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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1st Printing edition (January 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416577599
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416577591
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (262 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #826,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Nobody writes action like Matthew Reilly.”

—Vince Flynn, New York Times bestselling author of Kill Shot

“Matthew Reilly is the king of hard-core action.”

—Brad Thor, New York Times bestselling author of Full Black

“Some of the wildest and most sustained battles in an action thriller in a long time. . . . Nonstop action, lots of explosions—and a little bit of conspiracy.”

Chicago Tribune

“Matthew Reilly novels should come with health warnings on the cover. . . . [T]he non-stop life-threatening action . . . is not for the faint-hearted. It’s a wild ride.”

The Daily Telegraph (Australia)

“For fans of action, [Matthew Reilly] is essential reading.”

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About the Author

Matthew Reilly is the international bestselling author of numerous novels, including The Five Greatest Warriors, The Six Sacred Stones, Seven Deadly Wonders, Ice Station, Temple, Contest, Area 7, Scarecrow, the children's book Hover Car Racer, and one novella, Hell Island. His books are published in more than twenty languages in twenty countries, and he has sold more than 4.5 million copies worldwide.

More About the Author

Matthew Reilly is the international bestselling author of eight novels: The 6 Sacred Stones, 7 Deadly Wonders, Ice Station, Temple, Contest, Area 7, Scarecrow, and the children's book Hover Car Racer, and one novella, Hell Island. His books are published in more than eighteen languages in twenty countries, and he has sold more than 3.5 million copies worldwide.

Customer Reviews

Fast paced, action packed and impossible to put down.
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Fast moving, action packed adventure with great characters and just a touch of fun and fantasy .
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75 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Sailfish34 on January 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Okay, so I read Scarecrow Returns last night. It's a hodgepodge of Wikipedia articles, recycled conspiracy theories, insanely bad prose, stupid characters and some of the worst dialogue ever attempted in the English language.

And I LOVED it.

Matthew Reilly owns the market in so-bad-they're-brilliant action books. You pick up a Matthew Reilly book as a kind of mental shiatsu massage: just sit back and let Mr. Reilly pummel your brain with one insane scene after another, each of which is delivered in prose so reliably crude that you can't wait to see how he'll debase the art of fiction next. And like shiatsu, these individually painful experiences combine into a wonderful kind of bliss. After three or four hundred pages, Reilly's writing can completely obliterate your mind and relieve you of such troubling burdens as thought, logic, empathy, and standards. When you finally put down one of his novels, you are mentally limp, scrubbed clean, and ready to take on something new.

For people who are interested in avoiding plot spoilers, you might not want to read the rest of this review. But honestly, you wouldn't pick up a Matthew Reilly book if you were interested being surprised by the plot. The plot is totally irrelevant. Scarecrow Returns could be a retelling of The Old Man and the Sea or a newly revised version of The Joy of Cooking, and it wouldn't make the slightest difference as long as Matthew Reilly was writing it. The only relevant question in a Matthew Reilly book is this: How much insane action can Reilly pack in betwen the covers? Scarecrow Returns delivered.
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71 of 78 people found the following review helpful By D. Roebuck on December 13, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Now I don't want to join the growing band of people whinging about extravagant kindle prices, but in this case I have to register my complaint. Did you know that this book is available as a hardback for $20 or under in all of Australias big Department stores. I would have loved to have bought it on Kindle for $9.99, as I cosider it a once only read style of book, not a collectable. But at 26 bucks you just have to be joking. I'll be off to Target tomorrow to buy it. The new Ian Rankin and David Baldacci books are also available for the same price as kindle editions. You're pricing yourself out of the market. I've reduced myself to buying .99 cent unknown authors on my kindle and have gone back to hard copies for new releases. The Kindle editions simply aren't worth what you are trying to screw out of people for them.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Gunta007 on November 3, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is my first book review, so please bear with me.

I have been a fan of Matthew Reilly's books for a long while and enjoyed them thoroughly, whilst still being able to acknowledge their shortcomings. I was dissappointed with 5 Greatest Warriors, and to a lesser extent with 6 Sacred Stones, as I believed they were becoming a little too "over the top". I know, this is Matthew Reilly I'm talking about, but these ones should almost have been comic books rather than fiction books. I was somewhat concerned that this new book may have suffered from a similar fate, but fortunately this hasn't been the case.

The return of Scarecrow I feel has been a return to form for Matthew Reilly. The same formula is present, go-to-woe action adventure with over the top stunts and set-pieces. Bad villains and good heroes. It's not Shakespeare, but it's not supposed to be. The character development of the leads is a welcome addition, exploring some of Scarecrow's past, as well as how he has gotten over the events of previous books.

Overall this book is a easy prospect to review. If you enjoy his books, particularly those from the Scarecrow series, you will enjoy this. I didn't enjoy it quite as much as Scarecrow or Area 7 (probably more due to my current frame of mind than anything, maybe also since I read it on Kindle and I'm not sure if this alters the experience of reading), but it is definitely a fun cover-to-cover read. If you didn't like his previous books then move along, nothing to see here.

If you are new to Matthew Reilly then this isn't the place to start. Get "Ice Station" out, it is a great book and not at all out-of-date. Non-stop action is a signature of his books, and they are hard to put down, so if you have some spare time for some a good read they are definitely recommended.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Tracie A. Nelson on January 18, 2012
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This is a awesome book for anyone who loves action and adventure. I was totally excited to see that there were 2 more Scarecrow books out by Mathew Reilley. However as a caution buyer beware. Scarecrow and the Army of Theives is the same identical book as Scarecrow returns. One was released by a British publishing company and one by an American company. I was bummed when I realised this. I hope a new book does come out soon!!!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Swystun on February 27, 2012
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"As if this whole situation wasn't already outrageous enough"..so goes one line in the book. And yes, Reilly continues his outrageous comic book-like series featuring U.S. Marine Captain "Scarecrow" Schofield. I have read them all and though the series is flagging, it stills entertains with sparse dialogue and tons of action. None of these books are to be taken at all seriously which Reilly must treasure because it gives him license to be a bit absurd. It would be great to see this done as an animated series from DC or Marvel. I will not give the plot away but suffice it to say Scarecrow saves the day.
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