The Two Lost Mountains by Matthew Reilly

‘Lily West woke up with a jerk, startled and terrified, and freezing, freezing cold.’

The last book in this series ended with the apparent sacrifice of Jack’s adopted daughter Lily in a ceremony which was one of the steps necessary to save the universe.  But, as we learn on the first page of the penultimate book in this series, Lily did not die.  She is in trouble.

Lily is in the hands of that evil megalomaniac, Sphinx, who has a plan for world domination.  Pick up this novel, and plunge into a frenetically paced series of challenges and close calls as Jack West Jr and his cohorts try to save Lily.  And the world.  Of course, Sphinx is not the only bad guy.  If you have read the first five books in this series, you will recognise some of the others.  I strongly recommend reading this series in order: it’s the best way to meet the characters and to get a sense of what Jack West Jr and his team are up against.

‘Jack didn’t know what to do.’

The Jack West Jr novels (this is the sixth) are great escapist fun.  Action-packed adventures involving suitably horrific villains, some seriously awesome heroes (both male and female), elaborate challenges and totally impossible situations.   Alas, not everyone is likely to survive to make it to the final instalment in the series.

I have found this series hugely entertaining and am looking forward to the finale.

Note: My thanks to NetGalley and Pan Macmillan Australia for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book for review purposes. 

Jennifer Cameron-Smith