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Foreign Influence | [Brad Thor]

Foreign Influence

Buried within the black ops budgets of the Department of Defense, a new spy agency has been created. Unfettered by the oversight of self-serving politicians, it reports only to a secret panel of military insiders. Its job is to target Americas enemies - both foreign and domestic - under a charter of three simple words: Find, Fix, and Finish.
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Publisher's Summary

Navy SEAL turned covert operative Scot Harvath is called to action once again in Brad Thor's hottest political thriller yet.

Buried within the black ops budgets of the Department of Defense, a new spy agency has been created. Unfettered by the oversight of self-serving politicians, it reports only to a secret panel of military insiders. Its job is to target Americas enemies - both foreign and domestic - under a charter of three simple words: Find, Fix, and Finish.

Recruited as a field operative, Scot Harvath has just returned from his first assignment abroad when a bombing in Rome kills a group of American college students. The evidence points to a dangerous colleague from Harvath's past and a plan for further attacks on an unimaginable scale.

Harvath is tasked with leveraging his relationship to lure the man out of hiding and kill him on the spot. But what if it is the wrong man?

Simultaneously, a young woman is struck by a taxi in a hit-and-run in Chicago. With only two intoxicated witnesses and over 5,000 cabs in the city, the Chicago Police have given up on their investigation. But when the family's attorney digs deeper, he will uncover a shocking connection to the bombing in Rome and the perpetrator's plans for America.

As the story rockets to its conclusion, the plots intersect in a race to prevent one of the most audacious and unthinkable acts of war in the history of mankind.

Take another thrill ride with Scot Harvath.

©2010 Brad Thor (P)2010 Simon & Schuster

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    Lesley Houston, TX, United States 06-30-10
    Lesley Houston, TX, United States 06-30-10 Member Since 2009
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    "lecanady"

    Absalute best of thor! I have them all and this one surpasses the lot. The action never quits, the plot is great, and I loved it from start to finish. Now Flynn has some real compitition.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Susan NEWNAN, GA, United States 08-17-10
    Susan NEWNAN, GA, United States 08-17-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Armand reads..."

    ...but George acts the books. Wanted to give the book a five-star rating, but without George it just wasn't the same.

    P.S. Why aren't there unabridged versions of all Thor's books on Audible?

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    James columbus, OH, United States 08-13-10
    James columbus, OH, United States 08-13-10 Member Since 2006

    sports announcer, cyclist, enjoys to travel and the outdoors.

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    "I liked it"

    I enjoy Thor's books especially when he brings some of the more interesting characters back, such as the troll and his dogs. I recommend this read

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Sarasota, FL, United States 12-02-10
    Stephen Sarasota, FL, United States 12-02-10 Member Since 2003
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    "Fighting terrorists around the world"

    This is another story involving Scott Horvath, ex navy seal, goverhment operative who is charged with stopping terrorists that carrying out increasingly larger attacks. He travels the world as the terrorists spread their terror through Europe, Scandanavia and fianlly Chicago. For me, it was the best Brad Thor book so far. The pace is fast and urgesnt. I thought the use of an all female operative team was also a nice touch to this kind of story. If you like political thrillers, this is a must...you will not be dissappointed.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah A. Denney Olympia, WA 08-28-13
    Sarah A. Denney Olympia, WA 08-28-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Predictable with an absoutley horrible narrator"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Listening to the narrator attempt various accents is like listening to Kevin Costner in Robin Hood. AWFUL! If a character with an accent has more than one or two lines then the narrator goes in and out of the accent, often times taking it too far. I found it all very distracting from the story. George Guidall is my absolute favorite narrator for this genre and I know he did a book or two of Thor's. Though his voice is a bit "older" than Scott Harvath's character, at least I didn't squirm with discomfort while listening to George Guidall.


    What didn’t you like about Armand Schultz’s performance?

    I didn't like his attempts at accents. He is horrible.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is okay. It is predictable but interesting enough to listen to while walking the dog or doing any other mindless task.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John Farmington Hills, MI, United States 07-09-13
    John Farmington Hills, MI, United States 07-09-13 Member Since 2011
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    "By George, where are you?"
    What did you like best about Foreign Influence? What did you like least?

    Storyline was pretty good. The narration was a huge step down from George Guidall. Schultz is just unable to bring the characters to life. Some of the voices on a few characters are actually annoying.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Armand Schultz’s performances?

    No


    Was Foreign Influence worth the listening time?

    As mentioned above, the storyline was good but do think there was too much filler in this novel. I understand that unabridged includes a lot more detail but much of this book was just boring with useless detail.


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyed the previous Thor novels much more than this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Colorado Springs, CO, United States 12-22-11
    Paul Colorado Springs, CO, United States 12-22-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Top five"
    Would you listen to Foreign Influence again? Why?

    Yes, I probably will, because there are a lot of twists and turns in the plot. I want to miss nothing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Riley (?sp - one of the shortcomings of audiobooks) -- because Scot seems attracted to her.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Red Light district in Amsterdam (before the bomb, that is).


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Civilization Under Attack:


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert pleasanton, CA, United States 07-24-10
    Robert pleasanton, CA, United States 07-24-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Great escape"

    Brad Thor keeps getting better. A story that grabs you and then pulls you in. Enjoyed the beginning, middle and the end. Kept you on the edge of your seat the whole book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Milford, CT, USA 07-21-10
    Peter Milford, CT, USA 07-21-10
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    "Excellent sequel"

    I loved the first book in this series and did not think the sequel could live up to it! I was wrong. This book held my attention from beginning to end. I listened to the entire book almost non-stop. It had everything-great narration, excellent plot, excitement, intelligence, suspense-everything I have come to expect from Brad Thor. And I was not disappointed. Hurray! Can't wait for the next book. Thanks Brad for a thrilling ride!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Steve C Salt Lake City, UT USA 07-24-10
    Steve C Salt Lake City, UT USA 07-24-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Enjoyed the book but....."

    Having listened to two of Brad's other books, I was looking forward to getting back into the lives of the characters. What I didn't realize was how much influence George Guidall's narration had on my experience. Armand is certainly a excellent reader but it was not the same. Bring back George!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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