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The manhattan Public Library. A silent sanctuary of information; a 100-year-old labyrinth of towering bookcases, slender aisles and lengthy marble hallways. For healthcare professional Stephen Swain and his daughter, Holly, it's the website of a nightmare. simply because for one evening this old development is to be the venue for a competition. a competition during which Swain is to compete - even if he likes it or not.

The ideas are uncomplicated: Seven contestants will input, just one will go away.

With his daughter in his hands, Stephen Swain is plunged right into a terrifying struggle for survival. The stakes are excessive, the chances brutal. He can decide to run, to conceal or to struggle - but when he desires to stay, he has to win. For during this contest, except you allow because the victor, you don't go away at all.

Readers around the world were cheering approximately Matthew Reilly’s lightning quick event thrillers. Contest, the action-packed extravaganza that introduced this overseas bestselling profession, is classic Reilly at his explosive best.

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Marshall himself had visible the massive black creature crash during the major front. And he had noticeable it explode. A white-hot—micro-nuclear? —explosion like that might now not go away a lot at the back of. Christ, it wouldn’t depart whatever at the back of. Marshall positioned his fingers in his wallet and walked again to his automobile. telephone calls needed to be made. causes needed to be given. tonight have been the nearest they'd ever come to touch. probably the nearest they'd ever come. And now? Now what did they've got? not anything. Stephen Swain sat at the subway educate together with his daughter asleep in his lap. At each jolt of the teach, they'd tilt and sway with the opposite 4 passengers of their carriage. It was once overdue and the near-empty teach might get them to the outskirts of latest York urban. From there they'd seize a cab—an dear cab—back to Connecticut. again domestic. Holly slept peacefully in Swain’s lap, sometimes rolling over to make herself more well-off. Swain smiled unfortunately. He had forgotten in regards to the wristbands that every one the contestants within the Presidian needed to put on. whilst the electrified partitions had disappeared, their wristbands—like his—must have additionally been set to detonate. So whilst the Karanadon had exploded with Swain’s wristband, the opposite wristbands had long past off, too, anyplace they occurred to be—Reese’s within the underground parking zone, Balthazar’s at the 3rd flooring, or even Bellos’, on the backside of the elevator shaft. Swain checked out his clothes—greasy, black, and in a few areas, bloody. not anyone at the educate appeared to care. He laughed softly to himself. Then he closed his eyes and leaned again into his seat because the educate rumbled off in the course of the tunnel towards domestic. EPILOGUE ny urban 1 December, 4:52 a. m. employees at the manhattan Subway known as it the Mole, a standard electrical engine from a subway teach that have been switched over right into a street-sweeper on rails. past due at evening, whilst subway companies have been at a minimal, the Mole could amble throughout the tunnels, its rotating ahead sweepers scooping up any particles that may have fallen onto the tracks throughout the prior day. on the finish of its run, all that particles will be tipped from the Mole right into a furnace and destroyed. Later that evening, the Mole made its traditional journey throughout the subway tunnel adjacent the nation Library. And because it handed the Con Edison Booster Valve, the driving force started to doze. He by no means spotted the open doorway, by no means spotted the crumpled interior—packed good with collapsed bricks and fragmented concrete. And he by no means spotted the smooth clink-clink of steel on steel that rattled beneath the Mole because it went previous the Booster Valve. The Mole ambled off down the tunnel, and all that remained in its wake was once a couple of handcuffs, clasped to the tune. AN INTERVIEW WITH MATTHEW REILLY THE WRITING OF CONTEST What encouraged you to write down Contest? there have been key inspirations for me to really sit and write Contest. First, the works of Michael Crichton. I nonetheless think that Dr Crichton is the easiest storyteller on this planet this day. not just are his tales unique, also they are informed at a cracking velocity.

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