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Act of War: A Thriller | [Brad Thor]

Act of War: A Thriller

After a CIA agent mysteriously dies overseas, his top asset surfaces with a startling and terrifying claim. There’s just one problem - no one knows if she can be trusted. But when six exchange students go missing, two airplane passengers trade places, and one political-asylum seeker is arrested, a deadly chain of events is set in motion.
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Publisher's Summary

Number-one New York Times best-selling author Brad Thor delivers his most frightening and pulse-pounding thriller ever!

After a CIA agent mysteriously dies overseas, his top asset surfaces with a startling and terrifying claim. There’s just one problem - no one knows if she can be trusted.

But when six exchange students go missing, two airplane passengers trade places, and one political-asylum seeker is arrested, a deadly chain of events is set in motion.

With the United States facing an imminent and devastating attack, America's new president must turn to covert counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath to help carry out two of the most dangerous operations in the country’s history.

Code-named "Gold Dust" and "Blackbird", they are shrouded in absolute secrecy as either of them, if discovered, will constitute an act of war.

©2014 Brad Thor. All rights reserved. (P)2014 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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    Justin Chandler, AZ, United States 07-17-14
    Justin Chandler, AZ, United States 07-17-14 Listener Since 2007

    Just love listing to audiobooks. Some of my favorite authors are Vince Flynn and Brad Thor

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    "Scary good"

    Just another great Brad Thor book. Listen to it in about two days. It's scary good and keeps you on the edge of your seat the hole way threw.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Colorado Springs, CO, United States 07-26-14
    Mark Colorado Springs, CO, United States 07-26-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Brad Thor is better than this!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The plot was relatively flat on a bland terrorist plot to EMP the US. It ended abruptly as did the bad guys he had started to develop but left half baked. Even the use of Scot Harvath's computer wiz midget was innocuous and disconnected.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Enrich the EMP connection with fact based information about the action. Involve some government agencies that oversee this activity not just the routine Anti-terroism units - NSA, DHS and routine support characters. The connection in North Korea was weak. And, the Chinese "Princelings" component added little if any suspense. That was precisely what was lacking in this novel, suspense and unpredictability. Too formulaic....


    Which character – as performed by Armand Schultz – was your favorite?

    Scott Harvath, but he was detached from most of the real actions of the story.


    Was Act of War worth the listening time?

    Unfortunately, no.


    Any additional comments?

    Come on Brad, you are better than this. It was as if the editor put you on a deadline and you needed to respond. Your usually insightful dramatic flair was conspicuously absent in this effort.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    KAREN LOVINGTON, NM, United States 07-16-14
    KAREN LOVINGTON, NM, United States 07-16-14 Member Since 2011
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    "FANTASTIC AS ALWAYS - ANOTHER WINNER!"

    It only took me 2 days to finish this book, I have been anxiously awaiting its arrival and then before I know it I am finished and know I will have to wait for another. It is so hard, when you really enjoy a book and its writer, but if the process was rushed I am not so sure I would enjoy it so much~!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Sherry Pitcock Park City Utah 07-18-14
    Sherry Pitcock Park City Utah 07-18-14 Member Since 2003
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    "Not my favorite"
    Would you listen to Act of War again? Why?

    no


    Would you be willing to try another book from Brad Thor? Why or why not?

    Of course


    Any additional comments?

    I normally like Brad Thor books. they're full of action and seem likely. this one seemed unlikely in both the premise and the resolution. The premise that the Chinese are planning a large scale operation with a handful of Somalis and no back up systems, that their leaders are naive and that the FBI can track everything at that level. It all seemed so convenient and unlikely. There was lots of action even if it was rather choppy.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    James columbus, OH, United States 08-03-14
    James columbus, OH, United States 08-03-14 Member Since 2006

    sports announcer, cyclist, enjoys to travel and the outdoors.

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    "Thor wasted pages and pages"

    The overall story is a good one, real good. But Thor spent too much time confusing me in the begining of the book bouncing around. It made it very hard to get into. Once the book gets rolling - its a great story. Thor wasted pages and pages on the group that went into North Korea - he never tied them into the ending of the book. He needed to spend much more time developing the last portion of the book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    it's me 07-11-14
    it's me 07-11-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Lacking"
    Would you try another book from Brad Thor and/or Armand Schultz?

    Brad Thor? Probably... I've been fairly dissatisfied with the last few books he's published. They seem to be getting worse. The perfectly ideal character, without any flaws whatsoever... is getting old to say the least. The story is interesting in and of itself, but the execution of such story is lacking. The lackluster performance of Armand Schultz may not have helped the situation either. I've both read and listened to Brad Thor novels. I cannot put my finger on it, but I did not like Armand Shultz's narration whatsoever. I am not sure if I already have my own idea of what Scot Harvath should sound like, and Armand does not jive with my imagination, or if he really really is just a boring narrator. Overall: If you have some time to burn (like I do) and have a few spare credits, you may as well get the book if you feel the need to keep up with the series and hate leaving old friends behind (but don't count on feeling totally satisfied).


    Would you ever listen to anything by Brad Thor again?

    Most likely listen/read... Although more likely read, I seem to get a little more out of a book I actually read, which may be part of my dissatisfaction with this novel.


    What three words best describe Armand Schultz’s performance?

    Bored to death.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    The ideas in the book were intriguing. While the scenario seems far fetched in all honesty, it still makes you wonder what all really is possible. The book didn't really elicit a strong feeling/reaction, but it does make you think about what actually goes on in the world around us that we are ignorant of, or even choose to ignore.


    Any additional comments?

    So you have an idea of what thrillers I do actually like, as a gauge for my review and if it applies to you- I read all the new Jack Reacher novels within the first 24 (or less) hours of their release. One of my favorite characters is Nelson DeMille's John Corey. And to top it off, I like 95% of what David Baldacci writes, although lately I get the feeling that he is stretching himself a little too thin, and not taking the proper amount of time to compose his novels.

    7 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Chris 09-15-14
    Chris 09-15-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Seemed rush"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, I enjoy the series overall, but this particular one is lacking compared the others in the series.


    What was most disappointing about Brad Thor’s story?

    The wrap up towards the end felt like it was rushed. The book could have gone into some more detail.


    What does Armand Schultz bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The accents and voices feel right.


    Was Act of War worth the listening time?

    Yes, I would/will listen to it again.


    Any additional comments?

    When I finished this one I was left with the feeling that the publisher either edited out a LARGE portion or rushed Brad Thor to finish it. I actually checked after I was through listening to ensure that I hadn't bought an abridged version by accident.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Lincoln City, OR, United States 09-04-14
    Matthew Lincoln City, OR, United States 09-04-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved it."

    Not perfect in that it's somewhat predictable, but still one of the best in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Cary, NC, United States 08-28-14
    Richard Cary, NC, United States 08-28-14 Member Since 2000
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    "First Rate!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Anyone who favors this genre needs to read this take on a vexing possibility.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, because of the bounce between N. Korea and the rest of the action.


    What does Armand Schultz bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Superb vocalizations


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    You think they wouldn't do it?


    Any additional comments?

    N/A

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Maineac Texas 08-27-14
    Maineac Texas 08-27-14
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    "Brad Thor developing into a great writer"
    What made the experience of listening to Act of War the most enjoyable?

    Scott Harvath is a better than average character but no Mitch Rapp. However, the last 4 or 5 books of Brad's have been a lot better than the early books which were good reads.


    What other book might you compare Act of War to and why?

    Vince Flynn...


    What does Armand Schultz bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Keeps me involved...if I read the book it would take longer because reading puts me to sleep.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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