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Scarecrow (The Scarecrow Series)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 7 October 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 23 November 2003
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
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 15 January 2008
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
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
on 2 October 2003
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 20 August 2008
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.
THIS IS FICTION.
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 December 2011
I love Matthew Reilly, I really do. The only trouble I have is that I'm so tired after finishing his books, as I quite often have to stay up late reading, "just one more chapter..." But seriously, the only way to describe his work is intense thrill rides that won't agree with everyone, but adrenaline junkies will love them. If Paramount do actually succeed in bringing any to the screen, they have to be directed by Michael Bay, as I think he is possibly the only director who could do justice to these stories.

Yes, the plots are sometimes outlandish, the action over the top, occasionally lacking in characterization, but what the hell, they're popcorn novels, not Tolstoy's finest.

Onto "Scarecrow" itself. This was easily my favourite of the Shane Schofield novels. The plot is so fast paced it verges on ridiculous, (but in a good way), there is a shock death, and a great new character in Aloysius Knight. In fact I'd love to see him star in a novel of his own!

Overall, I'd say it's not quite his best novel, (that honour has to go to Six Sacred Stones), but it is easily the best of the Shane Schofield series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 October 2003
I love Tom Clancy - he keeps you guessing and Lee Childs has a completely different but engrossing way of writing. Clive Cussler is great too. But no one writes at the pace and the sheer turbocharged energy of Matthew Reilly.
Suspend belief and strap yourself into your chair !
Shane Schofield has got to be everyone's classic hero - good looking, invincible in battle but with the right amount of sensitivity.
The latest book has him charging over half the world being chased by every bounty hunter that ever lived. The way that Reilly dangles our hero over the canyon of doom and then rescues him again time after time would pall with other authors. But Reilly just goes on adding incredible storylines that save his characters over and over again.
It does not matter that it couldn't happen in real life. Just let it keep happening to Shane Schofield !
Congratulations Matthew, another winner !
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 29 January 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 October 2003
Along with the other reviewers I found this book to be a lot of fun and a real page turner.
Lots of action, well described. It is a tribute to the author that he can keep the pace of the book moving along at such a rate for such a long period of time.
One downer is the amount of near misses. You expect them of course but they became predictable to the point where you don't fear for the safety of the characters as you know something will happen to ensure they survive. There is an exception to the rule but I won't spoil the plot.
Overall though a good read, I would recommend it.
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