- Paperback: 784 pages
- Publisher: Pan; 5th edition (20 Oct. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0330482483
- ISBN-13: 978-0330482486
- Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 4.5 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 625,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Temple Paperback – 20 Oct 2006
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
However a word of warning!,........don't pick up this book if you have any other jobs that need to be done around the house as this could cause marital strife.
Seriously the story, and way it is told, is such that the book will need to be prised from your hands, that is unless you are rendered unconscious by a 'rolling pin' for not paying enough attention to the wife and family.
My usual reviewing style is to pan a book for minor inconsistencies in the plot or for unrealistic characters or for a lack of accuracy in information presented as being historically correct. By these standards Temple deserves one star (at most).
But here I am giving Temple four stars despite it being the most blatantly unrealistic and totally improbable book I've ever read!
The operative words here are BLATANTLY unrealistic. And FUN.
Reading a book by Matthew Reilly is like going to a liars convention, where the person who tells the most outlandish, unbelievable, crazy, entertaining story is the winner.
William Race, the hero of Temple, spends approximately 750 pages in constant action, fighting for his life, running for his life, dodging bullets and surviving one disaster after another, always at the very last "nanosecond" (one of Mr. Reilly's favorite words). William Race does things that are not just improbable but totally impossible. He cheats death every 10th page and spends the next nine pages getting into a situation that has only one possible outcome: certain death!
Several other reviewers have characterized Matthew Reilly's books as "comic books in words". Exactly! They can also be compared to the old Batman TV shows, where the screen explodes with a "POW" when one of the characters punches another character.
Here's an example of Matthew Reilly's prose (page 434 in the paperback edition I read):
"Race hit him again, and again, and again - yelling with each punch as the Nazi staggered backwards.
'- off -'
'- my -'
In conclusion, totally unrealistic, totally improbable and 100% entertaining!Read more ›
fantastic book. cant wait to read more like it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book from a great author and an awesome read. The service and speed of delivery was great too.Published 1 month ago by Jason Markland
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