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Area 7 by Matthew Reilly

Area 7 (original 2001; edition 2003)

by Matthew Reilly

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Title:Area 7
Authors:Matthew Reilly
Info:St. Martin's Paperbacks (2003), Mass Market Paperback, 512 pages
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The second book of the Scarecrow series, set at a classified airforce base. It involves the president of the USA, and Scarecrow trying to save the lives of thousands due to 14 rouge bombs across the states. Again it was fast paced, although not quite as much as the first book of the series. Interestingly, despite having read this book several times in the past, I could not remember it all, and some things still continued to surprise me. Enjoyable book, and worth the read! ( )
  amme_mr | May 5, 2015 |
Somewhat of a disappointment. This story wasn't half as good as Reilly's first book, Ice Station. However, I noticed a lot of similarities between Area 7 and Ice Station which likely therefore didn't make for much excitement for me. Like Ice Station, the setting takes place in a secret underground multi-story facility. There is a bunch of gun battles and fighting between the good guys and the mercenaries. And, everyone is out to obtain or protect a secret prized possession hidden within the depths of the facility. Throw the President of the United States into the mix and you have another whirlwind action sequence thriller that never seems to end, but seemingly gets lost in a bunch of grenades, bullets, and explosives. ( )
  gdill | May 16, 2013 |
A good fast paced page turner that leaves you wanting more from Scarecrow and his crew. A plot has been hatched that could kill the President and destroy several major cities unless Scarecrow can find a way to stop it. ( )
  pagei | Dec 14, 2012 |
Second in the Scarecrow series and the action never ends... less "good-luck" incidents in this one but character development is still very limited .. well characters don't really live that long in the storyline to develop so no hard feelings :-) ... this is a hard-hitting action plot... why isn't there a movie made on this yet!! One of the fastest moving plotlines I have ever read .. Matthew Reilly is fast becoming a favourite. ( )
  xprsg | Oct 25, 2012 |
One day the President of the United States decided to take a little tour…

Welcome to a place that does not exist outside of the highest levels of the government or the military. The research conducted at the mysterious Area 7 and Area 8 is the stuff of conspiracy theories and nightmares. The last thing that many who enter this place will see is the giant blast doors closing behind him, sealing their fate.

This day is different though, for there has been a breakthrough that has a chance to save millions or devastate half the world if were to fall into the wrong hands. The President of the United States wants to see evidence of this for his self and schedules a trip to tour the facility. With him as ever is a contingent of Secret Service agents, military personnel, and White House Staff.

This time though there are special guests among the marines that are traveling with the President. Shane “Scarecrow” Schofield and his fellow marines are the survivors of a previous mission, Ice Station, that ended up going terribly wrong; with total disaster being averted only by the actions of Scarecrow and his crew. In order to let things cool down and keep the press from harassing them they were assigned to what they hoped would be a simple guard assignment to one of the most secure research stations in the country.

Unknown to them they are flying into a whirlwind of betrayal, greed, and violence that will once again test their skills to the limit.

If you ever want to read how a video game plays this is your chance. The story takes a couple of chapters to set up and then takes off into one non-stop action sequence that doesn’t stop till the end. The author himself states that he is going for the feel of a big budget action movie and it shows. There is not too much character building other than a few references to the previous book and a couple of quotes in the front that set the tone for why the bad guys do what they do.

Also like most action movies, the characters dialogue often takes a back seat to all the explosions going on and can often seem a little wooden, so don’t expect any rousing speeches out of them. All in all I liked this book because it really does capture the craziness of a summer blockbuster or an action oriented video game, I really wanted to keep going to see what crazy set piece was coming up next. If you like stories that have a lot of action and not a lot of room for talking this might be one for you. Or if your just looking for a good story that lets you turn your brain off and enjoy the ride take a look at this one and you probably won’t be disappointed. ( )
  cahallmxj | Sep 7, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312983220, Mass Market Paperback)

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. He has come to inspect Area 7, to examine its secrets for himself. 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. 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. . .

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Lt. Shane Schofield, a presidential guard on a military helicopter, accompanies the president to the super-secret Area 7, where rogue Air Force commander Caesar Russell waits to unleash his diabolical scheme to take over the country.

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