The 6 Sacred Stones

Matthew Reilly, Author . Simon & Schuster $25 (429p) ISBN 978-0-7432-7054-0

The wildly imaginative Reilly has taken inspiration from comics, video games, movies, thrillers and Code -style puzzle novels to create this rocket-fueled sequel to his 7 Deadly Wonders . After completing a 10-year mission to acquire the Golden Capstone of the Great Pyramid from what's left of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, Jack West Jr. has retired to the Australian outback to raise his adopted daughter, Lily. Jack's pal, Professor Max T. Epper, known as Wizard, has discovered that the Dark Sun, a mysterious heavenly body, is due to emerge in nine days, triggering the Apocalypse. Ultimate disaster can only be averted if someone can locate the six legendary Pillars, cleanse them with the Philosopher's Stone and insert them in the 6 Vertices, thereby causing the Great Machine to power on and negate the fatal blast from the Dark Sun. If anyone can perform these Herculean labors, it's Reilly's resourceful hero. A pervasive tongue-in-cheek quality (one that extends to the low tech–looking maps and illustrations) will help readers find this outlandish adventure thrilling. (Jan.)

Reviewed on: 10/08/2007
Release date: 01/01/2008
Genre: Fiction
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