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Matthew Reilly Books In Order

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Publication Order of Shane Schofield Books

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

Publication Order of Jack West Jr. Books

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

Publication Order of Hover Car Racer Books

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

Publication Order of Tournament Books

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

Publication Order of Troll Mountain Books

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

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

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

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

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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15 Responses to “Matthew Reilly”

  1. Rita: 2 months ago

    Browsing in a thrift store and I find “Area 7”. OMG! Never heard of Matthew Reilly before and now I MUST read all his works! My former favorite authors were/are Koontz, Chrichton, King, Grisham, Johansen, Follett, Baldacci, Martin, Clare, McHale, and so many others. But for fast paced edge of your seat thriller….. Reilly is tops!!! AMAZING!

  2. Noel Smith: 3 months ago

    Having read a few of Matthew Reilly’s fast paced techno thrillers it surprises me that a number of them have not been snapped up to make blockbuster action movies already.

    PETER JACKSON, STEPHEN SPIELBERG, GEORGE LUCAS please sit up and take notice!!!!!!

  3. Terri King: 12 months ago

    I would like to see Scarecrow and Jack West Jr go on a mission together.

  4. Raymond J Milne: 1 year ago

    The Jack West series are absolutely fantastic I take my hat off to you Matthew. I found them by chance WOW Now im reading the Scarecrow series. Please keep writing. Thanks

  5. Bruce Black: 1 year ago

    Love all your books. How about one on the Moon? All those planned upcoming missions, and they land and find out other creatures live subterranean. Could be fun!!!

  6. Ronna M Hahn: 2 years ago

    Like many here who have commented, I too found you by accident. I was sitting on the floor of a Barnes and Nobles bookstore in Nebraska. There you were. The first one I read was Contest. Then Ice Station. Needless to say, I haven’t stopped. I am behind though. Life does that sometimes. I just made a list of the ones I am missing. Daughter will be so thrilled. She loves you too. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for hours and hours of wonderful entertainment.

    • pippi: 9 months ago

      agree with you 100%. and funnily enough i am writing a list of books that i have too, so i can fill in the blanks!

  7. Dustin Burton: 2 years ago

    found your first book by accident, used to work in old peoes homes and they used to moan about no new books to read, so started switching books between homes. found Contest and started reading it half way through during my lunch. have now read all your books. just going through them all again via audible. need to bring West and scarecrow together in a full story. thanks for the read. P.S started reading your books after not reading a book since leaving school. now 51.

  8. Leslie mchery: 2 years ago

    How do I get the full book of roger ascham and the kings lost daughtvi just paid $14.95 for the sample on audible

    • Graeme: 2 years ago

      You should contact Audible. However, the full book is just 48 minutes long as it is a short story.

  9. Denise barber: 2 years ago

    Wow I got given your book and had it sitting in draw for months. I read a lot of david baldacci and lee childs. Wanted a change and couldn’t put it down. Omg now need more of you. Am going to search out others in series. Thank you for bringing a new dimension into my repertoire of books. Love it

  10. Mary Lynne Brown: 2 years ago

    I read one book and was hooked. Love the in depth research in every book you have written. Love the characters as each has their own unique talent that contributes to the adventure.
    Please keep writing.

  11. Claude Brysch: 2 years ago

    Having been a Clive Cussler through over 70 of his books, I ventured into your writings simply by accident. I absolutely am thrilled by your style and subject matter. I can hardly bear to put one of your novels down once I start it. Your writing style is riveting. Thank you for your efforts in taking me to a new genre of writing. I will make it through everything you have written and tell my friends about them as the years pass. By the way, I am 73 years young.

  12. John Keys: 3 years ago

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

  13. Ross Hollis: 3 years 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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