- Taschenbuch: 160 Seiten
- Verlag: Pocket Books (28. September 2010)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1439191336
- ISBN-13: 978-1439191330
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 10,6 x 1,3 x 17,1 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 8 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 97.587 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Hell Island (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 28. September 2010
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Internationally bestselling author Matthew Reilly contributes a riveting 'Quick Read' to a new World Book Day initiative -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.
This revised edition of the short novel originally published in Australia is specially adapted for readers of all ages with reading difficulties. There is no hell like a man-made one...It is an island that doesn't appear on any maps. A secret location where classified experiments have been conducted. Experiments that have gone terribly wrong...When all contact with this mystery island is inexplicably lost, four crack special-forces units are brought in, their mission being to land on Hell Island and discover what has happened. Nothing can prepare them for what they find there. You could say they've just entered hell. Only that would be too gentle. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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This short novel is packed with action. I couldn't put it down and had read it within a couple of hours. It reminded me of Jurrasic Park and Congo, evenso it lets you down a little bit on the part of character building and dialogue.
If you haven't read any Matthew Reilly books, read this one. It is short and inexpensive, the perfect test for those of you who don't know, if his writing is anything to your liking.
The book is indeed a quick read. Its 115 pages are printed with large letters that would enable you to read it from almost 2 meters away. Therefore the story is really narrowed down to a showdown only. As a result it is Reilly's simplest work so far and cannot be as good as e. g. "Ice Station". But it features Captain Shane M. Schofield, nicknamed "Scarecrow", again.
In general when you read a book by Reilly you cannot expect any kind of in-depth character study. And you should also be prepared for lack of logic and completely ridiculous ideas / twists / events that would turn characters like James Bond, Rambo and Triple X into poor bystanders.
Reilly's stories are like a two hour movie where you missed everything except the last action packed ten minute showdown. You will get a few lines of introduction and then all hell will break lose. A non stop roller coaster action ride till the very end.
Of course everything is exaggerated big time in his books and especially in this short story! But, hey, which of today's action movies, mafia films, sports movies, Sci Fi films, horror movies or even love stories are not ridiculous or embarrassing in parts?
Matthew Reilly was born in 1974 - young enough to be grown up with video games and action movies. I assume he still spends a lot of time with it today. At least it would explain his writing style quite well.
Most readers would probably despise Reilly for this simple, comic book writing style. But if you are out for entertainment you will always get it in his books big time!
So lean back, stop thinking about it and simply enjoy the show!!!
If you are not into these kind of books then please simply walk away and don't read them instead of complaining loudly afterwards!
In such a short book there's little time to develop characters or complex plots. However it should be possible to suck the reader into the story, particularly one so fast-paced. Unfortunately, for this reader at least, the story never really grabbed me, it didn't convince me, and the action sequences felt a bit too unrealistic. It had the feeling of a video game, where people seem able to survive seeming certain death and where they always have the right knowledge and equipment to deal with whatever hazard they face. There is blood and gore and death everywhere, as well as some surprising plot lines where the usual American idea of honour and patriotism are conspicuously absent.
The author also had a very strange tendency to put short phrases in italics which I found a bit odd. I did like the maps, charts, diagrams and drawings of the principal characters scattered throughout the text.
As an introduction to this author's work I suppose this book is good, although it didn't inspire me to read any of his full-length novels. However as a book to encourage people to read who are perhaps put off by longer stories and who like this kind of writing I think it's a great option.
Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book © Helen Hancox 2011