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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 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.