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
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.
...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?
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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
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.
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.
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!
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
I first listened to Foreign Influence when it was released and I just finished listening to it again. It is a solid 5 star political thriller.
I want to address some of the complaints in the reviews. First Armand Schultz is not as good at narrating as George Guidall, but he is plenty good enough. Some complain that Brad Thor is not as good with this type of espionage thrillers as Vince Flynn or Ben Coes. He is also not as good as Mark Greaney either, but Thor is definitely among the first tier of espionage thrillers authors. The more frequent complaint is that Brad Thor is too political (meaning too politically conservative). With the sole exception of Barry Eisler I'm not aware of any espionage thriller writers who fall squarely on the left side of the US political divide. It does not keep me from purchasing and listening to all of his books.
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.
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.
Enjoyed the previous Thor novels much more than this one.
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!
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