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.
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~!
Just love listing to audiobooks. Some of my favorite authors are Vince Flynn and Brad Thor
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.
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.
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.
More Harvath less right wing rhetoric
Always have both, prefer the audio version
Nothing new today that brings the story so close to home
It gives the characters life, he knows their personalities and wraps you into the story
The death of the young N. Korean sister
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
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.
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.
no- so many other books to listen to first
good plot and character development butweak and predictable ending
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.
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....
Scott Harvath, but he was detached from most of the real actions of the story.
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.
...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.
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