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Takedown (Scot Harvath #5)

4.26  ·  Rating Details ·  13,981 Ratings  ·  292 Reviews
Harvath must endure the burning streets of Manhattan, where he can administer his own form of justice and finally exact his bitter revenge.
Mass Market Paperback, 528 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by Pocket Books (first published May 30th 2006)
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Ryan Lee you can start with this one. Most of the Harvath series are standalone books even though some reference events from the other books.
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Mar 15, 2013 Pat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 12, 2014 Cameron rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 11, 2011 Ricardo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 11, 2012 Ric rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

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

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
Jun 07, 2013 Will rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Rob Smith
Jul 21, 2016 Rob Smith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016, have
'Takedown' is the best of the six Brad Thor novels I've read so far. It's more than a bit comic booky and I could have seen this as a film with Ray Harryhausen special effects. Reality is handled fast and loose.

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
Jan 24, 2013 Phil rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, brad-thor
Takedown (Scot Harvath, #5) by Brad Thor Brad Thor

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
Aug 26, 2014 Neil rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Shawn Miller
Jul 16, 2007 Shawn Miller rated it liked it  ·  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
Mar 09, 2010 Brad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, z-2010
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
May 11, 2011 Kelly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
A spell-binding, action-packed escapist novel for my 24-hour flight delay, but I was frustrated with the glorification of violence & torture and with the fact that the one person who was the nation's conscience early in the novel was removed from the cast early on. This could have been set up as a fight between immoral and moral forces, but it totally missed the mark. In fact, there were so many characters involved in the Washington side of the plot that I totally lost track of who the doubl ...more
Karen Roettger
Liked his writing to begin with....but he is very political in his writing & I am getting tired of his extremely right wing views. He even throws our neighbor, Canada under the bus in this story. I have two more of his books to read & will be glad to get them finished then no more!!!!
Dec 31, 2016 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Same stuff. This time in NYC
Telekat (paddy)
Oct 12, 2016 Telekat (paddy) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Terror strikes NYC

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.
Mona Campbell
Jan 05, 2017 Mona Campbell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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!
Austin Hess
Jan 09, 2017 Austin Hess rated it it was amazing
This was super face paced and an incredible story! I could not put this down!
Feb 02, 2014 MC rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jul 13, 2013 Kasandra rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
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
Ricky White
Mar 01, 2014 Ricky White rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kevin Doseck
Sep 18, 2016 Kevin Doseck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Awesome series

Harvard is a character who exemplifies the bravery and honor of our military hero's. May the storyline continue, you have a fan.
Sep 25, 2013 Ru rated it really liked it
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
Steven Hummer
Jul 07, 2008 Steven Hummer rated it liked it  ·  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
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
Greg Dill
Sep 19, 2015 Greg Dill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All of the books I have read by Brad Thor have been rated with 4 or 5 stars. I have never read a bad storyline written by him. However, throughout most of this particular story, I thought for sure I would be giving it a 3-star rating. I had a hard time immersing myself into the story. My interest had waned a bit and some of the scenes in the book seemed a bit unrealistic. But, the last few pages of the book drew me in, and what an awesome ending this story had. So awesome that it leaves you want ...more
Scott Widener
May 24, 2014 Scott Widener rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Laura Beasley
Jul 21, 2015 Laura Beasley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Laura by: Verla
This is my favorite book so far. I think it is because it mostly takes place in New York and I could picture the places they were talking about. Bridges and tunnels have been destroyed in New York so 2 terrorists that are being held can be rescued. Scott Harvath is meeting a friend in New York when this attack occurs and they go to see what has happened. His friend Bob and some of his former coworkers help Scot try to find the terrorist before they can get the terrorists. Twists and turns in the ...more
Jun 28, 2010 Amos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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