Matthew Reilly Contest

ISBN 13: 9780330489959

Contest

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The New York State Library looms as a silent sanctuary of knowledge: a hundred-year-old labyrinth of towering bookcases, narrow aisles, and spiral staircases. But for Dr Stephen Swain and his eight-year-old daughter Holly it is a place of nightmare. Because, for just one night, this historic building is to become the venue for a horrifying contest, a contest in which Swain must compete, whether he likes it or not. The rules of the challenge are simple: seven contestants will enter, but 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 are brutal. He can choose to run, to hide, or to fight - but if he wants to live, he needs to win. For, in this particular contest, unless you leave as victor, you do not leave at all.

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New York Times bestselling author Matthew Reilly's thrillers have tantalized readers with their unique storylines and explosive suspense. Now in Contest, Matthew Reilly raises the bar once again in his most clever and remarkable novel yet...

THE CONTEST: YOUR WORST NIGHTMARE COME TRUEDr. 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.

THE RULE:
KILL ANYTHING THAT MOVES
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.

THE REWARD:
YOUR LIFE
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...

"Reilly hurls readers into an adrenaline-drenched thrill ride...impossible to put down."
Orlando Sentinel

"Swain is clever, resourceful, and quick. The action is non-stop...this slam-bang story is great, good fun, and thoroughly entertaining."
--Tulsa World

About the Author:

Matthew Reilly was born in Sydney in 1974 and studied Law at the University of New South Wales. He has written both screenplays and magazine articles, and recently optioned the film rights to Contest. His second and third novels, Ice Station and Temple, became No. 1 bestsellers in his native Australia, and went on to enjoy huge success internationally. The author still lives in Sydney, and keeps on writing.

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