Wednesday, 4 February 2009

Area 7 - Matthew Reilly

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 special 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 for him 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....

The book is actually meant as a sequel to Ice Station but you don't have to have read that before reading this one - it works well as a stand-alone. More about the author and his other books can be found here.

After reading and thoroughly enjoying Riverton I opted for a complete change of pace....... and got it! The book started out a little slow and had me wondering if I was going to get into it..... then the action started......... and kept right on going. Phew - it certainly is as action-packed, pacy and full of non-stop thrills as the blurb claims it to be and is definitely not one I'd recommend as quiet bed-time reading. LOL Neither would I recommend it if you're at all squeamish as it does tend to be a tad on the gorey side at times. Yes, I'm realistic enough to know that similar situations IRL would turn very gorey indeed but it does feel, occasionally, that the author writes these sections with a bit too much relish. Now and again the amount of action had me wondering if the main character is actually a Superhero in disguise. Just the kind of thing that Hollywood loves, so am now waiting to see if they turn this into a movie. ;0)

Registered this with Book Crossing and have done a controlled release: handed over to my DBro to read then wild release. :0)


Julie said...

Sounds like you really enjoyed this one, not one for me i dont think, i dont do gorey stuff LOL