Hell Island Synopsis
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.
Action-packed. Although I am a huge fan of Reilly’s work, I wasn’t expecting that much from this little novella – I honestly didn’t think the Scarecrow story (normally chunky, around 500 pages) would translate well into novella format — I was wrong.
Matthew Reilly’s Hell Island novella was originally released in 2005 for the Australian Books Alive initiative. The novella was given free with the purchase of any novel or book that was part the extensive Books Alive range, selected specifically to encourage reading across all demographics. Hell Island was reprinted in 2007 due to growing demand for the rare Shane Schofield story, one which gives an important peek into his emotional state following the shocking revelations in Scarecrow. [www.matthewreilly.com]
Reilly has managed to retain all the great qualities of the Scarecrow series in this short and punchy story – an exotic location, our favourite characters Scarecrow and Mother, the dry humour and unspoken communication between characters, life or death predicaments, the doublecross/twist and the never-say-die attitude.
I consumed this in audiobook format so credit also goes to the narrator Sean Mangan who built the intensity well and displayed excellent timing in delivery of the battle scenes. A quick read or listen that I highly recommend for fans of the previous books in the Scarecrow series.
BOOK RATING: The Story 4 / 5 ; The Writing 4 / 5
Other titles by Matthew Reilly we have reviewed include The Four Legendary Kingdoms, The Great Zoo of China, Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves, The Five Greatest Warriors, The Six Sacred Stones and Seven Ancient Wonders. Although read prior to this website’s existence Hover Car Racer and my first ever Reilly title Ice Station are highly recommended also.
This book completes my reading of Matthew Reilly’s Scarecrow Series and so counts towards my participation in the Finish That Series Challenge – 1st series completed.