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Temple Paperback – 20 Oct 2006

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Product details

  • 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)

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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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"An action packed book, that just keeps you turning the pages." (www.goodreads.com) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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From the bestselling author of Ice Station. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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I think Matt Reilly is one of my favourite authors at the moment, his work is almost non-stop action from start to finish and this book is no different. It tracks the adventure of Prof Race in a quest to find a mysterious Incan idol made from an extra-terrestrial mineral that could have devastating consequences if it falls into the wrong hands. The book also follows the story of Santiago, a Spanish monk in the 1500's that is helping get the idol to it's current resting place rather than fall into the hands of the bloodthirsty conquistadors.

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.
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Format: Paperback
It's not 'rocket science' but you will be entertained. As with ICE STATION, the story is fast, gutsy and pure escapism. It is very close to 'watching' an all action film through the pages of a book, a fantastic read, it was a shame to get to the end,.... more of the same please Matthew.
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.
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Format: Audio Cassette
I must admit that reviewing Temple isn't easy for me.
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.
'Get -'
Punch.
'- off -'
Punch.
'- my -'
Punch.
'- boat!'"
In conclusion, totally unrealistic, totally improbable and 100% entertaining!
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Format: Paperback
its been a few years since i first readthis book. But i wanted to thank the author. if it wasnt for this book, my son would not have been exclusively breastfed! i could not put this book down, and hours sitting there breastfeeding my newborn which couldhave been sooo boring just flew by.
fantastic book. cant wait to read more like it.
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Format: Hardcover
This has got to be one of the best books ive ever read!!! This is one action packed, rip rawing, rollercoaster of a story that right from the start grips you and doesnt let you go. Wow! This is a movie on paper and if someone doesnt turn this into on of the best action films of alltime there is no justice. An untouched rainforest, ancient manuscripts, lost native tribes, black ops commandos, mythical creatures, nuclear weapons, one very reluctant lead character and 700+ pages of non stop gut wrenching action. You find yourself wanting to know whats on the next page, and the sheer amount of twists and surprises that are thrown at you keeps you guessing right until the very end. This works. At times the characters seem to be able to do the impossible but the style of the story makes it all work perfectly, keeping you totally glued to every page. Once again this is the most entertaining, gripping, action packed book i have read and needs to be turned into a film. I just wish more books out there could keep me as entertained and are half as good as this. 5 stars totally deserved
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Format: Kindle Edition
i remember when i fist read this book, it was im 2010 and i had just finished reading harry potter for the 2nd time when my dad brought this book on holiday with him. i remember after reading the blurb automaticly being determinded to finish this book as i has never read one of this length before, and i can honestly say that i have been hooked to matthew reilly's books ever since. the sheer amount of action and adventure puts you into the story with every twist and turn imaginable you fimd it honestly hard to put down. this is also somewhat due to the fact that there isnt a single point after the first 20 pages that somethimg isn't going on. i would recomend this book to anyone who enjoys fast action packed books full of gore or people who hate the amount of time books take to build up to the action. :)
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