Well, Yes, But...
I found this a very entertaining tale of action and daring do, hence the rating, BUT it was marred in my mind by either innacu..Show More »rately described or totally unfeasible technology. An author can probably get away with magic in a Sci Fi or Fantasy novel but there are so many good Action stories which are plausible or well researched that Matt Riellys lack of realism was a disappointment.
Putting aside the odd grating innacuracy the story drew me in. I could have done with a map of the Ice Station to follow the action round and I was tempted at one point to pick up an Atlas and find the station and follow the escape across the Ice. I was left wanting more.
Having read three Reilly books previous to this title. I enjoyed Contest a great first book, but sadly found his Seven Ancient Wonders series wanting...Show More » I would regard Area 7 at an uncomfortable middle ground between the two. This novel would make a great film, as most Reilly books would. I feel that in this case as with most of his books they lack something as a novelist. Reilly is of course great at keeping the pace and tension in the novel and writes very, very film orientated. Sadly when Reilly describes a scene with 'They saw a truly awsome sight' as he did in Seven ancient Wonders, a prose he continued in Area 7. I feel he lacks the technical skill of Clancy. If audable included Ton Clancy as a substitute I would definetly choose that master of over Reilly any day of the week. A compliment Reilly would not be offended by as Clancy is Reilly's inspiration and all time hero. If he reads this no offence mate, I will try another Reilly book and hopes his skill improves.
Matthew Reilly Delivers another fast paced gripping tale. The reading is first class and the speed of the novel means there is never a good place to t..Show More »ake a break. I have slowed down en route to appointments to make sure I got through a particular bit.
This is a bit darker than the previous 'scarecrow' novels and there are a few nasty surprises in store for the listener. If you have heard the previous stories in this series then stop reading tis review and download this one NOW!!
Absolutely brilliant. First time I've listened rather than read a Mathew Reilly book and loved it. Sean Mangan really brings the book to life with all..Show More » the voices he uses for all the characters.
I remeber picking up Ice station years ago, not knowing anything about the author. I was hooked instantly. Never before had I read such an action nove..Show More »l, with the pace of the story growing more intense on every page. In my mind, no book will ever come close to Ice station, regarding fast, thrilling action. Army of thieves was a little more down to earth (if such an expression can be used for any book starring Scarecrow) and the story was enjoyable, actionpacked and just what I was hoping for. But my regret is listening to the audiobook instead of actually reading the book. When reading Ice station, i remember reading at an increased pace when there was an abundance of action, turning pages like there was no tomorrow, feeling as I was a part of that action myself. Here, Sean Mangan - although he does a great job and I enjoyed listening to his voice - carries on at the same pace throughout the audiobook, no matter how intense the action. Of course this is understandable, had he shouted and read really fast as I did when reading Ice station, it would probably have been really awkward and horrible. But then again, maybe that is just what this audiobook would have needed...