Monday, 7 January 2008

Book Review - Temple

Temple - Matthew Reilly

Review Summary: Pure bollocks, but entertaining if you're in the mood. Lots of gore, no sex, and very silly.

Plot Summary: Mild mannered linguist morphs into Indiana Jones and saves the world through feats of inhuman strength and ability in the jungles of Peru. Several times. Without losing his hat or glasses.


So, there's this young professor of ancient latin at some American university, who gets asked by the army to help them translate an ancient latin document en route to Peru, with his old flame as part of the team.

The document was written by some Spanish priest back during the Spanish conquest of Peru... which is interesting because it is written in a very modern style, complete with dialogue and exclamations. Anyhoo - it relates the tale of this priest helping an Incan prince run away with some sacred idol deep into the jungle, being chased by nasty nasty Spanish soldiers. They reach some village surrounded by giant man-chasing alligators, fend of giant man-chasing panthers, and stash the idol in a temple on top of a very very high pillar of rock reached by a rope bridge.

Our hero translates all this, they find the village where they are captured by German special forces who open the temple unleashing giant man-chasing panthers who are impervious to machine guns. Oh yeah and then a Nazi doomsday cult attacks and takes the idol...

After this it got really silly and I can't be arsed to write any more. I did finish the book but it was a struggle.

I don't think I'll be reading him again.


alyndabear said...

Hiya! Just popping in to delurk - and I have to sayyyyy.. don't give up on Matthew Reilly. Ice Station is one of my all time favourite books, it was one of the precious few I brought with me on my move from Sydney to London. Give it a go!

Saffa Chick said...

Milord is halfway through Ice Station and seems to be enjoying it... I'll give it a shot when he's done. Thanks for the de-lurk ;-)