Great ‘beach read,’ even in win­ter

‘Se­cret Cities’ is mix of his­tory, mythol­ogy and geog­ra­phy

Lethbridge Herald - - GREAT READS | SATURDAY BOOKS - Jeff Ay­ers THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

“The Three Se­cret Cities” (Gallery Books), by Matthew Reilly

The story in “The Three Se­cret Cities” by Matthew Reilly picks up from the pre­vi­ous novel, “The Four Leg­endary King­doms,” and though Jack West Jr. emerged vic­to­ri­ous from the Great Games, he’s cre­ated chaos from that sur­prise vic­tory.

West has ex­posed a se­cret world and the rulers aren’t happy. They have put a price on his head and or­dered the dis­posal of his friends and fam­ily. The bounty goes to a group known as the Golden Eight, known through his­tory un­der other names in­clud­ing the Knights of the Round Ta­ble, and in over 2,000 years of ex­is­tence, they have never failed on a mis­sion. West has no chance.

The Games also lead to a hor­ri­fy­ing truth that could po­ten­tially end the world. The only way to stop this dis­as­ter in­volves finding three se­cret cities, three im­mor­tal weapons and solv­ing a com­plex puz­zle at each lo­ca­tion. West and his team have less than a week to save hu­man­ity. Ruth­less as­sas­sins are stalk­ing them, the weapons and cities have been miss­ing for cen­turies and the Earth is doomed.

The vil­lains are relentless, and even the slight­est mis­take could jeop­ar­dize ev­ery­thing. How can West and his al­lies find cities and items from an­cient his­tory fast enough while dodg­ing the killers that are chas­ing them?

Reilly has crafted a fan­tas­tic fol­low-up to “The Four Leg­endary King­doms.” The clever mix of his­tory, mythol­ogy and geog­ra­phy make this one of the best ac­tion­thrillers pub­lished in the past few years.

For full en­joy­ment, read the pre­vi­ous book, but even pick­ing up this one first will make a reader’s heart race. The end­ing also re­veals the story isn’t over, and that’s a good thing. This novel is the per­fect “beach read” for the up­com­ing win­ter months.

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