Seven Wonders

Running Pr. Sept. 2014. 320p. ISBN 9780762453825. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780762453832. F
OrangeReviewStarWhen reclusive math genius Jeremy is murdered in an MIT lab, his twin, Jack, a high-tech Indiana Jones-like anthropologist, arrives seeking answers. While inspecting the crime scene, Jack stumbles upon Jeremy's covert research, a connection between the ancient and modern Seven Wonders of the World. Jack and his team traverse the globe recovering components of an ancient artifact that somehow connects the Seven Wonders to his own professional focus, the legendary tribe of female warriors known as the Amazons. During each leg, Jack encounters women intent on terminating his quest. Could these women be modern Amazons? What secret do they protect? Mezrich (Bringing Down the House) is adept at writing captivating, well-researched nonfiction that translates successfully into film (21). Marking the author's fiction debut (and Running Press's first foray into commercial fiction in collaboration with producer/director Brett Ratner's Ratpac Press publishing imprint), this is a relic-hunt thriller in the same vein as works by Katherine Neville, Steve Berry, and Raymond Khoury. Much like Juliet Fortier's The Lost Sisterhood, this novel is grounded in a thorough knowledge of classical literature, with skillful interweaving of plausible archaeological speculation, ancient mythology, and exciting modern adventure.
VERDICT Readers who enjoy artifact-seeking books with behind-the-scenes tours of real-life sites will be delighted. [Ratner is set to adapt a film version.—Ed.]
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