The Five Greatest Warriors (Jack West Jr. Series #3)

The Five Greatest Warriors (Jack West Jr. Series #3)

by Matthew Reilly

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From the deserts of Israel to the tsunami-lashed coasts of Japan, from the steppes of Mongolia to the most mysterious island on Earth—this is what we have come to expect from Matthew Reilly: stupendous action, white-knuckle suspense, heroes to cheer for, and an adventure beyond imagination. Strap yourself in and hold on tight as he unleashes his biggest and fastest adventure yet, The 5 Greatest Warriors.

When we last left Jack West Jr., he was plummeting into a fathomless abyss and his quest to save the world from impending Armageddon appeared doomed.

But all hope is not lost.

After an astonishing escape, Jack regroups with his trusty team. Racing to rebuild the final pieces of the fabled “Machine,” they discover an ancient inscription containing a rhyme about five mysterious unnamed warriors—great historical figures whose knowledge will be vital to unlocking the secrets of the Machine and its long-lost “pillars.” But the ancients have hidden their secrets well, and with each pillar bestowing an incredible power upon its holder, their pursuit has attracted the attention of other forces from around the world—some who want to rule it and others who want to see it destroyed.

With enemies coming at him from every side and the countdown to doomsday rapidly approaching, Jack and his team had better move fast. Because they are about to find out what the end of the world looks like . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416577584
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication date: 12/28/2010
Series: Jack West Jr. Series , #3
Pages: 592
Sales rank: 150,952
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Matthew Reilly is the New York Times and #1 international bestselling author of numerous novels, including The Four Legendary Kingdoms, The Tournament, The Great Zoo of China, The Five Greatest Warriors, The Six Sacred Stones, Seven Deadly Wonders, Ice Station, Temple, Contest, Area 7, Scarecrow, and Scarecrow Returns, as well as the children’s book Hover Car Racer and the novella Hell Island. His books have been published in more than twenty languages in twenty countries, and he has sold more than 7.5 million copies worldwide. Visit him at and at

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Down into the black abyss beneath the inverted pyramid that was the Second Vertex.

As he plummeted into the darkness, Jack looked up to see the gigantic pyramid receding into the distance, getting smaller and smaller, the jagged walls of the abyss crowding in around it.

Falling through the air beside him was Switchblade, the Japanese-American US Marine who moments earlier had betrayed Wolf and almost derailed his plan to insert the Second Pillar in its rightful place at the peak of the pyramid. It turned out that Switchblade’s Japanese blood was more important to him than his American upbringing.

But after a last-ditch swing from Jack and a desperate struggle above the abyss, Jack had jammed the Pillar in place just as the two of them had dropped from the upside-down peak and commenced their fall into the bottomless darkness.

The rocky walls of the abyss rushed past Jack in a blur of speed. He fell with Switchblade in a tumbling ungainly way, their limbs still awkwardly entwined.

As they plummeted, Switchblade punched and scratched and lashed out at Jack, before grabbing his shirt and glaring at him with baleful eyes, screaming above the wind, “You! You did this! At least I know you’ll die with me!”

Jack parried away the crazed Marine’s blows as they fell.

“No, I won’t . . .” he said grimly as he suddenly kicked Switchblade square in the chest, pushing himself away from the suicidal Marine—at the same time, grabbing something from a holster on Switchblade’s back, something that every Force Recon Marine carried.

His Maghook.

Switchblade saw the device in Jack’s hands, and his eyes widened in horror. He tried to grab it, but now Jack was out of his reach.

“No! No!!

Still falling, Jack pivoted in the air, turning his back on Switchblade to face the wall of the abyss.

He fired the Maghook.


The high-tech grappling hook flew out from its gunlike launcher, its metal claws snapping outward as it did so, its 150-foot-long reinforced-nylon cable wobbling like a tail behind it.

The grappling hook’s claws hit the wall of the abyss, scraped against it, searching for a purchase before—whack!—they found an uneven section of rock and caught—and instantly Jack’s cable went taut—and his fall was abruptly and violently arrested, and it took all his might to keep a grip on the Maghook’s launcher.

But hold on he did, and as he swung in toward the vertical wall of the abyss, the last thing he saw behind him was the shocked, furious, powerless, horrified, and beaten look on Switchblade’s face as he fell into black nothingness, his evil mission a failure—a failure that was multiplied a hundredfold by the realization that Jack West had got the better of him with one of his own weapons and that he was now going to die alone.

Jack swung into the wall of the abyss with a colossal thump that almost dislocated his left shoulder.


For a moment, Jack hung there from the cable of Switchblade’s Maghook, dangling from the rocky vertical wall of the great abyss, high above the center of the world and at least a thousand feet below the upside-down bronze pyramid of the Vertex. Despite its immense size, it now looked positively tiny.

Closing his eyes, Jack exhaled the biggest sigh of relief of his life.

“What the hell were you thinking, Jack?” he whispered to himself, catching his breath, letting the adrenaline rush subside.

A flutter of feathers made him spin, and suddenly a small brown peregrine falcon alighted on his shoulder.


His faithful bird pecked affectionately at his ear.

Jack smiled wearily but genuinely. “Thanks, bird. I’m glad I survived, too.”

Distant shouts from up in the Vertex made him look up—Wolf’s people must have noticed that the Pillar had been set in place and were now sending men to get it.

Jack sighed. He could never hope to climb back up in time to catch them, let alone stop them. He might have saved the world and their lives and killed the traitor in their midst, but now the bad guys were going to get the booty: the Second Pillar’s reward, the mysterious concept known only as heat.

But there was nothing Jack could do about that now.

He turned to Horus. “You coming?”

And with that, he gazed up at the pyramid high above him and after a deep breath, reeled in the Maghook, grabbed a handhold on the rough surface of the abyss’s wall, and began the long climb upward.

© 2010 Karanadon entertainment Pty, Ltd.

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Fliss88 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the second Matthew Reilly book for me, follow up to 'The Six Sacred Stones', and I'm not sure I'll read any more. Although there is plenty of fast paced action and it would probably make a very good film, it was just a tad too unbelievable at times, and I mean really unbelievable! The main character Jack West must be a Superman the number of people he constantly saves, the tight situations he repeatedly gets out of, and the number of times he saves the world! I kept reading to see what happened in the end, but really there are only so many miracles I can believe!!
dasuzuki on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm already a huge fan of Matthew Reilly and his previous book, Six Sacred Stones, left you hanging with Jack falling to what appears to be his death so I was excited when this book came out. I thought this was another nice addition to the Reilly collection. It was exciting, totally unbelievable but non-stop action which is what I've come to expect from Reilly. Not to mention we also see the trusty Maghook make another conveniently handy appearance. I was hoping to see a little more of Lily's friend Alby but it was fun seeing more action involving the twins. Some of the traitors in this story were predictable but I have to admit to a few surprises which is always nice.Anyone looking for a book that is utterly believable with realistic characters this is not the book for you. If you are looking for a fun story that keeps the action going this series is one to check out.
Jarratt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For those of you who don't like inaccuracies in your historical fiction or unrealistic action and heroes, pass this book up (and Reilly in general). But for those who can set these things aside and enjoy a wildly amazing ride of action, gory deaths, amazingly imaginative booby-trap systems, and cool military technology, Reilly delivers again. The third installment in the Jack West, Jr. saga, The 5 Greatest Warriors takes us again around the world looking for ancient locations designed to withstand the bad energy of the Dark Sun which, if allowed to reach the Earth without proper protection, will destroy all life on our planet.I don't think this one is quite as good as the previous two, but maybe that's just because we kind of know what to expect...since The 6 Sacred Stones is really the first half of the whole story (The 7 Deadly Wonders is almost like a prequel--setting up the action for the next two books).I'm a huge Reilly fan and always look forward to (and am blown away by) what he's going to come up with next. Put your sense of believability to the side, buckle up, and have a great time!
cherrymischievous on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Action-packed militaristic adventure. Modern fantasy. The story-telling quality is 4 out 5. Not a dull reading moment! This is the final book of the Jack West Jr. series and ends the saga very nicely. I would give the story climax a 4.5 out of 5. This book tied in all 3 Jack West books to a nice close. The ending is satisfying and does not disappoint despite the high expectations I had. This book retains the same ability to weave fact and fiction so seamlessly it blurs which is a trademark of all three books in this trilogy. Overall, I would give this book an entertainment value of 4 out of 5.Cherry¿s Rating: 4 out of 5
TomWheaton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the conclusion to the story that started in the 7 Deadly Wonders and continued in the 6 Scared Stones. I was a long wait for this book to be published but, it was worth the wait. The premise of this story is a bit hard to believe but, if you just go with it, these 3 books are well worth it. They are all pages turners!
lizziestarr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fast paced and exciting as hoped for. Not the best literature but a great, fun read.--much like an action adventure movie.
Cindy_0203 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Five Greatest Warriors is a superb read, once again Matthew Reilly impresses all by his extensive knowledge of historical and geographical features and military equipment. I shall not try to spoil much, but basicly, Jack West JR survived the plunge into the bottomless abyss in the Six Sacred stones, He's back. WARNING SPOILER AHEAD!!! SPOILER AHEAD. DON'T SAY I DIDN'T WARN YOUWizard dies, at the hands of Wolf (Jack West, i.e. Jack West JR's dad) the news devastated me too. Who knew that such a smart and intelligent old man would die? A new player, named Carnivore from Russia, has enterned. He is much more powerful than all the other groups. We learn that he is the heir of the Russian Blood line. At the end, as promised, the reward of POWER turns up. Lily holds the pillar/reward and kills multiple people, including China's Mao Gong Li, Europes Diane Cassidy etc. Betrayal is another key theme in the book, the Ireland supervising officer, is working with the Europeans as is the rescued Diane Cassidy. Jack saves Wolf, Ioanthe (British) saves Jack. The book contains a somewhat complicated line. but really, that's what makes it so good. I finished it in one day and two nights. Non-stop reading. But It was worth it.Predictably, Jack west is the final 5th greatest warrior. along with Genghis Khan, Napolean Bonaparte, Jesus, and Moses.
TriciaDM on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I hate to say I was disappointed with this installment of Jack West and his team, but it did not seem to have the same "keep you on your toes" action the previous two novels did. I will admit, it would of been next to impossible to impress me the way the others did, but I was still expecting more. This series is still topping me all time faves, and I am definitely going to read it again to see what I missed the first time around. And I do recommend it to anyone who is an Indiana Jones fan or anyone looking for a thrilling adventure story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great 2nd half to what started in 6SS!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another wonderful book by this author! Can't wait to read more!
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Great thing about matthew rielly he NEVER disopints
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While this last book was better tan the two previous books in the series, I still found the author to be incredibly bigoted against America as well as most of Europe. The writing has improved and the characters were given much more depth but the action was very repetitive. The dialogue left allot to be desired and I am still trying to figure out when "shoomed" became a legitimate word. I would not read this series if I had the choice to make over. It fell flat for me. Reilly is not at all comparable to the masters of this genre, such as Jeremy Robinson or James Rollins.If asked, I would have to say "Don't bother. It isn't worth the time and effort. Stephanie Clanahan
rmd270 More than 1 year ago
The final chapter in the Jack West, Jr grabbed you from the start with action, adventure and tons of fun. After being left with a cliffhanger ending on the predecessor 6 Sacred Stones, 5 Greatest Warriors adeptly moves the story forward. Great character development with lots of twists, turns and excitement. The story with its rich tie in to history and some fascinating locales is part Indiana Jones and part Rambo this story goes wire-to-wire.
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munchkinSW More than 1 year ago
Never boring!! Be prepared to find a room to lock youself in for the duration because you'll not be able to put it down! Prepare your meals ahead of time or send out because you won't have time! There are no breathers no lulls in the stories, believe me your stuck....
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