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The big apple Public Library. A silent sanctuary of data; a 100-year-old labyrinth of towering bookcases, slender aisles and lengthy marble hallways. For health care provider Stephen Swain and his daughter, Holly, it's the website 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 principles are uncomplicated: Seven contestants will input, just one will depart.

With his daughter in his palms, 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 reside, he has to win. For during this contest, until you allow because the victor, you don't go away at all.

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

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Subtle white gentle from the streetlights outdoor streamed in via lengthy oblong home windows excessive up at the left-hand wall. without delay contrary the door, dividing the room in , was once a floor-to-ceiling cyclone fence with a rusted iron gate in its centre. past the fence have been extra cabinets of detergent and some extra piles of apparatus lined in darkish hessian textile. the crowd moved inside of and Swain closed the door in the back of them. The hydraulic door close with a gentle whump. Holly sat clear of the door, up opposed to the cyclone fence. Hawkins positioned Balthazar at the flooring underneath the home windows and scanned the upkeep room, nodding. ‘We will be secure the following. ’ ‘For some time, yes,’ Swain acknowledged. Selexin requested, ‘How lengthy do you think that we must always remain the following? ’ ‘As lengthy as we can,’ Swain stated. ‘Hooray,’ Hawkins acknowledged blandly. ‘And how lengthy is that? ’ Selexin back. ‘I don’t understand. probably correct up until the tip. for the time being I’m no longer relatively yes. ’ ‘You can't omit that there'll constantly be anything out there,’ Selexin acknowledged. ‘Even while all of the contestants are useless, you are going to nonetheless have the Karanadon to stand. ’ ‘I don’t need to face anything,’ Swain acknowledged harshly. ‘What does that suggest? ’ ‘It skill, I’m no longer the following to struggle. It capacity I’m now not right here to win your silly contest. It signifies that in the mean time all I’m nervous approximately is getting my daughter and the remainder of us out of the following alive. ’ ‘But you can’t do this except you win,’ Selexin acknowledged angrily. Swain regarded difficult on the little guy. He was once silent for a number of seconds. ‘I wouldn’t be so definite of that,’ he acknowledged softly, nearly to himself. ‘What was once that? ’ Selexin stated. It was once an issue now. ‘I acknowledged, I wouldn’t be so certain of that. ’ ‘You think you will get out of the labyrinth? ’ Selexin challenged. Swain used to be silent. He regarded over at Holly by means of the cyclone fence, sucking her thumb. Selexin acknowledged back, ‘Do you heavily imagine you may get out of the labyrinth? ’ Swain was once silent. Hawkins whispered to him, ‘You imagine we will be able to get out? ’ Swain checked out the home windows close to the ceiling, pondering to himself. finally he spoke. ‘Yes. ’ ‘Impossible. ’ Balthazar’s advisor progressed. ‘Absolutely most unlikely. ’ ‘You remain out of this,’ Selexin snapped angrily. Swain stared at Selexin. The little guy were angry prior to, distressed even, yet he had by no means been downright offended. Balthazar’s advisor stepped again instantly. Selexin spun again to stand Swain. ‘How? ’ he demanded. ‘How? ’ ‘Yes, how do you plan we get out? ’ ‘You are looking to get out? ’ Swain couldn’t think it. After the lecture he had bought ahead of in regards to the grandeur and honour linked to the Presidian, he discovered it tough to think that Selexin would need to get out. ‘As a question of truth I do. ’ Balthazar’s advisor interrupted back, ‘Oh, you do, do you? good forgive me for reminding you of an uncongenial truth, Selexin, yet you can’t! ’ Selexin didn’t say whatever. Balthazar’s consultant went on. ‘Selexin, the Presidian has started. It can't and won't be stopped until eventually a winner has been came upon. it's the in simple terms honourable approach.

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