My rating: 5 of 5 stars
(first published January 1st 1999)
Wow, I'm still out of breath from reading this book as I type this review.
I read a lot of negative reviews about this book before picking it up but decided to give it a go anyway because I've enjoyed all of the other Matthew Reilly books that I've read in the past. All I can say is that I'm glad I did. I don't think I've read such a fast paced and engaging book in a very long time. The story contains so many different twists and turns and eyebrow raising moments that I literally stopped doing everything for the last two days just because I couldn't stop thinking about it and had to finish reading it.
Yes, I'll admit that it's completely outrageous in most parts, and yes, you tend to think a lot of 'as if's' while reading, but to me that's the whole point as to why I read most of the time. That is, to completely escape from reality and go into another, more fascinating world than my own and be entertained for a little while.
The main character, William Race, is a very likeable guy who's definitely not your average hero. He's a college professor who gets included on a mission that is completely out of his comfort zone, but ends up taking it all in his stride and coming out on top in the end.
The one thing I have to say is that you can't get attached to anyone in this book. It's not one of those stories where all the good guys manage to stay safe and make it to the end no matter what, so just be warned.
This book is definitely very 'Indiana Jones' like and that is probably another reason why it appealed to me so much as those movies take me back to my childhood and a lot of good memories.
If you're a fan of Matthew Reilly's fast paced, seat-of-your-pants writing style then this book shouldn't disappoint.
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