Temple

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Four centuries ago, a precious idol was hidden in the jungles of Peru. To the Incan people, it is still the ultimate symbol of their spirit. To William race, an American linguist enlisted by the U.S. Army to decipher the clues to its location, it's the ultimate symbol of the apocalypse...

Carved from a rare stone not found on Earth, the idol possesses elements more destructive than any nuclear bomb—a virtual planet killer. In the wrong hands it could mean the end of mankind. And...

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Overview

Four centuries ago, a precious idol was hidden in the jungles of Peru. To the Incan people, it is still the ultimate symbol of their spirit. To William race, an American linguist enlisted by the U.S. Army to decipher the clues to its location, it's the ultimate symbol of the apocalypse...

Carved from a rare stone not found on Earth, the idol possesses elements more destructive than any nuclear bomb—a virtual planet killer. In the wrong hands it could mean the end of mankind. And whoever possesses the idol, possesses the unfathomable—and cataclysmic—power of the gods...

Now, in the foothills of the Andes, Race's team has arrived—but they're not alone. And soon they'll discover that to penetrate the temple of the idol is to break the first rule of survival.

Because some treasures are meant to stay buried..and forces are ready to kill to keep it that way...

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Editorial Reviews

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Following his earlier action-packed novel Ice Station, Matt Reilly returns to give us his latest gripping saga, Temple, a satisfying read set in the Peruvian jungle, with so many cliffhangers that readers will be perched at the edge of their seats. Positioning his work in the territory defined by Michael Crichton, Clive Cussler, and Jack Higgins, Reilly has firmly entered into the ranks of wild and exciting adventure writers.

Linguist William Race is on the hunt in the Peruvian jungle with the U.S. Army, searching for an Incan jaguar idol known as the “Spirit of the People.” The relic was created from the remnants of a meteorite and contains a substance called thyrium-261, which can be used as an insidious weapon. Race must use all his skills to translate a 400-year-old document that will give the location of a hidden temple where the idol is guarded by huge jungle cats called rapas. Also on hand is a terrorist team from Texas and a neo-Nazi group, who clash with Race and the army over the relic. As Navy Seals are called in, the action moves from Peruvian villages to Indiana Jones-type ruins filled with crocodiles and other deadly menaces -- meanwhile, we learn of secrets and conspiracies that reach into the hierarchy of the world's governments.

Reilly’s attention to detail in his exotic locales is a powerful enticement, showing both the lush jungle beauty and the heart-clutching perils to be found in such primitive lands. His narrative style is highly pulpish and visual, to such an extent that the copy on the novel reads, “Get ready for the greatest action-adventure movie you’ll ever read.” The breakneck momentum never slows as Reilly enables the reader to feel the surroundings and envision the deadly elements all around. Secondary characters, whether villainous or humorous, are developed well enough to add to the story line.

Matthew J. Reilly knows how to nurture suspense. Temple captures and engages the senses, giving us just the right mixture of reality and adventurous fabrication. With Ice Station and now Temple to his credit, Reilly proves that he is capable of turning out not only an admirable thriller but also a story that takes advantage of all the pulp action factors that will leave the reader gasping for breath.

--Tom Piccirilli

Tom Piccirilli is the author of eight novels, including Hexes and Shards, and his Felicity Grove mystery series, consisting of The Dead Past and Sorrow's Crown. He has sold more than 100 stories to the anthologies Future Crimes, Bad News, The Conspiracy Files, and Best of the American West II. An omnibus collection of 40 stories titled Deep into That Darkness Peering is also available. Tom divides his time between New York City and Estes Park, Colorado.

From the Publisher
"The action just keeps on coming...Michael Crichton meets Indiana Jones."—Kirkus Reviews

"Reilly has a gift for sustaining momentum that never lets up."—Publishers Weekly

"As good as it gets when it comes to action thrillers...brilliant."—The Charleston Post & Courier

Library Journal - BookSmack!
Part of the fun of Beck's novel is the embedded story of a lost civilization that faced, and in fact worshiped, the beast beneath the ice. For another take on ancient lore consider this stand-alone novel by the provocateur of the adrenaline genre. William Race is a professor specializing in linguistics who is pressed into service by the U.S. government to translate an ancient text and help America find, and keep, an idol that has the power to destroy the world. In the company of elite fighters, Race travels to the Andes and enters an ancient temple. Once the team gains entrance, they discover that some legends are real and the wrath of the Incas has a very long arm. Noted for his fast pacing and over-the-top plotting, Reilly's work makes good next reading for Beck fans with its gleeful disregard for possibility and its feet-first jump into pure Sunday-matinee thriller fun. Readers who want more snow, ice, and fearsome creatures should consider Reilly's Ice Station as well. — Neal Wyatt, "RA Crossroads," Booksmack! 1/6/11
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
As aggressive as an avalanche--and often with the same grace--Reilly's second pulp-fiction adventure hurtles into the Peruvian jungle, where competing factions search for a precious Incan idol, the "Spirit of the People." The U.S. Army leads the pack. Like the others, the army wants the relic because it is made out of thyrium-261, a rare material, found only in meteorites, that can be used to create a fearsome weapon of mass destruction. The idol--a carved snarling jaguar head--is hidden in a stone temple and guarded by a pack of fearsome rapas, huge cats that can tear the best-trained warrior limb from limb. If the rapas aren't enough, 22-foot crocodiles also lurk nearby. The army group is led by unlikely hero William Race, a linguist brought along on the journey to translate the 400-year-old manuscript revealing the location of the idol. Race and the soldiers manage to fight off the rapas and retrieve the precious statuette, only to have a latterday Nazi paramilitary group, the Stormtroopers, crash the scene and take it away. However, the Stormtroopers can't hold the idol for long. U.S. Navy Seals swoop in to grab it, then lose it to a terrorist outfit from Texas. The mad chase--fought on land, water and in the air--hurtles through ancient ruins, abandoned gold mines and tribal villages. The action, punctuated by regular bursts of superhuman feats and other absurdities, careens along at a breakneck pace. Australian Reilly (Ice Station) has a gift for sustaining momentum that never lets up. His writing may be crude at points, his characters cartoonish and his humor inelegant, but his story delivers all the excitement it promises. (Jan. 19) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312981266
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2002
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 213,097
  • Product dimensions: 6.78 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew Reilly is the bestselling author of Ice Station, Area 7, Scarecrow, Contest, Hell Island, Seven Ancient Wonders, Six Sacred Stones, The Five Greatest Warriors and Hover Car Racer. More than 3.5 million copies of his thrillers have been sold around the world, and he has also written several screenplays and published several magazine articles. Reilly was born in 1974 and studied law at the University of New South Wales. He lives in Sydney, Australia.

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  • Posted January 26, 2014

    Breathtaking

    Matthew Reilly does not know how to write a dull boring book. This one has more action and cliff hangers than I could count.The author has interesting characters and villans and always picks interesting locales.I would suggest reading Ice Station then Area 7 so that you get a feel for his style.Those 2 books also introduce you to his common character "Scarecrow" I found the nice thing was that you don't necessarily have to read them in any order. He is a great action writer and I hope he has a long career ahead.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2009

    Good for Teens, maybe

    This was my first Matthew Reilly read, and quite frankly I'm not anxious for more. Reilly does present a fairly exciting, far-reaching scenario. But much of the plot is juvenile and shallow, and this Australian writer has a lot of research to do about US military and government terminology and organization. Trying to straddle the line between science fiction, adventure, and government conspiracy/mystery seems a little beyond Reilly's grasp. 'Temple' passed the time, but left me wondering if it had been time well-spent.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2002

    You will love this book....

    ...if you are a twelve year old boy. Matthew Reilly makes Clive Cussler seem like James Joyce. The Publisher's Weekly review above is dead on. The book is cartoonish with ridiculous action sequences one after the other. Having said that, the book is reasonably well written and an enjoyable diversion if you're in the mood for a cheesy action adventure to while away an airline flight or a day at the beach. If you have a teenager that you want to encourage to read, pick up a copy of this book for them. They will enjoy it.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2014

    Spy

    Im Fire queen shadows sister!!! I need to kill her.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2014

    JP

    No

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2014

    Creon to Zeus

    "Can i have a quest or somthin?"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2014

    Talia

    Alot better

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2014

    Cyrus

    Gtgbbt

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2014

    Aiden

    Sits on my throne

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2014

    Needs an editor

    Repeated typos throughout, someone diid a search and replace with the word DIE, whichcomes up frequently.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2013

    Silverflight

    *she purred and nuzzled him back* ((See you tomorrow))

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2013

    Nightstar

    He nodded. "I would~" He purred and nuzzled her. ((Kk, night, ill be back tomorrow))

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2013

    Bad

    Reilly is a total bigot.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2012

    Very good read BUT SO MANY TYPOS. Does anyone proof read these

    Very good read BUT SO MANY TYPOS. Does anyone proof read these books?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2013

    D

    If you are looking for a great book, look elsewhere.

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  • Posted April 9, 2012

    action packed

    I have always enjoyed Matthew Reilly's books and this one is no exception. If you like history, mystery and adventure this ones for you.

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  • Posted April 6, 2012

    Reilly is a great author

    Not quite as good as his Scarecrow or Jack West novels - but still a great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    Excellent Excellent book

    This has to be one of the best books I have read in a while. The writing is good.
    Love the development of the characters, and the action. Wow!

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  • Posted October 11, 2011

    Fun indiana jones meets a more everyday man read

    I enjoyed this read. Its an easy quick read that is always moving. Cliched cast and plot for sure but done with eough originality to hold its own. When you stay up till 4am to discover what happens then you know you have a good read.

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  • Posted April 9, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Adventure in the Jungle

    Reilly takes all the things that were great about Ice Station and adds in some Indiana Jones-style jungle adventure. Another of my favorite thrillers. The only way this book could have been better would be if Scarecrow and Mother tagged along.

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