“He began to understand why some people feared the dark so much. The sheer helplessness of not knowing what was right in front of you was terrifying.”
Contest by Matthew Reilly is a standalone book that was rejected by a number of publishers before being picked up and published in 1996. This was his first book and after reading it a number of times over the years I truly cannot understand why they chose to ignore this book.
Plunged into a sudden fight to the death contest in the New York Public Library, Doctor Stephen Swain and his daughter Holly enter a contest they didn’t know existed.
“You’d be surprised, you can do a lot more damage with your brains than with your fists.”
Like other well known Matthew Reilly books, Contest is fast paced from the first page and is action-packed throughout. Stephen and Holly have to fight for survival because if you don’t leave this contest as a victor… you don’t leave at all. I love Matthew Reilly books purely because they are so fast paced and there is never a lull in the plot.
“Human fears are very often irrational constructs of the mind.”
I really can’t comment on the plot too much or I’ll spoil it for you but this book is definitely worth a read! You should set aside a few hours to read it because you won’t be able to put it down though.
Thanks for reading!
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