Firsly, let me address the elephant in the room - this is a blatant ripoff of Jurassic Park. It's Jurassic Park but with dragons instead of dinosaurs. Other than that, it's pretty standard Matthew Reilly fare. It's all action and excitement, yes, but has none of the maturity of say Dan Brown or Scott Mariani. To say he writes like a schoolboy would be a little unfair, but it's definitely in that direction - perhaps re-categorisation as "Young Adult" would be appropriate. At least Seven Ancient Wonders had the Dan Brown/Indiana Jones feel to make up for it. His wildly enthusiastic descriptions of action scenes seem to have been written with film rights firmly in mind. I had called myself a fan, and have read quite a few of his books despite the immaturity of the writing, but I feel this book (while probably no worse than others) pushed me over the edge - it just may be my last Reilly book.