Scarecrow

Scarecrow

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by Matthew Reilly
     
 

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IT IS THE GREATEST BOUNTY HUNT IN HISTORY

FIFTEEN NAMES
There are 15 targets, the finest warriors in the world-commandos, spies, terrorists.
And they must all be dead by 12 noon, today. The price on their heads: almost $20 million each.

ONE HERO
Among the names on the target list, one stands out. An enigmatic Marine named Shane Schofield,

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IT IS THE GREATEST BOUNTY HUNT IN HISTORY

FIFTEEN NAMES
There are 15 targets, the finest warriors in the world-commandos, spies, terrorists.
And they must all be dead by 12 noon, today. The price on their heads: almost $20 million each.

ONE HERO
Among the names on the target list, one stands out. An enigmatic Marine named Shane Schofield, call-sign: SCARECROW.

NO LIMITS
And so 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.

Scarecrow is the third book in the Shane Schofield series. With new exotic locations and weaponry, plus a returning cast of old friends from the battlefield, Scarecrow is set to take the action/adventure world by storm, and leave readers gasping for air. With his trademark style, Matthew Reilly continues to establish himself as one of today's top thriller writers.

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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
From the Publisher

“Matt Reilly, the pedal-to-the-metal action novelist...can inspire awe. Speed demons, take note.” —Publishers Weekly on Area 7

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781429908191
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
04/01/2010
Series:
Scarecrow Series , #3
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Matthew Reilly was born in 1974 and studied law at the University of New South Wales. He has written four novels and several screenplays, and has had several magazine articles published. In 2002, he sold the film rights his worldwide bestseller, Ice Station, to Paramount Pictures. He is also the author of Temple, Area 7, and Contest, and he lives in Sydney, Australia.


Matthew Reilly is the bestselling author of Ice Station, Temple, Area 7, Scarecrow, Contest, Hell Island, Seven Ancient Wonders, Six Sacred Stones, The Five Greatest Warriors and Hover Car Racer. More than 3.5 million copies of his books have been sold around the world, and he has also written several screenplays and published several magazine articles. Reilly was born in 1974 and studied law at the University of New South Wales. He lives in Sydney, Australia.

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Scarecrow 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 80 reviews.
Ladytas More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoy this author, but the publisher should recall this version and fix the page turn errors in the formatting. I am 100 pages in and have had to use the "go to page #" function at least 15 times. TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE. Nook books and ebooks have been around long enough that this sort of thing should not happen. It ruins the reader's enjoyment of the book. And for those who think that's not what a review should address, think again. Poor sales drive decisions and readers should not pay for substandard work. Would anyone buy a hard copy that has pages out of order or stuck together? Heck no. So don't buy this messed up electronic version.
adleno More than 1 year ago
This was an entertaining book that has almost too much action.
ThrillerDude More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great action. Fun story. Can't wait for more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But Reilly is a bigot.
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Action supreme, thrilling and exciting!
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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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Jay_Green_ABQ More than 1 year ago
Matthew Reilly is one of my all time favorite authors. All of his Scarecrow series books are great.
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