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If Thor's second international thriller had any more testosterone, it would grow hair. This follow-up to The Lions of Lucerne is loaded with explosions, gunfights, car chases and hairbreadth escapes as Secret Service agent Scot Harvath battles religious extremists and incompetent CIA spooks to save the world from WWIII. The Hand of God, an apparent Israeli terrorist group, is blowing up mosques in Saudi Arabia, assassinating Arab leaders and hijacking airplanes, all in an effort to provoke the Arab world into war with Israel. Harvath tries to derail the terrorist plot and avenge the deaths of buddies killed in the first book. Aided by Meg Cassidy, a beautiful Chicago public relations expert, Harvath chases the terrorist leader and a silver-eyed assassin from Hong Kong through Europe to North Africa. However, since Cassidy is the only one alive who has seen the face of the terrorist leader, the assassin chases them, too, trying to kill Cassidy before she can point him out. The story is one bloody episode after another, with a touch of romance and colorful turf battles between the CIA, FBI, Delta Force and Harvath himself. Thor stacks the deck in favor of his hero-Harvath never makes a mistake, and his view of how counterterrorism operations should be conducted is invariably proven correct. To top it off, he boasts about his remarkable talents. With its infallible hero, fetching sidekick and wicked bad guys, this international shoot 'em up sticks close to formula, but the well-choreographed action and thrills will keep readers engrossed.
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Nelson DeMille Harvath is the perfect all-American hero for the post-September 11th world. -- Review

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Star (July 29, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743436768
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743436762
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (586 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,114,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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71 of 78 people found the following review helpful By R. Shaff on August 17, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It still amazes me at times to find the literary critiques of "fictionalized fiction" from some reviewers. While everyone is entitled to their opinion, when a reader picks up a novel, plastered with fiction on the jacket and within the description on the inside jacket, why one would attempt to apply heavy doses of reality is beyond me. Fiction, short of posh fiction (read: Oprah Book Club) and literary fiction (e.g. Catcher in the Rye {a classic read to be sure}), is nothing more than an escape to an unreal world, one filled with over-the-top heroes and dastardly villians. So, when I read the reviews of Brad Thor's PATH OF THE ASSASSIN, I must chuckle at some of the reviews indicating that "Scot Harvath is not real." You think? If you want real, read McCullough, Philbrick, Goodwin, Beschloss, or any quality biographer/non-fiction author. If non-fiction is too heady or boring, then you're left with...yep, fiction.

OK, now that I'm through my cyncial snickering, yes, PATH OF THE ASSASSIN is definitely over-the-top relative to the skills, bravery, and simple aura of our hero Scot Harvath. But hey, so is James Bond. That said, Thor has written an entertaining and exciting novel in ASSASSIN, one definitely worth reading if fiction is your bag.

Scot Harvath, our near-perfect secret agent, teams with a beautiful ad exec to track down a new terrorist group (or anti-terrorist group) called the Hand of God. This group seeks maximum destruction on the Arab/Muslim population, which sends the Middle East into a frenzy of retribution, speculation, and concern over the start of WWIII (timing is fairly ironic). Harvath is brash, ubersuave, and easily "the guy you want on your team," while Meg Cassidy, our ad exec, is beautiful, brave, and vulnerable. Quite a duo, eh?
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Steve "El Jefe" Boss on November 1, 2007
Format: Paperback
This was an amazing book. I picked it up and read it almost non-stop for a couple of days. If you like spy thrillers, this is it. I hope they make it into a movie. I believe this was the first in the series.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By John R. Linnell on May 12, 2003
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
As the Lions of Lucerne, Thor's first novel, concludes the reader is clear that there is much unfinished business ahead. That is what this book is all about. Bringing those that need to be brought to justice to that end, one way or another.
As the story continues, there are attacks in the Middle East on Moslem places of worship for which an extremist group called The Hand of God takes the credit. While these attacks move the Arab countries closer to war with Isreal, it is clear to some that a shadowy figure by the name of Hashim Nidal is the one behind the attacks. Hashim is the son of Abu Nidal and is also one of the masterminds of the kidnapping of the President of the United States and the slaughter of almost all of his Secret Service protection. One problem for those trying to track him down is that no one knows what he looks like other than he has "silver" eyes. Scott Harvath, the lone SS Agent to survive the attack has looked into those eyes and nearly failed to live to tell the story. Others are not so fortunate. Fans of the CIA will not be happy with the pattern of ineptitude that is painted concerning their part of the undertaking, but every hero must have his hurdles to overcome and the CIA is clearly one of them for Harvath. The story moves around various parts of the world as the cycle of violence grows and the danger of all out war in the Middle East builds. This has all of the bells and whistles of the first book with some new and interesting characters and the liklihood that the whole story has still not been told. That is very good news for Thor fans.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Tipple VINE VOICE on May 22, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The hunt that began in the debut novel "The Lions of Lucerne" for the terrorists that attacked the President and his family continues in this sequel. With the President and his family safe once again, Secret Service Agent Scot Harvath's mission is to find all those responsible for the plot. The final suspect of the Swiss mercenary team known as the Lions of Lucerne is expected to appear at the Macua Place Casino, a very old and still floating double-decker ferry casino, currently anchored at sea 60 kilometers west of Hong Kong.
The suspect appears across the gaming floor and before they can grab him he leaves. The chase is on as they follow the suspect back across to Macua and before long as a typhoon bears down on the area, they are engaged in a fierce running gun battle with the suspect. But the suspect isn't just shooting at them. He is also shooting at someone else, a figure that has silver eyes. When the suspect is killed by the figure with silver eyes, Scott begins chasing that suspect and despite the resulting harrowing car chase, the suspect gets away.
At the same time, a group billing itself as The Hand Of God begins to unleash a series of coordinated attacks across the Arab world. Thanks to evidence left at the scenes and public press releases, it appears that the Israeli Government is sponsoring and supporting the group that aims to bring terror to the Arab world. Scot, temporarily back home, believes that instead, it might be the work of Hashim Nidal, the son of the famous terrorist, Abu Nidal. Scot further suspects that Hashim might very well be the suspect with the silver eyes that got away. Despite political infighting and conflicting orders, he begins a worldwide manhunt for both suspects while remaining convinced that they are the same person.
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