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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Reprints edition (1 Jan. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330513478
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330513470
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,658 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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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 the Hardcover edition.

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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 "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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ruth King on 7 Oct. 2003
Format: Paperback
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Nov. 2003
Format: Hardcover
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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Jan. 2008
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 April 2008
Format: Hardcover
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 By NucSafe on 2 Oct. 2003
Format: Paperback
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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