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Matthew Reilly Matthew Reilly i(A33647 works by) (a.k.a. Matt Reilly; Matthew J. Reilly)
Born: Established: 1974 Sydney, New South Wales, ;
Gender: Male
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Matthew Reilly was born in Sydney, and is primarily based in Los Angeles, USA. He is a writer of fiction, and young adult fiction, as well as short stories. Matthew also studied Law at the University of New South Wales.

Reilly's novels have been translated into over a dozen languages. His works have been shortlisted for ABIA awards, and voted for in children's choice awards.

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.

Matthew Reilly is the brother of Stephen Reilly.

Most Referenced Works


  • Voted number 1 in the Booktopia Top Favourite 50 Australian Authors for 2018

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon The Four Legendary Kingdoms Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2016 10246234 2016 single work novel thriller

Jack West Jr is back.


'Jack West Jr and his family are living happily on their remote farm...

...when Jack is brutally kidnapped and he awakes in an underground cell to find a masked attacker with a knife charging at him.


Jack, it seems, has been chosen - along with a dozen other elite soldiers - to compete in a series of deadly challenges designed to fulfil an ancient ritual.

With the fate of the Earth at stake, he will have to traverse diabolical mazes, fight cruel assassins and face unimaginable horrors that will test him like he has never been tested before.


In the process, he will discover the mysterious and powerful group of individuals behind it all: the four legendary kingdoms.

'He might also discover that he is not the only hero in this place...' (Publication summary)

2017 longlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian General Fiction Book of the Year
y separately published work icon The Tournament Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2013 6330075 2013 single work novel historical fiction crime thriller

'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)

2014 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian General Fiction Book of the Year
y separately published work icon Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2011 Z1812738 2011 single work novel thriller

'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.)

2012 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian General Fiction Book of the Year
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