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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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    Mr Paul Benson 07-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Hopefully he pays royalties to Vince Flynn"
    Would you try another book from Brad Thor and/or George Guidall?

    Probably 1 mmore


    Has Blowback turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not the genre but almost turned me off the author


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

    He is very good, have listed to him on a number of books


    Could you see Blowback being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes - I am guessing he wrote it while watching Die Hard so a young Bruce Willis or maybe just with a hair piece


    Any additional comments?

    The situations the hero gets in and out of are totally unrealistic and on a similar level to Die Hard 4.0. I will probably try one more in the series but definitely not as good as Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp series (although it looks as though that's where he got the original idea - I hope he pays royalties)

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    Martha 06-29-15
    Martha 06-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "story ok..narrtor great"

    story a bit far fetched in my opinion. listened to the end though...the narrator was the absolute best any book could have...he made the book listenable to the very end.

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    RWR CT United States 04-12-15
    RWR CT United States 04-12-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Don't bother"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The performer was way too old for this book. It made the story unbelievable and I had to stop listening less than halfway through.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of George Guidall?

    Someone under the age of 40 or someone who doesn't sound like a grandfather in their 70's. I'm not very young myself, but the age of the narrator just made this very distracting.


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

    disappointment


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    Robert El Lago, TX, USA 04-04-15
    Robert El Lago, TX, USA 04-04-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Just buy this book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Blowback to be better than the print version?

    George Guidall is always amazing. Coupling Guidall with this amazing story is nothing but a intense reading.


    Any additional comments?

    This book got me hook on Brad Thor's writing.. I'm on book 6 of the series, and by far this is the most intense book so far.. Just buy, and become hooked. -S-

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    stephen Haverhill, Ma, United States 04-02-15
    stephen Haverhill, Ma, United States 04-02-15 Member Since 2012
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    "The narrator sounds to old"

    I would like to hear this book with a different narrator. He voice has trouble with separating different characters.

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    Eliza 03-15-15
    Eliza 03-15-15
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    "Good story. Bad narrator"

    Selected the book based on reviews & high ratings for Brad Thor. Had difficulty getting into the story- and then I realized- it was the narrator. Wish they'll re-do and get someone else. Or I'll have to buy the paperback & read myself.

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    Mary Ann 03-14-15
    Mary Ann 03-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Enjoyable Listen"

    I truly enjoyed listening to this fast paced novel. Narration was good and the story overtop. Fun listen. I sweep through this book in just a few days. Certainly plan on finding another Scott Horvath audible book.

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    David 02-22-15
    David 02-22-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Tedious tale"

    I am a fan of Brad Thor and of his Scott Horvath character. But The telling of this Installment felt overly long.

    Suggest that a younger sounding performance would present much better. Main character is 35 yrs old. Performance is much older. Takes away from dynamism of the story.

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    Esther 02-19-15
    Esther 02-19-15
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    "Too much history"

    Too many technical and history details in my opinion. I 'listened' to all of it but tuned a lot of it out. This was my first Brad Thor book. I'll try one more to see if it was just this one.

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    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 02-19-15
    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 02-19-15 Member Since 2001
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    "Blowback"
    Any additional comments?

    Blowback, book number four in the Scot Harvath series, is thirteen and one half hours of listening, read by George Guidall. The story conveys the potential world-wide unleashing a pathogen. Paraphrasing, the story tells us that muslims are not all terrorists, but terrorists are all muslim … well, that’s debatable. Timothy McVey and Oklahoma City come to mind.

    At any rate, Blowback is a thrilling mystery. The tale is a what-if scenario, involving terrorists acquiring a deadly virus found deep in an Alpine glacier. The evil doers have plans, and ultimately, so does Scot Harvath, a type A-take-no-prisoners operative. Scot Harvath is very much a Mitch Rapp clone. (Mitch Rapp is the Vince Flynn espionage hero. Most of those books are also narrated by Guidall. If you haven’t yet, buy them; they are excellent.)

    George Guidall, it goes without saying is super. Tempo, pacing, delivery, overall production … just great.

    There are literally thousands of reviews of Blowback. Ergo, there isn’t much I’m going to add. This story was written close to fifteen years ago. I liked it enough to listen a second time, years after it was released in 2006, per Audible.com. If you are fan of Brad Thor and his Scot Harvath character, you’ll delight in this book. It’s a stay-up-to-late page-turning thrill ride. Enjoy!

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