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Area 7 (Shane Schofield #2)

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  8,497 ratings  ·  262 reviews
Matthew Reilly dazzled the world with his electrifying thrillers Ice Station and Temple. And now, Shane "Scarecrow" Schofield returns with his most harrowing and explosive adventure yet. . .

AREA 7

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.
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Mass Market Paperback, 512 pages
Published February 17th 2003 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published January 1st 2001)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
Warning: Do not read this book if you cannot suspend your disbelief about the seemingly improbable events that occur during action sequences. If you can’t do this, you will not enjoy this book. If you can, then hang on for the wild ride. No one, and I do mean no one, writes action scenes like Matthew Reilly. I reached for this book for precisely that reason.

Reading one of his books is like watching an action movie on steroids. I was laughing and cheering out loud throughout this book, and I coul...more
Riju Ganguly
This book SHOULD be read only if you are waiting in the airport to catch a long-delayed flight, or while pursuing some other (similar) pursuit. This book is undoubtedly rather difficult to part-with while in the middle of reading, but it stretches the border of incredulity to such an extreme point that the whole thing becomes pointless at the end. With multiple conspiring groups trying to prove something/steal something/kill something (i.e. someone, who is, incidentally, the President of the U.S...more
Brian
Hard to review because 1) it was a ton of fun to read, but 2) ultimately disappointing at just HOW freekin unbelievable the story was. I mean if this were taking place in the year 2200 and every character had bionic abilities or something, but there is NO way the action sequences are plausible. If not for feats of super-ability that make it seem unreal, the timing of everything is way off where you're thinking "theres no WAY they can get from point A to point B before the timer ends in 2 minutes...more
Alex
Loved it, plain and simple. It engaged me from the very first page, just like the other Matthew Reilly books I've read in the past. Don't have much else to say except that you should read the book, this series is amazing, and I'm looking forward to reading Scarecrow (the next novel in the series).
Dean
Picked this up from a Salvo's store as I'd always been curious about Mr Reilly's stories. I've seen him a couple of times on The Book Club show thingy and he always seemed very buttoned down, assured person.
This translates in his writing too. He likes to tell stories at breakneck speed, I think one could demolish this book a a couple hours sitting really.
Mr Reilly gives a tightly plotted adventure with all the good military technology treats for those with that fetish. The story has a compulsi...more
Mya
I have to admit that for someone who writes erotica, I don't often read it. My first choice when it comes to leisurely reading is most definately THRILLERS (political, medical, science, military, historical). I like to read about secret weapons, killer viruses, conspiracy and classified information. When I can get guns and/monsters mixed in, all the better! I wouldn't consider horror novels, unless they had a technical, scientific and plot heavy (not necessarily character-heavy story).

Anyway, a...more
rey
4 stars

Oh wow what an amazing adventure I had. Weeeeeeeeeeeee.

I loved previous book. It was uber thrilling. Area 7 isn't lacking too except that I enjoyed it less, though. Perhaps it might have got something to do with less gruesome? Or maybe it's my brain's finally able to cope with some gruesome horrific scenes and got immune to it. I don't know, so on this part it's all just me.

Overall, it was nice. The play chase game it was awesome. Definitely suit for me because I am an adrenaline junkie....more
Ritvik Bhawan
As I read more of Reilly's work, I am becoming truly convinced that it is really difficult to write a good, fast paced thriller.

Area 7 suffers from what I term as the Video Game Syndrome(VGS), where action writers tend to model their storyline based on any popular video game franchise. This book reminds so much of Resident Evil, with all it's evil scientists testing genetically mutated animals, professional mercs, psychopathic serial killers, cold blooded military commandos that you almost expe...more
Janey
This is the second book I've read by Matthew Reilly and just like Ice Station (the first book in the Scarecrow series) it's an action packed read from start to finish! The setting for this story is the mysterious Area 7 a secret U.S. military installation hidden underground in Utah. U.S. Marine Shane "Scarecrow" Scofield is accompanying the President who is visiting Area 7 when all hell breaks loose and it's up to Scarecrow and his team to keep the President alive.

Whilst battling a crack Air Fo...more
Dionne
As a child I absolutely adored Reilly's way of spinning action in my mind. Creating scenes straight out of Top Gun (the serious version) with this mysterious Shane Schofield who manages to come out alive even in the most disastrous of situations. But as I read Area 7, I seemed a little disengaged - although the plot was relatively interesting (viral weapon of mass destruction), there were too many outlandish close calls, way too many locations (from being in a top secret government facility (pas...more
Jenny
Sep 02, 2007 Jenny rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
If you are into non-stop action this book is for you! I loved every minute of it, I could not put it down. The Author, Matthew Reilly is a great story teller. However, if you are into extensive character development this book is not for you. He elaborates just enough on the characters but since this is an action book I dont think the reader is missing a thing in terms of character development.

What I leardned from this book is that we do not need to go to the movies to experience great action, t...more
JT
Apr 20, 2007 JT rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Action
Shelves: goodsolidread
Good solid action book. Shane "Scarecrow" Schofield again saves the world! This series is fantastic, one great read after the other. If you enjoy books that read like movies, high action one chapter after the other, a small group up against insurmountable odds, this series is for you!

This time Scarecrow is serving on Marine One, carting the President around some secret bases out in the desert when a rouge Air Force special forces team decides to change America overnight. It is up to Scarecrow a...more
Stuart Ruffell
Oct 07, 2007 Stuart Ruffell rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: action
The author says in his afterword the he aims to write a book as if it's an action movie. Well, Mr Reilly really practices what he preaches! This was the first Matthew Reilly book i've read, and the action really is non-stop, with brief stop-overs for setting the scenes and fleshing out the plot.

I like the book; it's a full-on action read, and there's so much going on that I quickly became immersed in it, but i'm willing to concede that other readers may become disappointed with the 'Hollywood bl...more
DarthGonzo
I love reading Matthew Reilly. His books are a great way of detaching yourself from reality and taking you on a fantastic fast paced story adventure! I especially like his chapter structure. Ok, the story's can sometimes be completely out there and off the wall but I just find them incredibly enjoyable. This book is no different. Presidential kidnapping, America in danger of collapse, hero comes to save the day type story that keeps you hooked to see how it all pans out. Brainless fun, and that'...more
Jobarda
*Minor Spoilers*

Area 7 follows the story of Captain Shane "Scarecrow" Schofield and his team of Marines who are assigned to the helicopter crew responsible for traveling with and providing security for, the President of the United States. The President is traveling to a secret USAF facility deep in the desert of Arizona for what seems like a routine inspection. However, things quickly go awry and Scarecrow and his team are thrown into a nuclear game of cat and mouse with a rogue USAF General ben...more
K
I am doing a re-read in the lead up to the release of Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves.

Has it really been ten years since Area 7 came out?!

Even though this is a re-read, the story is STILL an adrenaline rush from beginning to end. Un-put-down-able!
Zach
First off; classic Reilly, great characters and dialogue, edge of seat action and plenty of great moments.
But I found this a very hard read, it's simply too long, and too relentless, the action never lets up (As will most Reilly novels) however this is quite a long novel, and I simply think it's too busy for its length.
Rohan Stewart
Matt Reilly does what is expected of him. Lots of action, unbelievable and improbable situations, stereotypical characters and a will to destroy everything and everyone by the end of the book. He again succeeds with this formula and if this sounds good to you, then read away.
Randy
Shane Scofield returns in another action packed thriller.
 Charlie - A Reading Machine Blog
Brilliant follow up to the highly praised Ice Station set in the completely opposite location, the desert.

Scarecrow and his team are guarding the presidents helicopter. After the mess in Antarctica it is the best place to put him as he is in plain sight but out of mind doing largely ceremonial duties.

El President is heading to Area 7, a secret military installation, when it is taken over by a psychotic Air Force General, Charles "Caesar" Rusell, who an old school racist and also a brilliant tac...more
Melbourne on my mind
Look, we all know that Matthew Reilly's books border on the ridiculous. The plots are over the top, there's little to no character development, and at least 90% of what happens is utterly implausible. But they're just so much fun to read, dammit. I prefer Ice Station to this one, but it's still action packed and fast paced and generally decent non-brain-power-requiring reading.

Sure, it's massively implausible that a secret faction of the Air Force would take over a secret government base in the...more
Seth
Area 7 by Matthew Reilly is the second book in the Shane Schofield series and it offers the same great character depth and development, storyline, and action that we got with Ice Station . Of course the stakes have to be upped on the second round and Reilly doesn't disappoint at all. Scarecrow and his team have to protect the President while he is being hunted by one of the best armed forces in the world, stop a nuclear attack on US soil, protect a vaccine for a deadly, ethnic biologica...more
Tim
Picked this at random from the Library, looked like a fun thriller (really getting into this audiobook format!). Will letcha know.

(12/02/10) Well, it is interesting, this one is in the genre of the kick-ass hero saves the President and the Nation by Just Being A Good Kick-Ass hero. This involves a plot to blow up the US of A via strategically placed nuclear warheads which have been tied telemetrically to a receiver implanted in the President's heart (I kid you not), which will set off the holoca...more
Dils AB
Gist? Shane Schofield is back again! This time he deals with adventure/shenanigans that happened in Area 7 ( US most secret base) while he was protecting the POTUS.

Because I can only think Matthew Reilly books in point form. I will write in point/short paragraph form.

Same as the other, very exciting. Action packed. Highly unbelievable yet entertaining.

I especially like all the genetically altered creatures lying around the area 7.

As somewhat mentioned by other reviewer, he likes to disjoint...more
Richard
It is hard to call this science fiction, even though Reilly is really big on technology. The only problem is... his technology has far too much "magic" in it, and really pushes his stories -- all four of those I've read -- into a really weird fantasy genre where pseudo-technology fills the role of magic.

In order to avoid spoilers -- and thus losing the chance to warn folks about how they might be disappointed by this book -- it will have to be sufficient to say that Reilly relies at numerous poi...more
Richard
It is hard to call this science fiction, even though Reilly is really big on technology. The only problem is... his technology has far too much "magic" in it, and really pushes his stories -- all four of those I've read -- into a really weird fantasy genre where pseudo-technology fills the role of magic.

In order to avoid spoilers -- and thus losing the chance to warn folks about how they might be disappointed by this book -- it will have to be sufficient to say that Reilly relies at numerous poi...more
Thk
I read this book with great anticipation as its smack in-between Ice Station (which I thought was great) and Scarecrow (which i thought was rather good)... well the over-the-top action scenes are all there, but the main gripe was the fundamental storyline was a bit flawed....given such tremendous superiority, will the you resort to a cat-and-mouse game? Rather unlikely?

But then the action is well "choreographed" but somehow the problem is I feel that the scenes are written to suit the gadgets, a...more
Patrick Nichol
I love Matthew Reilly! He's my latest favourite adventure/military heroics storyteller, and I have one word to sum up Area 7.
Exhausting! And I mean that in a good way.
Reilly packs enough stunts,action and intrigue to satisfy any serious action/adrenaline junkie. If Capt. Shane Schofield were a movie character, he'd be an instant multi-billion dollar franchise.
The plot is this: the President of the United States and his military entourage is taken hostage at a secret USAF facility by a megalomani...more
Jess
Re-Read November 2011

I was watching Air Force One (with Harrison Ford) and I got the desire to reread this book. I tried to shake the compulsion but it just wouldnt go away. So I put off reading it till late last night. BIG MISTAKE because then I ended up reading till 3am in the morning.

It is a testament to how great this book is. This is the 3rd time I have read it and it STILL has me incapable of putting it down.

It is exactly like watching an episode of 24 or an action movie. You cut from one...more
Kristin Lundgren
Okay, so I'm on a Matt Reilly kick - actually I am reading anything I can find in the boxes piled up still, and he was on top. But I will soon switch gears to some YA from the library. This is my second reading, the first in 2007. Again, I loved this book. The second in the Shane "Scarecrow" Schofield series (The first was Ice Station, set in Antarctica), this one is set in a mysterious government facility in Utah, called Area 7, where classified work is being done. Along for the ride is "Mother...more
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Matthew Reilly is a New York Times best-selling author of eight novels that have been published in eighteen languages in twenty countries. He has sold more than 3.5 million copies worldwide.

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