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"It is America's most secret base, hidden deep in the Utah desert, an Air Force installation known only as Area 7." "And today it has a visitor - the President of the United States." "He has come to inspect Area 7, to examine its secrets for himself. But he's going to get more than he bargained for on this trip. Because hostile forces are waiting inside." Among the President's helicopter crew, however, is a young Marine. He is quiet, enigmatic, and he hides his eyes behind a pair of silver sunglasses. His name is Schofield. Call-sign: Scarecrow.
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Overview

"It is America's most secret base, hidden deep in the Utah desert, an Air Force installation known only as Area 7." "And today it has a visitor - the President of the United States." "He has come to inspect Area 7, to examine its secrets for himself. But he's going to get more than he bargained for on this trip. Because hostile forces are waiting inside." Among the President's helicopter crew, however, is a young Marine. He is quiet, enigmatic, and he hides his eyes behind a pair of silver sunglasses. His name is Schofield. Call-sign: Scarecrow. Rumor has it he's a good man in a storm. Judging by what the President has just walked into, he'd better be.
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Reilly, the pedal-to-the-metal action novelist from Australia, returns here with yet another inelegant yet oddly invigorating rip-snorter about what else world domination. The setting this time is Area 7, a top-secret military outpost in the barren outback of Utah where government scientists are trying to perfect a new vaccine that will protect Americans from the Sinovirus, a deadly disease invented by the Chinese to kill everyone on Earth except themselves. A rogue air force general, the evil Caesar Russell, has other plans, however. During a visit by the president of the United States, Russell and his band of elite mercenaries capture Area 7. Their aim: kill the president, take over the country and use the Sinovirus to poison all but members of the white race. But Marine Capt. Shane Schofield isn't going to let that happen. With his usual mix of unflagging bravery and superhuman strength Schofield starred in Reilly's 1999 American debut Ice Station the relentless Marine and his tight group of highly competent sidekicks battle Russell on land, water and in space. As is Reilly's style, the action moves at a scenery-blurring pace, and his third novel (following last year's Temple) can make for exhausting reading. He employs just about every tactic both clever and crude to keep the suspense afloat. Character development is nil, and dialogue is at times comic-strip bad. Yet the sheer frenzy of Reilly's approach can inspire awe. How many heroes, after all, can kill an enemy aboard the space shuttle in outer space, then return to earth and dispatch another foe by pushing him into a pool full of meat-eating Komodo dragons all over the course of less than an hour? Speed demons, take note. Author tour. (Feb. 12) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Reilly, the pedal-to-the-metal action novelist from Australia, returns here with yet another inelegant yet oddly invigorating rip-snorter about what else world domination. The setting this time is Area 7, a top-secret military outpost in the barren outback of Utah where government scientists are trying to perfect a new vaccine that will protect Americans from the Sinovirus, a deadly disease invented by the Chinese to kill everyone on Earth except themselves. A rogue air force general, the evil Caesar Russell, has other plans, however. During a visit by the president of the United States, Russell and his band of elite mercenaries capture Area 7. Their aim: kill the president, take over the country and use the Sinovirus to poison all but members of the white race. But Marine Capt. Shane Schofield isn't going to let that happen. With his usual mix of unflagging bravery and superhuman strength Schofield starred in Reilly's 1999 American debut Ice Station the relentless Marine and his tight group of highly competent sidekicks battle Russell on land, water and in space. As is Reilly's style, the action moves at a scenery-blurring pace, and his third novel (following last year's Temple) can make for exhausting reading. He employs just about every tactic both clever and crude to keep the suspense afloat. Character development is nil, and dialogue is at times comic-strip bad. Yet the sheer frenzy of Reilly's approach can inspire awe. How many heroes, after all, can kill an enemy aboard the space shuttle in outer space, then return to earth and dispatch another foe by pushing him into a pool full of meat-eating Komodo dragons all over the course of less than an hour? Speed demons, take note. Author tour. (Feb. 12) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Capt. Shane Scofield hero of Reilly's first novel, Ice Station has been assigned to guard the President on his helicopter journey to the Nevada desert, where he will conduct a routine inspection of air force bases. Of special interest is the high-security zone, Area 7, wherein Gen. Caesar Russell lurks. Having turned rogue, Russell plans to destroy the United States and sics his elite forces on the President. If he dies, a microchip in his heart will trigger the explosion of nuclear bombs planted by Russell throughout the United States. Scofield, of course, is the man to foil the evil plot and save the day. The action is nonstop and includes shootouts, crazed convicts, wild animals, and, in an eerily timely subplot, a new strain of racially selective biological warfare that has been developed at Area 7. Although Russell's rationale for the destructive chase is implausible and confusing, Area 7 is still an exciting romp. For larger collections. Robert Conroy, Warren, MI Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Fresh from his adventures in the Antarctic (Ice Station, 1999), Marine Captain Shane "Scarecrow" Schofield handles more high-tech mayhem and death-defying action when he escorts the president of the US into a top-secret Utah Air Force Base.
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"An exciting romp. The action is nonstop and includes shootouts, crazed convicts, wild animals, and an eerily timely subplot."—Library Journal

"Reilly has a gift for sustaining momentum that never lets up." —Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312381554
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2009
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew Reilly
Matthew Reilly was born in Sydney in 1974 and studied Law at the University of New South Wales. After being rejected by every major publisher in Australia, Matthew self-published his first novel Contest and went on to secure a contract with Pan Macmillan. His first novel, Ice Station, was a runaway success. His achievements in Australia have now been repeated internationally with his novels becoming bestsellers in fourteen countries and nine languages. Film rights to Ice Station were optioned to Paramount Pictures in 2002. He has written both screenplays and magazine articles and has also directed three short films.
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Area 7


By Matthew Reilly

Thomas Dunne Books

Copyright © 2002 Matthew Reilly.
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 0312266855



Excerpt


The three helicopters thundered over the arid desert plain, booming through the early morning silence.

They flew in tight formation—like they always did—shooting low over the tumbleweeds, kicking up a tornado of sand behind them, their freshly waxed sides glinting in the dawn light.

The giant Sikorsky VH-60N flew out in front—again, like it always did—flanked on either side by two menacing CH-53E Super Stallions.

With its pristine white roof and hand-polished dark-green flanks, the VH-60N is unique among American military helicopters. It is built for the United States government in a high security "caged" section at the Sikorsky Aircraft plant in Connecticut. It is non-deployable—meaning that it is never used in any operational capacity by the United States Marine Corps, the branch of the military charged with its upkeep.

It is used for one thing, and one thing only. And it has no replicas on active duty—and for good reason, for no one but a few highly cleared Marine engineers and executives at Sikorsky can know all of its special features.

Paradoxically, for all this secrecy, the VH-60N is without a doubt the most recognized helicopter in the Western world.

On air traffic control displays, it is designated "HMX-1," Marine Helicopter Squadron One, and its official radio call-sign is "Nighthawk." But over the years, the helicopter that ferries the President of the United States over short-to-medium distances has come to be known by a simpler name—Marine One.

Known as "M1" to those who fly in it, it is rarely observed in flight, and when it is, it is usually in the most demure of circumstances—taking off from the manicured South Lawn of the White House or arriving at Camp David.

But not today.

Today it roared over the desert, transporting its famous passenger between two remote Air Force bases located in the barren Utah landscape.

Captain Shane M. Schofield, USMC, dressed in his full blue dress "A" uniform—white peaked hat; navy-blue coat with gold buttons; medium-blue trousers with red stripe; spit-polished boots; white patent leather belt with matching white holster, inside of which resided an ornamental nickel-plated M9 pistol—stood in the cockpit of the Presidential helicopter, behind its two pilots, peering out through the chopper's reinforced forward windshield.

At five-ten, Schofield was lean and muscular, with a handsome narrow face and spiky black hair. And although they were not standard attire for Marines in full dress uniform, he also wore sunglasses—a pair of wraparound antiflash glasses with reflective silver lenses.

The glasses covered a pair of prominent vertical scars that cut down across both of Schofield's eyes. They were wounds from a previous mission and the reason for his operational call-sign, "Scarecrow."

The flat desert plain stretched out before him, dull yellow against the morning sky. The dusty desert floor rushed by beneath the bow of the speeding helicopter.

In the near distance, Schofield saw a low mountain—their destination.

A cluster of buildings lay nestled at the base of the rocky hill, at the end of a long concrete runway, their tiny lights just visible in the early light. The main building of the complex appeared to be a large airplane hangar, half-buried in the side of the mountain.

It was United States Air Force Special Area (Restricted) 7, the second Air Force base they were to visit that day.

"Advance Team Two, this is Nighthawk One, we are on final approach to Area 7. Please confirm venue status," the pilot of M1, Marine Colonel Michael "Gunman" Grier said into his helmet mike.

There was no reply.

"I say again, Advance Team Two. Report."

Still no reply.

"It's the jamming system," Grier's copilot, Lieutenant Colonel Michelle Dallas, said. "The radio guys at 8 said to expect it. These bases are all Level-7 classified, so they're covered at all times by a satellite-generated radiosphere. Short-range transmissions only, to stop anybody transmitting information out."

Earlier that morning, the President had visited Area 8, a similarly isolated Air Force base about twenty miles to the east of Area 7. There, accompanied by his nine-man Secret Service Detail, he had been taken on a brief tour of the facility, to inspect some new aircraft stationed in its hangars.

While he had done so, Schofield and the other thirteen Marines stationed aboard Marine One and its two escort choppers had waited outside, twiddling their thumbs underneath Air Force One, the President's massive Boeing 747.

While they waited, some of the Marines had started arguing over why they hadn't been allowed inside the main hangar of Area 8. The general consensus—based solely on wild unsubstantiated gossip—had been that it was because the facility housed some of the Air Force's top-secret new airplanes.

One soldier, a big-smiling, loud-talking African-American sergeant named Wendall "Elvis" Haynes, said that he'd heard they had the Aurora in there, the legendary low-orbit spy plane capable of speeds over Mach 9. The current fastest plane in the world, the SR-71 Blackbird, could only reach Mach 3.

Others had proffered that a whole squadron of F-44s—ultra-nimble, wedge-shaped fighters based on the flying-wing shape of the B-2 stealth bomber—were stationed there.

Others still—perhaps inspired by the launch of a Chinese space shuttle two days previously—suggested that Area 8 housed the X-38, a sleek 747-launched offensive space shuttle. A black project run by the Air Force in association with NASA, the X-38 was reputedly the world's first fight-capable space vehicle, an attack shuttle.

Schofield ignored their speculation.

He didn't have to guess that Area 8 had something to do with top-secret airplane development, probably space-based. He could tell it from one simple fact.

Although the Air Force engineers had concealed it well, the regulation-size black bitumen runway of Area 8 actually extended another thousand yards in both directions—as a pale concrete landing strip hidden beneath a thin layer of sand and carefully placed tumbleweeds.

It was an elongated runway, designed to launch and receive aircraft that needed an extra-long landing strip, which meant aircraft like space shuttles or—

And then suddenly the President had emerged from the main hangar and they were on the move again.

Originally, the Boss had intended to fly to Area 7 on Air Force One. It would be faster than Marine One, even though the distance was short.

But there had been a problem on Air Force One. An unexpected leak in the left wing's fuel tank.

And so the Boss had taken Marine One—always on stand-by for precisely this situation.

Which was why Schofield was now gazing at Area 7, lit up like a Christmas tree in the dim morning light.

As he peered at the distant hangar complex, however, Schofield had a strange thought. Curiously, none of his colleagues on HMX-1 knew any stories about Area 7, not even wild unsubstantiated rumors.

No one, it seemed, knew what went on at Area 7.


Excerpted from Area 7 by Matthew Reilly. Copyright © 2002 by Matthew Reilly. Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.


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  • Posted June 18, 2011

    Superman is Alive and Well

    Since I purchased the originlll Nook, in December 2010, I have downloaded over 100 books. Area 7 is by far, the most action filled, exciting book I have ever read. Everytime I was able to put the book down, I was exhausted from the reading. I promise you that this book will meet all your expectations.

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  • Posted January 21, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Action, action, and did we say ACTION?

    Definitely worth it if you're an action junkie. Is it over the top? Absolutely! Reilly does almost minimalist character development, but that's not the purpose of Area7. It's designed to be an action movie in just over 500 pages... and it delivers. Very little wasted motion, just lots of action! (some of it absurd action, but every great blockbuster movie is a lot of absurd action, and so is Area 7.)

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2010

    ebook version

    Maybe it's just an e-book thing, but I've never read a book with so many typos in it. The story would be rolling along and them you'd hit a word that made no sense. Having to stop and "decode" the word really slowed down the action in the book. If you could read past the typos, it was a fun, action packed book!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2012

    Maybe.....

    This book is the first one I've read by Matthew Reilly. It seemed to have too much action, if you can believe that. It was non stop, throughout, but mostly unbelievable. I like a lot of action, but this was just too much. I've got a couple more of his books in this series and will give them a try, but I'm not too optimistic.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2004

    Eye rollable

    This sequel to Ice Station (a fantastic book) is so silly at times you cannot help but either yawn or roll your eyes. The concepts, ideas the setting are brillant but there are moments in the book when you cannot help but cry out in pain. There are some moments that are very well done and very interesting. But they are overshadowed by James Bond play-on's that could never happen.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2013

    Basically its nonstop action, which is not bad in itself. The pr

    Basically its nonstop action, which is not bad in itself. The problem is it just gets ridiculous after awhile. It feels like the author just tied together as much and as varied certain death scenes, that the hero would of course survive, with little else in the way of plot. I like a fast paced book with action but this was just to much to be plausible for me.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2012

    Great adventure

    Good read -- recommend you read these Scsrecrow books in order.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2012

    Beyond exciting!

    This book holds nothing back...you have a secure nuclear facility that the President comes to visit...all the while, a madman who was not supposed to be alive, plots to take over the USA? Not on scarecrows watch. All the gang is back to help him rescue the President and keep the USA from a devastating nuclear attach. Oh, yes,did I say there was a love story thrown in and 42 of the most awful criminals that America has.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Awesome!

    What can I say about this book without giving too much away? If you love Reilly, or if you love action-packed thrillers, you've got to read this book!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2006

    An imagination for the ages

    Matthew Reilly has one of the best imaginations going today. His stories are creative and ingenious but, unfortunately, they've become a bit formulaic. Of course if you like his work, then that may be exactly what you're after. But (without giving the story away) it's obvious from the very beginning of this book who will live and who will die. And again, like his other works, character development is lacking and the love interests are rolled out in a somewhat sophomoric fashion. On the upside, the action is non-stop, and I'm amazed by Mr. Reilly's creativity in getting his hero out of the most precarious situations. If you're all about action, this one is for you. It's not deep, nor is it meant to be.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2006

    I Don't Think So....

    I purchased this after I read Temple, which was great. I had high expectations for this one but they were pretty much trashed by this book. It grabbed my attention from the beginning, but then, later on, by choosing to have an entire branch of the military service turn evil and go off the deep end with sinister plots and treason was too much to take. What an insult to those who served in the US Air Force. The jacket cover stated that Reilly was an Australian, which makes me wonder what he has against the U.S.A.F. to write such a derogatory tale about it. That would be like Tom Clancy trashing the Australian Navy as if he were an authority on it. Nope. This one just went into the bin.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2006

    A bit over the top

    This book had plenty of action. It never stopped. Too much matter of fact. The plot wasn't really credible to me and it was contrived. Once it got crazy, it only got worse. I can see how some people may like this book because of the non-stop action, but I would have preferred to read something that made me think a bit more.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 13, 2013

    Non-stop Action-I am hooked

    This is a new writer for me and if his other books are anything like this I am hooked. His books have literally non-stop action and interesting characters. Unfortunately, the way our government and population are going these days, it makes this whole scene look so very possible.Since I live in Arizona and have been to the Lake Powell area it was fun to read. I have,on a wild hunch,gone ahead and ordered his other books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2013

    Scarecrow Rocks

    Reilly is a bigot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2012

    Crazy GOOD Book, loved it. Action packed and upside down!

    Crazy GOOD Book, loved it. Action packed and upside down!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2012

    Reilly - an excellent author

    Another great read.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2012

    Highly recommend.

    This author keeps his plot mixed up to the very end. I can't put his books down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    Scarecrow IS the ultimate action hero!!!

    Awesome

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  • Posted January 6, 2010

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    Another good scarecrow book.

    Matthew reilly is my favorite author. I loved his Jack west series and I wanted more while I waited for the release of The Five Greatest Warriors.

    I have to tell you that I am not big on military style books and was really hesitant to read this book. I liked the author so I thought that it couldnt be to bad of a book.

    The scarecrow series books are just pretty dang good. They keep you wondering whats going to happen next. Matt reilly always throws something into his stories to make you keep reading.

    Area 7 was a good read but not as good as ice station!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2009

    Get on the Reilly Roller-Coaster!

    Mathew Reilly books will never be on a short list for the Pulitzer, but who cares! "Area 7" is another wild ride from Mathew Reilly.

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