I have tried several Brad Thor books and just cannot get into them. I finally figured it out on this book. He takes too long to start tying the different characters and parts of the book together. It is as if you are reading 3 or 4 books at once, putting one down and picking the other up. His main character is not very interesting. Thor was billed as "Vince Flynn style writer". Not!
Having listened to two of Brad's other books, I was looking forward to getting back into the lives of the characters. What I didn't realize was how much influence George Guidall's narration had on my experience. Armand is certainly a excellent reader but it was not the same. Bring back George!
Tell us about yourself!
Yes I would, The author had different scenarios at the same time and brought them together towards the end. I do NOT understand why some reviews read this differently.
Along with the other Brad Thor books. I've enjoyed all of them, although some more than others but have two more left I'm currently reading to complete the series.
It bounced around a bit more than I liked, several new characters were being added to this book as if he's using this book to branch out into other areas without his Scot Harvath. Spent a great deal of leading to the attacks on Chicago but left little details once he arrived. Would have appreciated the details he spent on London to the takedown as he did Chicago.
I like him, easy to listen to and brings out the true character of Scot
Why change the name?
In this book Scott is already 40, hoping he slows his aging down as no one will believe a 50 year old running around doing terrorism work in the field and not looking for a new lead in the series.
I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.
I would absolutely recommend this audiobook to a friend. However, Foreign Influence, deals with the fundamentalist faction of Islam. These men do not live and spread their terrorism just in the Arab countries but all over the world. September 11, 2001, the Twin Towers and the Pentagon were hit by the suicide terrorists of Afghanistan with airplanes that crashed head long into two of the buildings which carry importance to the people of the United States. Islam is a peaceful religion. However, there are some believers of the Islam faith, who are using the Koran, that I think is equivalent to the Christian bible, and applying its teachings without allowing any interpretation. Because of their fundamentalist beliefs, these men have become terrorists, who think that Islam is the only religion that should be practiced in the world. They call those of us who do not believe as they do, infidels, who need to be eliminated. I'm a woman, who now listens to many books concerning wars all across the world, that have happened in the past and others that are occurring as I write this review. My interest in reading such books happened after the terrorists attack on the people of the United States. Listening to these books about 9/11, spurred my interest about other wars. I listen to fiction as well as nonfiction. It's my belief that we need to preserve the democracy that our nation is built on. However, in order to do this, our men and women who are in the military forces of the United States, are at war, at all times, in some part of the world. I say thank you to these courageous men and women for keeping our people safe. I don't know if my female friends would like these kind of books but I have surely tried to encourage their interest. I do find, when reading the reviews, there are more men than women writing the reviews. However, I have also noted an increase in women who are writing reviews.
My favorite characters were the women who participated in the war against the terrorists.
Listening to a book provides me with a more concrete understanding of what the story is about. I continue to learn and will continue to listen and learn why, where and when these wars took place. Listening, at times, allows me to feel as if I am there, among the crowd. Armand Schultz narrates the series very well. As I listen to one book and go on to listen to the next book in the series, I find that having the same narrator provides me with continuity. The series is exciting, insightful, thrilling and instills pride and thanks to the men and women of the United States and our allies who are putting their lives on the line to preserve democracy and maintain safety for the people.
The moment in the book that moved me was when the subway watchman took it upon himself to become involved in the terrorist attack, in order to protect the children standing against the wall of the subway.
I will continue to interest my friends to listen to books written about war. It wasn't until listening to books did my interest became peaked enough to listen to books about war. I have to read mystery books, books that include some romance and lazy books that should be read lying on your towel on the beach. War books increases my psyche to the stress and killing that takes place when at war. I need a change to relax and enjoy easy text.
Listening to the narrator attempt various accents is like listening to Kevin Costner in Robin Hood. AWFUL! If a character with an accent has more than one or two lines then the narrator goes in and out of the accent, often times taking it too far. I found it all very distracting from the story. George Guidall is my absolute favorite narrator for this genre and I know he did a book or two of Thor's. Though his voice is a bit "older" than Scott Harvath's character, at least I didn't squirm with discomfort while listening to George Guidall.
I didn't like his attempts at accents. He is horrible.
The story is okay. It is predictable but interesting enough to listen to while walking the dog or doing any other mindless task.
Storyline was pretty good. The narration was a huge step down from George Guidall. Schultz is just unable to bring the characters to life. Some of the voices on a few characters are actually annoying.
As mentioned above, the storyline was good but do think there was too much filler in this novel. I understand that unabridged includes a lot more detail but much of this book was just boring with useless detail.
Enjoyed the previous Thor novels much more than this one.
This my second favorite in the series. 2 to go....ugh. Hope there will more of Scott's missions.
What a waste of time.
That's several hours of my life I will never get back, before I finally gave up.
First, the positive - the action sequences were entertaining.
As for the remaining 99% of the book-
If I had wanted to listen to a propaganda manual inundated with simplistic, inaccurate, defamatory stereotypes, I would have been more than satisfied.
If you believe that democracy is a socialist plot, the Constitution an inconvenience to be ridiculed, the Marines should be outsourced and replaced by Blackwater mercenaries, you named your first born after Ayn Rand, and you have petitioned the Vatican seeking early sainthood for the Koch Brothers, then this book might entertain you.
I was hoping to listen to a "thriller", not a political re-education and indoctrination tape.
An Interational Killer
Listen to the end. You will see why.
The interrogation of the terrorist.
Brad Thor will all ways out do him self in every book he writes.