When a mysterious new weapon tips the balance against American and allied forces throughout the Middle East, the only person the president can call for help is the man the administration has just fired: Navy SEAL turned covert Homeland Security operative, Scot Harvath.
Caught live on Al Jazeera in an off-the-books operation, Harvath is forced to go to ground, as a senator with presidential aspirations turns her sights on the White House and forces President Jack Rutledge to publicly end the career of America's number-one counter-terrorism operative.
But when the tide in the war against terror suddenly turns against the West, the president has no choice but to bring Harvath back inside. Ducking a congressional subpoena, Harvath travels to Cyprus where he learns about a weapon called The Sword of Allah, which terrorists intend to use to rid all Muslim lands of Western infidels. As the layers of truth unfold, Harvath is witness to realities more menacing than he ever could have imagined and must rely solely on his instincts to confront a new evil closing in on the United States.
With his characteristic precision in describing military technology, high-voltage action, and sweeping international sensibility, Brad Thor has created another supercharged novel that is sure to thrill.
©2005 Brad Thor (P)2005 Simon & Schuster, Inc.
I read Brad Thor for the Thriller aspect and action. this book however was more a detective/historical education. the long endless chapters on Muslim history almost sounded like it could have been written by Dan Brown. this is definitely brad thor's worst book.
Smart story, though slow at times ( had to relisten several times). Thor has created a most interesting set of characters that I enjoy and always look forward to the next one. Intricate plot, good characters, all loose ends tied up. Looking forward to the next one.
As usual, Mr. Guidall is superb. I consider anything he is reading. Interesting tone that makes his story-telling compelling.
Scot Harvath books have long been some of my favorite to read/listen too, and this is no exception. Brad Thor has done it again with Blowback. Can't wait for the next one to be released!
The performance was great as usual. The storyline was okay, but could be better. Immediately, you knew that the main character will be fighting two wars: personal life vs career and the terrorist attacks vs political agendas. The second war illustrated the traditional greed for political success regardless of the cost which was the prevention of terrorist attacks. The first war was a mini life crisis that still was not resolved, therefore, one already knows how the next book will feature. There were some twist and roller-coaster, but only to help you stay interested to at least finish the chapter.
This is a lot different than other Thor books. I had a hard time staying engaged. I guess Scott Harvath is getting a little long in the years. I miss the old Harvath. The entire book seemed like he was wearing New Yorker Skinny jeans.
Hard to follow the story line because of the bad narration monotone to the point of being painful. Story jumps around a lot.
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