A new administration and a new approach to dealing with America's enemies have left covert counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath without a job. But when American doctor Julia Gallo is kidnapped in Afghanistan, the terms of her ransom leave the president with only one course of action. In a dangerous assignment that the United States government will deny any knowledge of, Scot Harvath must secretly infiltrate Kabul's notorious Policharki Prison and free the man the kidnappers demand as ransom -- al-Qaeda mastermind, Mustafa Khan.
But when Harvath arrives, he quickly learns that there is more to the kidnapping than anyone dares to admit. And as the subterfuge is laid bare, Harvath must examine his own career of hunting down and killing terrorists, and ask himself if he has what it takes to help one of the world's worst go free.
Brimming with the kind of ripped-from-the-headlines authenticity Brad Thor's internationally bestselling novels are known for, The Apostle doubles down on the blockbuster success of The Last Patriot and reaffirms Thor's status as the master of the political thriller.
Still breathing? Take another thrill ride with superagent Scot Harvath.
©2009 Brad Thor; (P)2009 Simon & Schuster
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
Brad Thor's Scot Harvarh series is one of my favorites of the espionage thriller genre. The novels as consistently 4 or 5 star thrillers. Thor does not have the talent of Vince Flynn, but then few do. This novel is set mostly in Afghanistan. Harvath's task is to enter a prison and kidnap a terrorist in order to free a kidnapped American doctor. George Guidall narrated the prior five novels in the Harvath series, but Thor goes back to Armand Shultz for this and the rest of his novels. Giving up Guidall's narration for anyone else is usually an error, but Schultz is almost as good.
I really loved the other books he wrote, with Blowback probably being the best.
But this one really sucks. The Secret Service plot is just a side story, and not related to the main story.
The main story does not carry anything special, and Norseman is just a regular soldier in this one. It does not have the techno-thriller magic like the other ones. There are weak attempts with the lake of broken glass, but it looks like Brad could not find enough material or ideas to really use this tale, or he was lazy.
OK entertainment, but absolutely not the level of his other books.
This book destroys suspension of disbelief. I enjoyed all the other books in the series, even when they stretched believability. But this one 1) has Scot Harvath accept a job to release a vicious terrorist, at least at first. 2) Doing so, with no back up from a President he doesn't know or trust, places him in the position of essentially working FOR terrorists. And 3) It ignores a SIMPLE alternative, where Scot would put together a team to go in by night and kill everyone surrounding the kidnap victim, before they even know the team was there.
I'm so fed up I'll toss this one. If I'm wrong, and the book dresses these issues, someone please let me know.
Brad Thor grabs you and doesn't let go...once again! This is a fantastic story and Thor certainly does his research. This time he even shadowed a black ops team in Afghanistan to find out just how they would react in a similiar situation.
My only disappointment...I finished it too fast and will now have to wait another year for the next Harvath installment!
i am not even pausing the book to write this.....i have listened to the entire "Harvath" series , and , will finish it....but ,,, really. Hesitated on Armand Schultz, but got into his narration.....I was ruined on this weak effort the moment Scot agreed to go against everything he stands for, and go get the stupid kid, of the stupid b-tch. Unable to recover from THE one premise that sent him on his way......which he would/should never do, i can't recover......i have a strong ability for the ol' "suspension of disbelief" , required for such great reads, in my opinion, as the Jack Reacher, Dirk Pitt, Bob Lee Swagger, Mitch R app books, and now it may be clear that i have run out of riveting reads.....please help , with a suggestion.....thank you...and btw, I've also listened to(and very much enjoyed) the NUMA files, and Oregon as well...Van Dorn detectives, and the Fargo's were also great, I include these because I regret hammering this book, and hope my ref's give you some perspective, as to my comments
First time I've been able to set a Thor book aside and come back later.
Was that a performance? Armand Schultz reads like the first audio performers did...just reads...listeners demand so much more now. There was no excitement, no ability to tell who was speaking, no change in timbre. He reads fine, gets all the words pronounced correctly and enunciates. Ho hum.
There have been weekends when I have downloaded and read/listened to one Brad Thor book after another. I listened to this one, and forgot about it....had to back up some to remember what had been going on before I finished it the next weekend on another drive. His last one or two got a little "out there" so I was glad he was back to some action, but still just wanted to slap a couple of the players around and tell them to grow up instead of building a novel around them.
More of a Tom Clancy feel to this one. Probably one of my favorites in the series.
Brad Thor has written an great tale of suspense and adventure set in the modern world with all of the issues currently in the headlines. The plot was great and the characters were adequately developed to draw the reader into the story. I felt like I was along for the ride in downtown DC and in Afghanistan as well! An awesome story and a must read for lovers of mercenary drama like this.
I have listened to several Brad Thor books and have not been real impressed. This book was the same. I just cant find a connection with his hero.Thor's writing style doesn't provide the excitement that keep me interested.
Seems only negative comments get posted. This is a good addition to a great series. Maybe not the best in the series, but certainly entertaining.
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