7 Deadly Wonders by Matthew Reilly
In 7 Deadly Wonders a small international team of commandos, plus a scientist and a 10-year-old girl, dash around the world in a retrofitted Boeing 747. Their mission is to find the far-flung, long-lost Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and, with them, the seven pieces of the golden capstone of the Great Pyramid of Khufu. Of course bad guys want the pieces as well, because whatever homeland puts the pieces together not only averts a catastrophic flooding of the earth, but also will rule for a 1000 years.
Reilly is Australian and I love the countries of origin of the international team – Australia, Canada, Ireland, Spain, Jamaica, Israel, Saudi Arabia and New Zealand. Residents of superpowers need not apply. Two VERY cool things about this book. 1. LOTS of diagrams and maps. I LOVE diagrams and maps. 2. America and Europe are the bad guys. The Americans are the bullies. We ARE the bad guys in this book. And what’s neat is you don’t want us to win.
Fast-paced action and lots of tricky puzzles, traps and ancient lore (and did I mention maps?!) make this book rush by as the end of the world is nigh.