This book hooks you in from the beginning, you get a little history then BAM, the action is there! Reilly is a master of cliffhanger scenes, of making you unable to put down this novel because you just have to know what's going to happen. If you enjoy action, black ops, or general military fiction, you will enjoy this book. There's a touch of romance (but only a touch), some comedy, much like anyone might crack a joke when they feel utterly hopeless, and even some fourth wall breaking which you can't help but love.
When it comes to the hero, the Scarecrow, you find him fascinating as a character. A strong leader, yet human, and flawed in his own way, that he must fight to never let down his troops and his protectee. The rest of the characters might feel initially like cardboard cutouts, but they gain individualism as the story progresses, as the heroes go from the frying pan into the fire. Several times.
One of my personal favorite elements in this novel is the detail that goes into describing military gadgets and whatnot. There's just enough so you can figure out how something works, and its limitations, but not so much that you start to wonder if you've picked up a spec book instead of a novel. There is often more than one point of action throughout the books, so that you may find yourself reading of different person's plights in a back and forth fashion, running parallel so that you aren't always sure that things will work out.
All in all, this is a great book to read on a nice boring summer (or any other season, frankly) day, adding so much action to your mind that you actually feel exhausted once you're done.
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