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This author keeps coming up with ways to keep the story fresh In a James Rollins Dan Brown type plot, an ancient weapon linked to Hannibal has been resurrected and is being used to kill non Muslims, while leaving true believers unscathed, in a selective and horrifying manner The plot twists and turns develop as much like a mystery as a thriller The author s political views slip through occasionally, which is fine, and impact the character development and interaction The main character, Scot This author keeps coming up with ways to keep the story fresh In a James Rollins Dan Brown type plot, an ancient weapon linked to Hannibal has been resurrected and is being used to kill non Muslims, while leaving true believers unscathed, in a selective and horrifying manner The plot twists and turns develop as much like a mystery as a thriller The author s political views slip through occasionally, which is fine, and impact the character development and interaction The main character, Scot Harvarth, is likable and blessed with the gift of survival Terrorist plot meets ancient mystery here It s fun following Harvarth s progress around the globe As he learns what is happening, so do we As always, military knowledge reigns supreme and the tech and toys have a realistic feel This author keeps me coming back.4.5 stars This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here First off, I d heard that Brad Thor wrote thrillers with a Republican angle and was a contributor to Glenn Beck Brad Thor Movies are in the works Internet speculation rages over who will play Scot Harvath.Next off, apparently this book has been voted one of the 100 Best Ever Killer Thrillers by NPR listeners WTF Now, I have to read this book At its core, this is another trendy cliffhanger for the Mile High Book Club This time about how Islamist terrorists intend to rid the world of ever First off, I d heard that Brad Thor wrote thrillers with a Republican angle and was a contributor to Glenn Beck Brad Thor Movies are in the works Internet speculation rages over who will play Scot Harvath.Next off, apparently this book has been voted one of the 100 Best Ever Killer Thrillers by NPR listeners WTF Now, I have to read this book At its core, this is another trendy cliffhanger for the Mile High Book Club This time about how Islamist terrorists intend to rid the world of everyone who is not a true believer using an ancient technology that Hannibal intended to use on the Romans in 218 B.C Spoiler alert it s rabies The protagonist, Scot Harvath, is some kind of consummate killing machine who s worked for just about every organization of He Men in the U.S gov ment and military His nickname is Norseman for crying out loud He says things like, Every Muslim is not a terrorist, but every terrorist is a Muslim He lives only to protect the values of the America he loves He is not confused about what s right and wrong, or, about his own sexuality He s NOT gay He just can t be tied down to a single lady.However, when he meets an old girlfriend s new boyfriend, Harvath sprouts a bro boner Shroeder had to be at least six foot three and two hundred and fifty pounds of pure muscle Though he was no judge of man flesh, Harvath couldn t help but notice how handsome the guy was With his strong, square jaw, solid nose, and broad forehead, the man s face looked as if it had been chiseled from a solid block of granite This books falls well within the wide but shallow da Vinci Code genre Lots of historic name dropping and mumbo jumbo about conspiracies and historical footnotes Harvath can name every firearm he sees And he does He also lets us know what kind of watch he wears He prefers low class entertainment No opera, no wine, no tiny food He knows what danse macabre means, but not what memento mori means See He s not some kind of elitist He s just like the rest of us rugged guys, onlyrugged And everybody respects the hell out of Scot Harvath He s saved the lives of like 50 people He has friends he can call upon to open any door in Washington Everybody owes him something.But, he does have at least ONE domestic enemy a woman Democratic Senator with the initials H R C Helen Remington Carmichael who is widely know as a ball busting bitch who only got ahead with the help of her politically savvy husband Wink, wink, nudge, nudge Lots of routine plot boiling keeps this book bubbling along.Early on, when one villain is about to shoot Harvath, Brad Thor re issues this hoary clich If you re going to shoot me, says Harvath go ahead and pull the trigger That would be too easy I have something else in mind for you Poor schlub never gets around to the something else and Harvath escapes.Eventually, the whole scheme gets scrubbed and swaddled up like a newborn The evil Senator H.R.C is forced to resign for some damn reason and all Harvath wants as reward is another Negra Modelo Beer Now, that s one thing he and I have in common Not that there s anything wrong with that Audio book 1 star out of 5 DNFI expected to enjoy this book, but sadly, I did not I did persevere because Brad Thor is a pretty good novelist and I had enjoyed Scot Harvath 3, State of the Union, but after listening to about 60% of the book, I decided it was a could not finish and onto the DNF shelf it flew The story started out well enough but throughout its telling, there was simply too much, too detailed, Ancient History While this provided evidence and background related to the deadly il Audio book 1 star out of 5 DNFI expected to enjoy this book, but sadly, I did not I did persevere because Brad Thor is a pretty good novelist and I had enjoyed Scot Harvath 3, State of the Union, but after listening to about 60% of the book, I decided it was a could not finish and onto the DNF shelf it flew The story started out well enough but throughout its telling, there was simply too much, too detailed, Ancient History While this provided evidence and background related to the deadly illness about to be released upon the world, it waslike puffery to me and caused me to lose grip of the narrative.The shame is that over the past seven years I have downloaded 15 Harvath novels and while 1 and 2 were abridged, which means I DNF d them but not because they were badly written, and I enjoyed 3, I now have to decide whether or not to tackle 5 and onwards I ll leave it for a while and try again in the New Year Archaeologists make a stunning discovery in a pass high in the French Italian Alps, but do not live to tell the tale A year later, Islamic scientists begin dying in seeming accidents or outright assassinations and kidnappings all around the world And then a US army unit moves into the peaceful, multi religion village of Asalaam near Mosul in Iraq They are checking up on some Christian missionaries who haven t been heard of but are startled to find half the village dead from a horrible, flu Archaeologists make a stunning discovery in a pass high in the French Italian Alps, but do not live to tell the tale A year later, Islamic scientists begin dying in seeming accidents or outright assassinations and kidnappings all around the world And then a US army unit moves into the peaceful, multi religion village of Asalaam near Mosul in Iraq They are checking up on some Christian missionaries who haven t been heard of but are startled to find half the village dead from a horrible, flu like disease with some very nasty symptoms Scott Harvath is a Navy SEAL turned covert counter terrorism agent who authorities turn to when the connections between these events start to become clear Harvath, and through him The President of the US, have other problems as well as Democrat Senator Helen Cunningham is on the trail of both of them, trying to prove that there is something else going on with covert operations Harvath must go out alone and try to stop a deadly biological weapon from being distributed in America He must also stop his arch enemy Khalid Sheik Alomari, a high ranking al Qaeda operative and ruthless assassin Alomari is killing Muslim scientists who may have unlocked the key to a devastating super weapon There are two broad classifications into which thrillers that I read seem to fit The totally over the top, almost cartoon like, take your disbelief and hang it in the wardrobe, wild ride type along the lines of Austin Powers, Colin Forbes , even James Bond to a certain degree Then there are the psychological, the creepy, the leave the lights on, fasten your seatbelts, things could get hairy here types in this category Tom Clancy, Len Deighton, John LeCarre, Robert Ludlum, Scott Turow and Frederick Forsyth and many many others If you get lucky occasionally some of these books can switch between the two categories seamlessly without affecting your overall enjoyment of any of the book No matter how much I think about BLOWBACK I simply can t decide which category it was aiming for It s a great premise a biological weapon that once threatened the Roman Empire is back with the potential to wipe out huge parts of the world Perhaps a bit far fetched in some people s minds, but the premise of the book really appealed to me I didn t even mind the movie script like style and could have forgiven some of the frankly utterly outlandish scenes a supposedly disgraced and in hiding operative not all that hard to spot and certainly in communication with a lot of people sensationalist paragliding across borders suddenly producing large numbers of gliders out of nowhere European countries that didn t seem to mind a heavily armed one man revenge band charging around over their borders a seemingly never ending stream of money to bribe everyone and a scientist who just suddenly manages to climb a huge ice covered mountain, having never even attempted anything remotely like this not even the climbing of a small rock in the backyard with just the hero to carry her through Where the book was greatly underwhelming, and I think, the premise poorly served, was that the whole thing was presented in way too black and white a manner with too much predictability and bland characterisation No doubt about it, many of the the action scenes were exciting and well written, but the existence of the weapon and how it survived was brush stroke and questionable at best, the connection between the weapon and the intra Muslim faith tensions too self serving and the various political conspiracies way too convenient The whole thing reeked of a one sided partisan cheer squad Perhaps your political perspective can affect summation of this book, but I felt that it was a great idea, muddied by a whole lot of convenient nefarious goings on, which contributed little to the thrill and nothing to the action ( Free Ebook ) ☦ Blowback ⚒ Scot Harvath s counterterrorism career has just crashed and burned thanks in part to a ruthless senator with her sights set on the White House But when the war on terror takes a chilling turn, the president has no choice but to secretly bring Harvath back inside Deep beneath an Alpine glacier, an ancient weapon designed to decimate the Roman Empire has been unearthed and a shadowy organization intends to use it for America s downfall Racing across Europe, Harvath must secure the ultimate instrument of destruction before it brings the United States and the rest of the world to its knees If you are a fan of Ludlum, you may like Brad Thor If you are a fan of 24 Burn Notice you may like Thor s novels If you are a right wing conservative who believes in might is right , then you ll like Brad Thor s novels I like Thor because he writes a good thriller keeps the criticism of liberalism on the down low totally unlike author Vince Flynn s novels In this thriller, counter terrorism operative, Scot Harvath, sets out to prevent a Muslim caliphate from becoming a reality by If you are a fan of Ludlum, you may like Brad Thor If you are a fan of 24 Burn Notice you may like Thor s novels If you are a right wing conservative who believes in might is right , then you ll like Brad Thor s novels I like Thor because he writes a good thriller keeps the criticism of liberalism on the down low totally unlike author Vince Flynn s novels In this thriller, counter terrorism operative, Scot Harvath, sets out to prevent a Muslim caliphate from becoming a reality by stopping a virus from wiping out all non Muslims It s a very sci fi like plot I know what you are thinking How does a virus target a person s religious beliefs , with patience, Thor manages to get every question answered no matter how far fetched the plot device is Again fans of 24 will love this type of thriller I enjoyed it but its not the best of its kind Harvath is no Jason Bourne but then, who is It s also better than a Daniel Silva thriller which is saying a lot Will I readof Thor Yes Why Because he keeps the plot moving, provides a lot of action his main character is not impervious to getting hurt unlike Vince Flynn s characters Does Brad Thor hate liberals kiss GOP ass Oh Lord, yes But if the GOP are good for anything, they write fun thrillers if you can get past the right wing, flag waving politics This book crushed any joy I had left in the Scot Harvath series The arrogance and annoying, childish attitude of this character was certainly written to make him likable in a roguish sort of way Nothing could be further from reality I found myself openly rooting against the protagonist The writing is inconsistent and common The story is utterly unbelievable as well There are too many other quality writers in this space like Vince Flynn for me to waste anytime with this series. This is a terrific continuation of Brad Thor s Scott Horvath series No 4 A great patriotic hero, excellent believable plot, well developed supporting characters, politicians with integrity and an evil senator whose only value is her ambition and will do anything to achieve it and I mean anything The title is very appropriate inways than one. It is not unusual when reading a long book to find parts that are slow This book was not slow, and would have been hard pressed to have told its story with less pages This was action packed, with an exciting plot to the end Very enjoyable read Brad Thor may have just created Mitch Rapp s replacement, no offense or disrespect to Vince Flynn s Mitch Rapp series, I love that series just as much as this series Scot Harvath returns to kick someass in this action packed adventure Harvath s career as a field agent is in total jeopardy, with a ruthless senator who has her eyes on the White House, and has a dream of becoming the next President of the United States, and intending to bring down the current President, using a mole in the Brad Thor may have just created Mitch Rapp s replacement, no offense or disrespect to Vince Flynn s Mitch Rapp series, I love that series just as much as this series Scot Harvath returns to kick someass in this action packed adventure Harvath s career as a field agent is in total jeopardy, with a ruthless senator who has her eyes on the White House, and has a dream of becoming the next President of the United States, and intending to bring down the current President, using a mole in the CIA who is digging up information on Harvath and his past top secret black ops assignments At the same time, America s War on Terror continues, and secretly the President sends Harvath back out into the field on his most dangerous mission yet, he is sent to the Swiss Alps to uncover an ancient weapon designed to decimate the Roman Empire, and is about to fall into the hands of terrorists who will use the weapon to obliterate the US and the rest of the world, and Harvath is the only man who can stop them Plenty of action and gunfights, and Harvath has enough ammunition to take on 007