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It is America's most secret base, hidden deep in the Utah desert, an Air Force installation known only as Area 7. And today it has a visitor: the President of the United States. He has come to inspect Area 7, to examine its secrets for himself. But he's going to get more than he bargained for on this trip. Because hostile forces are waiting inside...

Among the President's helicopter crew, however, is a young Marine. He is quiet, enigmatic, and he hides his eyes behind a pair of silver sunglasses. His name is Schofield. Call-sign: Scarecrow. Rumor has it, he's a good man in a storm. Judging by what the President has just walked into, he'd better be.

©2003 Matthew Reilly (P)2003 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

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Best reading

I loved this book. have listened to it multiple times now. just action after action.

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Area 7

Loved it. I really enjoy Michael Reilly books. I'm looking forward to Scarecrow and more.

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Kickass

Always loved Area 7, action-packed story, great Ice Station sequel. Great narration immerses you fully!

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Nonsensical and disappointing

I enjoyed Reilly’s first book (Ice Station) albeit a bit far fetched. However Area 7 flounders with a ridiculous story line that made it difficult to stick with or enjoy. I enjoy escapist action stories but this was so far fetched and unbelievable that I can’t recommend it. As for the reading of this story via Audible it was also very frustrating at times. The book contains sections of radio and computer transcripts which were read word for word and in one instance a list of approx 60 names was read out - which I timed took 3 minutes alone. I suggest Audible consider how these type of instances can be edited or handled better.

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Great follow up to Ice Station

Very well narrated, super engaging fast paced story. Really enjoyed this book, looking forward to next one.

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Loved this book

Great book, highly recommend it. Great and constant action in it, makes you want to start the next book straight away.

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Great book talented author

Such a talented author and is awesome action triller. Look forward to listening to his next book

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You won’t want to stop listening

Awesome story, awesome narration. Matthew Reilly is brilliant. Non stop action, that keeps you on the edge of your seat.

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Another Masterpiece

Another Awesome Book by Matthew Rielly and Scarecrow, Fox ,Book the 2nd and Mother Loved it.

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good listen

I really enjoyed this book, well worth a listen for not stop action, right through to the end

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  • James
  • 24-07-2014

Over the top action

Area 7 once again contains over the top action scenes, an unbelievable plot and the awesome Shane "Scarecrow" Schofield and his team of marines, including Buck "Book II" Riley the son of Buck "Book" Riley Senior who died in Ice Station. It is read by Sean Mangan who reads nearly all the Matthew Reilly books and who gives an excellent performance in all of them. Scarecrow and his team need to keep the President alive to prevent most of the Northern United States from been blown up. They also need to fight against a rogue military unit led by a supposedly dead racist military genius, fight against the countries most dangerous criminals including a cannibal serial killer and prevent a sino-virus been unloaded on the world, whilst also protecting the vaccine, a clone named Kevin. This is a typical Matthew Reilly book, fast-paced and just a great fun read and listen.

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  • Albert
  • 12-08-2013

An 11 Hour Captain America Comic Book

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

complete with "Biff" "Bang!" "Swoosh!" "Clang!" "Snap!" "Slap!" "Boom!" and even an - no I'm not kidding - "Holy Batman" line. I don't know who would enjoy this book, but they have my condolences for trying.

What could Matthew Reilly have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Write a believable, or at least SOMEWHAT believable book. This was really nothing more than comic strip super hero takes on notorious bad guy and a couple hundred of his henchmen almost single handily, kicks their butts, saves the world and gets the girl in the end. It's just silly from start to finish.

Which scene was your favorite?

The whole thing just runs together, one big race from start to finish

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The narrator did a very good job. If it wasn't for him, I would have turned the book off an hour into it.

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  • George
  • 20-08-2012

Another excellent book by Reilly

Would you listen to Area 7 again? Why?

Yes. I have listed to most of his books twice.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Area 7?

The space flight.

Which scene was your favorite?

The hanger scene.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No

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  • Robert
  • 23-07-2010

Area 7 lacks something

Having read three Reilly books previous to this title. I enjoyed Contest a great first book, but sadly found his Seven Ancient Wonders series wanting. I would regard Area 7 at an uncomfortable middle ground between the two. This novel would make a great film, as most Reilly books would. I feel that in this case as with most of his books they lack something as a novelist. Reilly is of course great at keeping the pace and tension in the novel and writes very, very film orientated. Sadly when Reilly describes a scene with 'They saw a truly awsome sight' as he did in Seven ancient Wonders, a prose he continued in Area 7. I feel he lacks the technical skill of Clancy. If audable included Ton Clancy as a substitute I would definetly choose that master of over Reilly any day of the week. A compliment Reilly would not be offended by as Clancy is Reilly's inspiration and all time hero. If he reads this no offence mate, I will try another Reilly book and hopes his skill improves.

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  • James
  • 04-05-2020

Great book and the perfect follow up to Ice Station 👍🏻

A great book to listen to. I was engrossed from the start as I had really enjoyed Ice Station. It was good to catch up with old friends as it where in Area 7, also I was enjoying the books that much I blitzed through 2 bedrooms I was re-painting in what felt like no time at all. If doubt give this book a listen, it’s worth your time!

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  • James Evans
  • 05-12-2018

10/10!

I absolutely love this book, I’m always on the edge of my seat, cheering on the main characters. 10/10 would recommend to any action lover. Needs to be a film made of this book by far!

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  • Kimberley
  • 26-11-2018

Goo not quite their

After Icestation this was a good buy nearly ss good but worth going for you are gript after the initial start then was gripping Worth listening to.

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  • Satin2UK
  • 18-07-2018

Thrilling story

A brilliant story, exciting and engaging to the very last word. I would recommend to anyone

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  • Mrs. J. Jackson
  • 07-02-2015

forgot this is fiction

Would you listen to Area 7 again? Why?

I never do a review untill I have listened to the book twice, I am at the moment going through some of the books I enjoyed the first read & remembered it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Area 7?

The research that must of gone into this book, I will not spoil the listeners enjoyment by telling parts of the book, just that it is an excellent & exciting book.

What about Sean Mangan’s performance did you like?

excellent, clear and goes with the mood of the book well

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

most certainly, I don't always get that kind of chance, but I love the feeling of some thing to look forward to, at a second reading, by this I mean the second part of the book.

Any additional comments?

I think I have said all I need with out giving away any of the story, I hate it if I know too much. It is an excellent thriller all I will say is, very exciting.

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