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Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves: A Scarecrow Novel 4 Paperback – 1 November 2012
- Paperback : 504 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1742611311
- ISBN-13 : 978-1742611310
- Product Dimensions : 13.1 x 3.4 x 19.9 cm
- Publisher : Macmillan Australia (1 November 2012)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: 40,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Born in Sydney in 1974, Matthew Reilly was not always a big fan of reading. It was only after he read To Kill A Mockingbird and Lord of the Flies in Year 10 that he realised reading could transport you to another world. Following this revelation, Matthew soon began creating stories of his own and set about writing his first novel, Contest, at the age of 19 while still at university studying law.
Following rejections from all the major publishers, Matthew self-published Contest in 1996, printing 1000 copies. He produced a big-budget-looking novel which he sold into bookshops throughout Sydney, one shop at a time.
In January 1997, a Commissioning Editor for Pan Macmillan Australia walked into Angus & Robertson's Pitt Street Mall store and bought a copy of Contest. The editor tracked Matthew down through his contact details in the front of the book. Interestingly, those original self-published editions of Contest have now become much sought after collectors' items. One recently sold on eBay for $1200!
Matthew Reilly is now the internationally bestselling author of the Scarecrow novels: Ice Station, Area 7, Scarecrow, Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves and the novella Hell Island; the Jack West novels: Seven Ancient Wonders, The Six Sacred Stones, The Five Greatest Warriors, The Four Legendary Kingdoms, and The Three Secret Cities; and the standalone novels Contest, Temple, Hover Car Racer, The Tournament, Troll Mountain, The Great Zoo of China and The Secret Runners of New York.
His books are published in over 20 languages with worldwide sales of over 7 million copies.
Since Seven Ancient Wonders in 2005, Matthew's novels have been the biggest selling new fiction title released in Australia for that year.
Matthew has also written several short stories, including Roger Ascham and the King's Lost Girl, a special free prequel to The Tournament which is available online. Other short stories include Time Tours, The Mine and the hyper-adrenalised romp, Altitude Rush.
He owns and drives a DeLorean DMC-12, the car made famous in the Back to the Future movies. He also has a life-sized Han Solo in carbonite hanging on the wall of his office! When not writing or penning a film script, Matthew can be found on the golf course.
Matthew Reilly is currently living in Los Angeles.
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I recommend this book as a great read for action and horror.
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One of my top three writers now,along with Chris Kuzneski and Andy McDermott, absolutely brilliant adventure books,well researched and keep you so engrossed you lose all track of time.
This book is a continuation of the scarecrow character ( on of two distinct characters in two book series he does) and to be fair,even you haven't read the others in the series you really need to read them first as it helps follow the stories better,although it is not essential......but I bet you buy the others later!!,
Scarecrow is the main character,called that because of scars over his eyes when a pow,is in the marine corps and it is based around almost suicidal operations he gets involved in,where his seems to be only team (of misfits) available. Sounds a bit cliche but all the books well researched and brilliantly written
Word of warning,if you have bought the " Army of Thieves" in this series don't buy this....it is same book but this is the American title.
Matthew Reilly is an Australian writer,which you can tell as the heros are far more realistic,usually with injuries and issues,not all 6'4" hunks(well not the men anyway) like the majority of American authors heros.
If you like serious robust adventure,buy it,you won't be disappointed
I have to say I'm really glad Scarecrow is back, I've missed him. The title is a bit naff but that does not reflect on the contents at all. The Army of Theives picks up from where the last one left off. Scarecrow has been sent to the Arctic to test prototype equipment almost as a punishment for his escapades. The French are out for his blood and it makes sense to have him as far away as possible. It also means he is there with a mixture of Army guys and civilians.
This sets things up very well for what is to come, though I will not give any spoilers about the story. Permit me to say, though, how happy I was to see the return of Mother and the additions of Baba and Bertie were inspired. I'll be interested to see what happens with Champion as well.
Please remember, Matthew Reilly writes FICTION. You must temporarily suspend belief when reading one of his books. They are not intended to be educational aids. They are FUN!!! And boy, is this book fun.
I must caution you, though, there are some torture scenes that are extremely graphic and even I found myself skimming those pages. However, they are not purely gratuitous so don't be put off.
I hope this is not the last we see of Scarecrow, Mother, Baba and Bertie. It was a rollercoaster read that I didn't put down until it was finished.
It's typically over the top, but only Reilly can get away with that. Needless to say, I enjoyed it and finished in a day.
I'll accept that his stories will be loved by some and hated by others, as a 500 page battle scene where belief has to be suspended is not everyone's cup of tea, but I did like this one. Nice twist too, or a couple of them towards the end.
As for the story, it's the usual Reilly fluff of Scarecrow taking on impossible odds, as well as killer polar bears. Of course he only runs out of bullets when it suits, but so what. Role on the next book, I'm in if the author can keep up to this level.
I continue to love Matthew Reilly, he is the only author i buy on pre-release... But THIS book is truly fine.
The intrigue, the fact that it focuses on one location as Ice Station did and the fact that Matthew has grown in skill and matured well as a story-teller really shows.
I won't go into plot, but can say it is enticing and (semi) believable.
If you are fan of Ice Station or indeed a fan of Matthew Reilly (and enjoyed the early series' of 24 cos that is the only thing I can equate) then buy this, throw the kids into a home for a bit and read and savour and enjoy!