|This is an international thriller!!! Full of action! Ancient wonders! Bad guys of all nations! A band of misfit heroes!
And as you might deduce from the title, this novel deals with tracking down the remains of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World: The Lighthouse of Alexandria, the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, Colossus of Rhodes, The Great Pyramid of Cheops, The Hanging Gardens of
, The Statue of Zeus at
and The Temple of Artemis in
This reads like a very high-speed, high-adrenaline computer game with just a dollop of Indiana Jones. It is non-stop thrills dodging thundering boulders, jumping quicksand pits, avoiding crocodiles, boiling mud and yes, snakes. There are even Nazis. The heroes fly a souped-up 747 stolen from Saddam Hussein and are pursued by a cabal of evil master minds supported by a veritable United Nations of bad guys utilizing thousands of soldiers and military equipment.
The hero Jack West Jr. and his band of stalwarts are trying to keep a consortium of nations from accumulating all the pieces of the capstone of the Great Pyramid. Made of gold, many pieces are buried with a part of one of the seven ancient wonders of the world and when put together, they will either fend off a global apocalypse or give one nation unbelievable power, provided a certain ritual is performed.
And oh, two children born of the Oracle of Siwa are crucial to the ritual.
I mean the unremitting hellacious action and vivid imagery just zips along with little introspection or back story.
I enjoyed it for the clever tale it was.
BUT---the editor at Simon & Schuster who handled this edition needs to be taken out and shaken like a dog shakes off water. What was with all the hysterical italics and the insane over abundance of exclamation points!!! It really got irritating as if I was listening to someone read the novel in a breathless, high-pitched squeal. Continuously.
One of the most annoying editing jobs I’ve ever read. ~~ Sue Martin