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** [[spoiler:Outright confirmed in ''The Four Legendary Kingdoms'', the fourth Jack West Jr book, in which Scarecrow is a main character, and references are made to the events of ''Area 7'' and ''Scarecrow''.]]

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** [[spoiler:Outright confirmed in ''The Four Legendary Kingdoms'', the fourth Jack West Jr book, in which Scarecrow is a main character, and references are made to the events of ''Area 7'' and ''Scarecrow''. And then ''The Three Secret Cities'' even off-handedly reveals that ''The Tournament'' is also a canon historical event.]]


* {{Expy}}: Many of the characters in the Jack West Jr. series could be seen as expies of the [[Literature/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 [[Literature/LordOfTheRings both]] [[Literature/HarryPotter series]].

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* {{Expy}}: Many of the characters in the Jack West Jr. series could be seen as expies of the [[Literature/LordOfTheRings [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings 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 [[Literature/LordOfTheRings [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings both]] [[Literature/HarryPotter series]].

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* ArcWelding: [[spoiler:Scarecrow and Jack West meet in ''The Four Legendary Kingdoms''. And then ''The Tournament'' is revealed to be a historical event in the setting in ''The Three Secret Cities''.]]

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* TakeThat: The Jack West series features an AncientConspiracy who have frequently rigged elections for their preferred candidate. But Donald Trump was ''not'' one of them; the Americans were just stupid enough to do it on their own.



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*''The Three Secret Cities'': Takes place a few days after the previous book, and features [[spoiler:the return of Aloysius Knight]].


** [[spoiler: Scarecrow dies in both ''Ice Station'' and ''Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves''. He gets better each time.]]

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** [[spoiler: Scarecrow dies in both ''Ice Station'' and Station'', ''Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves''.Thieves'', and ''The Four Legendary Kingdoms''. He gets better each time.]]



* EarthShatteringKaboom: The Supernova

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* EarthShatteringKaboom: The SupernovaSupernova is designed to cause this.



* GambitPileup: Frequently. Most of his books have at least three or four sides at play.



* ThreateningShar: 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.

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* ThreateningShar: ThreateningShark: 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.

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** Handguns: Beretta 92 M9, Glock, SIG Sauer

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** Handguns: Beretta 92 M9, Glock, SIG SauerSauer, Desert Eagle


* BlackSite: Areas 7 and 8 from ''Area 7''.



* ChekhovsHobby: Scarecrow's flight experience, Fox's offscreen officer training

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* ChekhovsHobby: Scarecrow's flight experience, Fox's offscreen officer trainingtraining.



* 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!]]

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* CruelAndUnusualDeath: If you're a 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!]]



** Seriously, [[ShmuckBait don't do it.]] All you'll do is make them angry.

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** Seriously, [[ShmuckBait [[SchmuckBait don't do it.]] All you'll do is make them angry.


* FrenchJerk: All of them. Good luck finding his books in France!

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* FrenchJerk: All of them.them pre-''Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves''. Good luck finding his books in France!



%%* LegallyDead

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%%* LegallyDead* LegallyDead: [[spoiler:Andrew Trent and later Schofield thanks to the ICG]] in ''Ice Station'', Caesar in ''Area 7'' (after being executed and revived).



%%* OneBadMother



* RunningGag: Faking us out about [[spoiler: Mother being killed]].
** To the point that when it actually happens for real, nobody will believe it.

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* RunningGag: Faking us out about [[spoiler: Mother being killed]].
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killed]]. To the point that when it actually happens for real, nobody will believe it.



*** 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).

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*** Though the original edition made a few errors as Reilly was largely guessing at the library's layout.layout (officially it was set in a FictionalCounterpart called the New York State Library). Under the circumstances he got it remarkably close, and the updated edition currently out fixes any mistakes (mostly inserting hallways between rooms). On the other hand, all Australian editions retain the original layout, with recent printings including a note from the author about the changes in the American edition.


* DeweyDefeatsTruman: In ''Hover Car Racer'', after the accident in the Italian Run a newspaper prepared two versions of the front page but printed the wrong one, leading to Jason reading a story with the headline "The Death of Jason Chaser".

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* DeweyDefeatsTruman: In In-universe example in ''Hover Car Racer'', after the accident in Racer''. After the Italian Run a newspaper prepared prepares two versions of the front page but printed prints the wrong one, leading to Jason reading a story with the headline "The Death of Jason Chaser".

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* DeweyDefeatsTruman: In ''Hover Car Racer'', after the accident in the Italian Run a newspaper prepared two versions of the front page but printed the wrong one, leading to Jason reading a story with the headline "The Death of Jason Chaser".


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?'

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Matthew Reilly (born 2 July 1974) 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?'


** Many of the callsigns are this. 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]].

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** Many of the Jack West Jr.'s groups' fomer callsigns are this. For example: [[Franchise/WinnieThePooh Pooh Bear]][[note]]formerly Saladin[[/note]], Princess Zoe[[note]]formerly Bloody Mary[[/note]], Fuzzy[[note]]formerly Witch Doctor[[/note]], [[MakeWayForNoddy [[WesternAnimation/NoddysToylandAdventures Noddy and Big Ears]][[note]]formerly Matador and Gunman[[/note]].



** 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!

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** And then he once got crushed by a stone slab after being ''crucified'' to another stone, surviving thanks to his metallic arm.arm, though it ''did'' take hours and several times unconscious for him to finally escape. A couple hours later, he's out, bloodied, and utterly pissed off!


** [[spoiler:Outright confirmed in ''The Four Legendary Kingdoms'', the fourth Jack West Jr book, in which Scarecrow is a main character.]]

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** [[spoiler:Outright confirmed in ''The Four Legendary Kingdoms'', the fourth Jack West Jr book, in which Scarecrow is a main character.character, and references are made to the events of ''Area 7'' and ''Scarecrow''.]]

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