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Author: Matthew Reilly
THE CONTEST: YOUR WORST NIGHTMARE COME TRUE Dr. Stephen Swain has found himself locked in the after-hours darkness of the New York Public Library. It isn’t a mistake. He’s been entombed in the historic sanctuary for a reason—as the guest of an unknown host, chosen for a night of fun and games. He’s unprepared. HeR...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780312990046
ISBN-10: 0312990049
Publication Date: 12/27/2005
Pages: 448
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 129 ratings
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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reviewed Contest on + 5 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 7
I'm not normally a person that reads this genre but I couldn't put it down. A real page turner filled with action all the way through. Made me a BIG fan of this author. He is in his late 20s and is from Austrailia. No hanky panky and he makes a great read especially for those young men who are between the ages of young adult to adult where it's hard to find something that will hold your attention.
ckirk762 avatar reviewed Contest on + 34 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
I liked this book, it was an interesting premise - a contest between one representative of each of the 7 different alien races - humans are included even though they don't have a clue about the whole thing. The aliens were interesting and you wonder how on earth our human representative will survive... good, fast read...
reviewed Contest on + 118 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
So much better than I expected! I've never been one to read books about monsters, but with this one.. it was so much mor about the mans survival, and getting his 8 year old daughter out alive.. wonderful book.
pibblegrl avatar reviewed Contest on + 64 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
An interesting read. Extra-terrestrials use Earth as the place for an intergalactic warrior contest. A human is entered without knowing and without any clue that ET's really exist. A bloodbath ensues.
Will the human survive?
reviewed Contest on + 9 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
I read this book based on an online recommendation where I input authors that I liked and they gave me the suggestion of reading Matthew Reilly. I did like the book, there was plenty of non-stop action/adventure, was an unpredictable, non-formula story. The only thing lacking in the book was character development. We are introduced to several characters throughout the book, but I never really connected with any of them because they were superficial. But considering this was Matthew Reilly's first book, written when he was 19, I definitely plan on reading more of his books. I expect more non-stop action/adventure, and hope to see more character development.
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reviewed Contest on + 2761 more book reviews
This is a very very good book, it borders on horror and scifi but it is written so well it just draws you in from the very first and it is hard to put down!
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"Contest" is my second book by Matthew Reilly. Though it had a few problems, I actually did enjoy it.

It it easy to tell this was his first book. At some points it was almost like reading a cartoon...an enjoyable cartoon.

The book is very fast-paced, taking place in only a few hours with nonstop fight scenes and an incredible lineup of happy coincidences.

The premise of the book is really not all that original, but he has developed some original aliens and situations. And the addition of Swain's daughter was an interesting wild card.

I already have another of Reilly's books on my TBR stack.
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I was a little disappointed. Somewhat jumbled at times and often quite unbelievable. Quick paced and an easy read, but could have been much better.