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Showing posts with label Mathew Reilly. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mathew Reilly. Show all posts

Monday, August 18, 2014

Book Review: Area 7 by Matthew Reilly


Area 7 by Matthew Reilly is the second book in the Shane Schofield series and it offers the same great character depth and development, storyline, and action that we got with Ice Station. Of course the stakes have to be upped on the second round and Reilly doesn't disappoint at all. Scarecrow and his team have to protect the President while he is being hunted by one of the best armed forces in the world, stop a nuclear attack on US soil, protect a vaccine for a deadly, ethnic biological weapon, and keep crazy prisoners at bay. Just another day at the office for Shane Schofield.

After the incident that transpired at Wilkes Ice Station, Scarecrow is reassigned to work on the Presidential detail aboard Marine One. He also brings along a team with him where we get to reacquaint ourselves with Mother and Fox while meeting Books son, Book II, new Marines, and the Secret Service's Special Agent Juliet Janson. Things are going well until a visit to Area 7 brings on a new game that no one is prepared for. The President is being hunted by the US Air Force's 7th Squadron while the Marines and Secret Service try to protect him and get him safely to the "football" so that a nuclear war doesn't start within the US borders. A secret virus targeting specific ethnic groups, as well as its vaccine, is being targeted by another group all while the most vile of prisoners have escaped and are waging their own war on everyone inside Area 7. Twists and turns keep everyone on their toes but when you have the Scarecrow and his trusty maghook, nothing is impossible.

Area 7 was a great story and I actually enjoyed the one locale setup again except for the boat chase. The boat chase just dragged on a bit for me but it was still good and, I suppose, needed to continue (or stretch out) the story a bit. Otherwise, WOW! The characters are moving forward nicely and you can't help but become attached to the team and what they go through. I was on the edge of the couch in anticipation for most of this book and it just moved through like you were a part of it. Great way to keep a lot of the old elements (Maghook, anyone?) while introducing new roles for the heroes, and heroines, and new concepts that could, maybe happen. Now, what happens next.....?

Friday, August 8, 2014

Book Review: Ice Station by Matthew Reilly


Ice Station by Matthew Riley is a fast-paced, edge of your seat thrill ride that will leave you gasping for air and begging for more. The characters are well developed and easy to associate with, the plot is plausible, and the action is fast and exhilarating. Reilly brings in a great setting, interesting characters and back-stories, and a great host of weapons that make you go "Wow". Prepare for adventure.....

The setting for this is unique to some of the books I have read lately because it centers on one locale, Antarctica (well, more specifically Wilkes Ice Station and a small area surrounding it), instead of traveling all around the globe. I was a little hesitant at first when I found this out but I decided to give it try anyways. It seems that an alien spacecraft may have been discovered at the Wilkes Ice Station in Antarctica and the US is sending a crack Marine Recon Unit (16) in to guard the station until reinforcements arrive. Lt. Shane Schofield, call-sign Scarecrow, leads this unit and finds out there is more going on than meets the eye. From dealing with French "scientists", a French paratrooper unit, a large British SAS force, possible aliens, and a secret US organization, Scarecrow and his team - Mother, Fox, Book, and more - will find out just how tough they are and whether they can complete the mission they've been assigned with.

The main characters are gripping and the depth and detail that Reilly gives to each of these main characters makes me feel as if I'm a part of Scarecrow's team as well. While some of the story dragged on for me, which I find to be an issue with single location settings anyways, there were enough surprises, edge of your seat moments, and just plain awesomeness to keep me interested and coming back for more. While many people have complained that a lot of the action is just to far out there, I have to say that it's always plausible and Reilly does an excellent job in making you feel like you are there in the middle of the action, ready to jump in and help at any time. I loved this story and can't wait to continue on in the series.

P.S. - I want a maghook. :-)