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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

If you enjoyed RELIC, you must read this!

I must say that this is my favorite Matthew Reilly book! I love the books by Preston & Child and CONTEST is up there for suspense. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough and I've read this twice so far! This would make a great movie.

posted by LiDanFrey on July 9, 2011

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

story line packs quite a wallop

Radiologist Dr. Stephen Swain and his elementary school aged daughter Holly are in their Long Island home relaxing after a day at the hospital and school respectfully. However, aliens feel the widower will make a good participant in their cross species death contest bas...
Radiologist Dr. Stephen Swain and his elementary school aged daughter Holly are in their Long Island home relaxing after a day at the hospital and school respectfully. However, aliens feel the widower will make a good participant in their cross species death contest based on Stephen¿s efforts that ended a violent problem. The ETs teleport Stephen and Holly to the New York 42nd Street Public Library to play in a deadly game of survivor. The rules are simple: win or die. Seven species will compete until only one is left standing to confront the Karandon, a killing machine who has carved up the library security guard. Escape is impossible as a deadly electrical field encloses the building and immovable wrist bands will incinerate any of the contestants. Let the games begin. The reader needs to move past technologically advanced aliens hosting deadly games sort of like an intergalactic Roman Forum (and several other questionable actions). If the reader can pass that critical go, the story line packs quite a wallop as the taut action leads to the audience rooting for the home team. Somewhat mindful of a Kirk Star Trek show (see ¿The Gamesters of Triskelion¿ episode), readers who relish action to the nth degree will join the ultimate survivor CONTEST, but with a galaxy of skepticism along for the ride. Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on December 9, 2008

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2007

    Not very good

    I think this book wasn't very good. I have to admidt that there was a lot of action, but I don't really like the idea of the other contenstants being aliens. I think the book would've been A LOT better if all the contestants were human. If you want to read it get it from a library.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2005

    Very Weird

    I pre-read this before giving it to my 12 year old grandchild and would not recommend it for someone that young. The story is very weird and fictious, but it did keep you interested even if the ending was predictable.

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    Posted November 19, 2008

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