©2002 Matthew Reilly; (P)2002 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.
"Some of the wildest and most sustained battles in an action thriller in a long time...non-stop action, lots of explosions--and a little bit of conspiracy." (Chicago Tribune)
I enjoy reading Matthew Rielly, but Sean mangan adds another level. I own all Matthew Reilly's read by Sean mangan.
I probably won't try another book from this author. The hero is more of a McGyver type rather than a credible character, & there were too many common technical errors in the action for my liking.
Literary graduate and published columnist turned glorified grease monkey.
I was really looking forward to reading this after I had finished Reilly's first book "The Contest". I must say, he lives up to his fast paced reputation with this one. But I didn't like it as much as his first. I didn't get what I thought I would. Scientists discover an alien spaceship under an ice shelf in the antarctica so they send in the army to inspect it. Throughout the whole book I was just waiting for the aliens to come out and start killing people. Alas this never happened, and it just turned into a battle to see which country could claim it. The Hero of the book Scarecrow seems almost superhuman with his ability to sustain injuries and keep killing everyone. He does some unbelievable things, but you move on anyway just to see how he'll get out of his next problem. It was like everything was against him, Killer whales, Sea lions, submarines, fighter jets, hovercrafts, navy seals, SAS and even his own country!! Reilly does have a great imagination even if it sometimes gets away from him. But he manages to sort of string it back to reality in the end. And his typical narrator Sean Mangan does the job we all appreciate him for, the voice of Matthew Reilly's stories. Well done to him. So the whole thing was just slightly too far fetched for me but it was lots of fun, it got straight into the action and never stopped. I look forward to Reilly's next one, "The Temple".
Not the calibre of Robert Ludlum or Vince Flynn but still enjoyable and hard to put down. Very action orientated and some feats of the hero Scarecrow are rather far fetch, but hey, so what - its entertainment. Narrator is OK but not superb - sometimes have difficulty distinguishing different characters. Will definitely "read" the other Matthew Reilly books.
The book starts with an interesting concept but quickly decends into a number of overly described, gorey battle scenes. The language is repeatitive to the point of distraction and the plot is totally unbelievable.
There is so much time dwelling on the brutal fighting that the secondary plot gets left and almost forgotten.
This is one of the most boring books I have ever listened to and I found it difficult to concentrate enough to listen. If I didn't hate not finishing a book I would have given up.
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