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Contest - Matthew Reilly

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Published: 1st November 2012
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Book Description

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. The stakes are high, the odds brutal. 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.

About the Author

Matthew Reilly is the international bestselling author of ten novels: Contest, Ice Station, Temple, Area 7, Scarecrow, Hover Car Racer, Seven Ancient Wonders, The Six Sacred Stones, The Five Greatest Warriors and Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves, and one novella, Hell Island.

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5.0

Edge of your seat writing

By Grab me or else I'm easily distracted

from Gold Coast

About Me Casual Reader

Pros

  • Great Characters
  • Great Twist
  • Keeps You Guessing
  • Page Turner
  • Suspenseful
  • Well Written

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Action fans
    • Gift
    • Older Readers
    • Travel Reading

    Comments about Contest:

    Typical Matthew Reilly, edge of your seat, can't put it down, page turner.

    The first of his books that I read, and still my favourite. It's a one off, so you don't feel that you have committed to a whole series to enjoy it.

    Just one question - why hasn't this made the big screen???

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    Matthew Reilly

    Born July 2nd, 1974, Matthew Reilly is the international bestselling author of nine novels, Ice Station, Temple, Contest, Area 7, Scarecrow, Hover Car Racer and Seven Ancient Wonders, The Six Sacred Stones and The Five Greatest Warriors.

    Published in over 20 countries and known for their highly visual style, fast pace and large-scale action scenes, over 3.5 million copies of his books have been sold around the world, more than a million copies apiece between Australia, the UK and the USA.

    Some of his works have been optioned by film studios for series or feature production, and he continues to create works of fiction across all major media platforms, from short stories, through to novellas and screenplays.

    Matthew’s novels have also - unexpectedly - become a major tool in the fight to get teenagers into reading. While written for a mature readership, Matthew’s novels have become very popular with reluctant male readers. This may stem from Matthew's own childhood experience, citing his dislike for set reading projects in high-school as his main inspiration to 'do it better'.

    He wrote and self-published Contest in 1996 while just 19, deliberately aiming to have his book noticed by publishers who talent-scout at bookstores. His dedication paid off, and was discovered by Pan Macmillan's then commissioning editor Cate Paterson. His first industry-produced novel, Ice Station, proved so monumentally popular, that it had to be reprinted six times in its first two years.

    The continued success of his novels has been attributed to not only the accessible, 'storyteller' style of writing, but also the highly charged and kinetic action sequences that take place throughout his works, deliberately making use of his 'unlimited budget' of imagination to create scenes 'too big for Hollywood'.

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    ISBN: 9781742611754
    ISBN-10: 1742611753
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 432
    Published: 1st November 2012
    Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
    Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.3  x 2.7
    Weight (kg): 0.3
    Edition Number: 1