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Hell Island by Matthew Reilly

Hell Island (edition 2010)

by Matthew Reilly, Tyler Jacobson (Illustrator)

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Title:Hell Island
Authors:Matthew Reilly
Other authors:Tyler Jacobson (Illustrator)
Info:Pocket (2010), Edition: Original, Mass Market Paperback, 160 pages
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This is a great novella that bridges the gap between Scarecrow and Scarecrow and the army of thieves and allows for some characterisation of the main character. What's that you say? Characters in Matthew Rielly books?? Yes believe it or not this book gives us a nice look in Shane's state of mind after the terrible losses he incurred during the previous mission.

It's the age old 'greater good' debate and when crusty military minds start breeding apes and grafting them with technology that allows them to be controlled the comes up with a substitute for sending American men and women off to die. As they are bred internally they are not damaging the wild population, the technology ensures they have no fear of losses or self preservation instincts, they can climb on walls and roofs all of which make them a pretty effective killing mission....that simply needs testing.

Logic dictates you send some of the best soldiers you have to give the program a fair test. Regardless of his state of mind Schofield is one of the best but despite being prepared to fight his countries enemies he is pissed at being sent to fight it's newest fucking weapon.

Great quick read ( )
  areadingmachine | Jul 6, 2015 |
Hell Island was a short story written for the "Books Alive" promotion held in Australia annually. It is the fourth book in the Scarecrow series. It was a little far fetched with psycho killer gorillas, but was a very easy book to read. ( )
  amme_mr | May 5, 2015 |
I think that I would call this book the literary equivalent of a popcorn film. Not strong on substance but definitely full of action. A good escapist read. ( )
  alexhunter | May 18, 2013 |
The introduction to the book explains that [Hell Island] was written for an Australian literacy program and was given out for free. Reilly explains he set out to write a very short, action packed story that would appeal to Australian youth.

Think Commando meets Planet of the Apes. The story starts out with a group of Marines being mysteriously and violently attacked and takes the reader through a fast paced tale of survival and military strategy. The lead protagonist is Shane Scofield, a battle tested military man with a shadowy past.

The 106 pages along with illustrations detail Scofield's survival strategies in a truly entertaining way. Don't let the length fool you; this is a great summer read. ( )
  MarcusH | Aug 3, 2011 |
This was an intense action novel. It is a relatively short one, as it was completed all in one sitting. From the moment Shane Schofield "Scarecrow" opens his his parachute as he lands on the tarmac of an aircraft carrier to the moment he slams the last magazine into his MP-7 this novel never loses pace. Matthew Reilly's books have become brain candy to the action adventure reader, when you just want to read something that just doesn't take a turn down boring street. ( )
  Timothy_Dalton007 | Jun 15, 2011 |
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When one of the classified experiments the government conducts on a secret island goes horribly wrong, Captain Shane Schofield and his Special Forces unit are sent in to face a deadly breed of genetically enhanced super-soldiers.

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