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Review: The Four Legendary Kingdoms

The Four Legendary Kingdoms Book Cover The Four Legendary Kingdoms
Matthew Reilly
Hachette UK
November 3, 2016

"There are sixteen contestants, but only one will survive. The last thing Jack West Jr remembers is arriving for a meeting at a top-secret military base with his family in tow. Now he awakes to find himself in a hellish scenario. Jack has been selected to take part in the Games, a series of deadly challenges designed to fulfill an ancient ritual. If he chooses not to compete, both he and his daughter will be killed. With the fate of the Earth at stake, Jack will have to traverse diabolical mazes, fight ruthless assassins and face unimaginable horrors that will test him to the limit. In the process, he will discover the mysterious and powerful group of individuals behind it all: the four legendary kingdoms. The thrilling new Jack West adventure from the bestselling author of The Great Zoo of China and The Five Greatest Warriors."


First things first. You cannot review a Matthew Reilly book the same way you review other fiction. There is the genre of action man against incredible odds. Clive Cussler, James bond, GI Joe, the newer Fast and the Furious films. Reilly blast past them with a nuclear powered jet ski.
It’s Indiana Jones played by Tom Cruise on Redbull – with Michael Bay yelling out directions from atop a Challenger tank – and Dan Brown handing him notes after playing too much assassins creed.
The thing that make me love the Reilly novels it that they don’t take themselves seriously. It’s always ‘how dangerous, but ridiculously cool can a particular life threatening situation be?’
It rockets thought the thriller genre and skids to the edge of becoming fantasy/Sci-Fi. There’s no time for deep character development. Too much is going on. The book keeps the adrenaline pumping with each new jaw dropping crazy set piece.
The Four Legendary Kingdoms is the fifth book in the Jack West Jr series. (The series counts down instead of up.) Jack is thrown into figurative (or perhaps literal) hell and needs to escape with the help of some surprising characters. Jack is a determined character that never gives up and never shies away from a challenge. Apart from his own live, his loved ones and the world (read in maniacally evil voice) have been put in great danger.
As world threatening threats go, this one takes the cake. It made me laugh when I read it. I’m not sure if I was supposed to, but as stated before, there’s a level of ridiculousness that you just have to go with.
It wasn’t live changing, but it kept me entertained throughout. And sometimes that’s all I want from a book.

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2 thoughts on “Review: The Four Legendary Kingdoms

  1. Gosh do you draw for every review? That’s incredible! Might have to add this novel to my 2018 shelf to diversify it a bit (I’ve been reading fantasy almost exclusively)

    1. Thanks. 😀 I’m going to try to draw each one. It’s a good drawing challenge for practise. BTW Seven Ancient Wonders is the first book of the series if your interested.

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