Matthew Reilly has studied Law at the University of New South Wales. In addition to his novels, Reilly has written screenplays and magazine articles. He has also directed a number of short films. In 2007 Reilly moved to the USA to work on a pilot of a television show about publicists, writers and the publishing industry.
'The year is 1546. Europe lives in fear of the powerful Islamic empire to the East. Under its charismatic Sultan, Suleiman the Magnificent, it is an empire on the rise. It has defeated Christian fleets. It has conquered Christian cities. Then the Sultan sends out an invitation to every king in Europe: send forth your champion to compete in a tournament unlike any other.
'We follow the English delegation, selected by King Henry VIII himself, to the glittering city of Constantinople, where the most amazing tournament ever staged will take place. But when the stakes are this high, not everyone plays fair, and for our team of plucky English heroes, winning may not be the primary goal.
'As barbaric murders occur, a more immediate goal might simply be staying alive. ' (Publisher's blurb)
'At an abandoned Soviet base in the Arctic, the battle to save the world has begun...
The Secret Base 'It is a top-secret base known only as Dragon Island. A long-forgotten relic of the Cold War, it houses a weapon of terrible destructive force, a weapon that has just been re-activated...
A Renegade Army 'When Dragon Island is seized by a brutal terrorist force calling itself the Army of Thieves, the fate of the world hangs in the balance, and there are no crack units close enough to get there in time to stop the Army setting off the weapon.
One Small Team 'Except, that is, for a small equipment-testing team up in the Arctic led by a Marine captain named Schofield, call-sign SCARECROW. It's not a strike force; just a handful of Marines and civilians. It's not equipped to attack a fortified island held by a vicious army. But Scarecrow will lead the team in anyway, because someone has to.
'The ultimate hero is back, facing the ultimate army of villains.' (From the publisher's website.)