Matthew Reilly Books

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Author Matthew John Reilly was born in Sydney, Australia on July 2, 1974, and has an older brother named Stephen. He self published his first novel “Contest” (which he wrote when he was just nineteen years old) in the year 1996 due to the fact that it had gotten rejected by every major publisher he sent it to, and so he had one thousand copies of the novel published. With the help of a bank loaning him money, he was able to produce a big budget looking book, and then sold it through each of the shops in Sydney, one at a time.

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Order of Shane Schofield Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Ice Station 1998 Description / Buy
2 Area 7 2001 Description / Buy
3 Scarecrow 2003 Description / Buy
4 Hell Island 2005 Description / Buy
5 Scarecrow Returns / Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves 2011 Description / Buy

Order of Jack West Jr. Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Seven Deadly Wonders / Ancient Wonders 2005 Description / Buy
2 The Six Sacred Stones 2007 Description / Buy
3 The Five Greatest Warriors 2009 Description / Buy
4 Jack West Jr. and the Hero's Helmet (Short Story) 2016 Description / Buy
5 The Four Legendary Kingdoms 2016 Description / Buy
6 The Three Secret Cities 2018 Description / Buy
7 Jack West Jr. and the Chinese Splashdown (Short Story) 2020 Description / Buy
8 The Two Lost Mountains 2020 Description / Buy
9 The One Impossible Labyrinth 2021 Description / Buy

Order of Hover Car Racer Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Hover Car Racer (Compilation of below books) 2004 Description / Buy
2 Crash Course 2005 Description / Buy
3 Full Throttle 2006 Description / Buy
4 Photo Finish 2007 Description / Buy

Order of Tournament Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Tournament 2013 Description / Buy
2 Roger Ascham And The King's Lost Girl 2013 Description / Buy
3 Roger Ascham and the Dead Queen's Command (Short Story) 2020 Description / Buy

Order of Troll Mountain Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Episode I (Short Story) 2013 Description / Buy
2 Episode II (Short Story) 2014 Description / Buy
3 Episode III (Short Story) 2014 Description / Buy
4 Troll Mountain 2014 Description / Buy

Order of Matthew Reilly Standalone Novels

# Read Title Published Details
1 Contest 1996 Description / Buy
2 Temple 1999 Description / Buy
3 The Great Zoo of China 2014 Description / Buy
4 The Secret Runners of New York / The Secret Runners 2019 Description / Buy
5 Cobalt Blue 2022 Description / Buy
6 Mr Einstein's Secretary 2023 Description / Buy

Order of Matthew Reilly Short Stories/Novellas

# Read Title Published Details
1 Rewind (Short Story) 1999 Description / Buy
2 The Mine (Short Story) 2000 Description / Buy
3 Altitude Rush (Short Story) 2001 Description / Buy
4 A Bad Day at Fort Bragg (Short Story) 2001 Description / Buy
5 The Rock Princess and the Thriller Writer (Short Story) 2002 Description / Buy
6 Time Tours (Short Story) 2005 Description / Buy
7 The Dead Prince (Short Story) 2007 Description / Buy
8 Complex 13 (Short Story) 2007 Description / Buy
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He says that his wife (Natalie Freer) gave him the necessary encouragement to publish the book himself. A commissioning editor (named Cate Paterson) that worked at Pan Macmillan Australia found a copy of “Contest”, and then found Matthew through his contact info in the front of the book. The original self published copies are now well sought after; one of which has sold for over a thousand dollars. She was able to get him a two book deal with the publisher (due to what she read of a another novel he was working on).

It did very well on publication, and other publishers quickly bought the rights so they too could publish it. After this, his books have sold over seven million copies, over twenty languages worldwide. He also studied Law while at the University of New South Wales from 1993 until 1997, when he graduated 31 of 250. He was married from 2004 until Natalie’s death in 2011.

Reilly has written the “Shane Schofield” series, the “Jack West, Jr.” series, and some stand alone novels; he has also written some short stories. The novels he writes are from the action thriller genres.

Matthew Reilly is a big fan of film as well and actually owns a DeLorean as seen in the Back to the Future series. It’s not just a collector’s item either as he actually drives it. Another cool piece of memorabilia he owns is a life size replica Han Solo trapped in carbonite from the Empire Strikes Back.

Matthew Reilly Books Into Movies

While none of Matthew Reilly’s books have been adapted as of this writing, it is only a matter of time until one of them hits the screen. He has had multiple works optioned by Hollywood studios and things just got caught up in development. Paramount optioned the rights to The Ice Station, Disney optioned the rights to Hover Car Racer and the ABC US Television Network bought the rights to Jack West, Jr. for a potential TV series. While none of these have hit the screen yet, it’s only a matter of time before one of them does.


For those readers looking to get into novels by Matthew Reilly, this section will help with that. It will go over the novels “Ice Station”, “Area 7”, and “Scarecrow”.

Ice Station: This is the first novel in the “Shane Schofield” series and was released in the year 1998. In an ice station in the middle of Antarctica, a team of scientists from the United States finds something buried far down within a layer of ice one hundred million years old. It is made of metal.

The land has no boundaries, and so no rules to speak of. Every single country out there would kill anyone in their path to get this prize. The best United States marines are sent to secure the find. They are lead by Lieutenant Shane Schofield (who has the call sign of Scarecrow). This is a tight unit who is tough and has no fear at all; they have a leader that they would follow into hell and back. Little do they know yet, but they already have.

Area 7: This is the second novel in the “Shane Schofield” series and was released in the year 2001. Deep and hidden in the Utah desert, is America’s very secret base; it is Air Force and is known by the name of Area 7. It has someone visiting, the President of the United States himself. He wants to examine the secrets and inspect the place himself.

He will get much more than he thought that he would on this trip. Hostile things wait for someone to poke around. In the commander in chief’s helicopter crew is a marine that is young. He is also an enigma, quiet, and wears silver sunglasses to hide his eyes. It is Schofield. He is a good man in a storm, so say the rumors anyway. He had better be, based off what the President just stepped into.

Scarecrow: This is the third novel in the “Shane Schofield” series and was released in the year 2003. This is the biggest bounty hunt there ever was. Twenty million dollars for each target, and fifteen targets; all of whom have to be killed by noon this day.

Shane Schofield is one of them, he is one of the stand out names on the list. Groups and gangs of bounty hunters from all over the globe will be coming for him. Even one called “Black Knight”, who is a bounty hunter, known for being ruthless. It would seem that Shane is the only one that the “Black Knight” wants out of the way.

This is different from when he led his men into hell, or when he kept the President safe. Because now, he is the target.

Seven Ancient Wonders: The first book in the Jack West Jr. series is one of Reilly’s best. The Indiana Jones-esque character with hints of Robert Langdon debuts here with an exciting quest to find an ancient artifact that could save the world – or enslave it for a thousand years. If you like action, this is the book for you as this is non-stop action from cover-to-cover. This one will keep you on the edge of your seat with tons of twists and have you ready for the next Jack West book.

When Does The Next Matthew Reilly book come out?

Matthew Reilly doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Mr Einstein's Secretary and was released on October, 17th 2023.

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