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Hell Island (The Scarecrow Series) [Unabridged] [Paperback]

Matthew Reilly
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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3 Mar 2006 The Scarecrow Series (Book 4)

This revised edition of the short novel originally published in Australia is specially adapted for readers of all ages with reading difficulties

There is no hell like a man-made one . . .

It is an island that doesn't appear on any maps.

A secret location where classified experiments have been conducted.

Experiments that have gone terribly wrong . . .

When all contact with this mystery island is inexplicably lost,

four crack special-forces units are brought in, their mission being

to land on Hell Island and discover what has happened.

Nothing can prepare them for what they find there.

You could say they've just entered hell.

Only that would be too gentle.



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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Unabridged edition (3 Mar 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330442325
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330442329
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Matthew Reilly wrote his first book, Contest, in 1994 whilst attending the University of New South Wales. It was rejected by every major publishing company.

This caused Reilly to self-publish 1,000 copies using money borrowed from his family.

Reilly went to a bookstore in Sydney and asked if he could place the copies on one of their book shelves. They accepted the offer. Very shortly after, the books had sold out and the owner of the bookstore called Reilly to order more books.

One copy was read by Pan Macmillan, who immediately signed Reilly up to write Ice Station, which became an international bestseller.

Since then, he has been published in over fifteen countries, including Norway, Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, The Netherlands, South Africa, Japan and China.

Reilly's main influences include Michael Crichton, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and possibly Art Bell.

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About the Author

Matthew Reilly is the Australian-born bestselling author of five previous novels: Contest, Ice Station, Temple, Area 7 and Scarecrow. He wrote his first two books while studying Law at the University of New South Wales, and now writes full-time, producing novels and screenplays and creating television series. He still lives in Sydney, and you can visit his website at: www.matthewreilly.com.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Way To Pass An Hour 13 July 2006
By C. Green TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
After the debacle that is Seven Ancient Wonders, Hell Island is a timely reminder that Matt Reilly can, when firing on all cylinders, be one of the best writers of action around.

The plot may be in no way original, the characterisation almost non-existent and both reality and the laws of physics may be stretched to breaking point (all of which you expect with Reilly's work) but any deficiencies are made up for with blistering action that crams 90% of the book's truncated length.

Digestable in an hour if you're a quick reader, this is the literary equivalent watching an episode of TV's 24 or Alias...pulpy, disposable, unbelivable but damn enjoyable and not too time consuming.

So, rather than pick up a magazine for that train journey try a shot of Hell Island instead. It will not cost you much more and it will hold your attention...
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Like a film 23 April 2007
Format:Paperback
Hell Island isn't the greatest book i've ever read, but it wasn't the worst either! Also it isn't the longest book but you do find yourself reading as quick as possible to see how the hell (excuse the pun) they will get out of the situation they are in. It's like a movie (a straight-to-DVD movie) and you find yourself wanting to finish it all in one go. It's really cheesy macho stuff and a bit gory, but that's fine by me.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just discovered Matthew Reilly 8 Mar 2006
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I have just read Hell Island and I found it very good. It is action packed and fast moving. I just wanted to get to the end. The other reviewer shouldn't have spoilt the story by giving away the 'secret' of the island. The story can be far-fetched, but it is a book after all! I would love to see it as a film. I want to read more of Matthew Reilly's books now - I hope they are as fast-paced as this. Teenage boys would love this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Kindle download before a flight 26 April 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Spotted this 128-page novella in the airport and promptly ignored the clamour of the bookshop to buy the paperback and simply downloaded it whilst standing in the shop. Got to love Kindle for its ability to give me my pick of the overly-populous beach/airport trash fiction that drowns bookshops these days because it results in saving space for the more classic, erudite tomes that should grace any genuine bookshelf.
Anyway, a 20 minute read somewhere between Iceland and Ireland proved that the Reilly-formula is as strong as ever. Drawing closely on the brilliance of the self-published "Contest" we find Scarecrow and Mother battling against a group of genetically-altered warrior-gorillas in the taut confines of a derelict hulk anchored by Hell Island.
Trite nonsense with the unswerving panache and ridiculous derring-do that we've come to find so amusing in Reilly's penmanship, the novel is almost pure comedy in its cheerful mayhem, explosive bodycount, cute diagrams for each "Mission" and taciturn, strong-jawed, mainly silent hero.
Perfect for the Kindle. Perfect for twenty minutes of hilarity on a plane. Worth the 1.55 pocket money. Download it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine for what it is - For converts only 31 Oct 2008
Format:Paperback
This is a short book that at some point was free. Not a proper go by matthew reilly, who i personally enoy a great deal, but you should get his other books first, this is for those who already own ICE STATION etc., which is truly a brilliant thriller.

Having said that, this is good for what it is. I read it in one sitting, it is not too difficult, and decent escapism, those familiar with Scarecrow should find this slightly different direction interesting.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much in too small a space 18 April 2006
Format:Paperback
Give a man large print, a shade over 100 pages and an idea - what can he come up with? Maybe with the average man it is a neat game involving the bin and points for the amount of times you hit the target but for Matthew Reilly you get... Well what you get is, for me, a little more than expected.

Shane Schofield - nee Captain Shane Schofield is a marine. Nicknamed the scarecrow for his battle scars, Captain Schofield is a master of staying alive; unfortunately some of the newer members of his team are rather more familiar with more recent history - the fact that this mission is his first since being on medical leave for stress...

Luckily Captain S is surrounded by some familiar and altogether more friendly faces, specifically the enigmatic 'Mother' (who sounds like she really could be the proverbial "mother") who in my opinion is a fantastic character, definitely the best in the book but that is another matter.

Captain Schofield and his marine team are HALO (high altitude low opening) jumping onto Hell Island (well actually the boat beside it), a remote island in the pacific just oozing with legend and superstition. Unusually they are not alone, a Delta force and some Navy SEAL's are with them - unusual to mix and match the teams wouldn't you say? (Well actually I wouldn't say anything, I haven't got a clue but that's what the scarecrow is thinking so that's what we're going with).

What the teams find aboard the boat is (frankly) absurd, I mean I am all for odd things happenings to people and odd things doing them but come on! I won't ruin the book but I really struggled to get past this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hell Island
This was given as a Christmas gift, and I have been told it is a very good read and they really enjoyed it
Published 2 months ago by Ryl
5.0 out of 5 stars Hell Island
love Matthew Reilly books but wish this one was a bit longer in reading as it didnt take me long to finish, cant wait for his next book
Published 2 months ago by wendy
5.0 out of 5 stars A fan
I love Matthew Reilly books, so although one of his short stories, it still adds to my ever increasing collection. A fan of Scarecrow and big mama, love it.
Published 4 months ago by Louise Wilkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Service and product
The service I relieved is second to none. Fantastic price and quality was perfect. Recommended to my family and friends.
Published 5 months ago by Lisa Spencer
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
I found '7 ancient wonders' in second hand book store and was hooked after the first page. I decided to loook up other books of this writer and bought hell island. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Ilse Van Thielen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I have read all of Matthew Reilly's books and was delighted to receive this. I read it within a matter of hours and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Published 12 months ago by EmmaOlphert
4.0 out of 5 stars Quickread
As it says in the title it is a quick read and very good for struggling late teen readers as it is still very gory like other Matthew Reilly books. Read more
Published 13 months ago by MR JAMES A JENNINGS
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting
Matthew Reilly at his best. love all the books by this Author. enjoyable for both men and women cant wait for next book
Published 14 months ago by madamcyn1
5.0 out of 5 stars Short but brilliant
Another great book from Matthew Reilly this guy keeps churning out great books. If you rate the authour at all or the Scarecrow series of books then this book is a must for any... Read more
Published 15 months ago by ian burrows
1.0 out of 5 stars Do not buy
I have read other books by this author and enjoyed but htis was absolute rubbish. do not waste your money If it is offered free that is too much to pay
Published 15 months ago by max the cat
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