Matt Reilly's books are like a comic book roller coaster: impossibly fast-paced, & wildly entertaining. They're not intended to be taken seriously; they are, instead, intended to give the reader a good time. I've never yet read one of his books that failed to delight, & this one is no exception.
Explosive action, hilarious lines & scenes, a heroic effort to save the world -- all of that, & much, much more, is found between these two covers. The first review on this page says it better than me, but I just want to add in one little observation. This book is riddled with events that will make you say "No effin' WAY" & if it's your first ever Reilly, you might not want to even finish it the first time one of those lunatic events happens, but all you need do is simply suspend disbelief, accept that Shane Scofield did the utterly impossible, & drive on. This is especially true of the near-climax, when what happens to Scofield & his friends is so far beyond belief that its turns back around & becomes believable again. Because, after everything else Scofield & Company have done, nothing else is impossible.
IMO, if this book isn't turned into a movie VERY FREEKIN' SOON, than Hollywood is more of a lost cause than I'd previously feared.
A couple of caveats, tho. Matt Reilly seems to have a significant "hard on" against the American CIA, & IMO, he simply does not understand Americans. In particular, one conversation, between Our Hero & a SEAL Team officer, I think would never have happened the way he depicts it. But Reilly has been called on these things before, & his explanations have seemed fair enough to me; he doesn't "hate" Americans, he just thinks that because America is the 800-pound gorilla of international affairs, that it's perfectly possible for some Americans to be nefarious "bad guys" with nefarious, anti-American intent. In this particular novel, nothing could be further from the truth. But despite their actual pro-American intent, they're STILL bad guys, & it's exceedingly pleasing to see the ways Scofield puts them down.
I can't freekin' wait for Reilly's next circus.