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#1 New York Times bestselling author Brad Thor brings readers his darkest and most intriguing thriller yet—a terrifying story of espionage and betrayal—brilliantly paced with superb nonstop action.

Born in the shadows and kept from heads of state, there are some missions so deadly, so sensitive, that they simply don’t exist.

When one such mission goes horribly wrong, a wave

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Hardcover, 400 pages
Published July 26th 2011 by Atria
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Dave Compton
I keep forgetting brad thor has gone off the deep end on politicl policy. Use to just write good thrillers but now he writes wacko right wing commentary. Too bad. Couldn't get past first few chapters before he started in on the benefits of torture and those opposed being communists. Then onto the theory that the country is under attack by liberals as if we were inches away from becoming another cuba? No, china? No. France, that's it's. Hard to believe when we have become more conservative than e ...more
Elyse
I think I'm done reading books by Brad Thor.

I enjoy espionage and covert ops genre novels, especially because I believe it's a complex world and I respect the patriots who put their lives on the line on our behalf trying to protect our liberties and our community.

But Thor's novels are increasingly filled with not-so-subtle caricatures of liberals and Democrats as teetering on the edge of terrorism and anarchy themselves. If I have to choose a political camp, it is the liberal/Democratic one. I d
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Linda Munro
Oct 16, 2012 Linda Munro marked it as to-read
This book scared me, and I would like to briefly explain why:

Recently, I had a discussion with my eldest grandchildren concerning the 12/21/2012 Mayan long-count calendar end date. I explained that the Mayans believed in a cyclic process in life (i.e. this has happened before and it will happen again) therefore the end date simply means a birth of a new era. Giving an example, I explained how the Puritans came to the new world to escape religious persecution and live by the Bible, only to persec
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Doug Branscombe
Great read. Scott Harvath is battling evil again, this time against a group aiming to systematically dismantle all that is taken for granted in the USA. The background of this effort can be summed up with this excerpt:

"A democracy can only exist until the voters discover they they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From the moment that realization takes hold, history shows that the majority of the people will always vote for the candidate promising the most goodies from the
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Norm
I’d never read a Brad Thor book, and when I ran across FULL BLACK, I thought, “oh, good, a thriller writer I hadn’t read.” The book started off really well with a chase and capture of a terrorist while substituting an undercover operative into the terrorist cell. But soon I was frowning as Thor’s political viewpoints started emerging. I don’t expect to agree with all of an author’s political thoughts – Michael Crichton, for example, wrote some of the best fiction I’d ever read and he passionatel ...more
Joe Wisniewski
Looks like I have to go back and start this Scot Harvath series from the beginning. There is a certain Jack Ryan --> Jack Bauer feel here ... While it is easy to "run with" contemporary terrorist plot books to an extreme, I don't think that I will ever walk through an airport again without being more situationally aware that I am now .. Not due to a renewed fear of every Arab-looking person I see ... but, just proactive .. awareness.

I especially found the concept of hitting the "Big 30" compa
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M.D.
Wow. I've been an avid thriller reader for over 45 years and was shocked at the blatant right wing agenda in this book. The action was quite good, and when Thor wasn't preaching right out of the FOX news handbook, very compelling. However, the outright conservative blather was enough to make my stomach clench. Unfortunately, I couldn't even get through it and have a inkling to ask Amazon for a refund.

The main protagonist, a hero who gives his life for our country and "freedoms" over and over aga
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Giovanni Gelati
I wanted to start the week off with this; it sizzles. I have been a Brad Thor fan since his first novel and have enjoyed his work ever since. Apparently there are many others like me out there; his popularity just seems to soar with each new novel. “Full Black” is a major political statement and commentary on our way of life. Do I agree with all of it? Hey I was taught not to discuss politics and religion when I am talking to friends so I am staying away from that. The novel was a barnburner and ...more
Joel Anderson
In my first read of a Brad Thor book, Full Black grabbed my attention and held it as the pages flew by.

The plot was interesting with numerous twists that kept my mind racing along with the characters trying to figure out what would happen next. Across continents and in many venues, the action kept moving and I wondered whether the protagonists would succeed in unraveling the plot against the US...and, if so, how much damage would occur before they could do that. I will not ruin the story but wil
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Lola Sharp
I love thrillers, and CIA thrillers especially. And while I enjoyed some of Thor's earlier Scot Harvath books, they've taken a sharp turn for the worse. Yes, Thor's Harvath has always been an ego-laden 'Mary Sue' character, Thor's wish-fullfillment. And, yes, the prose has always been basic. But the action used to be thrilling and, well, action-packed... and not bogged down with Thor's obvious, in-your-face, personal political agenda/propaganda. I know military books tend to have a right-wing be ...more
Jennie Helderman


Spies, conspiracy, thrills. Brad Thor hooks his reader with the first sentence and ends every paragraph with a lead to the next. Even ends the book so that a sequel can keep the story unfolding. A man's book up and down. Not ordinarily what I'd choose to read but I heard Thor speak---he travels with an armed body guard and speaks in front of a large American flag---found him charming, and thus bought the book.

For my part, I found too many information dumps where dialog has no purpose other than
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Beth Pearson
I would have given this 4 or 5 stars if it wasn't for frequent use of the F-word. Maybe terrorists and government interrogators talk like that all the time. I don't know. I do know I don't like it or want to read it.

This is actually my husband's book that I pick up and started reading while we were camping. I read faster then him and for longer periods of time so I passed him and finished the book long before he did.

Apparently, this is Book #10 of the main character---Scot--who is an ex governme
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Maureen
This is a sit on the edge of your seat read, and do not expect to sleep at night as this is one time I could not put my kindle down. Absolutely love this book and the high stress of Scott Harvath's ability to ferret out the bad guy every time. Would that were true in reality. Though there are some pretty amazing men and women out there on the lines every day trying to get these terrorist rat bags off our soil. The movement of the book was intense. One disappointment was the ending was anticlimac ...more
Simon
I believe Full Black by Brad Thor is officially one of the fastest book I've completed. At about 400 pages, I finished it in about three nights of heavy reading. Surprisingly, Full Black is the tenth book in the Scot Harvath series and if intense action is your genre, you'll do yourself a good favor by looking into this series. Prior to this, I invested a lot, and I mean a whole lot, of time reading the Mitch Rapp series. The Scot Harvath character is very similar to Mitch Rapp in that they are ...more
Dale Barnhart
Ive read almost all of Brad Thor's books, and even though I gave it 5 stars its not as good as some of his others. At just under 400 pages, its not as long as some of his books, and the storyline isn't as developed as other books of his. For me, the character James Standing is an interesting addition to the plot. Though there is no shortage of bad guys in the world of Islamic Jihad, in America we have been reluctant to go after people within our borders who bear not obvious resemblance to the ty ...more
Michael
Since reading Term Limits last summer, I've re-discovered my love of thrillers, especially political thrillers. Sure, they can be sort of hackneyed (I couldn't tell you the difference between Vince Flynn's and Brad Thor's main characters, for example) but they are fun to read, and often times shine a light on contemporary issues facing the United States. Full Black is my second Brad Thor novel, and I enjoyed it. A thinly disguised George Soros-type figure plots to destroy America from within so ...more
Candy
I almost did not read this book at all. I have always enjoyed this series but the last two books, were good but full of the author bashing liberals/ Democrats. Having been a life long Democrat myself, I was extremely annoyed and even angered by his message. There is a reason why I don't watch Fox News. Then when I read that the author had been on Glenn Beck and other Fox News talking heads, I REALLY questioned if I should read this latest installment.
This book lacked any of the usual excitement
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Mihir

Full Black is the 10th thriller starring Scot Harvath and is the sequel to last year's Foreign Influences. Carrying the plot forward from last year's story Brad Thor gives the reader a rousing story full of action, intrigue and horrible scenarios. What ruined the plot for me was the fact that the author has made his characters his mouthpieces for his own philosophy. There were several passages decrying things which the author feels are anti-American and unpatriotic. This just ruined the read for
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Mary
Aug 02, 2011 Mary rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Steve & Cliff Ayer
Shelves: thrillers
Brad Thor does it again. You got to love Scott Horvath and the butt kicking he gives our enemies. He even added his own "spooky dude" to the mix by having James Standing aptly play our Nation's favorite annihilator, George Soros. If only he were allowed to bring about the downfall of our Nation; how happy he and his progressive kindred would be. I don't know why they don't give away all of their ill-gotten gains in the furtherance of their distributive economics, but wait someone has to be the e ...more
Liliana Pinto
O género policial não é de todo o meu favorito. Sempre gostei mais de romances, de histórias de amor e de fantasia. Era um tipo de prazer que me dava mais prazer. Mas, há um tempo atrás, decidi apostar neste género tão desconhecido para mim e tentar gostar. Ou, pelo menos, conseguir lê-lo sem adormecer. As minhas primeiras escolhas não foram as melhores mas ao escolher este livro percebi que existe algum potencial no policial.

"Matéria Negra" interliga várias personagens que no seu todo formam u
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Shawn Davis
Scot Harvath is back, and everything seems to be going wrong. A brilliant plan for the takedown of a major terrorist player has been put into action, but the devastating result causes him to step back and re-evaluate what he is working toward. Meanwhile, seemingly unrelated events are playing out in Los Angeles. Those events soon prove to be the key to discovering what is compromising everything they are working for. Even worse, a larger terrorist attack has been put into play, and Scot and his ...more
Steven Jr.
Thor's earliest books were solid hits all around...as of late, though, he has been hit and miss, and Full Black is the epitome of that--it is both hit and miss all at once.

The strong point of the novel is its plot. A Chinese plan to destroy the United States is hijacked by an anti-capitalist philanthropist, and Thor mainstay Scot Harvath is dispatched to investigate the threat. A side plot--arguably the best part of the book--involves a Hollywood producer and his tech consultant friend, a former
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Alain Burrese
I'm a fan of Brad Thor's and I've read all of his books. I really like the Scot Harvath character, and I've enjoyed how he has matured, changed, and developed through the series of books Thor has written. In this newest novel, “Full Black,” Thor continues the saga of Scot Harvath and now he works for a private company, rather than the government, but he's still doing what Harvath does best, stopping bad guys, and it Harvath's case, bad guys are international terrorists intending to do harm to Am ...more
Erin
One of the best Scot Harvath books yet! Brad Thor kind of frightens me with the things that he writes. I worry that if his books get in the wrong hands we are all in very big trouble. I love his views on terrorismand truly hope there are groups like The Carlton Group out there to save the world. In this thriller Scot is realizing how much he wants to find the right girl and settle down. But of course there is never time for that when he is needed to save the world. His love interest in not much ...more
Kitty Honeycutt
"FULL BLACK" BY BRAD THOR

With a quick-moving plot and action that will keep you unable to put this book down, you'll find yourself so caught up in this book you'll unwittingly become a part of it.

A combination of mystery and thriller this book goes into a subject we often ask ourselves. What is the government hiding? Readers that enjoy this type of novel will love it and those that don't will find themselves compelled to read it anyway!

You will definitely not want to miss out on this novel!

-Kitt
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Vannetta Chapman
This was my first Brad Thor book. I was looking for something along the lines of Vince Flynn, and Thor did not disappoint.

Fast paced, good character development and believable plot - imo.
Extremely conservative (if you like Flynn or even Nelson DeMille, you should enjoy it).
As a writer of Amish mysteries ... I find it helps me to read grittier books, especially those written by men. It's a good change of pace and highlights some interesting writing techniques!

Thor is definitely a writer I'll try
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Kimberly Chavez
“With each terrorist attack on U.S. soil, Americans gave up more of their rights. Harvath was reminded of the line, paraphrasing Benjamin Franklin, that those who trade some of their liberty for a little temporary security deserve neither and will lose both. The wisdom of the founders never ceased to amaze him.”

After tracking down a deadly terrorist cell, former Seal Team 6 and current Carlton Group member, Scot Harvath formulates a plan to infiltrate the cell to stop a string of deadly attacks
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Michael
My first time learning of Brad Thor was actually when I saw the cover of this book on one of my weekend excursions to the book store. Immediately I was drawn into the cover art. "How cool!" I exclaimed and was excited to start reading this author.

Fast forward to 2014 when I finally decided this was going to be the year I read every book Brad Thor put out.

The story in Full Black is probably his best, followed closely by Blowback and Takedown. Full Black is thrilling and anxiety-inducing all at th
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Scott Holstad
I've read many reviews of this book and am relieved to discover I'm not the only one who's dissatisfied with it. Apparently a lot of people are ticked off with the author's radical right wing agenda and his portrayal of liberals and Democrats as the source of all that is evil in our country. Right....

Aside from that, the book's premise annoyed me. A film director is secretly making a documentary in his house about something EXPLOSIVE enough to have people try to assassinate him. Guess what it's
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Brad Thompson


Thor can certainly pen a gripping tale. My problem with him is that he wears me out with his right wing crap. Why alienate solid readers who might believe that Fox News watchers really are the most misinformed people in the US? That's why I stopped reading Vince Flynn. I'll stick with Lee Child and David Baldacci.
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Scot Harvath (1 - 10 of 15 books)
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  • Path of the Assassin (Scot Harvath, #2)
  • State of the Union (Scot Harvath, #3)
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