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Matthew Reilly dazzled the world with his electrifying thrillers Ice Station and Temple. And now, Shane "Scarecrow" Schofield returns with his most harrowing and explosive adventure yet. . .AREA 7It 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.Matthew Reilly dazzled the world with his electrifying thrillers Ice Station and Temple. And now, Shane "Scarecrow" Schofield returns with his most harrowing and explosive adventure yet. . .AREA 7It 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......

Title : Area 7
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ISBN : 9780312983222
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Number of Pages : 512 Pages
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Area 7 Reviews

  •  Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
    2019-04-07 11:16

    Warning: Do not read this book if you cannot suspend your disbelief about the seemingly improbable events that occur during action sequences. If you can’t do this, you will not enjoy this book. If you can, then hang on for the wild ride. No one, and I do mean no one, writes action scenes like Matthew Reilly. I reached for this book for precisely that reason.Reading one of his books is like watching an action movie on steroids. I was laughing and cheering out loud throughout this book, and I could feel my heart beating fast as the tension of not knowing what would come next had me in its grip. Although there are definitely some scenes that make you roll your eyes because you are having a “yeah, right” moment, it’s clear that Matt Reilly did his research. He started with an idea, and he developed the background to make his idea come to life. And in the process, he wrote a story that definitely gave me something to worry about. Because he poses the question of what group has the greatest potential to take over this country. Easy answer if you think about it: a Branch of the United States Armed Forces. Why, because they have access to many of the installations containing some of this countries greatest tactical assets: high tech planes and ballistic missiles. And something else even worse. If you guessed the US Air Force, then 10 points to you. It so happens that the President is visiting one of the most mysterious Air Force bases; a good time to put their plan into action.Only they didn’t plan on US Marine Captain Shane ‘Scarecrow’ Schofield being part of the President’s protection detail. The great thing about these books is that Shane has the deck stacked against him the whole time, and the cards only pile up higher as time passes. However, this is not a man who gives up. He uses the advantages he has available, which often involves some quick thinking on his part. Schofield is a hero you can get behind. He’s a decent human being, not a killing machine, unless he has to be. And he will get the job done, no matter what. After going through the crazy experience in Antarctica with Scarecrow (written about in Ice Station), I definitely love the guy. His surviving team members, Gant (who Shane has a budding relationship with) and Mother (a tough as nails 6’4” shaved-head female marine) are also along for the ride to help save the day. The villains don’t particularly stand out, other than being loathsome human beings with no sense of loyalty (beyond their own sinister agendas), and bloodthirsty murderers, but this book is so fast-paced, you don’t really miss the character depth. Again, this is the kind of book you pick up when you want an edge of your seat, action-driven story. And you will definitely get that.Despite its quick pace, I felt the story was pretty solid. This is one of those books you have to pay attention to when you read, because cues will be planted in earlier scenes that will play a pivotal role later on. It helps to appreciate Scarecrow and the other good guys for their quick-thinking and adaptability under fire. The body count is high in this one, so I’d warn especially squeamish readers. I admit that I would probably flinch if I was seeing some of this on the big screen, and I did a bit when I was reading. But it adds to the sense of risk that good guys do die, and you feel a sense of validation when the bad guys die ugly. Trust me, they deserve it in this book.Matt Reilly really knows how to bring it. I always enjoy myself when I read his books. And Scarecrow and his crew are just awesome. Glad to read another one of their adventures.

  • Janey
    2019-03-26 16:16

    This is the second book I've read by Matthew Reilly and just like Ice Station (the first book in the Scarecrow series) it's an action packed read from start to finish! The setting for this story is the mysterious Area 7 a secret U.S. military installation hidden underground in Utah. U.S. Marine Shane "Scarecrow" Scofield is accompanying the President who is visiting Area 7 when all hell breaks loose and it's up to Scarecrow and his team to keep the President alive. Whilst battling a crack Air Force Squadron intent on killing the President and all his personnel, trying not to get infected by a deadly virus and trying to get away from a group of evil escaped prisoners, Scarecrow and his team have to work together to stop the threat of one mad man who is intent on destroying America. Apart from Scarecrow, who is a great character, my other favourite team member is Mother! Oh and you must always pack a Maghook as you never know when one will come in handy :-) Fab series!

  • Riju Ganguly
    2019-03-21 15:34

    This book SHOULD be read only if you are waiting in the airport to catch a long-delayed flight, or while pursuing some other (similar) pursuit. This book is undoubtedly rather difficult to part-with while in the middle of reading, but it stretches the border of incredulity to such an extreme point that the whole thing becomes pointless at the end. With multiple conspiring groups trying to prove something/steal something/kill something (i.e. someone, who is, incidentally, the President of the U.S.A) etc. etc. and Reilly's hero Scarecrow and his team trying to save the world (i.e. the President), and the whole thing taking place at a speed faster than anything conceivable, the book is bound to receive some expletives after the end of reading, question is: would they be positive, or negative?

  • Brian
    2019-04-02 14:28

    Hard to review because 1) it was a ton of fun to read, but 2) ultimately disappointing at just HOW freekin unbelievable the story was. I mean if this were taking place in the year 2200 and every character had bionic abilities or something, but there is NO way the action sequences are plausible. If not for feats of super-ability that make it seem unreal, the timing of everything is way off where you're thinking "theres no WAY they can get from point A to point B before the timer ends in 2 minutes, that would take a half hour or more" and then the next scene, they've arrived up 6 floors of a structure and across flooded rooms and elevator shafts... IN 2 MINUTES!.But again, very fun to read. Maybe thats the point, but I expect it woulda been much better had it been toned down a bit.

  • Skip
    2019-03-31 17:13

    Suspend belief for this military thriller. Unbelievable plots and impossible escapes from impending death aplenty. A rogue Air Force General supposedly executed, armed with his own Air Force Special Ops unit takes on the US President with his Marine Corp and Secret Service escort. Shane Schofield (Scarecrow) and his team battle for control of a secret military laboratory and bioweapons facility, trying to prevent racial and political disaster. Yet, there is even more treachery as some of the Air Force team is a mercenary group for a South African faction with a third agenda. Lightning fast pace.

  • Lester Cockram
    2019-04-20 13:26

    Had to cut my loses on this one after 138 pages. Introduction was great, prologue really got my attention, nice illustrations, but after that way too much shoot em up bang bang for me. Was hoping to learn more behind the scenes in government installations.

  • paperysoul
    2019-04-07 14:35

    4 starsOh wow what an amazing adventure I had. Weeeeeeeeeeeee.I loved previous book. It was uber thrilling. Area 7 isn't lacking too except that I enjoyed it less, though. Perhaps it might have got something to do with less gruesome? Or maybe it's my brain's finally able to cope with some gruesome horrific scenes and got immune to it. I don't know, so on this part it's all just me.Overall, it was nice. The play chase game it was awesome. Definitely suit for me because I am an adrenaline junkie. As usual, Schofield saves another day. I love him! One part that amuses me is that I was so used to him as a man who afraid with nothing and then, when it came to Gant, he's the opposite. I laughed because it felt silly at the same time cute and also weird. To be frank, I'd prefer no romance in this series even small bits of it - I don't care. I know, Schofield's a human and he has feelings. He can love but... I don't know, romance in thriller book, it kills the charm. I guess it's too late because in this case, the charm's been killed and might as well I have to suck it up if I want to move on to the next book.Like any other readers that I am agreed with, I HATE EVERY CLIFFHANGER IN EVERY CHAPTER/SUBCHAPTER/PARAGRAPH IN THIS BOOK. Seriously damn. Every time there's a good part and suddenly, it stops and a new paragraph starts with different part -- I was like what the f***. It made me crazy ALL. THE. TIME. UGH.Still brilliant, though. No matter what.Read on your own peril.

  • Jesse
    2019-04-05 11:12

    Yes yes YES. Matt Reilly delivers, and far better than any action movie!I love Matthew Reilly's writing--the fast-paced action, the settings, the situations and the plot twists and, yes, the characters too. Even Reilly himself admitted that he's in this game to write about action and adventure, and if character development has to get axed as a result, then so be it. But for me, that honestly isn't the case. Getting to see Shane Schofield back in action, along with Libby Gant and Gena "Mother" Newman, as well as learn a bit more about their backstories, was great.And the setting - a top secret military base in the middle of the American desert - complete with a map which gets updated at the beginning of each "confrontation" - is SO much fun to pore over and try to guess what will happen next. A bit implausible at times (yet never unrealistic) and a very liberal use of exclamation points in the narrative, sure. But it's so much FUN and far better than any action movie out there (in fact, I really wish his books would get made into movies, but then again, books are always better.)I thoroughly enjoyed this second book of Matt Reilly's (that I have read) and can't wait to read more. Bravo!

  • Tim The Enchanter
    2019-04-04 11:25

    Having recently finished the first book in the Scarecrow series, Ice Station, I have decided that Matthew Reilly is quite adept at writing a story that is essentially contained in one local. In Area 7, we find Scarecrow and some of his friends from the previous novel, stuck in the middle of deadly game of cat and mouse with a maniacal (supposedly) dead man. For much of the book, Reilly teeters on the edge of believable action but by the end of this book he literally rockets past the believable to where no man has gone before. But really, who reads action/adventure for believable plot points.Having previously listened to the Audiobooks for the Jack West Jr. series, I find this series to be more interesting and the characters more likeable. As I have heard it said, Reilly is not the master of character development as most of them don't live long enough to develop.The books was well narrated, and the action kept coming. It travels into the absurd for a few chapters and near the end I was saying get on with it already, but I was satisfied as I got exactly what I expected. Another winner by Reilly.

  • Mike
    2019-04-13 12:28

    What if the Air Force was conducting secret biological weaponry research at a remote installation in the Utah desert? What if the President was scheduled to make a visit there to see a particular breakthrough in that research? What if the installation had been infiltrated by USAF commandos no longer loyal to the United States? And what if Shane "Scarecrow" Schofield happened to be assigned to the Presidential detail for this trip?The result: Mayhem!This is the second in the series about the action adventures of the Marine known as Scarecrow. And, impossible as this may sound (especially if you've read the first book, "Ice Station"), this one is even more frenetic and exciting. The book whips along from one seemingly hopeless situation to another. If I had a nickel for every time I thought to myself, "There's no way he gets out of this predicament,"why, I'd probably have about five dollars! (Do the math. That's a lot of predicaments.) Anyway, I commend this book to you for it's high energy and roller coaster plot line. Enjoy!

  • JT
    2019-04-02 14:19

    Good solid action book. Shane "Scarecrow" Schofield again saves the world! This series is fantastic, one great read after the other. If you enjoy books that read like movies, high action one chapter after the other, a small group up against insurmountable odds, this series is for you! This time Scarecrow is serving on Marine One, carting the President around some secret bases out in the desert when a rouge Air Force special forces team decides to change America overnight. It is up to Scarecrow and a few marines to keep the president alive and save the American way of life in the process. Nuclear bombs, chemical weapons, prison inmates, and a division of highly trained special forces are all that stand in the way of getting the President out of this situation.

  • Alex
    2019-04-06 13:32

    Loved it, plain and simple. It engaged me from the very first page, just like the other Matthew Reilly books I've read in the past. Don't have much else to say except that you should read the book, this series is amazing, and I'm looking forward to reading Scarecrow (the next novel in the series).

  • Dylan Snell
    2019-03-27 19:28

    Personal Response:Overall, I thought this was a decent book. It had the right amount of action and thrill, while staying realistic throughout. Since I am not in the military, and the government doesn’t say if they have some of the special aircraft featured in the book, it is impossible to say if Area 7 was realistic. This book wasn’t really personally connected to me because I don’t know anybody that has been in the Marine Corps. I do know some people that have been in other branches of the military, but I am pretty sure they didn’t have to go up into space, try to finish a mission before a nuclear warhead detonated, or save the president from a crazy commando squadron of Air Force people trying to kill him or her.Plot Summary:Area 7 starts out where a former Air Force General is being executed by lethal injection for treason. This man is General Charles “Caesar” Russell. His final wish was to watch the new president get sworn in. He gets declared dead, but twelve minutes later is revived. Six months later at O’Hare International Airport, a plasma warhead is found in a hangar owned by the United States Air Force. Other major airports report the same thing, fourteen in all.On the same day that the warheads were found, the president is flying in his personal helicopter- Marine One, going to remote Air Force bases in Utah. One of the Marines on board, Captain Shane “Scarecrow” Schofield, was in the cockpit of Marine One. Their destination was United States Air Force Special Area (Restricted) 7, or Area 7. They land and are greeted by Colonel Jerome Harper and Major Kurt Logan. The president takes a tour of the base, but when he gets done, Caesar Russell comes on all the televisions in Area 7. He says that a transmitter is on the president’s heart, and if it stops, all the warheads in the airports detonate. Caesar also has the Football, which contains the codes to arm America’s nuclear arsenal. If the president doesn’t put his palm on the analyzer every 90 minutes, the nuclear arsenal arms itself. The infamous 7th Air Force Squadron has orders to kill the president, his advisors, the secret service, and all the Marines. All but two of the advisors, one secret service agent, and eight Marines survive the first wave of the assault. The Marines and the President narrowly escape the next three attacks. They end up getting the Football back. One of the scientists flees Area 7 with a kid named Kevin, who is vital for the scientific research at Area 7. Schofield and two other Marines catch up to them, but are unable to get the kid back. One of the Marines are killed. The 7th Squadron steals the kid and takes him back to Area 7. At Area 7, a unit from the 7th Squadron steals the kid and takes him to a different base called Area 8. Schofield gets back to Area 7, but the prisoners that were there for scientific research get out, and make the remaining Air Force and Marines fight to the death. Colonel Harper pulls out a grenade that has a virus in it. All of the inmates die, but the Marines scatter before the effects are felt. Two Marines are left at Area 7, while Schofield and the President go after the kid. They get to Area 8, dressed like the other guys in space suits, and get on their special aircraft. The aircraft goes up into space, where the bad guys are going to trade the kid to the Chinese on a space station. Schofield gets into the cockpit, fires a missile at the space station, and flies back down to Area 7. At Area 7, the complex is going to self-destruct. Schofield gets the last Marine out of Area 7, just as it self destructs by a nuclear bomb. The warheads at the airports are disarmed, and the country goes back to normal.Characterization:The main character in this book is Shane Schofield. He is a captain in the Marine Corps. He has served in another mission with some of the other Marines at Area 7 that day. He is the hero in the book.Charles Russell is a former Air Force general that organized and ran the operation at Area 7. He gets killed when Area 7 self destructs.There is also a kid named Kevin. He was genetically modified to be resistant to a new virus the Chinese Government created. Throughout the book, everybody tries to get him for their own.The other characters are the president, who has a transmitter on his heart, the other Marines, the secret service agents, and the 7th Squadron soldiers. Most of these people die.Recommendation:I would recommend this book to anybody that is interested in military, science, and action and thriller themes. Area 7 is a combination of all of these. I would recommend that high level middle schoolers and high schoolers read this book because of some more mature language in parts of this book. If you are a conspiracy theorist, do not read this book because you may make up a theory that this actually happened when it really didn’t (I think anyway).

  • Daniel Fiebig
    2019-04-15 18:11

    Great sequel to Ice Station. the characters evolved, as too did the action. a definite page turner and I enjoy that no one is safe, always keeping you on your toes

  • Mya
    2019-03-29 18:33

    I have to admit that for someone who writes erotica, I don't often read it. My first choice when it comes to leisurely reading is most definately THRILLERS (political, medical, science, military, historical). I like to read about secret weapons, killer viruses, conspiracy and classified information. When I can get guns and/monsters mixed in, all the better! I wouldn't consider horror novels, unless they had a technical, scientific and plot heavy (not necessarily character-heavy story). Anyway, as you might be able to tell, I am slowly becoming a fan of Matthew Reilly, who also wrote "Contest" which I reviewed a few weeks ago. I feel kinda shy about it, but I really like his insane tales and when I say insane, I mean: The man packs more action in a chapter than Michael Bay does in two hours. (If Matthew Reilly did a story about giant robots, I die) This is my second book by him, and really, he takes 'edge of your seat thrills' to a whole new level. Everything is done at the last second, some of the characters are practically bullet proof and there is no such thing as impossible odds...I don't care how top-secret, how rugged, efficient and deadly that pack of mercenaries are... or the how many seconds that nuke has before it goes off... there is a way, damnit!The hero in this book is Shane "Scarecrow" Schofield and all I have to say is that he is...hmm, I like equations so here we go (Jack Ryan+ Rambo-Terminator/ Neo + 1/2 James Bond). Yeah he is that cool. Think I'm joking? Wel, he goes up against the US Air Force Special Teams (5 units), South African Mercenaries, a virus and more!!! This book also has a kick-ass, female heroine called 'Mother,' who is a fucking war maching and who should have been the love interest but then I'm so biased. I'd rather my females chew coal and shit diamonds rather than be smart and plucky...which brings me back around to why I don't read a lot of erotica....

  • Dean
    2019-04-19 11:13

    Picked this up from a Salvo's store as I'd always been curious about Mr Reilly's stories. I've seen him a couple of times on The Book Club show thingy and he always seemed very buttoned down, assured person. This translates in his writing too. He likes to tell stories at breakneck speed, I think one could demolish this book a a couple hours sitting really. Mr Reilly gives a tightly plotted adventure with all the good military technology treats for those with that fetish. The story has a compulsion about it: end of US civilization as we know it, rogue South African mercs, racial virus bombs etc. However while the escapist scenarios pile on and on and get more extravagant with each encounter one never gets a sense of fear for the main protagonist. It becomes more about how Macgyver-like he can be.Reilly confesses a love of the Hollywood type blockbuster and this is squarely in that vein. You can put the book down when finished and the Area 7 is but a vapour trail in your mind. Entertaining enough, but I kept getting this strange feeling that this was written to evolve into a movie, however there would need to be more characterisation, which is something hard to do between endlessly flying bullets. Mr Reilly doesn't seem to mind the lack of characterisation, he just wants the experience to go fast, which is fine, and this book is fast, so perfect for public transport into work.Will I read another of his...well I'll keep checking the salvo store and maybe, just maybe.

  • Ritvik Bhawan
    2019-04-20 13:18

    As I read more of Reilly's work, I am becoming truly convinced that it is really difficult to write a good, fast paced thriller. Area 7 suffers from what I term as the Video Game Syndrome(VGS), where action writers tend to model their storyline based on any popular video game franchise. This book reminds so much of Resident Evil, with all it's evil scientists testing genetically mutated animals, professional mercs, psychopathic serial killers, cold blooded military commandos that you almost expect Milla to jump out of the pages, shooting and slashing her way to glory.On top of that, Reilly has an irritating penchant for slicing up the storyline in an unending maze of serialised confrontations. You struggle to keep pace with the senseless bloodshed and the count of hostile forces arrayed against our heroes just keeps on adding with each passing chapter. The death traps are elaborate, the forces insurmountable and the eventual escapes almost breathtaking. This is perfect Hollywood territory as only a Stallone or Dwayne Johnson can make these absurd action sequences believable.

  • Dionne
    2019-04-02 13:10

    As a child I absolutely adored Reilly's way of spinning action in my mind. Creating scenes straight out of Top Gun (the serious version) with this mysterious Shane Schofield who manages to come out alive even in the most disastrous of situations. But as I read Area 7, I seemed a little disengaged - although the plot was relatively interesting (viral weapon of mass destruction), there were too many outlandish close calls, way too many locations (from being in a top secret government facility (passable) to underwater (where there just happens to be a submerged petrol station that has usable oxygen) to..well I best not spoil the plot.An easy read although the jumping story lines were somewhat confusing without the little * that separated the story lines until much later my Kindle version - it just didn't have the same shazam as it did when I was 14. I may give Reilly's books a rest for a little while longer.

  • Jenny
    2019-04-16 19:28

    If you are into non-stop action this book is for you! I loved every minute of it, I could not put it down. The Author, Matthew Reilly is a great story teller. However, if you are into extensive character development this book is not for you. He elaborates just enough on the characters but since this is an action book I dont think the reader is missing a thing in terms of character development. What I leardned from this book is that we do not need to go to the movies to experience great action, this book was better than any action movie I've ever seen! I really reccommend it! I aslo recommend reading "Ice station" also by the same author. Moreover, this book is also great for all those who believe in government conspiracy theories. P.S. You might want to read "Ice Station" first!

  • Kathryn
    2019-04-15 18:16

    Action-packed, as is par for the course with Matthew Reilly. I listened to this on audiobook, and while the narrator was easy to listen to, I did get a little confused at times as I lost the plot - my fault, not the author’s or narrator’s. I’ve listened to Contest as an audiobook before, and found it was conducive to listening. But the Shane Schofield books seem a bit more complex than Contest, and I suspect that reading them the traditional way is probably a better idea!There is certainly always plenty happening - once the action starts, there doesn't seem to be 5 minutes together when Shane Schofield or his team are on anything but high-alert and dealing with crisis after crisis.

  • Stuart Ruffell
    2019-03-21 15:37

    The author says in his afterword the he aims to write a book as if it's an action movie. Well, Mr Reilly really practices what he preaches! This was the first Matthew Reilly book i've read, and the action really is non-stop, with brief stop-overs for setting the scenes and fleshing out the plot.I like the book; it's a full-on action read, and there's so much going on that I quickly became immersed in it, but i'm willing to concede that other readers may become disappointed with the 'Hollywood blockbuster' approach to writing.If you want an action novel that moves at lightning speed with slam-bam heroics in the hollywood mould, then this is for you.

  • Neil
    2019-03-30 15:39

    I love reading Matthew Reilly. His books are a great way of detaching yourself from reality and taking you on a fantastic fast paced story adventure! I especially like his chapter structure. Ok, the story's can sometimes be completely out there and off the wall but I just find them incredibly enjoyable. This book is no different. Presidential kidnapping, America in danger of collapse, hero comes to save the day type story that keeps you hooked to see how it all pans out. Brainless fun, and that's a major compliment!

  • Freda Malone
    2019-04-15 19:36

    Wow, this book was full of action! Variety of people, scenery, suspense, intellect, science, and violence. It had everything, including a tid bit of romance. Couldn't put it down. I think I should have read Ice Station first, but that will be the next book I'll be looking for at the library. Of course, my favorite character in the book was 'scarecrow'...what a man but loved how his 'buddies' were just as good when teaming up to get 'er done.

  • Zach
    2019-04-11 14:39

    First off; classic Reilly, great characters and dialogue, edge of seat action and plenty of great moments.But I found this a very hard read, it's simply too long, and too relentless, the action never lets up (As will most Reilly novels) however this is quite a long novel, and I simply think it's too busy for its length.

  • K
    2019-04-06 18:13

    I am doing a re-read in the lead up to the release of Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves. Has it really been ten years since Area 7 came out?! Even though this is a re-read, the story is STILL an adrenaline rush from beginning to end. Un-put-down-able!

  • D.L. Thomas
    2019-04-20 19:37

    Scarecrow is back! Area 7 isn't quite as good as Ice Station, but it is close. In typical Matthew Reilly fashion, the action is intense and nonstop. You wouldn't have to read Ice Station first, but it is well worth it.

  • Rohan Stewart
    2019-03-26 13:29

    Matt Reilly does what is expected of him. Lots of action, unbelievable and improbable situations, stereotypical characters and a will to destroy everything and everyone by the end of the book. He again succeeds with this formula and if this sounds good to you, then read away.

  • Saravanan
    2019-04-15 15:34

    Fast paced military/action thriller. Good fit for a movie.

  • Randy
    2019-04-05 15:24

    Shane Scofield returns in another action packed thriller.

  • Patrick Scheele
    2019-03-27 15:30

    Reilly is a skillful writer, but he's not a good writer. He showed his skill by keeping up the suspense and the non-stop action. And I did enjoy reading this book because of that, in spite of all the problems I saw. A good writer would have at least tried to have a plot that makes sense. In this case, we get a villain who could easily achieve all his goals: (view spoiler)[He could have just killed the president before revealing himself, activated the nukes immediately after and easily escape with the boy/virus.(hide spoiler)] But he makes the mistake of movie villains everywhere: he gives the hero a (tiny) fighting chance. He spends a lot of time and effort just to give them that chance. But why? Plot reasons. There wouldn't be much plot if the villain had actually used his brain. There are a lot of logic, science and logistics problems in this book. Two examples that grated on me the most:1) At one point, someone fired a gun in the direction of our hero. He then closes his eyes and waits for the bullet to hit him. This could be a case of dumb hero or dumb writer, but judging by some similar cases, it's the latter.2) The writer mentions a few times that the bad guys have better guns and that, for that reason, the good guys don't stand a chance. But that's simply wrong. Having the best guns helps, but in the end it's still a matter of who squeezes the trigger first and whose aim is better. You get the idea. The book is so bad that I'm kinda angry at myself for having enjoyed it...