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5.0 out of 5 stars With "Full Black", Thor pays off the promises found in "Foreign Influence" and delivers a thinking man's thriller., July 25, 2011
This review is from: Full Black: A Thriller (Scot Harvath) (Hardcover)
With "Full Black", Thor pays off the promises found in "Foreign Influence" and delivers a thinking man's thriller. There's plenty of action, military insight, and even more action - but there's also a cogent political, social, and economic story woven into the fabric of the book. Taking a step back and looking to the horizon, we find that while still dangerous, radical Islam is not the only enemy we face. At times nuanced and at other times blunt, Thor pulls no punches in deconstructing the broader adversaries aligned against us in the world today. It's a story about layers, and serves to lay the foundation for the continued evolution of both Thor as a storyteller and Scot Harvath as a character.

When last we saw Harvath (aside from a brief cameo in "The Athena Project"), he was beginning to pull at the strings of a larger conspiracy behind recent terrorist attacks in the United States. Betrayed by someone within the intelligence community, Harvath has nonetheless continued to track down and disrupt terror cells. As he works his way down the rabbit hole, he makes a stunning revelation about the driving force behind further planned attacks.

Where the book really shines is in its exploration of current geopolitical realities as seen through the lens of fiction. Thor has said all good thrillers are rooted in reality and this is no exception. From the threat of radical Islam, to the institutional shortcomings of our intelligence apparatus, to the asymmetrical warfare being waged on us by the Chinese and others, to the frightening reach of our own government, to the elements in our society who want to see us fail as a nation - it's all here.

There's a good reason this book is called "Full Black". Not only does it deal with a black op conducted completely off the books - it also takes an unflinching look at the dangers we face in this country, with a populace still stuck in the soft slumber of willful ignorance. Sure, the bad guys get brought to justice at the end of the story and the extant threat is addressed - but the underlying issues remain. There are still enemies out there, and they are patient:

"You still have your name. You still have your flag. You still believe you have your freedoms, though in reality they have been slowly siphoned away. You still believe you have a Republic when, day-by-day, what you have been left with is merely an illusion of a Republic. Your entire house, as it were, has been rebuilt one brick at a time and no one has even noticed. No one has done a single thing about it."

Not a simple "stop the plot, save the world" story, "Full Black" is instead an intelligent examination of current events and a wake-up call for free thinking people everywhere. It shines the light on a world order I don't want to live in. The America described above is not the America I want to leave for my kids. In this book we are given a glimpse of what real danger looks like. It may only be fiction, but it's a book you should read. Consider it an alarm clock. We've hit the snooze button one too many times already. It's time to wake up.
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Initial post: Aug 14, 2011 7:42:58 PM PDT
Excellent synopsis of this fabulous book. You have said it all, nothing to add. Scary times, excellent book.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 16, 2011 7:42:02 AM PDT
K. Hamers says:
I concur....this fiction hits the non fiction reality of our world today....maybe if those snoozing read this we'd have a common belief evolve to begin to react to the evil amongst us.........This review is right on. Thank you Brad Thor......

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 14, 2011 9:09:33 PM PDT
book worm says:
I really enjoyed this book. I believe it is Brad Thor's best book to date. One thing I did not like, however, was the conversion of the Troll into Nicholas. The Troll was a very ruthless bad guy with a "history". In this book, he became one of the "good guys" and he evolved into a computer nerd who became uninteresting. I believe in redemption in real life but I liked him better as a fictional bad guy rather than a fictional good guy. Bring back the Troll.

In reply to an earlier post on May 30, 2014 10:00:05 AM PDT
Bookie says:
Yes, I agree with both of you!
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