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->To anyone who knows a writer, never underestimate the power of your encouragement.
-->--'''Matthew Reilly'''

Matthew Reilly is an Australian author who writes ''extremely'' fast-paced action novels. His books have been compared to ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' on fast forward, with some of the wildest and most sustained battles in an action thriller. His books often contain many examples of both fictional and real-world firearms and military technology, simply for plot advancement. They also usually contain multiple explosions and could be described as 'What can we blow up this time, and how can we make it more awesome?'

His books are:
!!Independent Books
* ''Contest'': In the New York City Library, aliens and one chosen human fight to the death.
* ''Temple'': William Race is a language professor tasked with translating a manuscript that will reveal the location of an [[MacGuffin Incan idol]], capable of powering a doomsday device.
* ''Hover Car Racer'': A kid tries to win the Hover Car Racing World Championship. Notably released for free on the internet, as a serial, and Reilly sold the publishing rights for the princely sum of $2 AU.
* ''The Tournament'': A preteen Elizabeth Tudor gets mixed up in a murder plot while attending a high profile chess tournament.

!!Shane Michael "Scarecrow" Schofield Series
* ''Literature/IceStation'': Lieutenant Shane Schofield, nicknamed Scarecrow, is in charge of a Marine Recon squad that is sent to secure an ice station in Antarctica to investigate an alien craft. [[spoiler:It's actually an invisible fighter/bomber lost when the corporation building it in secret there was smashed in an Earthquake. '''Everyone''' and their mother want it - to the point America's allies are willing to kill American civilians and soldiers for it... even the American government itself.]]
* ''Area 7'': The President has a transmitter placed on his heart that will destroy over a dozen major American cities if he dies. Scarecrow must protect him from a company of super soldiers while locked in a secret air force base.
* ''Scarecrow'': Scarecrow has a $18.6 million price on his head, and faces some of the world's most ruthless bounty hunters. To survive, he will need to discover the organization behind the bounty and stop their attempts to create a new Cold War through nuclear attacks.
* ''Hell Island'': A novella. Scarecrow fights an army of 300 genetically engineered apes, to test them for real combat.
* ''Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves''(retitled ''Scarecrow Returns'' overseas): An anarchist terrorist group seize control of Dragon Island, which houses a former Soviet superweapon. With only a few hours to stop the so-called "Army of Thieves", it's up to Scarecrow, Mother, a handful of Marines and civilians, and a few unexpected allies to save North America from destruction.[[spoiler:It's actually not North America that's in danger. It's actually a CIA plan to obliterate China so America stays as the head economy. America is only taking some casualties to maintain a guise of innocence]]

!!Jack West Series
* ''Seven Ancient Wonders''(retitled ''Seven Deadly Wonders'' in America): Retired Australian soldier Jack West and his team of multinational commandos have to find all seven pieces of the [[MacGuffin Golden Capstone]] that once graced the Great Pyramid of Giza, before either America or a coalition of European superpowers can assemble it. In the right hands, it will prevent [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt a deadly sunspot]]; in the wrong hands, it will grant one superpower a thousand years' worth of power.
* ''Six Sacred Stones'': 18 months after averting either destruction or domination, the "Dark Sun" threatens to violently shake the Earth's biosphere. Jack sets off to find the titular artifacts, which are the key to using the power of six other [[MacGuffin MacGuffins]], the "Pillars". The catch: Max "Wizard" Epper, his mentor, was captured by a new player in the superpower war--the Chinese--and is guided with nothing but Wizard's notes.
* ''The Five Greatest Warriors'': Jack and his team have hit a dead end, and must find the location of the remaining [[MacGuffin Pillars]] and tap into their powers before the Dark Sun threatens to destroy the world and/or the Americans, the Europeans and the Chinese use it for their ends, aided by another clue: five of the greatest warriors in history.

His books are written more like action movies than traditional thrillers; he likens them to stripped-down sports cars. Great literature it ain't, but the bottom line is the RuleOfFun. Reilly admits this, and says that the most important thing is that his books get people (especially teenage boys who wouldn't read higher-brow novels) to read.
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Tropes:
* AbusiveParents: Jonathan "Wolf" West Sr., [[spoiler:the BigBad of ''Six Sacred Stones'' and ''Five Greatest Warriors''.]]
* ActionSurvivor: Stephen Swain in ''Contest'', William Race in ''Temple''.
* TheAlcatraz: One part of ''Seven Ancient Wonders'' involves breaking a prisoner out of Guantanamo Bay. Yes, ''the'' Guantanamo Bay.
* AlliterativeName: Shane Schofield. And that's not even mentioning his codename.
* AmericaSavesTheDay: Subverted in ''Seven Ancient Wonders'', ''Six Sacred Stones'', and ''Five Greatest Warriors'', where America [and everyone else not represented by a person on the team] is the bad guy. Played straight in any novel involving Scarecrow.
** Actually, played straight ''and'' subverted in ''Ice Station'' and ''Area 7''; the former contains backstabbing moles planted in Scarecrow's group that are part of a larger, American organization, and the latter's bad guys are Americans trying to kill the President. [[spoiler:The Army of Thieves is also revealed to be a CIA ploy to destroy China. So it's more like 'A couple of Americans save the day while the rest act like total dicks'.]]
** And in ''Five Greatest Warriors'', one of the members who join's Jack's team is an American.
* AnonymousRinger: The President.
* AnyoneCanDie: Extreme. In ''Ice Station'', Scarecrow starts with 16 Marines. By the end of the book, he has four left. One of them loses her lower leg, and another leaves the service between books due to the massive trauma suffered.
** Not to mention [[spoiler: Gant, in Scarecrow, The Scarecrow's girlfriend…and Scarecrow himself, almost.]]
** [[spoiler: Also Wizard in ''Five Greatest Warriors''.]]
** [[spoiler: Scarecrow dies in both ''Ice Station'' and ''Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves''. He gets better each time.]]
** It's become almost a running theme for Scarecrow to lose at least half his squad any time they go out on a mission.
* {{Area 51}}: ''Ice Station'' mentions UFO storage facilities in Nevada, that are used to distract conspiracy theorists from America's experimental fighter planes.
** Never explicitly mentioned in ''Area 7'', but you ''know'' that there are other Areas, so connect the dots and...
* ArtifactOfDoom: [[spoiler:The sixth pillar.]]
* ArtificialLimbs: Jack's left arm.
** Mother gets one in ''Area 7'' after a killer whale chews her leg off in ''Ice Station''.
*** And it has acted multiple times as a ChekhovsGun. Or rather Chekhov's Limb.
* AwesomeYetPractical: The Maghook.
* BackForTheDead: [[spoiler:Fuzzy, one of the characters in ''Seven Ancient Wonders'' is revealed to be dead in ''Six Sacred Stones'', his head delivered to Jack West Jr. in a hatbox.]]
* BadassBookworm: Professor William Race.
* BadassDriver: Scarecrow, after he took a stunt driving course.
* BadassIsraeli: The Jack West series' Benjamin "Stretch" Cohen. He can ''shoot RPG's out of the air with a sniper rifle''!
* BadWithTheBone
* BigBulkyBomb
* BlackKnight: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The black knight]].
* BladeBrake
* BlastingItOutOfTheirHands
* BlownAcrossTheRoom: Inverted. Book was blown across the room by the recoil, while [[DumbMuscle Goliath]] had his skull cracked.
* TheBookCipher: The heroes of ''Six Sacred Stones'' use a book cipher to send confidential messages to each other. The key text is [[spoiler:the Literature/HarryPotter books]], but the messages are sent via [[spoiler: a ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' forum]] to make the key text harder to identify.
* BriarPatching: In ''Ice Station'', Scarecrow tricks Mr. Nero into setting off a pair of [[KillItWithIce nitrogen grenades.]]
* BulletDodgesYou: Warblers in the Jack West Jr. series.
* BulletproofVest: Knight's utility vests, but averted with normal combat armor.
* CarnivalOfKillers: In ''Scarecrow'', Majestic-12 sets a bounty on the 15 people who could possibly foil their plan. Various groups respond, including Professional {{Bounty Hunter}}s, [[PrivateMilitaryContractors Mercenaries]], [=AWOL=] Military Units, {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s...
* ChangedMyMindKid: Bassario from ''Temple''.
* ChekhovsGun: Loooots.
** People using their birthdays as their PIN number [[spoiler: or the Fibonacci sequence as the password to a top-secret experimental airplane, or the sixth Mersenne number]].
** ChekhovMIA: Andrew Trent
** ChekhovsArmoury: His writing style uses more guns than James Bond. Put simply, if it's mentioned, it'll come into play. Guns, equipment, the surrounding buildings, the weather, the landscape...usually when Scarecrow blows part of it up.
** ChekhovsBoomerang: Micro dots
** ChekhovsExhibit: Kevin
** ChekhovsGunman
** ChekhovsHobby: Scarecrow's flight experience, Fox's offscreen officer training
** ChekhovsSkill: Manual hovercar pit stops.
* TheChosenOne: Renco ([[spoiler:except really maybe Race]]) in ''Temple'', and Jack West [[spoiler:Jr.]] in ''The Five Greatest Warriors''.
* ClosedCircle: Reilly's used this a few times. Contest, Ice Station, and Area 7 jump to mind.
* ColdSniper: Snake. Stretch starts out at one, but gradually moves towards FriendlySniper.
* ColonelBadass: Inverted in ''Area 7'' with Colonel Hagerty, who is a paper-pushing colonel who was never in combat.
* CombatPragmatist: you better believe that Schofield is going to use everything surrounding him to take you out. And the rest of his team have no qualms about fighting dirty if it'll save their lives. TruthInTelevision, real fights aren't clean. Same goes for Jack West Jr's team. At least those who are soldiers.
* CondemnedContestant: The prisoners in ''Area 7''
* ConspiracyTheorist: ''Area 7'' opens with an article from "The Conspiracy Theorist Monthly". (National circulation: [[TakeThat 152 issues]].)
* ContestWinnerCameo: Steven Oakes, a RedShirt killed on the same page he was introduced on.
** Reilly does this all the time, running contests or charity auctions and letting the winners pick a name for one of his characters; they usually go with their own name or their kid's. Examples range from Jackson Dyre (a General from ''The Five Greatest Warriors'', named for a radio contest winner) to Max Epper (Wizard's real name, from the son of an auction winner).
* ConvectionSchmonvection: {{Averted}}, mostly
* CoolCar: Killian owns a garage full of expensive sports cars. They all get stolen for a car chase.
** And by the next chapter, not ''one'' of them is intact.
** Reilly himself fits this trope - he owns a [[BackToTheFuture Delorean]].
* CoolGuns: Reilly's books use the following guns:
** Handguns: Beretta 92 M9, Glock, SIG Sauer
** Machine Pistols: Škorpion
** Submachine Guns: [=MP5=], [=MP7=], Uzi, FN P90
** Assault Rifles: M4, M16, FA-MAS, AK-47
** Sniper Rifles: Barrett M82
** Launchers: Predator AT, Stinger AA
* CoolPlane: the ''Silhouette'', the ''Black Raven'', the ''Halicarnassus''. Only time will tell if [[spoiler:the last one's replacement, the ''Sky Warrior'', will be the same.]]
* CoolShades: Scarecrow's sunglasses that he wears to [[JustifiedTrope cover up the scars [read] on his eyeballs]].
* CorridorCubbyholeRun: ''Six Sacred Stones'' rotates this 90 degrees with giant boulders. And sometimes there are sliding stones instead.
* CrazyPrepared: Jack West Jr. and his team.
* CrucifiedHeroShot: [[spoiler:Jack]] gets literally crucified. But, because his executioners don't want him to suffer, they then drop a giant stone slab on him. [[spoiler:He survives, thanks to his titanium arm.]]
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: If you're Matthew Reilly character, you might end up getting a hole drilled through your skull, crushed in a depressurizing diving bell, getting your spine ripped out by a giant cat, decapitated by helicopter rotors, crushed beneath an elevator, electrocuted in a pool of water, thrown into a jet engine, getting the bottom half of your body melted by volcanic mud, falling four hundred feet before a crate crushes you, getting your insides liquefied by a virus, boiled alive by microwaves, incinerated by the engines of a fighter jet, stabbed through the throat while being fed alive to crocodiles, getting a bunch of sulfuric acid poured on you in a coffin-sized space, sliced up by the turbines in a hydroelectric generator, and shot by anti-aircraft guns while not in a plane. [[SarcasmMode What fun!]]
** And those are just the bad guys!
* CulturalTranslation: Jack West was given the call sign "Huntsman", a very large, non-aggressive Australian spider. The American version instead called him "Woodsman".
* DeadGuyJunior: Book II.
* DeathCourse: ''Seven Ancient Wonders'' has lots of trap systems like this.
* DeusExMachina: Any time that something goes wrong, the trusty Maghooks come out. Notably subverted when something is just a "tiny bit too far" for the hook to reach.
** In another book, a Maghook runs out of propellant, to which a character remarks, "[[LampshadeHanging Come on, that never happens!]]"
*** It happens '''twice''' in that book. To two different people.
* DeskJockey: Colonel Hagerty, callsign: Hotrod—no, [[AssShove Ramrod]].
* TheDeterminator: Don't try and stop a Matt Reilly hero from finishing his mission.
** Seriously, [[ShmuckBait don't do it.]] All you'll do is make them angry.
* DevelopmentHell: [[TheFilmOfTheBook Movies of his books]] are constantly in limbo. Someone should just show them to Creator/MichaelBay.
** Reilly himself has stated that he would like to direct a film based off a book of his, so…
* DidntSeeThatComing
* DismantledMacGuffin: the Golden Capstone.
* DoorOfDoom: The portal in ''Temple''.
* DoorRoulette: A pair of {{Death Trap}}s in ''Seven Ancient Wonders''.
* DoubleKnockout: {{Subverted}} in the fight between Schofield and Wexley.
* DrowningPit: A common type of DeathTrap, and it doesn't always involve water…
* DumbMuscle: Goliath and Rocko
* DurableDeathtrap
* EarthShatteringKaboom: The Supernova
* ElevatorActionSequence: ''Contest''. Notably, it happens ''beneath'' the elevator
* ElevatorEscape: Subverted several times in ''Contest''.
** At first, it seems successful in ''Area 7'', and they even climb below the elevator for extra protection. Until several million gallons of water start pouring down the shaft.
* EmphasiseEverything: Sometimes happens during action sequences.
* EveryoneKnowsMorse
* [[ThreateningShark Everything Is Even Worse With Sharks]]: Or any number of other creatures. If a man-eating animal shows up, you'd better believe that animal will eventually be eating some man.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: "Princess" Zoe.
* EvilCounterpart: The Black Knight (real name Aloysius Knight) is basically the darker version of Schofield, who became that way after he lost everything to the ICG - an evil organization that Schofield defeated. They even look quite similar - prone to wearing black, both have black hair, and both wear sunglasses due to various eye problems.
** But subverted: [[spoiler: He's a good guy.]]
*** [[spoiler: [[AntiHero Well, sorta.]]]]
* EvilPlan: a lot of the {{Big Bad}}s run these through hell and back. And in the case of ''Area 7'', goes into MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning territory and beyond.
* ExplosionsInSpace: Averted. The destruction of the [[spoiler:Chinese]] space shuttle describes it as "just cracking".
* {{Expy}}: Many of the characters in the Jack West Jr. series could be seen as expies of the [[LordOfTheRings Fellowship of the Ring]]. Jack himself is Aragorn, the {{Badass}} leader of the team; Wizard is Gandalf, the wise adviser; Lily is Frodo, the only one who can read the Word of Thoth/carry the One Ring; Alby is the Sam to Lily's Frodo, the dependable friend who gives her a reason to keep going; Stretch is Legolas, the member of a MemeticBadass race with ImprobableAimingSkills; and Pooh Bear is Gimli, his short, bearded verbal sparring partner and later [[HeterosexualLifePartners best friend]]. Julius and Lachlan, as red-headed, fun-loving twins, are also expies of [[Literature/HarryPotter Fred and George]] and to a lesser extent Merry and Pippin. Most of these are [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in the books through chat-site usernames, book code codenames and frequent allusions to [[LordOfTheRings both]] [[Literature/HarryPotter series]].
* EyeScream: Ever wondered how Scarecrow got those scars?
* FalseFlagOperation: In ''Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves'', the titular army are planning to use an abandoned Soviet superweapon to wipe out North America; however, their leader is [[spoiler:a CIA officer conducting a long-term operation to destabilize China]].
* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler: Living Tombs. Enough has been said.]]
* FightingForSurvival: The entire plot of ''Contest''.
** ... aaaaand 99.95% of any book involving Scarecrow.
*** The last .05% of which is them getting into those situations. Or StuffBlowingUp.
* FiveManBand: The Jack West series--and a [[multinational]] one at that.
** TheHero: Jack "Huntsman" West, Jr. (Australia), all the way.
** TheLancer: Liam "Big Ears" Kissane (Ireland) [[spoiler:killed during ''Seven Ancient Wonders'']]; V.J. "Fuzzy" Weatherly (Jamaica) [[spoiler:dead by the time of ''Six Sacred Stones'']] ([[spoiler: both were replaced by Pooh Bear and Stretch]])
** TheBigGuy: Enrique "Noddy" Velacruz (Spain) [[spoiler:killed early on in ''Seven Ancient Wonders'']]; Zahir "Pooh Bear" Abbas (UAE); Benjamin "Stretch" Cohen (Israel), since ''Six Sacred Stones''; "Sky Monster" (New Zealand) [as plane pilot]
** TheSmartGuy: Maximilian "Wizard" Epper (Canada); Lachlan and Julius Adamson (Scotland) and Alby Calvin (Australia), starting from ''Six Sacred Stones''
** TheChick: Zoe "Princess" Kissane (Ireland); Lily (Egypt)
** TheSixthRanger: Stretch in ''Seven Ancient Wonders''; Sean "Astro" Miller and Jack's brother-in-law J.J. "Sea Ranger" Wickham (USA), for the next two novels.
* FireBreathingWeapon: See KillItWithFire.
* {{Foreshadowing}}
* ForcesWithFirepower: You'll find representatives of just about every armed force on the planet. Military porn for everyone!
* FrenchJerk: All of them. Good luck finding his books in France!
** [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in ''Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves''- none of the French involved are jerks, and one of them ends up as Scarecrow's new love interest, despite being sent to kill him.
* FriendOrIdolDecision: While escaping Wolf's forces invading the Neetha, Alby's forced between getting to the Second Pillar or rescuing Zoe from certain death by falling. [[spoiler:He chooses Zoe.]]
* FromBadToWorse: ''All'' of ''Ice Station''. As the beginning of the next book puts it, "the mission went to hell on an express elevator".
** ''Temple'' as well. From German special forces with murky motivation to [[spoiler:Nazis wanting to wreck the world's economy to nihilists who just want to destroy the world]].
** And in ''Six Sacred Stones'' and ''Five Greatest Warriors'', aside from Jack having to contend with Wolf's alliance, they also have to deal with the [[spoiler:Japanese Blood Brotherhood, who wish to see the world destroyed in retaliation from losing their honor in WorldWarII.]]
* GoThroughMe
* GottaCatchThemAll: The pieces of the Capstone, the Six Sacred Stones, and four of the six Pillars (two already provided beforehand).
* GrapplingHookPistol: The Maghook. Any time it gets pulled out, the chance of something awesome happens skyrockets.
** In another book, there's also the Magneteux, which is an upgrade to the Maghook by the French.
* TheGroup: Die Organisasie
* GunPorn
* GunsAkimbo: Notably, dual shotguns. At one point, Mother dual-wields an [=M16=] and an [=MP7=].
* HandyCuffs: DoubleSubverted - the main characters jump over their handcuffs.
* HelicopterBlender: [[spoiler: Jack West kills one of Marshall Judah's lackeys and Judah himself this way, one with a fallen helicopter's rotors and the other with the ''Hali'''s turbines.]]
* HeroicBSOD: Scarecrow [[spoiler: tries to kill himself three times]].
** Reilly himself went through one after the death of his wife; he disappeared completely from Facebook and Twitter without explanation for a couple months, and only left the house to walk his dog.
* HighSpeedBattle: Reilly almost never has a straight ChaseScene.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: ''Hell Island''
** and eh... [[spoiler: Petard in ''Ice Station'']].
* IfIWantedYouDead
* IJustWriteTheThing
* ImprovisedWeapon
* IndyEscape: Stretch lampshades in ''Seven Ancient Wonders'': "Let me guess. A boulder is going to come and chase us down the slope, just like in ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk''".
* IndyPloy: Schofield ''lives'' on this.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja: Japanese Special Forces.
* InterserviceRivalry
* ItWorksBetterWithBullets
* JustInTime
* KarmaHoudini: With ''Army of Thieves'', Reilly finally developed an antagonist good enough to want to use again, so he just gets away at the end and even sends Scarecrow a mocking package to indicate he's still out there.
* KillItWithFire: In ''Five Greatest Warriors'', how does Jack West's half-brother "Rapier" kill ninjas with guns in a dark tunnel? The answer; flamethrower!
* KillItWithIce: Liquid Nitrogen Grenades.
* KindaBusyHere: Alby's mother in ''The Six Sacred Stones''.
-->"It's your mother," said Zoe. "Please be discreet."\\
A missile whooshed by overhead.
* KnifeFight
* KnightTemplar: ICG. A black ops organization designed to make sure America has dibs on any helpful new technology or information, and infiltrate various organizations in their own country in case they have to kill everyone in them.
* LegallyDead
* LifeOrLimbDecision: Turned UpToEleven in ''Seven Ancient Wonders'', with how West lost his arm.
* MagicalDefibrillator: Used to revive Caesar after he is executed by lethal injection. Because apparently it cures poison too!
* MarketBasedTitle: ''Seven Deadly Wonders''.
* MedalsForEveryone
* MediumAwareness: In ''Ice Station'':
--> '''Kirsty''': When you…when you went under the hovercraft, I thought…I thought you were dead.
--> '''Schofield''': Hey. It's OK. It's all right. I'm not going to die on you. ''I am not going to die on you.'' I mean, hey, I can't die. I'm the hero of this story.
* MeleeATrois
* MissingBackblast: {{Averted}}.
* TheMole: Several in ''Ice Station''.
** Several more in ''Area 7''.
* MoreDakka
* MuggingTheMonster
* MultinationalTeam: Jack West leads one.
* MysteriousAntarctica: ''Ice Station''
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Jonathon Killian, Demon Larkham
** Lucifer Leary, the Surgeon of Phoenix. Guess what ''he'' does to people who he happens to encounter?
** Many of the callsigns are this—Jack 'Huntsman' West, for instance. His allies also have such callsigns, although they're no longer the case thanks to Lily. For example: [[Franchise/WinnieThePooh Pooh Bear]][[note]]formerly Saladin[[/note]], Princess Zoe[[note]]formerly Bloody Mary[[/note]], Fuzzy[[note]]formerly Witch Doctor[[/note]], [[MakeWayForNoddy Noddy and Big Ears]][[note]]formerly Matador and Gunman[[/note]].
** Wait, how is Huntsman a name to run away from? It's the name of an Australian species of spider that is completely harmless (though admittedly rather large - but then so are a lot of our spider species).
*** Still sounds intimidating, although the huntsman spider being harmless is lampshaded [[spoiler: by Jack's father]] in ''Six Sacred Stones''.
*** Look at it this way: the huntsman may be harmless, but the sight of one will still freak a lot of people out, even if they know it's harmless.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: In ''Hell Island'', we got Mind-controlled killer gorillas with knives and guns!
* NoHonourAmongThieves
* NonuniformUniform: Delta Force.
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: Jack West Jr. shows up guns blazing at the top of the The Great Pyramid at Giza after having had a garden the size of a mountain dropped on his head.
** And then he once got crushed by a stone slab after being ''crucified'' to another stone, surviving thanks to his metallic arm. A couple hours later, he's out, bloodied, and utterly pissed off!
** And was dropped down a seemingly BottomlessPit with a psychotic nihilist Marine. Jack kinda makes his living out of doing this.
* NotTheFallThatKillsYou: The beginning of ''Five Greatest Warriors'', although it's usually averted.
* NotTooDeadToSaveTheDay: [[spoiler:Mother]] comes back at the end of ''Scarecrow'', just in the nick of time.
* NotWithTheSafetyOnYouWont
* NouveauRiche
* OnceAnEpisode: In the Shane Schofield series, [[spoiler: Mother seemingly dying]], only to survive by improvising. Lampshaded in later books.
* OnceForYesTwiceForNo
* OneBadMother
* OneLastSmoke: Scarecrow uses this in his IndyPloy to escape from a situation in which [[spoiler:he is handcuffed, upside down, being lowered into a pool of freezing water containing hungry killer whales.]] He doesn't even smoke, by the way.
* OneManArmy: Jack.
* PapaWolf: Jack. Don't mess with his (adopted) daughter Lily.
* PeopleJars: "Old Master" Mordechai and Vladimir "Carnivore" Karnov in ''The Five Greatest Warriors'' keep prisoners preserved in these. ''[[AndIMustScream Until they die of old age]]''.
* PinnedDown: ''Very'' common.
* PlotDrivenBreakdown
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: "Get. (punch) Off. (punch) My. (punch) Boat!"
* RampJump
* {{Ramprovisation}}
* RareGuns: The Neo-Nazi unit uses H&K G-11s.
* RobotBuddy: In ''Scarecrow Returns'', we have the BRTE-500, named Bertie, who has an AI that lets him follow orders, learn, and even make tactical decisions. Originally meant for bomb disposal, it also has a [[MoreDakka 5.56 mm M249 machine gun]], a blowtorch, a hi-res cam, a first-aid kit it can use, and MRE rations for its operators.
* RuleOfCool: Most definitely a driving force behind much of his writing, followed by…
* RuleOfFun
* RunningGag: Faking us out about [[spoiler: Mother being killed]].
** To the point that when it actually happens for real, nobody will believe it.
* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler:One in every book.]]
* SequelEscalation: A self-stated goal of his.
* SequentialSymptomSyndrome: The Sinovirus.
* SharkPool: Jonathon Killian's dungeon, among others.
* ShortLivedAerialEscape: In ''Temple'', 2 helicopters try to escape, but a giant cat kills everyone in the first shortly after it takes off, and the out of control copter takes out the second one.
* ShoutOut: He named a bounty hunter team, IG-88, after a robot extra on [[StarWars ''Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.'']]
** The killer whale execution pool, one to ''Film/LicenceToKill''.
* ShownTheirWork: He has military advisers to make sure he gets things right. Although sometimes he ignores them because of plot requirements or RuleOfCool.
** ''Contest'' takes place in the New York Public Library, and even includes a map of it at the beginning of the book.
*** Though the original edition made a few errors as Reilly was largely guessing at the library's layout. Under the circumstances he got it remarkably close, and the updated edition currently out fixes any mistakes (mostly inserting hallways between rooms).
** In ''Temple'', he manages to cram a surprising amount of Inca factoids into an intense action novel. ''Real'' Inca too, not {{Mayincatec}}.
** In ''Six Sacred Stones'', he includes a bibliography.
* SpannerInTheWorks: In ''Scarecrow Returns'', if it weren't for [[spoiler:Ironbark, the SEAL squad leader who went in ahead of Schofield and was thought to have been killed with his entire squad]], the Lord of Anarchy might've won early.
* StuffBlowingUp: This ''is'' Matthew Reilly we're talking about…
** He's more-or-less the Creator/MichaelBay of literature, but with better plots.
*** He's actually noted in an interview that he enjoys writing books because movies are limited in the scale of stuff they can blow up by budgets and safety laws. Reilly could level a city block without a problem (and with the way his books go, that's probably up next).
** This is {{Lampshaded}} when it becomes known as Schofield's signature tactic.
--> '''Fairfax:''' So, what have you destroyed today? \\
'''Schofield:''' I've flooded a Typhoon-class submarine, leveled a building, and launched a ballistic missile to destroy a maintenance facility. \\
'''Fairfax:''' Slow day, huh?
* StunGuns: Zoe uses one in ''The Six Sacred Stones''.
* SuperDetailedFightNarration
* TakingYouWithMe: Schofield was prepared to do this to kill the villain in ''Scarecrow'' (who is a civilian and thus could not be shot) by jumping off the window with him down to a cluster of rock spikes below. [[spoiler:While fully intending to do so, Aloysius Knight saves him in time.]]
* TheSwearJar: To "protect" Lily from the soldiers' bad language. Or to just buy her lots of presents, either way.
* TeamMom: The Marine codenamed Mother is a subversion. While she is protective of her team, it's to about the same extent that everyone else on the team is. She's also one of the most foul-mouthed and violent members--"Mother" is actually short for "Motherfucker".
** "A six-foot, shaved bald female Marine with a heart of gold", his words. (sorta)
* TempleOfDoom
* ThisIsADrill: And it goes right through [[spoiler:[[TheMole Snake]]'s]] head. [[CruelAndUnusualDeath Ouch.]]
** Well, he ''did'' [[spoiler: shoot Scarecrow, and then kick him into a pool of freezing water, which [[NiceJobFixingItVillain restarted his heart somehow.]]]]
* TrainJob: Jack's team hijacks a prison train in ''The Six Sacred Stones'' to free [[spoiler:Wizard and Tank]].
* TrickBomb
* {{Tuckerization}}: General Jackson Dyer was chosen on a radio show, and actually lasts 29 pages. That's huge.
* TurbineBlender
* TurnedAgainstTheirMasters: ''Hell Island'', [[spoiler:or so you are supposed to believe.]]
* TwiceToldTale: The Jack West Jr. series require the exact same suspension of disbelief as ''IndianaJones'', being realistic action adventure for most of the story until the supernatural comes in at the end. In addition, most if not all characters and locations can be matched to those in {{The Lord of the Rings}}, including the Great Pyramid standing in for Mount Doom.
* TwoPartTrilogy: The Jack West series. At least the ''Seven'' to ''Five''.
* [[UpToEleven Up To Sixteen]]: Every single one of his action sequences would make Creator/MichaelBay drool.
** A good example is the car chase midway through ''Scarecrow''. It's set on a cliffside road above the sea, and involves seven cars (all but one of which have a driver and a gunner), two big rigs, three helicopters, two fighter planes, and a destroyer. Once it's done, only one car, one truck, one helicopter, and the destroyer are intact.
*** And one or two chapters later, [[spoiler: Scarecrow has sunk an entire aircraft carrier.]]
* VasquezAlwaysDies: [[spoiler: Solidly averted: Mother, a bicep-rippling, foul-mouthed, utter badass Vasquez clone if ever there was one, survives everything thrown at her, including killer whales. While Gant, often described as very attractive, [[OffWithHerHead gets guillotined]]. (And unlike many other recipients of horrific injuries in Reilly's books, she doesn't get better.) For extra aversion points, at the time, Gant is Scarecrow's girlfriend.]]
* VerbThis: In ''Area 7'', Scarecrow says "Confirm this." before firing two AMRAMM missiles at a Chinese space shuttle.
* TheVoiceless: The Bug in ''Hover Car Racer''. He only talks directly to Jason and his mother (not his father though), and even the readers don't hear him. Except at one particularly dramatic moment.
* WeaponisedExhaust: Jet engines make a pretty efficient crematorium.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Marshall Judah has a fear of heights while Pooh Bear can't stand crocodiles enough not to follow Jack West through them, though he understands.
* WildCard: Mustapha Zaeed in ''Seven Ancient Wonders'', and Princess Iolanthe in ''The Six Sacred Stones'' and ''The Five Greatest Warriors''.
* YouCalledMeXItMustBeSerious: Mother considers the Scarecrow far too badass to be called 'Shane', until [[spoiler:he's about to commit suicide]].
* YourHeadASplode: This is why the characters use hollow points.
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->To anyone who knows a writer, never underestimate the power of your encouragement.
-->--'''Matthew Reilly'''

Matthew Reilly is an Australian author who writes ''extremely'' fast-paced action novels. His books have been compared to ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' on fast forward, with some of the wildest and most sustained battles in an action thriller. His books often contain many examples of both fictional and real-world firearms and military technology, simply for plot advancement. They also usually contain multiple explosions and could be described as 'What can we blow up this time, and how can we make it more awesome?'

His books are:
!!Independent Books
* ''Contest'': In the New York City Library, aliens and one chosen human fight to the death.
* ''Temple'': William Race is a language professor tasked with translating a manuscript that will reveal the location of an [[MacGuffin Incan idol]], capable of powering a doomsday device.
* ''Hover Car Racer'': A kid tries to win the Hover Car Racing World Championship. Notably released for free on the internet, as a serial, and Reilly sold the publishing rights for the princely sum of $2 AU.
* ''The Tournament'': A preteen Elizabeth Tudor gets mixed up in a murder plot while attending a high profile chess tournament.

!!Shane Michael "Scarecrow" Schofield Series
* ''Literature/IceStation'': Lieutenant Shane Schofield, nicknamed Scarecrow, is in charge of a Marine Recon squad that is sent to secure an ice station in Antarctica to investigate an alien craft. [[spoiler:It's actually an invisible fighter/bomber lost when the corporation building it in secret there was smashed in an Earthquake. '''Everyone''' and their mother want it - to the point America's allies are willing to kill American civilians and soldiers for it... even the American government itself.]]
* ''Area 7'': The President has a transmitter placed on his heart that will destroy over a dozen major American cities if he dies. Scarecrow must protect him from a company of super soldiers while locked in a secret air force base.
* ''Scarecrow'': Scarecrow has a $18.6 million price on his head, and faces some of the world's most ruthless bounty hunters. To survive, he will need to discover the organization behind the bounty and stop their attempts to create a new Cold War through nuclear attacks.
* ''Hell Island'': A novella. Scarecrow fights an army of 300 genetically engineered apes, to test them for real combat.
* ''Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves''(retitled ''Scarecrow Returns'' overseas): An anarchist terrorist group seize control of Dragon Island, which houses a former Soviet superweapon. With only a few hours to stop the so-called "Army of Thieves", it's up to Scarecrow, Mother, a handful of Marines and civilians, and a few unexpected allies to save North America from destruction.[[spoiler:It's actually not North America that's in danger. It's actually a CIA plan to obliterate China so America stays as the head economy. America is only taking some casualties to maintain a guise of innocence]]

!!Jack West Series
* ''Seven Ancient Wonders''(retitled ''Seven Deadly Wonders'' in America): Retired Australian soldier Jack West and his team of multinational commandos have to find all seven pieces of the [[MacGuffin Golden Capstone]] that once graced the Great Pyramid of Giza, before either America or a coalition of European superpowers can assemble it. In the right hands, it will prevent [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt a deadly sunspot]]; in the wrong hands, it will grant one superpower a thousand years' worth of power.
* ''Six Sacred Stones'': 18 months after averting either destruction or domination, the "Dark Sun" threatens to violently shake the Earth's biosphere. Jack sets off to find the titular artifacts, which are the key to using the power of six other [[MacGuffin MacGuffins]], the "Pillars". The catch: Max "Wizard" Epper, his mentor, was captured by a new player in the superpower war--the Chinese--and is guided with nothing but Wizard's notes.
* ''The Five Greatest Warriors'': Jack and his team have hit a dead end, and must find the location of the remaining [[MacGuffin Pillars]] and tap into their powers before the Dark Sun threatens to destroy the world and/or the Americans, the Europeans and the Chinese use it for their ends, aided by another clue: five of the greatest warriors in history.

His books are written more like action movies than traditional thrillers; he likens them to stripped-down sports cars. Great literature it ain't, but the bottom line is the RuleOfFun. Reilly admits this, and says that the most important thing is that his books get people (especially teenage boys who wouldn't read higher-brow novels) to read.
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Tropes:
* AbusiveParents: Jonathan "Wolf" West Sr., [[spoiler:the BigBad of ''Six Sacred Stones'' and ''Five Greatest Warriors''.]]
* ActionSurvivor: Stephen Swain in ''Contest'', William Race in ''Temple''.
* TheAlcatraz: One part of ''Seven Ancient Wonders'' involves breaking a prisoner out of Guantanamo Bay. Yes, ''the'' Guantanamo Bay.
* AlliterativeName: Shane Schofield. And that's not even mentioning his codename.
* AmericaSavesTheDay: Subverted in ''Seven Ancient Wonders'', ''Six Sacred Stones'', and ''Five Greatest Warriors'', where America [and everyone else not represented by a person on the team] is the bad guy. Played straight in any novel involving Scarecrow.
** Actually, played straight ''and'' subverted in ''Ice Station'' and ''Area 7''; the former contains backstabbing moles planted in Scarecrow's group that are part of a larger, American organization, and the latter's bad guys are Americans trying to kill the President. [[spoiler:The Army of Thieves is also revealed to be a CIA ploy to destroy China. So it's more like 'A couple of Americans save the day while the rest act like total dicks'.]]
** And in ''Five Greatest Warriors'', one of the members who join's Jack's team is an American.
* AnonymousRinger: The President.
* AnyoneCanDie: Extreme. In ''Ice Station'', Scarecrow starts with 16 Marines. By the end of the book, he has four left. One of them loses her lower leg, and another leaves the service between books due to the massive trauma suffered.
** Not to mention [[spoiler: Gant, in Scarecrow, The Scarecrow's girlfriend…and Scarecrow himself, almost.]]
** [[spoiler: Also Wizard in ''Five Greatest Warriors''.]]
** [[spoiler: Scarecrow dies in both ''Ice Station'' and ''Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves''. He gets better each time.]]
** It's become almost a running theme for Scarecrow to lose at least half his squad any time they go out on a mission.
* {{Area 51}}: ''Ice Station'' mentions UFO storage facilities in Nevada, that are used to distract conspiracy theorists from America's experimental fighter planes.
** Never explicitly mentioned in ''Area 7'', but you ''know'' that there are other Areas, so connect the dots and...
* ArtifactOfDoom: [[spoiler:The sixth pillar.]]
* ArtificialLimbs: Jack's left arm.
** Mother gets one in ''Area 7'' after a killer whale chews her leg off in ''Ice Station''.
*** And it has acted multiple times as a ChekhovsGun. Or rather Chekhov's Limb.
* AwesomeYetPractical: The Maghook.
* BackForTheDead: [[spoiler:Fuzzy, one of the characters in ''Seven Ancient Wonders'' is revealed to be dead in ''Six Sacred Stones'', his head delivered to Jack West Jr. in a hatbox.]]
* BadassBookworm: Professor William Race.
* BadassDriver: Scarecrow, after he took a stunt driving course.
* BadassIsraeli: The Jack West series' Benjamin "Stretch" Cohen. He can ''shoot RPG's out of the air with a sniper rifle''!
* BadWithTheBone
* BigBulkyBomb
* BlackKnight: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The black knight]].
* BladeBrake
* BlastingItOutOfTheirHands
* BlownAcrossTheRoom: Inverted. Book was blown across the room by the recoil, while [[DumbMuscle Goliath]] had his skull cracked.
* TheBookCipher: The heroes of ''Six Sacred Stones'' use a book cipher to send confidential messages to each other. The key text is [[spoiler:the Literature/HarryPotter books]], but the messages are sent via [[spoiler: a ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' forum]] to make the key text harder to identify.
* BriarPatching: In ''Ice Station'', Scarecrow tricks Mr. Nero into setting off a pair of [[KillItWithIce nitrogen grenades.]]
* BulletDodgesYou: Warblers in the Jack West Jr. series.
* BulletproofVest: Knight's utility vests, but averted with normal combat armor.
* CarnivalOfKillers: In ''Scarecrow'', Majestic-12 sets a bounty on the 15 people who could possibly foil their plan. Various groups respond, including Professional {{Bounty Hunter}}s, [[PrivateMilitaryContractors Mercenaries]], [=AWOL=] Military Units, {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s...
* ChangedMyMindKid: Bassario from ''Temple''.
* ChekhovsGun: Loooots.
** People using their birthdays as their PIN number [[spoiler: or the Fibonacci sequence as the password to a top-secret experimental airplane, or the sixth Mersenne number]].
** ChekhovMIA: Andrew Trent
** ChekhovsArmoury: His writing style uses more guns than James Bond. Put simply, if it's mentioned, it'll come into play. Guns, equipment, the surrounding buildings, the weather, the landscape...usually when Scarecrow blows part of it up.
** ChekhovsBoomerang: Micro dots
** ChekhovsExhibit: Kevin
** ChekhovsGunman
** ChekhovsHobby: Scarecrow's flight experience, Fox's offscreen officer training
** ChekhovsSkill: Manual hovercar pit stops.
* TheChosenOne: Renco ([[spoiler:except really maybe Race]]) in ''Temple'', and Jack West [[spoiler:Jr.]] in ''The Five Greatest Warriors''.
* ClosedCircle: Reilly's used this a few times. Contest, Ice Station, and Area 7 jump to mind.
* ColdSniper: Snake. Stretch starts out at one, but gradually moves towards FriendlySniper.
* ColonelBadass: Inverted in ''Area 7'' with Colonel Hagerty, who is a paper-pushing colonel who was never in combat.
* CombatPragmatist: you better believe that Schofield is going to use everything surrounding him to take you out. And the rest of his team have no qualms about fighting dirty if it'll save their lives. TruthInTelevision, real fights aren't clean. Same goes for Jack West Jr's team. At least those who are soldiers.
* CondemnedContestant: The prisoners in ''Area 7''
* ConspiracyTheorist: ''Area 7'' opens with an article from "The Conspiracy Theorist Monthly". (National circulation: [[TakeThat 152 issues]].)
* ContestWinnerCameo: Steven Oakes, a RedShirt killed on the same page he was introduced on.
** Reilly does this all the time, running contests or charity auctions and letting the winners pick a name for one of his characters; they usually go with their own name or their kid's. Examples range from Jackson Dyre (a General from ''The Five Greatest Warriors'', named for a radio contest winner) to Max Epper (Wizard's real name, from the son of an auction winner).
* ConvectionSchmonvection: {{Averted}}, mostly
* CoolCar: Killian owns a garage full of expensive sports cars. They all get stolen for a car chase.
** And by the next chapter, not ''one'' of them is intact.
** Reilly himself fits this trope - he owns a [[BackToTheFuture Delorean]].
* CoolGuns: Reilly's books use the following guns:
** Handguns: Beretta 92 M9, Glock, SIG Sauer
** Machine Pistols: Škorpion
** Submachine Guns: [=MP5=], [=MP7=], Uzi, FN P90
** Assault Rifles: M4, M16, FA-MAS, AK-47
** Sniper Rifles: Barrett M82
** Launchers: Predator AT, Stinger AA
* CoolPlane: the ''Silhouette'', the ''Black Raven'', the ''Halicarnassus''. Only time will tell if [[spoiler:the last one's replacement, the ''Sky Warrior'', will be the same.]]
* CoolShades: Scarecrow's sunglasses that he wears to [[JustifiedTrope cover up the scars [read] on his eyeballs]].
* CorridorCubbyholeRun: ''Six Sacred Stones'' rotates this 90 degrees with giant boulders. And sometimes there are sliding stones instead.
* CrazyPrepared: Jack West Jr. and his team.
* CrucifiedHeroShot: [[spoiler:Jack]] gets literally crucified. But, because his executioners don't want him to suffer, they then drop a giant stone slab on him. [[spoiler:He survives, thanks to his titanium arm.]]
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: If you're Matthew Reilly character, you might end up getting a hole drilled through your skull, crushed in a depressurizing diving bell, getting your spine ripped out by a giant cat, decapitated by helicopter rotors, crushed beneath an elevator, electrocuted in a pool of water, thrown into a jet engine, getting the bottom half of your body melted by volcanic mud, falling four hundred feet before a crate crushes you, getting your insides liquefied by a virus, boiled alive by microwaves, incinerated by the engines of a fighter jet, stabbed through the throat while being fed alive to crocodiles, getting a bunch of sulfuric acid poured on you in a coffin-sized space, sliced up by the turbines in a hydroelectric generator, and shot by anti-aircraft guns while not in a plane. [[SarcasmMode What fun!]]
** And those are just the bad guys!
* CulturalTranslation: Jack West was given the call sign "Huntsman", a very large, non-aggressive Australian spider. The American version instead called him "Woodsman".
* DeadGuyJunior: Book II.
* DeathCourse: ''Seven Ancient Wonders'' has lots of trap systems like this.
* DeusExMachina: Any time that something goes wrong, the trusty Maghooks come out. Notably subverted when something is just a "tiny bit too far" for the hook to reach.
** In another book, a Maghook runs out of propellant, to which a character remarks, "[[LampshadeHanging Come on, that never happens!]]"
*** It happens '''twice''' in that book. To two different people.
* DeskJockey: Colonel Hagerty, callsign: Hotrod—no, [[AssShove Ramrod]].
* TheDeterminator: Don't try and stop a Matt Reilly hero from finishing his mission.
** Seriously, [[ShmuckBait don't do it.]] All you'll do is make them angry.
* DevelopmentHell: [[TheFilmOfTheBook Movies of his books]] are constantly in limbo. Someone should just show them to Creator/MichaelBay.
** Reilly himself has stated that he would like to direct a film based off a book of his, so…
* DidntSeeThatComing
* DismantledMacGuffin: the Golden Capstone.
* DoorOfDoom: The portal in ''Temple''.
* DoorRoulette: A pair of {{Death Trap}}s in ''Seven Ancient Wonders''.
* DoubleKnockout: {{Subverted}} in the fight between Schofield and Wexley.
* DrowningPit: A common type of DeathTrap, and it doesn't always involve water…
* DumbMuscle: Goliath and Rocko
* DurableDeathtrap
* EarthShatteringKaboom: The Supernova
* ElevatorActionSequence: ''Contest''. Notably, it happens ''beneath'' the elevator
* ElevatorEscape: Subverted several times in ''Contest''.
** At first, it seems successful in ''Area 7'', and they even climb below the elevator for extra protection. Until several million gallons of water start pouring down the shaft.
* EmphasiseEverything: Sometimes happens during action sequences.
* EveryoneKnowsMorse
* [[ThreateningShark Everything Is Even Worse With Sharks]]: Or any number of other creatures. If a man-eating animal shows up, you'd better believe that animal will eventually be eating some man.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: "Princess" Zoe.
* EvilCounterpart: The Black Knight (real name Aloysius Knight) is basically the darker version of Schofield, who became that way after he lost everything to the ICG - an evil organization that Schofield defeated. They even look quite similar - prone to wearing black, both have black hair, and both wear sunglasses due to various eye problems.
** But subverted: [[spoiler: He's a good guy.]]
*** [[spoiler: [[AntiHero Well, sorta.]]]]
* EvilPlan: a lot of the {{Big Bad}}s run these through hell and back. And in the case of ''Area 7'', goes into MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning territory and beyond.
* ExplosionsInSpace: Averted. The destruction of the [[spoiler:Chinese]] space shuttle describes it as "just cracking".
* {{Expy}}: Many of the characters in the Jack West Jr. series could be seen as expies of the [[LordOfTheRings Fellowship of the Ring]]. Jack himself is Aragorn, the {{Badass}} leader of the team; Wizard is Gandalf, the wise adviser; Lily is Frodo, the only one who can read the Word of Thoth/carry the One Ring; Alby is the Sam to Lily's Frodo, the dependable friend who gives her a reason to keep going; Stretch is Legolas, the member of a MemeticBadass race with ImprobableAimingSkills; and Pooh Bear is Gimli, his short, bearded verbal sparring partner and later [[HeterosexualLifePartners best friend]]. Julius and Lachlan, as red-headed, fun-loving twins, are also expies of [[Literature/HarryPotter Fred and George]] and to a lesser extent Merry and Pippin. Most of these are [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in the books through chat-site usernames, book code codenames and frequent allusions to [[LordOfTheRings both]] [[Literature/HarryPotter series]].
* EyeScream: Ever wondered how Scarecrow got those scars?
* FalseFlagOperation: In ''Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves'', the titular army are planning to use an abandoned Soviet superweapon to wipe out North America; however, their leader is [[spoiler:a CIA officer conducting a long-term operation to destabilize China]].
* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler: Living Tombs. Enough has been said.]]
* FightingForSurvival: The entire plot of ''Contest''.
** ... aaaaand 99.95% of any book involving Scarecrow.
*** The last .05% of which is them getting into those situations. Or StuffBlowingUp.
* FiveManBand: The Jack West series--and a [[multinational]] one at that.
** TheHero: Jack "Huntsman" West, Jr. (Australia), all the way.
** TheLancer: Liam "Big Ears" Kissane (Ireland) [[spoiler:killed during ''Seven Ancient Wonders'']]; V.J. "Fuzzy" Weatherly (Jamaica) [[spoiler:dead by the time of ''Six Sacred Stones'']] ([[spoiler: both were replaced by Pooh Bear and Stretch]])
** TheBigGuy: Enrique "Noddy" Velacruz (Spain) [[spoiler:killed early on in ''Seven Ancient Wonders'']]; Zahir "Pooh Bear" Abbas (UAE); Benjamin "Stretch" Cohen (Israel), since ''Six Sacred Stones''; "Sky Monster" (New Zealand) [as plane pilot]
** TheSmartGuy: Maximilian "Wizard" Epper (Canada); Lachlan and Julius Adamson (Scotland) and Alby Calvin (Australia), starting from ''Six Sacred Stones''
** TheChick: Zoe "Princess" Kissane (Ireland); Lily (Egypt)
** TheSixthRanger: Stretch in ''Seven Ancient Wonders''; Sean "Astro" Miller and Jack's brother-in-law J.J. "Sea Ranger" Wickham (USA), for the next two novels.
* FireBreathingWeapon: See KillItWithFire.
* {{Foreshadowing}}
* ForcesWithFirepower: You'll find representatives of just about every armed force on the planet. Military porn for everyone!
* FrenchJerk: All of them. Good luck finding his books in France!
** [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in ''Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves''- none of the French involved are jerks, and one of them ends up as Scarecrow's new love interest, despite being sent to kill him.
* FriendOrIdolDecision: While escaping Wolf's forces invading the Neetha, Alby's forced between getting to the Second Pillar or rescuing Zoe from certain death by falling. [[spoiler:He chooses Zoe.]]
* FromBadToWorse: ''All'' of ''Ice Station''. As the beginning of the next book puts it, "the mission went to hell on an express elevator".
** ''Temple'' as well. From German special forces with murky motivation to [[spoiler:Nazis wanting to wreck the world's economy to nihilists who just want to destroy the world]].
** And in ''Six Sacred Stones'' and ''Five Greatest Warriors'', aside from Jack having to contend with Wolf's alliance, they also have to deal with the [[spoiler:Japanese Blood Brotherhood, who wish to see the world destroyed in retaliation from losing their honor in WorldWarII.]]
* GoThroughMe
* GottaCatchThemAll: The pieces of the Capstone, the Six Sacred Stones, and four of the six Pillars (two already provided beforehand).
* GrapplingHookPistol: The Maghook. Any time it gets pulled out, the chance of something awesome happens skyrockets.
** In another book, there's also the Magneteux, which is an upgrade to the Maghook by the French.
* TheGroup: Die Organisasie
* GunPorn
* GunsAkimbo: Notably, dual shotguns. At one point, Mother dual-wields an [=M16=] and an [=MP7=].
* HandyCuffs: DoubleSubverted - the main characters jump over their handcuffs.
* HelicopterBlender: [[spoiler: Jack West kills one of Marshall Judah's lackeys and Judah himself this way, one with a fallen helicopter's rotors and the other with the ''Hali'''s turbines.]]
* HeroicBSOD: Scarecrow [[spoiler: tries to kill himself three times]].
** Reilly himself went through one after the death of his wife; he disappeared completely from Facebook and Twitter without explanation for a couple months, and only left the house to walk his dog.
* HighSpeedBattle: Reilly almost never has a straight ChaseScene.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: ''Hell Island''
** and eh... [[spoiler: Petard in ''Ice Station'']].
* IfIWantedYouDead
* IJustWriteTheThing
* ImprovisedWeapon
* IndyEscape: Stretch lampshades in ''Seven Ancient Wonders'': "Let me guess. A boulder is going to come and chase us down the slope, just like in ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk''".
* IndyPloy: Schofield ''lives'' on this.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja: Japanese Special Forces.
* InterserviceRivalry
* ItWorksBetterWithBullets
* JustInTime
* KarmaHoudini: With ''Army of Thieves'', Reilly finally developed an antagonist good enough to want to use again, so he just gets away at the end and even sends Scarecrow a mocking package to indicate he's still out there.
* KillItWithFire: In ''Five Greatest Warriors'', how does Jack West's half-brother "Rapier" kill ninjas with guns in a dark tunnel? The answer; flamethrower!
* KillItWithIce: Liquid Nitrogen Grenades.
* KindaBusyHere: Alby's mother in ''The Six Sacred Stones''.
-->"It's your mother," said Zoe. "Please be discreet."\\
A missile whooshed by overhead.
* KnifeFight
* KnightTemplar: ICG. A black ops organization designed to make sure America has dibs on any helpful new technology or information, and infiltrate various organizations in their own country in case they have to kill everyone in them.
* LegallyDead
* LifeOrLimbDecision: Turned UpToEleven in ''Seven Ancient Wonders'', with how West lost his arm.
* MagicalDefibrillator: Used to revive Caesar after he is executed by lethal injection. Because apparently it cures poison too!
* MarketBasedTitle: ''Seven Deadly Wonders''.
* MedalsForEveryone
* MediumAwareness: In ''Ice Station'':
--> '''Kirsty''': When you…when you went under the hovercraft, I thought…I thought you were dead.
--> '''Schofield''': Hey. It's OK. It's all right. I'm not going to die on you. ''I am not going to die on you.'' I mean, hey, I can't die. I'm the hero of this story.
* MeleeATrois
* MissingBackblast: {{Averted}}.
* TheMole: Several in ''Ice Station''.
** Several more in ''Area 7''.
* MoreDakka
* MuggingTheMonster
* MultinationalTeam: Jack West leads one.
* MysteriousAntarctica: ''Ice Station''
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Jonathon Killian, Demon Larkham
** Lucifer Leary, the Surgeon of Phoenix. Guess what ''he'' does to people who he happens to encounter?
** Many of the callsigns are this—Jack 'Huntsman' West, for instance. His allies also have such callsigns, although they're no longer the case thanks to Lily. For example: [[Franchise/WinnieThePooh Pooh Bear]][[note]]formerly Saladin[[/note]], Princess Zoe[[note]]formerly Bloody Mary[[/note]], Fuzzy[[note]]formerly Witch Doctor[[/note]], [[MakeWayForNoddy Noddy and Big Ears]][[note]]formerly Matador and Gunman[[/note]].
** Wait, how is Huntsman a name to run away from? It's the name of an Australian species of spider that is completely harmless (though admittedly rather large - but then so are a lot of our spider species).
*** Still sounds intimidating, although the huntsman spider being harmless is lampshaded [[spoiler: by Jack's father]] in ''Six Sacred Stones''.
*** Look at it this way: the huntsman may be harmless, but the sight of one will still freak a lot of people out, even if they know it's harmless.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: In ''Hell Island'', we got Mind-controlled killer gorillas with knives and guns!
* NoHonourAmongThieves
* NonuniformUniform: Delta Force.
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: Jack West Jr. shows up guns blazing at the top of the The Great Pyramid at Giza after having had a garden the size of a mountain dropped on his head.
** And then he once got crushed by a stone slab after being ''crucified'' to another stone, surviving thanks to his metallic arm. A couple hours later, he's out, bloodied, and utterly pissed off!
** And was dropped down a seemingly BottomlessPit with a psychotic nihilist Marine. Jack kinda makes his living out of doing this.
* NotTheFallThatKillsYou: The beginning of ''Five Greatest Warriors'', although it's usually averted.
* NotTooDeadToSaveTheDay: [[spoiler:Mother]] comes back at the end of ''Scarecrow'', just in the nick of time.
* NotWithTheSafetyOnYouWont
* NouveauRiche
* OnceAnEpisode: In the Shane Schofield series, [[spoiler: Mother seemingly dying]], only to survive by improvising. Lampshaded in later books.
* OnceForYesTwiceForNo
* OneBadMother
* OneLastSmoke: Scarecrow uses this in his IndyPloy to escape from a situation in which [[spoiler:he is handcuffed, upside down, being lowered into a pool of freezing water containing hungry killer whales.]] He doesn't even smoke, by the way.
* OneManArmy: Jack.
* PapaWolf: Jack. Don't mess with his (adopted) daughter Lily.
* PeopleJars: "Old Master" Mordechai and Vladimir "Carnivore" Karnov in ''The Five Greatest Warriors'' keep prisoners preserved in these. ''[[AndIMustScream Until they die of old age]]''.
* PinnedDown: ''Very'' common.
* PlotDrivenBreakdown
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: "Get. (punch) Off. (punch) My. (punch) Boat!"
* RampJump
* {{Ramprovisation}}
* RareGuns: The Neo-Nazi unit uses H&K G-11s.
* RobotBuddy: In ''Scarecrow Returns'', we have the BRTE-500, named Bertie, who has an AI that lets him follow orders, learn, and even make tactical decisions. Originally meant for bomb disposal, it also has a [[MoreDakka 5.56 mm M249 machine gun]], a blowtorch, a hi-res cam, a first-aid kit it can use, and MRE rations for its operators.
* RuleOfCool: Most definitely a driving force behind much of his writing, followed by…
* RuleOfFun
* RunningGag: Faking us out about [[spoiler: Mother being killed]].
** To the point that when it actually happens for real, nobody will believe it.
* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler:One in every book.]]
* SequelEscalation: A self-stated goal of his.
* SequentialSymptomSyndrome: The Sinovirus.
* SharkPool: Jonathon Killian's dungeon, among others.
* ShortLivedAerialEscape: In ''Temple'', 2 helicopters try to escape, but a giant cat kills everyone in the first shortly after it takes off, and the out of control copter takes out the second one.
* ShoutOut: He named a bounty hunter team, IG-88, after a robot extra on [[StarWars ''Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.'']]
** The killer whale execution pool, one to ''Film/LicenceToKill''.
* ShownTheirWork: He has military advisers to make sure he gets things right. Although sometimes he ignores them because of plot requirements or RuleOfCool.
** ''Contest'' takes place in the New York Public Library, and even includes a map of it at the beginning of the book.
*** Though the original edition made a few errors as Reilly was largely guessing at the library's layout. Under the circumstances he got it remarkably close, and the updated edition currently out fixes any mistakes (mostly inserting hallways between rooms).
** In ''Temple'', he manages to cram a surprising amount of Inca factoids into an intense action novel. ''Real'' Inca too, not {{Mayincatec}}.
** In ''Six Sacred Stones'', he includes a bibliography.
* SpannerInTheWorks: In ''Scarecrow Returns'', if it weren't for [[spoiler:Ironbark, the SEAL squad leader who went in ahead of Schofield and was thought to have been killed with his entire squad]], the Lord of Anarchy might've won early.
* StuffBlowingUp: This ''is'' Matthew Reilly we're talking about…
** He's more-or-less the Creator/MichaelBay of literature, but with better plots.
*** He's actually noted in an interview that he enjoys writing books because movies are limited in the scale of stuff they can blow up by budgets and safety laws. Reilly could level a city block without a problem (and with the way his books go, that's probably up next).
** This is {{Lampshaded}} when it becomes known as Schofield's signature tactic.
--> '''Fairfax:''' So, what have you destroyed today? \\
'''Schofield:''' I've flooded a Typhoon-class submarine, leveled a building, and launched a ballistic missile to destroy a maintenance facility. \\
'''Fairfax:''' Slow day, huh?
* StunGuns: Zoe uses one in ''The Six Sacred Stones''.
* SuperDetailedFightNarration
* TakingYouWithMe: Schofield was prepared to do this to kill the villain in ''Scarecrow'' (who is a civilian and thus could not be shot) by jumping off the window with him down to a cluster of rock spikes below. [[spoiler:While fully intending to do so, Aloysius Knight saves him in time.]]
* TheSwearJar: To "protect" Lily from the soldiers' bad language. Or to just buy her lots of presents, either way.
* TeamMom: The Marine codenamed Mother is a subversion. While she is protective of her team, it's to about the same extent that everyone else on the team is. She's also one of the most foul-mouthed and violent members--"Mother" is actually short for "Motherfucker".
** "A six-foot, shaved bald female Marine with a heart of gold", his words. (sorta)
* TempleOfDoom
* ThisIsADrill: And it goes right through [[spoiler:[[TheMole Snake]]'s]] head. [[CruelAndUnusualDeath Ouch.]]
** Well, he ''did'' [[spoiler: shoot Scarecrow, and then kick him into a pool of freezing water, which [[NiceJobFixingItVillain restarted his heart somehow.]]]]
* TrainJob: Jack's team hijacks a prison train in ''The Six Sacred Stones'' to free [[spoiler:Wizard and Tank]].
* TrickBomb
* {{Tuckerization}}: General Jackson Dyer was chosen on a radio show, and actually lasts 29 pages. That's huge.
* TurbineBlender
* TurnedAgainstTheirMasters: ''Hell Island'', [[spoiler:or so you are supposed to believe.]]
* TwiceToldTale: The Jack West Jr. series require the exact same suspension of disbelief as ''IndianaJones'', being realistic action adventure for most of the story until the supernatural comes in at the end. In addition, most if not all characters and locations can be matched to those in {{The Lord of the Rings}}, including the Great Pyramid standing in for Mount Doom.
* TwoPartTrilogy: The Jack West series. At least the ''Seven'' to ''Five''.
* [[UpToEleven Up To Sixteen]]: Every single one of his action sequences would make Creator/MichaelBay drool.
** A good example is the car chase midway through ''Scarecrow''. It's set on a cliffside road above the sea, and involves seven cars (all but one of which have a driver and a gunner), two big rigs, three helicopters, two fighter planes, and a destroyer. Once it's done, only one car, one truck, one helicopter, and the destroyer are intact.
*** And one or two chapters later, [[spoiler: Scarecrow has sunk an entire aircraft carrier.]]
* VasquezAlwaysDies: [[spoiler: Solidly averted: Mother, a bicep-rippling, foul-mouthed, utter badass Vasquez clone if ever there was one, survives everything thrown at her, including killer whales. While Gant, often described as very attractive, [[OffWithHerHead gets guillotined]]. (And unlike many other recipients of horrific injuries in Reilly's books, she doesn't get better.) For extra aversion points, at the time, Gant is Scarecrow's girlfriend.]]
* VerbThis: In ''Area 7'', Scarecrow says "Confirm this." before firing two AMRAMM missiles at a Chinese space shuttle.
* TheVoiceless: The Bug in ''Hover Car Racer''. He only talks directly to Jason and his mother (not his father though), and even the readers don't hear him. Except at one particularly dramatic moment.
* WeaponisedExhaust: Jet engines make a pretty efficient crematorium.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Marshall Judah has a fear of heights while Pooh Bear can't stand crocodiles enough not to follow Jack West through them, though he understands.
* WildCard: Mustapha Zaeed in ''Seven Ancient Wonders'', and Princess Iolanthe in ''The Six Sacred Stones'' and ''The Five Greatest Warriors''.
* YouCalledMeXItMustBeSerious: Mother considers the Scarecrow far too badass to be called 'Shane', until [[spoiler:he's about to commit suicide]].
* YourHeadASplode: This is why the characters use hollow points.
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* ''The Tournament'': A preteen Elizabeth Tudor gets mixed up in a murder plot while attending a high profile chess tournament.
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* CuteMachines: In ''Scarecrow Returns'', we have the BRTE-500, named Bertie, who has an AI that lets him follow orders, learn, and even make tactical decisions. Originally meant for bomb disposal, it also has a [[MoreDakka 5.56 mm M249 machine gun]], a blowtorch, a hi-res cam, a first-aid kit it can use, and MRE rations for its operators.


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* RobotBuddy: In ''Scarecrow Returns'', we have the BRTE-500, named Bertie, who has an AI that lets him follow orders, learn, and even make tactical decisions. Originally meant for bomb disposal, it also has a [[MoreDakka 5.56 mm M249 machine gun]], a blowtorch, a hi-res cam, a first-aid kit it can use, and MRE rations for its operators.
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*** And it has acted multiple times as a ChekovsGun. Or rather Chekov's Limb.

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*** And it has acted multiple times as a ChekovsGun. ChekhovsGun. Or rather Chekov's Chekhov's Limb.



** In another book, there's also the Magneteux, which is an upgrade to the Maghook by the French.



* StuffBlowingUp: This ''is'' Matthew Reilly we're talking about...

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* SpannerInTheWorks: In ''Scarecrow Returns'', if it weren't for [[spoiler:Ironbark, the SEAL squad leader who went in ahead of Schofield and was thought to have been killed with his entire squad]], the Lord of Anarchy might've won early.
* StuffBlowingUp: This ''is'' Matthew Reilly we're talking about...about…
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!!Shane "Scarecrow" Schofield Series

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!!Shane Michael "Scarecrow" Schofield Series
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* CuteMachines: In ''Scarecrow Returns'', we have the BRTE-500, named Bertie, who has an AI that lets him follow orders, learn, and even make tactical decisions. Originally meant for bomb disposal, it also has a [[MoreDakka 5.56 mm M249 machine gun]], a blowtorch, a hi-res cam, a first-aid kit it can use, and MRE rations for its operators.
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* CoolPlane: the ''Silhouette'', the ''Black Raven'', the ''Halicarnassus''.

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* CoolPlane: the ''Silhouette'', the ''Black Raven'', the ''Halicarnassus''. Only time will tell if [[spoiler:the last one's replacement, the ''Sky Warrior'', will be the same.]]
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* VerbThis: In ''Area 7'', Scarecrow says "Confirm this." before firing two AMRAMM missiles at a Chinese space shuttle.
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** Reilly himself fits this trope - he owns a [[BackToTheFuture Delorean]].
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** The killer whale execution pool, one to LicenseToKill.

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** The killer whale execution pool, one to LicenseToKill.''Film/LicenceToKill''.
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