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
I enjoyed the plot and twists of the story. However, there was too much intense action for me. It was over the top for someone to handle all of that.
I don't think the book is salvageable. The characters are too one-dimensional.
Nothing by Brad Thor--ever.
The narrator did a good job with what he had to work with.
The protagonist asserts that all terrorists are Muslims (but not all Muslims are terrorists). Clearly, he's forgotten about Timothy McVeigh, abortion clinic bombings, etc. I'd delete this. Also, a character in the book is designed to be a caricature of Hillary Clinton. I found the device transparent and offensive.
I won't be reading anymore Brad Thor books. His view of geopolitics is too myopic and jingoistic for my tastes.
The story was great. A new threat, (to me at least,) to kill millions of people is at the heart of the story. The are plenty of twists and turns to keep one's interest and a rich background in world history to boot. The climax came as a surprise as well. The only reason I gave it four stars was that the slow start was made slower by the narrator. While I enjoyed a lot of his narration, it was definitely better when he was relating conversations between people than just reading what was going on. His voice could be monotonous and I found my interest waning during those blocks of text. I had to go back and listen to several pieces of the book to catch the action during those parts due to my mind wandering. All in all, I would listen to more of the books in this series, even with the same narrator.
HATE spoilers! Enjoy HOT, sexy books w/a plot. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. Books outside HOT genre = books given to me to review
For me, Brad Thor has become the loser relationship that you really need to give up but always want to give another chance. I have listened to many thriller/suspense and I think myself a fair judge of what I like - maybe it's just me but after four Brad Thor books I'm calling it quits. I shouldn't have to try so hard, it is over.
While Blowback had me at the start - an entitled, self absorbed, at all costs Senator wanting the vice presidential position. She is willing to do anything including bringing down the CIA, it's operatives and any other special forces (HRC, anyone?) It had potential to be a real nail biter.
But then Thor goes off the rails and I feel like I'm listening to something that I read by Clive Cussler years ago. Ancient artifacts in frozen tundras, decades, no centuries of searching for an allusive poisen of legends - that has been extinct but it is found again under layers and layers of ice with humans, an elephant frozen in ice. The terrorists in the middle east found it?
Uhhhggggggg... over & done. I listened to 10 of the 13 hours.... didn't care how it ended... no more chances.
NOTE: Violence & strong language
Credit/$ Worthy? No
The book was a good listen, but it did get a little slow towards the middle as they were trying to go into the deep past and explain what was happening. I found myself tuning out during those parts. There were times where it was very predictable what was going to happen next. Still a great listen, just not one of Thor's strongest Harvaugh books.
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 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.
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!
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