Near Dark

The Scot Harvath Series, Book 19
By: Brad Thor
Narrated by: Armand Schultz
Series: The Scot Harvath Series, Book 19
Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (2,484 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Instant Number-One New York Times and Wall Street Journal Best Seller

"Fast-paced...pulse-pounding...supremely entertaining... His best ever." (The Washington Times)

"If you love thrillers...if you’ve ever read a thriller you enjoyed...if you think you *might* like a thriller...you have to order Brad Thor’s Near Dark. This might be the single greatest thriller I’ve covered on The Real Book Spy. It’s amazing!" (The Real Book Spy)

Scot Harvath returns in the newest thriller from number one New York Times best-selling author Brad Thor.

The world’s largest bounty has just been placed upon America’s top spy. His only hope for survival is to outwit, outrun, and outlast his enemies long enough to get to the truth.

But for Scot Harvath to accomplish his most dangerous mission ever - one that has already claimed the lives of the people closest to him, including his new wife - he’s going to need help - a lot of it.

Not knowing whom he can trust, Harvath finds an unlikely ally in Norwegian intelligence operative Sølvi Kolstad. Just as smart, just as deadly, and just as determined, she not only has the skills but also the broken, troubled past to match Harvath’s own.

"Not since Ian Fleming rendered James Bond a mere shell of himself in the wake of From Russia, with Love has an author pushed an icon to such depths." (Providence Journal)

"Brad Thor has mastered the art of the thriller cliffhanger." (New York Journal of Books)

"Brad Thor thrills yet again with Near Dark." (The San Diego Tribune)

©2020 Brad Thor. All rights reserved. (P)2020 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Excellent but not his best!

Frankly, I believe Brad Thor's very first novel The Lions of Lucerne is his best. NEAR DARK, Book 19 in the series, finds Scot Harvath drowning his sorrows in alcohol after losing his wife and his mentor in Backlash. He also turned down becoming leader the Carlson Group. Then he learns that someone has placed a $100 million bounty on his head and that the prize has been offered to the first person who kills him assuring that his potential killers are many. Claudia Mueller first appears in Thor's first novel and she makes a minor appearance in Near Dark. Norwegian intelligence officer Sølvi Kolstad has a major role in this novel. She has the potential to become a co-protagonist in this series. I've read or listened to all 19 series novels soon after they were released. I believed Thor had the potential to be as good as Vince Flynn, but he is not. Several modern authors of the espionage genre including Mark Greaney, Jack Carr, Tom Wood, Alex Berenson, Brad Taylor, Daniel Silva and Ben Coes have clearly surpassed Thor. Thor is good, but is at the bottom of the top tier.

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A fantastic novel but narration is lacking

I have listened to all of Brad Thor's novels. The stories continue to get better and better, and NEAR DARK is no exception. This book is a phenomenal work of fiction with a non-stop pace that keeps your heart rate going long after the story is over. I don't think it tops Backlash or some of Thor's earlier novels, but it is still a fantastic read in the thriller genre. The issue with this, and all, of the Brad Thor audiobooks is with the narration. Armand Schultz has narrated ALL of the books, so if you like him as a narrator, you'll love this book. Personally, I can't stand Schultz. The cadence is off, and the voice sounds robotic. I can't bare listening to this book at 1x speed. I have to be >1.5x. Most books, I listen around 1.3x, but this one, I'm at 2.0x. It's the only way to make Schultz sound semi-normal in the narration. It doesn't sound like he's narrating, but rather that he's just reading a book. If you're used to thriller narrators like Ray Porter, Jay Snyder, Bon Shaw, Scott Brick, George Guidall, etc., I don't think you'll enjoy this narration. Somehow, Schultz makes Harvath sound like the most arrogant, unbearable person on the planet. The narration is unfortunate because the novel is so good. I'd recommend reading this book as opposed to listening to the audiobook.

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Overall eeh

It seems like Thor gave up going toward the end and just pushed through without any details, just summarization. We were owed more than that having gone through the entire book. The narrator grows on you, but at first listen seems to be a bad choice. Overall a disappointment; waste of time and a credit.

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A departure from the normal plot line, but perhaps the best book of the series

The story included a lot of back references to the previous book. At first, they seemed unnecessary, but as the story progressed, they enhanced the current plot line. I was also very happy to have Nichols return! The ending felt very rushed. An additional 2-3 hours would have been appropriate to fill the missing content. I have been a Harvath fan for many years. Despite the lack of detail in the last chapters, it was a very enjoyable read.

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I'm sad

I love Thor, read every book hes written for Scot, but the last two novels left alot to be desired. this one lacks a main villain. the villain we are given is 4 rungs undernearth the actual bad guy. not only that, we never actually see our villain do villainy things. also a book about a bounty being placed on your hero should have more than two bounty hunters. it's hard to write a review because it's honestly forgettable and that's not something I can say about the previous Scot Harvath books.

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As always crazy good!

Crazy good. Just wish Mr. Thor could write a bit faster!! Can’t wait for the next.

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Strap In. Great Read.

Brad Thor keeps on bringing the heat. From the opening page, it grabbed me and didn’t let go. When I preorder and the book delivers beyond my expectations, I have found my happy place.

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Worth the wait

Near dark added a new level to Scot and new characters to enjoy with a plot that has you waiting to see what will happen next the entire book.

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Don’t waste your credit

I’ve read all but two of Brad Thor’s books (listener to other 2) and this was by far the worst. I don’t understand how some of y’all state the action is nonstop. About 1/3 of the book is just the backstory behind Scot Harvath. Honestly, Mr. Harvath was definitely a wuss in this book compared to all the others. It was slow and made even worst by the narrator. The last two books have been substandard compared to previous books. Don’t waste your credit.

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Weak Story

Storyline was boring and not very entertaining. The typical best of the cliches were eye roll worthy

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  • Jesper Møller
  • 07-29-20

Not usual standard

I like the series, but this instalment is abit meh. Forced story and rushed through the last part. The norwegian dialect sounds more german which is a letdown. Also lacking in suspence. Hope the next will be up to normal standards.

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  • Churchill1940
  • 07-26-20

Another new thriller from Vince Flynn

Armand Schultz brings another Mitch Rapp story to life. Always a story to thrill and keep you wanting more. A definite listen to add to your library