BOOK RATING: Story 4 / 5 ; Writing/Narration 4 / 5
BOOK REVIEW: 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.
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.
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]
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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.
Matthew Reilly is an Australian author, so this book also counts towards my Aussie Author Challenge – 2 books read and reviewed so far.