Deep in the Jungles of Peru, the race of the century is underway.
A race to locate a legendary Incan idol - and idol carves out of a strange
kind of stone. A stone which in the late 20th century could be used as
the basis for a terrifying weapon.

The US Army wants that idol - at any cost - but they are not alone...

The only clue to the idol's final resting place lies in a 400-year-old
manuscript. Enter Professor William Race, a mild-mannered
young linguist, who is unwillingly recruited to translate the
manuscript and lead the Army team to the idol.

And so begins the mission. A mission that will lead Race and his 
companions to a mysterious stone temple hidden in the foothills of 
the Andes. A temple seething with menace and danger.
But only is it when the temple is opened that Race and his team
discover that they have broken a golden rule...

Some doors are meant to remain unopened.


About the Novel:

Taking a step back and looking at the bigger picture, Matthew Reilly set about outdoing Ice Station when he began to create Temple. However, it was quite a challenge to outperform such a winning first novel. The answer, of course, was simple.

Instead of one action packed follow-up book, Matthew Reilly decided to write two stories in one. The twin threads of the story weave themselves together, all the while coming closer to the cataclysmic finale. One story follows the adventure of William Race and the team of US Army soldiers - the other leads us on a journey through 1535, the time of the Spanish Conquest of the Incas.

Once more in a race against time, the Linguist Professor from New York must decipher the manuscript as he runs through the battlefield, unlocking the mysteries of a centuries-old prophecy in order to save the world from total annihilation.

Coming back for a second stab at the formula that made Ice Station so popular, Matthew Reilly has created one of the most popular books in the action/thriller genre. With a loyal following of readers ages from the teens to the late eighty-year-olds and both male and female alike, Temple has smashed many barriers on its way to success.


Praise for Temple:

"Probably the most breathless read
in the history of airport fiction."
Australian Bookseller and Publisher

"There is no denying it. Matthew Reilly
has really arrived." Daily Telegraph

"Like Ice StationTemple is well researched
and technically adept. Diehard action buffs
will enjoy." Who Weekly