As always George Guidall was great in this type of read. The story line was weak and beyond far fetched. It lacked the intrigue of the Flynn books to which it so frequently compared!
I'm only into the 3rd hour of this book and it's getting more and more difficult to continue listening. The narrator sounds like an old guy with marbles in his mouth and all of the characters sound virtually identical; they all sound like geriatric men, even the females!
It's difficult to follow the story because I'm constantly trying to figure out which character is talking.
In a nutshell, this guy is awful. It's unbelievable that he's been selected to narrate so many books. All books that I won't be buying as I can't stand this narrator!
As for the story, it's okay, but difficult to follow (mainly b/c of the narration). This is my 2nd Scot Harvath book and it will probably be the last. The character is a moron, in that if he didn't always have someone with him that was more observant, he'd be toast. The story starts with key tactical areas being attacked in a city and Harvath is too stupid to see that it's a coordinated attack. Seriously?
It was the same in the "Lions of Lucerne," he was unable to make obvious conclusions from events happening around him. Not to mention all the stupid mistakes he makes. It's as if the author is trying to purposefully make the character into a "normal" guy, but it comes off totally unbelievable.
If I could get my money back, I would.
BTW, does someone sell a watch for a video camera in all of Thor's novels?
Tucked away in the beautiful mountains of New Mexico.
First, George Guidall is one of my favorite readers, so that gives this book an edge right there. The story requires one to really, really suspend one's disbelief (OK, it's kinda absurd, but I could still mostly go with the flow). It is mainly one big chase scene while terrorist are coordinated enough to simultaneously blow up every way in and out of New York City, plus do lots of other equally absurd dastardly deeds. And the ending was so blatant a set-up for a sequel that I think I will pass on the sequel just on sheer principle.
I couldn't understand how I had been duped into buying this book. I went back and reread all the reviews and sure enough there are several one star ratings and the warnings were all there. I am not squeamish at all but this book goes beyond what is needed. The ending (so bad) was presumably designed to suck you into his next book - but for me it turned me right off Brad Thor for good. As usual George Guidall did a great job of the narration. If you are into this genre stick with Vince Flynn and or Daniel Silva.
I had just finished Foreign Influence, my first Brad Thor book, and enjoyed it. Decided to go back and read his earlier books. This was very disappointing. Too much emphasis on a running gun battle with some less than believable terrorists. To suggest that a band of terrorists could effectively cut Manhattan off from any military, National Guard, or even NY State Police support, leaving the nation with no one else to turn to but Scott and his small band of brave warriors is foolish at best. Add the sniveling, whining President and various intelligence agency bureaucrats, and the story line is almost intolerable. The final blow, I'm afraid is Mr. Guidall's narration. I've enjoyed his work on other books, but I just don't think he's right for this series. After listening to Armand Schultz read Foreign Influence, there's really no comparison. Not recommended at all.
I had heard Brad Thor was a good writer and thought I'd try him out. This book had enough language in it to make it not feel like a good read. Then the spy thing against terrorists just made it hard to enjoy. It felt to close to home with a son in the armed services fighting for our freedoms.
Character building was weak at best. story was forced, kind of amateurish. I suspect (probably dead wrong) that Brad has limited real life spook/SF experience/exposure.
Another good book by Brad Thor. I originally purchased it in paperback and then purchased it in Audiobook form. Very entertaining. Four stars.
My mind kept wondering while listening to this book - because it is so boring and completely predictable. On top of that, the author spends lots of time describing combat scenes while completely losing the reader (listener). The plot it self is a formula based on terrorists vs. the good guys from s special branch of the US government. Waste of time and money...