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The Tournament - Signed Copy - Matthew Reilly

The Tournament - Signed Copy

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Published: 12th November 2013
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Book Description

The year is 1546. Europe lives in fear of the powerful Islamic empire to the East. Under its charismatic Sultan, Suleiman the Magnificent, it is an empire on the rise. It has defeated Christian fleets. It has conquered Christian cities. Then the Sultan sends out an invitation to every king in Europe: send forth your champion to compete in a tournament unlike any other.

We follow the English delegation, selected by King Henry VIII himself, to the glittering city of Constantinople, where the most amazing tournament ever staged will take place. But when the stakes are this high, not everyone plays fair, and for our team of plucky English heroes, winning may not be the primary goal.

As barbaric murders occur, a more immediate goal might simply be staying alive.

About the Author

Matthew Reilly wrote his first book, Contest, in 1994 whilst attending the University of New South Wales. It was rejected by every major publishing company. This caused Reilly to self-publish 1,000 copies using money borrowed from his family. Reilly went to a bookstore in Sydney and asked if he could place the copies on one of their book shelves. They accepted the offer. Very shortly after, the books had sold out and the owner of the bookstore called Reilly to order more books. One copy was read by Pan Macmillan, who immediately signed Reilly up to write Ice Station, which became an international bestseller. Since then, he has been published in over fifteen countries, including Norway, Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, The Netherlands, South Africa, Japan and China.

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4.1

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87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to read (10)
  • Engaging characters (9)
  • Page-turner (7)
  • Well written (7)
  • Deserves multiple readings (4)

Cons

  • Not what I expected (4)

Best Uses

  • Travel reading (8)
  • Gift (7)
  • Older readers (6)
  • Younger readers (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Bookworm (7), Casual reader (4), Everyday reader (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Change of pace.

A definite change of pace and tone from what I usually expect from Reilly however once I started reading this book it was difficult to put down. Being a story that has a lot...Read complete review

A definite change of pace and tone from what I usually expect from Reilly however once I started reading this book it was difficult to put down. Being a story that has a lot of chess references I was surprised that several plot points and events were telegraphed so early on (the draw order of the players can be surmised once introduced based solely on who we can expect to be in the final).

There is mature content so I would not be giving this to a 12 year old to read however it did seem simplistic at times.

A nice detective CSI type storyline set in Queen Elizabeth's childhood having traveled to Constantinople to watch a chess tournament where upon a murder occurs which she becomes involved in solving, different.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Needed something more

Was easy to read, a very short book. A great story idea and different to what I'd usually read. Not at all what I was expecting. Some themes make this unsuitable for younger...Read complete review

Was easy to read, a very short book. A great story idea and different to what I'd usually read. Not at all what I was expecting. Some themes make this unsuitable for younger readers but it lacks the full narrative and description that an adult reader needs.

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5.0

Amazing Change of Pace

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from Sydney

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Pros

  • Easy To Read
  • Engaging characters
  • Page-Turner
  • Well Written

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Older Readers
    • Travel Reading

    Comments about The Tournament - Signed Copy:

    I absolutely loved this book, I have read pretty much all of Matthew's books and this one is a great change of pace, setting and character. I thought it was amazing even tho Jack West jr wasn't in it hehehehe :)

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    4.0

    An exciting and thrilling page turner

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    Pros

    • Easy To Read
    • Page-Turner
    • Well Written

    Cons

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        Comments about The Tournament - Signed Copy:

        Well written as usual and a great mix of historical fact blended with fiction which gives rise to a gripping page turner. You can read it in one sitting or can put it down and pick it up and easily follow the plot. A great read for all ages.

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        3.0

        Needed something more

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        from Adelaide, AU

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        Pros

        • Easy To Read
        • Engaging characters
        • Nice Plot Ideas
        • Well Written

        Cons

        • Disappointing
        • Not What I Expected

        Best Uses

        • Gift
        • Older Readers

        Comments about The Tournament - Signed Copy:

        Was easy to read, a very short book. A great story idea and different to what I'd usually read. Not at all what I was expecting. Some themes make this unsuitable for younger readers but it lacks the full narrative and description that an adult reader needs.

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        5.0

        a Great book about a future Queen

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        from Sydney AU

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        Pros

        • Page-Turner

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Enterainment

          Comments about The Tournament - Signed Copy:

          This is a well written book that will keep you interested. Not like Mathews other books, but just as good.

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          3.0

          so so

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          from perth au

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          Pros

          • Easy To Read
          • Engaging characters

          Cons

          • Disappointing

          Best Uses

          • Younger Readers

          Comments about The Tournament - Signed Copy:

          just more orientated to the teenager readers

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          5.0

          Love all of Matthew Reilly's books

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          from Orange

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          Pros

          • Deserves Multiple Readings

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Gift
            • Travel Reading

            Comments about The Tournament - Signed Copy:

            Loved it

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            5.0

            "Matthew Riley" should say enough!

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            from Morayfield, QLD

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            Pros

            • Deserves Multiple Readings
            • Easy To Read
            • Well Written

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              • Gift
              • Older Readers
              • Younger Readers

              Comments about The Tournament - Signed Copy:

              Matthew Riley is always a fantastic read regardless of topic. Favourite Author.
              This was the perfect addition to my husbands Matthew Riley collection as it was the only one he did not have as it was only just released.

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              5.0

              Magnificent

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              from North Queensland

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              • Easy To Read
              • Engaging characters
              • Page-Turner
              • Well Written

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Gift
                • Older Readers
                • Reference
                • Travel Reading

                Comments about The Tournament - Signed Copy:

                I could not put this one down. As a casual reader I was drawn in immediately.

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                3.0

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                from BRISBANE

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                Pros

                • Informative

                Cons

                • Not What I Expected

                Best Uses

                • Gift

                Comments about The Tournament - Signed Copy:

                A big turn from the norm, much too sedate - from the Matthew Reilly stable

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                4.0

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                from Balaklava, SA, Australia

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                Pros

                • Deserves Multiple Readings
                • Engaging characters
                • Page-Turner

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Travel Reading

                  Comments about The Tournament - Signed Copy:

                  I love the idea, a journey that once completed, was never talk about again until told to the 'story writer'. Ive always loved MR's books, and this one is no different. Its a change of pace from his normal military full on action gunblazing kaboom books, and definately one for the older readers (he says this himself in the forward). The characters of of Beth, Mr Aschem and Elisie have stayed with me since i read it, and cant wait to read it again.

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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: 7777777000170
                  ISBN-10: 7777000170
                  Audience: General
                  Format: Hardcover
                  Language: English
                  Published: 12th November 2013
                  Country of Publication: AU