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Deep in the jungles of Peru, the race of the century is underway. A race to locate a legendary Incan idol - an idol carved out of a strange kind of stone. A stone which in the late 20th century could be used as the basis for a terrifying new weapon. The US Army wants it - at any cost - but they are not alone....

The only clue to the idol's final resting place lies in a 40

Published December 31st 1900 by Thomas Dunne Books
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Henry Avila
Aug 31, 2014 Henry Avila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Timid Professor William Race, of New York University, an expert in ancient Latin, is late for work as usual, it will be his last dull moment, for many days. Colonel Nash, head of an army unit, greets Mr. Race, at the office, and has a little job for him, a simple translation of a 500- year -old manuscript. A copy from the original, taken from a French monastery, in the Pyrenees, by Germans, brutal criminals, Nazis, the famous Alberto Santiago one (a Spanish Monk). The problem, he can only read t ...more
The Crimson Fucker
I’ve been having problems working on my review of this one… I had in mind to write one of those reviews where I explain what actually goes down in this book without saying “fuck” “shit” “OMG” and “WTF” and not talking about the weird shit that happened around me while I was trying to read this book… but instead I was going to talk about the non-stopping action, plot twist that left me completely surprised… I was planning on talking about the Nazis!!! I mean Nazis!!!! You have any idea of how har ...more
I wouldn't normally have picked up a book like Temple on my own, but it was recommended to me by a student and he even lent me his own copy of the book. The result? I am considering pressing charges against the student for submitting me to cruel and unusual punishment. Let me point out that I am not beyond dumb thrillers. If it is handled well enough, I can't get enough of them. But I do have a problem with thrillers that make me laugh (not intentionally), then wince, then groan, and then finall ...more
Mar 21, 2009 Paul rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: aspiring writers who need to know just how low the bar really is
This book hurt. "At that exact same moment" I lost count of the number of times I would have thrown a physical book away. It is a mess. The bad guys are worse than cardboard. Their motivations are either non-existent or just plain ludicrous. The central premise of the Thyrium and the Super Nova were handled so badly, it was clear Reilly doesn't know much about nuclear physics. Although from the action scenes he is well versed in Hollywood Physics.

There were some interesting scenes. The falling t

I really respect Matthew Reilly from what I know about him through his books. He seems a likeable, intelligent person. I've also quite enjoyed his action novels. For thriller novels they're not your standard run-of-the-mill novel. They focus around one interesting and unique idea. I'll admit that the characters are often not overly free of cliché, but that said if you ever want to read something fast, fun and that reads like the explosive action of a blockbuster film then Reilly's your Australia
Nov 05, 2008 Richard rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, scifi, thriller
It is hard to call this science fiction, even though Reilly is really big on technology. The only problem is... his technology has far too much "magic" in it, and really pushes his stories -- all four of those I've read -- into a really weird fantasy genre where pseudo-technology fills the role of magic.

In order to avoid spoilers -- and thus losing the chance to warn folks about how they might be disappointed by this book -- it will have to be sufficient to say that Reilly relies at numerous poi
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
From page one, I found the urge to keep reading impossible to resist. Reilly has a very in your face style when it comes to violence, so a reader should be prepared. And good men do die in this book. One that characters I was so crushing on died and my heart was broken. The way he did was so abrupt and not pretty. But the sheer adrenaline kick of reading this book will keep you going. I liked William Race as a hero. He's almost the opposite of Shane Schofield. He's physically awkward, more of a ...more
Jul 05, 2015 Nicole rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I suppose I should begin by acknowledging that I completely understand why Reilly's books are so popular. I had a really high expectation because of it. The non-stop action and almost cinematic experience would appeal to many people - including myself.

BUT...(and there is a huge but)

There were several things about this book which completely ruined it for me, and as exciting as the events were, they just weren't enough.


I could not get over the extraordinary use of italics and excla
Mark Hebwood
Dec 30, 2014 Mark Hebwood rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Part 3 in a four-book review of Matthew Reilly's novels

Contest -> Ice Station -> Temple -> Seven Ancient Wonders

<= Ice Station

.... couldn't believe it! This, I believe, is Matthew's third novel, and by now he had devolved almost to the level he attained in the only other of his books that I read.

But for now, let's stay with this one. True to his chosen trademark, Matthew creates a plot which is so far removed from reality that it cannot seriously be considered any more as a thril
Kirsti (Melbourne on my mind)
Look, this book is total airport fiction. It's fast paced, it's totally implausible, and there are limited female characters and several are damsel-in-distress types (although there *is* one who's pretty badass and saves the hero a bunch of times while he saves her zero times, so that's something). But it's such a fun concept and so action packed and fast paced that I don't really care about all the obvious flaws in the story.

Essentially? It's mindless fun. And sometimes, that's exactl
Sep 23, 2014 China rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Okay. I love what I call "adventure" novels. I expect some crazy absurdities when it comes to what the characters can do; rope swinging, narrowly missing sword slashes, crazy animal wrestling, and the like. This book was so over the top most of the time I just rolled my eyes because it was so absurd. Standing on the nose of an airplane (a college professor mind you), reaching to another military plane, pushes a button on the outside of said plane and opens to the hatch...then jumps in
Katharine Ott
"The young monk sobbed uncontrollably as the cold barrel of the gun was placed firmly against his temple." From cover to cover author Matt Reilly keeps the action cranked up in his overly long novel "Temple." The focus of the book is a frenzied search for an Incan idol that was fashioned long ago from an asteriod. Of course this is no ordinary Incan idol - due to its composition, it can be used as a radioactive substitute, but without some critical side effects.

William Race, a professor with ex
Jul 03, 2008 Skyw4lker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First half of the book gone by so quickly, non-stop action. Loads of maneater 'cats' and god-eater spaniards. And in some part, star wars weapons 'G-11'. The tricky part of it and i dunno how I can visualize Race got away with taking out the helicopter by a rope swing... well dare to understand thats how MR write his stuff and I must say is still something we learn to take from an author of this kind of action-story-pages. I will dig in on the 2nd half of the book. More blood in this one though. ...more
B.G.M. Hall
Mar 14, 2013 B.G.M. Hall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A re-read for about the forth time because I was out of new fiction and wanted something fun and fast after finishing The Casual Vacancy.
It is a better book than The Casual Vacancy? No.
Is it more of a fun read? Hell, yes!
As I've noted before, Reilly's forte is airport-style action novels. If Stephen King is the literary equivalent of a Big Mac and Fries, Matthew Reilly is the literary equivalent of a Michael Bay/Jerry Bruckheimer movie. He provides heroic characters fighting impossible odds, blo
Jun 30, 2009 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
I LOVE Matt Reilly! This is his second book that I've read and once again, I just couldn't put it down. What an action packed book, that just keeps you turning the pages.
I also love the way I become so attached to the main character, I felt as if we've been friends for ages and I can't help caring about what happens to him. He's just such a great guy!
And yes, I'll admit, sometimes the action sequences are a little long, maybe even a little over-the-top, but I still love 'em!
I will definitely b
Nov 17, 2008 Annalee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my favourte Reilly book so far. It's a big fat blockbuster of a book but I ploughed through it in a couple of days. It's very edge-of-your-seat stuff, written in a cinematic style so it feels more like watching a fast paced action movie than reading a book.

The story has two timelines, one set in the time of the Spanish conquest of the Incas and the other in Peru of 1999. The unlikely hero is William Race, a mild mannered, likable linguisitcs expert who, during this story, finds himself o
People hate on Matthew Reilly something fierce. Yes, he isn't the best writer in the world, but he doesn't have to be to do what he does; he writes fast-paced, actiony schlock, and it is brilliant; if you expect realism or sensible plots, I think you've wildly missed the point.

Temple is possibly the most absurd and campy novel that he's written, and I still inhaled the fucking thing and loved every minute of it. Lighten up or go back to your Tolkien.

Read for Aussie Readers' October 2013 "Exotic
Freda Malone
Mar 16, 2015 Freda Malone rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Good grief, I think I'm in love. Matthew Reilly has done it again. His books get my blood pumping and rooting for the good guys, yes, aloud! Course, many may say the action in his novels are pretty far fetched but I don't care! It's fiction after all and as long as I can visualize it in my mind while reading it, it's all good!
Sep 14, 2010 Lynne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action-adventure
Ok, I do enjoy action/adventure stories, and I give them a lot of leeway when characters seem a little contrived or forced, for example, simply because the action *is* the whole real focus of books like this. It's just supposed to be complete fun.

But "Temple" disappointed me. For one thing, single action scenes that go on for pages and pages and pages kind of lose their excited-momentum after awhile, you know? And adding exclamation points to every third or fourth sentence just doesn't fan the
Swagato Barman Roy
How can a book define another low in thriller writing? How shallow an author can go while assuming that he's actually entertaining the readers? How can you create a hell lot of problems in a situation which you can not solve even in your imagination and solve it by magic?
I just don't know what else to say of these collection of sentences that was published as a novel. (Any way to get the money back?) As if introducing uncountable number of characters is not enough, they need to change colour a
Aug 02, 2012 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
In order to enjoy any Matthew Reilly book, you must be willing to suspend all belief. Truth is, this was never hard for me, since I picked up "Ice Station" as a teen, but I can understand how many readers who want a serious, plausible thriller may be appalled by Reilly's over-the-top writing. There are plenty of books that are better suited to those people, and they are welcome to them, but for anybody who loves to be entertained and amazed by a story that's a little unbelievable but at the same ...more
Dec 11, 2010 Shelley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Storyline: Deep in the jungles of Peru, the race of the century is underway to locate a legendary Incan idol that was carved out of a strange stone which in the late 20th century could be used as the basis for a terrifying new weapon. The only clue to the idol's final resting place lies in a 400-year old manuscript, and a brilliant young linguist is unwittingly recruited to translate the manuscript and to lead the US Army to a mysterious temple where the idol is hidden. But it is only when they ...more
Dec 17, 2013 Krystal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a rush! I really enjoyed this, and didn't expect to read so many pages so quickly! I love the setting, and the adventure attached to mysterious lands and ancient legends. The military angle is not really my thing but it's always fast action so still entertaining. Everything about the temple itself and its incredible surroundings held me captivated. All the insane, advanced technology seemed a bit too extreme for me at times but it was fun and I suppose not entirely far-fetched with the way ...more
Aug 28, 2009 Danielle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: action seekers
I have to admit that I was apprehensive about reading more Matt Reilly books after I read the Scarecrow series because I didn't think it would compare and I'd be dissappoint...not true, I loved this book!! ACTION ACTION think its predictable and then you'll be proved wrong over and over.....I'd say that the last line of the book sure did make you think. The way Reilly writes it makes it extremely hard to find a spot to stop reading really can't put the book down :) GREAT J ...more
Feb 07, 2009 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This had me dreaming of an overseas holiday, because this is quintessentially an "Airport Novel" -- it has all the elements: a search for lost treasure, exotic locations (Peru), lots of carefully enumerated military hardware, conspiracies, Nazis, not to mention continuous, breathtaking and incredible (i.e. impossible to believe) action. Somewhat endearingly, Reilly often uses italics when describing some moment of particularly hard to believe action, as though he can hardly believe it himself. L ...more
Dave Denlinger
Jul 04, 2016 Dave Denlinger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a crazy adventure! Matt Reilly is one of the best
Neil M
Aug 08, 2014 Neil M rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action-thriller
It's hard not to compare everything this guy writes to Ice Station, so I'm not even going to try not to. This was a fun read. Not as good as Ice Station, but It was ok. I think part of the problem I had with this one, was that the author actually tried some new things - like adding a plot, and trying to flesh out characters, things that didn't quite work, cause both the plot and characters ended up being kinda lame. So taking something kinda lame and then expanding on it just didn't really work ...more
Bree T
William Race is an average kind of guy. He’s a linguist, working at a New York university when he turns up to work one day and finds his office overrun with Green Beret’s and important official-looking people. They need his superior language skills to read and translate a found hundred year old Latin American manuscript. Hidden within the manuscript are the directions to a very important tribal artifact – an artifact that has become a hotly contested prize for various powerful factions given tha ...more
D. B.
Aug 08, 2009 D. B. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Clive Cussler fans, people who think Dan Brown uses too many big words, Tomb Raider fanboys
Shelves: fiction-lit
So silly. So stupid. So slam-bang, so summer-blockbuster, so style-over-substance.

So good.

No, not really. Not that terribly good at all. The meat of the book is a hastily slapped-together hodgepodge of action movie cliches, good and evil character archetypes, over-the-top fight sequences that just beg to be filmed in bullet time, laughingly unlikely escapes, and paper-thin character development. The story, not that it matters, involves competing military teams, both government and militia, (incl
Apr 07, 2013 Andi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
"Ice Station" and "Temple" are my two favorite Matthew Reilly books, mostly because they're nonstop fun/adventure/action, with a little bit of mystery and bizarre elements added in for spice.

I don't care for strictly spy- or military-themed novels, but the inclusion of supernatural, alien, or cryptid elements is what keeps Matthew Reilly's books fresh and engaging. You never know what's going to happen next, and the nice thing is that at least these two stay excellent upon multiple re-reads :)

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Matthew Reilly is a New York Times best-selling author of eight novels that have been published in eighteen languages in twenty countries. He has sold more than 3.5 million copies worldwide.
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