Scarecrow

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"There are fifteen targets, the finest warriors in the world - commandos, spies, terrorists. And they must all be dead by twelve noon, today. The price on their heads: almost $20 million each." "Among the names on the target list, one stands out. An enigmatic Marine named Shane Schofield, call-sign: Scarecrow." "Schofield is plunged into a headlong race around the world, pursued by a fearsome collection of international bounty hunters - including the "Black Knight," a notoriously ruthless hunter who seems intent on eliminating only Schofield."
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Overview

"There are fifteen targets, the finest warriors in the world - commandos, spies, terrorists. And they must all be dead by twelve noon, today. The price on their heads: almost $20 million each." "Among the names on the target list, one stands out. An enigmatic Marine named Shane Schofield, call-sign: Scarecrow." "Schofield is plunged into a headlong race around the world, pursued by a fearsome collection of international bounty hunters - including the "Black Knight," a notoriously ruthless hunter who seems intent on eliminating only Schofield." "The race is on and the pace is frantic as Schofield fights for survival, in the process unveiling a vast international conspiracy and the terrible reason why he cannot, under any circumstances, be allowed to live!" He led his men into hell in Ice Station. He protected the President against all odds in Area 7. This time it's different. Because this time Scarecrow is the target.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The seemingly indestructible Marine captain Shane "Scarecrow" Schofield returns in this high-octane adventure from Reilly (Area 7, etc.). This time out, Schofield finds himself, along with 14 other members of the world's most elite military units, being hunted by a seemingly endless army of bounty hunters. The prize for the hunters is $18.6 million per head, and all 15 heads must be taken within six days. The search for the person behind this bounty hunt takes Schofield and his loyal band of marines around the world and in and out of one life-threatening situation after another. Reilly knows exactly what kind of book he's writing. His heroes are brave and self-sacrificing, his villains are bloodthirsty and ruthless, and the fate of the world hangs in the balance. Narrator Sowers is in perfect synch with Reilly's storytelling. Obviously enjoying himself, he knows just what words to punch in order to get the most out of each action-packed sentence, and he supports his Clint Eastwood-like delivery of Schofield's dialogue by giving each of the numerous secondary characters their own distinct voices and accents. Those who like their adventures fast and furious will not be disappointed by this energetic production. Simultaneous release with the St. Martin's/Dunne hardcover (Forecasts, Jan. 26). (Mar.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Reilly's latest slam-bang actioner delivers more thrills than most other adventure novels. Shane Schofield, a.k.a. Scarecrow and the hero of Ice Station and Area 7, finds himself on a hit list of 12 men, all members of elite military units from around the globe. A bounty of $18.6 million a head spurs the hopes of professional assassins. There's only one catch-the men on the list must be dead by noon on October 26th, Eastern Standard Time. The novel starts three hours before the deadline and is essentially one long action scene-a bold experiment. Plot points and exposition occur even as Scarecrow fights for his life, creating a tale that never lets the hero, or the reader, take a breath. Overall, this is an over-the-top roller-coaster ride that would make a pulse-pounding movie if you had a budget of $6 billion. For all fiction collections.-Jeff Ayers, Seattle P.L. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Third installment in the way, way over-the-top action adventures of US Marine Shane "Scarecrow" Schofield, and the best yet from this Australian author (Contest, 2003, etc.). Called Scarecrow because of his disfigured eyes, Schofield and a crack crew of Delta Force soldiers rush to a Siberian sub repair base that's been overrun by Islamic terrorists who have seized a cache of nuclear missiles. But instead of terrorists, Schofield finds a trap set by competing teams of international bounty hunters who've already killed two Delta Force soldiers on an $18.6 million-per-head kill list that also has Schofield's name on it. The list of 15 super-soldiers, spies, scientists and one terrorist was complied by Majestic 12, a secret council of supremely rich multinational military industrial complex tycoons who not only buy and sell governments but have been responsible for every late-20th-century conspiracy from the assassination of JFK to Clinton's impeachment trial-except for 9/11. Thus begins a serious of breathless, thoroughly contrived, but immensely entertaining action scenes in which Schofield, fellow soldiers Libby Gant, Book II, and Mother join with bounty hunter Aloysius Knight (being paid by an anonymous client to protect Schofield) and Knight's trusty pilot Rufus as they take on killer sharks, fancy sports cars, helicopters, jet aircraft, a supertanker, an entire aircraft carrier, X-15 rocket planes, and the combined air forces of five African nations to stop a plot to pit rival countries against each other and plunge the world into anarchy. The action is so accomplished that we don't care about cheesy Star Wars dialogue, as when Jay Killian, the Ralph Lauren-wearing head of amultinational arms-manufacturing company, mercilessly guillotines one of Schofield's buddies and Schofield vows to "kill them all." An endless stream of interchangeable bad guys wind up "deader than disco," and everyone agrees when the US President intones of Schofield that "the fate of the free world could be resting on that man's shoulders." Superb print version of a video game shoot-'em-up. Agent: Eugenie Furniss/William Morris UK
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"Third installment in the way, way over-the-top action adventures of U.S. Marine Shane "Scarecrow" Schofield, and the best yet from this Australian author...Immensely entertaining...The action is so accomplished...Superb print version of a video game shoot-'em-up."

- Kirkus Review (starred review)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312937669
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 8/2/2005
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 171,260
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.71 (h) x 1.28 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted December 8, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    Fun, in a don't think too hard way.

    If you want reality and a plausible plot stick to non-fiction. I personally pick up a Reilly book when I want to "watch" explosions. I don't care if things are realistic, I don't know any better. I do know that no Matthew Reilly novel ever fails to make my heart race, and this one actually made me cry and throw my book across the room. The character development isn't great, but for me the characters are only there to fill the spaces between explosions, gun shots and crashes. Any book by Reilly is a fun read, just don't analyze it and go with the flow.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 6, 2012

    Good reading

    This was an entertaining book that has almost too much action.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Hyper Speed Adventure

    Shane Scofield is a marked man in this lighting-fast adventure. Reilly actually takes it up a notch, if you can believe it, and there's not a single 'catch my breath' moment in the story. The downside is, there's too many "...and just at that exact moment..." lines and escapes that stretch believability too far, even for this kind of book. I still loved the book, but I hate occasionally feeling like I'm reading a comic book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    SCARECROW IS THE BEST!!!!!

    I couldn't put this book down!!! It was THAT good and THAT exciting! There was action on every page!!! I love how Scarecrow's marines are completely loyal to him and would give up their lives without hesitation to protect him. The scene where Mother and the Scarecrow fight was amazing! I specifically loved the dialogue afterwards. I had to reread that part several times because it was so touching! Great book! I am now rereading Ice Station and have just purchased the prequel Area 7. Waiting for the next Scarecrow book!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2005

    Scarecrow

    Reilly has let all his readers down with a plot so impossible that only comic book characters could accomplish the tasks. The actions are so implausible that the story becomes ridiculous. Don't waste time on this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2005

    Scarecrow

    Having read every book by this author, I will never read another one after suffering through this 'Dick and Jane' primer. This story has no reality and makes no sense what so ever. This book is simply a comic book in paperback form. Don't waste your time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2005

    Comic Book Fiction

    This tale should properly be called 'graphic fiction.' All that's missing are the illustrations and the 'Crash! Zap! Boom!' Far too contrived to merit the price of admission.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2004

    Action isn't enough!

    This book is so focused on action that it is missing the narrative portion that creates a world that envelops the reader and draws him/her in. I never felt that the characters were facing a particular crisis like Temple or Ice Station, just loosely strung together action sequences that include lots of exclamation points. If you skip this one you won't miss anything.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2004

    A bit too over the top.

    I love Reilly's books, and this was a fun read, but he goes too far with driving the pace of the action. The plot is paper thin, and the characters are cardboard cutouts, with the exception of Scarecrow and Mother. There's always a certain suspension of belief required when reading in this genre, but Reilly carries some of the escapes to Roadrunner/Coyote level. He also overdoes it with the italicized '...and at that VERY moment..' Buy it in hardcover if you're a Reilly fanatic, otherwise wait for paperback.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2013

    waste of time

    One star is as low as I can vote. Action packed for sure, but not even comic book lovers could buy into this "plot". The enemy can shoot half a million rounds and never hit him, he just throws his gun up and kills two with every shot. Totally unbelievable. Ex: (Mag hooks can't stick to aluminum airplane skins)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2013

    Scarecrow Is A Cool Hero

    But Reilly is a bigot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2012

    Great read!

    Action supreme, thrilling and exciting!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2012

    Ummmmmmm yeah.

    Matt is really good. All of his books are really entertaining and gripping. I would highly recommend 7 deadly wonders, 6 sacred stones and 5 greatest warriors. I love the character of jack west jr... excuse me, huntsman. Anyways i havent completly read this book but i have heard a lot about it and i know it would be well worth your time to read any matthew reilly books. The one and only thing i would change about his books is the language. To much swearing... but that is the only... wait nope. I changed my mind. Too much detail of the end of people's lives... eyeballs comimg out, peices of flesh on the end of a sword, blood covering everything... i have a very imaginative mond so as i read i picture these things in my head... and i have a photograpic memory so those images dont go away... its kinda nasty... but hey i cant change what he writes... im not hatin but no me gusta... swaggie. 1D

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  • Posted April 6, 2012

    Reilly is a great author

    Matthew Reilly is one of my all time favorite authors. All of his Scarecrow series books are great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2008

    Go Scarecrow

    A true action packed novel that you won't be able to put down. READ IT!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2007

    A reviewer

    Excellent adventure of the Scarecrow. I would recommend any other book by Reilly. He's a great author. His novels are so action packed, it's hard to put the books down! Great reads.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2007

    Can you say 'action packed'!

    This book rocks. The action is so cool. The characters rock too'Shane Schofield is the next Jack Ryan'. I'm tired of people commenting the action scenes. I read adventure to escape reality and enjoy fun characters with a good plot. Speaking of which this is the second best story for a Matthew Reilly novel. Don't miss this one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2005

    Disneyland, Not the Algonquin Round Table

    When you go to Disneyland you go to ride the rollercoaster not to think. Reilly lets you get a tight grip and hang on while he does the (over)driving. Other reviewers are calling the action absurd and over-done. Yeah, so what's your point? The Indiana Jones movies are over the top and people love them. Keifer Sutherland's adventures on '24' are too much for one person to handle also. Why are these people setting a higher standard here? He writes books that beg to be made into big budget movies if any studio could afford to blow up all that stuff. Did I laugh at some of the action along the way? Sure I did. Does anyone think Reilly didn't have his tongue firmly stuck in his cheek when we wrote it? Cut the guy some slack. Have a little fun. Other reviewers have spoiled the plot twist that surprised the heck out of me. Congratulations, Matt, in making this move.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2005

    WARNING - Spoilers

    The only reason i gave this four stars instead of five was because Matt Reilly kills the love interest. I literally cried when Mother and Scarecrow were fighting on the cliff. This book made me ball, that goes to show how great of an author Reilly is. He made me ball my eyes out over and action book!?!?! But overally the book was great, and i loved the black night, hopefully he makes more appearances!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2005

    Everything an action junkie needs

    Scarecrow is everything action fans are looking for. With true heroes and heroines in Shane 'Scarecrow' Schofield, the Black Knight and Mother Newman amazing battles in unbelieveable environments such as an aircraft carrier and an underground mine and villains you can't help hate, this book will have you holding your breath until the last page. This book is what happens when you combine ideas from John Woo, Luc Besson and Michael Mann.

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