Say no more.
Actually, say a lot more. This is the place where we bow down to his sheer awesomeness, or to be more precise, his characters.
The Shane Schofield Series(Note: Any time Scarecrow takes out his Maghook the chance that something awesome is about to happen increases to six hundred forty percent.)Ice Station:
The nitrogen grenade on the bridge scene, for a start.
Christ, just the Scarecrow himself. And the scars just make him sound cooler to this troper.
Killing a French soldier with an underhand knife throw, WHILE WALKING!!!
Destroying a sub with explosives and a grappling hook.
Imploding a diving capsule with a harpoon gun.
Reversing a trap by turning around the directional grenades.
This side towards enemy.
Ever flown a plane out of a collapsing ice tunnel? The Scarecrow has.
Buck Riley kicking a frag grenade back to the people who threw it.
Mother shooting the killer whale about to eat her.
Running over the top of an enemy hovercraft while firing blindly into it, and nailing the driver. And doing it while dragging along a little girl.
Gant killing the French soldier who almost got her, sending the arrow stuck in her helmet through his eye with a headbutt.
Even though he's a bastard, Caesar did sound pretty cool.
Also, the awesome scene when he goes:
Caesar: Oh, no, no, Scarecrow. Remember, no shooting Uncle Caesar.
Mother snapping Schofield out of his Heroic BSOD after Gant's death.
And her Big Damn Heroes at the climax, after escaping a death that seemed even more certain than the one in the last book.
Reilly even lampshades it, saying that if there's one person that Death is afraid of, it's Mother.
The entire second half of the book, with Schofield and his team fighting hundreds of gorillas with guns. Highlights include getting into a plane to gun down nearly a hundred of them, and tricking them into entering a room where he can blow them all up.
Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves
Bertie. Described as WALL•E with a machine gun, and completely lives up to that.
Veronique Champion pulling out her own "Maghook", cutting off Schofield's attempt to use his own for the first time in the book.
Sliding down a girder while single-handedly taking out a whole tower of bad guys.
The entire "smash and grab" run to get the red uranium spheres: bridging the gap to the main tower with a tanker truck and four Maghook cables, blowing up the laboratory tower while inside it, taking out a helicopter by cutting the tanker free, and a desperate car chase to dump the spheres in the ocean. Sure, it was all in vain, but A for effort.
Ira Barker saving the world with a quiet piece of sabotage after Scarecrow himself completely fails.
Professor Race disarming a doomsday device while freefalling in a tank!
Doogie killing a helicopter with an enemy-pilotedRigid Raider by turning a seaplane so sharply that the wings form a ramp.
He was out of bullets.
Race thinking fast enough to escape an explosion by hiding in the containers used to transport the Supernova.
And this was well before Kingdom of the Crystal Skull came out.
Renco ziplining through a hail of bullets onto a horse, firing back the whole time.
Doogie providing covering fire for Race to get to the citadel, against Nazis and rapas alike.
This book is extremely light on action by Reilly standards, but still gives us Roger Ascham's Combat Pragmatist defeat of the murderer Sinon, and showing his Brass Balls by telling Sultan Suleiman to his face that he knows the tournament is rigged.
The book was specifically designed because of Reilly's love of the destruction of the Hall of the Mountain King in the opera Peer Gynt, so that he could write a similar scene. Once we get there, it fully lives up to that.