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The ny Public Library. A silent sanctuary of data; a 100-year-old labyrinth of towering bookcases, slender aisles and lengthy marble hallways. For medical professional Stephen Swain and his daughter, Holly, it's the web site of a nightmare. simply because for one evening this historical development is to be the venue for a competition. a competition during which Swain is to compete - no matter 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 percentages brutal. He can decide to run, to conceal or to struggle - but when he desires to dwell, he has to win. For during this contest, until you permit because the victor, you don't go away at all.

Readers around the globe were cheering approximately Matthew Reilly’s lightning speedy experience thrillers. Contest, the action-packed extravaganza that introduced this foreign bestselling profession, is classic Reilly at his explosive best.

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James Marshall sounded aggravated by way of the interruption. ‘Sir,’ Levine acknowledged, ‘we have affirmation of job contained in the library. I repeat, affirmation of job contained in the library. ’ ‘Where? ’ ‘North-east nook. 3rd ground. ’ Marshall acknowledged, ‘Get over there. We’re on our means. ’ The partitions of the janitor’s room flared vibrant yellow as a curtain of fireplace burst upward from the pool of methylated spirits, engulfing the Codex. Hawkins and Balthazar stepped again from the flames, protective their eyes. The Codex couldn't be obvious in the course of the blazing wall of fireplace. after which it emerged. Floating ahead. in the course of the flames. Oblivious to the warmth. It moved contained in the janitor’s room, away from the hearth. ‘Oh, man,’ Hawkins acknowledged, edging backwards. Balthazar spoke—again, only one observe in a flat monotone. ‘Go. ’ Hawkins acknowledged, ‘What? ’ Balthazar used to be staring carefully on the Codex. ‘Go,’ he repeated solemnly. Hawkins didn’t recognize what to do. The Codex was once soaring correct in entrance of them. or even if he acquired previous it, he nonetheless needed to get throughout the fire—the hearth that he had manage to maintain intruders out. It had by no means happened to him that that very same fireplace may perhaps serve to maintain him in. there has been no method out. there has been nowhere to head. Balthazar grew to become to Hawkins and regarded him squarely within the eye. ‘Go . . . now! ’ And with that Balthazar introduced himself on the Codex. Hawkins watched in astonishment because the Codex leapt ahead on the similar second and coiled its skinny physique thrice round Balthazar’s throat. With either arms, the large guy pulled desperately on the Codex’s stranglehold round his neck. He stumbled backwards into the is still of the cyclone fence that divided the room, tripped, and fell to the ground underneath the cabinets filled with detergents and cleansing brokers. Hawkins used to be nonetheless simply status there, shocked, gazing the conflict in awe, whilst Balthazar cried, ‘Go! ’ Hawkins blinked and became instantly. He observed the hearth, spreading around the room, creeping around the flooring towards him. He observed the dusty methylated spirits bottle he had used, mendacity at the ground, inches clear of the upcoming flames. Too past due. The flames wolfed the bottle as Hawkins dived over the closest pile of wood containers. below the serious warmth, the glass bottle—still part full—exploded like a Molotov cocktail, taking pictures out missiles of glass and hearth in each course. past the cyclone fence, Balthazar was once again on his ft back, being affected by the Codex. He fell again seriously opposed to the wood cabinets and so they collapsed lower than him. Glass spirit bottles, plastic detergent bottles and a dozen aerosol spray cans crashed to the ground. Hawkins observed the cabinets cave in, observed the entire bottles hit the floor—cleaning brokers and detergents that carried conspicuous purple symptoms: don't combine WITH DETERGENTS OR different chemical compounds, and hugely flammable aerosols with their very own evident caution labels. the fireplace moved inexorably ahead, around the room. ‘Oh my God,’ Hawkins’ eyes darted from the hearth at the ground to the chemical compounds mendacity in its direction.

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