I never thought, this book will tie me with it for the whole weekend, ignoring all other tasks at hand...It got me so much involved that at times, it seriously makes me thing wonder whether this things really exist? All the locks, all the traps, all the ancient language, all the vast knowledge our ancestor possed...Amazing...Even if it’s a work of fiction, but resemblance to the current architecture is amazing.
Seven Ancient Wonders as the book is called, by Australian author Matthew Reilly, is truly a wonderful read. It talks about all seven ancient wonders, namely,
Great Pyramid of Giza
Hanging Gardens of Babylon
Temple of Artemis at Ephesus
Statue of Zeus at Olympia
Mausoleum at Halicarnassus
Colossus of Rhodes
Lighthouse of Alexandria
The book travels through all this wonders and its main character of the novel, Jack West known as Huntsman as well, tries to capture the capstone which was a resident upon the summit of the Great Pyramid of Giza, now divided in to 7 parts by Alexander the Great with one piece in a booby-trapped hidden location within each of the seven wonders of the world, in other than the Pyramid. Story talks about, the capstone upon the summit of the Great Pyramid of Giza absorbed the energy released by the Tartarus Rotation (a monstrous sunspot that occurs every 4,000-4,500 years), and saved the earth from major flooding and catastrophic weather.
The book has various characters, which helps to regain this pieces together, before it falls in to so called super power countries of the world, as it can give undisputed power to the holding country...If and when they are reunited and replaced on the capstone during another solar event, they can bring 1,000 years of peace for world, or power for the nation which possesses them. It’s a cat, mouse and lion race between team of Europe (representing the Catholic Church) and the other is CIEF, the Commander-in-Chief's In Extremis Force (an American force covertly representing the power of the Freemasons). The third team is an alliance of a group of 'small nations' called the Alliance of Minnows (Canada, Australia, Ireland, United Arab Emirates, Spain, Jamaica, New Zealand, and later Israel), led by Jack West.
This book also depicts in other ways like family ties, the upbringing of the Lily, the Oracle, who is instrumental in the solving the riddles the ancient language throws. I must say, this book had make me look at the wonders, monuments in a different note now. I will pay careful notice of all the notes which were made in this book if I ever visit those monuments. Riddles at the head of the Colossus of Rhodes or the Hamilcar's Refuge holding further 2 pieces, or beauty of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon all I must say is described as it’s there in front of eyes. The trap solving technique and being thoughtful in the crisis all was worth time I invested the reading.
One thing apart from the all the historical references, amazing world of traps and its solving, the ever knowledge world past possed, remains is a line from the book, "Who will watch your back??"
Now it’s time to go and get the sequel of this book, The Six Sacred Stones....Its reading time again folks....