Laced with alarming historical and biological details, and spiced by the stratagems of a power-hungry senator, this compelling blockbuster will keep listeners spellbound from beginning to end.
©2005 Brad Thor; (P)2006 Record Books LLC
Everything I have grown to expect from Thor after reading Lions of Lucerne. I enjoy the espionage/spy genre, especially with characters that grow from one book to the next. Blowback was no dissappointment.
Mildly entertaining if you like the old thriller formula of the good guy and the beautiful woman racing against time to stop the bad guy(s) from taking over the world. I wish someone would either vary the formula or at least create interesting instead of hackneyed characters.
Scot Harvath's career is hanging in the balance because of he was caught on tape doing what needed to be done or so he thought. But the subject he was chasing and arresting violently is a body double. Now he is in hiding from his government, friends, and even enemies. But when the risk of a terrorist attack is raised he is secretly activated and must find out what is going on stop it by all means.
With a little Sterry Berry-like historical twist on a current problem Harvath has to find out what happened on an Alpine Slope centuries before. So with the help of a female scientist he has to mountain climb up a glazier, avoid an old acquaintance that is trying to kill him and decipher how the Ottoman Empire and its downfall figures into how the terrorist are going to kill millions of non-Muslim people the world over.
I am a blessed man!
I listened to 2/3 of the book and realized I didn't care how it ended. It's big adventure, but too much for me to believe.
I might if they enjoy a story without doing too much thinking
More plausible and less repetitive and less predictable, i.e. last minute solution; always ends well.
He is not trying too hard, and yet he manages to portray some accents, which you don't take too seriously but at least it is not one monotonous listening.
no, it doesn't. It was preposterous enough.
it is my second book by Brad Thor and i will stop now. I cannot take the lack of logic on some important points, or ridiculous details.
Without giving away too much, one example for all - an assassin is able to dodge and avoid the capture for many years and then he is 'surprised' by a female scientist who is (almost) afraid of her own shadow, totally untrained and yet performs quite well in distress.
All those villain who tell the main character all he needs to know before they -unexpectedly- are killed, only to leave the main character(s) to follow up on the revelation.
When special agent with a training LACES fingers of both of his hands and then hits someone on the head (without fracturing all his fingers), then it is time to switch to another author.
In the first book, it was ok, but it gets too much with the second reading, and i don't think i can stand more of those 'twists' any more. I watch James Bond movies for those, but there i know what is coming. Here, i thought, it would be more realistic, with plot that is based in reality, not on wishful thinking or wet dreams.
for pure entertainment value it is ok, but it is not what i was looking for.
This could have been cut down - the history went on and on.
The story was a let down from previous books. The concentration on the artifacts and history got bogged down and lost me - this is the first book I haven't finished in a very long time.
Why use a different narrator? It felt wrong.
From what I could listen to, this was a good book, I just could not follow along with the reader... i listen while I drive every day and I found myself turned off by his voice. I will skip the rest of the books narrated by George Guidall and go to the next book read by Armand Shultz.
This story, along with George Guidall's narration, has the feel and sound of Vince Flynn and Mitch Rapp. Since I am a huge Mitch Rapp fan, I enjoyed the book. It felt familiar. Highly recommend if you like the patriotism, hero stories and if you like Vince Flynn's work. The narration is second to none, George is the best!
I like the characters. Brad isn't Ludlum but I know that and went along. Story is good enough for me.
My big gripe is the plot isn't realistic. He's been bold enough to mention CNN and other organisations to give his story credibility. So then why trash it by calling the Ismaili spiritual leader the Shia spiritual leader. It's like crowning a teddy bear (Aga Khan) the king of wolves. Shias fight over their muslim faith, Ismailis don't. Wiki it bro!
Perhaps the protagonist could resolve some problems on his own. With every issue he encountered he simply called a friend who made the problem go away.
Characters events were not believable. Little dialog most of the story was told by the narrator.
Guidall is great. I often look for books that he is reading. I was not familiar with Brad Thor and purchased the book because I like George Guidall. Guidall is great but he didn't have much to work with.
Save your money.
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