,
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Scarecrow (Shane Schofield, #3)” as Want to Read:
Scarecrow (Shane Schofield, #3)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Scarecrow

(Shane Schofield #3)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  16,966 ratings  ·  567 reviews
It is the greatest bounty hunt in history. The targets are 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, one stands out. The enigmatic Marine, Shane Schofield, who goes by the call-sign "Scarecrow." Schofield is plunged into a race around the wor
...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published August 2nd 2005 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published October 3rd 2003)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Scarecrow, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
Christina Randall Introverted, Intuitive, Thinking, and Judging. Sounds like Scarecrow to me. But I'd add the -T to the end for Turbulent. …moreIntroverted, Intuitive, Thinking, and Judging. Sounds like Scarecrow to me. But I'd add the -T to the end for Turbulent. (less)
antarcticseal05 You don't have to, the story will probably make sense on its own. However, I recommend reading the earlier books first as there are some parts in this…moreYou don't have to, the story will probably make sense on its own. However, I recommend reading the earlier books first as there are some parts in this book which might spoil reading the other books.(less)

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.23  · 
Rating details
 ·  16,966 ratings  ·  567 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Start your review of Scarecrow (Shane Schofield, #3)
Rizwan Khalil
The writing style is simple as shit, the suspense is frantic as hell, the action is incredibly ridiculous, and our favorite action-hero Shane "Scarecrow" Schofield is one badass mofo! Just trying to describe it Matthew Reilly-style, complete with swearing.

Schofield escaped from a huge submarine under attack (after he blasted a missile from it) to the tower of a missile silo, which the bad guys destroyed under his feet just as he jumped from the 15-story rooftop to a flying fighter plane that is
...more
Emma
Oct 09, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: readingmyshelves
For all the improbable things that have happened in this series, I’ve only been surprised once. In this book right here. So many authors imply their characters aren’t safe, but you know they really are. Here?! Oh no. Death really does stalk these pages.

Not only that, Reilly only goes and throws in a whole new (and absolutely outstanding) main character in the mould of Scarecrow-gone-bad. The Knight is the ultimate what if? What if Scarecrow *lost* all those times before? What kind of man would
...more
Garet Wirth
Apr 28, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
TK421
Mar 31, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Bree T
Aug 10, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Leonie
Aug 23, 2014 rated it liked it
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
this unikorn loves reading
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Janey
Oct 31, 2011 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. ...more
Freda Malone
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
It has taken me a long time to pick up this book in the series, partly because my local library didn't have it, partly because I can only handle so much 'action' in a book. What I mean by that is - the details in Matthew Reilly's books coupled with the magnitude of technical information seems to lose me in some places. But I have to say, this was the biggest and most fearful bounty hunt story I've ever read, not to mention the creativity that went into the massive conspiracy derived globally by ...more
Rmd
Aug 09, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Wild
Dec 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Skip
Jun 13, 2015 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. ...more
Ryan Hixson
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: st-martin-press
This book will but hair on your chest, it is so action packed. It's a popcorn book. The action is at times fairly ridiculous, but always fun, it has three action scenes that last for twenty to thirty pages that are incredible, and so vivid. The beginning is okay, it jumps into the action very fast, and has very few minutes of slowing down, I really enjoyed the middle which finally got into the plot, and the end was very satisfying. This is the third book in the Shane Schofield books.

The Plot: Th
...more
Mya
Sep 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
TheCuriousOtter
Sep 28, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
Kathryn
4.5★ This was completely crazy and improbable (or so I hope!), but a fantastic read if if you can suspend your disbelief and read - and if you don't mind some gore in your reading! I often can't keep track of what's happening and why in Shane Schofield books, but I try to just go with the flow and read!

A quote from the Daily Telegraph on the back of my copy says "The pace makes you giddy" and that's very accurate!! There's barely any break between one catastrophe and the next - what I'm coming t
...more
Zach
Jun 04, 2013 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.
...more
Jo
Feb 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: epubs, adventure
Some books are so good they deserve a second reading. Shane Schofield is an elite soldier who has a bounty of 18.6 million dollar on his head and every bounty hunter is out to collect it. Needless to say this book is an action packed thriller filled with lots of heart pounding action.
Emma Sutherland
Aug 22, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Another fast paced novel from Matthew Reilly, this is the third instalment of Captain Shane Schofield aka Scarecrow.
Schofield finds himself on a bounty hunter list and the hunters are some of the best and feared in the world and Shane is used to being the predator, not the prey. The race to out run the bounty hunters takes him all over the world and Reilly writes this chase superbly. You will not want to put this book down, it will excite, shock and leave you breathless in his wake.
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
Josh
Aug 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Naomi
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
...more
Sarah
Apr 11, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Yvonne
Jan 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
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. :)

...more
Samina
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
OMG...is it over?
Don't go for it, if you want something sober
This is my first book of the series
No, I was not prepared for this exposure

I was READING an action movie, literally
All scenes I could imagine visually
Matthew Reilly's books are so fast yet descriptive
I am still confused if I have watched or read 'Scarecrow', actually

Shane Schofield a.k.a. Scarecrow is a US Marine
Well known to destroy every enemy he has seen
But he is now on a mission against bounty hunters
To save his life and another fo
...more
Angela
Scarecrow (Shane Schofield #3) by Matthew Reilly

Synopsis /

It is the greatest bounty hunt in history. The targets are 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, one stands out. The enigmatic Marine, Shane Schofield, who goes by the call-sign "Scarecrow." Schofield is plunged into a race around the world, pursued by a fearsome collection of international bounty hunter
...more
Mark
Being a "Boomer," I had forgotten how much these Matthew Reilly thrillers are constructed like the Saturday matinee, cliffhanger serials we enjoyed during the 1950s & 60s, both at theaters and on our black & white TVs at home...Ace Drummond, Buck Rogers, Commando Cody, Dick Tracy, Don Winslow, Flash Gordon, Mandrake, Tailspin Tommy, etc. all provided that simple melodramatic frantic pace with miraculous escapes from impossible situations...We escaped into those and now escape into the Scarecrow ...more
Jesse
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jonty Hollins
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The best yet of the Scarecrow series. The action descriptions paint an incredible picture and the non stop action is adrenaline pumping.
 Charlie
Aug 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Goodreads Librari...: cover 3 230 Oct 18, 2019 07:43AM  

Readers also enjoyed

  • Dark Rising (Alex Hunter, #2)
  • This Green Hell (Alex Hunter, #3)
  • Gorgon (Alex Hunter, #5)
  • Black Mountain (Alex Hunter, #4)
  • Blood and Memory (The Quickening, #2)
  • From Hell (Alex Hunter, #8)
  • Extinction Plague (Matt Kearns #4)
  • Myrren's Gift (The Quickening, #1)
  • The Void (Alex Hunter, #7)
  • Bridge of Souls (The Quickening, #3)
  • Kraken Rising (Alex Hunter, #6)
  • Beneath the Dark Ice (Alex Hunter, #1)
  • The Hunt for Atlantis (Nina Wilde & Eddie Chase, #1)
  • Spine of the Dragon (Wake the Dragon, #1)
  • The Mothman Prophecies
  • Infestation (S-Squad #1)
  • Sandstorm (Sigma Force, #1)
  • The Immortality Curse (Matt Kearns #3)
See similar books…
See top shelves…
5,481 followers
Born in Sydney in 1974, Matthew Reilly was not always a big fan of reading. It was only after he read To Kill A Mockingbird and Lord of the Flies in Year 10 that he realised reading could transport you to another world. Following this revelation, Matthew soon began creating stories of his own and set about writing his first novel, Contest, at the age of 19 while still at university studying law.

Fo
...more

Other books in the series

Shane Schofield (4 books)
  • Ice Station (Shane Schofield, #1)
  • Area 7 (Shane Schofield, #2)
  • Scarecrow Returns (Shane Schofield, #4)

News & Interviews

Here at Goodreads World Headquarters, we tend to read a lot of books. Like, a lot a lot. And every December, as we finish up our...
60 likes · 32 comments
“. In the 19th century, Europe invaded and colonised Africa. In the 21st century, Africa invades and colonises Europe.” 1 likes
More quotes…