Among the President's helicopter crew, however, is a young Marine. He is quiet, enigmatic, and he hides his eyes behind a pair of silver sunglasses. His name is Schofield. Call-sign: Scarecrow. Rumor has it, he's a good man in a storm. Judging by what the President has just walked into, he'd better be.
©2003 Matthew Reilly; (P)2003 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.
I enjoy reading fantasy, crime and mystery thrillers, as well as historical novels.
Area 7 once again contains over the top action scenes, an unbelievable plot and the awesome Shane "Scarecrow" Schofield and his team of marines, including Buck "Book II" Riley the son of Buck "Book" Riley Senior who died in Ice Station. It is read by Sean Mangan who reads nearly all the Matthew Reilly books and who gives an excellent performance in all of them. Scarecrow and his team need to keep the President alive to prevent most of the Northern United States from been blown up. They also need to fight against a rogue military unit led by a supposedly dead racist military genius, fight against the countries most dangerous criminals including a cannibal serial killer and prevent a sino-virus been unloaded on the world, whilst also protecting the vaccine, a clone named Kevin. This is a typical Matthew Reilly book, fast-paced and just a great fun read and listen.
complete with "Biff" "Bang!" "Swoosh!" "Clang!" "Snap!" "Slap!" "Boom!" and even an - no I'm not kidding - "Holy Batman" line. I don't know who would enjoy this book, but they have my condolences for trying.
Write a believable, or at least SOMEWHAT believable book. This was really nothing more than comic strip super hero takes on notorious bad guy and a couple hundred of his henchmen almost single handily, kicks their butts, saves the world and gets the girl in the end. It's just silly from start to finish.
The whole thing just runs together, one big race from start to finish
The narrator did a very good job. If it wasn't for him, I would have turned the book off an hour into it.
Yes. I have listed to most of his books twice.
The space flight.
The hanger scene.
"Area 7 lacks something"
Having read three Reilly books previous to this title. I enjoyed Contest a great first book, but sadly found his Seven Ancient Wonders series wanting. I would regard Area 7 at an uncomfortable middle ground between the two. This novel would make a great film, as most Reilly books would. I feel that in this case as with most of his books they lack something as a novelist. Reilly is of course great at keeping the pace and tension in the novel and writes very, very film orientated. Sadly when Reilly describes a scene with 'They saw a truly awsome sight' as he did in Seven ancient Wonders, a prose he continued in Area 7. I feel he lacks the technical skill of Clancy. If audable included Ton Clancy as a substitute I would definetly choose that master of over Reilly any day of the week. A compliment Reilly would not be offended by as Clancy is Reilly's inspiration and all time hero. If he reads this no offence mate, I will try another Reilly book and hopes his skill improves.
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