to die for their beliefs and put their trust in his leadership.
Again Jack finds the powers of evil: Sphinx (aka Hardin Lancaster X11), the Omega Monks and unexpectedly General Rastor, all aiming to find The Supreme Labyrinth in order to gain ultimate power. At their beck and call are seemingly endless supplies of arms, aircraft, ingenious technologies, robotic armies of bronzemen and silvermen and of course allies all willing to aid their cause in the hope of gaining wealth and power.
Jack's daughter Lilly has been abducted and is in peril for her life and as the evil plans of Sphinx, Rastor and the Omega monks unfold so are the lives and freedoms of humanity. As usual the odds are stacked against Jack and his friends, but just when situations are most desperate some how Jack and his crew are able to escape. However there are some casualties amongst Jack's nearest and dearest, which I will leave the readers to discover.
The pace of the narrative is unrelenting, with disasters happening all over the globe. It's like a violent video game on paper. There is mayhem, explosions, destruction of major historic buildings and an enormous body count.
Reilly is able to blend classical mythology and his own rich imagination to create a world that is his own unique narrative. It may not be for everyone but for his legion of fans I'm sure they'll not be disappointed. However be prepared for the fact that the story does suddenly and abruptly end just as all the players reach their goal. There will be a wait to find out what fiendish twists and turns await the hero as he and his chosen few battle through the labyrinth.
Themes: Adventure, Evil.
Mark Knight

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