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Scarecrow Returns by Matthew Reilly

February 17th, 2012 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Borrowed from the library

Publication date: October 12, 2011

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

I give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars

Summary from Goodreads.com: Deep in the Arctic, a long-forgotten Soviet military base enshrouds a weapon of unimaginably destructive force—a Cold War doomsday device with the power to obliterate the planet. When a mysterious and brutal terrorist group known as the Army of Thieves seizes control of the remote base and unleashes the weapon upon an unsuspecting world, there is only one team close enough to sabotage them: a ragtag band of Marines and civilians led by Captain Shane Schofield, call sign “Scarecrow.” Outnumbered, outgunned, and with the fate of humanity hanging in the balance, Scarecrow has only a few short hours to bring down the Army of Thieves—or see the Earth go up in flames.

I have to start off saying I am a huge fan of Matthew Reilly and his Scarecrow books are my favorites but somehow this one just did not feel the same.  It’s been years since the last book but I do not recall there being this much swearing in the past books.  It does have the usual over the top action and implausible scenarios that I’ve come to expect and love from Reilly.

Scarecrow is still recovering from the horrible death of his girlfriend Gant and it was interesting finding out the course of treatment that lead him to be able to return to duty.  I was happy to see Mother back and having Scarecrow’s back but there is the small tangent story about her marital issues due to her devotion to Scarecrow that I felt was unnecessary and just out of place.

What I did love was Bertie, the experimental robot that makes up part of the research team Scarecrow is babysitting.  He kind of reminds me of a loveable Number 5 from the Short Circuit movie (and yes I realize I am dating myself here).  He is integral to Scarecrow surviving some of the most harrowing situations we have seen him encounter so far.

The truth behind the Army of Thieves was my favorite part of the story.  It is full of those twists and turns that is so unbelievably sick and conspiracy theory-ish(I know, not a real word) that it does kind make you wonder if it is so far fetched that there may be a grain of truth in it.

While not one of my favorites from Reilly I was hooked on the book and it was nice to see Scarecrow back despite a few rough spots.

Posted in 3 Star Books, Action, Books

One Response

  1. Kailana

    I really need to read Matthew Reilly one of these days. I have heard of him a lot over the years, but hasn’t happened yet.

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