Takedown (Scot Harvath #5)
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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
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
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
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
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
The story is bad guys vs good guys. The bad guys are mighty ambitious and accomplish their goals. Though, how they pull off such an extensive set of actions is not explained and I'm not sure how a writer would without adding another thousand pages.
Setting that aside as being the most comi ...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
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
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
A series of coordinated terror strikes on Manhattan leaves the city reeling and in chaos. But the worst is yet to come as the terrorists strike a number of 'black ops' sites across Manhattan. Scott Harvath who was in the city between ops makes it his mission to track down the terrorists & stop them.
A frightening terror scenario, fictional but very plausible.
Takedown was my book of choice while I sat through an 8 hour IV Infusion. Be prepared to read straight through! I love Brad Thor books. Every red blooded American should read his books. They won't be disapointed!
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
Narrator: George Guidall
I'm giving this installment 4 stars mainly because it's the first Harvath book I've been able to finish. I tried the first 4 but abandoned them after a couple of chapters.
I was able to continue Takedown to the end because I liked the New York in lockdown, practically, and the nonstop action. That's worth all 4 stars. Now, the Big But...
BUT...I had difficulty following the rest of the story because no one was willing to give information ...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
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
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
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
exitus acta probat... the ends justify the m ...more
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