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- Publisher: Pan Books
- Format: Paperback | 784 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 197mm x 49mm | 620g
- Publication date: 3 December 2010
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0330525603
- ISBN 13: 9780330525602
- Sales rank: 20,181
Deep in the jungles of Peru the contest of the century is underway. It's a race to locate a legendary Incan idol - one carved out of a strange kind of stone. But a stone which in the present century could be used for a terrifying new purpose. Now rival groups are assembling their teams to hunt the idol down, at any cost. The only clue to the idol's final resting place is to be found in a 400-year-old manuscript. Which introduces Professor William Race, a mild-mannered but brilliant young linguist who is unwillingly recruited to interpret the document that could lead to the idol itself. So begins the mission that will lead Race and his companions to a mysterious temple hidden in the foothills of the Andes. There they find a carefully contrived sanctuary seething with menace and unexpected dangers. But it is not until the silence of the temple is breached that Race and his team discover they have broken a golden rule ...Some doors are meant to remain unopened.
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Matthew Reilly is the Australian-born author of bestselling novels Contest, Ice Station, Temple, Area 7, Scarecrow and Seven Ancient Wonders, which reached the Sunday Times top-ten bestseller list. He wrote his first two books while studying law at the University of New South Wales, and now writes full-time, producing novels and screenplays and creating television series. The author lives in Syndey.
By Corey Gardener 04 Nov 2014
An amazing read! I seriously could not stop turning the pages, it was just so enthralling. So many likable characters pitted into such a fun yet dangerous situation. It reminded me a lot of works by Michael Crichton like Jurassic Park and films like Indiana Jones.
A must read for anyone looking for a fast-paced action/adventure thrill ride!