*Disclaimer: I have been kindly gifted a copy of this book by Jonathan Ball Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
THE TRIAL OF THE MOUNTAINS
Five iron mountains. Five bladed keys. Five doors forever locked.
But mark you, only those who survive the Fall,
May enter the Supreme Labyrinth
And look upon the face of the Omega.
The Two Lost Mountains by Matthew Reilly is the sixth novel in the Jack West Jr series and what a rollercoaster of danger and adventure it is! I’m not familiar with this series, but after finishing this book I immediately searched the previous books and where to buy them. This series is definitely worth a read!
This book starts with a quick recap, refreshing the reader’s memory, and then the opening scene kicks off with Lily West sitting on the steps of the famous St. Basil Cathedral in Russia, Moscow, bound to a chair with two headless nuns on either side. There is a note attached to one of the nuns, You will wake as slaves. From here on the globetrotting begins.
We meet Jack West as he flies in from Australia to rescue Lily in Moscow, while part of his team is flying from eastern France. Scattered all over the globe, Jack and his team need to rescue Lily and find out what Sphinx’s next quest is after he completed the Trial of the Cities. The Omega Event is nearing and Jack needs a place in this race. After discovering the next quest, The Trial of the Mountains, Jack realises Sphinx is still one step ahead, leaving whole cities asleep in his wake. Sphinx is serious about winning, he kills anyone who stands in his way, the Pope isn’t even an exception.
There are five iron mountains and only three of these mountains’ identities are known. The Fall takes place at any of these mountains at a certain time and Jack and Sphinx are in a race to complete the Fall. Let me just say the Fall is brilliant, the author did an amazing job planning and describing this quest. The famous sword Excalibur also appears on the scene and plays an important role in Jack and his team’s survival against Sphinx’s army of bronzemen.
Adrenaline pulses through the reader’s veins as we go to places such as Mont Saint-Michel in France, the Vatican in Rome, Jerusalem and Egypt. The stakes are high and it seems that Sphinx has all the power. A new player arrives on the scene and throws everyone. With military vehicles and planes, the bullets are raining rapidly. There are maps and illustrations which I really enjoyed; it makes the story more authentic and real. The way the author describes certain scenes almost seems real and I feel like these things could have happened. If this story was real, life would have been a whole lot more interesting. I started reading this book expecting one thing, but I was surprised by a whole series of events. There was NEVER a dull moment, never. Every page kept me at the edge of my seat, the adventure is on another level. This story is so action-packed and thrilling that while I was reading I completely forgot about my surroundings.
If you are in a reading slump, get this series! I can’t begin to explain everything that happens in this book, but I can say you won’t regret reading this!
- PUBLISHED: February 2021
- PAGES: 404
- GENRE: Adventure Fiction, Thriller, Suspense, FIction
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born in Sydney in 1974, Matthew Reilly has sold over 7.5 million copies of his novels worldwide. He is the author of over a dozen novels and novellas. They include:
Contest, Ice Station, Temple, Area 7, Scarecrow, Hover Car Racer, Hell Island, Seven Ancient Wonders, The Six Sacred Stones, The Five Greatest Warriors, Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves, The Tournament, The Great Zoo of China, Troll Mountain, The Four Legendary Kingdoms, The Three Secret Cities and The Secret Runners of New York.
Short stories: Time Tours, The Mine, Altitude Rush, The Rock Princess and the Thriller Writer, The Dead Prince, Roger Ascham and the King’s Lost Girl and Jack West Jr and the Hero’s Helmet.