Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves (Shane Schofield #4)
Deep in the Arctic, a long-forgotten Soviet military base enshrouds a weapon of unimaginably destructive force--a Cold War doomsday device with the power to obliterate the planet. When a mysterious and brutal terrorist group known as the Army of Thieves seizes control of the remote base and unleashes the weapon upon an unsuspecting wo...more
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A. Shane Schofield – codename: Scarecrow
Matthew Reilly’s sequel to ‘Scarecrow’ is every bit as exciting and tense as its predecessor with our dependable hero once again at the coalface of worlds end with little more than a maghook and small band of civilians and marines to counter an army – The Army of Thieves. The mission pits Scarecrow against a formidable foe a ...more
"The President looked at a wall clock. I was now 5 pm, or 6 am at Dragon. 'Are you telling me that in five hours an unknown force is going to set off some kind of superweapon that will ignite the atmosphere or the northern hemisphere?'
'That's correct sir,' Gordon said. 'We have five hours to save the world.'"
I was looking for a fast paced adventure/thriller novel a few years ago, I was ...more
Good grief this is terrible. I have not purchased this book, nor do I plan to ever buy anything written by Reilly, this book really is that bad.
First how I came to read it (or rather the first thirteen pages and skimmed the rest); I was waiting for my niece in a bookstore and decided to sample the book. That's several minutes I'd like Mr. Reilly and his publishers to return.
OK, it's a techno-thriller so characterisation, plot plausibility, dialogu ...more
I am a great lover of Matthew Reilly’s books, I have read them all. I find them exciting, action packed, edge of your seat reads that always leave me breathless but with the urge to go and join the marines.
And Scarecrow and the Army of the Thieves didn’t disappoint………much.
It had all the things that make the Scarecrow novels brilliant, fast paced writing, huge action sequences, thrilling escapes and diabolical bad guys, but this one just seemed, I don’t know, a little forced. The writing just ...more
Reilly is the master of action, not realistic action, but crazy off the planet, balls to the wall, slightly obscene, blood curdling, adrenaline pumping ACTION! You come away from one of his novels with a high heart rate and that woozy post roller coaster feeling. This is what Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves promises and by f#$k it's what it delivers.
Beware.... fans of Brad Thor, Tom Clancy, Vince Flynn o ...more
I swear, I get half way through and I think the battle is over and Scarecrow as well as his team have saved the w ...more
My favourite Reilly character continues to be Gena ‘Mother’ Newman and she makes a welcome return here. Mo ...more
There, that's my man Reilly dishing out an action scene the way it is supposed to be. Profanity, heart thumping last-second action sequences, claustrophobia inducing movement depiction, a robot going ape shit on your enemies, Ospreys, missiles, submarines...hold on...let me catch my breath a bit, OK?.....phew!...where were we? Oh yeah, describing a quintessential Matthew Reilly book on Scarecrow.
Look, don't pick a Matthew Reilly book looking for ...more
I've never like Scarecrow as much as Jack West but he still makes for a good action hero. Dramatic, violent past. Extremely talented in all manner of weapons and vehicles. Ability to think so fast he can coalesce hours of thinking into milliseconds. Totally unbelievable, completely badass.
This time Scarecrow is in self-exile after ...more
He has lost his grasp on the English language and doesn't excite or interest the audience at all. It's painful to read at some points and there are whole pages of cringeworthy prose that no pu ...more
Only 4 stars for me as there were some technical issues with the writing that pulled me out of the action a bit towards the end, but not enough to detract that much!
ANALYSIS: Matthew Reilly’s story to publication is one as wondrous as one of his books. Borrowing money from his parents to publish his debut book and then doing his own publicity and selling the book to local bookstores was quite a task. His book then caught the attention of a publishing persona and based on the potential seen in the book, lead to him being offered a two book contract. The first of those two books was Ice Station & since then Matthe ...more
My main issue with this story is the undeniable fact that it is a complete rip-off of Metal Gear Solid. Let me reiterate for you.
In MGS an all star group of terroists (who are in fact a rogue US special forces unit/s ...more
(view spoiler)[A man by the name of Marius Calderon made a number of assumptions and predictions about China back in the eighties. Most of the intelligence community laughed at him, except for a few that took him on his offer: build an operation so deep and secret that nobody would even think of it as po ...more
Deep in the Artic is a doomsday device, built during the Cold War. Because where else would you put it? A highly intelligent terrorist group known as the Army of Thieves has taken control of the abandoned base where the device lays and threatens to destroy the Earth if they are not given...*pinky finger to lip ...more
I've reread Ice Station, Area 7, and Scarecrow over the past who-knows-how-long, so I figured it was time to finish off the Scarecrow series as it currently stands. This one's full of twists and turns, and features the return of some fabulous characters as well as some excellent new ones (namely Baba). There were certain moments that were so full of implausibility that my eyes nearly rolled out of my head, but on the whole it was fun.
Although I didn't appreciate the "HEY LOOK I FOUND Y ...more
This book is garbage.
The universal sign for no is a circle with a slanted line trough it. If you look on the dust cover of the “Scarecrow Returns”, you will see this sign over an A on the military aircraft. This stands for “No America”.
This is a manipulative book about the US trying to destroy the rest of the world because we have lost our global mojo.
This is also an attempt to exploit anti American sentiment by Matthew Reilly and the book publishers.
I was soooo looking forward to this book, I ordered it about 3 months before it was released. I love the character of Scarecrow and those of his team.
This book has all the usual battles, a mysterious baddie, crazy gunfights and situations you just KNOW Scarecrow can't get out of, and wouldn't if this was real life.
If you haven't read any Matthew Reilly before, they are adventure t ...more
Reilly is one of my favorite authors purely in terms of kick-ass action scenes, remarkably descriptive combat sequences and simply implausible cliffhangers and escapes.
His characters are not "deep" in any sense of the word, his plots are more like a video game than a book and his penchant for exclamation points drives me nuts on some occasions. But...
His stories just kill. The action, the pace, the perils and everything else add up to be "brain crack" ...more
I loved it from beginning to end...The action, the ...more
4 stars - Thriller
Such an intense read! I started the book a few days ago and what a relief now that i finished it! True to the author's words, it's definitely not for the fainted hearts. I especially liked the torture scenes (e.g. Rat torture) omg it was horrifyingly gruesome! Anyway, i believe there will be an upcoming instalment in the series and all i can do is wait. Btw, the author's a character murderer. See my status updates me counting total ...more
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'It's desperation over style, Mother.' He hurried over to the tail end of the suspended tanker truck, to the two cables that rose up from it to the rim of the massive moat.
'But did you have to destroy everything?' she shouted.
'I haven't destroyed everything yet. Hurry up, this isn't over! This way!”