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Temple Paperback – 1 November 2012
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The thrilling international bestseller from Australia's favourite novelist, author of the Scarecrow series and the Jack West Jr series with new novel The One Impossible Labyrinth out now.
"The action just keeps on coming ... Michael Crichton meets Indiana Jones." Kirkus Reviews
Deep in the jungle of Peru, the hunt for a legendary Incan idol is under way - an idol that in the present day could be used as the basis for a terrifying new weapon.
Guiding a US Army team is Professor William Race, a young linguist who must translate an ancient manuscript which contains the location of the idol.
What they find is an ominous stone temple, sealed tight. They open it - and soon discover that some doors are meant to remain unopened...
Fans of Clive Cussler, Tom Clancy and Michael Crichton will love Matthew Reilly.
PRAISE FOR MATTHEW REILLY
"Reilly has a gift for sustaining momentum that never lets up." Publishers Weekly
"Compared to Matthew Reilly's Temple and his intrepid academic hero, Professor William Race, Indiana Jones is a wimp and The Raiders of The Lost Ark a snooze fest. Reilly's book has adrenaline in super-sized quantities." The Orlando Sentinel
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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 China and The Secret Runners of New York.
His books are published in over 20 languages with worldwide sales of over 7 million copies.
Since The Seven Ancient Wonders in 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 : 704 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1742611729
- ISBN-13 : 978-1742611723
- Dimensions : 13.6 x 4.5 x 19.7 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 17,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- 1,893 in Thriller & Suspense Action Fiction
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A simple Spanish monk, who lived through the conquest of the Incas civilization 1565 by Spaniards, survives hell to retire to the Pyrenees Mountains to write his memoirs. This ancient transcript is crucial to the finding the 'IDOL' [heart & soul of the Incas] made of a unique rock which is infinitely more powerful than anything on earth. So everyone wants a piece of it!!!
Enemies from various departments; Nazi, US Army, US Navy, The Texan (doomsday cult), even the Native Incas have a part in it to save the idol.
A frantic journey through jungles, mountains and rivers commences once this script reveals a location. The latest and greatest high-tech weapons and aerial equipment certainly challenged my knowledge and I worked in defence. Not to mention the hideous animals that adds still more to the grotesque happenings. Lots of blood and gore with a hint of fun rolled into the plot. Try to read to the end 'the hero' has the most amazing escape.
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Reading the first 30% of this I could not put it down. It was exactly what I wanted 'Uncharted,' Indiana Jones,' Lara Croft' stuff. I was reading and thought wow! I'm at the climax (Act 3) of the story already, this is great.
Then I noticed it was only 30%. It already felt like the end of the book. After that, it went downhill and I can tell you the exact bit. A chase scene on the water with boats that lasted forever (and I don't need to know the type, model, year of build and carbon footprint of each individual boat on the river). The whole thing was so confusing as an action piece. I stopped reading the book for a month. It felt a) like total filler and 2) like a different author had popped in to write the scene. I later managed to finish but I was no longer in love with it as I had been at the beginning. Yes, it got very cliche but that okay. And to say it's over the top is an understatement. I was alright with the 'Rapas' because the rest of the world was pretty realistic but then it got more unbelievable. I like OTT action but this went a little too far for my taste.
Anyway, the good stuff, love the second timeline in the story it was incredible. Matthew is also very good at writing dialogue and quiet scenes (not the action so much). I like Matthew's writing and mind enough to try another of his books so I have purchased 'Hell Island.'
I got this book to read in the 4 weeks leading up to my holiday but it was so good I read it in less than half that time. If you enjoy this I would recommend looking up Reilly's Shane Schofield Ice Station & Jack West Jr Seven Ancient Wonders (Jack West Junior 1) series also as they are great reads too.
Would definitely recommend for those who like fast action packed stories.