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Area 7 (Shane Schofield #2)

4.07  ·  Rating Details  ·  11,862 Ratings  ·  345 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. . .


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.
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 (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
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
Mar 10, 2015 Skip rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller
Suspend belief for this military thriller. Unbelievable plots and impossible escapes from impending death aplenty. A rogue Air Force General supposedly executed, armed with his own Air Force Special Ops unit takes on the US President with his Marine Corp and Secret Service escort. Shane Schofield (Scarecrow) and his team battle for control of a secret military laboratory and bioweapons facility, trying to prevent racial and political disaster. Yet, there is even more treachery as some of the Air ...more
Nov 19, 2011 Janey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Riju Ganguly
Oct 12, 2011 Riju Ganguly rated it liked it
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
Dec 28, 2009 Brian rated it it was ok
Shelves: junk-food
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
Feb 28, 2015 Mike rated it really liked it
What if the Air Force was conducting secret biological weaponry research at a remote installation in the Utah desert? What if the President was scheduled to make a visit there to see a particular breakthrough in that research? What if the installation had been infiltrated by USAF commandos no longer loyal to the United States? And what if Shane "Scarecrow" Schofield happened to be assigned to the Presidential detail for this trip?

The result: Mayhem!

This is the second in the series about the acti
Mar 05, 2016 Jesse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yes yes YES. Matt Reilly delivers, and far better than any action movie!

I love Matthew Reilly's writing--the fast-paced action, the settings, the situations and the plot twists and, yes, the characters too. Even Reilly himself admitted that he's in this game to write about action and adventure, and if character development has to get axed as a result, then so be it. But for me, that honestly isn't the case. Getting to see Shane Schofield back in action, along with Libby Gant and Gena "Mother" Ne
Jun 30, 2013 Mer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic-sci-fi, thriller
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
Tim The Enchanter
Having recently finished the first book in the Scarecrow series, Ice Station, I have decided that Matthew Reilly is quite adept at writing a story that is essentially contained in one local. In Area 7, we find Scarecrow and some of his friends from the previous novel, stuck in the middle of deadly game of cat and mouse with a maniacal (supposedly) dead man. For much of the book, Reilly teeters on the edge of believable action but by the end of this book he literally rockets past the believable t ...more
Apr 20, 2007 JT rated it it was amazing
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
May 03, 2009 Alex rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 50-in-2009
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).
Action-packed, as is par for the course with Matthew Reilly. I listened to this on audiobook, and while the narrator was easy to listen to, I did get a little confused at times as I lost the plot - my fault, not the author’s or narrator’s. I’ve listened to Contest as an audiobook before, and found it was conducive to listening. But the Shane Schofield books seem a bit more complex than Contest, and I suspect that reading them the traditional way is probably a better idea!

There is certainly alway
Nov 29, 2011 Dean rated it it was ok
Shelves: plot-machine
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
Aug 18, 2008 Mya rated it really liked it
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
Ritvik Bhawan
Oct 21, 2014 Ritvik Bhawan rated it did not like it
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
Jan 21, 2014 Dionne rated it liked it
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
Sep 02, 2007 Jenny rated it it was amazing
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
Stuart Ruffell
Oct 07, 2007 Stuart Ruffell rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 16, 2011 DarthGonzo rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 31, 2016 Linda rated it liked it
I was a little disappointed in this second in the Scarecrow series. The story is action-packed, but we don't get to see Scarecrow as a thinking person in this one; he just reacts. Nothing that he finds is outside the boundary of being accessible in the situation he's in, but it seems like the emphasis in this book is on the action, not the people. But then, it IS a follow-up to a well-written first book and seconds tend to be a strain to achieve the same level as the first, in movies, music, and ...more
Jan 26, 2016 Olivermagnus rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
Area 7 is the second thriller in the Shane Schofield series. After the events of Ice Station, Shane “Scarecrow” Schofield, captain in the US Marine Corps, has been assigned to the relatively low key job of protecting the President while he's on the Marine One helicopter. When the President decides to visit a remote military base called Area 7, Schofield and his team, Elizabeth “Fox” Gant, Gena “Mother” Newman and Buck “Book II” Riley, accompany him. Once at the base, they discover that it has be ...more
Jun 15, 2015 Harry007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action
This novel did demonstrate that the author had lost some of his focus, at least to begin with. It starts with a good idea about nukes linked up to a radio transmitter on the president's heart, and evil soldiers hunting him down within an air base in order to stop the transmitter setting off the nukes. But I had some trouble understanding where the tension laid, especially when the lead bad guy could detonate the nukes at any time. So hunting the president was like a game, but it lacked tension b ...more
Feb 16, 2014 Jobarda rated it really liked it
*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
This is another fast-paced, ‘adrenaline-laced’ story about a surviving small group of Marines and government officials who stand against a renegade group of Air Force officers, an attempted military coup of the United States, biologically enhanced ‘super soldiers’, South African commandos, a Chinese biological weapon, and a batch of escaped serial killers, and a sandstorm. It is a crazy story that takes place on the land, in the air, in the water, and in outerspace. Completely nuts! There is vio ...more
Freda Malone
Mar 02, 2013 Freda Malone rated it really liked it
Wow, this book was full of action! Variety of people, scenery, suspense, intellect, science, and violence. It had everything, including a tid bit of romance. Couldn't put it down. I think I should have read Ice Station first, but that will be the next book I'll be looking for at the library. Of course, my favorite character in the book was 'scarecrow'...what a man but loved how his 'buddies' were just as good when teaming up to get 'er done.
Oct 02, 2011 K rated it really liked it
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!
Aug 16, 2015 Rachel rated it really liked it
I listened to this as an audio book in the car and I don't know where to start! By half way through the first disc there was so much action, shooting and killing that it seemed unlikely such a pace could be maintained for 11 discs. But I was so wrong...... This is action adventure at its most absurd. Every hour or two there is another race against the clock, nine fifty five, nine fifty six, nine fifty seven, nine fifty eight.... - you get the picture. All countdowns are spelt out that clearly.

Jan 26, 2016 Clinton rated it liked it
It was a pleasurable read, seeing as I rarely ever venture into the action/adventure type genre for novels.
It had me at about the 250 page mark, and I would have rated it a four star book then though gradually after that I found it a bit difficult to finish, due to a plot that started at a high and just kept going which got a tiny bit tedious for me, character dialogue that became almost unbelievable (some of the things they said during fight scenes wouldn't even fly in a 80's action movie), and
May 10, 2015 Saravanan rated it really liked it
Fast paced military/action thriller. Good fit for a movie.
Feb 20, 2013 Zach rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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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