Takedown (Scot Harvath #5)
I don't really care what Brad Thor's political views are, I don't particularly care that he and I differ, and I don't even mind if he infuses those views into the novel. However, when there is more focus on said views than an actual story, th ...more
United States agents capture an international terrorist in Somalia, using a covert operation, and take him to a location in New York City. In the meantime, Scot Harvath has been on a secret operation in Canada to capture another terrorist, also take ...more
After years without a terrorist attack on American soil, one group has picked the 4th July weekend to pull out all the stops. In a perfectly executed attack, all the bridges and tunnels leading into and out of Manhattan are destroyed just as thousands of commuters begin their holiday exodus. With domestic efforts focused on search and rescue, a deadly team of highly-trained foreign soldiers methodically makes its way ...more
How can one really outright enjoy the first Die Hard movie then absolutely hate the sequel(s)? How can one ignore the unlikely premise/s and focus on the truly senseless but highly entertaining onscreen mayhem? The answers to these questions are important, aren't they? They relate to how one will feel about this book by Brad Thor.
This was my first Thor book. First, the aspects of it that I liked: the action, the armaments and , er, the action. Ok, this a short list, but there was a lot of it in...more
This is the 5th in the Scot Harvath Series by Brad Thor and not as well done as some of the others I have read previously. Manhattan, NY is under siege by a terrorists group that has destroyed all bridge and waterway entries or exits from the rest of New York. Harvath and a loose band of physically handicapped x-military soldiers, along with Harvath’s close friend, attempt to find and shut down the primary threatening operation. This operation, designed by the terrorist, has the ultimate purpo ...more
In this novel, terrorists have destroyed the bridges and tunnels connecting Manhattan to the mainland. They are searching for one of their own who's being held covertly by US government operatives. Harvath happens to be on the island with a buddy to celebrate July 4th, and they get involved in finding out wha ...more
The book begins with two radical Muslims who are expert bomb makers for al Qaeda being captured. One of the men is more “high-priority” f ...more
I've discussed weaknesses in reviews of the first four and they conti ...more
The author excels at creating an atmosphere where the hero does what needs to be done, and creates a safer environment for the rest of us. The jingoism is fun to read and adds to the impossibility of the book. It also helps the pacing and direction, without bringing any substance or clarity to the underlying story.
Along with Vince Flynn, Brad Thor is my favorite author. I've read all of his books in order and just finished Takedown. (I'm several years behind) Every time I think Mr Thor cant possibly do better, he proves me wrong.
Of his first 5 novels, Takedown is my favorite. The story grabs you from the first chapter and doesnt ease up. I read this book in 2 sittings--4 hours one night, 4 1/2 the next evening.
The story is exciting, fast paced, well-written. The plot is believable in ...more
I read this book because I'm slowly working my way through this series. This one is so good that I've already reserved the next one at my public library. Worth your ...more
Every character in this story is on point. Scot Harvath and company feel like old friends; so, when Harvath becomes a bystander to an appalling terrorist attack o ...more
Since George Bush committed the terroristic act of invading two countries-Afghanistan and Iraq- that had not only NOT attacked us but were incapable of it, the right wing and the military and our spook agencies have thoroughly routed th ...more
Quite a bit of the the book is a rather mechanical and tedious chase of the "bad guys." The book is essentially a shoot-em-up.
I almost gave this 2 stars. I like action adventures, but I prefer more about human relationships mixed in so that we can really get to know the characters. Except for anger and sex, there is not much to know about these characters.
What led me to give it 3 stars was that it presented a U.S. government ...more
It's been a while since I read an action book like this and I haven't read any other Harvath books. I think this was a interesting place to start the story. While there are definitely references to the other books you can read it as a stand alone and follow it well.
This book is very fast paced and it reads like lightning too. For the length of the book it didn't take too long to get through. There are some surprises here and there but the story is pre ...more
This was ok and not as good as "The Fist Commandment".
Yes there are a bunch of things that get blown up and some good action packed parts but I still believe that Vince Flynn is the better thriller author.
Something that really bugs me about Brad Thor is his writing style he has a bunch of characters and does a very poor job of describing what they look like or does not describe what the look like at all.
This is ...more
I just finished reading this book for the second time and it is absolutely kick-ass action adventure with thriller lathered all around it. Thor even gives us romance at the end, as Scot Harvath meets his match in a woman. Whether this storyline is credible might be debatable, but you cannot ignore the sheer intensity of the action in this book. Only Vince Flynn in recent years has the same kind of edge of the seat capacity to completely capture the reader's total focus ...more
Terrorists blow up all the bridges and tunnels into Manhattan, and go on a seek and destroy rescue mission for a high ranking terrorist.
Scot Harvath happens to be in the area, and tracks the terrorists, finding a network of secret sites. Aided by some members of a PTSD support group form the local VA, Scot must stop the terrorists.
This is also the book that introduces The Troll to the Harvath mythos.
If you are a liberal like John Kerry or our beloved POTUS you will hate this book. On the other hand if you are an American who believes this is still the best Country in the world you will love it. Two people have been willing to give their lives for others, Jesus Christ and the GI. This book shows the dedication of these men and women in the finest way possible. The story is scary because it could happen. Thanks Brad Thor.
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