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Library Journal Review
Capt. Shane Scofield hero of Reilly's first novel, Ice Station has been assigned to guard the President on his helicopter journey to the Nevada desert, where he will conduct a routine inspection of air force bases. Of special interest is the high-security zone, Area 7, wherein Gen. Caesar Russell lurks. Having turned rogue, Russell plans to destroy the United States and sics his elite forces on the President. If he dies, a microchip in his heart will trigger the explosion of nuclear bombs planted by Russell throughout the United States. Scofield, of course, is the man to foil the evil plot and save the day. The action is nonstop and includes shootouts, crazed convicts, wild animals, and, in an eerily timely subplot, a new strain of racially selective biological warfare that has been developed at Area 7. Although Russell's rationale for the destructive chase is implausible and confusing, Area 7 is still an exciting romp. For larger collections. Robert Conroy, Warren, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Publishers Weekly Review
Reilly, the pedal-to-the-metal action novelist from Australia, returns here with yet another inelegant yet oddly invigorating rip-snorter about what else world domination. The setting this time is Area 7, a top-secret military outpost in the barren outback of Utah where government scientists are trying to perfect a new vaccine that will protect Americans from the Sinovirus, a deadly disease invented by the Chinese to kill everyone on Earth except themselves. A rogue air force general, the evil Caesar Russell, has other plans, however. During a visit by the president of the United States, Russell and his band of elite mercenaries capture Area 7. Their aim: kill the president, take over the country and use the Sinovirus to poison all but members of the white race. But Marine Capt. Shane Schofield isn't going to let that happen. With his usual mix of unflagging bravery and superhuman strength Schofield starred in Reilly's 1999 American debut Ice Station the relentless Marine and his tight group of highly competent sidekicks battle Russell on land, water and in space. As is Reilly's style, the action moves at a scenery-blurring pace, and his third novel (following last year's Temple) can make for exhausting reading. He employs just about every tactic both clever and crude to keep the suspense afloat. Character development is nil, and dialogue is at times comic-strip bad. Yet the sheer frenzy of Reilly's approach can inspire awe. How many heroes, after all, can kill an enemy aboard the space shuttle in outer space, then return to earth and dispatch another foe by pushing him into a pool full of meat-eating Komodo dragons all over the course of less than an hour? Speed demons, take note. Author tour. (Feb. 12) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Australia's Reilly punches his way onto bookstore and library shelves with another action-packed adventure that is long on chases, fisticuffs, breathless dialogue, and gunplay and short on character development and literary finesse. Shane Scofield is a guard on the presidential helicopter; during an inspection of a top-secret military base called Area 7, an evil genius commandeers the base and unleashes a dastardly plan that could destroy the U.S.--unless, of course, Scofield somehow manages to stop him. Fans of the Die Hard movies have seen all this before (although it should be noted that Scofield has none of John McClane's vulnerability and precious little of his wit). But for those who like uncluttered thrillers propelled by action and not much else, this is actually a pretty good yarn. Reilly knows how to get a story rolling downhill, and his narrative snowball definitely packs a wallop. Recommend this one to fans of Cussler, Clancy, and other plot-driven thriller writers. --David PittAdult Books Young adult recommendations in this issue have been contributed by the Booklist staff and by reviewers Nancy Bent, Carrie Bissey, Patty Engelmann, Sharon Greene, Roberta Johnson, Judy King, Shelley Mosley, Renee Saito, Regina Schroeder, Karen Simonetti, Candace Smith, and Linda Waddle. Titles recommended for teens are marked with the following symbols: YA, for books of general YA interest; YA/C, for books with particular curriculum value; YA/L, for books with a limited teenage audience; YA/M, for books best suited to mature teens.
Kirkus Book Review
Fresh from his adventures in the Antarctic (Ice Station, 1999), Marine Captain Shane "Scarecrow" Schofield handles more high-tech mayhem and death-defying action when he escorts the president of the US into a top-secret Utah Air Force Base. Before the bullets can fly, Reilly's vastly complicated, marvelously preposterous set-up involves a microwave transmitter secretly hidden in the president's heart, a Chinese space shuttle launched for no apparent reason, and a demented Air Force general so tough he survives a lethal injection and is now leading a heavily laden combat crew inside a classified bioweapons laboratory hidden in a former Strategic Air Command base where an equally demented South African scientist is developing a virus that will kill by race. Oh, and don't forget an array of suddenly discovered "plasma explosives" that can incinerate up 14 major American cities. On what appears to be a routine inspection tour of the laboratory, the president finds his Secret Service guards slaughtered and only Scarecrow Schofield, heading a tough-as-nails squad of Marines, can save him from all this-not to mention ferocious bears, man-eating lizards, a dozen convicted pyschokillers (abducted from US prisons to be used as guinea pigs), a rogue team among the rogues, and a bunch of South African assassins with laser beams. It's all an excuse for a series of meticulously detailed, way over-the-top action scenes, on land, water and in outer space, that never let up. Reilly's least believable, but most suspenseful blow-'em-up to date: The jet-boat chase through the blind chasms of Arizona's Lake Powell puts the Bond books to shame. Author tour