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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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    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~!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Justin Chandler, AZ, United States 07-17-14
    Justin Chandler, AZ, United States 07-17-14 Member Since 2012

    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.

    2 of 2 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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Gillian Mount Pleasant, SC, United States 07-18-14
    Gillian Mount Pleasant, SC, United States 07-18-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Great story way too much politics"
    Would you try another book from Brad Thor and/or Armand Schultz?

    I love Scott Harvath as a character, and when the story wasn't making, not so veiled jabs at the current administration, I enjoyed the story.

    I really wish people could just write a story without pushing their political beliefs, especially when the are so black and white.


    Did Act of War inspire you to do anything?

    Nope


    Any additional comments?

    More Harvath less right wing rhetoric

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Roger United States 07-29-14
    Roger United States 07-29-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Don't Start Unless you have Time For Whole Book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Act of War to be better than the print version?

    Always have both, prefer the audio version


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

    Nothing new today that brings the story so close to home


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

    It gives the characters life, he knows their personalities and wraps you into the story


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The death of the young N. Korean sister


    Any additional comments?

    Waiting for the next installment. Obama is giving Brad plenty to work with, if its not Russia; Iraq; Israel; etc. Just waiting to see where he takes it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn Portage Lake, Maine, United States 07-29-14
    Kathryn Portage Lake, Maine, United States 07-29-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Act of War A Thriller? More like a Rant"

    This is not a Scott Harvath espionage thriller. This is a rant by Brad Thor. The publisher should have never published this as a mystery/thriller novel rather it should be in the political commentary section. Thor’s previous novel started the move away from thriller fiction and into the political commentary and lecture type genera, but this novel completes the move. Act of War is a political commentary/rant hung loosely on the framework of a thriller. Other reviewers did mention the political rant but having read or listened to all the other Thor novels I just couldn't believe he had strayed so far from writing an espionage thriller, but he has. The other reviewers who commented on the political lecture, in my opinion, were too kind. There is only the thinnest vale hung on Thor’s political views and rant. I am used to political and personal views and opinions appearing in various authors work, it is only natural but it is slipped in almost in passing; more subtle. Thor has gone way across the line here to the point that it is a rant. It doesn't matter which side of the political spectrum you are on, if you want a good espionage thriller with good character development and story avoid this novel. I have never ever asked for a credit to be returned but I am with this novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Colorado Springs, CO, United States 07-29-14
    Paul Colorado Springs, CO, United States 07-29-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Not enough action"

    I have been a Thor fan for years, and I thought this book was great, just not as great as it could have been. There was not as much action as is typical. I was pleased he brought Nicholas into the story, but his role seemed forced and unimportant. And Scot's present love interest was only mentioned but not encountered. I expected more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine P. Lambert 07-26-14 Member Since 2013
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    "above average thriller"
    Would you listen to Act of War again? Why?

    no- so many other books to listen to first


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

    ?


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

    ...


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    good plot and character development butweak and predictable ending

    0 of 0 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mazjanis Portland, ME, United States 07-25-14
    Mazjanis Portland, ME, United States 07-25-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Unbelievable"

    ...No really unbelievable - The time line didn't work - the action was cliche and the story read like a grocery list. The added political commentary added to my annoyance with the book. I like a thriller...just not this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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