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Contest | [Matthew Reilly]

Contest

The New York Public Library: a 100-year-old labyrinth of towering bookcases, narrow aisles and long hallways. For one night this building is to be the venue for a contest. The rules are simple: seven contestants will enter, only one will leave. With his daughter in his arms, Stephen Swain is plunged into a fight for survival. In this contest, unless you leave as the victor, you do not leave at all.
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Publisher's Summary

Readers all over the world have been cheering about Matthew Reilly's lightning fast adventure thrillers.

Contest, the action-packed extravaganza that launched this international best-selling career, is vintage Reilly at his explosive best.

The New York Public Library. A silent sanctuary of knowledge; a 100-year-old labyrinth of towering bookcases, narrow aisles and long marble hallways. For Doctor Stephen Swain and his daughter, Holly, it is the site of a nightmare. Because for one night this historic building is to be the venue for a contest. A contest in which Swain is to compete - whether he likes it or not.The rules are simple: Seven contestants will enter, only one will leave. With his daughter in his arms, Stephen Swain is plunged into a terrifying fight for survival. The stakes are high, the odds brutal. He can choose to run, to hide or to fight - but if he wants to live, he has to win. For in this contest, unless you leave as the victor, you do not leave at all.

©2005 Matthew Reilly; (P)2007 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

What the Critics Say

"Offers constant, nail-biting action" - (Publishers Weekly)

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    Ron Sydney, Australia 05-15-09
    Ron Sydney, Australia 05-15-09 Member Since 2008

    Literary graduate and published columnist turned glorified grease monkey.

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    "Never a dull moment"

    This book is for those who like faced paced, action, sci-fi. I like survival stories, competitions and alien interaction. This one ticks all the boxes. Nicely written, very well performed. Great story that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Hard to put down. The story introduces impossible scenarios and then produces exciting explanations of the hero's way out. This is the first of the Matthew Reilly best sellers, and I'm glad I started with this one first. Have added the rest of his books to my wish list and look forward to reading them all. Makes me proud to be an Aussie like the author.
    Great stuff.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Angela Calliope, Australia 09-10-12
    Angela Calliope, Australia 09-10-12
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    "another non stop action thriller - riveting"
    If you could sum up Contest in three words, what would they be?

    fast furious brilliant


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Contest?

    the beginning


    What about Sean Mangan’s performance did you like?

    love him reading matthew reilly's books


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    the ultimate contest not only a physical test but one of endurance and mental flexibility


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Janet Westport, MA, United States 03-29-12
    Janet Westport, MA, United States 03-29-12 Member Since 2011

    Good books just make me smile!

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    "You can tell this is a first effort ..."
    What would have made Contest better?

    More story & less procedural. More dialog & less description of the action.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I am currently listening to another Matthew Reilly,


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Did not help drive any suspense.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    All of the above, the senselessness of the


    Any additional comments?

    Matthew Reilly is a good action/adventure author. You can tell this was an early effort of his. I'd advise to try later books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Old Hippy PA 08-31-09
    Old Hippy PA 08-31-09 Member Since 2013
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    "A cartoon plot; mindless drivel!"

    Well, this was a precious credit, and about ten hours, thrown away. The kind of first-person shooter plots you would see in one of those made-for-TV movies on the Sci-Fi channel. The author basically made a whole story out of an ancient Roman gladiator fight in the Colliseum. Complete with a monster to eat the survivor, unless the unseen emperors give him a thumbs-up. (I kept visualizing that amorphous orange furry monster that was always chasing Bugs Bunny every time "The Karanadan" appeared.) One of the fighters even has a breastplate supposedly taken from an ancient Roman. Two "contestants" are shape-shifters, supposedly so they can take human form to open door handles (really now, someone with three arms could not?). A couple are bug-like (of course). Throw in a reptile and and an ape, and - voila! - what an original cast. Of course, the hero, who is a doctor that never exerted himself in his life, is able to out-smart and out-fight the best of the universe. Most improbably, he seems to fall right into participating in this "contest" with hardly an objection. Then there's the obligatory oh-so-cute young daughter and the short little alien helpers (think of the Martian in the Bugs Bunny cartoons). It's got everything (except a decent sotry). Glad it's over. I should have known better.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Pint-sized Bookworm Hervey Bay 07-17-14
    Pint-sized Bookworm Hervey Bay 07-17-14 Member Since 2013

    I enjoy reading fantasy, crime and mystery thrillers, as well as historical novels.

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    "Monster Aliens!"
    If you could sum up Contest in three words, what would they be?

    Monster aliens, Action


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Stephen Swain was my favourite just for his never say die attitude and the way he protected his daughter.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Jurassic Park, Alien and Predator all rolled into one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Phil Newcastle, Australia 01-24-13
    Phil Newcastle, Australia 01-24-13 Listener Since 2010
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    "Riellys First and still his Best!!"

    Loved this book, very cool and conceptual. Entertaining too the last and engagin on any number of levels. Mangans Narration is quite good as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    PKsweets CA 06-14-09
    PKsweets CA 06-14-09 Member Since 2004

    A reader from day 1 now a listener too! Remember honesty in a review does help you decide, even if you don't agree!

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    "horrid"

    don't waste your hard-earned money on a nonsense story......drivel

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Angel Hamm Rapid City, SD, US 03-06-10
    Angel Hamm Rapid City, SD, US 03-06-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Not my favorite Reilly"

    I could tell this was one of Matthews first. Not my favorite.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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