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Scarecrow [Paperback]

Matthew Reilly
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3 Sep 2004

As 'Scarecrow' Schofield watches his mission to eliminate a Siberian turn into a bloodbath, he realises he has been tricked -- and now become the prey rather than the predator. For a shadowy consortium of staggering power and wealth has included his name on a list of fifteen targets to be eliminated without fail by twelve noon that same day. Now every high-powered bounty hunter on the planet is on his trail, while he must simultaneously track down the perpetrators of a conspiracy about to reduce many of the major cities of the world to ashes.

From Arctic Russia to the Afghan border, to France's Atlantic Coast, to a speed-of-light conflict over the Suez Canal, every form of ultra-tech weaponry comes into play in a spellbinding action drama unfolding within a mere twenty-four hours.

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (3 Sep 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330487590
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330487597
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 438,772 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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With Scarecrow 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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"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,"" "Lightning-paced."--"Entertainment Weekly" "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)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, action packed thriller 7 Oct 2003
Having read all of Matthew Reilly's books, I was worried this wouldn't live up to his promise to make his next book faster and more exciting than anything before. But I'm glad to say he does. I read this last night in a single sitting, I just couldn't put it down. Scarecrow is a fantastic character and lots of my other favourites return, especially Mother who gets some fabulous scenes. This book does remind me of a movie, I could picture it all in my head as the writing is really vivid. The book introduces some great new characters, and provides a fascinating take on the bounty hunters. One of these, The Black Knight, is especially well written. The author isn't afraid of writing hard stories as well, I won't ruin the plot, but be prepared for a big surprise.
I totally enjoyed this book, its a great read and each chapter left me anxious to get to the next one so I could find out what happened next.
Happily for his fans, Matthew Reilly also reveals he has signed a new 2 book deal, so there will be more of this to come - I can't wait.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this first 20 Aug 2008
By Van
Let me make this brief.
I once read a review many moons ago covering a movie starring Kurt Russell called Stargate. In this review the individual reviewing claimed that there were some serious inaccuracies with the egyptology in the movie.
What the reviewer failed to mention was that this pyramid was on a planet called abidos.
I see the same thing here with some of the reviews of Matthew Rielly.
And thank goodness, it is nice to escape somewhere else for the duration of these novels and they certainly deliver the goods as thrillers.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER
Matthew Reilly was born in Sydney in 1974. He studied Law at the University of New South Wales. He has written both screenplays and magazine articles. His second and third novels, Ice Station and Temple, became No. 1 bestsellers in his native Australia, and went on to enjoy huge success internationally. The author lives in Sydney.

This book, first published in 2003, is the third book in the Shane Schofield series, following Ice Station (1998) and Area 7 (2001). Captain Shane Schofield, call-sign Scarecrow, has been put on a hit list by an unknown consortium and he has got his hands full just trying to stay alive. All the so-called bounty hunters in the area are after nailing his skin to the wall. At the same time he is attempting to track down the members of a conspiracy that could annihilate some of the world's major cities. It all adds up to being one of Reilly's best books to date.

Reilly's books are full of blood and thunder. Full of the latest weapons technology and people who know how to use them. People who are prepared to run through a brick wall if necessary to achieve their ends. Some of the things that happen in his books have the reader questioning where reality ends and fantasy takes over but it doesn't really matter, just go along for the ride and enjoy the action, there's plenty of it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ExCePtIoNaL! 23 Nov 2003
By A Customer
The most recent novel by Matthew Reilly, is, I must say, the best of them all. Continuing his series regarding the hero Shane "Scarecrow" Schofield, the book incorporates a new issue: one in which Schofield himself is found with a bounty on his own head. The plot is just exceptional, involving (i) bounty hunters and Schofield's need to evade them, with subsequent competition within bounty hunting circles (ii)the plan of the M-12, and disunity within the M-12 (iii) the Kormoran and Chameleon US projects, and Schofield's need to unravel it. Further, Reilly combines the complex plot WITH the action, in a manner of speaking. The result is that the plot emerges in conjunction with the events. After the initial race in which Schofield evades the bounty hunter, he is faced with repeatedly disarming the CincLockVII security missile system and crash the sinister plans of the M-12, resulting in a magnificent series of events leading to the ultimate showdown. I must say that I recommed the action-packed thriller to anyone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Ritchie
if you've read matt reilly's other books, you'll sort of know what to expect, hard, fast paced action. but this book is simply amazing due to its ulta high pace. i started reading this book at 1400 and finshed by 1900ish. it is simply unputdownable and needs to be read to be believed. if your a fan of clancy and the hyper realistic details he puts into his novels this wont be for you as reilly does stretch plausablilty to its very limits, never the less this book is amazing. reilly is a great writer, with an extra ordinary imagination. buy it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathless!! 30 Mar 2006
By A Customer
Scarecrow is a great read if you like action and adventure stories. The plot twists and turns and the action sequences seem never ending, and leave you breathless. It would make a great movie except you would leave the theatre exhausted!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outrageous and entertaining to the end 29 Jan 2004
Matthew Reilly admits that he set out to make this book a faster book that was more densely packed with plot than his previous books. Unbelievably, considering how action-packed his earlier books were, not only has he done it, but this book has stepped the action-thriller up a couple of notches. It's action on steroids.
Shane 'Scarecrow' Schofield is one of 15 targets of a worldwide bounty hunt. The bounty on each target's head is over $18 million, enough to lure the best bounty hunters in the world and setting up a series of showdowns of monumental proportions. Scarecrow pretty quickly finds himself with 2 primary objectives. The first and most obvious is to try to stay alive. The second is to try to save the world. After all, what self-respecting super-thriller hasn't got a hero-saves-the-world scenario?
As has been proven in the 2 earlier Schofield romps, he's a hard man to kill and can get out of every hopeless situation, usually with fractions of seconds to spare and this book is certainly no different.
Know this before you start the book. The premise is so totally outrageous the book could probably be listed in the fantasy section. But that's not the point. The point is, it's meant to be 100 per cent action and non-stop entertainment and that's what it delivers. If you're not prepared to totally suspend belief for around 450 pages for the sake of a rollicking good adventure then you shouldn't even start this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody Brilliant! fast
Bloody Brilliant! fast , action packed and gritty. So good I bought the paperback a couple years ago and the kindle version last week!
Published 9 days ago by Mr J Maxwell
2.0 out of 5 stars I hated this
This must be one of the few books that I have really disliked, it was all fighting and nothing else. Far too many gunfights for my liking.
Published 19 days ago by Julie
5.0 out of 5 stars Scarecrow Excellent
Another grest read from Matthew Reilly. Fast pace from cover to cover with a clff hanger on nearly every page. Read more
Published 1 month ago by joseph woods
5.0 out of 5 stars Action and fun
Great action and fun with likeable characters and unbelievable scenarios -a romp of a read for holidays or dull winters days. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lesley M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Scarecrow
Matthew Reilly said he wanted to go faster, well he did just that the action never stops. We always know someone from scarecrow s teams gonna die I never expected this, New... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. G. Nelson
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Gripping from start to end , great story . The characters were totally convincing. Can't wait to read the next one
Published 4 months ago by Steve Owens
2.0 out of 5 stars Too many italics!
As stated by other reviewers, this is probably the most unrealistic book i've ever read.

The number of chapters which end with some variation of "the plane crashed... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Crispin Boylan
4.0 out of 5 stars book
good read but I refuse to write so much for each little object and do will cut and paste this into each section to avoid having to retype endlessly.
Published 7 months ago by janet quick
5.0 out of 5 stars Another brilliant book
Thats me read all the scarecrow books and I am disappointed Scarecrow is now finished or is he?
Will Matthew Reilly bring him back I see an opening somewhere, especially after... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Yorkie
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
If you like action from the start, then Matthew Reilly is the author to look for I have all his books
Published 9 months ago by stew
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