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Temple by Matthew Reilly

Temple - Matthew Reilly

Linguist William Race gets suckered into translating a rare 16th century manuscript in order to locate an idol carved from an extraterrestrial substance more powerful than uranium or plutonium that was hidden by the Incas in the wake of the Spanish conquest of 1532. Once conscripted, Race discovers that his is only one of several teams after the idol; an idol that, in the wrong hands, could be used to destroy the world. Deliriously action-packed thriller that reads like an old movie serial, with one cliff-hanger after another from which the hero couldn’t possibly escape yet somehow manages to do so anyway. Written with all the refinement of a third act chase scene in a second-rate film, Temple is nevertheless just giddy enough to be readable.