I loved the non-stop action of this book.
I love how Brad insists on paying attention to deatil in his novels. He does a great Job of including other types of characters in Full Black as well as highly trained operatives and terrorists. Not all of the characters in the book are CIA, NSA, Seals, Delta, Rangers, Spetsnas, MI5 or other elite forces. In addition, not all of the bad guys in the novel are muslims from the middle east. Although the book contains many of these types, he does a great job of integrating people from all walks of life into the story. The the tangled web disception and terror in this novel is supurb. Armand Schultz also does a great job.
This was my introduction to Brad Thor, Scot Harvath and Armand. I didn't know what I was in for and had moderate expectations. Now, 5 stories later, I still think this is a fantastic book and the series leading up to it is superb. Strong characters and compelling tension brilliantly read by Armand. Keep up the great work!
Enjoyed the story. Barely tolerated the political commentary. I hope the next book sticks to the story.
I wish that I could tell you this was the best book ever and gush about how wonderful it was. I can't. It was good, pretty darn good.. but not great. The narration was excellent and the pace was pretty quick but even though I agree 110% with the Author's obvious worldview and agree with the political and social diatribes that he squeezes into the story, even I felt preached at. I think he could have let the story give the moral and political lessons instead of monologues from the main characters. Pretty good, but not worth another 12 hours of my life.
I really can't emphasize enough how bad this novel is. I had to stop listening after just a few chapters (which seem to be randomly split for no apparent reason) even though I was really trying to find some redeeming reason to continue on. The plot is laughable (out loud laughable), with every bad spy novel cliche included. It’s all, good guys this, and bad guys that. The narration is terrible, replete with bad accents and a kind of 50's style commercial read quality. And then, after all that, the author clearly reveals that he has bought, hook, line and sinker, the right wing Dick Cheney screed that torture is justified and the only way that “real men” can extract information (which has been handily disproved by the recent book by Ali Soufan, The Black Banners. BTW) Don’t get me wrong, I love a good simplistic patriotic thriller that gets you riled up about the greatness of our team, but this was so ridiculous and heavy handed that I started thinking that apparently anyone with a laptop and a vague plot can write a book. Not a good book, just a book.
The action sections were good, but the commentary took over much of the book. Thought it might be
doable, but after listening to less than half of the book, we couldn't handle anymore of that. The narration was done well though.
The story might be okay, but author wants to preach about economics. Unfortunately, the author does not seem to know a lot about economics. I find myself wanting to fast forward over a lot of the story.
His need to preach about economics without understanding a lot about it.
All the scenes with the author's Fox-like diatribes.
This book was terrible. Brad Thor basically recycled some Mitch Rapp plot lines and mashed them together with huge, boring portions of inane political philosophy, with a constant vein of racist stereotypes running throughout. The action sequences, which are pretty dull and cliche to begin with, are broken up by twenty minute-long rants about globalism and political philosophy that sounds like it came from a developmentally challenged hybrid of Ayn Rand and Ann Coulter.
Even aside from the offensive and boring political content, the book is just poorly written. I've read quite a few books in this genre - from Flynn, DeMille, Clancy - and this was so inferior that it is hard to compare them. Characters somehow manage to be one-dimensional and discordant at the same time. I wanted to turn this book off about halfway through, but I actually listened to the whole thing for the sole reason that I wanted to be able to give a comprehensive review of how terrible it is.
Let me emphasize one point: I find this book to be amoral and irresponsible from an ideological standpoint BUT I also find it to be a terrible work of literature, from an objective standpoint. Even if you like Jack Bauer and endorse torture and think every Muslim is a bomb and hate the United Nations, etc. etc. I think you will still find that this is cliche, poorly-written rubbish.
I'm a sucker for this kind of action thriller--I've read everything by Lee Child, who I think is the master of the genre, and even by Vince Flynn, who's politics often grate on my nerves. But Brad Thor is in a category by himself. He seems hell bent on proving that Arabs are drooling, slobbering villains, totally consumed with killing all Americans. I'm sure that some are, but he paints his characters with such a broad brush that in is actually offensive.
There is a scene in a movie theatre that highlights my objection. He describes the perfect American family with 2 small children out for their first movie, and of course they tragically meet their deaths at the hands of an out of control, America hating mad arab bomber. But the family is described in such ridiculous, candy coated prose that even Walt Disney would be nauseated. Note to Brad Thor-why didn't have the family bring Tippy, the 2 month old adorable puppy they had just adopted, to the theatre with them so the reader would be even more enraged at the bombers actions? Seriously, I have no objecting to setting up dramatic villains, but give me a break!
To compare Thor with Lee Child shows off his weaknesses. Child sets up great villains, but never makes you feel cheap for wanting to see them slapped down. No matte how much you hate them, you get some insight into their motivations. I think Thor writes decent action scenes, but why does he always have to have everyone who even teeters on supporting a liberal agenda, like preserving privacy rules, and not allowing widespread torture of detainees, as morons? Vince Flynn reads like a mushy headed, late sipping liberal next to Brad Thor. I wish he would just tell the story, and let the reader come to their own conclusions rather than jamming his opinion down our throats.
On the plus side, the reader is great! Kudos to Armand Schultz!!