Review: Scarecrow by Matthew Reilly and The Boy In the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

Review by Jackson Weekes

  • Title: Scarecrow
  • Author : Matthew Reilly
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Series: Yes book 3 of 3
  • Available in the library: Yes
  • Available on Wheelers eBook: coming soon


Synopsis: It is the greatest bounty hunt in history. The targets are the finest warriors in the world-commandos, spies, terrorists. And they must all be dead by 12 noon, today. The price on their heads: almost $20 million each. Among the names, one stands out. The enigmatic Marine, Shane Schofield, who goes by the call-sign “Scarecrow.” Schofield is plunged into a race around the world, pursued by a fearsome collection of international bounty hunters. The race is on and the pace is frantic as he fights for survival, in the process unveiling a vast international conspiracy and the terrible reason why he cannot, under any circumstances, be allowed to live! Matthew Reilly website

Review by Jackson Weekes

The book is the last and final book to the Scarecrow series and this is one of Scarecrows most dangerous mission having to do with life or death. He is always leading himself and his team into this. This is a well done book by Matthew Reilly as it is an intense book with many hard decisions which may have good and bad leads to this. I find this book very gory and very sad with deaths and more explosions.

Books in order

  1. Ice Station
  2. Area 7
  3. Scarecrow
  4. Hell Island
  5. Scarecrow and The Army of Thieves

  • Title: The boy in the striped pajamas
  • Author : John Boyne
  • Genre: Historical
  • Series: Stand alone
  • Available in the library: Yes

Boy-in-the-Striped-PajamasSynopsis: Berlin 1942. When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move from their home to a new house far faraway, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence running alongside stretches as far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people he can see in the distance. But Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides that there must be more to this desolate new place than meets the eye. While exploring his new environment, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different to his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences. John Boyne website

 Review by Jackson Weekes

Bruno is an ordinary German boy who lives in berlin with a  few friends, this is until the war starts Bruno is sent away with his family, with no one to play with except his annoying sister Bruno believes he can go into an adventure. As he is on his adventure he meets a boy but on the other side of the fence, he is upset and sad, Bruno makes a good example of a friend. John Boyne has really brought out the emotion in this book and the joy of life, he also is putting a bit of history to conclude. 

The book has been made into a movie. Watch the trailer below

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