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A man-made secret location designed to host tests of classified experiments, Hell Island doesn't appear on any maps. But when all contact is lost with this mystery island, four crack special force units are brought in - can anything prepare them for the horror of what they will find there?...

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Number of Pages : 115 Pages
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Hell Island Reviews

  • Mary-ellen
    2018-09-21 20:02

    I love the action-packed, fast pace of the Scarecrow series. I do have to suspend my disbelief to get into these books, but they’re always such a wild ride that it doesn’t bother me. This is another great adventure for Scarecrow and crew, although it is a short one at around 100 pages. It left me wanting more.

  • Rizwan
    2018-09-24 19:06

    ম্যাথিউ রাইলির পাগলা অ্যাকশন-অ্যাডভেঞ্চার সিরিজ স্কেয়ারক্রো'র পূর্বের তিনটা কাহিনীর তুলনায় "হেল আইল্যান্ড" একেবারেই ভিন্ন এক দিক থেকে, আর সেটা হল কাহিনীর ব্যপ্তি। "আইস স্টেশন", "এরিয়া ৭" বা "স্কেয়ারক্রো" যেখানে সাড়ে পাঁচশো থেকে ছয়শো পৃষ্ঠার বিপুলবিস্তৃত উপন্যাস ছিল, "হেল আইল্যান্ড" সেই তুলনায় একেবারেই শিশু, মাত্র একশ পেজের কিছু বেশি। কাহিনীও সেই সাথে স্বাভাবিক ভাবেই অনেক ছোট, তবে এতে যদি অ্যাকশন-পাঠকরা মনে করেন বইটা তেমন মজাদার বা আগ্রহোদ্দীপক হবে না তাহলে বড়ধরনের ভুল করবেন... মাত্র সোয়া'শ পৃষ্ঠাতেও ম্যাথিউ রাইলি তার স্বভাবসুলভ বিস্ফোরক বর্ণনায় বইয়ের প্রথম পৃষ্ঠা থেকে শেষ পৃষ্ঠা পর্যন্ত তুমুল উত্তেজনার মারকাটারি অ্যাকশনবহুল দুর্দান্ত একটা থ্রিলার পাঠকদের উপহার দিয়েছেন, যাতে প্রয়োজন মত বেশ কিছু অপ্রত্যাশিত টুইস্ট ও টার্নও রয়েছে কাহিনীকে গতি দেয়ার জন্য।গল্পের শুরু হয় প্রশান্ত মহাসাগরের মাঝখানে অবস্থিত এক রহস্যময় দ্বীপে যেটার অস্তিত্ব পৃথিবীর কোন ম্যাপেই নেই, দ্বীপের ২য় বিশ্বযুদ্ধকালীন এয়ারফিল্ড ও রিফুয়েলিং স্টেশন ব্যবহার করা হয় আমেরিকার প্রয়োজনে। সেখানে এক এয়ারক্র্যাফট কেরিয়ার যুদ্ধজাহাজ ৬০০ মেরিন সৈন্য নিয়ে ডক করার পর থেকেই সমস্ত যোগাযোগ বিচ্ছিন্ন হয়ে গেছে। মেরিন ক্যাপ্টেন শেইন স্কোফিল্ড, কলসাইনঃ "স্কেয়ারক্রো"কে তার ১০জনের মেরিন টিম সহ পাঠানো হয় ইনভেস্টিগেট করে দেখার জন্য, সাথে ১০জন করে সদস্য বিশিষ্ট আরো তিনটি আর্মড ফোর্সেসের টিম: ৮২তম এয়ারবোর্ন স্কোয়াড্রন, ডেল্টা ফোর্স ও সীল টিম। ব্যাপারটা খুবই অভাবিত কারণ বিভিন্ন স্পেশাল ফোর্সের টিম এভাবে একত্রে মিশিয়ে কখনোই কোন অপারেশনে পাঠানো হয় না। দ্বীপের তীরে নোঙ্গর করে রাখা এয়ারক্র্যাফট কেরিয়ার ইউএসএস নিমিৎসে পা রাখার পরপরই রহস্য আরো জট পাকাতে থাকে, পুরো জাহাজে কোন জনমনিষ্যি নেই, আর সবখানে শুধু রক্তের ছিটা, গুলির খালি খোসা ও ভাঙ্গা কাঁচ। স্কোফিল্ড ও তার দল অবশ্য বেশিক্ষণ চিন্তাভাবনার সুযোগ পেল না, কারণ কিছুক্ষণের মধ্যেই রহস্যময় এক ভয়ঙ্কর শত্রুপক্ষের আক্রমণে একে একে মারা পড়তে শুরু করল অন্যান্য টিমের সদস্যরা, আর স্কোফিল্ডের টিমের প্রতিও শুরু হয়ে গেল বিরতিহীন হামলা আর আক্রমণ... এরপরে কি হল সেটা আর বললে স্পয়লার টেরিটরিতে পা দিয়ে ফেলব। বইটা সংক্ষিপ্ত, কিন্তু তাতে তুমুল অ্যাকশন, সাসপেন্স আর জটিলতার কোন অভাব হয় নাই। রহস্যময় এই শত্রুপক্ষ কে বা "কি", তারা ওই নির্জন দ্বীপে কিভাবে এল, আগের ছয়শো মেরিন সৈন্যদের কি হয়েছিল, কেনই বা চারটা ভিন্ন ভিন্ন স্পেশাল ফোর্সেস টিম পরবর্তিতে পাঠানো হল দ্বীপটিতে... সবকিছুর উত্তরেই পাঠককে চমকে দিতে পেরেছেন রাইলি। আর আগেকার কাহিনীগুলো উরাধুরা অ্যাকশন-অ্যাডভেঞ্চার হলেও সেই তুলনায় এই বইটার কাহিনী কিছুটা কম, কি বলা যায়, পাগলাটে (হয়তো রাইলি ঠিক মত "পাগলা" হবার জন্য ছোট পরিসরে জায়গা পাননি বলেই!)। বরং এখানে গা শিরশিরে রোমহর্ষক থ্রিলের পরিমাণ বেশি; সে দিক থেকে কাহিনীটা বেশ রিফ্রেশিং লেগেছে আমার কাছে। এছাড়া আরেকটা ব্যাপার ভাল লেগেছে: স্কোফিল্ডের চরিত্রায়ণ। রাইলির বইগুলোতে সঠিক চরিত্রায়ণ সবসময়ই ব্যাকসীটে চলে যায় শ্বাসরুদ্ধকর গতিময়তাকে জায়গা দেয়ার জন্য, তবে এখানে তিনি এমন একটা জিনিস কন্টিনিউ করেছেন যার মাধ্যমে পাঠক স্কোফিল্ডের সাথে কানেক্ট হতে পারে, যতই সে সুপারহিরোয়িক সব কাজকারবার করুক! সিরিজের আগের বই "স্কেয়ারক্রো"তে স্কোফিল্ড তার খুব কাছের একজনকে হারায়, যার ফলে ঐ মিশনের পরে সে বহুদিন আউট অফ কমিশন ছিল, এবং মাত্রই ফিল্ডে ব্যাক করেছে। এর ফলে টিমমেটদের মধ্যে স্কোফিল্ডের মানসিক অবস্থা, তার নেতৃত্ব দেয়ার ক্ষমতা ও বিপদকে মোকাবেলার করার মত সাধ্য আদৌও অবশিষ্ট আছে কি না সে ব্যাপারে সন্দেহ দেখা দেয়। এই ছোট কিন্তু প্রয়োজনীয় এলিমেন্টটি যুক্ত করার মাধ্যমে রাইলি যেমন সিরিজের একটা কন্টিনুয়েশন বজায় রাখলেন, তেমনি পাঠকও সাধারণ একজন মানুষ হিসেবে স্কোফিল্ডের সাথে রিলেট করতে পারল। ওভার অল, একবসাতে একটানে শেষ করার মত দুর্দান্ত একটা সাসপেন্স অ্যাকশন থ্রিলার "হেল আইল্যান্ড"। তবে বইটা শেষ করে আমার একটা ছোট অভিযোগ মাথায় এসেছে: কাহিনীটা যেন হুট করেই শেষ হয়ে গেল, সব কিছু ঘটার পরে সেটার অল্প করে হলেও একটা ফল-আউট দেখানোর অবশ্যই প্রয়োজন ছিল আমার মনে হয়। কিন্তু সবমিলিয়ে বিস্তৃতিতে ছোট হলেও রাইলির ট্রেডমার্ক ননস্টপ সাসপেন্স আর অ্যাকশন দিক থেকে হেল আইল্যান্ড একটি বিস্ফোরক উপন্যাসিকা।

  • Giovanni Gelati
    2018-10-12 23:06

    Are there any Scarecrow fans out there? I am definitely one. You can count me among those that have read everything that is available that Matthew Reilly has written, including the YA Hover Car series. The last time I posted on a Matthew Reilly novel was for the Five Greatest Warriors novel (please check the archives for that; I loved it). Here is what this short novel is about:“This revised edition of the short novel originally published in Australia is specially adapted for readers of all ages with reading difficulties. There is no hell like a man-made one...It is an island that doesn't appear on any maps. A secret location where classified experiments have been conducted. Experiments that have gone terribly wrong...When all contact with this mystery island is inexplicably lost, four crack special-forces units are brought in, their mission being to land on Hell Island and discover what has happened. Nothing can prepare them for what they find there. You could say they've just entered hell. Only that would be too gentle.”When I picked this up from the library (yes, I do do that, the librarians are very nice to me, and it is an excellent resource), I was a bit surprised by the size of it, 128 pages. A Shane Schofield novel is usually much longer than that and this bad boy had a few pictures in it to go along with the story, very nice. I am going to give you a piece of the introduction by Matthew Reilly. I found the genesis of this novel very interesting:“Hell Island was originally written for an Australian Government initiative called Books Alive, the objective of which was to get Australians into bookstores and reading more. I was approached to write a short novel, no longer than 110 pages that would be given away to Australians for free for a month. I thought this was a fantastic idea and jumped at the chance.I wrote Hell Island.More than that, I set out to write 110 pages of the most kick-butt, over- the- top, blindingly fast action I could. It’s not often you get a chance to show your stuff to the general population for free, so I seized the opportunity with both hands.”I believe the last time we saw the Scarecrow he was nursing a beer sitting on a chaise lounge pondering life’s questions and his next move in life. I was hoping that Matthew Reilly would get back to the character quickly, but I guess we Americans had to wait a bit. All that aside, this is a fine ride with Mother, Scarecrow and a host of characters that come at the readers fast and furiously. Reilly certainly packed a ton of action into such a short space; he accomplished everything he set out to do. Putting it down is not really an option, it is a nice cover to cover read, that moves fast and hard. Reading this will not put you through hell, but make you an island as you will not want to be bothered as you read it. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our wonderful supporters and readers, thanks so much for an incredible 2010.What are you reading today? Check us out and become our friend on Shelfari & Linkedin. Go to Goodreads and become our friend there and suggest books for us to read and post on. You can also follow us on Twitter, Wattpad and the Gelati’s Scoop Facebook Fan Page. Did you know you can shop directly on Amazon by clicking the Amazon Banner on our blog? Thanks for stopping by today; We will see you tomorrow. Have a great day. http://www.gelatisscoop.blogspot.com

  • Skip
    2018-10-17 20:14

    Beware the beast Man, for he is the Devil's pawn. Alone among God's primates, he kills for sport or lust or greed. Yea, he will murder his brother to possess his brother's land. Let him not breed in great numbers, for he will make a desert of his home and yours. Shun him; drive him back into his jungle lair, for he is the harbinger of death.Four elite military units are dropped onto Hell Island, where they face a relentless adversary. Only Scarecrow and his team are able to survive. Non-stop action, but the premise is silly. More of a novella, than novel. Hope the next book is better.

  • ★ Jess
    2018-10-06 23:14

    Hell Island had been on my to-read list for like, five years before I started it. One day, my next door neighbor (the nice one) came over and gave me a free copy (because he was friends with the publisher, had hundreds of copies for some reason, and knew I liked reading. Somehow. A little creepy.) Anyway, I was excited to finally start reading it. I got one page in before my dad came home with a copy of Mockingjay, which I was much more desperate to read (however, be warned: it sucks). I finished that books and got on with life, forgetting about Hell Island. Until SEVEN MONTHS later I found it behind my bookshelf whilst cleaning. I smacked my head, called myself silly, and sat down later that night to read it. I was done in one sitting. But thats not because it was gripping, because it was short (barely 100 pages!)Maybe I expected more? Maybe I thought it would be clever, mysterious and chilling.But it wasnt. It was paced way too fast, with way too much actionBasically, my thoughts whilst reading this are:Page 1: Oh, I am so excited! Fingers crossed this is good Page 7: I am really liking this so far :) Page 18: well this is a bit bland. But it has only 100 pages, so I guess Riely cant go into much detail Page 24: That name "nimitz" is starting to get on my nerves Page 25: Okay, its on my nerves. page 36: Woah, giant mutant killer gorillas! Page 40: MORE giant mutant killer gorillas! Page 45: Why are there so many giant mutant killer gorillas? Page 50: Okay. *sigh*. Ive had enough of the gorillas. Page 58: Eh. The battle scene is Monsters of Men was better Page 61: Character: "Game over, we loose" Me: haha, yes! Time to end this! Page 75: BAM BAM BAM! Giant shocking twist! Turns out this book does have a bit of a brain.... Page 96: .....I was proven wrong Page 102: Oh, pardon the pun Mister Reily. I see what you did therePage 108: Oh thank goodness thats over. I honestly dont know weather or not I want to read Ice Station any more :S

  • Freda Malone
    2018-10-01 23:10

    This short novella, was action packed. An Japan Island, taken from the American soldiers in 1943 is now an experiment gone wrong. Welcome to the 'planet of the apes' as Scarecrow and his new team fight to exterminate the most powerful and ruthless of primates. LOVE Matthew Reilly's novels. Read this one in 3 hours.

  • Shawn Fairweather
    2018-10-09 20:46

    Hell Island felt like what could easily develop into a video game storyline where character depth and development can take a backseat to action sequences or it could be a solid Sci/Fi-Action B-Movie plotline where the storyline itself will not resonate with all and may turn off some, but very well may be well received from fans of the SyFy network. I wont expand much on the story as to avoid a potential spoilers, but what we have here is a snapshot, or an episode of a television series that lands somewhere in the middle of a given season. The reader looks in right as the action starts with little plot setup and even less of a plot ending leaving the reader to wonder what happens next, this cant be it?!?! Thus is often the case with a novella such as this. This took me approximately two evenings of quick readings to bang out and was quite easy to follow. I could have easily done without the horrible artwork found within the pages and if the author is going to provide a map, Id like to see something better than what appears to be a map generated by closed lines in an excel spreadsheet. At first I didn't mind the 6.99 price, but looking back, I would have expected this to be a .99 ebook instead. I have been told that this is Reilly's worst effort, so if the opportunity comes, I would give his writing another shot.

  • paperysoul
    2018-10-07 18:48

    THIS IS AN HONEST REVIEW, YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.3 stars - Epic Sci-FiIllogical, five humans beat up 300 mutant gorillas (should be dead earlier because the number was higher before I forgot how many) but on second thought, this is sci-fi/thriller, I shouldn't bother to make sense of it. Glad the book's short.

  • Supertramp Alex
    2018-10-11 16:02

    Finished the book just like I'd finish a video game :D

  • Emma
    2018-09-19 21:04

    3.5 stars

  • Kathryn
    2018-09-16 23:00

    Very short, but not exactly sweet - classic Reilly with heaps of adventure and split-second escapes for some characters, lots of blood and grisly deaths for others. No such events that rock the Schofield world as happened in the previous book...

  • Albert
    2018-10-06 21:55

    Hell Island by Matthew Reilly is the type of story that I started reading Matthew Reilly for. It is a rollercoaster ride of twists and turns and sharp brakes and enough action to make Stallone retire!"..It slammed into Haynes, ramming him back against the door. His head hit the steel door hard, the blow stunning him but not knocking him out. And as he slumped to the floor and saw the creature draw a glistening long-bladed K-bar knife from its sheath, Haynes wished it had knocked him unconscious, because the he wouldn't have to witness what it did to him next..."The USS Nimitz, Air Craft Carrier, lay moored next to the island once known as Grant Island. But after the blood and brutal battles fought for it between American forces and the Japanese in WWII, it was now known as Hell Island. The Nimitz had been hit by a tsunami and all communications had been lost from the Carrier and the contingent of 600 crew aboard. Four teams of crack fighters were being haloed onto the Nimitz. One Unit from the 82nd Airborne Division. One Seal team. One Delta team and one team of Force Reconnaissance Marines. Leading the Marines is Captain Shane Schofield, call sign "Scarecrow".What awaited them aboard the Nimitz and on Hell Island was not the results of a tsunami or any natural disaster. Scarecrow and his team were about to dropped into a carnage blender and only his tactics and training was going to save him and his team. If he can hold it together long enough. Hell Island is a small book, barely one hundred pages long but Reilly doesn't waste a drop of ink or a nanometer of page space. He feels it with so much action that the reader will feel like he's just finished a grueling sprint through an obstacle course. Only with blades and bullets flying all around you. The book was written upon request from the Australian Government, as a donation to help with encouraging its citizens to read. It should, it really should. I dare anyone to pick this one up and put it back down. Its an adrenaline junkies dream!Blending science fiction and hard core action, Hell Island is a reminder of how good Matthew Reilly really is and a taste of this action master at the top of his game.

  • Jill Smith
    2018-10-02 20:09

    This novella is typical of Matthew Reilly’s writing style. Action from the first sentence, Shane Schofield known as Scarecrow, is parachuting to the deck of an aircraft carrier, beside Hell Island. His crack team of marines, is only one of a specialist team to drop in, three other squads from 82nd, Seals and Delta dropped in at the same time. The operation has all the markings of an elaborate training exercise. What a deadly game it becomes, the enemy is a force, never previously encountered by any living army is brutal in attack and seems to be unbeatable. Born July 2, 1974, Matthew Reilly is the international bestselling author of Contest, Ice Station, Temple, Area 7, Scarecrow, Hover Car Racer, Seven Ancient Wonders, Hell Island, The Six Sacred Stones, The Five Greatest Warriors.Hell Island was originally released in 2005 for the Australian Books Alive initiative. The novella was given away free with any novel or book that was part of the extensive Books Alive range, selected to encourage reading. This book was reprinted in 2007, due to demand for more in the Shane Schofield series. I downloaded this novella onto my ipad, on full screen image it is only eighty two pages long. For a writer this book is a masterful weave of characters, battles, tactics, with the hall mark drawings depicting the site of the operations. Heart beating from the outset, the reader is drawn into the story and the pages are so quickly turned, it could look like a mini tornado.Interestingly, from my point of view, was the list of ISBN numbers for the book as a book, then adobe eReader, Microsoft Reader, Mobipocket, Online and EPub format.Considering that when I first saw this author at Somerset Literary festival a few years ago, he was a young gun writer, who self published his own book Contest, read it on trains and drummed up enough interest to secure a publisher. He has come a long way from then and his books are real thrill rides with great appeal. Matthew’s web site is also a must see site.

  • Sabrina Kammer
    2018-10-15 20:53

    Eine Insel, die auf keiner Karte zu finden ist: Das ist Hell Island. Geheime Experimente, die ausser Kontrolle zu geraten scheinen. Wissenschaftler, zu denen der Kontakt abgerissen ist. Captain Shane 'Scarecrow' Schofielt und sein Team von Marines landen auf Hell Island und ihr Auftrag: Herausfinden was passiert ist. Doch die Männer merken schnell, dass die Insel ihren Namen zu Recht trägt...Zuerst möchte ich kurz etwas zum Cover sagen: Ist es nicht der Hammer? Es war der Grund, weshalb ich mir das Buch überhaupt näher angesehen habe! Es sieht wirklich klasse aus.Wie ich vorhin festgestellt habe, ist das Buch der 4. Band einer Reihe - was aber nicht ersichtlich war, als ich das Buch gekauft habe. Das finde ich etwas doof, ehrlich gesagt. Aber auf jeden Fall kann man das Buch gut unabhängig lesen. Ich finde jetzt nicht, dass mir Informationen gefehlt haben - daher kann ich damit leben, dass es ein Band mitten in einer Reihe ist.Anstonsten erinnert mich das Buch ein wenig an Planet der Affen, auch wenn der Hintergrund ein anderer ist. Die Idee ist also nicht ganz neu, was mich prinzipiell nicht gestört hat. Ich fand eher die Kürze des Buches sehr schade, da man so viel zu wenige Informationen bekommen hat. Die Geschichte konnte sich gar nicht richtig entfallten! Wenn mir Informationen gefehlt haben, dann nicht, weil es ein 4. Band ist, sondern weil der Autor einfach zu wenig geschrieben hat. Ich hätte lieber ein Buch mit doppelt so vielen Seiten gehabt, dafür etwas ausführlicher. Mehr zu den Experimenten, mehr zum Einsatz der Marines etc...Das fand ich wirklich sehr schade und war ein grosser Minuspunkt für das Buch. Der Schreibstil hat mir gut gefallen, das Buch hat sich sehr flüssig und in einem Rutsch durchlesen lassen.Alles in allem, eine nette Geschichte, mit Potential. 3 Sterne von mir.

  • Linda
    2018-09-27 18:12

    Hell Island is not really a part of the Scarecrow series since it was written specifically for a promotion by the Australian government to get people to read. It's much more like the average American shoot-em-up thriller. Reilly decided to write the most "kick-butt, over-the-top, blindingly fast action" book he could. He pretty much succeeded. Scarecrow and his Force Reconnaissance Marines, as well as three other Special Forces teams, are air-dropped onto the USS Nimitz which has remained anchored off a small island no longer shown on maps. The island was taken from the Japanese in WWII and became a good place for American experimentation. No one has told the forces why they are going. So they are expecting anything when they land.Scarecrow is his usual high action self (unfortunately with no mag hook this time) but we don't see the development of his character as in Ice Station. I probably liked this book because I have read Ice Station and I know how Scarecrow works at his best. Young male readers will just love the action.One thing that bothered me was that Mother, a member of the original team, is back. Maybe she reappeared earlier, but in Ice Station she had one of her legs below the knee bitten off by a killer whale. It's a little much to expect she would have been patched up enough to continue in special forces.The book, as always, is the perfect American product. You wouldn't know the author is Australian. Except I've caught him out, once in each book. In Ice Station he puts in "aeroplane" for airplane and in Hell Island one of the trucks has a "bonnet." You darn well know our macho American trucks would NEVER wear such a sissy thing!!! (LOL)But the book is worth reading, if you already know Scarecrow. The pure action orientation won't bother you, especially when you know the book was written for a specific purpose.

  • Ernest
    2018-09-18 19:09

    This little book (more a novella really) was written as part of an Australian government initiative (Books Alive) to get Australians into bookstores and reading more. In this work, Reilly has once again produced a work high on thrills, non-stop action, and constant pace as is typically in his works. Characterisation is lightly done but is distinctly secondary to the driving plot. As a shorter novel, is can readily be finished in a few (or even one) sitting and doesn’t tax the brain. As a diverting read, this work does the job. It fits within the Scarecrow universe without being an essential read, the action is well paced and while the reveal and plot is a little over the top, it is not overtly ridiculous or out of place in Reilly’s work. This work does what it set out to do – entertain through action in as few pages as possible.

  • Patrick Nichol
    2018-10-12 16:10

    This is another high-octane Shane Schofield thriller from Australian writer Matthew Reilly, and it's a roller-coaster ride.A novella originally written to inspire people to go book stores, the book became a huge success on the Internet. I'm not surprised, given the can't-stop action. Marine Capt. Schofield, hero of Area 7, is part of a special ops force dropped aboard the USS Nimitz, docked at a mysteBelirious Pacific island facility.Immediately after landing, the soldiers find wreckage, plenty of blood... and no sign of the crew.It doesn't take long for the body count to pile up, as Schofield's Marines combat an overwhelmingly superior fighting force.Their opponents appear to be superhuman, fearless and vicious.Believe me, the stunts in this story are worth your time.

  • Michael Flanagan
    2018-10-07 20:45

    Hell Island sees my first foray into the works of Matthew Reilly, which as a fellow Australian really is not good enough. I decided on trying this bite sized read first after several friends recommended it. I have to say the book did not WOW me as much as I was expecting. Don't get me wrong all the elements for a great action read where present but the premise of the story as a whole seemed a bit tired to me. It was like I had read it or seen it play out on the Silver screen before. What was written on the page was definitely a page turner if not a tad predictable. This did disappoint me but at the end of the day I was overall entertained. I think that to get a better feel for this author it is time to try one of his more substantial works.

  • Helen Petrovic
    2018-10-08 23:11

    Matt Reilly’s novella, Hell Island is typical of his roller-coaster, thrill a minute style. It reintroduces some familiar faces – Scarecrow and Mother, and flings us into the action, joining them as they free-fall to their latest assignment. This story is all action, gun-fights and last nanosecond rescues. It was a bit thin on plot for my taste, and the back-story only semi-plausible. Reilly did manage a few plot twists at the end. Probably my least favorite Reilly to date, but still an enjoyable few hours of diversion.

  • Caroline
    2018-10-08 23:02

    Incredibly fast-paced, rip-roaring, military-special-forces thriller with a good bit of sci-fi thrown in for good measure. Matthew Reilly is one of my favorite authors and this book is the perfect microexpression of why (only 130 pages or something like that). If you wonder if you'd like this genre, this is a great book to dive into because it's not going to take hours of your life to get through.

  • KrissyChun
    2018-10-08 18:56

    Having read all the other Schofield books, I think the action in this book is nothing short of the others. It was great. The only let down was the length of the the story. In my mind, these kind of action/thriller books just simply does not suit to be too short as I usual expect a complex plot with twists every 10 pages or so, and this story left me a bit unsatisfied after reading it. I guess I was expecting more twists and action.

  • Terri
    2018-10-15 17:54

    Three elite special forces teams are sent to investigate the loss of hundreds of marines on an aircraft carrier at an island removed from maps after WWII. What they find is horrifying and deadly.Reilly wrote this book to give out free in Australia to encourage people (esp. teen boys) to read. It is non-stop action from the beginning. A very quick, entertaining read.

  • Marcus Calvert
    2018-10-12 20:12

    Here'a an example of how good Matt Reilly is. After his first 3 Scarecrow books, he's asked to write a novella (this one). It's short. Under 120 pages. And it popped up in Australia first. Rumor was that Reilly's work was so anticipated (and good) that folks were buying this 10-dollar book for $50 on eBay.

  • Denae
    2018-10-17 22:58

    I was in the mood for violence. Matt Reilly is a good person to turn to in such modes. He's a sick puppy. Who loves exclamation points! And italics! Unfortunately, the novella is clearly not his strong suit. His tendency to overuse exposition does not translate well to short form. Also, I was very disappointed by the lack of crazy magnet rappelling weapon thingies. !!!

  • apple
    2018-10-06 14:46

    Shane Schofield is back!! only for 110 pages..but that will have to be enough for the fans. The Scarecrow has been pitched against formidable enemies before but this time on Hell Island he's facing a troop of genetically enhanced super-soldiers. ok, the plot might sound a little too out-there but any excuse to break out the Desert Eagle and annihilate bad guys is always deemed reasonable:)

  • Stephen
    2018-10-03 22:57

    Short, Sweet, and pretty damn awesome. Scarecrow is back after the events of the last book. He's spent some time on leave getting his head together and now he's been dropped into the middle of a pretty strange scenario. Can he figure out what's really going on and get his team out? I guess you'll just have to read this action packed little gem to find out.

  • Blue Eyed Vixen
    2018-10-16 15:50

    Great full-throttle action as always....me thinks Mr Reilly has a secret formula for his books - 11 secret action herbs and spices!Makes me feel like whipping on my camo capris and takling the jungle out back (i.e. going to weed the garden - lol).

  • Alice
    2018-09-30 14:47

    A short story featuring Scarecrow. Clocking in at 110 pages it was an entertaining read as Reilly's tales always are. It did leave me wanting more!

  • Jenn
    2018-09-24 15:01

    This is the 2nd book I've read by Matthew Reilly and again a good book full of action

  • Kisholi
    2018-10-16 21:10

    It had some good bits especially towards the end but the overall theme of gorilla super soldiers running amok just didn't do it for me. I'd rather rewatch Planet of the Apes y'know?