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Mini-Review: Hell Island by Matthew Reilly

February 12th, 2012 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Borrowed from the library

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars

Summary from Goodreads.com: 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…

When all contact with the island is inexplicably lost, four crack special forces units are dropped in.
Their mission: 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 wrong.
This is much, much worse.

I’m not sure how I missed this one when it first came out since I absolutely love the Scarecrow books.  Maybe because it was a novella and that all my local bookstores have closed down so I did not come across it while browsing.  When I found it in my library catalog (yay for libraries!) while looking up his latest book, Scarecrow Returns, I immediately requested it.

As a whole I’m not a huge fan of novellas because many times I feel like I do not get to know the characters well enough to really get to know them.  Luckily for series such as this one I’m already in love with Scarecrow and Mother so I enjoyed  the story but it did not blow me away.  It was a quick read filled with the typical fabulously unbelievable situations and solutions to every situation that are familiar to all fans of the Scarecrow series.

If you missed this one and are eager to read Scarecrow returns you can do so without any problems.  It’s not long after the horrendous death of Scarecrow’s girlfriend and his near breakdown.  He is just getting back onto his feet and proving that he is fit to return to action but readers don’t get to hear the details of his recovery until Scarecrow Returns. So if you have a couple hours to spare this is a fun read but not crucial to following the series.

Posted in 3 Star Books, Action, Books, General Fiction

2 Responses

  1. Mari - Escape In A Book

    Oh no, I must be missing out. I have never even heard of the author before. I feel like blushing now. Great review, Debbie 🙂

  2. Debbie's World of Books

    I love his books! They are fun, escapism, action packed books. Kind of reminds me of James Rollins.

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