Item description for Contest by Sean Mangan Matthew Reilly...
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.
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 bestselling career, is vintage Reilly at his explosive best.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.82" Width: 6.7" Height: 1.05" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Binding MP3 CD
Release Date Dec 31, 2007
Publisher Bolinda Publishing
ISBN 1921334487 ISBN13 9781921334481
A once in a millennium battle royale takes place in the NYC library between an unsuspecting and unbelieving earthling, his child, and crazy creatures from around the world in which the winner has an unbeaten streak better than the Harlem Globetrotters. But then again, it has never faced a pissed off New Yorker. Cool fights, a little sci-fish, but fun.
Good action Mar 5, 2008
I got this book many years ago and really liked it. I have since recommended it to many younger readers and from what I hear from them they all love it as well. It's not too deep but will keep you reading on into the night.
One Contest that is Easy to Win Mar 5, 2008
Some aliens decide to have a Battle Royale and invite a human to help blow up the New York Public Library.
Impossible situations, improbable escapes, action movie physics, indescribable monsters, huge explosions, and after all that a perfectly logical (in that it follows the rules of the novel) ending.
For a first book, it's pretty good. It's not perfect, but this kind of novel doesn't work if it is too polished. Action flicks are fun because they could not possibly be real, so we are allowed the fantasy of running from explosions and falling down elevator shafts and still walking away from the wreckage.
This is a book to be enjoyed between two heavier novels, like a literary aperitif.
I Loved It Jan 10, 2008
Matthew Reilly was born in Sydney in 1974 and studied Law at the University of New South Wales. He has had Number 1 Bestsellers in Australia, where he lives, with his books Ice Station and Temple. The author lives in Sydney.
It always seems that reviewers, either here on this site or in the Press in general, criticise Matthew Reilly's books but the fact remains that they are bought by a great number of people. Typical criticism is that they are too far fetched, not historically correct, or even that the author is making up history as he goes along have all been aimed at his books. Very few say that they are not exciting or that they are boring.
I am sure the author has simply written the books to entertain the reader and I think that they do that in spades. In a book of this kind who is offended if the facts are bent or incorrect, certainly not me. What the author does, he does very well. Some would say that this particular book is more far-fetched than most but it is a gripping and exciting read. The story revolves around a contest for seven people. The time and the place of this contest is the New York State Library at night. Seven contestants will enter but only one will leave . . .
Fun and fast paced even if over the top Dec 16, 2007
Dr. Stephen Swain considers his life with his daughter fairly routine as he raises her alone after the death of his wife. He certainly does not expect to be suddenly teleported from his home on Long Island to the New York Public Library to be face to face with aliens - six competing monsters to be exact. And he is quickly informed that he is the seventh competitor in a deadly high stakes intergalactic game called the Presidian. It is a battle to the death amongst various species throughout the galaxy. The only way to win is to kill the other six competitors without being killed by one of them or a deadly monster that has also been placed in the labyrinth.
To complicate matters further, when Swain was teleported he was holding his young daughter so now Holly is in the labyrinth with him fighting for her life. Two NYPD officers had been stationed in the library for security and they have also become unwitting players in the fight. Swain, of course, feels as though he must do all he can to protect the other innocent lives which serves as a hindrance to his own actions. But when they discover that one of the alien competitors has brought in small creatures - illegal to the rules of the game - to help him hunt, it seems that all of the cards are stacked against Swain and his friends. He must use his quick wit if he has any hope of surviving this deadly sport.
Reilly is the king of the fast paced page turning thriller. His stories are always over the top, but no reader should be surprised at the crazy contents if they read the jacket and knew that aliens would be involved. Once you suspend reality it is a fun and heart stopping thriller that will keep you glued from cover to cover.