Scarecrow & The Army Of Thieves Review

This was the first piece I had published in the Adelaide Advertiser. It’s not my best work, but it was good to get something published in such a major newspaper. Something I felt this piece showed was that I need to work on writing in a less distinctive voice. I have a certain style of writing which worked well for UniLife Magazine, but I must be able to write in various styles depending on the subject and the publisher.


It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Captain Shane Schofield (aka Scarecrow), with his last adventure released in 2005.

Not much has changed, with Scarecrow and his team of Marines and civilians yet again facing impossible odds and a plot to change the world, all while angering the French.

The elements that make Reilly’s books so entertaining are there, but the pacing feels cramped and it’s easy to get lost in the mayhem.

The high-concept science and military hardware are explained simply and never take focus away from the characters, which are well-written if mostly disposable.

None of the trademark ridiculous action sequences stand-out, meaning the book is an enjoyable ride while it lasts but won’t stay with you after you’ve turned the final page.