“Okay, so it's touted as a new Indiana Jones adventure type book...I should have stopped there. I originally started reading this book on my personal e-reader while wating for my boyfriend at the bookstore on a couple of occasions but then when it started getting exciting, I purchased the paperback.
So, there's a college linguist...have you heard this one before? And he's approached by a government agency to assist with finding a lost treasure...getting any ideas? He's whisked off within a page or two and finds himself on a race to get to this treasure....still wondering?
Yeah, I thought the same thing too. But I kept reading anyway. So once Dr. William Race (uh-huh, Race, William Race) gets onboard with this mission, we are introduced to this manuscript that he is to translate on a single air trip from New England to South America. And let me say, the manuscript story is intriguing if a little unbelievable. As I was reading I kept saying, "Are you kidding me?!"
It starts out all well and great but then we get into some real Michael Bay type stunts and explosions and they become so unrealistic that I was laughing at the sheer unbelievability of them all.
Finding a lost Incan treasure is one thing, being persued by some crazies is acceptable, but also having a 400 year old species of GIANT jungle cat, disarming TWO bigger than nuclear bombs with seconds to spare (one while suspended over a 300 foot deep mine shaft and then blown sky high and the other while plummeting 19,000 feet through the air...in a tank?!) and living through both in the most unrealisic manners imaginable....Reilly makes his Dr. Race out to be this guy who doesn't want to be a hero or doesn't know if he really has the stuff to do it....he's confused but then becomes G.I. Joe incarnate and channels all this action hero stuff?
Allright, I was hooked by the adventure part but the super unreal stunts, the over use of military weapon jargon (which I don't even know if it's true or not) just made this such an unappealing read in the end that I was sorry I wasted the few buck on the paperback instead of just reading it for free while in the bookstore.
Adventureous: yes, relateable characters: no, action: yes, believable: NO!”
“Its ok. Too much James ?Bond stuff, but quite readable.”anwinj wrote this review Friday, October 22, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Reilly writes a decent novel with a fair amount of action and mystique, however some of the action events and stunts in the novel are a bit ridiculous and unplausable. At one point, a character jumps from one plane into another at 20,000 feet. If you're a fan of Michael Bay/Jerry Bruckheimer films and dont' have a problem with suspending your belief in reality for awhile, the novel offers a good read, especially to those interested in cryptozoology (the study of mythical or extinct animals).
The only problem I had with the story is that it is about 100 pages too long, and at times is a bit convuluted. The novel could have ended around page 350, but just when you think it is over, Reilly adds another twist (for better or worse is up to the reader) that keeps the story going.
As a fan of science fiction and expecially archaeological fiction, I did enjoy the book and will look into some of Reilly's other novels. ”
“Non-stop, mind*lol*ingly over-the-top action - a real page burner. Bit disappointed in the way the original bad guys were disposed of to make way for new ones that had nothing to do with the first half of the story, but hey, more bad guys equals more "get what you deserve" death sequences! There's a little bit of the main character, the unassuming hero ("Race") in all of us, which is why I liked him so much I guess... great stuff. Ridiculously awesome, and awesomely ridiculous.”James Furey wrote this review Monday, September 27, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“My favourtie MR book. Thoroughly enjoyed it! Recommended read for MR fans”jenna wrote this review Monday, September 20, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I originally posted this on my LJ: http://fey-bohemian.livejournal.com/2163.html
Yes, another review on Matthew Reilly. It should not be unexpected, not in the least. Reilly happens to be one of the best authors in my collection, with a myriad repertoire of plots and invincible heroes, it is impossible for him to falter in this regard. Temple is one of his best novels, blending adventure and history into a chilling tale of apocalyptic dangers, and the unexpected heroics of the humble professor. It would not be a Reilly novel if the protagonist failed to achieve great feats of strength and intelligence, and History Professor William Race does not disappoint an audience eager for the bold and daring survivals that boggle the mind. Unlike Jason Chaser and his determination, or Scarecrow and his extreme reflexes, Race is a different kind of hero. Deep in the jungles of Peru, Race is involved in a race to control an ancient Incan idol, and losing could mean the end. For the World. Race and the team of Berets, DARPA scientists and their leader, Retired Army Colonel Frank Nash, are competing with players they didn't even know were in the game. Reilly weaves a fascinating tale, alternating between the modern day fight, and a daring quest by a 6th century Incan prince and his Spanish missionary companion, who narrates the tale in a manuscript that guides Race and his companions through the forest. A link is seen between the protagonists of each story, with Race and the Incan Prince Renco, the Chosen One, protector of the sacred idol, a triangular birth mark under the left eye, feats of agility and balance like the revered jungle cats and much more. However, Reilly proves once again, that he can keep the story both interesting, and fast pace. Race gains the empathy of the readers as he is betrayed on all sides, and demonstrates his own keen intelligence as he sees solutions that no others can manage, even with his limited information on the mission. In usual style, Reilly commands the ability to keep the action coming, whether he is threatening the Earth with a nuclear weapon that could blow a big enough hole in our mass to send us spinning into space, or his protagonist is surviving nuclear blasts, he keeps his readers on their toes. But climatic tension is not Reilly's only skill. Reilly possesses the unique ability to feed the reader seemingly insignificant information, that becomes an important story arc, creating such a real background to the story, it makes one wonder if Reilly truly writes fiction, or if somewhere in the world, a SuperNova exists. Temple is the perfect demonstration of Reilly's ability to make history real, unlike his current historical novels, Seven Ancient Wonders and Six Sacred Stones, it is written in a first person narrative, as a sub arc, creating a realistic view of the 6th century through Alberto Santiago's words and he skilfully keeps the two stories running in tandem. Temple is one of Reilly's best efforts, and rates at the top of his collection, I would definitely recommend it to any readers with an interest in history, action packed stories or the transformation of the everyday Joe into a hero.”
“Very interesting story”Ljiljana M wrote this review Sunday, August 15, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A typical Matt Reilly adventure....adrenaline, action, nuclear explosion, green berets, navy SEAL, all of this backed by an interesting storyline....”DEE KAY wrote this review Thursday, August 12, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Four centuries ago, a precious idol was hidden in the jungles of Peru. To the Incan people, it was still the ultimate symbol of their spirit. To William Race, an American linguist enlisted by the U.S. Army to decipher the clues to its location, it's the ultimate symbol of the apocalypse...Carved from a rare stone not found on Earth, the idol possesses elements more destructive than any nuclear bomb-a virtual planet killer. In the wrong hands it could mean the end of mankind. And whoever possesses the idol, possesses the unfathomable-and cataclysmic-power of the gods...Now, in the foothills of the Andes, Race's team has arrived-but they're not alone. And soon they'll discover that to penetrate the temple of the idol is to break the first rule of survival. Because some treasures are meant to stay buried...and forces are ready to kill to keep it that way...AUTHORBIO: MATTHEW REILLY was born in 1974 and studied law at the University of New South Wales. At twenty-four, he has written three novels, several screenplays, and has had a few magazine articles published. In 1999, he sold the film rights to his first novel, the action-packed, sci-fi extravaganza, Conquest. His other novels include Ice Station and Temple. He lives in Sydney, Australia.”Evelyn C wrote this review Thursday, August 12, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No