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Scarecrow (Shane Schofield #3)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  13,553 Ratings  ·  436 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 $20 million each.
Among the names, one stands out. The enigmatic Marine, Shane Schofield, who goes by the call-sign "Scarecrow." Schofield is plunged into a race around the wor
Paperback, 464 pages
Published August 2nd 2005 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published October 3rd 2003)
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Mar 31, 2010 rated it liked it
Escapist literature gets a lot of leeway with me. I mean, it’s there for the sole purpose of passing someone’s downtime. Characters are usually walking clichés, and the plot revolves around something along the lines of: “we only have X amount of time to do something or Y is going to happen.” I’m okay with this simplicity. But I do have a problem when authors of escapist literature think that their readers are a bunch of morons. I admit, I may not know all the technical details or the makes and m ...more
Garet Wirth
Apr 28, 2011 rated it did not like it
One stormy night, a lonely college junior sat in his starkly lit college dorm room, deciding how best to procrastinate on all things "school." He had recently read "Ice Station," a novel about some badass military dude who shot bad guys, did acrobatic combat tactical !@#$, 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
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 :p

Schofield escapes 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
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
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
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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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Ignacio Senao f
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Que Michael Bay tome nota para une película. ¡Toma acción!

La persona más rica del mundo se aburre mucho, pública una lista con una serie de grandes militares de todos los ámbitos y ofreciendo cientos de millones por las cabezas de ellos. Con lo cual todos los cazarecompensas más sádicos y preparados irán a por su tesoro.
Hay un problema: uno de los militares buscado es “EL espantapájaros” un crack, que pondrá las cosas difíciles, y más aun cuando una misteriosa persona es pagada para que proteja
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
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
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
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
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
Barbara ★
This is another over-the-top thriller that is action-packed from start to finish. Unfortunately it's one of those with too many improbable actions that lead to the heroes survival (and everyone else's death). I admit to rolling my eyes a few times and thinking "yeah that'd happen". But all in all it was an exciting read with a few emotional spots that were well-written.
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. :)

Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it 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
 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 rated it really liked it
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
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
Damana Madden
Book 29 of 2017 is Scarecrow by Matthew Reilly.

Reilly's book are my go to light, no challenge travel books that are available in airport book stores.

Having enjoyed Ice Station from the Scarecrow series and Temple (not in a series AFAIK) for being adventurous and having aliens or magic, I was hoping Scarecrow would be in the same vein. Unfortunately, this is all military fighting mercenaries all for a crazed evil genius with sharks with fricken LASER beams.

It was an easy read which is good for 38
Scott Gregory
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Non stop action which was great. But he killed off one of the major characters and that I definitely didn't like. But I gave it 4 stars because of the action.
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Kaine Beveridge
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
really enjoyed a couple of power scenes if youve grown attached to characters and is also plot armour the book.
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