Area 7 by Matthew Reilly

Area 7

By Matthew Reilly

  • Publication Date: 2010-04-01
  • Genre: Action & Adventure
4 Score: 4 (From 113 Ratings)

Book Summary

It is America's most secret base, hidden deep in the Utah desert, an Air Force installation known only as Area 7.

And today, it has a visitor - the President of the United States.

He has come to inspect Area 7, to examine its secrets for himself. But he's going to get more than he bargained for on this trip. Because hostile forces are waiting inside.

Among the President's helicopter crew, however, is a young Marine. He is quiet, enigmatic, and he hides his eyes behind a pair of silver sunglasses. His name is Schofield. Call-sign: Scarecrow. Rumor has it, he's a good man in a storm. Judging by what the President has just walked into, he'd better be...

Matthew Reilly dazzled the world with his electrifying thrillers Ice Station and Temple. And now, Shane "Scarecrow" Schofield returns with his most harrowing and explosive adventure yet.

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Book Opinions

  • Incredible, Thrilling, Ride Page by Page!

    By MathOsGuru
    I actually received this book as a gift from a veteran, now a lifelong friend, while serving in the armed forces in the good ol' USA. I read the book in two days as I simply could not put it down for the life of me. When I read the prologue, I had an inkling that the book was going to be a worthy story. I've come to understand that authors who blend historic, fact or fiction, into their writing are generally well educated, hence write extremely well. This author fits that mold perfectly. The manner in which the author describes each scene is hands-down astounding. Not only is every scene easily imagined in the mind's eye, the narrative is focused, on point, and does not deviate to leave the reader thinking, "what just happened?" The narrative just flows and flows without hitting rapids to be endured by those holding the oars, readers in this case. The action is a nonstop thrill ride from point A to point B, and sometimes all the way to Z, without missing a beat. The characters are well developed, the twists and turns of the plot are easy to traverse, and although those last-minute saves can viewed as nothing short of miraculous, they are not impossibilities. I'd really like to give many details of the content of this excellent novel, but I never write a spoiler review to ruin a book for others to read, so I will simply end with "buy the book, you will not be disappointed." Cheers to Mr. Reilly for the exciting ride through Area 7!
  • Fantastic

    By Steam086
    This book was amazing, enough said, but there were just some moments where the most ridiculous thing would appear, or save scarecrow. For example. "A Komodo dragon popped up and saved schofield!" That just made me put the book down and sit back in my seat, thinking "who writes this kind of stuff?" But overall this is a story I could visualize, and remember for a long time. Just like all the other books.
  • Total "Action Porn"

    By SciTeach3
    As been said before, you do not read a Scarecrow story for its deep thinking and character development. I would have to describe these books as "adventure porn" - non-stop action that you cannot turn away from and the unbelievable/unrealistic story is just an excuse for that action in the first place. Just like with with Ice Station, I feel mentally exhausted after reading Area 7 and when I got to the last 1/4 of the story, I could not put it down until I was done.
  • A Bit Familiar

    By wfrankel2
    I loved without question his first book, Ice Station. This one was very good, but it didn't have quite the same 'draw you in' sort of effect. It also felt a bit like deja vu in terms of the storyline, the characters' last minute heroics, etc. Still, definitely a good read and worth the purchase. I'm sure I'll read another of his books in the future.
  • Please take this book back.

    By Munokhoi
    The fault is my own. I could only manage a few chapters before abandoning those within to whatever fate awaits them in Area 7. This book shouts at you. Imagine a book written by Michael Bay. Now turn the volume up to eleven. It is obviously difficult to craft good fiction that satisfies a broad readership, clearly over stimulated by the clamoring host of action writers today. Mr Reilly delivers his in a style that I can only liken to watching an action movie while your brother-in-law screams a running narrative directly at the side of your face. Those comparing him to early Clancy require medication.
  • Shame on Apple

    By OneRunJunior
    The book is a great read but this version I chock full of spelling errors, and the formatting is terrible. I counted easily a hundred errors in the first 300 pages. I wonder what Apple will do since I bought a book that obviously wasn't checked before being released on the store. It should be pulled immediately and actually inspected before being offered for sale again. This is ridiculous.