Matthew Reilly is an Australian novelist, known for his fast-paced action-thrillers. Reilly authored Contest when he was only 19. While it was rejected by every publishing company in the Sydney area, he was able to borrow some money to self-publish 1,000 copies. He then followed it up by writing Ice Station before he had even graduated from university.

Reilly’s series consist of the Shane Schofield, Jack West Jr. and Hover Car Racer series. Below is a list of all of his books in order of when they were published:

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Publication Order of Shane Schofield Books

Ice Station (1998)Description / Buy at
Area 7 (2001)Description / Buy at
Scarecrow (2003)Description / Buy at
Hell Island (2005)Description / Buy at
Scarecrow Returns / Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves (2011)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Jack West Jr. Books

Seven Deadly Wonders / Ancient Wonders (2005)Description / Buy at
The Six Sacred Stones (2007)Description / Buy at
The Five Greatest Warriors (2009)Description / Buy at
Jack West Jr. and the Hero's Helmet (2016)Description / Buy at
The Four Legendary Kingdoms (2016)Description / Buy at
The Three Secret Cities (2018)Description / Buy at
Jack West Jr. and the Chinese Splashdown (2020)Description / Buy at
The Two Lost Mountains (2020)Description / Buy at
The One Impossible Labyrinth (2021)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Hover Car Racer Books

Hover Car Racer (Compilation of below books) (2004)Description / Buy at
Crash Course (2005)Description / Buy at
Full Throttle (2006)Description / Buy at
Photo Finish (2007)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Tournament Books

The Tournament (2013)Description / Buy at
Roger Ascham And The King's Lost Girl (2013)Description / Buy at
Roger Ascham and the Dead Queen's Command (2020)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Troll Mountain Books

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Contest (1996)Description / Buy at
Temple (1999)Description / Buy at
The Great Zoo of China (2014)Description / Buy at
The Secret Runners of New York / The Secret Runners (2019)Description / Buy at
Cobalt Blue (2022)Description / Buy at
Mr Einstein's Secretary (2023)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Rewind (1999)Description / Buy at
The Mine (2000)Description / Buy at
Altitude Rush (2001)Description / Buy at
A Bad Day at Fort Bragg (2001)Description / Buy at
The Rock Princess and the Thriller Writer (2002)Description / Buy at
Time Tours (2005)Description / Buy at
The Dead Prince (2007)Description / Buy at
Complex 13 (2007)Description / Buy at

Note: The 2004 book Hover Car Racer consists of the Crash Course, Full Throttle and Photo Finish novels.

Scarecrow Returns is the US title of Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves.

If You Like Matthew Reilly Books, You’ll Love…

Matthew Reilly Synopses: Matthew Reilly’s debut novel Contest has been re-written for its first US release. The Presidian is an intergalactic contest held every thousand years. The host planet this time is Earth. Dr. Stephen Swain of Earth and seven contestants from across the universe have been teleported into the New York Public Library, where they will hunt eachother until there is only one sole survivor left.

In Temple, William Race and the US Army must find an ancient Incan idol in Peru. This idol was carved out of a meteorite and is the missing piece of a puzzle to create a weapon known as the planet-killer which the American government must find before a group of Neo-Nazis can. William Race is the only one who can translate the manuscript to find the idol.

Cobalt Blue is a standalone title by Matthew Reilly. For three and a half decades, the United States and Russia were each guarded by their own unique superhero, symbolizing their strength and resilience. However, a mere three days ago, the iconic American hero met their end.

Today, the world braces for the impending storm of adversity. Amidst an onslaught that threatens to engulf the nation, an unassuming and ordinary young woman emerges as an unlikely beacon of hope for America. Behind the curtain of anonymity, she stands poised to embrace her newfound destiny.

Under the enigmatic codename “COBALT BLUE,” her journey unfolds as she steps forward to confront the overwhelming forces of darkness, embodying the collective spirit of a nation. In this dire juncture, her emergence signifies more than individual courage—it embodies the resilience of a nation that refuses to be subdued.

The Great Zoo of China is a standalone novel by Matthew Reilly. The Chinese government has harbored an astonishing secret for four decades, a revelation that defies belief—dragons exist. This profound discovery, a milestone that will reshape scientific understanding, is poised to be unveiled to the world within the confines of an unprecedented zoo.

Within the heart of China, an extraordinary facility has been erected to house these mythical creatures—a monumental achievement brought to fruition through decades of clandestine efforts. A select group of esteemed VIPs and journalists has been summoned to this groundbreaking venue, embarking on a journey to witness the legendary dragons firsthand. Among the chosen attendees is Dr. Cassandra Jane “CJ” Cameron, a respected figure in her field and an authority on reptiles, who also writes for the esteemed National Geographic.

The guests are assured by their Chinese hosts that the experience will be nothing short of awe-inspiring. They are promised an encounter with magnificent creatures, the dragons presumed to be both captivating and entirely harmless. All have been assured that every possible precaution has been taken to ensure their safety and that the unveiling will proceed without a hitch.

Of course, as the saying goes, what could possibly go wrong? The stage is set for a saga that balances the tension between the unbelievable and the plausible, as the tantalizing prospect of interacting with dragons intertwines with the ever-present shadow of unforeseen consequences.

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