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Encyclopedia > Scarecrow (novel)
Cover of Scarecrow
Paperback Editon Cover
Author Matthew Reilly
Country Australia
Language English
Series Shane Schofield
Genre(s) Techno-thriller novel
Publisher Pan Macmillan
Released November, 2003
Media type Print (Hardcover)
Pages 462 pp
ISBN ISBN 0-7329-1116-8
Preceded by Area 7
Followed by Hell Island

Scarecrow is the fifth Matthew Reilly novel, and the third to feature the main character Captain Shane Schofield, USMC. It was released in 2003. Image File history File links Scarecrow. ... Matthew John Reilly, (born 2 July 1974 in Sydney), is an Australian action/thriller writer. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Captain Shane M. Schofield, USMC is a fictional character created by the Australian author, Matthew Reilly, appearing in Ice Station, Area 7, Scarecrow and Hell Island. ... Techno-thrillers are a hybrid genre, drawing subject matter generally from spy thrillers, war novels, and science fiction. ... A novel (from French nouvelle Italian novella, new) is an extended, generally fictional narrative, typically in prose. ... Macmillan is a global publishing firm founded in 1843 by Daniel and Alexander Macmillan, two brothers from the Isle of Arran, Scotland. ... A hardcover (or hardback or hardbound) book is bound with rigid protective covers (typically of cardboard covered with cloth or heavy paper) and a stitched spine. ... This article is becoming very long. ... Hell Island is a horror/adventure novella written in conjunction with the Australian Books Alive promotion, by young thriller writer Matthew Reilly. ... Matthew John Reilly, (born 2 July 1974 in Sydney), is an Australian action/thriller writer. ... Captain Shane M. Schofield, USMC is a fictional character created by the Australian author, Matthew Reilly, appearing in Ice Station, Area 7, Scarecrow and Hell Island. ... The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is a branch of the U.S. military responsible for providing power projection from the sea,[1] utilizing the mobility of the U.S. Navy to rapidly deliver combined-arms task forces to global crises. ...


Plot summary

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

As well as Schofield, Mother, Gant and Book II all return from previous Schofield adventures.

A gruesome USD $18.6 million per head bounty hunt is on for 15 targets across the world - all either intelligence officers, military personnel or terrorists. The bounty will be paid upon production of the decapitated head of each target to a castle in France. One of them is Shane Schofield (callsign "Scarecrow") our all-action hero. Schofield is leading a special forces team on a mission in Siberia, to reinforce a Delta Force team. Delta had been sent to quell some terrorists, and is led by two of those whose names are on the hitlist. Bounty can refer to different things: The Bounty a 1984 film with Mel Gibson and Anthony Hopkins A bounty is an amount of money or other reward offered by an organization for the capture of a person or thing Bounty is a brand of paper towel manufactured by Procter & Gamble... See Intelligence Officers ... This article is becoming very long. ... In broadcasting and radio communication, a callsign or call sign (also call letters) is a unique designation for a transmitting station. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Siberian Federal District (darker red) and the broadest definition of Siberia (red) arctic northeast Siberia Udachnaya pipe Siberia (Russian: , Sibir; Tatar: ) is a vast region of Russia constituting almost all of Northern Asia and comprising a large part of the Euro-Asian Steppe. ... The 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (1st SFOD-D), commonly referred to as Delta within the U.S. Army or as Delta Force by the general public and officially recognized by the Department of Defense as the Combat Applications Group, is a Special Operations Force (SOF) and an integral...

Arriving on the scene, Schofield proceeds with the mission, splitting his team into two groups. They are subsequently ambushed and a bloody battle against mercenaries ensues. One of the groups is decimated but, sensing a trap moments before the first shot, Schofield manages to remain unharmed, eventually ending the fight with the destruction of the Gulag facility by a missile launched from an abandoned Typhoon class submarine. Schofield and his NCO Book II escape by hijacking a fighter jet owned by a bounty hunter who has already arrived at the scene. A mercenary is a person who takes part in an armed conflict and is motivated to take part in the hostilities essentially by the desire for private gain and, in fact, is promised, by or on behalf of a Party to the conflict, material compensation substantially in excess of that... Gulag ( , Russian: ) is an acronym for Главное Управление Исправительно—Трудовых Лагерей и колоний, Glavnoye Upravleniye Ispravitelno-trudovykh Lagerey i kolonii, The Chief Directorate [or Administration] of Corrective Labour Camps and Colonies of the NKVD. Anne Applebaum, in her book Gulag: A History, explains: // Literally, the word GULAG is an acronym, meaning Glavnoe Upravlenie Lagerei, or Main Camp... The Typhoon class submarine is a type of nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine deployed by the Soviet Navy in the 1980s. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

Schofield gains an unlikely ally in the "Black Knight", a bounty hunter being paid to keep Schofield alive rather than kill him, and their alliance takes them worldwide from Afghanistan to France in a desperate race to stay alive. Crucially, Knight's orders are to allow Schofield free-reign, in order that he perform the tasks the bounty hunt is designed to prevent him from doing. A black knight is a soldier or knight who either is not bound to a specific liege or does not want his liege, or himself, to be identified and so does not bear any heraldic standards or has blackened them out. ... A bounty hunter is an individual who seeks out fugitives (hunting) for a monetary reward (bounty), for apprehending by law, if such laws exist. ...

At the heart of the conspiracy are the twelve most powerful businessmen in the world; self-styled puppeteers manipulating the course of governments calling themselves the Majestic-12 (or M-12 for short). Member No. 12, Jonathan James Killian controls the Axon Corporation, a defence contractor of the United States commissioned to construct the sinister 'Chameleon' project, a series of nuclear warheads and missiles designed to imitate the weapons of another nuclear power. As an Israeli Mossad agent describes them, "they're designed to start wars ... but to make it look like someone else fired the first shot". The missiles are launched from ships belonging to the 'Kormoran' project: battleships disguised as ordinary cargo vessels. The intention is to begin a 50 year Cold War that would earn the companies within M-12 billions. This article is about the alleged US government organization Majestic 12. ... A defense contractor (sometimes called a military contractor) is a business organization or individual that provides products or services to a defense department of a government. ...   (Hebrew: המוסד למודיעין ולתפקידים מיוחדים, The Institute for Intelligence and Special Operations), often referred to as The Mossad (meaning The Institute), is Israels intelligence agency and is responsible for intelligence collection, counter-terrorism, covert operations such as paramilitary activities, and the facilitation of aliyah where it is banned. ... For other uses, see Cold War (disambiguation). ...

The Chameleon series of missiles is protected by the CincLock-VII security system which can only arm or disarm the missiles if three criteria are met: proximity to warhead (must be within 60 feet), a light-pattern reflex response test and a numerical code. It is the light-pattern reflex test that is the crux of CincLock-VII - only someone who knows the sequence of flashing lights by heart or with unusually fast reflexes will be able to disarm the system. The fifteen names on the bounty list include six soldiers who can disarm the program, two scientists who worked on the NATO precursor to the reflex test, three spies who variously know about Chameleon and Majestic-12, three terrorists who participated in the Soviet equivalent of the NATO tests, and one high-ranking soldier who oversaw key parts of the program. NATO 2002 Summit in Prague The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation[2] (NATO; French: ; also called the North Atlantic Alliance, the Atlantic Alliance, or the Western Alliance) is a military alliance established by the signing of the North Atlantic Treaty on 4 April 1949. ... Motto: Пролетарии всех стран, соединяйтесь! (Transliterated: Proletarii vsekh stran, soedinyaytes!) Translation: Workers of the world, unite!) Anthem: The Internationale (1922-1944) Hymn of the Soviet Union (1944-1991) Capital Moscow Language(s) Russian (the de facto official language), 14 other official languages Government Socialist republic Leaders  - 1922-1924 Vladimir Lenin  - 1924-1953 Joseph Stalin...

The Majestic-12 plan to fire a series of Iranian nuclear warheads on London, Paris, Berlin, New York, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle and a series of North Korean missiles on New Delhi, Islamabad, Beijing and Hong Kong. With the aid of the French, Majestic-12 stage a series of terror raids on their missile plants and steal their own projects before starting the bounty hunt to stop anyone from preventing the execution of the plans. This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... City flag City coat of arms Motto: Fluctuat nec mergitur (Latin: Tossed by the waves, she does not sink) Paris Eiffel tower as seen from the esplanade du Trocadéro. ... Berlin is the capital city and one of the sixteen states of the Federal Republic of Germany. ... Nickname: Big Apple, Gotham, NYC, City That Never Sleeps, The Concrete Jungle, The City So Nice They Named It Twice Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Staten Island Settled 1676 Government  - Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area... Nickname: DC, The District Motto: Justitia Omnibus (Justice for All) Location of Washington, D.C., in relation to the states Maryland and Virginia Coordinates: Federal District District of Columbia  - Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D)  - City Council Chairperson: Vincent C. Gray (D) Ward 1: Jim Graham (D) Ward 2: Jack Evans... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... City nickname Emerald City City bird Great Blue Heron City flower Dahlia City mottos The City of Flowers The City of Goodwill City song Seattle, the Peerless City Mayor Greg Nickels County King County Area   - Total   - Land   - Water   - % water 369. ... North Korea, officially the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK; Korean: Chosŏn Minjujuŭi Inmin Konghwaguk; Hangul: 조선민주주의인민공화국; Hanja: 朝鮮民主主義人民共和國), is a country in eastern Asia... New Delhi   (Hindi: , Punjabi: , Urdu: ‎) is an urban area within the metropolis of Delhi, and the capital city of the Republic of India, as well as the seat of the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi. ... Islamabad (Urdu: اسلام آباد, abode of Islam), is the capital city of Pakistan, and is located in the Potohar Plateau in the northwest of the country. ... Beijing [English Pronunciation] (Chinese: 北京 [Chinese Pronunciation]; Pinyin: BÄ›ijÄ«ng; IPA: ), a metropolis in northern China, is the capital of the Peoples Republic of China (PRC). ...

Killian, however, has his own endgame. As an anarchist, he confesses his love for watching people in situations where there is no law or order. Directly in control of the missiles, he substitutes several of the missiles so that India and Pakistan apparently engage in mutual nuclear bombardment, while China is hit by Taiwan. Killian also adds an additional Israeli-made missile, based in Yemen and aimed at Mecca on the first day of Ramadan and armed with an American warhead. The book ends in a usual Scarecrow fashion, he blows up everything (several jokes are made about this by characters within the story) but before the end he nearly kills himself because of the death of his girlfriend Gant. With M-12's true intentions revealed to the government, its members all die in mysterious circumstances. It has been suggested that Origins of anarchism and History of anarchism be merged into this article or section. ... This article is about the city in Saudi Arabia. ... This article is about Islamic religious observances in the month of Ramadan. ...

Main Characters

Shane "Scarecrow" Schofield

Only in his early thirties, Captain Schofield is renowned for his level-headed demeanor and reflexes that afford him the ability to come out of devastating conflict alive. His callsign comes from two vertical scars that run from his eyebrows to his cheeks, over his eyes, wounds he sustained while he was a spy for the Marine Corps in Serbia. Although his rank is well below many others in the story, he frequently takes command of the entire United States military; the President personally agreeing to this due to Schofield having saved his life the preceding year. Often resorting to very dangerous strategies to win a battle, it has become the norm for any attempt on his life to end with him escaping while the surrounding environment is more or less demolished. He commands a recon unit of Marines called to aid the Russian government in what is later found to be a trap set up with the intention of killing him. Upon discovering M-12's plot to change world order, his soldier instincts and unquestioning morals lead him to embark on a campaign to ruin the Chameleon and Kormoran projects. Anthem: Serbia() on the European continent() Capital  (and largest city)  Belgrade Official languages Serbian written with the Cyrillic alphabet1 Government Parliamentary republic  - President Boris Tadić  - Prime Minister Vojislav KoÅ¡tunica Establishment    - Formation 8th century   - Independence c. ...

Elizabeth "Fox" Gant

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Gant is Schofield's girlfriend (whom he started dating in Ice Station, and a Marine Sergeant in her own right. In fact, it is revealed that Shofield was intending to propose to her soon. Unfortunately she is killed, using a guillotine, by Majestic-12 to attract Schofield to seek revenge. Gant's death has a lasting impact on Schofield. Ice Station is Australian thriller writer Matthew Reillys second novel, released in 1998. ...

Gena "Mother" Newman

Thirty-four years old, 6'2" in height with a fully-shaved head and weighing in at over 200lbs, Mother's callsign isn't meant to convey maternal qualities, it's short for motherf*****. She is ordinarily under the command of Schofield, but begins the story instead as Gunnery-Sergeant to Libby Gant. An encounter with a killer whale in Ice Station has left her with a prosthetic left leg from the knee down. Fiercely loyal to Schofield and possessed of a similar luck which has allowed her to survive several near-death experiences, Mother opts for a violent solution more readily than her unit leader. Her short temper and eccentric nature lead her to many hand-to-hand fights with adversaries often even larger than her. Possessed of a sarcastic wit, she is also the helpful best friend to Gant, often offering advice or insight into her relationship with Schofield. Although in awe of Schofield's achievements, she has managed to evade certain death many times herself and is indispensable to Schofield, both as a soldier and a friend. Ice Station is Australian thriller writer Matthew Reillys second novel, released in 1998. ... A United States soldier demonstrates Foosball with two prosthetic limbs In medicine, a prosthesis is an artificial extension that replaces a missing part of the body. ...

Aloysius "Black" Knight

A bounty hunter hired to protect the "scarecrow", Aloysius (Pronounced alloy-wishus) "Black" Knight was a captain within Delta Team 7, regarded as the "elite within the elite" of the special forces. He became a fugitive from the US during a mission in Sudan, in which he was infilitrating a arms deal involving Osama bin Laden. Despite being in shooting range of the terrorist, Knight was ordered not to attack, allowing the terrorist to escape while Knight was forced to wait for reinforcements. Later, while preparing to board a Black Hawk piloted by his friend Rufus, he overhears his backup being ordered to kill him and his pilot. He finds out later that the men belong to the ICG (Intelligence Convergence Group), a complex web of civilian and military spies whose job is to ensure all intelligence obtained by the United States of America stays solely within the United States of America. He escapes, along with Rufus, and killed 13 of the men pursuing him. He was consequently placed him on the FBI Most Wanted List and his family killed in a supposedly botched home invasion. He turned to being a mercenary and after successfully rescuing the Deputy President of Russia's daughter, was given a fighter jet known as the "Black Raven" which Rufus pilots for him, as well as landing privillages at any Russian airfield. He is regarded as the second best bounty hunter in the world after "Demon" Larkham. More than six foot tall, he dresses entirely in black, in keeping to his call sign "Black Knight". Due to an eye disorder, he must wear tinted lenses at all times. This weakness is sometimes exploited by others, as removing his shades will cause his eyes to experience immense pain. Osama bin Muhammad bin Awad bin Laden (Arabic: ‎; born March 10, 1957[1]), most often mentioned as Osama bin Laden or Usama bin Laden, is a Saudi Arabian militant Islamist and is widely believed to be one of the founders of the organization called al-Qaeda. ... The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) maintains a public list of the people it regards as the ten most wanted fugitives. ... A fighter aircraft is a military aircraft designed primarily for attacking other aircraft, as opposed to a bomber, which is designed to attack ground targets, primarily by dropping bombs. ...

Buck "Book II" Riley Jr

Named after his father, a loyal friend of Schofield who was killed in action only a few years previously. 25 years old, with a heavy browed face and pug nose, he is described as a "tough-as-nails warrior". A lot quieter and composed than the others within his regiment, it's his level-head that allows him to be the only other survivor of the initial mission with Scarecrow. Less inclined to combat than Knight and especially Mother, he is very capable of deduction and serves as an accurate information gatherer for Schofield after managing to secure files on M-12 within the Mossad headquarters. Although initially there was of friction between he and Schofield over the death of his father, he has warmed to his new superior and is less cold and brooding than he first was upon joining Schofield's ranks.   (Hebrew: המוסד למודיעין ולתפקידים מיוחדים, The Institute for Intelligence and Special Operations), often referred to as The Mossad (meaning The Institute), is Israels intelligence agency and is responsible for intelligence collection, counter-terrorism, covert operations such as paramilitary activities, and the facilitation of aliyah where it is banned. ...


  • Matthew Reilly described Scarecrow as the beginning of a Matthew Reilly 2.0 style.
  • The name of Demon Larkham's bounty hunter team, IG-88 is taken from the robotic bounty hunter in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.
  • Aloysius Knight is named after Aloysius Gonzaga, a Jesuit saint who was the namesake of his old high school St Aloysius' College in Sydney, Australia.
  • The plot of Scarecrow is suspected to have been used without permission in an unlicensed video game called "The Mark". Matthew Reilly and his lawyers are known to be looking into the matter.

St Aloysius College is a Roman Catholic day school for boys aged 8 - 18 years. ... The Sydney Opera House on Sydney Harbour Sydney (pronounced ) is the most populous city in Australia, with a metropolitan area population of over 4. ...


  • This novel has many parallels with John Gardner's novel Nobody Lives Forever. In both stories, the returning protagonist (Schofield in Scarecrow, James Bond in NOLF) is the target of a monetary contract posted by a villainous organisation (Majestic-12 in Scarecrow, SPECTRE in NOLF) that requires delivery of the target's severed head, and both stories include the protagonist's loved ones (Gant in Scarecrow, May and Moneypenny in NOLF) being used as leverage against the protagonist.

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