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Hell Island (The Scarecrow Series) Paperback – Unabridged, 3 Mar 2006

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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: 11.1 x 0.9 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,589 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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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By C. Green TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 July 2006
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By travelswithadiplomat on 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Chris Chalk on 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Mar. 2006
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Miss Dewhirst on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Daniel H. Johnson on 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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