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Publisher's Summary

When a mysterious new weapon tips the balance against American and allied forces throughout the Middle East, the only person the president can call for help is the man the administration has just fired: Navy SEAL turned covert Homeland Security operative, Scot Harvath.

Caught live on Al Jazeera in an off-the-books operation, Harvath is forced to go to ground, as a senator with presidential aspirations turns her sights on the White House and forces President Jack Rutledge to publicly end the career of America's number-one counter-terrorism operative.

But when the tide in the war against terror suddenly turns against the West, the president has no choice but to bring Harvath back inside. Ducking a congressional subpoena, Harvath travels to Cyprus where he learns about a weapon called The Sword of Allah, which terrorists intend to use to rid all Muslim lands of Western infidels. As the layers of truth unfold, Harvath is witness to realities more menacing than he ever could have imagined and must rely solely on his instincts to confront a new evil closing in on the United States.

With his characteristic precision in describing military technology, high-voltage action, and sweeping international sensibility, Brad Thor has created another supercharged novel that is sure to thrill.

©2005 Brad Thor (P)2005 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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You sure this wasn't written by Dan Brown?

I read Brad Thor for the Thriller aspect and action. this book however was more a detective/historical education. the long endless chapters on Muslim history almost sounded like it could have been written by Dan Brown. this is definitely brad thor's worst book.

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Not nearly as good as his other books. The story was boring and more sci-fi than normal. Go read State of the Union or Foreign Agent instead; those are excellent.

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Another good Harvath story

What made the experience of listening to Blowback the most enjoyable?

Smart story, though slow at times ( had to relisten several times). Thor has created a most interesting set of characters that I enjoy and always look forward to the next one. Intricate plot, good characters, all loose ends tied up. Looking forward to the next one.

Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

As usual, Mr. Guidall is superb. I consider anything he is reading. Interesting tone that makes his story-telling compelling.

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Another Excellent Book!

Scot Harvath books have long been some of my favorite to read/listen too, and this is no exception. Brad Thor has done it again with Blowback. Can't wait for the next one to be released!

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Another Great Read

OMG I just discovered Brad Thor and I know where my shoe money is going!!!! To buy more Audio books in this series!!!

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Good but not fav

Not my favorite Thor book. I would recommend the abridged version I asked. Just so much fluff in the middle.

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OK book not the best in the series

story line was not as strong as others in the series and much more far fetched then the first few I've read. even with that said I will continue the series for now

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Brad Thor did it again. Great read!

Articulate, vivid and intriguing. Never a dull moment in the story. A definite must read.

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  • Lilly2734
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  • 06-09-17

For me, best one yet

I love all the hero stories but so many of them follow the same lines that I feel like I'm getting sand in my boots. But this one, for me, was the best I've read in a while because it was scary educational leaving me wondering why this hasn't happened before. And wondering if it has and is going on and John Q. Public simply doesn't get the story or if for some reason it hasn't started in full force yet.

There was some crawling on the belly through the sand but I thought it was a good mix with not too much chest pounding. I'm all American and have done my duty writing letters every day, waiting for letters to come home or dreading "that knock at the door" so all these stories touch my heart but I think this is a good one for all to read. It's coming.

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Too complex

I'm a huge fan of Brad Thor but the story in this book was too complex and hard to follow. This was a disappointment but I'll keep reading his books.