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.
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Lessons of corruption
Terrific retelling and provides an insight (ACCURATELY) of what could happen in the face of actions of this current administration; could have predicted a bit - but still great
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).
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.
Bored to death.
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.
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.
With one exception, all of Brad Thor's previous books are in my library. While this book was an enjoyable listen, it was not up to par with the others in the Harvath series. Some of the subplots seemed extraneous and I am just not connecting with Harvath as a contractor as much as I did where he had official, if not not deniable, connections to the government and the White House.
The North Korea subplot really didn't go anywhere other than to shed light on the overall plot, albeit inconsequential to the end game. I am not sure if Thor was trying to use that part of the book to paint a more sensitive and nurturing side of the special ops and covert community. Ultimately, the SEALs mission in North Korea had little to do with uncovering or quashing the threat.
Also, just as I thought the book was getting good and I prepared myself for a nice climactic conclusion, BOOM, it was over and wrapped up in a neat little retrospective gift box. The climax was a disappointment. Thor's attempt to spring a surprise ending meant that the details of how the plot was foiled were only revealed in a brief retrospective.
A week after finishing, I was hard pressed to remember the plot and the story. I had to do a refresher to remember enough to write this review.
This was my first Brad Thor novel. I sure hope the others are as good as this one. A fantastic plausible story ripped from the headlines. Absolutely no low spots in the story. I couldn't put it down after the first five minutes.
Poor narration, the narrator's voice volume is not uniform and it is distracting. Did not get into book until after third chapter.
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