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The Tournament

The Tournament [Kindle Edition]

Matthew Reilly
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From global superstar Matthew Reilly comes a gripping historical thriller; a tale of murder, passion and intrigue set in the majestic city of Constantinople.

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England, 1546. A young Princess Elizabeth is surrounded by uncertainty. She is not currently in line for the throne, but remains a threat to her older sister and brother.

In the midst of this fevered atmosphere comes an unprecedented invitation from the Sultan in Constantinople. He seeks to assemble the finest chess players from the whole civilised world and pit them against each other.

Roger Ascham, Elizabeth's teacher and mentor in the art of power and politics, is determined to keep her out of harm's way and resolves to take Elizabeth with him when he travels to the glittering Ottoman capital for the tournament.

But once there, the two find more danger than they left behind. There's a killer on the loose and a Catholic cardinal has already been found mutilated. Ascham is asked by the Sultan to investigate the crime. But as he and Elizabeth delve deeper, they find dark secrets, horrible crimes and unheard-of depravity. Things that mark the young princess for life and define the queen she will become.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2122 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (2 Jan 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EKHO3D4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,972 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining enough but not for me 12 Feb 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Matthew Reilly is one of my favourite writers of thrillers. He is a master of explosive military adventures and I've been glued to the Scarecrow series in particular for years, re-reading several of them. When I heard that Reilly was shifting his focus to tackle historical fiction, I wasn't just worried, I was also disappointed. But, knowing so well how good a storyteller Matthew Reilly is, I thought I'd give it a go. I bought it on the day it came out (actually, the minute it came out, this is how much I look forward to Reilly novels) and dived in.

This might be a novel about a chess tournament but the chess that matters here is more about how kings, queens, knights, cardinals, priests and pawns manipulate each other - and are manipulated - in the court of the Sultan. The comparison is none too subtle, with chapter headings and extracts from chess manuals directing our attention to different players in the plot.

The Tournament is a novel that caused me a great deal of conflict but first I'll tell you what I liked about it. Reilly is a fine thriller writer and The Tournament is no exception. It is extremely easy to devour and it is compelling. The pages race through the fingers. If it hadn't have been for work, I'd have read it in just the one day rather than the two it took. The murder mystery is exciting and gruesome and there is a whole cast of suspects for Ascham and Elizabeth to choose from. The solution is also satisfying. The Sultan's court is quite bewitching in its description. The character of Suleiman is also very intriguing, as is that of his queen. You can almost smell the heady scents of perfume and spices while marvelling at the silks and gemstones.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear, oh dear! 10 Feb 2014
By EleanorB TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I was looking forward to this book. The idea of a young Princess Elizabeth Tudor heading East for a life changing, and character forming, expedition in the company of her teacher, the fine Roger Ascham is an interesting one, no doubt about that. However, the author has chosen not to write the book that could have evolved from this premise, but has opted for a strange and somewhat repellent mix of a Poirotesque Ascham leading young Bess into a maelstrom of murder, sexual deviance, straightforward pornography, and risk of assassination.

The unlikely cast of characters attending the Sultan's international chess tournament includes Michaelangelo and Ivan (the soon-to-be-Terrible) along with corrupt cardinals from Rome and the famous Sultana, Roxelana. All these and more are mired in conspiracies, vice and revenge, in an atmosphere of religious hatred, zero morality of any kind, misogyny, cod psychology of the most superficial type, and match fixing on a deadly scale.

My feeling, halfway through, was "Yeah Right". Bess herself is written as a mere cypher who is loaded (in true tick box fashion) with life lessons which will inform her future career as England's famous Virgin Queen. The introduction of her companion, the lovely airhead Elsie, is a transparent and unbelievable plot device and Ascham's character is so cartoonish as to be laughable. I cannot honestly recommend this book to anyone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor 22 Feb 2014
By Phil h
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm a bit dumbfounded by this book. Like a lot of the other reviewers I liked the earlier books but this is an odd hybrid of lots of styles, none of which are very interesting. A child's murder mystery and some minimally written erotica. It's like Matthew Reilly didn't write it. I didn't enjoy this at all and hope Matthew returns to his scarecrow series ASAP
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dire 24 Jan 2014
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Given over 80% of the reviews on here are 4 or 5 stars I found myself reconsidering my opinion very closely before sticking with my original 2-star reaction to it.
I have really enjoyed Matthew Reilly's novels in the past few years: his over-the-top mix of adventure, action, one-liners, one-dimensional is a brilliant formula for anyone with a few boring hours to while away on a plane, train or "other" long journey. The novels always reminded me of Schwarzenegger in "Commando", a film which made Hollywood realise that action heroes really, really need to reload their weapons to give some idea of plausibility. Reilly's book possessed the same enjoyable, ridiculous escapes from death by the most ludicrous means possible. A reader suspended belief entirely to enjoy them...and enjoy them we did.
So, it was with enthusiasm I downloaded this, expecting more of the same with a vaguely historical setting. As I read it, my dismay deepened, my expectations were rudely kicked aside. I found a young Princess Elizabeth Tudor gallivanting off to Constantinople with her teacher, Roger Ascham, and her promiscuous playmate, Elsie. All to solve some mysteries so transparent they were almost insulting to the sleuthing genre.
Despite Mr Reilly's attempts to justify his subject matter in his Q & A at the end of the book, the focus on badly written pornographic sex scenes; the need to make the girls involved in these scenes so young it was, frankly, disturbing; the overall depiction of women - as a means of explaining the later character of Queen Elizabeth I - horrendous to the point of misogyny: all these and more made the book very difficult to swallow.
I also found the pseudo-social commentary on religions and governance shoddy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book
This was for my wife she likes to read all M K books
Published 14 days ago by Stanley Parry
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book, buy it
An excellent book, buy it, read it, engaging story set round a chess tournament, Mr Reilly continues to proved fantastically paced books, with great characters and plot lines.
Published 23 days ago by Grahame West
2.0 out of 5 stars 2 stars for the Tournament
I am a big Matthew Reilly fan and have read all of his books and short stories and enjoyed them thoroughly. Unfortunately I was really disappointed with this one. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sean G
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Cool idea, go on Queenie...
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars worth every penny....
Please Mr Reilly, write a sequel.....I am a fan of his stories anyway, but this really is a great departure to the Scarecrow series of books.... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Adrian
5.0 out of 5 stars Briliant.
Very intriguing and addictive read. A well thought out story with many real life characters. Would recommend this to anyone, has aspect that would appeal to all.
Published 2 months ago by Forster
2.0 out of 5 stars most unlikely
Did not enjoy this book,and most unlikely that event took place as most of the paperwork on this era is either in Rome or been destroyed .
I would not recommend to anybody.
Published 2 months ago by Cotgrave
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow...very different but very good
I live Matthew Reilly and am a big fan of his work- the tournament is different to anything he has written before and I enjoyed it very much! Read more
Published 3 months ago by A
5.0 out of 5 stars The tournament
Another great read from Matthew Riley despite a change from his usual form I look forward to more the same
Published 3 months ago by A hazel
5.0 out of 5 stars Tudor travel
Certainly enjoyed this and an interesting insight into travel in those times
Published 3 months ago by Jaybeetee
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