Deep in the jungles of Peru the contest of the century is underway. It's a race to locate a legendary incan idol - one carved out of a strange kind of stone. But a stone which, in the present age, could be used as the basis for a terrifying new weapon. The US Army wants this prize at any cost. But they are not alone...The only clue to the idol's final resting place is to be found in a 400-year-old manuscript. Which introduces Professor William Race, a mild-mannered but brilliant young linguist, who is unwillingly recruited to interpret the document that could lead the US team to the idol itself. So begins the mission that will lead Race and his armed companions to a mysterious stone temple hidden in the foothills of the Andes. This is a carefully contrived sanctuary seething with menace and unexpected dangers. But it is not until the silence of the temple is breached that Race and his team discover they have broken a golden rule...Some doors are meant to remain unopened.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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.