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Scarecrow Returns Mass Market Paperback – 26 December 2012
From the internationally bestselling author, the fourth novel in the thrilling Scarecrow series featuring "some of the wildest and most sustained battles in an action thriller in a long time (Chicago Tribune).
A Cold War doomsday device hidden deep in the Arctic.
A mysterious terrorist group about to unleash havoc upon an unsuspecting world. Only one team close enough to sabotage them.
Captain Shane Schofield, call sign "Scarecrow," and his ragtag band of Marines and civilians are outnumbered and outgunned. But with only a few short hours till Armageddon, Scarecrow and his soldiers bravely undertake an edge-of-your-seat, white-knuckle adventure to save the Earth from total annihilation.
"Matthew Reilly is the king of hard-core action."
--Brad Thor, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Full Black"
"Matthew Reilly novels should come with health warnings on the cover. . . . [T]he non-stop life-threatening action . . . is not for the faint-hearted. It's a wild ride."
--"The Daily Telegraph "(Australia)
"Nobody writes action like Matthew Reilly."
--Vince Flynn, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Kill Shot"
"Some of the wildest and most sustained battles in an action thriller in a long time. . . . Nonstop action, lots of explosions--and a little bit of conspiracy."
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- Publisher : Pocket Books; Reprint edition (26 December 2012)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 496 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1416577602
- ISBN-13 : 978-1416577607
- Dimensions : 10.48 x 2.79 x 17.15 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 281,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I recommend this book as a great read for action and horror.
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One of my top three writers now,along with Chris Kuzneski and Andy McDermott, absolutely brilliant adventure books,well researched and keep you so engrossed you lose all track of time.
This book is a continuation of the scarecrow character ( on of two distinct characters in two book series he does) and to be fair,even you haven't read the others in the series you really need to read them first as it helps follow the stories better,although it is not essential......but I bet you buy the others later!!,
Scarecrow is the main character,called that because of scars over his eyes when a pow,is in the marine corps and it is based around almost suicidal operations he gets involved in,where his seems to be only team (of misfits) available. Sounds a bit cliche but all the books well researched and brilliantly written
Word of warning,if you have bought the " Army of Thieves" in this series don't buy this....it is same book but this is the American title.
Matthew Reilly is an Australian writer,which you can tell as the heros are far more realistic,usually with injuries and issues,not all 6'4" hunks(well not the men anyway) like the majority of American authors heros.
If you like serious robust adventure,buy it,you won't be disappointed
I have to say I'm really glad Scarecrow is back, I've missed him. The title is a bit naff but that does not reflect on the contents at all. The Army of Theives picks up from where the last one left off. Scarecrow has been sent to the Arctic to test prototype equipment almost as a punishment for his escapades. The French are out for his blood and it makes sense to have him as far away as possible. It also means he is there with a mixture of Army guys and civilians.
This sets things up very well for what is to come, though I will not give any spoilers about the story. Permit me to say, though, how happy I was to see the return of Mother and the additions of Baba and Bertie were inspired. I'll be interested to see what happens with Champion as well.
Please remember, Matthew Reilly writes FICTION. You must temporarily suspend belief when reading one of his books. They are not intended to be educational aids. They are FUN!!! And boy, is this book fun.
I must caution you, though, there are some torture scenes that are extremely graphic and even I found myself skimming those pages. However, they are not purely gratuitous so don't be put off.
I hope this is not the last we see of Scarecrow, Mother, Baba and Bertie. It was a rollercoaster read that I didn't put down until it was finished.
It's typically over the top, but only Reilly can get away with that. Needless to say, I enjoyed it and finished in a day.
I'll accept that his stories will be loved by some and hated by others, as a 500 page battle scene where belief has to be suspended is not everyone's cup of tea, but I did like this one. Nice twist too, or a couple of them towards the end.
As for the story, it's the usual Reilly fluff of Scarecrow taking on impossible odds, as well as killer polar bears. Of course he only runs out of bullets when it suits, but so what. Role on the next book, I'm in if the author can keep up to this level.
I continue to love Matthew Reilly, he is the only author i buy on pre-release... But THIS book is truly fine.
The intrigue, the fact that it focuses on one location as Ice Station did and the fact that Matthew has grown in skill and matured well as a story-teller really shows.
I won't go into plot, but can say it is enticing and (semi) believable.
If you are fan of Ice Station or indeed a fan of Matthew Reilly (and enjoyed the early series' of 24 cos that is the only thing I can equate) then buy this, throw the kids into a home for a bit and read and savour and enjoy!