VIDEO: Matthew Reilly introduces Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves

by |August 2, 2011

Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves

At an abandoned Soviet base in the Arctic, the battle to save the world has begun…


It is a top-secret base known only as Dragon Island. A long-forgotten relic of the Cold War, it houses a weapon of terrible destructive force, a weapon that has just been re-activated…


When Dragon Island is seized by a brutal terrorist force calling itself the Army of Thieves, the fate of the world hangs in the balance, and there are no crack units close enough to get there in time to stop the Army setting off the weapon.


Except, that is, for a small equipment-testing team up in the Arctic led by a Marine captain named Schofield, call-sign SCARECROW. It’s not a strike force; just a handful of Marines and civilians. It’s not equipped to attack a fortified island held by a vicious army. But Scarecrow will lead the team in anyway, because someone has to.


Matthew Reilly is the international bestselling author of nine novels: Contest, Ice Station, Temple, Area 7, Scarecrow, Seven Ancient Wonders, The Six Sacred Stones, The Five Greatest Warriors and now Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves, the children’s book Hover Car Racer and one novella, Hell Island. His books are published in over 20 languages, with worldwide sales close to 4 million copies.

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Ice Station

At a remote ice station in Antarctica, a team of US scientists has made an amazing discovery. They have found something buried deep within a 100-million-year-old layer of ice. Something made of METAL.

Led by the enigmatic Lieutenant Shane Schofield, a team of crack United States marines is sent to the station to secure this discovery for their country. They are a tight unit, tough and fearless. They would follow their leader into hell. They just did…

“Strap yourself in for the ride … what follows is action, action and more action. It never slows down … it is unlike any other new Australian novel.” Daily Telegraph.

“The pace is frantic, the writing snappy, the research thorough. Unputdownable.” Weekend Australian.

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Area 7

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. Rumour has it, he’s a good man in a storm.
Judging by what the President has just walked into, he’d better be…

“This is one hell of a read by a recently emerged talent. Enjoy, let it shred your mind” BULLETIN

“The sheer frenzy of Reilly’s approach can inspire awe. Speed demons, take note” PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (USA)

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There are 15 targets, the finest warriors in the world – commandos, spies, terrorists. And they must all be dead by 12 noon, today. The price on their heads: almost $20 million each.

Among the names on the target list, one stands out. A Marine named Shane Schofield, call-sign: Scarecrow.

And so Schofield is plunged into a headlong race around the world, pursued by a fearsome collection of international bounty hunters – including the “Black Knight”, a notoriously ruthless hunter who seems intent on eliminating only Schofield.

The race is on and the pace is frantic as Schofield fights for survival; in the process unveiling a vast international conspiracy and the terrible reason why he cannot, under any circumstances, be allowed to live…

He led his men into hell in Ice Station.
He protected the President against all odds in Area 7.
This time it’s different.
Because this time he is the target.

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Hell Island

Matthew Reilly’s Hell Island is a novella.

It is an island that doesn’t appear on any maps.
A secret place, where classified experiments have been carried out.
Experiments that have gone terribly wrong.
Four crack special forces units are dropped in.
One of them is a team of Marines, led by
Captain Shane Schofield, call-sign: SCARECROW.
Nothing can prepare Schofield’s team for what they find there.
You could say they’ve just entered hell.
But that would be wrong.
This is much, much worse.

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While still in his twenties, John Purcell opened a second-hand bookshop in Mosman, Sydney, in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Since then he has written, under a pseudonym, a series of very successful novels, interviewed hundreds of writers about their work, appeared at writers’ festivals, on TV (most bizarrely in comedian Luke McGregor’s documentary Luke Warm Sex) and has been featured in prominent newspapers and magazines. ​Now, as the Director of Books at, Australia’s largest online bookseller, he supports Australian writing in all its forms. He lives in Sydney with his wife, two children, three dogs, five cats, unnumbered gold fish and his overlarge book collection. His novel, The Girl on the Page, will be published by HarperCollins Australia in October, 2018.

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