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Contest [Kindle Edition]

Matthew Reilly
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

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From the internationally bestselling author of ICE STATION and TEMPLEThe thriller that started it all. Matthew Reilly's amazing first novel in a new edition The New York State Library looms as a silent sanctuary of knowledge: a hundred-year-old labyrinth of towering bookcases, narrow aisles, and spiral staircases. But for Dr Stephen Swain and his eight-year-old daughter Holly it is a place of nightmare. Because, for just one night, this historic building is to become the venue for a horrifying contest . a contest in which Swain must compete, whether he likes it or not.The rules of the challenge are simple: seven contestants will enter, but only one will leave.With his daughter in his arms, Stephen Swain is plunged into a terrifying fight for survival. The stakes are high, the odds are brutal. He can choose to run, to hide, or to fight - but if he wants to live, he needs to win.For, in this particular contest, unless you leave as victor, you do not leave at all.

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" Reilly hurls readers into an adrenaline-drenched thrill ride... impossible to put down." -- "Orlando Sentinel"""" Swain is clever, resourceful, and quick. The action is non-stop... this slam-bang story is great, good fun, and thoroughly entertaining." --"Tulsa World""" "Reilly...can inspire awe. Speed demons, take note. "--"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" on "Temple"


"Offers constant, nail-biting action." (Publishers Weekly)

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 686 KB
  • Print Length: 516 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0330513427
  • Publisher: Pan (18 Sept. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003GK225M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #40,743 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.

Reilly's main influences include Michael Crichton, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and possibly Art Bell.

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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is most unusual 3 Nov. 2001
By A Customer
I suppose the genre for this book is Sci-fi but thriller would fit it too. I like thrillers and this is one of the fastest paced books I have read lately. The action takes place in the New York State Library and action there certainly is. Stephen Swain is a doctor, a radiologist, he is teleported from his Connecticut home to the library and told by a little man in white that he has been selected to represent Earth in a galactic, fight to the death, contest. To complicate matters Swain is holding his daughter, Holly, in his arms at the time of the transportation, so his killer instinct, not that he has one, is directed at protecting his daughter from the six other contestants and a few other ugly creatures along for the ride.
Well-done Reilly I will look out for the rest of your novels.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pure Escapism 7 Mar. 2008
By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio Cassette
Matthew Reilly was born in Sydney in 1974 and studied Law at the University of New South Wales. He has had Number 1 Bestsellers in Australia, where he lives, with his books Ice Station and Temple. The author lives in Sydney.

It always seems that reviewers, either here on Amazon or in the Press in general, criticise Matthew Reilly's books but the fact remains that they are bought by a great number of people. Typical criticism is that they are too far fetched, not historically correct, or even that the author is making up history as he goes along have all been aimed at his books. Very few say that they are not exciting or that they are boring.

I am sure the author has simply written the books to entertain the reader and I think that they do that in spades. In a book of this kind who is offended if the facts are bent or incorrect, certainly not me. What the author does, he does very well. Some would say that this particular book is more far-fetched than most but it is a gripping and exciting read. The story revolves around a contest for seven people. The time and the place of this contest is the New York State Library at night. Seven contestants will enter but only one will leave . . .
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely ou of this world, LITERALLY! 29 April 2005
After this book i have nothing but praise and thanks for Matthew Reilly as this was the book that made me the avid reader i am today.
This book is an action-packed cauldron of aliens, special effects and .. midgets. The basic plot involves Stephen Swain, a regular doctor, being thrust into the world that is Contest. A brutal, and at sometimes gory, battle to the death.
After finding himself and his daughter telported into this monstrous battle, he must use his intelligence and his instincts to overcome these foes, whilst at the same time protecting his daughter.
While at first trying to avoid every confrontation by running away, he finds out that in the end the only way to survive, is to fight.
Prepare to enter the world of Matthew Reilly, you'll want to pull up a chair and make yourself comfortable, becuase once your there, you'll never want to leave.
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4.0 out of 5 stars FIGHTING FOR HIS LIFE 28 Aug. 2011
By Mr. William Oxley VINE VOICE
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This is the rewritten version of Contest by Matthew Reilly that first came out as a self-published novel in 1996. The difference with the original is in moving the Contest to the New York Public Library instead of a fictitious library and adding in 2 more combatants to the Presidian's contest.

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.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
OK, so Contest may never be discussed in the same reverential tones as more profound and visionary sci-fi, penned by the likes of Iain Banks, Stephen Baxter or Jose Farmer, but it's certainly an entertaining read nonetheless.
The adventures of our hero Stephen Swain, inadvertently and unwillingly enrolled in a form of alien gladiatorial combat, are more than competently described by Reilly and I'm sure most readers will devour this entertaining pot-boiler in a flurry of undemanding page-turning.
In the appendix, the author pays tribute to Jurassic Park, and the influence of Crichton is clear in Contest. Indeed the stalking and confrontations set amongst a maze of bookcases are highly reminiscent of the velociraptors in the kitchen scene in JP. Reilly does, however, inject enough original touches to deflect any serious cries of plagiarism. In particular, the cheating alien called Bellos makes for an effectively evil villain and the bizarre creature referred to as Codex was both inventive and downright creepy.
No Earth-shattering surprises or twists along the way, but the ending was suitably explosive and satisfying. So, nowhere near being a sci-fi classic, but it certainly does what it says on the tin and you could do a lot worse than spending a few hours in the New York State Library with Reilly's dramatis personae, in the somewhat lightweight but pretty damn entertaining world of Contest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Escapism at it's best
Read it for what it is - fiction. A fantastic, unrealistic literary adventure which will have you turning pages fast enough to fan the person next to you. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Seven lucky logs
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I really like Matthew Reilly. Good book, good writer.
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Published 3 months ago by cathryn thomas
4.0 out of 5 stars Great thrilling light read!
Enjoyable and thrilling!

This is my first read by Matthew Reilly; not sure what drew me to pick up his books - but I really couldn't put this down! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Louise Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant book such a good writer
Actioned packed I groaned when I realised that there's a little girl in this action pack fight to the death book, but MR handled it brilliantly and a thoroughly good read superb... Read more
Published 5 months ago by STakle
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my favourite authors, fast paced enjoyable story.
Published 6 months ago by Grahame West
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good read i like it
Published 7 months ago by Joseph J. Potts
5.0 out of 5 stars can you put it down.
An interesting idea and how well it's done. The life or death element and how the underdog overcomes adversity means you read on and on page after turn. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Gupster
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