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Completely absurd but also (therefore?) damn good!!!,
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Hell Island (The Scarecrow series, Band 4) (Taschenbuch)
4 teams of different special forces units are sent on a secretive island in the middle of the pacific ocean. Their mission is to find out why all contact to soldiers and scientist on the island is lost. And they do find out the hard way. Hell Island lives up to its name and the soldiers plunge into a nightmare they could never dreamed of...
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!