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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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    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.

    2 of 2 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

    1 of 1 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.

    1 of 1 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~!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis J. Quinlan 07-18-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Poor writing and bad politics"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you enjoy Rush Limbaugh and read at a third-grade level, you will enjoy this book.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Baldacci is significantly better.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Performance was fine.


    What character would you cut from Act of War?

    There were no characters...just names


    Any additional comments?

    Last book from Brad Thor I will ever read.

    4 of 7 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.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Atlanta, GA, United States 07-22-14
    Sandra Atlanta, GA, United States 07-22-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Simplistic, boring, 1 dimensional chars. And theme"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better story. The subject matter and plot could have been interesting and I kept waiting for it to be so. But so simplistic and one dimensional instead. Sad


    Has Act of War turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. Just this author


    What aspect of Armand Schultz’s performance would you have changed?

    He was fine


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

    Frustration because it could have been really good and every time the plot went in an interesting direction the author failed


    Any additional comments?

    Do not waste your money

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    William 07-22-14
    William 07-22-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Also Not My Favorite"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Very much so


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

    All of the other Brad Thor books. I love Scott Harvath, John Wells, Mitch Rapp and all of the other fellows in that lineup.


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

    Emotion and Suspense


    Any additional comments?

    I will always listen to a Brad Thor book but this one seemed a little abridged. Some of the transitions from uncovering information to final outcome of actions seemed like it was missing steps. At the end I said-- It's over? I loved the story line.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tedd United States 07-21-14
    Tedd United States 07-21-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Meh"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I'm not sure if it was the seeming piecing together of multiple previous thrillers or the characteristically bland dialogue, but I say meh. The story does get points for realism and insight into the minds of our enemies , if not originality. Incidentally, is Scott ever going to develop a sense of humor?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Frank Coraopolis, PA, United States 07-19-14
    Frank Coraopolis, PA, United States 07-19-14 Member Since 2005

    drFrank

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    "Just okay | Predictable and underwhelmed"

    I found it predictable, lacking in suspense, and underwhelming compared to many others I read/listened to in the same genre.

    A few times, I almost deleted it from my iPhone out of boredom but kept listening thinking a new twist was around the corner. Obviously, the writer enjoys the details of the weapons which seemed to make the weapons more the subject than the characters.

    I gave it a 3 star overall based on the fact the story line 'could' happen in the near future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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