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not your typical Harvath thriller
on July 16, 2013
I've been a fan of this series for a long time but HIDDEN ORDER isn't your typical Scot Harvath thriller - so if you're expecting a tense race against the clock to thwart a large scale terror attack or if you'd like to see Harvath hunt down and punish bad guys looking to do us harm, then this one is a bit of a curveball and might not be as satisfying as previous Brad Thor books. There's obviously no pleasing everyone - if it was your typical Harvath storyline then there'd be those criticizing it for being the same old thing, but because this one actually IS different, it'll be criticized as well.
Anyway, I enjoyed it, I just didn't love it - partly it was having Harvath play domestic detective, but I think the main thing was that the historical clues and references and symbolism being made by the "bad guys" had very little (if anything) at all to do with the resolution of the story.
Also, in the beginning of the book there's a meeting between a Jordanian intelligence official and an American CIA operative at an airport in Germany - information is passed along that there's a known threat against the US, but the Jordanians want something in return for sharing the specifics of that threat. The CIA operative sets out to do anything she can to get this information and stop the attack and of course it was obvious that the CIA agent and Harvath were going to cross paths and join the same team, and I found myself looking forward to what they were going to do about the terror plot, thinking maybe it had already been set in motion and was actually the case Harvath was working on, only ... well, nothing ever comes of it. It's like an afterthought at the end of the book. Literally, we're simply told that the Jordanians took care of it for us.
Still, there is plenty of fast-paced action with some twists and turns. The "surprises" might not necessarily be shocking or even all that surprising, but there's enough here to keep you reading through to the end. It might not be your typical Scot Harvath thriller, but hey ... it's still Scot Harvath, and if you're already a fan of this series then there's plenty to like here.