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Contest (original 1996; edition 2001)
Contest by Matthew Reilly (1996)
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THE CONTEST: YOUR WORST NIGHTMARE COME TRUE
Dr. Stephen Swain has found himself locked in the after-hours darkness of the New York Public Library. It isn't a mistake. He's been entombed in the historic sanctuary for a reason--as the guest of an unknown host, chosen for a night of fun and games. He's unprepared. He's afraid. And he's not alone.
Six other contestants roam the black halls, room by room, floor by floor, in the dead silence. Each strapped with an explosive set to detonate should they escape before the night is over. The terms are simple: seven players enter--only one will leave.
Now Swain must navigate the labyrinth to outwit the unknown moves of his mysterious opponents, and to outlast the unimaginable dangers that await him. Against insurmountable odds the contest has begun. Should he win, the greatest, most unfathomable terror lies at the night's end: the very reason behind the game…
(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:58:09 -0400)
The New York State Library: one hundred years old, a silent sanctuary of knowledge; a dark labyrinth of towering bookcases, narrow isles and spiralling staircases. For Doctor Stephen Swain, it is the site of a nightmare. With his eight-year-old daughter, Holly, he has been summoned to the library for a terrifying battle - a contest.
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