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Review: The Four Legendary Kingdoms by Matthew Reilly

September 10th, 2017 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Borrowed from the library

Publication date: May 2, 2017

Publisher: Pocket Gallery

Series: Jack West Jr. #4

Rating: ★★★★★

About the book:

The thrilling new novel featuring Jack West, Jr. from the New York Times and #1 international bestselling author!


Jack West, Jr. and his family are living happily on their remote farm when Jack is brutally kidnapped and he awakes in an underground cell to find a masked attacker with a knife charging at him.


Jack, it seems, has been chosen—along with a dozen other elite soldiers—to compete in a series of deadly challenges designed to fulfil an ancient ritual.

With the fate of the Earth at stake, he will have to traverse diabolical mazes, fight cruel assassins, and face unimaginable horrors that will test him like he has never been tested before.


In the process, he will discover the mysterious and powerful group of individuals behind it all: the four legendary kingdoms.

He might also discover that he is not the only hero in this place…

My Thoughts:

I can’t believe I missed the release of this book. I blame it on the fact that I no longer have a bookstore close enough to visit every week like I used to. I miss those trips where I could browse the New Releases table or displays. But needless to say once I saw this book had come out I jumped on it. I love Matthew Reilly and really enjoyed his Jack West Jr. books.

This one lived up to almost all of my expectations. The action was there, the thrilling, how will he get himself out of this mess scenes were plentiful AND best of all!!!! Scarecrow is in it! When there was the first mention of the Marine with the anti-flash wraparound glasses my heart jumped wondering if it would actually be Scarecrow. And then there’s the reference to the large, mean looking female Marine with him and my hopes truly soared. This book was like my dream come true with two of my favorite characters from Matthew Reilly mixed up in one story. I would have liked to have seen a little more of Scarecrow and have him take a more active role but he was truly there as more of a support character to Jack which was fine. I’m just happy to see more of him.

This book is obviously setting up for several future books which has me all excited and I cannot wait. My only other mild disappointment was that we don’t get as much involvement from the rest of Jack’s crew. Horus is laid up early on, Lily is almost useless and while Alby does help in one part of the book it’s just a small part. I would have liked to see more of them playing an active role in the story. Still Matthew Reilly remains solidly on my must read authors shelf and I cannot wait for his next book!

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