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Blowback | [Brad Thor]

Blowback

Something sinister is brewing. A chilling video has already cast its ominous spell over the White House situation room. Now scientists connected to the top-secret Sword of Allah project are dropping dead. Seeking to unravel the enigma, U.S. anti-terrorist agent Scot Harvath reaches England just in time to rescue British paleopathologist Jillian Alcott from al-Qaeda's top assassin. This expert soon confirms Scott's worst fears and triggers an adrenaline-fueled rush for survival.
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Publisher's Summary

Something sinister is brewing. A chilling video has already cast its ominous spell over the White House situation room. Now scientists connected to the top-secret Sword of Allah project are dropping dead. Seeking to unravel the enigma, U.S. anti-terrorist agent Scot Harvath reaches England just in time to rescue British paleopathologist Jillian Alcott from al-Qaeda's top assassin. This expert soon confirms Scot's worst fears and triggers an adrenaline-fueled rush for survival.

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

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    Ragna Phillipsville, CA, United States 04-22-11
    Ragna Phillipsville, CA, United States 04-22-11 Member Since 2010
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    "First and last chance for this author."

    Harvath was an arrogant and bumbling "hero" and the senator from Philadelphia with initials HC was so tailored on Hillary that it was silly. The author should stick to writing plots and have someone else come up with the characters and dialogue.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Don LELAND, NC, United States 08-03-08
    Don LELAND, NC, United States 08-03-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Another great read by Thor"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sherry Bothell, WA, United States 01-16-07
    Sherry Bothell, WA, United States 01-16-07 Member Since 2004
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    "same-old, same-old"

    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.

    11 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda Widener Enterprise, OR USA 04-27-14
    Brenda Widener Enterprise, OR USA 04-27-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Is This the End?"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    andrew Singapore, Singapore 10-21-13
    andrew Singapore, Singapore 10-21-13 Member Since 2008
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    "entertaining but mindless"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I might if they enjoy a story without doing too much thinking


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    More plausible and less repetitive and less predictable, i.e. last minute solution; always ends well.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Do you think Blowback needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    no, it doesn't. It was preposterous enough.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jan Padbury, Australia 09-17-13
    Jan Padbury, Australia 09-17-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Disappointing"
    What would have made Blowback better?

    This could have been cut down - the history went on and on.


    What was most disappointing about Brad Thor’s story?

    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.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Why use a different narrator? It felt wrong.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    miguel Jackson, NJ, United States 08-15-13
    miguel Jackson, NJ, United States 08-15-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Great story but the reader lost me..."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    twyla dublin, OH, United States 08-11-13
    twyla dublin, OH, United States 08-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Book, Entertaining!"

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    richard Alexandria, VA, United States 06-28-13
    richard Alexandria, VA, United States 06-28-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Author needs to do some Wiki research on Aga Khan!"
    Any additional comments?

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis Austin, TX, United States 06-26-13
    Dennis Austin, TX, United States 06-26-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Couldn't suspend my disbelief"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    What was most disappointing about Brad Thor’s story?

    Characters events were not believable. Little dialog most of the story was told by the narrator.


    Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


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

    Great disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Save your money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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