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The thrilling international bestseller from Australia's favourite novelist, author of the Scarecrow series and Jack West Jr series with new novel The One Impossible Labyrinth out now.
"Reilly hurls readers into an adrenaline-drenched thrill ride ... impossible to put down." Orlando Sentinel
"Reilly ... can inspire awe. Speed demons, take note." Publishers Weekly
The New York State Library. A silent sanctuary of knowledge; a 100-year-old labyrinth of towering bookcases, narrow aisles and spiralling staircases. For Doctor Stephen Swain and his eight-year-old daughter, Holly, it is the site of a nightmare.
For one night, the State Library is to be the venue for a contest. A contest in which Stephen Swain is to compete - whether he likes it or not. The rules are simple: seven contestants will enter, only one will leave.
With his daughter in his arms, Swain is plunged into a terrifying fight for survival. He can choose to run, to hide or to fight - but if he wants to live, he has to win. Because in a contest like this, unless you leave as the victor, you do not leave at all.
Fans of Clive Cussler, Tom Clancy and Michael Crichton will love Matthew Reilly.
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About the Author
Born in Sydney in 1974, Matthew Reilly was not always a big fan of reading. It was only after he read To Kill A Mockingbird and Lord of the Flies in Year 10 that he realised reading could transport you to another world. Following this revelation, Matthew soon began creating stories of his own and set about writing his first novel, Contest, at the age of 19 while still at university studying law.
Following rejections from all the major publishers, Matthew self-published Contest in 1996, printing 1000 copies. He produced a big-budget-looking novel which he sold into bookshops throughout Sydney, one shop at a time.
In January 1997, a Commissioning Editor for Pan Macmillan Australia walked into Angus & Robertson's Pitt Street Mall store and bought a copy of Contest. The editor tracked Matthew down through his contact details in the front of the book. Interestingly, those original self-published editions of Contest have now become much sought after collectors' items. One recently sold on eBay for $1200!
Matthew Reilly is now the internationally bestselling author of the Scarecrow novels: Ice Station, Area 7, Scarecrow, Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves and the novella Hell Island; the Jack West novels: The Seven Ancient Wonders, The Six Sacred Stones, The Five Greatest Warriors, The Four Legendary Kingdoms,The Three Secret Cities, and The Two Lost Mountains; and the standalone novels Contest, Temple, Hover Car Racer, The Tournament, Troll Mountain,The Great Zoo of ChinaandThe Secret Runners of New York.
His books are published in over 20 languages with worldwide sales of over 8 million copies.
Since The Seven Ancient Wondersin 2005, Matthew's novels have been the biggest selling new fiction title released in Australia for that year.
Matthew has also written several short stories, including Roger Ascham and the King's Lost Girl, a special free prequel to The Tournament which is available online. Other short stories include Time Tours, The Mine and the hyper-adrenalised romp, Altitude Rush.
He owns and drives a DeLorean DMC-12, the car made famous in the Back to the Future movies. He also has a life-sized Han Solo in carbonite hanging on the wall of his office! When not writing or penning a film script, Matthew can be found on the golf course.
Matthew Reilly is currently living in Los Angeles. He is the director of his first movie, Interceptor, a Netflix film co-written with Stuart Beattie.
- Publisher : Pan Australia (1 November 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 432 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1742611753
- ISBN-13 : 978-1742611754
- Dimensions : 13.3 x 2.7 x 19.9 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 53,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This story is a continuous thrill ride that you just can't put down - like all of Matthew Reilly's books.
This book is absolutely brilliant, and you will be captivated right up to the final pages.
This is Matthew Reilly at his best - and should not be missed by anyone who loves Sci-Fi or Action novels.
I felt like I was in the middle of a sci-fi action movie - fun & nail-biting at the same time.
The pace of the novel was very fast and exhausting to read. I kept wondering how the main character was going to get out of each situation he found himself in.
The finish was sorted out to my total satisfaction.
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As a big fan of Reilly's Shane Schofield books, I was intrigued to read this first book from the author. You can tell that it is the first book Reilly wrote as it is not as polished as the Schofield books, however, it was still a really good story that blasted along at a blistering pace. There is obviously quite a lot of violence and death in the book due to the subject. Excellent read.
Its very easy to read and visualise. The story is kind of like predator meets night at the museum. I would recommend this to younger readers.
I discovered this author through his scarecrow series. He has several other characters that have formed series but this is a stand alone book.
I do not want to give up too much of the plot but this book takes off in an unexpected direction.
A man and his daughter, aliens, ingenuity, combat and humour ALL rolled into one.
A good read and is the next best thing to a page turner which is in my view the best of books.
As a whole this book is a great page turner at a high action level where you can not take a breath. Our human contestant is Dr Stephen Swain. He has been chosen by the Presidian committee to represent one of the alien nations in a historic battle to the death where the last contestant standing is the winner. Although this is not quite true, because the last contestant has to defeat the beast. Swain has six other contestants that he will have to out live in order to win his potential freedom and be crowned the winner. Unfortunately he is up against some of the Universes greatest hunters and killers who have trained for years to get to the contest and win.
Two questions. One of the questions that I have to ask is why was Dr Swain chosen to represent the human race in this fighting contest, rather than an SAS or Green Beret. And on top of that how come the committee makes so many mistakes; transporting his daughter in but then not taking her out, allowing an other contestant to cheat, and not sealing up the exit. Plus if I was betting on this grand sporting event, then I would want to watch it unfold, otherwise where is the tension and drama. The Grand National would not be worth a flutter if not for the build up and climatic race.
Apart from that I thought the story was very readable and enjoyable.