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The Tournament Hardcover – November 12, 2013


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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) (November 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409134237
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409134237
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.5 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (221 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #714,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Matthew Reilly is the international bestselling author of eight novels: The 6 Sacred Stones, 7 Deadly Wonders, Ice Station, Temple, Contest, Area 7, Scarecrow, and the children's book Hover Car Racer, and one novella, Hell Island. His books are published in more than eighteen languages in twenty countries, and he has sold more than 3.5 million copies worldwide.

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Interesting references to history.
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An interesting story well told and very imaginative characters used.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 17, 2013
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This was totally unexpected from the master of taut military splatter fiction - a medieval historical mystery!!!

When I was reading it, I kept expecting a mythical monster to run out and grab someone, but it did not happen and it did not matter.

This is a good story, well-told and says a lot about what a quality writer Matthew Reilly really is.

Good on you Matthew, but I have to say I want Scarecrow or Jack back next time:).
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ian Acheson on December 7, 2013
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This is a very different Matthew Reilly novel. There's no Scarecrow, nor Jack West. There is also no hero saving the world with moments to spare from some global calamity.

But don't let that stop you from reading it as this is Matthew Reilly at his story telling best.

We meet Bess, the young 13 year old daughter of Anne Boleyn & Henry VIII, who goes to Constantinople with her teacher, Roger Ascham, to witness the inaugural World Chess Tournament hosted by the Sultan. Soon after arriving, a prominent Cardinal from the Catholic entourage is found murdered. The Sultan engages Ascham to investigate the murder. In the process of the investigation, conducted in the background to the tournament, further murders are perpetrated to add to the intrigue.

Meanwhile, Bess's friendly older companion Elsie seeks to win herself a Prince, the son of the Sultan. She spends her nights on various nocturnal exploits which she regales in full detail to Bess the following morning. Yes, this novel features sex, which to his credit, Reilly points out at in his "Author Note" at the beginning of the book stating it to be for mature readers only.

The tournament, the investigation and Elsie's ambition are all drawn together at the end. There was a degree of predictability which is not typical in a Reilly novel, however, the power of the novel is in Bess's coming of age story line.

Bess, of course, matures into Elizabeth I, and one of the wonderful aspects of the novel was the fictionalising elements of real people. Fundamentally, this is a story about Bess, and Reilly courageously explores how the experiences in her youth (namely this fictional one) helped mould her into becoming one of Britain's greatest monarchs. Not to mention that she never married.

Told from Bess's first person voice, this is a rollicking tale that will delight Reilly's passionate reader-base as well as introduce new readers to the great story teller that he is.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Reading Machine on August 20, 2014
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Let me start by saying Matthew Reilly is one of favourite authors and has been since I read Ice Station when it first came out. This book was a disappointment for me. This was less rollarcoaster more old lady tea room with a copy of fifty shades in the corner. I found his last series (The Jack West stories) went from being a fun rollicking adventure to being weighed down by its emphasis on historical justification and this one simply picked up where it left off.

Two much intricate historical, but not factual, data, which makes it interesting as background but detracts from the moment...which is what I always thought Reilly was brilliant at, writing in the moment. The first time I read Ice station I felt like I was watching a movie, I could picture things so intently. This was like reading a crime novel that only had everyone guessing because it was set so long ago. Profiling, Sherlock Holmes like crime solving and the big reveal are all good but long established techniques, Just because the characters in the book have never encountered these things does not mean we the reader have not and cannot therefore be impressed as we are supposed to be, by the main characters deductions. The action scenes are descriptions of chess matches or sex scenes and during the entire book there is not one moment where any of the main characters seems in real danger. Compare this to his other books and the whole "No one is safe" mentality it is a let down. As for his assertion that this is for mature readers, that is down to the sex, as the book itself felt more like a childrens book than any others due to the age of the main character, and the limited intelligence and world knowledge of those in the time period. It's all wrapped up nicely in the end and never really gets going.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Toby on November 17, 2013
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Definitely something different for Matthew Reilly, quite unlike his other books but quite good too, especially the historical elements. Even the chess matches are exciting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cathryn M. Hart on March 6, 2014
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When I bough this book I really had no idea what it was about, I got it because of the author. I was not disappointed. Although this novel was completely different from Matthew's usual story it was still a thriller. The Tournament was actually a chess tournament which took place when Queen Elizabeth the First was merely 13 years old. The venue was the Sultan's palace in Turkey.
There is murder and mayhem whilst the sultan manipulates the game to ensure that his chess champion wins. There is an insight into the harem with Bess's promiscuous traveling companion attending parties every night with all sorts of men, she describes their prowess as lovers to the inexperienced Bess which made me think that Elizabeth remained a virgin because of her maid's exploits. Bess was also traveling with Robert Ascham her teacher and it was these 2 who solved all the murders and exposed the sultan's cheating. A good read.
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