Scarecrow Returns

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Overview

SCARECROW IS BACK AND READY FOR ACTION!

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 ...

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Overview

SCARECROW IS BACK AND READY FOR ACTION!

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
After the initial stage setting, the outstanding fourth novel in Reilly’s action thriller series that began with Ice Station (1998) blasts off and never slows. Marine Capt. Shane M. “Scarecrow” Schofield, last seen in the novella Hell Island (2005), travels to the Arctic with a group of civilians and his female buddy and second-in-command—burly, six-foot-two, shaven-headed Gunnery Sgt. Gena Newman—to test a variety of advanced weaponry. Nearby, the secretive Army of Thieves, led by a man known only as the Lord of Anarchy, has taken over Dragon Island, a mothballed Russian secret weapons testing site. The ante rises after the Thieves announce their intention to explode the Tesla Device, a weapon powerful enough to ignite the world’s atmosphere and wipe out much of humanity. The characters offer enough flesh and blood to be convincing, but it’s the high-speed action and battle sequences that propel Reilly to the front of the pack of this particular subgenre. Agent: WME. (Jan.)
From the Publisher
“Nobody writes action like Matthew Reilly.”

—Vince Flynn, New York Times bestselling author of Kill Shot

“Matthew Reilly is the king of hard-core action.”

—Brad Thor, New York Times bestselling author of Full Black

“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.”

Chicago Tribune

“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)

“For fans of action, [Matthew Reilly] is essential reading.”

Library Journal

Library Journal
A secret Russian facility in the Arctic has been seized by a team of elite commandos calling themselves the Army of Thieves. In four hours, the terrorists will launch the facility's doomsday missile, which will set the atmosphere of the Northern Hemisphere on fire. Capt. Shane Schofield (Ice Station; Area 7; Scarecrow), also known as Scarecrow, is called in to stop the deadly plot. Unfortunately, he and his team are about three hours away. VERDICT Reilly is the king of the action thriller, and he has written his best book in years. The relentless pace will leave the reader breathless. Fans who enjoy military fiction and blockbuster summer action movies will love the adrenaline rush. [See Prepub Alert, 8/1/11.]—Jeff Ayers, Seattle P.L.
Kirkus Reviews
Scarecrow is back. The Army of Thieves presents itself as an anarchist group made up of once-imprisoned Pinochet regime torturers supplemented by assorted African mercenaries, rebels and terrorists. Leading the diabolical cadre is the acid-scarred Lord of Anarchy. On the island, the Thieves control a colossal thermobaric bomb capable of setting the atmosphere of the northern hemisphere aflame. Reilly (Hell Island, 2006, etc.) launches his hero, USMC Captain Shane Schofield, call-sign "Scarecrow," against the Army of Thieves. Scarecrow, recuperating from a bloody mission which roused the ire of the French so much that they put a bounty on his head, had been assigned to a cold-weather weapons-testing mission at an encampment near Dragon Island. With a narrative line suitable for the latest XBox 360 got-to-have-it gamer edition, Reilly delivers nonstop action to propel Scarecrow and his team on and off the island. Characters come, play a part big or small and get shot or blown up, and sometimes come back to life, and it's all equal opportunity mayhem. There's a modicum of backstory, and the text is interspersed with maps and line drawings of weapons and facilities, but the escapades are exaggerated Moonraker-fantastical, with more gadget magic and without Fleming's Bond-character nuances. Think testosterone-bulked automatic weapons, stolen Ospreys, mini-subs and a machine-gun-toting robot named Bertie. Action comic overkill.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780594488637
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 1/3/2012
  • Pages: 351
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew Reilly is the international bestselling author of numerous novels, including The Five Greatest Warriors, The Six Sacred Stones, Seven Deadly Wonders, Ice Station, Temple, Contest, Area 7, Scarecrow, the children’s book Hover Car Racer, and one novella, Hell Island. His books are published in more than twenty languages in twenty countries, and he has sold more than 4.5 million copies worldwide.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2012

    Scarecrow Returns

    One of the single best books ever written. Plain and simple. This novel was a work of art. Congrats Mr. Reilly.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    Love this author

    Yet another awesome book by Matt Reilly. If you want incredible action, this is for you!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Scarecrow is back!

    Good book. Typical fast pace, action adventure the comes from Mr Reilly.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2012

    Must Read for Scarecrow Fans!!!

    This is just another example of the engaging mind of Matthew Reilly! Every page has a new twist that will leave you on the edge of your seat and wanting more! I am ready for the next book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2012

    Lisa

    Love all Matthew Reilly's books. He is one of my favorite authors. This book is so good. It's the kind of book that is so hard to put down that you end up reading it into the wee morning. It's so action packed and exciting. :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 26, 2012

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    Just like reading an action film

    If you like fast action just like an action movie you will love this book. It follows the other books in the series and gives a little more depth to the main characters.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2013

    I do love Scarecrow

    BUT REILLY IS A BIGOT!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2013

    You got to love scarecrow!!!!

    Matthew is rapidly becoming my favorite auhor. Fast pace and some really good twists and turns. LOVED IT

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  • Posted March 1, 2013

    Typical Matthew Reilly

    Kind of predictable, but if you're used to his style, not bad

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2012

    To Neverdeath

    She meant "I mean Neverdeath."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2012

    Sonic can i join

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2012

    Ok

    Ok

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2012

    Skybird

    She tips her head, slightly confused, but nodds, saying, "Nice to meet you too." •Skybird•

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2012

    Lilyflower

    "May I join? Im Lilyflower." I say. (Im a silver tabby she with amber eyes and a small nick in my ear.)~Lilyflower

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2012

    Meow

    Silentkit and Seakit shiver when they see Ravinwing. (Remember. Both kits are just kits for now.) They look around for their moms. Donasong and Oceansong soak cold water from the moss on Shadowleap's pelt. Shadowleap still doesn't wake up.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2012

    Cats

    Autumnleaf padde over to Ravenstar. "May my kits become apprentices?"

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2012

    Jadefur

    The whitish green she cat slinks in, a shy look in her aqua eyes. "My name is Jadefur. Can I join?"

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2012

    Ravenwing to Ravenstar

    Runs in bloody and gasping for breath. "They are...going to.....steal... purest......kit.....a big sacrifice! Rip out her .....heart...." she looks up, terror in her eyes. "He's coming back!" And colapsses unconsious

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2012

    Cats

    Sandbreeze trotted in and sat beside Flarestep who twitched his ears in greeting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2012

    Baybreeze

    Sighs

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