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Area 7

(Shane Schofield #2)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  16,694 ratings  ·  533 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, 507 pages
Published February 17th 2003 by St. Martin's Press (first published November 9th 2001)
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Henry Avila
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Matthew Reilly (Ice Station) Australia's answer to America's Clive Cussler (Sahara) and then some, the well-known late author Mr. Cussler was the King of contemporary action -adventure the over the top sub genre we like to make fun of while turning the page as quickly as possible to see the outcome...aren't we inconsistent? You bet...So this is how we grow by learning from inadequate, mistaken, sketchy misinformation...But back to our book ( which I never got to Area 7 ) yes modeled after Area 5 ...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More)
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
Baz MW
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When I’m reading an action novel, I want to be able to turn a page as quickly as a camera angle changes in an action movie.

Matthew Reilly has an amazing ability to be able to create this and Area 7 is no exception.

While this is essentially a ‘sequel’ to Ice Station, it can easily stand alone on its own merits. There are some great settings here in Area 7 to really get immersed into.

Easy 5 stars.
May 31, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was absolutely terrible. And I loved it.
April (Aprilius Maximus)
1.) Ice Station ★★★★
2.) Area 7 ★★★


representation: amputee side character, characters of colour.

[trigger warnings are listed at the bottom of this review and may contain spoilers]


This was.... fine???? I definitely preferred the first book but I'm continuing on with the series because apparently the next book is awesome!

trigger warnings: literally everything you can possibly think of.... plus cannibalism (ew).
Dec 24, 2009 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
Oct 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Like many of these Shane Schofield books they take a bit of suspended disbelief and a lot of accepted probable impossibility. The one thing though you can always depend on with this series is non-stop action and an escape from reality. They are just good, fun stories. Matthew Reilly is a genius when putting words on paper to create a memorable adventure. No matter how improbable the story may get you can always be sure that this author going to tie the story line together masterfully with clever ...more
Aug 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
An experiment to see what all the hype is about.
If you like non-stop action movies, video games etc with plenty of Wam! 🥊, 🚀Boom! ⁉️Kapow! descriptions and the body count increasing on every other page, along with one-dimensional characters and a nonsensical storyline then enjoy!
Oct 31, 2011 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
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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 junk
Riju Ganguly
Oct 12, 2011 rated it really 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
Lester Cockram
Jan 15, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Had to cut my loses on this one after 138 pages. Introduction was great, prologue really got my attention, nice illustrations, but after that way too much shoot em up bang bang for me. Was hoping to learn more behind the scenes in government installations.
Cameron Smith
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Blam! Blam! Scarecrow's back!

While the start of this book reads as though you're in for a predictable action-thriller, it is anything but. Scarecrow, Mother, Fox, and 'Book the Second' are locked in a super secret military facility, alongside the president, and are up against a team of genetically enhanced air-force soldiers. To make matters more interesting, if the president's heart stops beating, a bunch of strategically placed nukes will detonate around key American locations.

While the setti
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 16, 2007 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
Mar 10, 2015 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
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Book 2 is a worthy follow up to the start of a promising series. (Yes, I am a little behind the times, as I only finished book 2). This is a perfect beach or plane read for those who love action and are willing to suspend disbelief. Scarecrow is like Reacher on steroids.
Area 7 (Shane Schofield #2) by Matthew Reilly

Synopsis /

It is America's most secret base, a remote installation known only as Area 7.

And today it has a guest: the President of the United States. But he's going to get more than he bargained for on this trip. Because hostile forces are waiting inside...

Among the President's helicopter crew, however, is a young marine. His name is Schofield. Call-sign: SCARECROW. Rumour has it, he's a good man in a storm. Judging by what the President has just walke
Tanya (aka ListObsessedReader)

This was just what I needed right now. Fast paced, ridiculous action sequences, heroes vs baddies, a fun romp. I wasn’t expecting the virus element, so that was somewhat uncomfortable reading at this time - but apart from that, this was pure escapism, perfect to take my mind off actual life for a while.
Vicky Or
Dec 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A book that reads like a movie, with action unfolding before your eyes.
Feb 23, 2016 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
Mike Wazowski
Feb 24, 2015 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
Razvan Banciu
Feb 22, 2021 rated it did not like it
Let me salute the first flop of the year, quite a big one!

There are 500 pages(if you ask me, at least 400 of them being surplus...) of inccesant fights involving our hero and all sort of rascals, including canibals, varans, bears and other horrible creatures. Rambo is a Sunday school-girl compared to a super-gifted Schofield (not the nicest name on Earth, and a virgin, I presume), there are more casualties than in WWI and WWII together, tones and tones and tones of coincidences, the bad boys are
Apr 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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). ...more
Daniel Fiebig
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
Great sequel to Ice Station. the characters evolved, as too did the action. a definite page turner and I enjoy that no one is safe, always keeping you on your toes
Dylan Snell
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Felicity (☞゚∀゚)☞
I still want half-stars. (3.5)

This novel brings back Shane Schofield ‘Scarecrow’ into the one place where he loves to be: action. His mission is to save the President whilst inside top-secret Area 7. However, this novel is also interspersed with some romance with his colleague Libby ‘Fox’ Gant.

This novel tries to live up and beyond to Ice Station, but for me just didn’t quite feel like it. I loved how we got more of Mother (favourite character) and with the addition of Juliet Janson (I love her
Jan 04, 2021 added it
Shelves: thriller
It's a well-known (well, well-suspected) fact that governments all over the world are hiding this awesome futuristic tech that they (probably) stole from aliens, and no other government hides is as well as the US does; behind stony miens and mirror glasses, while simultaneously throwing sums of money at it that exceed the GDP of many a smaller country. What this does is create a bubble of narrative potential: nobody KNOWS what's inside, but anything COULD be, and no matter how outlandish it is, ...more
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed Ice Station, it was fast paced, full of easily loveable characters and atmospheric. All of which made me really excited for Area 7.
I was not disappointed.
Area 7 was filled with explosive action (literally), cut throat tension (hah, get it?), and carried the mantle of Ice Station without breaking a sweat.
As Reilly's third book, ever, I expected there to be some technical issues (which there were). But over all, the books insane pacing, intense action, with zero filler scenes/
Andrew Fitzgerald
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great action book. I had this book finished in a few days because it was just that gripping. I spent like 4 hours at the airport and bashed out 60% or so to pass the time. Like some other reviews, some moments were like "seriously" but it kept me intrigued as to what was happening next. Glad my work colleague recommended Matthew Reilly books. 😁 ...more
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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.


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Shane Schofield (4 books)
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