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Black List: A Thriller [Kindle Edition]

Brad Thor
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,131 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A stunning thriller that predicted the National Security Agency scandal. "Brad Thor is as current as tomorrow’s headlines." —Dan Brown

#1 New York Times bestselling author Brad Thor returns with his most explosive thriller ever. Somewhere deep inside the United States government is a closely guarded list. Members of Congress never get to see it—only the President and a secret team of advisers. Once your name is on the list, it doesn’t come off . . . until you’re dead.

has just added counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath’s name.

Harvath must evade the teams dispatched to kill him long enough to untangle who has targeted him and why they want him out of the way.

Somewhere, someone, somehow
can put all the pieces together. The only question is, will Harvath get to that person before the United States suffers the most withering terrorist attack ever conceived?

An intense, page-turning novel that is action-packed and frighteningly real, Black List blurs the line between fiction and reality and once again reaffirms why Brad Thor "is arguably the best thriller writer of our time" (Suspense Magazine) and "America’s favorite author" (KTTX).

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


Product Details

  • File Size: 2631 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1439192987
  • Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books; Reprint edition (July 24, 2012)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004T4KX0U
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,513 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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293 of 344 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely SHOCKING--and utterly compelling. July 24, 2012
I'd like to begin by taking a moment to mention those who have taken the time to mess with the average reviews of this book who have yet to crack open a single page--whether it be real or virtual. When is amazon going to abolish these enormous jokes once and for all? The author has NOTHING to do (for the vast majority) with e-book pricing. And yet kindle owner after whining kindle owner cannot STOP themselves from bitching about the price of a book they haven't even read in a space DESIGNED to review the CONTENT of the novel they are complaining about.

With that said, I DO feel that the pricing CAN be unfair--especially since the cost to just COPY an e-book is ridiculously low compared with actual printing. The pricing does seem excessive, but then again, so does gas, and yet we continue to pay it--and as long as people pay for it, the pricing won't be going down anytime soon. Gee, nobody is forcing these whining babies to BUY anything. So quit yer bitchin' okay?

On with an ACTUAL review...of a book I actually READ... Brad has been slowly, but definitely improving his writing since releasing his first novel some years back featuring Scot Harvath (Lions of Lucerne). Black List is at once amazingly compelling, and yet shockingly frightening at the same time. It really shouldn't surprise me that the Government has the ability to essentially spy on me at any given moment for however long they want--and yet as I read this absolutely riveting story, it scared the living H#!! outta me. This kind of power in the wrong hands (ie the US Government) can be used to justify incredibly shocking things.
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71 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MUST READ AUTHOR , CAN NOT STOP READING July 24, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have been reading every book Brad Thor has publish, if you want a roller coaster ride that will not stop and make you think at every hair pin turn then read this book and like me I read "The Athena Project" and got hooked and started reading all the books from the beginning just to get ready for Full Black and Black LIST, This is a must read!!!!
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92 of 105 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Brother is a bad sibling... July 26, 2012
"All of the technology contained in this novel is based upon systems currently being deployed, or in the final stages of development, by the United States government and its partners."

... and thus begins `Black List' by Brad Thor. I have never read a book that started like the opening sentence and have it turn out bad. This book continues that streak... in spades. To say this story opens with a shocker would be an unforgiveable understatement, so I'll just say that you will NOT be prepared for what awaits. While I'm a huge fan of all of Brad's work, I haven't gotten that "special feeling" about one of his books since `The Last Patriot'. Now to be clear for the slow ones (IE: Kindle owners complaining about price), I have loved each and every one of Brad's books, but every author has one (or two) books in their repertoire that shines just a little bit brighter than the rest. Stephen King has `The Stand', Eric Jerome Dickey has `The Other Woman', Steve Alten has `Grim Reaper', Danielle Steele has... (No. Not a chance), and Brad has `Black List'.

This go round, Harvath goes up against a power greater than anything he's faced yet. How great? Well... they have put Harvath on a list of people to be killed. Usually Harvath is the executer of list such as these but this time, he's the mouse. Per se'. The engineers of this list are a group called the ATS. This group has so MUCH power, so MUCH influence that it's rumored that God calls them before he allows it to rain on D.C. Unfortunately, people who have access to this much power usually don't have access to morals. Think of every terrorist attack that you know of, including 9-11, and multiply it by ten, and you might get close to the type of damage the ATS is planning for America.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Scary and very current June 25, 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A review by Anthony T. Riggio of Brad Thor's "Black List".

I had seen this book on the book shelves in books stores and chose to pass on reading it. It sounded like so many of the genre of books that deal with some former CIA, Delta Team member or Seal Team #(whatever). The hero is no longer in the service of their country but are hired on by one of the multitude of private contractors that seem to have become ubiquitous in the running of the government. It leads me to believe our "big and getting bigger" government seeks insulation for itself or setting up some future scape goat. Black List has all of these elements, including incredible physical feats that defy or perhaps provide some escapism for the great number of "couch potatoes" wannabe heroes who relish in these types of books.

This being said, Black List is well written and reasoned out and the author has some bona-fides that qualify him, unlike the growing number of vicarious writers who create these kinds of stories that seem to simply titillate readers who are looking for meaning in their dull lives.

What astounded me was how prescient the author was in writing this book given the disclosures of the NSA analyst Edward Snowden who "blew the whistle" on his perceptions of government abuse. Snowden was not a highly educated person but was making mega bucks, i.e., high six figure income.
I would have thought this impossible but as one of the characters in the book, namely Kurt Schroeder, is not only a drop out, but one who has previously committed criminal acts. The author's premise is that these types are so talented in their computer skills that the government will look the other way. I believe the motives might have included the value of compromised morality.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece!
From word one to the very end, this book took hold and I could not put it down! Brad sent this book out of the park! Read more
Published 22 hours ago by Lawrence Volk
2.0 out of 5 stars Too bland....
I've been a fan of Thor's books but have noticed the quality of his writing has been declining (significantly) over the past few thrillers he's released. Read more
Published 1 day ago by A. Strohman
4.0 out of 5 stars Who's watching Who!
It was an exciting fast paced, though provoking knowledgable thriller. Each chapter offered something exciting that kept you in suspense. Orwell's 1984 is alive and well.
Published 1 day ago by Joy J Remmer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Thriller
If you want to read a real page turner and a thrilling book you can't put down. This is it.
Published 1 day ago by perryjaris
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Another great thriller by Brad Thor. Frightening to think something like this could actually happen. I would like to see more with the supporting characters in this novel.
Published 1 day ago by Steve Werts
5.0 out of 5 stars very interesting historical read.
Love the way Brad Thor incorporates History with his writing! Every time I read one of his novels I also learn something new
Published 3 days ago by HAL SAZZMANN
5.0 out of 5 stars a must read
Excellant excellant book. I loved his style of writing and he definatly keeps you in suspense making it hard to put the book down. Read more
Published 3 days ago by james eger
5.0 out of 5 stars another excellent read
If you love Brad Thor's fast-paced style you will love this book. If its your first one I recommend you start at the beginning with his first Scot Harvath novel and progress from... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Stephen Fairley
5.0 out of 5 stars Would read more from this guy
I like action books especially spy books I will order more from this author. He keeps you interested. I hope he has more with the same characters.
Published 4 days ago by William Lynch
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep alert
A good read with twists and turns to keep you engaged supported with good detail. Raises concerning questions of how much data is captured on each of us and how greed obesessed... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Bruce Scott
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It's December already? Where does the time go? Welcome to my Amazon author page. Thank you for stopping by.

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