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Blowback (Scot Harvath #4)

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Scot Harvathâs counterterrorism career has just crashed and burnedâ”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 unearthedâ”a ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 688 pages
Published February 22nd 2011 by Pocket Books (first published June 2005)
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Nathaniel
Mar 13, 2011 Nathaniel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
So I like to read thrillers whenever I take a trip by plane. I'm routinely disappointed, but I still keep it up. Brad Thor's Blowback is not the worst, but it's definitely not much above mediocre either.

Here's an example of the main problem I have with the book. [MINOR SPOILER ALERT]

In one chapter, a king explains why he hasn't banished his rebellious son by explaining that if you had a child, you wouldn't be able to bear sending him away from the land of his birth, no matter how dangerous he wa
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Karen
Aug 12, 2016 Karen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
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 ...more
Philip
Nov 05, 2013 Philip rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
BLOWBACK

Function: noun
: an unforeseen and unwanted effect, result, or set of repercussions
: CIA code name for an agent or operation that has turned on its
creators

: botched covert action


Former Navy SEAL Scot Harvath in an instant realizes he's blown and many fatwa will be placed upon his head. Al Jazeera has captured him beating a poor, helpless Iraqi, not his nemesis Khalid Sheik Alomari, a superior and ruthless Al Qaeda assassin he has been tracking for months. Though his face is not seen, the
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Createpei
Apr 28, 2013 Createpei rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brad Thor is back on track with Blowback.

This was a super interesting storyline - albeit full of stereotypes and biases that are likely much easier seen post 9-11, it was none-the-less a true page turner.

The story lines follow two distinct plots. Firstly the attempted political and career discrediting of the main character, Scot Harvarth, by a US Senator who has her sights set on the Vice-Presidential and ultimately Presidential nomination though the destroying of the current sitting President.

T
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Anita
Jul 22, 2009 Anita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, drama, brad-thor
Brad Thor's main character, Scot Harvath, is a man to behold. While I found his antics a little too much to believe in this book, I found myself engaged by the storyline. Middle Eastern politics, mixed in with historical war figures and bioterrorism from books over 3000 years old. It has my mind leaping at parts. Thor did bring his character back to reality a couple of times, when right in the middle of dangerous stunts he would wonder where his life was heading and if he was taking his career t ...more
Keith Dickson
May 21, 2015 Keith Dickson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Typical American anti terrorist evil Muslim one dimensional story.
US hero saves the world from decedent hypocritical Arabs.

There's has to be more to "thrillers" than this.
Do authors in the Middle East write the same styles of book where the Americans are portrayed as prime evil trying to force their way of life and religion on unsuspecting people

I hope they have more maturity as a comunity than the tripe produced in the book.

We need to get over this type of story.
An Odd1
Apr 19, 2015 An Odd1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action
How did warriors battle before? How could their weapons affect us now? Scary. I'd never heard of paleopathology, ancient bioweapons. Author Thor makes history Fascinating, real. I flip pages fast, zip along.

"Zafir was not a man who would abandon his post" p 385. In enemy warehouse, they cannot raise sniper outside. I like when tense situations snowball. Definitions of title can be found in many pages. Possible 1 "unintended consequences of failed foreign policy or botched covert action", 2 "CIA
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Patrick Gibson
I can’t use the work ‘blow’ any more. Lets face it—‘blow’ is a lot more funny than it used to be. It has taken on new multiple meanings since the 1970s indicating either drug use or highly entertaining sexual act. Mostly, these days we are on our own deciphering the correct connotation, if any. Can you imagine how confused I became when I realized the movie ‘Blow’ was not the biography of Linda Lovelace and ‘Come Blow Your Horn’ was not about doing toot at band camp? ‘Blowback’ is a real word—ap ...more
Ru
Apr 22, 2013 Ru rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Blowback" is a pulse-pounding, in-your-face, espionage thrill ride - I'd expect nothing less from author Brad Thor, who is one of my favourite authors. It's been quite a while since I finished reading "State of the Union", and reading this book was like visiting with an old friend. I've always enjoyed the character development of Navy SEAL-turned-Secret Service agent-turned Special Operative Scot Harvath from book to book. Harvath is not just a character that advances the story - you experience ...more
Jason
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 rea
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Will
Jun 07, 2013 Will rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
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David
Apr 03, 2016 David rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In the rating system within GR, I must say that a 2 is what I must give this story....I try to start each book I read with a five and allow the author to downgrade from that lofty level. The manner in which this story is told, with stories within the story, ie, switching to one part of the tale to another part wherein they climax toward the end, is a favorite method for me....Fine so far, but then it drops quickly to a four due to the writing skills of the author, to me lacking in composition. i ...more
Marti
Feb 06, 2010 Marti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just when I think that I have read a really action filled thriller, then another one like this comes along. It is fascinating to think that some of Hannibal's soldiers might have been preserved in ice along the route through the Alps. What isn't is to think of various ways men have come up with germ warfare or pestilence to kill off the enemy. Scot Harvath is the hero who works with others to defeat some villains and make the world more safe than it might have been. Obviously he and his 'team' c ...more
Suby
Apr 16, 2012 Suby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first of Brad Thor books I have had the occasion to read. My conclusion on the author after reading just one book is that he is second to none.
The plot is international bio-terrorism and we are taken through a long historical journey on the origin of Islamic terrorism.
While I can't agree with the author's contention that Artha Sasthra contains recipes for bio weapons I must agree that his inclusion of the reference makes the novel all the more dramatic.
This book is highly readable.
Jason
Jun 19, 2013 Jason rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 any more time with this series.
Andrew Kendall
Mar 06, 2013 Andrew Kendall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I very much enjoyed this novel. It was full of historical references, coupled with tense actions scenes. Scot Harvath is definitely a likeable character, even though he's a bit of a "G.I. Joe" type. My only real issue was that the author is all too obvious in his dislike for democrats, and the character "Carmichael" was clearly (loosely) based around Hilary Clinton, who I happen to admire.
I would absolutely recommend this book, and as it's the first Brad Thor novel I've ever read, I will look f
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Lynn
Nov 03, 2009 Lynn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This series has the same premise as the Vince Flynn books, but lacks in readability. Thor's writing is elementary in nature and I found myself thinking, "I'm not in 1st grade, why are you writing like I am." I was so annoyed with his style that I stopped reading the series. Scot Harvath also isn't nearlly as BA as Mitch Rapp.
Robert Sterling
Aug 19, 2015 Robert Sterling rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The books just keep getting better and better.

I am so glad I discovered this author, his books have been most enjoyable, if you like spy books you will enjoy reading these, but read them in order.
Jo Ann
May 08, 2015 Jo Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Learned a lot about Suni and Shia

Great mystery from first page on. It took so many twists and turns it was hard to put down.

Makes me wonder what is next for Scot Harvath and President Rutledge.
Matthew
Feb 28, 2014 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always find Brad Thor books to be very easy to get into. Action packed! He is like a cross between Ian Fleming and Tom Clancy.
Tim
Jan 27, 2015 Tim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brad Thor has good taste regarding 70s funk from the Ohio Players "Love Rollercoaster," to Parliament's "Flashlight and Give up the Funk." Oh yea, and Scot Harvath's one bad motha..... 7 of 10 stars
Jen
Nov 08, 2013 Jen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This poorly written novel was a real sleeper. The first and last Thor I'll read.
Barbara Sheppard
Oct 24, 2016 Barbara Sheppard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second Brad Thor book I have read. I actually listened to it on Audible which made it come to life even more. The narrator did a nice job on the voices and accents of each character. I enjoyed learning of Scott Harvath's newest mission and finding out how he takes care of business.
The plot is international bio-terrorism and we are taken through a long historical journey on the origin of Islamic terrorism.
I am not sure about the author's contention that Artha Sasthra contains recipe
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Karen Roettger
Really a 2 1/2. The ancient history part about Hannibal was interesting but it went on & on & bogged down my interest in reading the book but I continued until the end. I was amazed that he would drag the woman, Jillian into all of the dangerous situations that he did. She wasn't even trained as a SEAL or for CIA work. And climbing that mountain to find the archeological dig. How unbelievable! I have read several of his books now & find most of the story lines questionable. He is def ...more
Linda
Nov 18, 2016 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mac Marland
Dec 29, 2016 Mac Marland rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun read, very convoluted, a bit confusing, but overall a satisfying thriller read. He has good style,realistic conversations and the machinations are not too dues ex machina. I enjoyed this book.
Joe
Jan 16, 2017 Joe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my fifth Brad Thor novel. It was every bit as entertaining and fast-moving as all the others. I have to say that towards the end I was starting to get a little bit of battle-fatigue or Harvath-fatigue or something. But it was a good time.
Austin Hess
Jan 12, 2017 Austin Hess rated it it was ok
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Meredith
I found this one to be utterly disappointing. What I liked in the early Scot Harvath stories is that he used his head as much as his brawn to succeed. This time, from start to finish and integral to the plot, he's brutish. It was disappointing.
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