No spoilers! Love HOT, sexy books w/a plot. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. I also review in exchange for books-lots of fun surprises!
This review may be repititious, but here it goes:
*Sigh* I WANT to like Brad Thor's books. I keep trying but simply cannot. I have ABSOLUTELY NO experience in government agencies or the military-ZERO. There are so many inconsistencies, unbelievable and nonsensical aspects in Thor's books. Thor's knowledge and experience is far beyond anything I know, however there are simple and common sense things that do not match up.
There is a hole in my counter-terrorism, CIA, ex-CIA, lone wolf, American hero loving, at all costs savior library. This space is occupied by THE MASTER Vince Flynn and the Mitch Rapp series. While Flynn can NEVER be replaced, I am in hopes that I will find someone who's work can occupy the space with his. Thor isn't even close.
Brad Thor has legions of fans and 4-5* star reviews I wonder if the 5* fans have ever read or how they feel about other authors. Have they read anything by anyone besides Brad Thor? There are many who feel as I do, comparing Thor/Harvath to Flynn/Rapp.
I'll not beat up on Thor anymore...while I won't recommend him, read the reviews and decide yourself. I have one more of his books to review.
No...I'll continue to search.
It was average...no gaping awfulness and nothing spectacular. A solid, average performance.
NOTE: Violence and strong language
Credit/ $ Worthiness: There are a few in the series that are pretty inexpensive, try those before using a credit.
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.
The story was just okay. The story wasn't original and the characters were not that memorable, but it wasn't bad. There were a lot, and I mean a lot, of F*** bombs which I didn't like. There were also a lot of incorrect details regarding the mentioned religion and area. The author got far more wrong than right, so be careful not to believe everything you hear; especially in regards to the religion.
I couldn't finish this book, bad story, weak characters, bad research.
Maybe this was a bad example of his work, being his first book and all. I don't think so.
reader seemed a little flat, that may have been the material...
I found it unlistenable, maybe if I had stuck with it. Listening for 8hrs should have been enough.
I was really looking forward to a new series, but unfortunately it is quite a chore to get through.
I'll just give you a sample of the worst of Thor's dialogs and jargon . Humorless and unrealistic. The scene is agent Harvath talking to another Secret Service agent named Longo after the president was kidnapped.
Agent Longo: "Harvath, I hate to break it to you, but over two dozen agents are dead and or missing. The President is gone and we've got next to nothing lead-wise. Heads are definitely going to roll. You know I like you, but as head of the Advance Team on this one, it looks like you might be married to King Henry."
Narrator: Being married to King Henry was an inside joke that referred to the British king who beheaded several of his wives after he had grown tired of them...
...but there were some "soft spots" in the story... I understand it's fiction, but the bad guys were trained killers who never hit their target and hid under beds to capture their victims. Silly. A few times the lead character demonstrated dunderheadedness that ran afoul of what even an average person would, much less a highly trained secret service agent. Even with the weaknesses, I was able to complete the book, although I'm not motivated to buy another by this author. The reader was outstanding.
I'm so very dissatisfied with this book and so far the series. I could openly see the ending and all the "pitfalls & twists" were so amateur that I felt like I was reading about a brand new county cop, rather than a retired seal and highly trained secret service agent. I am going to get ONE more of the series if that one sucks as badly as the first 3 I'm DONE. You will get no more of my money or credits.
The narrator is one of my favorites, Armand Schultz.
Other books in this series. This is book one, so there are plenty to choose from. Also, I like James Rollins sigma force novels. They have some similarities although Rollins can be a bit preachy on political issues.
Scott Horvath. Gotta say, I did not hate his performance of Claudia's character. Usually, men speaking as women grate my nerves.
In the beginning...Scott Horvath
I came upon this series kind of backwards. My first book, being the Athena Project and then every book involving Scott Horvath after that. Recently, I purchased Path of the Assasin from audible without realizing it was the 2nd book in the series and not the latest novel. I was initially pissed, because they should tell you a book is "re-do" of an older audiobook. After listening for about 45 minutes, I realized I needed to go back to listen to book 1, Lions of Lucerne, since the next book picks up shortly after this book and is a continuation of the story, in my opinion.
I was already a Scott Horvath fan before listening to this book, so I can forgive some of the freshman story telling. In addition, Armand Schultz is one of my favorite narrators, so that added to my delight. Now, I am can go back to Path of the Assassins and continue enjoying the series.