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Matthew Reilly
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Book Description

1 Jan 2010 The Scarecrow Series (Book 1)

At a remote US ice station in Antarctica, a team of scientists has made an amazing discovery. They found something unbelievable buried deep below the surface - trapped inside a layer of ice 400 million years old.

Something made of metal...something which shouldn't be's the discovery of a lifetime, a discovery of immeasurable value. And a discovery men will kill for.

Led by the enigmatic Lieutenant Shane Schofield, a crack team of US Marines is rushed to the ice station to secure this bizarre discovery for their nation. Meanwhile other countries have developed the same ideas, and are ready to pursue it swiftly and ruthlessly. Fortunately, Schofield's men are a tough unit, all set to follow their leader into hell.

They soon discover they just did...

'For lots of lethal violence involving high-tech weaponry. For thrilling escapes from the jaws of death. For cliffhanging suspense on just about every page...Ice Station delivers the action-thriller goods with all the explosive fire power of a machine pistol' West Australian

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Product details

  • Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (1 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 033051346X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330513463
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (207 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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Amazon Review

A remote antarctic research station, a strange alien presence and a group of hardy survivors trying to stay alive until help arrives? Sound familiar? Well, Matthew Reilly's debut novel is something of a mish-mash of several well-worn paths, borrowing liberally from movies like "The Thing" and "Die Hard" (among countless others) to create what really is the equivalent of an action movie in print. A distress call from the research station in the Antarctic prompts the arrival of a crack team of US commandos, eager to claim as their own the extraterrestrial prize discovered buried in the ice. Several station staff have already met mysterious deaths in the cavern where the supposed 'spaceship' has been found but a team of French soldiers also have their eyes on the treasure and before long all hell breaks lose as a band of soldiers and surviving scientists find themselves fighting for their life against what may be an inhuman enemy. At just over 700 pages, it's a hefty read but there is a distinct lack of padding and the plot is efficiently and tantalisingly constructed. Reilly's gifts do not lie in characterisation or believable dialogue and we are force- fed a diet of stock characters and some dialogue so banal that even Jean-Claude Van Damme would feel embarrassed to utter it. But what the book does deliver is action and plenty of it. The pace is relentless, as the reader is hit with one amazing set piece after another. Credibility is stretched to breaking point on several occasions, but that doesn't seem important. Ice Station will keep you turning the pages until the very end to create a pyrotechnic explosion of action and adventure. It is going to make one hell of a movie! --Jonathan WeirEND --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"Grabs you like seeing a glock pointed at your head. If you want action--and I mean serious action--then pick up Matt Reilly's "Ice Station,""--Richard Marcinko "Some of the wildest and most sustained battles in an action thrilled in a long time...non-stop action, lots of explosions--and a little bit of conspiracy."--"Chicago Tribune"

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ice station 5 Mar 2014
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bar a few far fetch paragraphs in some of the fight scenes and chases, this was a good read. enjoyed it
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 7 Feb 2014
By John
Ice Station is a good read. It is one of those books to read as a source of escape when you are in the train, plane or any other time consuming movement. Not a story with a great deal of intellectual strength. An action packed thriller that involves lots of explosions, guns, fighting etc. Fast-paced and adrenaline stirring, this gun-blazing, heroic action book is capable of holding any lover of thrillers from beginning to end.

The plot begins with a team of US Marines led by the Shane Schofeild who answers a distress call at a remote Antarctic research station based on the worries of some scientists who found a possibly alien object deep beneath the ice, a discovery that caused the lives of two of their divers .Even before Schofeild and friends start an investigation, they suddenly themselves at risk from everybody. It isn't only the USA that is interested in the discovery. Several other countries are interested in having a stake in the ship, at all cost. That involves killing, and destroying for it. That is where the adrenaline starts flowing in the gun battles that ensued, the hilarious characters, actions and conspiracies.

I just read it after Flash of the Sun, and like the plot of the stories. Here Reilly captured it all. To show that he's the master of the plot twist, Reilly throws includes a series of gripping narratives and hair spinning encounters that includes a fighter jet that turns invisible, a far-reaching government conspiracy, a hovercraft chase, and a scientist framed for murder. The plot carries no serious moral statement. If you like unusual military thrillers, this is your pick
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good old-fashioned thrills 5 July 2011
I felt like this thriller was in the tradition of writers from an older age, like Forsyth and Dick Francis. That's no bad thing!

It has the occasional moment where unintentional hilarity slips in, but the story will (hopefully) carry you along with its sheer energy.

Great fun.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Book or action flick? 21 Dec 2011
By Bob
As you can see by scrolling through these reviews, opinions are mostly of either the extremely good or the extremely poor variety. To sum it up:

Is the book really well written and masterfully phrased?

Do the characters have well developed personalities?

Is the story original or well thought out?

Does this book deliver on every one of it's promises?

So if you are looking for another literary masterpiece to delve into after finishing War & Peace and Catch-22 (both of which I read, by the way) you've come to the wrong address. But if you're open minded enough to throw believability completely out of the window and pretend that you're reading an action novel that feels as though it could be a script of a high profile big budget hollywood movie, than this novel deliveres.

This book is, at its core, an action masterpiece very few other books in the same genre can rival.

So yes I admit: I loved it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read 7 Jun 2014
By Nuada
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A brilliant fast paced read. The characters are solid and you become attracted to their fates. If you are looking for a fast paced read with lots of action, this is it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars action thriller 6 Jun 2014
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A thrilling action novel, starts quickly and doesn't stop moving til the end. A fantastic combination of tried and tested elements and new twists.
Cant believe it isn't a movie yet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read 5 Jun 2014
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I have read this book years ago and enjoyed it and the series. I am buying rest of the series. If you like some action and a story, read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars hot stuff 2 Jun 2014
By Sue
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An exciting novel which is pure escapism. A good read for teenage boys and their mums! (the hero is fab)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Scarecrow kicks ass!
Matthew Reilly is one of the best thriller writers around.

Scarecrow novels get better and better - don't stop writing them please!
Published 2 months ago by Matt Edmonds
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I love Matthew Reilly's books and this one gripped me from beginning to end, would recommend this to anyone that wants a book full of action from cover to cover.
Published 4 months ago by Sally-ann chidwick
5.0 out of 5 stars BLOODY BRILLIANT
Couldn't put this book down. Possibly the quickest I've read a Matthew Reilly. Now to go on a tea the sequels.
Published 4 months ago by Nathan Hazlewood
3.0 out of 5 stars Relentless, Fast Paced Action Novel
Ice station is no prize winning novel. The plot is that of a Hollywood movie, full of improbable twists and endless action sequences. Read more
Published 5 months ago by RK
3.0 out of 5 stars Too far fetched
Started of really well but then got slightly ridicuclous as it progressed, don't think I will bother to read any more of his books. Shame as the theory was OK.
Published 5 months ago by Iris
5.0 out of 5 stars A cracking good read
Brilliant story fast pace action from paragraph one.
Would recommend to all readers who like action stories.
It would be brilliant if made into a movie.
Published 5 months ago by Kenneth McDonald
5.0 out of 5 stars Ice station
Always a romping good adventure story with Matthew Reilly- I bought the whole series and thoroughly enjoyed all of them.
Published 6 months ago by Lesley M.
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