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
Yes, I probably will, because there are a lot of twists and turns in the plot. I want to miss nothing.
Riley (?sp - one of the shortcomings of audiobooks) -- because Scot seems attracted to her.
Red Light district in Amsterdam (before the bomb, that is).
Civilization Under Attack:
I enjoy reading thrillers: espionage. I am ex Army. I work in the health care industry. I like to practice martial arts. I participate in IDPA matches. Genghis Khan is my favorite person.
This was an easy listen. The plot was very straight forward as were the characters. There wasnt anything to technical about the weapons or tactics used in the book. This was a middle of the road effort by the writer. I would recommend his earlier books.
I have tried several Brad Thor books and just cannot get into them. I finally figured it out on this book. He takes too long to start tying the different characters and parts of the book together. It is as if you are reading 3 or 4 books at once, putting one down and picking the other up. His main character is not very interesting. Thor was billed as "Vince Flynn style writer". Not!
Maybe I've read too many great political/action novels, which I love, that this one didn't cut it for me. While there was action, I did not feel a connection to any of the characters. I felt myself bored listening much of the time. The best moment was the very end, leaving unanswered questions. However, I don't think I'll read the next book. I also did not find the narrator brought much interest to the book.
Perhaps I'm spoiled by Vince Flynn.
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.
I didn't like his attempts at accents. He is horrible.
The story is okay. It is predictable but interesting enough to listen to while walking the dog or doing any other mindless task.
Thor brings back many of his former characters in Foreign Influence. If you enjoyed other Scot Harvath books, you'll like this one too, as long as you don't mind a little brutal interrogation. Schultz' performance is excellent.
My first Brad Thor book. Halfway through. Really put off by the author's political views. Good story and action.
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