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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  11,037 ratings  ·  366 reviews
Deep in the jungles of Peru, a man leads a mission to locate a legendary Incan idol that is carved out of a strange kind of stone - a stone which, in the late 20th century, could be used to produce a terrifying new weapon.
Paperback, 763 pages
Published 2000 by Pan Publishing (first published 1999)
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Henry Avila
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
Marty
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
Paul
Mar 21, 2009 Paul rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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
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Richard
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
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
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
Jonathan

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
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Mark Hebwood
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 thrille
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Nicole
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.

FIRST COMPLAINT:

I could not get over the extraordinary use of italics and excla
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Skyw4lker
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
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
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Heather
Jun 30, 2009 Heather rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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Annalee
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
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China
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SERIOUSLY?

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
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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
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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
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Jessica
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
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
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
Steve
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
Liam
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
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Neil M
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
Lynne
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
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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 2 of 5 stars
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
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Andi
"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 :)

Th
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Mark
I really tried to finish this book but after 60% in I just couldn't read it anymore. I'm not sure what age group it's meant to be for because at times I felt like it was written for teenagers, while other times it was the standard adult ficton thriller I'm use to. The main problem I find is how it's written. The flow is all over the place, the direction is predictable, and the whole fight with the cats felt like it was going on for 100 pages... wait, I think it did! He has this way of sucking me ...more
Steve
The Good:
+ Exciting plot
+ Fun characters
+ Lots of surprise twists and turns

The Bad:
- Some very unbelievable/impossible action scenes

The story was great, very engrossing. It moves fast, I was really into it when, Bam! the author has the main character do something totally impossible and crazy during a fight or chase scene. I'm sorry, but that just broke the rhythm for me. This probably happened 5-6 times in the book and made it really disappointing.

If it weren't for the handful of times the autho
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Melbourne on my mind
I love this book. Love it to the point where the pages are falling out. Sure, it's completely and utterly ridiculous and occasionally filled with massive pieces of contrivance. But it's fast paced, features archaeology and Incan history, and in typical Matthew Reilly fashion, isn't afraid to kill off/maim your favourite characters.

I don't think I loved the book QUITE as much as the last time I reread it, which was probably in 2010 or so. I guess I'm a more critical reader than I used to be, so
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Andrew Preston
This book kept me reading which is always a bonus for me. I'm not sure whether I really liked the way that it diverted from present day to hundreds of years in the past. But it was an exciting read and plenty of action though the ending I felt a little far fetched like a tank falling from the sky!! I rate it high in stars and typical of Matthew Reilly
Krystal
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
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