Shane â€œScarecrowâ€� Schofield and his elite team of Special Forces operatives, including the woman who finally found a place into his heart, and a butt kicking older woman named â€œMotherâ€� who has a fake leg. When they are dispatched to Siberia to help secure nuclear missiles from Islamic terrorists they find they are being pursued by teams of bounty hunters in a worldwide contest to kill 15 selected military leaders. Scarecrow in #12 on this list, a list which gives the bounty hunters $18 million dollars for each of the heads they bring in.
The Magestic 12 are the dozen multibillionaires who are controlling this contest and fronting the $'s for the hunt. The MG12 has set up this hunt to make sure that they can continue to control the world's presidents and commerce. But, there is one of the bounty hunters who is not what he seems. â€œThe Dark Knightâ€� is actually trying to keep Scarecrow alive. He was hired by someone not in the M12 to make sure their plot doesn't come to life.
Scarecrow, his elite team and the Dark Knight embark on a fast paced adventure to keep the M12 from obtaining their desired weapons of mass destruction, and killing all 15 on the list. Through a number of twists and turns Scarecrow will come face to face with many of the M12 leaders, as well as the bounty hunters.
This report prepared by Tanya
Dunne, Mar 2004, 24.95, 368 pp.
The intelligence report claimed that Islamic terrorists took control of the Krask 8: Penal and Maintenance Installation Siberian submarine repair base and with the seizure possess nuclear missiles. US Marine Shane "Scarecrow" Schofield and an elite Delta Force race to stop the terrorists before they can use or sell their cache of mass destruction.
However, instead of Islamic enemies, Schofield and company are caught in a deadly trap set by teams of bounty hunters competing in a contest to kill Delta Force soldiers at over $18 million-per scalp. The Majestic 12, consisting of a dozen male multibillionaires who inherit the seat via primogeniture, has drawn up a hit list that includes Scarecrow at number 12 among fifteen targets for elimination. This group has been in the way of good business decisions to buy and sell presidents and other heads of states. In deep trouble as he escapes the nuclear reactor for the nuclear waste, Scarecrow and company battle a seemingly endless supply of mercenaries, who want to collect the bounty.
Is the novel unreal? Yes! Is the conspiracy unbelievable? Absolutely! Are the characters two-dimensional? No doubt! With all that, readers will conclude who cares. Fans of non-stop, action packed thrillers will want to read this delightful tale even if the body count seems endless. This terrific novel never allows the audience a chance to catch its breath as it rockets from one scenario to an even more dangerous situation sort of like the opening scene in an Indiana Jones movie, but continuing for two hours without respite.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner