Category Archives: Brad Thor
Dr. Julia Gallo was helping the poor in Afghanistan until she was captured by Taliban leader Mullah Massoud and his sidekick, Russian intelligence officer, Sergei Simonov.
The ransom demand is the return of the al-Qaeda terrorist Mustafa Khan who is currently in an Afghan prison.
Julia’s mother is the uber-famous, Stephanie Gallo who also happens to be the most trusted adviser (and possibly more) to the newly elected President Robert Alden.
While protecting the President, Secret Service Agent Elise Campbell overhears Gallo threaten the President’s job concerning the death of an ex-staffer if he does not help free Gallo’s daughter. Vicious….
Scot Harvath is now on his own and is called in to spring Khan and trade him for Dr. Gallo. With a $500,000 down payment and the promise of another $500,000 upon successful completion of this task, Harvath travels to Afghanistan, meets up with old colleagues, and embarks on his dangerous rescue mission….
To see how it all works out….you will just have to pick up or download “The Apostle”.
It has been awhile since I have read Brad Thor…so many books, so little time, but, I am always reminded how damn good a writer he is. His style is smooth, easy to read, yet descriptive. The reader is in Afghanistan and in battle…..
“The Apostle” is excellent. Harvath is one tough operative….Dream: I like to see him and Rapp join forces….watch out terrorists! :-)
Rating: 3.5 WaterTowers (a more intellectual Scot Harvath)
- Muslims today believe that the Koran is a perfect, complete, document.
- In 1972, workers restoring the Great Mosque at Sana’a in Yemen discovered what was believed to have been lost parchments from the original Koran.
- Thomas Jefferson (yes, that Thomas Jefferson) owned a first edition “Don Quixote” that may hold the key to a missing Koran passage.
Dr. Marwan Khalifa, a noted Koranic scholar is working at the Italian Centre for Photoreproduction, Binding, and Restoration of State Archives (aka CFLR) researching the contents of the 1972 parchments.
The Koran may not be complete, and Dr. Khalifa is slowly building a case to “reexamine their faith with a modern, twenty -first-century perspective, rather than the outdated, unenlightened perspective of seventh-century Arabia”. Not only that, Dr. Khalifa’s research fits in nicely with that of his friend and colleague, Anthony Nichols, who is searching for the missing “Don Quixote” book.
Unfortunately, he will never get the chance.
One night while working late and alone, Dr. Khalifa is brutally murdered and the CFLR set ablaze. All the research is gone.
Scot Harvath, ex-SEAL and Secret Service, and Tracy Hastings are relaxing in a Cafe. It has been nine months since Harvath killed Tracy’s attacker and was betrayed by the President. He and Tracy are taking some time to be by themselves.
Scot notices a well dressed person breaking into a car across the street. He has a gut feeling that it is more than a simple car theft, because as soon as the car pulls away from the spot, it is replaced by a Mercedes. The driver, a well dressed Arab, got out and walked away.
Bells and whistles are going off inside Scot’s head and he decides to leave the Cafe with Tracy in tow. As they rush off, they bump into a man coming out of a bookstore headed for the Cafe. Scot spotted the driver of the Mercedes raise his cell phone to make a call. He knew what was happening as he ran to tackle the man just before the Mercedes exploded killing many people in the Cafe.
The man he saved was Anthony Nichols.
As “The Last Patriot” unfolds we follow Scot, Tracy, Anthony and others on a wild chase to recover the secrets of the missing Koran passage that Thomas Jefferson hid so well.
If you like a great adventure of the Dan Brown ilk, you will love “The Last Patriot”.
Rating: 3 Water Towers
The action picks up in “The First Commandment” where it left off in “Takedown”.
Rating: 4 Water Towers
Sit in your favorite chair to read Takedown. But, before you start, strap on a seatbelt and pull it tight, because the next time you will be able to relax is after the very last word in the book: dead.
“Takedown” is a rousing, violent, epic adventure filled with all the excitement a Thriller reader expects….and more.
As “Takedown” begins, al-Qaeda master bombmaker, Mohammed bin Mohammed (M&M) is taken into custody, and held in New York City, by black suited special agents of the United States. The loss of M&M to al-Qaeda’s future plans is devastating and they want him back.
Al-Qaeda sends Abdul Ali to meet with a person with access to information second only to the most advanced intelligence agencies, The Troll, to ask for help planning an attack on New York City to get M&M back.
We first meet up with our hero, Scot Harvath – ex-Navy SEAL and now special agent for Homeland Securities Office of International Investigative Assistance aka the Apex Project- in Canada taking another suspected al-Qaeda bombmaker, Sayed Jamal, into custody.
After successfully completing this task, Scot travels to New York City to visit an old friend, Bob Herrington, an ex-Ranger just back from Afghanistan who is undergoing treatment for injuries sustained while there. Meeting in a bar, they watch the news on TV and decide that something is happening that no one quite realizes yet. They leave the bar, which is in Times Square, and head to the VA Hospital.
But before they get there all heck breaks loose.
Several bridges and tunnels are blown up killing thousands and effectively isolating NYC from the world. Helicopters and boats are shot down or sunk so no reinforcements can come in.
It turns out, Abdul Ali and an elite force of Chechen special forces have started implementing The Trolls brilliant plan to recover M&M. The plan includes entering each of the 5 top secret U.S. Government intelligence gathering locations to find M&M starting with the least heavily fortified and progressing one by one to the most difficult. Unbeknownst to Ali who is simply looking for M&M, the Chechen leader, working with The Troll, are also stealing U.S. intelligence as they make their way through the locations.
With Manhattan sealed off from the world the task of finding and stopping the terrorists falls on Scot, Bob, and three of Bob’s VA hospital buddies all of whom are ex-military special operations.
The action proceeds at rip roaring speed as Scot and his band of military special ops people chase the terrorists through the streets of New York. The cost is high for the U.S., for Scott, and for the band of ragtag hero’s.
The ending to “Takedown” is one of the best (most shocking and surprising) I have ever read. You will have to read it to see what I mean.
I have read all of Brad Thor’s books but had gotten a bit behind. I am now almost caught up and am looking forward to reading how the story continues in “The First Commandment”.
If you want to start this series read “The Lions of Lucerne” a tremendous book filled with plenty of action and vivid details of Switzerland.
Being ex-Navy myself……Go Navy!
Here is a video clip of Brad Thor being interviewed by FOX News about “Takedown”: