Matthew Reilly goes further than ever before into the supercharged adrenalin, high-testosterone thrillers that have become his trademark. His heroes constantly strain plausibility with their feats of stunt-driving and snappy shooting; with their hair-breadth escapes and entire ruthlessness. His series hero, "Scarecrow" Schofield finds himself on a list of the bravest soldiers and most wanted terrorists on the planet, pursued by mercenaries and bounty hunters who want nothing but to take his head. This is a book full of outrageous conspiracies and a villain with a taste for microwaving his victims, boiling them in oil and throwing them to the sharks. It's a fairground ride of a thriller that zips along at a cracking pace from the icy coasts of Siberia to the caves of Afghanistan, the glass towers of London's Dockland and the treacherously hairpin roads of the Brittany coast. Reilly builds constantly--this is a book whose tension and action sequences escalate well past the point normally called over the top. This is a book full of ingenious ultra-violence in which everyone is at risk--Reilly is a gaudy writer but never a stupid one or one who fails to follow through his own plot logic. --Roz Kaveney
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"The text is all fury, akin to taking a James Bond film, cutting out everything but the action and running that at double speed. As much video game as novel. Reilly's admirers will love this one, and anyone interested in the outer limit of action writing should check it out."--"Publishers Weekly"
"James Bond and Dirk Pitt can step aside-a new action hero has arrived to take their place in Reilly's latest roller-coaster ride. This thrill fest is highly recommended for all fiction collections-even the most jaded readers will need to fasten their seatbelts and hang on for dear life."--"Booklist"
""Scarecrow" should come with a blood pressure cuff shrink-wrapped to it. Nonstop action, adventure, and a HUGE surprise for fans of Reilly's other Schofield novels-what more could you ask for from a novel? You'll give up television forever after reading "Scarecrow,""--Bookreporter.com
"Move over, Jack Ryan and Dirk Pitt-Marine Shane "Scarecrow" Schofield is the next great action hero. Matthew Reilly's well-developed characters and nonstop action more than compensate for an implausible plot."--"Dallas Morning News"
"The pace is breakneck... will hook you right from the start."--"Waterstone's Books Quarterly "(UK)
"This is unashamedly ball-busting reading... it certainly clears the palette."--"Arena" (UK)
"Here's pace, jargon, diagrams, gadgets and guns to get excited about... "Scarecrow" is breathless."--"Mirror" (UK)