This is your basic good secret service / bad secret service novel. All the usual conventions. Strong female lead who nevertheless can't function without male lead, clues that only the lead can figure out, lead stealing evidence and holding back data to clear his name.
But when the lead character--with dramatic pause--announced that the chocolate square was a clue because Mormons don't consume caffeine...what? That was too much for my suspension of disbelief. Anyone who has visited Utah knows that chocolate is a state pastime. It made me wonder what other research was faked.
No Jack Reacher.
Thin plot--The president is kidnapped and only the hero survives but he is the hero so against overwhelming odds he is able to solve the case.
Thin Characters--Both the good guys and bad guys have flaws to keep the suspense up.
Thin Performance--Although Armand Schultz is a good reader, his accents are often frayed.
However, the book was entertaining and thrilling enough to keep me interested and I see from other reviewers that Brad Thor's later books are better so I am willing to try another one.
A different author? More believable interactions between the characters? Believable Dialog? I really liked the plot and premiss of the book and the build up from everyone saying OMG! Brad Thor is the best! was a huge let down.
Sadly I did... I though I was just mentally ill or somehow could not grasp the genius that is the Scott Harvath series so I picked up the 2nd book. It was worse. Much worse, I've watched porn movies with better writing
Schultz was great, It was the only thing keeping me into both books.
Incredulity- I can't believe this guy is a NY times best seller. Only in America I guess...
Sadness- I really wanted to like these books. There's so many books in the series, It would have been nice to get into.
If you thought Indiana Jones surviving a nuke in the Crystal Skull was believable then this book is for you!
If you thought Battlefield earth was well written, then this book is for you!
Superman doesn't hold a candle to secret Navy SEAL/DEVGRU FBI CIA/ Black Ops killer agent Scott "The Invincible" Harvath.
I didn't add any specific parts of the book to point anything out but read any part of the book and you'll see what I mean.
I was expecting something along the lines of Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp, and instead got something closer to a much less funny Andy Samberg from Brooklyn 99. Here's a quote from the Deputy Director of the FBI berating the main character, Scott Harvath (spoken in a bizarre pseudo-southern drawl):"Only if this was a woodshed would it be a better place to tan your hide!"This just after the main character single-handedly saved the president's daughter from near-death and other shenanigans.Do yourself a favor and skip this book.
Something from David Baldacci or Mark Greaney.
Added a corny southern drawl to most characters.
None. It wasn't terribly long.
I can only assume this series improved significantly over time.
AMERICA...Military History, History, Action and the love of good believable thrillers.
After finishing the complete Mitch Rapp series, I was wondering what I was going to read next. I guess I found a new personnally to follow in Scot Harvath. It took awhile to get used to a new reader , but the book ended up being very good.
I had been looking for a new series to begin after finishing Vince Flynn's "Mitch Rapp" books. I enjoyed the story and the narration but at times it did seem like Thor was attempting to make a certain word count goal. If the rest of his books in this series are as long winded I will make sure to listen to the abridged versions. in summary, good story but could have been hours shorter.
it was suspenceful and the book just flowed.
when scott and claudia climbed the mountain to go after the bad guys.
armand is and excellent narrator
the first brad thor book I listened to, I hated it . that was several months ago. I decided to give him another try. I am glad i did, I am on the fourth book of his now.
As a Vince Flynn fan, Brad Thor was first brought to my attention because of the late Flynn's recommendation. I still picked other books before finally jumping on this book, the first I've read in the Horvath series.
If you like Mitch, Myron, John Rain and a good Ken Follett, this is a read for your wish list. The plot seemed ridiculous in the vignettes, but was well-executed and mostly plausible. Armand Schultz, who is also a Mitch Rapp narrator, did an excellent job with the acting and the voices.
Thor's scene descriptions and action are well-written. There are some dropped balls with some lapses by the protagonist that someone of his caliber wouldn't fall into--but fatigue can be an excuse.
Schultz is strong in his performance, reads with realistic accents, and plays the roles well.
Definitely a good read, and I'm getting another one from the series in my next order.
Grandpapa, Enginer, Eagle Scout. Favorite book = Last of the Breed. Greatly enjoy Jack Reacher series by Lee Child.
Top 10-percent ranking
I like the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child, and this book had a good feel like those.
The main character, Scott Harvath
Could not wait to get back in the car to listen to what happens next.