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Scarecrow (Shane Schofield #3)

4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  7,967 ratings  ·  293 reviews
As 'Scarecrow' Schofield watches his mission to eliminate a Siberian turn into a bloodbath, he realises he has been tricked -- and now become the prey rather than the predator. For a shadowy consortium of staggering power and wealth has included his name on a list of fifteen targets to be eliminated without fail by twelve noon that same day. Now every high-powered bounty h...more
Paperback, 524 pages
Published 2010 by Pan Publishing (first published 2003)
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Escapist literature gets a lot of leeway with me. I mean, it’s there for the sole purpose of passing someone’s downtime. Characters are usually walking clichés, and the plot revolves around something along the lines of: “we only have X amount of time to do something or Y is going to happen.” I’m okay with this simplicity. But I do have a problem when authors of escapist literature think that their readers are a bunch of morons. I admit, I may not know all the technical details or the makes and m...more
Garet Wirth
One stormy night, a lonely college junior sat in his starkly lit college dorm room, deciding how best to procrastinate on all things "school." He had recently read "Ice Station," a novel about some badass military dude who shot bad guys, did acrobatic combat tactical !@#$, and killed Orcas like no other. And he did it all while wearing sunglasses, cause he had some sort of eye thing that made him have to wear sunglasses. Honestly, who remembers.

That night, the lonely college junior decided to tr...more
It's been a while since I read a Matthew Reilly book. I finished Scarecrow about two days ago, and my brain is still going "BOOM!" "Zoom!" "Swoosh!" and thinking in italics.

Like all of the other Matthew Reilly books I've read, this one was fast paced and full of action. It was a flat out gallop from beginning to end, with all of the action that Matthew Reilly is known for.

It was an enjoyable read, if not a deep one, and this review is basically three and a half stars. The extra half star is for...more
Bree T
Scarecrow is the third novel in Matthew Reilly’s Capt. Shane “Scarecrow” Schofield series. I’ve read the first one, Ice Station and it reads like a Hollywood action blockbuster. Lots of blowing things up, rapid-fire shoot outs, miraculous escapes from impossible situations and plenty of blood and gore. I was expecting this one to be pretty much the same and it was. And then some!

A list is compiled of 15 targets, all of whom must be dead by 12 noon New York time 26th October. The list is comprise...more
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Tim "The Enchanter"
3 Stars

WARNING: Scarecrow is not recommended for pregnant readers, readers with heart trouble or high-blood pressure.

Matthew Reilly is well known for his non-stop, shoot first ask later stories. Having read the two previous in this series plus the Jack West Jr. Series, I can say without a doubt this is the most action packed book of them all.

In addition to the most action , it is easily the BLOODIEST of the novels. The story is set amid a worldwide bounty on the heads of a list of various cha...more
Heather Connolly-helvie
Oh my goodness!!!
What a total rush!!!
I actually feel like I am pumped with adrenalin after this one.
What an introduction to this Scholfield character. This was a gift so not the first in the series but now I am going out and buying every book in this series. I have never had a story effect me like this and take me on such a ride.
I actually could see an action movie playing out in my head as I was reading. Way to go! You are definitely now on my favourite author list.
Holy. Fucking. Shit.
Epic has a new name: SCARECROW.

I wasn't sure if Matthew Reilly could possibly jack up the ante for the third Scarecrow novel, but oh my lord he delivered. Page after page of pulse pounding, relentless action. A thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat for the entire length.

Matthew Reilly is the master of action.
Am I a fangirl? Yes I am. On my fourth Matt Reilly book already and yes, whatever this man writes, I will read. I've come to the realization that the absurd, over the top action and nick of time salvations that occur a LOT in his text as well as the superhuman abilities of one Shane "Scarecrow" Schofield attract me in the same way that James Bond does, times ten. It is fiction and adrenaline fiction at that, which he writes and no matter how absurd the near death situation is, it gets my pulse g...more
'Scarecrow' brings back the namesake protagonist in an adventure full of adrenaline and pulse pounding action. The third installment in the series sees our hero become the focus of an elaborate bounty hunt in which the worlds most highly regarded military personnel are targeted by a wealthy faction seeking humanities implosion for profit. Combining real world facts to create a world of fiction, Reilly exposes political imbalance and highlights doomsday fears of a post western world rule where th...more
First, I'd like to say I loved Reilly's first two Schofield books, but Scarecrow was a huge disappointment for me.

The action is undoubtedly fast paced like the first two books, but it seems like Reilly was reaching a bit for this one. The action, though explosive, felt a little too unrealistic. Also, this being the 3rd book of the series, a lot of the scenes become repetitive and predictable (ie- grappling hook to the rescue).

I am disappointed on Reilly's decision on a specific character in th...more
Another crazy summer blockbuster-like ride with Scarecrow and team.
Everything is so over the top it's insane and fun all rolled together. Seriously, a shark pit and a guillotine!
I need a breather but I will be back for more my Scarecrow. :)

What a fantastic read! I don't want to say too much about the story as I don't want to give anything away and spoil someone elses enjoyment. Can't wait to read the next Scarecrow book.
 Charlie - A Reading Machine Blog
The Third Book in the Scarecrow Series is another winner and when it is about the richest bounty hunt of all time how could it not be??

15 men from around the world, with almost nothing in common, have a price on their heads so high it makes every piece of shit on earth come out to play.

A new weapons system has been designed that can only be broken by those with almost impossibly fast reflexes. Well that explains how he made it alive through the first two books! Everyone who can disarm it is up f...more
Kara Jorges
If you like chase scenes and things getting blown up, then this is the book for you because it’s pretty much nothing but chase scenes and destruction. A series of impossible feats is loosely woven around a paper-thin plot: someone is offering $18.6 million apiece for the heads of 15 individuals who range from military hotshots to terrorists. Naturally, Reilly’s favorite recurring character, US Marine Shane Schofield, call sign Scarecrow, is on the list.

The story begins at an “abandoned” Siberia...more
This must have been one of the most poorly executed exposees i've ever got into my fingers. It's not even that anything in the story-outline itself would be amiss, it's rather the usual Action-Thriller Story with the much-clichéd stereotypical Supersoldier protagonist, but the writing itself does not in the least convince...
It almost seems as if Matthew Reilly had worked out a movie script for a rather hillariously dense clone of all the James Bond like franchises out there with a little dose of...more
This is Matthew Reilly’s third Shane Schofield story. I really enjoyed ‘Ice Station’ and ‘Area 7’ but didn’t think that this book lived up to its predecessors. The premise for it is excellent however: a shadowy organisation has placed a $20 million dollar bounty on fifteen of the world’s deadliest warriors. Shane is one of the targets and he must somehow stay alive long enough to find out who wants him dead, and why.

Previous Shane Schofield novels were always over-the-top, with storylines and ac...more
Barry Simiana
Nov 07, 2011 Barry Simiana rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of action adventure, people who like Greig Beck, Clive Cussler, Rick Chesler
It's entertainment, people. and ain't that what we read for. There's nonfiction for those who want to learn, but i do lots of study and thinking in my day job. I read to relax and have a bit of fun. yes, it's over the top. yes, the hero is almost superman and gets as many second chances as any superhero, but it's thought out well, enough plotpoints are hidden nicely through the book to explode when needed and by the FSM it's fun. anyone who doesn't like Matt Reilly is a twit, way too serious in...more
I am literally in awe at how incredibly bad this book is. If I could I would give it negative stars. The stuff in this book is only slightly less believable than Star Wars. At least Star Wars gives the disclaimer that it happened a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. This reads like someone who has no grasp of military doctrine, equipment, or the most general knowledge of physics. I'm willing to suspend some belief when reading fiction but this got a little absurd. Several times throughout...more
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This is definitely my favourite Scarecrow novel so far! I really enjoyed the variety of characters, and the different levels of malice! The whole Battle Royale thing always captivates me and I enjoyed the way it was executed here! I still get lost in the technical jargon, and what all the different ships and planes etc. are called and look like will always be beyond my total comprehension, but the story outside of those details is quite a rush! I did enjoy the idea of the author adding depth of...more
Jennie Leigh
Not much to say. A typical Shane Schofield story. Unrealistic action moving at warp speed. I will admit to being utterly caught off guard by Reilly's choice to kill off one of the people we've spent all the previous books getting to know. I know he likes to keep his readers on edge, never knowing who might survive and who might die, but I really hated to see this character go. Probably because I'm a romantic at heart. Still, I'll read the next Schofield novel when it comes out. As utterly unreal...more
I am quite willing to suspend my disbelief for a book, especially if it's an action thriller that requires some bending of the rules and a bit of artistic licence but the things that happen in this book are physically impossible. When you start messing with the laws of physics I'm afraid I can no longer suspend my disbelief and things just spiral downhill. Never mind the overuse of exclamation marks the writing is fairly juvenile and one-dimensional and I just couldn't root for any of the charac...more
Ralf Demuth
Best one yet, global story and super fast. Not everyone important survives but noe I really like Mother, because she likes Huey Lewis and I bet Reilly does, too.

Just don't expect things to be logical all the time. Go for fast and thrilling instead.
Daniel Rudge
Another adrenaline rush from Matthew Reilly. Yes you have to suspend belief in reality, but the fast-paced action and incredible story keeps you turning pages. This is book three in the Shane Schofield series and Reilly keeps adding new twists and turns. In this one, Schofield has to find out why he and others have a bounty on their heads while he is being hunted. A great guilty-pleasure read.
Carlisle Johnson
Amazingly, Matthew Reilly has come up with the impossible. His usually fast-paced novels have now become even faster. Whereas "Ice Station" and "Area 7" were set mainly in fixed locations, (with the Marines battling hostile forces while inside), this time around Schofield and his team are criss-crossing the globe racing from one hair-raising cliffhanger to the next. From Russia, to Afghanistan, to London, to France, and more, the thrills keep on coming.

As usual, the storyline doesn't suffer at a...more
All of matthew Reilly's books have good story lines. yet the only thing that spoils them in my view is the battle/action scenes.
They are far too long! After a while I felt I wanted to get back to the story. yet they seemed to go on and on forever. Shame, because otherwise a very good author.
Red Heaven
Sometimes I think Matthew Reilly's gift for describing gripping, drawn-out action scenes at breakneck speed isn't worth the price of being subjected to his absurdly inappropriate misuse of italics. He stresses things that don't need stressing; we get it, Matthew. We understand what is happening.

Likewise, his use of exclamation marks and spelling out sounds - guns go bang! bang! is pretty juvenile. Apparently his later books tone down these glaring flaws a bit - maybe an editor is finally steppin...more
I was recently surprised by the number of negative reviews for "419" - which won the Giller Prize and is a great book. In this case, equally surprised by the number of positive reviews. I read it on a flight because nothing else was available - but otherwise would not have finished it. I love a good action/adventure, but this was like an extended episode of the original "Batman" TV series, where the hero escapes one inescapable situation after another. Juvenile and completely unbelievable. (How...more
Bouchra Rebiai
I cannot believe I fell asleep after reading this. I guess I was really tired! Scarecrow an action-packed thriller that makes you feel like you were watching it live rather than reading about it.

I even saw snippets of the movie I imagined while dreaming. XD

The Scarecrow returns in this book, with a bounty on his head. As he tries to dodge his hunters, with the help of an ex-Delta-turned-bounty-hunter who was being paid to keep him alive, he and his small team figure out why there is a contract o...more
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