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Scarecrow (Shane Schofield #3)

4.20  ·  Rating Details  ·  11,279 Ratings  ·  369 Reviews
It is set to be the greatest bounty hunt in history... There are fifteen target, the finest warriors in the world - commandos, spies, terrorists. And they must all be dead by 12 noon today. The price on their heads: almost $20 million each.

Among the names on the target list, one stands out. An enigmatic Marine named Shane Schofield, call-sign: "Scarecrow." And so Schofield
Paperback, 544 pages
Published September 3rd 2004 by Pan Publishing (first published January 1st 2001)
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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
Aug 20, 2013 Garet Wirth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 23, 2014 Leonie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 14, 2013 Reie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic-sci-fi, thriller
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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
Jun 13, 2015 Skip rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
A shady group of billionaires (the Council) publish a list of 15 people with a reward of $18.6 million per head causing a worldwide bounty hunt. Primarily military men, the basis for the list is unclear, but Shane "Scarecrow" Schofield is on the list. Starting at an abandoned facility in Siberia, killers are after him and the others in a non-stop series of attacks. A surprise ally assists Scarecrow, but I found there was too much action at the expense of a plot-- inciting global trouble.
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.
Jul 20, 2013 Zach rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 15, 2012 Janey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 22, 2008 Mya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Oct 04, 2011 Josh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, read_2011
'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
Do you know when you're watching a movie and this scene with a whole bunch of badass soldiers is so awesome that it makes you shiver? A scene that makes you say "Hell yeah!!" ? Well this book-and pretty much every Scarecrow book I've read so far- will make you say that a lot!.

Action packed from the very beginning to end, no break at all, great characters both old and new and the always awesome Scarecrow. I-absolutely-loved-it!! Matthew Reilly and Shane Schofield, but now i have one more favorit
Jan 22, 2013 Yvonne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. :)

 Charlie - A Reading Machine
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
Barry Simiana
Nov 07, 2011 Barry Simiana rated it really liked it  ·  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
Jul 01, 2014 Rmd rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Bruno Goncalves
I hated this book.

Really, I did.

Before I became interested in writing my own novels, while on holiday in Portugal's Vicentine coast I picked this book up from one of those touristy shops by the beach. It had a cool cover, you see. I was quite impressed by the promise of bloodshed. The blurb promised a heap of military action and I happened to be in the army at the time. Destiny.

I was not prepared for the scale of the awfulness. This book was so awesomely bad that it was actually quite good. Wait
Dec 06, 2014 InC rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This piece of trash makes techno-thrillers just look bad. It feels like parody of the genre, but it's too insane to even be that.
Crazy acrobatics, such as protagonist grappling from flying planes and whatnot aside, not a single scene is believable. Even worse is that author couldn't spend few moments to google vehicles, weapons and common laws of physics or country borders.

So you get two characters somehow fitting into single seater fighter jet, then flying 5000km in the plane that can fly 2000
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
May 07, 2010 Bjoern rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Vinay Leo R.
Review @ A Bookworm's Musing:

If there’s a series that really appeals to me, it’s this one. The character of Shane “Scarecrow” Schofield is one that promises action, and this book, titled after the character itself, promised and delivered on that. The book follows Scarecrow as he acts as backup to a Delta team, not knowing that he is one of fifteen targets on a bounty list, with a big sum on his head. He finds out soon enough, and having survived the attack, heads to Afgha
Jun 18, 2011 Robert rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 05, 2009 K rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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You know the summer blockbusters, the action adventure flicks filled with explosions and car chases and romance, the kind of movie that is fast paced and exciting and pulls you right in, because despite being over the top and so ridiculous you spend a good amount of time rolling your eyes or laughing at the sheer madness of what is taking place on screen, it's also so damn fun that you don't mind one bit? The kind of movie where you leave the theater feeling pumped up and happy, because while yo ...more
Jul 04, 2014 Krystal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 20, 2012 Sarah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
The Book Slayer
Apr 17, 2016 The Book Slayer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action
This is meant to be one of those epic action/adventure novels spanning the globe, and I enjoyed it for the most part. The action sequences were good, with lots of variety and pace. I don't think the book sustained my interest level all the way through, especially towards the final 100 pages. In some ways, it could be considered too unfocused, and adding to this dilemma is the general lack of described motivation in both the heroes and bad guys. The story is somewhat complicated: an international ...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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Shane Schofield (5 books)
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