Fiendish al-Qaeda terrorists are planning to rescue their imprisoned WMD expert during the chaos they create with their July 4th destruction of all bridges and tunnels to Manhattan. Now it's up to ex-SEAL Harvath to stop the evil-doers -- and neutralize the diabolical three-foot-tall villain known as "The Troll" who supplies their intelligence.
©2006 Brad Thor; (P)2006 Recorded Books
"If you're the type who enjoys the TV show 24 and other high-octane thrillers, Takedown is the...book for you. Chapters are short, crisp, and cinematic, with the focus on gun-blazing, gut-busting action. (The Tennessean)
I couldn't understand how I had been duped into buying this book. I went back and reread all the reviews and sure enough there are several one star ratings and the warnings were all there. I am not squeamish at all but this book goes beyond what is needed. The ending (so bad) was presumably designed to suck you into his next book - but for me it turned me right off Brad Thor for good. As usual George Guidall did a great job of the narration. If you are into this genre stick with Vince Flynn and or Daniel Silva.
I had just finished Foreign Influence, my first Brad Thor book, and enjoyed it. Decided to go back and read his earlier books. This was very disappointing. Too much emphasis on a running gun battle with some less than believable terrorists. To suggest that a band of terrorists could effectively cut Manhattan off from any military, National Guard, or even NY State Police support, leaving the nation with no one else to turn to but Scott and his small band of brave warriors is foolish at best. Add the sniveling, whining President and various intelligence agency bureaucrats, and the story line is almost intolerable. The final blow, I'm afraid is Mr. Guidall's narration. I've enjoyed his work on other books, but I just don't think he's right for this series. After listening to Armand Schultz read Foreign Influence, there's really no comparison. Not recommended at all.
I had heard Brad Thor was a good writer and thought I'd try him out. This book had enough language in it to make it not feel like a good read. Then the spy thing against terrorists just made it hard to enjoy. It felt to close to home with a son in the armed services fighting for our freedoms.
Character building was weak at best. story was forced, kind of amateurish. I suspect (probably dead wrong) that Brad has limited real life spook/SF experience/exposure.
Another good book by Brad Thor. I originally purchased it in paperback and then purchased it in Audiobook form. Very entertaining. Four stars.
My mind kept wondering while listening to this book - because it is so boring and completely predictable. On top of that, the author spends lots of time describing combat scenes while completely losing the reader (listener). The plot it self is a formula based on terrorists vs. the good guys from s special branch of the US government. Waste of time and money...
This was my first Brad Thor book and I wasn't entirely disappointed because I felt the narrator did a superb job. However, I found the ending to be a bit contrived. I bought it on sale and it was worth the price. I will most likely try another one of his books.
After reading the Camel Club Trilogy by Baldacci, this pales in comparison to the degree that one would expect it to be in comic book form.
The character development is limited to hunky nick names like Bullet Bob. It has an evil dwarf who was abandoned as a child by his parents and was enslaved in a brothel where he was forced to perform unspeakable acts (the author does not tell us what these unspeakable acts actual were, just that they were unspeakable), the ex-military equivalents of those who flew over the coo coos nest and government officials who react to a terror attack like Homer Simpson.
The bald plot is so full of holes that there is no amount of suspension of disbelief that will keep you from rolling your eyes into spasm.
If you are a jingoistic uber-patriot, who is looking for a quick read while spending a weekend at a survivalists training seminar on torturing Islamic fanatics into submission, this book is for you.
Otherwise save your credits. Did I mention that I didn't like it?
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