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Act of War: A Thriller (The Scot Harvath Series) Hardcover – July 8, 2014

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Book 13 of 14 in the Scot Harvath Series

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"Thor tops himself again and again." --BookReporter.com

"One of the best writers you are ever going to read." --WROK

"America's favorite author." --KKTX

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

“Fun to read.” (WCBS)

“Rockin’ from cover to cover.” (Charlie Daniels)

“One of the best writers you are ever going to read.” (WROK)

“Brad Thor continues to write like nobody else writes…Ain’t nothing else like it!” (KCBQ)

"From Hong Kong to America to China and North Korea,with Navy SEALS and Al Qaeda on board, the reader will never be able to take abreath while enjoying Brad Thor’s wild ride!" (Suspense Magazine)

"ACT OF WAR will keep you up at night." (BookReporter.com)

“It's top-speed beach-read stuff – and the action is riveting.” (The Day)

"The God of Thriller Writers" (Phil Paleologos WBSM)

“Prepare for an all-nighter!” (Watch! Magazine)

“From Hong Kong to America to China and North Korea, with Navy SEALS and Al Qaeda on board, the reader will never be able to take a breath while enjoying Brad Thor’s wild ride!” (Suspense Magazine)

“Thor’s most ambitious, prescient and wondrously realized book yet reads like the best of James Bond sprinkled with just enough of a Vince Flynn’s Mitch Rapp-like edge…a thinking man’s thriller quilted in an action-adventure fabric that’s Thor at his very best.” (Providence Journal)

“For those missing Jack Bauer and his 24 exploits, Harvath provides a page-turning alternative with a no-matter-what determination and ‘Heck yeah, America!’ patriotic machismo.” (USA Today)

“With Act of War, Brad Thor has taken over the throne left vacant by Tom Clancy as the undisputed king of the military thriller.” (BestThrillers.com)

About the Author

Brad Thor is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Hidden Order, Black List, Full Black (one of Suspense Magazine's best political thrillers of 2011), The Athena Project, Foreign Influence (one of Suspense Magazine's best political thrillers of 2010), The Apostle, The Last Patriot (nominated best thriller of the year by the International Thriller Writers Association), The First Commandment, Takedown, Blowback (recognized as one of the "Top 100 Killer Thrillers of All Time" by NPR), State of the Union, Path of the Assassin, and The Lions of Lucerne. Visit his website at BradThor.com.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Scot Harvath Series (Book 14)
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books; First Edition edition (July 8, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476717125
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476717128
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,188 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By USN Chief, Ret..VT Town TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 8, 2014
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With a mixture of murder overseas, missing students and an imminent attack on the United States, Scot and his team are called into action. They start out in Karachi, Pakistan, looking for an Al Qaeda member Ahmad Yaqub. The action intensifies from this point on and does not cease until the last page is turned.

There is action in North Korea involving a SEAL team and a CIA Op. Switching to China, there is a lot of background concerning the desires of the country. In the United States, Scot's team works with the FBI, CIA and the President - all working on the same page to prevent an imminent attack on the US.

The interrogation methods in several of the scenes prove to be resourceful, to say the least. Sometimes the rules must be bent in order to get the desired results. That creates a Catch 22 scenario - "damned if you do and damned if you don't". Sleeper cells are active, storage units are being utilized and Scot and his team are trying to reach both before the attack on the US. Two covert operation are ongoing - "Gold Dust" and "Blackbird" - both extremely important and critical for the US.

Outstanding mixture of characters and an exciting read throughout the book. Plot was intriguing and both the North Korean aspect as well as the Chinese connection was interesting - especially with the current events in our world today. The ending was a complete surprise to me which I always enjoy!

Most highly recommended.

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A good book. A good plot. But, as I have stated in a previous review of a Brad Thor novel, he could be so much better. He needs an editor that takes him over the hump rather than simply helps him count his money. I like the research, I like the politics, and I'm sure I would like Brad Thor the person, and while the characters are better this time around, he still occasionally uses a cliche or throws in long expositions that simply aren't necessary. I want Brad Thor to get better and so I am possibly too critical of his work, but his protagonist lacks edge, his writing can be pedestrian, and he doesn't seem to stretch himself artistically. So, why still give this effort four stars. It's a good summer read. He says things that only Vince Flynn would have said. You can learn by reading his work because he obviously does his research. But, I badly want to see a five-star effort.
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The prospect of a large national disaster rears its ugly head.. This may be what is called high concept. After that is established, the major scenes are wonderfully captivating because the hero Horvath is a very compelling tough guy, clean-cut and willing to do anything to get the job done. His compadres, men and women, are equally tough and smart and totally committed to killing bad guys and stopping evil aggressors against the USA. Brad Thor threads throughout the novel much intelligence lore and special ops lore as well as information about weapons, guns and knives and weapons much more intricate and devious! The best thing about the major scenes is that I cared about all the characters and even the villains were credible and human which I believe made it all much more exciting. I liked the Asian expedition. I liked the foray toward Cuba. The interrogation scenes were believable, compelling and very satisfying. The roman a clef aspect was also interesting where the current president in real life is similar to the just previous president in the book and the current president in the book is much more just what a Navy SEAL would want his ideal president to be.
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As a foreigner and Americanophile I caught my first glimpse of that great Country many years ago through the books of Robert Ludlum. I progressed over time to the works of Vince Flynn (RIP) and was a great admirer of his hero Mitch Rapp but who has unfortunately gone to ground since the sad passing at far too early an age, of his creator. I understand Mitch is set to re-appear at some stage however, under the pen of Kyle Mills and "Act of War" to me looks very much like an attempt to bridge the gap, if not steal the thunder of any effort Kyle Mills might put out.
Scot Harvath Brad Thor's main man and an almost-clone of Mitch Rapp, appears to be a sort of mercenary rather than a government official and has the feel of being a kind of Robocop figure with few personal feelings which I find less than appealing; and more research on some of the factual underpinning of the story might have made it a bit more convincing for me too. For example, dry ice sublimates to carbon dioxide not carbon monoxide and which is different again to fuel gas toxicity all of which manifest in different ways in a corpse.
All in all though, a good read and I'm looking forward to reading more of Brad Thor's work in the future.
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Novels about international crimes, intrigue, politics, etc. can go one way or the other - captivating and suspenseful or preachy and nationalistic to the point where the reader feels like saluting after every page, ala Tom Clancy.
Brad Thor is not one of those types. While he does apparently (at least within the fictional wall of his book) condones torture for those enemies of the U.S. that won't give up the secrets easily, he doesn't get into the issue any more than necessary, thus keeping his political viewpoints to a minimum.
That is important, as the aforementioned late Tom Clancy was a die hard conservative, fan of anything Pentagon, and incredibly thorough and ungodly dull in his rapturous descriptions of Army guns, weapons, etc. that bored the living s*** out of many readers and offended others with his gung-ho attitude.
"Act of War" avoids those potholes, with a riveting story line that is disturbingly possible, particularly when describing the U.S.' incredible debt to China and how they could literally claim the country as their own based solely on real estate collateral the U.S. puts up to get more loans. I.E., the land and resources of national parks and other government lands could be offered up as collateral, and if and when China was sick of the defaults and failure to pay up in a timely fashion, they'd have a very good argument that said property was theirs, just like a bank that owns your home would take it away should you fail to pay your house payment.
The story goes much deeper though, with main character Scot Horvath leading the way trying to figure out how to stop China from attacking the U.S. only not knowing exactly how they plan to do it. Espionage fans will enjoy the secret ops, and there's plenty of action to satisfy those who want the story to keep moving. All in all, it's a good read, food for thought, and entirely plausible.
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