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At the start of bestseller Thor's less than convincing sixth Scot Harvath thriller (after The Last Patriot), Robert Alden, the new and naïve U.S. president, has just taken office with a landslide victory, due mainly to the assistance of strategist Stephanie Gallo, who "delivered the mainstream media for him on a silver platter." When Gallo's daughter, a doctor working in Afghanistan, is kidnapped, Gallo turns to Alden for help, and he, in turn, calls on Harvath, a former Navy SEAL and intelligence operative. Since the kidnappers are demanding the release of one of Osama bin Laden's lieutenants, Alden can't be seen to be negotiating with them. Thus Harvath must carry out his tricky assignment without official sanction. Meanwhile, Secret Service agent Elise Campbell, troubled by a conversation fragment she overheard indicating that Gallo has serious dirt on the president, launches an off-the-books inquiry into the pre-election death in a car accident of an attractive aide to Alden. The overseas rescue operation is more plausible than the stateside plot, but that's not saying much.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; First edition (June 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416586571
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416586579
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (397 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy on January 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Brad Thor's eighth novel featuring special-forces hero Scot Harvath provides decent entertainment value along with an in-depth and realistic look at the conditions U.S. troops face in Afghanistan, but it is plagued by a flawed premise and lackluster writing.

When the daughter of a wealthy presidential supporter is kidnapped in Afghanistan, Scot Harvath is called upon to comply with the ransom demands by breaking a captured terrorist out of prison. Unwilling to compromise his patriotic principles by aiding the enemy, even under orders from the commander in chief, Harvath assembles a team to help him carry out a revised mission--free the terrorist, but instead of exchanging him for the American hostage, use him to ascertain where she is being held, then free her and return the terrorist to the Afghan authorities. True to form, Harvath is determined to right a wrong and save the day while upholding the fundamentals of conservative American foreign policy.

As a military adventure story, the book mostly succeeds. Thor is good at writing exciting action scenes, and the book is for the most part fun and easy to read. The problem is that in trying to manufacture a believable reason why the U.S. president would so blatantly misuse his office's authority by ordering a terrorist freed in exchange for the life of a political ally's child, the story becomes overcomplicated. By the time the reader has made it through the background investigation by a Secret Service agent into events that politically indebted the president to the hostage's mother, the story is all but finished, rendering the background basically moot and the tidy conclusion ultimately unsatisfying. The book would have been better had it focused on a simple search-and-rescue operation.
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82 of 97 people found the following review helpful By Darryl Kujawski on August 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Brad Thor is one of the preeminent writers of thriller today, and his best-selling books are too numerous to instead of talking about his past successes, let's get straight to his newest novel: The Apostle: A Thriller, shall we? The book, in short, is about an American physician who gets kidnapped while working in Afghanistan. Ah, the scene is set, but this doctor has connections. He, and his family, are politically connected to America's new President, and turn to him for help, but the ransom being asked is too steep for the President, and he decides to launch a covert operation to get the American physician back instead.

The premise, along with the characters, are rather interesting - they have a passionate view on the current state and try to convince others to come to that point of view. It would seem that The Apostle has mingled in current affairs with a fictional tale. The President in the story is another interesting facsimile of our current Commander in Chief. A quote from the book "the new President had been very aggressive with his first 100 days. Campaigning on a platform of change, and he had done just that when he stepped into the Oval Office, and not necessarily for the better." The President, in the book, had single handily eviscerated the central intelligence of the country.

Much like all of Brad Thor's novels, he bases them on current headlines but allows the reader to decide which is which. Is the President in the book based off of our current President? The Apostle informs, implores, and entertains the reader in a way that only a few authors can. He has created another bare-knuckled thrill ride that seems so believable, it could have been taken from the headline news.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kay Scholz on August 7, 2010
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This fast-paced, well writen and knowledgeable book gives you a real insight into the culture of Afganistan. It opened my eyes to the ordeals our military personnel go thru daily in this long lasting, unending war.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Timothy J. Kindler VINE VOICE on July 15, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I grabbed The Apostle on the way to the airport for vacation and was happy to have the opportunity to plow through the pages over long stretches. It was a quick, suspenseful read. Fans that have enjoyed Thor's previous works and the Scot Horvath character will almost certainly be happy with this latest installment. Thor brings current geopolitical events to the storyline and there is no misunderstanding the political perspective he presents. He is clearly unapologetic in his antipathy for what some have called the "anti-antiterror" contingent and challenges the reader to think about issues facing the country's current leaders. All of which leads to a great, page-turning thriller. The Apostle is strongly recommended.
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Michael Almeida on July 17, 2009
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First and foremost I am a Brad Thor advocate. I have purchased all of his titles and have enjoyed his artistry as he paints exciting plots using dynamic characters that literally jump off of the page. Each effort has lived up to my expectations....except The Apostle. it seemed he went through the paces of a ...have to that was intended to fulfill a commitment from his publishing house. the story line and build up to this book baited my interest and anticipation to another exciting journey, unfortunately after an excellent beginning it ran out of steam and what could have been a very compelling effort turned into a lack luster, predictable and indifferent product.
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