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Troll Mountain Paperback – 26 July 2016
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- Paperback : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1743547358
- ISBN-13 : 978-1743547359
- Product Dimensions : 12.8 x 1.6 x 19.8 cm
- Publisher : Pan Australia (26 July 2016)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: 18,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Born in Sydney in 1974, Matthew Reilly was not always a big fan of reading. It was only after he read To Kill A Mockingbird and Lord of the Flies in Year 10 that he realised reading could transport you to another world. Following this revelation, Matthew soon began creating stories of his own and set about writing his first novel, Contest, at the age of 19 while still at university studying law.
Following rejections from all the major publishers, Matthew self-published Contest in 1996, printing 1000 copies. He produced a big-budget-looking novel which he sold into bookshops throughout Sydney, one shop at a time.
In January 1997, a Commissioning Editor for Pan Macmillan Australia walked into Angus & Robertson's Pitt Street Mall store and bought a copy of Contest. The editor tracked Matthew down through his contact details in the front of the book. Interestingly, those original self-published editions of Contest have now become much sought after collectors' items. One recently sold on eBay for $1200!
Matthew Reilly is now the internationally bestselling author of the Scarecrow novels: Ice Station, Area 7, Scarecrow, Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves and the novella Hell Island; the Jack West novels: Seven Ancient Wonders, The Six Sacred Stones, The Five Greatest Warriors, The Four Legendary Kingdoms, and The Three Secret Cities; and the standalone novels Contest, Temple, Hover Car Racer, The Tournament, Troll Mountain, The Great Zoo of China and The Secret Runners of New York.
His books are published in over 20 languages with worldwide sales of over 7 million copies.
Since Seven Ancient Wonders in 2005, Matthew's novels have been the biggest selling new fiction title released in Australia for that year.
Matthew has also written several short stories, including Roger Ascham and the King's Lost Girl, a special free prequel to The Tournament which is available online. Other short stories include Time Tours, The Mine and the hyper-adrenalised romp, Altitude Rush.
He owns and drives a DeLorean DMC-12, the car made famous in the Back to the Future movies. He also has a life-sized Han Solo in carbonite hanging on the wall of his office! When not writing or penning a film script, Matthew can be found on the golf course.
Matthew Reilly is currently living in Los Angeles.
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The story revolves around a young orphaned boy and his sister who live in an isolated, small village ruled by Trolls. There is a dreadful illness killing tribe members which is based around family and hierarchy. To add to the village problems the Trolls have cut off their water supply leaving them with just a trickle for survival. When his sister becomes ill it spurs Raf into a quest to steal a cure, which the Trolls possess. Thus the adventure begins!
As with all of Mathew Reilly's stories this is a fast paced, action packed adventure that you will find it hard to put down. The strategies used to confront his foes not to mention the difficulties on this quest are well thought out and unexpected. The amazing fortress of the Trolls is extensive and the courage required to conquer all of this and escape will keep you on the edge.
This also would appear to be Reilly's first foray into the world of children's books. There is nothing in here that would upset a young reader - there is a clear moral to the story, and there are few shades of grey, characters are generally either good or evil, not much nuance to be found here. I suspect some fans of his previous novels may find this a bit simplistic and perhaps a little disappointing. I found it very enjoyable, although not challenging.
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This has not disappointed me even though I did not even look up the storyline.
This is more of a children's book than anything but even so I thoroughly enjoyed it. Trolls, opposing tribes, a hint of lord of the rings, adventurous youth with daring do.
Basically a tribal system has the hero of the day as a manual labour grunt, denied access to the upper echelons by birth.
Disease strikes and the hero goes looking for the cure from the trolls who like to eat people by the way.
Meets up with sidekicks and ................... I do not want to spoil the book do I?
Thats the scene set for the book and a lot more that I knew before I started it.
This is a brilliant book for reading to and with imaginative children.
Well worth buying. Well worth the read.
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