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The big apple Public Library. A silent sanctuary of information; a 100-year-old labyrinth of towering bookcases, slim aisles and lengthy marble hallways. For healthcare professional Stephen Swain and his daughter, Holly, it's the web site of a nightmare. simply because for one evening this old development is to be the venue for a competition. a competition within 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 fingers, 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 globe were cheering approximately Matthew Reilly’s lightning quick event thrillers. Contest, the action-packed extravaganza that introduced this overseas bestselling occupation, is classic Reilly at his explosive best.

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Or, might be, an alien. ‘We are representatives of the govt. of the us of the US. We are’—the guy unfold his hands wide—‘friends. ’ ‘All correct, pal, what’s your identify? ’ Swain acknowledged. ‘My identify is Harold Quaid,’ Quaid acknowledged earnestly. ‘And what division are you from, Harold? ’ ‘The nationwide defense organisation. ’ ‘Yeah, good, I’ve bought a few undesirable information for you, Harold Quaid of the nationwide safety service provider. I’m no longer the alien you’re trying to find. I’m only a man who was once within the incorrect position on the fallacious time. ’ Quaid frowned. ‘Then who're you? ’ whatever within Swain’s head advised him now not resolution that question. ‘I’m only a man. ’ ‘And the place are you from? ’ ‘Around. ’ ‘And what are you doing in a construction that’s received one hundred thousand volts of electrical energy operating via its partitions? ’ ‘Like I acknowledged, Harold, fallacious position, unsuitable time. ’ Quaid replaced tack. ‘We can assist, you recognize. we will be able to get you out of there. ’ ‘I’ve already been out, thanks,’ Swain stated. ‘It’s detrimental to my healthiness. ’ Quaid grew to become away for a moment and conversed in brief with the fellow in the back of him. He grew to become again to Swain. ‘I’m afraid I didn’t capture that last item you said,’ he referred to as. ‘What was once it back? anything approximately your future health? ’ ‘Forget it,’ Swain stated, quickly becoming bored during this dialog. The NSA used to be now not so selfless as to come back all of the approach out the following to save lots of blameless people stuck up in an electrified library. It used to be higher than that, it needed to be. The NSA was once the following for contact—extra-terrestrial touch. by some means they have to have discovered that whatever used to be occurring contained in the library and now they sought after the extraterrestrial beings. And, possibly, a person who had come into touch with the extraterrestrial beings. ‘No, I suggest it,’ Quaid acknowledged quite, ‘come a bit nearer and say it back. ’ Swain took a step again. ‘I don’t imagine so, fellas. ’ ‘No, no. Please! pay attention. We’re unlikely to harm you. I promise. ’ ‘Uh-huh. ’ ‘But if you’ll simply step a bit nearer . . . ’ The dart whizzed by way of Swain’s head, lacking it by means of inches. It had come from in the back of Quaid—from someone who should have crept up at the back of him whereas he had saved Swain occupied. they need to have shot the tiny dart via a niche within the electrical box. Swain didn’t wait to consider it. He became and ran, bolting for the DOWN ramp within the centre of the car parking zone. And as he raced down the ramp towards Sub-Level , the very last thing he heard was once the echoing voice of Harold Quaid of the nationwide protection organization shouting fiercely at a few negative unseen subordinate. on the base of the outer ramp, Quaid swore. ‘Fuck! We had him! ’ He grew to become to the Lab agent retaining the tranquilliser gun. ‘How the fuck did you leave out? I can’t think you may pass over him from—’ ‘Hold on, Quaid,’ Marshall acknowledged, resting a hand on his shoulder. ‘We can have misplaced the man, yet i believe we simply hit the jackpot. seriously look into that. ’ Quaid became. ‘Take a glance at what? ’ Marshall pointed on the car parking zone and Quaid the road of his finger. His jaw dropped instantly. ‘What the hell is that? ’ he breathed. ‘I don’t recognize. yet i would like it,’ Marshall stated.

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