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Takedown (Scot Harvath #5)

4.24 of 5 stars 4.24  ·  rating details  ·  9,845 ratings  ·  229 reviews
July 4th weekend, New York City: As thousands of holiday travelers make their way out of Manhattan, a flawlessly executed terrorist attack plunges the city into a maelstrom of panic and death. Amid the chaos, an elite team of foreign operatives is systematically searching for one of their own, a man so powerful that the US government refuses to admit he even exists and wil ...more
Paperback, 528 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by Pocket Books (first published May 30th 2006)
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This book may have passed for a decent, somewhat badly written yet still entertaining, espionage thriller. However, any chance the book had was ruined by the fact that it functioned better as a piece of right wing propaganda than as a piece of entertainment.

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
I STILL love Scot Harvath! This book is the first to introduce "the Troll". I loved everything except for the end of the book, which I totally wasn't expecting, which definitely leads to a sequel (which I already know since I've read a lot of them).

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
America has just unwittingly drawn the world's deadliest enemy to its doorstep.
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
U.S. propaganda in the guise of a fiction book. I don't think Brad Thor is an exceptional writer, but I've been able to stomach some of his previous book. They were heavy on the "patriotism" but not overboard. This book goes way beyond patriotism into something close to idolatry of the U.S. and how everybody should die for it. I particularly found interesting the opening scenes with Mr. Thor's take on Canada.

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? Die Hard 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

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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
Shawn Miller
Jul 21, 2007 Shawn Miller rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Extreme action readers
If you love to read about explosions and mayhem going on al the time, then this book is for you. There is plenty of political backstabbing, which makes for an endless mystery till the very end. I'm not sure what it is about this book, but it seems like all he wanted to write this book for was to just lots of stuff blow up. Unfortunately, it seems like I'm only reading this book to finish it, not enjoy it. But, like I said, if you like to read about lots of stuff blowing up, this is perfect for y ...more
This book felt more like 24 than any of the earlier ones, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. Harvath is a great protagonist, and it's entertaining to watch him kick butt and take names.

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
Scott Widener
This is the continuing saga of Agent Harvath and his fight for America's freedom and safety. America has got lacks in its security and even with the President trying to take a hard line in the war against terror, we are vulnerable. America has started using torture to interrogate prisoners, even if it’s by proxy. So when Scott jump up into Canada and grabs al-Qaeda's top bomber maker but unknownst to Harvath America already holds (M&M) al-Qaeda's top weapons of mass destruction and nuclear p ...more
Ricky White
This is book five of the series and by far one of my more favorite Brad Thor books, even with his over-the-top action sequences and improbable storyline. I’ve read the series out of order and was pleasantly surprised to be introduced to the back story on how Scot Harvath met his love interest in subsequent books, Tracy Hastings, the introduction of the “Troll” character, the acquisition of Scot’s Ovcharka, and his domicile Bishop Gates. I also appreciated missing is some of the political innuend ...more
Timothy Stone
In Brad Thor’s book, *Takedown*, the world is once again set on fire in an attack that makes 9/11 “look like choir practice” to quote the series’ protagonist, Scot Harvath. Once again, as in earlier books, the fact that Scot Harvath and his allies work *outside* of the normal governmental channels and away from the beauracracy enables them to get the job done.

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
My mom bought me this book. Its pretty stereotypical of its genre, and predictable. Its as if i was reading an action movie script - mind you, thats not a criticism. It borders on propaganda, and it evokes all the macho man cliches that i know are total crap, knowing many who serve or who have served, in various roles in the military. For what it is, its ok. Clancy is kinda of tripe too but does it marginally better.
Bob Ryan
I picked up this book with some trepidation after reading the first four in the series. While I enjoyed the first four, I thought I had found better authors in the same genre. It had been several months since I read #4. I have to confess, when the action started (and it starts early), I had a hard time putting it down until finished. The man can write action! The book was written in 2006 and the plot is still believable today.
I've discussed weaknesses in reviews of the first four and they conti
These books work because there is nothing behind them other than adrenaline and the concept of an act of terror, followed by an act of revenge/bringing the perpetrators to justice.

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.

All I can say is WOW.

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
TAKEDOWN is an action packed thrill ride of a book. It is up to Brad Thor's usual standard of good thriller writing. The scenario of another terrorist attack on New York city seems reasonably plausible. Scot Harvath (our hero) is reflecting on his past and future paths in his spare time, which adds some character development interest.

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
Kenneth Flusche
Worce Scott Harveth book yet, still a quick read but it shows right wing democracy and left wing terrorist are the same side of a coin. One sentance rubbed me the wrong way ok to torture a moslim not ok to torture christian american no matter how bad how soon you need the info. Other reviews say to much politics I still say only James Bond can take so much damage and still continue. I will continue to read Brad Thor when I need a manly mann beat up bad guys book, but i hoped a lot of the break t ...more
In a word: awesome! Brad Thor delivers amazing spy/political/espionage thrillers, time and again. He is perhaps my favourite author of fiction and five books later, the magic hasn't worn off. Having just finished "Takedown" I may still be a bit euphoric, but it certainly feels as though it's the best book of his that I've read, to date.

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
Terri Lynn
I could not even finish this due to the rah-rah "The USA owns the planet and can do anything it wants to those who can't fight back even if it violates our own law and the international treaties we have signed." and because it is hatefully racist against Muslims.

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
William Crosby
This books seems to be primarily about anger and vengeance on all sides.

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
I won a free copy from a Goodreads giveaway.

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
Steven Hummer
Sep 10, 2008 Steven Hummer rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the TV Show '24'
Shelves: thrillers
Wanted to give Brad Thor another try because "The First Commandment" was a good book.
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
May 31, 2014 Will rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone

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
An exciting entry in the Scot Harvath series.

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.

Great stuff.
Bill Barnes

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.
While I still thoroughly enjoyed this next book in the series, the events took a bit more of a suspension of belief in the possibility of them happening than in the previous four volumes. Then again, we never thought something like 9/11 could possibly happen - although that also means that with increased security in our country, it seems even less likely than before that something this catastrophic could occur.
Non-stop action (isn't that what I always say about Thor's books??), but way too much violence and torture. NYC is attaked again, and our hero Scot Harvath just happens to be in the city. He is able to round up a band of former CIA operatives to take on the vicious terrorists. Here's a cool piece of trivia I found in the books "Acknowlegements" section: one of the most upright characters is named after an actual Marine.
A real page turner. This is the second book by Brad Thor that I've read and I'm looking forward to the next one. Thor takes you behind the scenes of secret ops, so secret the CIA, DIA, and FBI don't always have the full information. Terrorists have just bombed all bridges and tunnels in New York. Were they the prime targets or just a diversion. As terrorists go looking for one of their own, the bombmaker, the US covert operatives are hiding him on "foreign soil" (within the US)using all means po ...more
One of the things that you will ask yourself after reading this is can this really happen?? As with all Scot Harvath novels you have a lot's of action with awesome believable shady characters.What would happen if all the bridges and tunnels in NY were really destroyed?? Although this is fiction it still makes you think.Brad Thor makes you think.One of his best so far.
of Adlib 6/29/2010 Used. started pm 8/20/2010 ADDICTIVE... Very well written THRILLER. Here are Ideas things I had not thought of recently but this book mentions /uses in the story: Caucasian Ovcharkas (Large military dogs)New breed to me. Bishop Gate in VA (inactive Navy property) Gibraltar, rock of. Grand Central Terminal (railyard underneath) and the "private Waldorp staion" Noted as President FDR's private station. the following mottos start this:
exitus acta probat... the ends justify the m
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