Matthew Reilly Books In Order

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Publication Order of Shane Schofield Books

Ice Station (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Area 7 (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Scarecrow (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hell Island (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Scarecrow Returns / Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Jack West Jr. Books

Seven Deadly Wonders / Ancient Wonders (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Six Sacred Stones (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Five Greatest Warriors (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Four Legendary Kingdoms (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Three Secret Cities (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Two Lost Mountains (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Hover Car Racer Books

Hover Car Racer (Compilation of below books) (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Crash Course (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Full Throttle (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Photo Finish (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Tournament Books

The Tournament (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Roger Ascham And The King's Lost Girl (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Roger Ascham and the Dead Queen's Command (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Contest (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Temple (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Troll Mountain (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Great Zoo of China (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Secret Runners of New York (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

About Matthew Reilly:

Born in Sydney in July 2, 1974, Matthew John Reilly started life without any interest in reading or writing. It was only after he read “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Lord of the Flies” that he realized how much enjoyment can be derived from it.

Deciding to write about thriller and mystery stemmed from becoming conscious of how much budget is needed in order to finish a movie that is truly enjoyable; whereas he only needs to use his considerable imagination to formulate scenes that are much more satisfying to the readers. His all time favorite book is Jurassic Park because it keeps him glued to the story as well as keeps him in suspense.

This is what he aims to do in his own writing. He loves the idea of making his imagination run without any boundaries and has never been attracted to write factual pieces. The commanding presence of his characters as well as their ability to ensnare the reader’s attention is his trademark.


As any wannabe author has come to grasp, the hardest part is breaking through and getting noticed as someone worthy of attention. Reilly solved this problem by doing a self publish on his book “Contest” with 1000 copies sold via one bookshop after another.

This first book is unique as it is the lone science fiction work of Reilly that is about seven people joining a survival contest to the death and will only have one champion. It is set in the New York State Library that is fabricated in Reilly’s mind. On one of those bookshops, Angus & Robertson’s Pitt Street Mall store; Pan Macmillan Australia’s commissioning editor, Cate Paterson bought a copy and thus signed Reilly’s fate by offering him a two book deal.

That triggered his next novel “ Ice Station ” which in Australia alone; sold more than 170,000 copies. “Ice Station” is a foray into a hellish situation in an Antarctica ice station by a team of daring marines who found an unidentified metal that is hidden under layers of ice and has been there for more than 100 million years.

On to Bigger and Better Things

The rest as they say is history, Reilly went on to writing more and more bestsellers among them, Temple, Contest, Area 7, Scarecrow, Hover Car Racer, Seven Ancient Wonders, The Six Sacred Stones, The Five Greatest Warriors and Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves.

The movie rights for his “Hover Car Racer” got optioned by Walt Disney and Paramount did the same with his “Ice Station”. ABC US decided to use his Jack West Jr. Series for a TV series and so bought the rights to the book series. Reilly’s books have been published in around 17 countries using 14 different languages.

A Glimpse at his Work

Here are other books written by him and a short synopsis for each:

Area 7 – Unexpected antagonists served as a welcoming committee when the US president came to inspect a place run by the Air Force dubbed as Area 7. The routine visit turned into a nightmare and revealed secrets much more than what everyone expected. The hope lies with a mysterious Marine to save the day.

Scarecrow – There’s a deadline and a steep prize for getting the best soldiers killed by noon. Running is simply not an option when there’s a $20 promise on top of your head and the most terrifying bounty hunters are after you. This is what Shane Schofield or Scarecrow has to deal with. Will he live through it?

Crash Course – One of the trilogies in Reilly’s Hover Car Racer series, the main character has to pay the prize for success. Is it worth all the deceptions and scheming to maintain being at the top of the race?

Tournament – Set in 1546, this is about a high stake contest for a King’s champion that is narrated in a 13 year old English princess’ viewpoint. It showcases how a future queen is made and molded to be tough as nails and get an iron constitution. It is also about staying alive no matter what the cost.

Personal Tidbits

Reilly’s life is not all writing though. He periodically browses through second hand bookstores and look for originals, novels and hardbacks. He collects these finds and enjoys them not just for their stories but also for the value that he knows it will have.

He also gathers an assortment of eccentric souvenirs from movies like a golden idol from the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark, a Star Wars collectible of a life-size statue of Han Solo frozen in carbonite, full-size Jango Fett helmet and a DeLorean DMC-12 which is part of the Back to the Future set. Reilly is an enthusiastic admirer of Hollywood blockbusters and he has plans to have his books turned into movies with him as a director.

In fact there are seven screenplays that he’s written which is gathering dust and waiting for their moment to shine. His charming black Labrador “Dido” makes a break in his writing fun and entertaining. He does play golf when he can find the time and of course watch movies that catch his attention. The one sad thing in Reilly’s life is that his wife committed suicide after he wrote Scarecrow and Army of Thieves. He returned home from a tour to find his wife gone and him a widower at the age of 37.

Drop Him a Line

Despite being so busy with his speaking engagements, appearances and tours, Reilly is still very interested in hearing from his fans. Although he does not have time to personally respond to each and every email, admirers can still send him an email via

He loves going to schools and speaking in front of students to inspire them with his passion for writing. Requests from fans are out of luck though since he does not read nor entertain any ideas being sent asking him to use it for his next book.

According to him, he needs to avoid having anyone say that he plagiarized his work. He does have a FAQ page on his site to provide his followers with his thoughts on how to make it in the publishing industry. In Reilly’s immortal words, “There is no such thing as an “aspiring writer”. You are a writer. Period.”

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2 Responses to “Matthew Reilly”

  1. John Keys: 2 months ago

    Are you going to write another “Scarecrow” book? You ended the last book with many possibilities.

  2. Ross Hollis: 2 months ago

    My son purchased me the first of the Matthew Reilly books. The are a fantastic read. I get my kids to buy them for me for Christmas. I also read Vince Flyn, James Paterson and Lee Child’s. Thanks for such a great read. I wish you were not stopping the Jack West jr series


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