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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books; First edition (July 8, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476717125
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476717128
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,790 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Thor tops himself again and again." --BookReporter.com

"One of the best writers you are ever going to read." --WROK

"America's favorite author." --KKTX

"Anyone who thinks that the only thing to fear is fear itself should meet Brad Thor." --Newsweek

“Fun to read.” (WCBS)

“Rockin’ from cover to cover.” (Charlie Daniels)

“One of the best writers you are ever going to read.” (WROK)

“Brad Thor continues to write like nobody else writes…Ain’t nothing else like it!” (KCBQ)

"From Hong Kong to America to China and North Korea,with Navy SEALS and Al Qaeda on board, the reader will never be able to take abreath while enjoying Brad Thor’s wild ride!" (Suspense Magazine)

"ACT OF WAR will keep you up at night." (BookReporter.com)

“It's top-speed beach-read stuff – and the action is riveting.” (The Day)

"The God of Thriller Writers" (Phil Paleologos WBSM)

“Prepare for an all-nighter!” (Watch! Magazine)

“From Hong Kong to America to China and North Korea, with Navy SEALS and Al Qaeda on board, the reader will never be able to take a breath while enjoying Brad Thor’s wild ride!” (Suspense Magazine)

“Thor’s most ambitious, prescient and wondrously realized book yet reads like the best of James Bond sprinkled with just enough of a Vince Flynn’s Mitch Rapp-like edge…a thinking man’s thriller quilted in an action-adventure fabric that’s Thor at his very best.” (Providence Journal)

“For those missing Jack Bauer and his 24 exploits, Harvath provides a page-turning alternative with a no-matter-what determination and ‘Heck yeah, America!’ patriotic machismo.” (USA Today)

“With Act of War, Brad Thor has taken over the throne left vacant by Tom Clancy as the undisputed king of the military thriller.” (BestThrillers.com)

About the Author

Brad Thor is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Hidden Order, Black List, Full Black (one of Suspense Magazine's best political thrillers of 2011), The Athena Project, Foreign Influence (one of Suspense Magazine's best political thrillers of 2010), The Apostle, The Last Patriot (nominated best thriller of the year by the International Thriller Writers Association), The First Commandment, Takedown, Blowback (recognized as one of the "Top 100 Killer Thrillers of All Time" by NPR), State of the Union, Path of the Assassin, and The Lions of Lucerne. Visit his website at BradThor.com.

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Welcome to my Amazon author page. Thank you for stopping by.

My brand new thriller, ACT OF WAR will be published July 8. In the meantime, I have made the story, as well as sample chapters available at my web site BradThor.com.

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Very good, fast paced.
John Cline
Little real character development or depiction, so-so plotting and just a bit too much right wing polemics.
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69 of 83 people found the following review helpful By A Navy Vet...VT town TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 8, 2014
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With a mixture of murder overseas, missing students and an imminent attack on the United States, Scot and his team are called into action. They start out in Karachi, Pakistan, looking for an Al Qaeda member Ahmad Yaqub. The action intensifies from this point on and does not cease until the last page is turned.

There is action in North Korea involving a SEAL team and a CIA Op. Switching to China, there is a lot of background concerning the desires of the country. In the United States, Scot's team works with the FBI, CIA and the President - all working on the same page to prevent an imminent attack on the US.

The interrogation methods in several of the scenes prove to be resourceful, to say the least. Sometimes the rules must be bent in order to get the desired results. That creates a Catch 22 scenario - "damned if you do and damned if you don't". Sleeper cells are active, storage units are being utilized and Scot and his team are trying to reach both before the attack on the US. Two covert operation are ongoing - "Gold Dust" and "Blackbird" - both extremely important and critical for the US.

Outstanding mixture of characters and an exciting read throughout the book. Plot was intriguing and both the North Korean aspect as well as the Chinese connection was interesting - especially with the current events in our world today. The ending was a complete surprise to me which I always enjoy!

Most highly recommended.

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43 of 54 people found the following review helpful By John L. Moore on July 10, 2014
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A good book. A good plot. But, as I have stated in a previous review of a Brad Thor novel, he could be so much better. He needs an editor that takes him over the hump rather than simply helps him count his money. I like the research, I like the politics, and I'm sure I would like Brad Thor the person, and while the characters are better this time around, he still occasionally uses a cliche or throws in long expositions that simply aren't necessary. I want Brad Thor to get better and so I am possibly too critical of his work, but his protagonist lacks edge, his writing can be pedestrian, and he doesn't seem to stretch himself artistically. So, why still give this effort four stars. It's a good summer read. He says things that only Vince Flynn would have said. You can learn by reading his work because he obviously does his research. But, I badly want to see a five-star effort.
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27 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Robert Agee on July 11, 2014
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The prospect of a large national disaster rears its ugly head.. This may be what is called high concept. After that is established, the major scenes are wonderfully captivating because the hero Horvath is a very compelling tough guy, clean-cut and willing to do anything to get the job done. His compadres, men and women, are equally tough and smart and totally committed to killing bad guys and stopping evil aggressors against the USA. Brad Thor threads throughout the novel much intelligence lore and special ops lore as well as information about weapons, guns and knives and weapons much more intricate and devious! The best thing about the major scenes is that I cared about all the characters and even the villains were credible and human which I believe made it all much more exciting. I liked the Asian expedition. I liked the foray toward Cuba. The interrogation scenes were believable, compelling and very satisfying. The roman a clef aspect was also interesting where the current president in real life is similar to the just previous president in the book and the current president in the book is much more just what a Navy SEAL would want his ideal president to be.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By the GreatReads! TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 8, 2014
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Act of War by #1 New York Times bestselling author Brad Thor is the thirteenth book in the Scot Harvath series, and is an engrossing military thriller in which United States planted a NOC secret agent in China to spy on suspicious activities that could threaten its security. The death of the agent brings to light the existence of an operation in progress code-named Snow Dragon which is known only to a few key individuals in the Chinese government. Its objective is to destabilize the United States. Knowing its limited strength and capability, China is using nefarious means to thwart America's progress and defeat it at all cost. Apart from poisoning food and water through chemical and biological means, it is indulging in subverting its power grids leading to total collapse, and bringing about chaos in the cities. China's grandiose but sinister design could well succeed unless a counter-measure is launched.

The United States set in motion two operations code-named Blackbird and Gold Dust through the direct involvement of top-level officials, the Director of National Intelligence and the Secretary of Defense. These secret operations are aimed at foiling any attempt to subvert or attack the country. The United States President turns to counter-terrorism operative Scot Harvath to help carry out the two most dangerous operations in the country's history. While one operation will directly involve Harvath, the other operation will see a group secretly dropped into North Korea. The mission is top-secret and if it ever comes to light it will have serious repercussions. And failure is not an option either.

Act of War by Brad Thor is a heart-pounding spy thriller that is full of suspense, action, drama, and intrigue.
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