Taking a step back and looking at the bigger picture, Matthew Reilly set about outdoing Ice Station when he began to create Temple. However, it was quite a challenge to outperform such a winning first novel. The answer, of course, was simple.
It is the biggest treasure hunt in history, and nearly every nation on earth is involved in a headlong race to locate the Seven Wonders of the ancient world.
Scarecrow is Matthew Reilly's fifth novel. It once again throws Captain Shane M Schofield into the spotlight as he is hunted relentlessly by enemy unknown. The why and the how has yet to be revealed, but when a man like Schofield has a price on his head, you know he will do anything within his power to make sure that the head-hunters don't make off with their prize: His Life.
Matthew Reilly's first commercially published book has gained international recognition and scored a place on the New York Times Bestseller list. Featuring more action than you can fit into a three-hour film, and enough plot twists to keep the best reader guessing, Ice Station is a landmark first novel.
Starring the recurring hero, Shane 'Scarecrow' Schofield, Ice Station is where it all begins; throwing Schofield and his team into one of the most volatile conflicts this side of all-out war.
Contest is the first book written by Matthew Reilly, and it has become one of the most sought-after books of all time. Since its original self-published print run of 1000 copies in 1996, Contest has been updated with 17 extra pages of new content for the Pan Macmillan Australian release in 2000, and revisited again in 2003 for US readers - adapted to incorporate the real-world New York Public Library architecture.
Returning to the battlefield once again is Captain Shane M Schofield, reprising his role as the rough-and-ready, smart-but-tough Marine specialist. Along side him are his follow survivors from the Ice Station incident, only this time, they're not under orders to go into harm's way.
Now, malice seeks them out in a bizarre twist of fate which results in the amazing struggle which is Area 7. With plot twists and action sequences to rival its predecessor, this stand-alone sequel to Ice Station puts Schofield back on familiar territory as he fights for the survival of the free world.
The end of the world is here...
Unlocking the secret of the Seven Ancient Wonders was only the beginning.
The world is in mortal danger.
For Jack West Jr and his loyal team of heroes, the challenge now is to set six legendary diamonds known as the Pillars in place at six ancient sites around the world before the deadline for global destruction arrives. The locations of these sites, however, can only be revealed by the fabled Six Sacred Stones.
About the Author
Matthew Reilly was born on July 2nd, 1974 in Sydney. Spending much of his childhood watching movies and going to the theatre to see his parents perform, it was this early exposure to the entertainment industry which made Matthew explore his own creative talents.