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Contest by Matthew Reilly

Contest (original 1996; edition 2001)

by Matthew Reilly

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Authors:Matthew Reilly
Info:Pan Books (2001), Paperback, 763 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:Fiction, 20th Century, Australia, Thriller, Action, Adventure, Aliens, Libraries, Science Fiction, Blood Sport, Galactic Contest, Killers, Suspense

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Contest by Matthew Reilly (1996)



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Reilly's first book (written not released) and I feel like it shows. ( )
  kale.dyer | Mar 14, 2016 |
If you want a book full of rip-roaring excitement and nail-biting adventure, you can't go past Matthew Reilly. Even though "Contest' is obviously his first book, it is still a great read and I liked the setting for all this action - the New York State Library. ( )
  HeatherLINC | Jan 22, 2016 |
If you want a book full of rip-roaring excitement and nail-biting adventure, you can't go past Matthew Reilly. Even though "Contest' is obviously his first book, it is still a great read and I liked the setting for all this action - the New York State Library. ( )
  HeatherLINC | Jan 22, 2016 |
A man and his daughter are drawn into a battle to the death called the Presidium. Seven life forms from different galaxies come together once every thousand years to determine superiority. This year’s labyrinth of choice is the New York Public Library. Human’s are the only representatives not aware of this ongoing “contest” and are the only species drawn into the event without consent. Of course, no human has ever won. Enter Dr. Steven Swain and his daughter (via teleportation of course) and the contest is on. Oh – did I forget to mention that there is a big, bad monster that has to be defeated at the end and some annoying interference from NSA?
This was another entertaining book from Mr. Reilly. It is his first novel (originally self published), so a little less intense than the Jack West series. I liked it for that reason. The style of this book also seems to foreshadow some of the author’s favourite elements used in the Jack West series. (Spoiler alert - Many book lovers will cringe at the destruction of the landmark and its contents … I did … but what does one expect when pesky aliens are involved)
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  ChristineEllei | Jul 14, 2015 |
Stephen Swain is teleported, along with his daughter, into the New York State Library to participate in the oldest living Contest. A battle between the 7 intelligent races of the Universe and one the will blow your mind. Only one may leave and even that is not a given.

It is Reillys first book and you can tell. It is a raw, it never stops moving at breakneck speed and the best part is the realism of the main character. Swain has a talent for reactive thinking(?), that is taking in every option, quickly making a decision, and then acting. The whole book Swain is running and on the move, very rarely having any chance at all to set up an offence as it were, and fighting beings who are both Alien and frighteningly similar to us.

A good cast of villains with Bellows the Shape Changing Trophey taking hunter who has taken on a massive human form (makes sense as all weapons and objects available will be made for human hands) and has illegally brought his 'dogs', the paralysing Lobster Reese that just never quits and thats only mentioning a couple of them.

Include in this the natural curiosity that is caused when the Library becomes covered in an electrical shield designed to stop anyone or anything getting in and out. Well when the army finds out there going to be interested aren't they!

Very imaginative and one of the best books I've read. There was an initial run of just 1000 copies for the first edition so if you ever find one in a book store grab it quick. ( )
  areadingmachine | Aug 19, 2014 |
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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…

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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.… (more)

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