This was my first Brad Thor book and I wasn't entirely disappointed because I felt the narrator did a superb job. However, I found the ending to be a bit contrived. I bought it on sale and it was worth the price. I will most likely try another one of his books.
After reading the Camel Club Trilogy by Baldacci, this pales in comparison to the degree that one would expect it to be in comic book form.
The character development is limited to hunky nick names like Bullet Bob. It has an evil dwarf who was abandoned as a child by his parents and was enslaved in a brothel where he was forced to perform unspeakable acts (the author does not tell us what these unspeakable acts actual were, just that they were unspeakable), the ex-military equivalents of those who flew over the coo coos nest and government officials who react to a terror attack like Homer Simpson.
The bald plot is so full of holes that there is no amount of suspension of disbelief that will keep you from rolling your eyes into spasm.
If you are a jingoistic uber-patriot, who is looking for a quick read while spending a weekend at a survivalists training seminar on torturing Islamic fanatics into submission, this book is for you.
Otherwise save your credits. Did I mention that I didn't like it?
Enough of the flag-draped patriot porn already. This novel, and I'm sure others by the same author, completely oversimplify the nation's very real issues to cater to the dim-witted terrorist-whacking fantasies of Bush-bots and Dittoheads. Is it possible that this legion of weak-minded armchair warriors can actually pull themselves away from Fox News long enough to actually read a book NOT written by Bill O'Reilly? Move on. Go buy a Stephen King or something.
In the alternate universe in which this book takes place, the President is reasonable and wise. That said, he has been sucked into a worsening "war on terror" like the hapless incompetent who leads the free world in our universe. Cabinet meetings are an example of wishful thinking with reasoned discussion of alternate points of view and thoughtful decision making. Other than that, the action is plausible and the plot moves on with an enjoyable excitment. All you have to do is forget about the situation in which we find ourselves struggling to enjoy this thriller.