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Somewhere deep inside the United States government is a closely guarded list. Members of Congress never get to see it—only the President and a secret team of advisers. Once your name is on the list, it doesn’t come off . . . until you’re dead.

Someone has just added counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath’s name.

Somehow Harvath must evade the teams dispatched to kill him lo
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Hardcover, 371 pages
Published July 24th 2012 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books (first published July 2012)
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Brian Bixler
There is only one direct allusion to "1984" in Brad Thor's "Black List," but an Orwellian world permeates every page. Thor creates a terrifying scenario of what would happen if the government's data-mining capabilities were turned on the American citizenry. By chapter 20, I was ready to take down my Facebook page, dismantle my cell phone and move to a cave somewhere.
When one character, a cyber genius, begins describing street lights with the ability to record video and audio of all who pass by,
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Mike (the Paladin)
Brad Thor's premiere protagonist Scott Harvath has been one tough....uh, umm, fellow, in the America's fight against terrorism for some time, but sadly all good things must come to an end. A new president and a new administration has decided to cut costs by cutting back on America's intelligence resources.

No problem. Scott has....marketable skills so he's now in the private sector. Still opposing terrorism but now for a private company. Unfortunately government "mismanagement" and....slight ove
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Relic
You know, when you or I get into a car, we get into a car. And about 999 out of a 1000 authors would just write 'they/he/she got into a car'. Good enough, lets move on to the action.

Not good enough for Brad Thor. Characters don't get into cars. They 'transition' into cars. They also never 'resume' an interrupted activity, like you or I would. They 'transition back' to what they were doing. A chicken never crosses the road--it transitions. Considering the amount of time characters spend in this b
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Larry Johnson
Just when I thought Thor's books couldn't get any better, he comes up with one that will make any reader paranoid. In this novel, Harvath's colleagues have been burned and he's next on the list. As he tries to find out why he discovers a plan that could destroy the country from within its borders and its government.

The scary thing is that while reading this book and comparing it to recent news articles concerning security and Americans' privacies I had to wonder just how close to reality is this
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Lorca Damon
From GoodeReader.com eBook Reviews:

Verdict: 5-Stars

I sincerely hope that Brad Thor is just a great fiction writer because if he’s not, if he’s simply writing the truth, America is in a lot of trouble. According to Black List, the real bad guy is our own government. Worse, the people who are charged with keeping us safe are often in more danger from internal orders than the terrorists they hunt.

That was the feeling I got throughout Thor’s book. While it starts out as a great story about secret ag
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Alec
In a change of pace from the typical Scot Harvath novel, Brad Thor has changed his protagonist's role from the hunter to the hunted in this novel. I thoroughly enjoyed this twist. Like most of these types of novels, the action starts early, is fast paced, and goes all the way through to the end. Unlike most of these types of novels, the action seemed semi-realistic and believable.

The scariest aspect of this novel is the premise upon which it is based. We, as a society, generate massive amounts o
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Keri
This was a good and scary read. Kept having to remind myself that this was just fiction. I am eager to see where BT is going with Scot. Is he going to finally allow him to find someone special that is ready to settle down and have a family. Never seen a character so ready to be a daddy. Now if he can just hang on to the baby's mama. :-) I also want to call BT a chicken for now detailing that last scene...come on...all authors are trying new things in their writing, you could have detailed that l ...more
Terri Lynn
I don't know why exactly I decided to read this. It was recommended to me on Goodreads but I have never read any Brad Thor novels and I am admittedly turned off by "heroes" who think having a career going out murdering people for the military or government agencies like the CIA or other official thug groups is just fine as can be with the justification that the USA is the god of the universe and in charge of everything on the planet.

Surprisingly, I liked it! I didn't like Scot at all but I enjo
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Anthony
Jun 25, 2013 Anthony rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Anthony by: Nancy Kaufman
Shelves: novels, fbi
A review by Anthony T. Riggio of Brad Thor's “Black List”.

I had seen this book on the book shelves in books stores and chose to pass on reading it. It sounded like so many of the genre of books that deal with some former CIA, Delta Team member or Seal Team #(whatever). The hero is no longer in the service of their country but are hired on by one of the multitude of private contractors that seem to have become ubiquitous in the running of the government. It leads me to believe our “big and gettin
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Eric
Mar 12, 2013 Eric rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of gritty spy thrillers
I've seen Brad Thor's name countless times on book store shelves, but hadn't read anything by him until this book, which I picked up because of this interesting premise:
Somewhere deep inside the United States government is a closely guarded list. Members of Congress never get to see it—only the President and a secret team of advisers. Once your name is on the list, it doesn’t come off . . . until you’re dead.

Someone has just added counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath’s name.

Somehow Harvath mu
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Martin
Just wrapped up Brad Thor’s latest thriller, Black List, and found it nearly impossible to put down. Another Thor masterpiece, filled with fast-paced action, plenty of intrigue, and multiple plot twists that disrupted my sleep patterns and forced me to miss a meal or two. Scot Harvath is back, and he, along with the rest of the Carlton Group, is being hunted. Driven underground, Harvath calls in favors from an assortment of familiar friends to help him unravel the plot against him. Thor has cons ...more
Jeffrey
In Brad Thor's latest, Scot Harvath, is ambushed in Paris and barely escapes with his life, while his partner is killed and many of his fellow operatives for Carlton are also wiped out. Someone has put out a hit order on Harvath.

Meanwhile, the Troll, the master thief and computer hacker is contacted by a friend's sister with a computer memory card containing information about an organization known as ATS. ATS, which has close ties to the NSA, and is practically a shadow government, is a huge sec
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Linda Root
This was a one-sitting read. It has been a while since my husband and I read a Brad Thor book together on my laptop. I had forgotten how good Thor is in pacing his action sequonences. I had also forgotten the intensity of his views on moral issues of the day. Black List is more thought-provoking than most. WE all see hints of 1984 when I we see our purchases, likes and dislikes thrown back at us on the margins of the web sites we visit. I would not be shocked to learn that government is harvesti ...more
Leander Grogan
I want to be honest and say I didn't read the entire book. By chapter 11 I couldn't take any more.

I want to repeat what I've said in earlier reviews. I believe each author pours his/her heart and soul into each project. I know I do. Thus, it is difficult to slam the hammer down on someone's work. I'll just say this book and I didn't get along well. The plot was plausible. But the sentences kept getting in the way.

Here are three examples:
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Schroeder climbed out of his unimpressive yet efficient
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Jamie
Thor opens eyes here about fascism within the United States and so-called 'free' West. These people need to be placed under a media spotlight and then lose their freedom. The consolidation of and abuse of video, satellite and internet surveillance is no fantasy and real protections need to be ensured for those in the 'land of the free' and those in the 'true North strong and free.' Regardless of what side Harvath falls on I find him an unlikable character that feels he is under no system of law ...more
Dale
A question of who will find whom first.

Published by Simon and Schuster Audio in 2012.
Read by Armand Schultz
Duration: 12 hours, 3 minutes.


Brad Thor changes things up a bit for his long-running character Scot Harvath in this installment. Usually, Harvath is out in the world at large fighting international terrorists. Harvath's unique talents and dogged determination make him a very powerful weapon in the world of counter-terrorism.

In Black List , Harvath and a member of the Athena team (the all f
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Jackie
The best (and also scariest) part of this book is that the storyline hit too close to, "Holy creepers this could actually be happening." If I had a paranoia disorder of some sort, I would have thrown this iPad out at about page 100, and moved to a remote desert island as soon as I finished. it is very unnerving to think of how much of our lives depend on technology, and how closely we are being watched with that technology. Having said that, I will now put my head back in the sand, and review th ...more
Janett Wawrzyniak
Black List a novel by Brad Thor. A complex plan in America’s technology to become the one interconnected brain unfolds. Digital intrusion is in progress to steal the DNA mind of every man, woman and child in the United States. Harvath and his intelligence colleagues have uncovered this plan and Harvath is on their death list. This book reveals characters in action and conflict within the depth of the deadly plan. Chapters are clear with action belonging to which character. Descriptive subtext is ...more
Jerome
Slow, with a plot far from original, if incredulous.

This is run-of-the-mill fare for Thor, and the details are quite forgettable (I have forgotten a lot, and I'm writing this only a week after finishing it). The idea that Thor showcases in this book is the concept that the President of the US has a kill switch for the internet, and the right to separate you from it in a time of crisis (which we have been at since the early 00's according to Thor). Whether or not this could physically be accompli
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Monnie
Although I really, really do enjoy reading Brad Thor's thrillers, they can get a bit ponderous when he takes off on several pages of ranting about one or more of the issues that are near and dear to his heart. Here, for instance, it is the potential for government misuse of personal information that's being collected as a result of ever-advancing technology: cell phones, social media websites, security cameras in retail establishments and such. But unlike the last few books, his message came thr ...more
Frank Hughes
My second try at a Scot Harvath novel was more rewarding than the first. As opposed to "The Last Patriot", where the hero rarely seemed in real danger, the heroes in this book are in mortal danger and on the run from the very beginning, and Thor winds the suspense professionally throughout. The central plot is scary and believable, a cautionary tale that gets you thinking on how much information the government and other entities are collecting about you and already using to manipulate your choic ...more
Malissa Thurman
This audiobook was released on Tuesday and I was done on Friday. It did not disappoint. It was a great up and down ride and had me fully engaged from the start. This is my 3rd book in the series. I really wish I had started from book 1, because I don't think I would enjoy going backwards. I so love Scott and Troll as they have been in the last couple books. I have to say I was glad the Athena Team got a little play time in this novel. The Athena Team was my first Brad Thor and the reason I becam ...more
Mark Mitchell
Brad Thor has crafted a Scot Harvath novel that could for the basis of a Cato Institute whitepaper. A private company, nestled within the cosy confines of the NCA, CIA, DIA and the rest of the alphabet-soup intelligence agencies of the United States, has built technology to spy on everybody, all the time. Our well-meaning government, afraid of terrorism, is about to become merely the puppet of the nefarious Board of Directors and their psychotic CEO. Scot Harvath must once again save the day.

Esp
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Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Genre* Thriller
*Rating* 3.0

*Review*

Scot Harvath (aka the Norseman) is back and ready for action in the eleventh installment of the Scot Harvath series. This time instead of being the hunter, he is the hunted. Someone has put him on the so called Black List as a Traitor to the country and it's up to Scot to find out who, why, and how he can stay one step ahead of those hunting for his head.

Although this is the Scot Harvath series, he is not the main player this time around. Instead, several oth
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Duane
Great read! Fast-paced and action-packed. Just the way I like them.

The author calls his writing style "faction" because he writes a fictional story using real facts - in this case, it was about the surveillance apparatus of the U.S. government. If the technology he talks about in this book is true, then I need to find a way to get off the grid!

The main character - Scot Harvath, continues to impress with his cunning and lethality. The story is a multi-threaded one that follows several of the cha
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James
I bought this book yesterday and it hooked me. Finished reading it this afternoon. Thor has done a great deal of research and touches on some very sensitive issues that we all need to think about. After 9/11 a number of measures were taken to make the country more secure and it has been a great political debate on whether or not some of these measures have gone too far: the Patriot Act, rendition, ubiquitous surveillance... these are all matters that our country is trying to come to grips with p ...more
Debbie
Working my way through, but not having a good time. This book is so full of inaccuracies that it's a chore. Yes, it's fiction. However, much of the book is based on treason, which anyone with a smattering of knowledge about the constitution would know that a person can be charged with treason ONLY if we are at war -- as declared by Congress (Article 3). The last person actually tried for treason was in WWII.
Worst book ever by Brad Thor. His researchers should be fired. First, the debacle over "
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Trish Jackson
If you've read George Orwell's 1984 and you think that was scary, try this one!
It's about what would happen if a rogue government, or an enemy, had access to the US government's data files. (That we now know exist, with information on every citizen.)
They could manipulate the data to create complete control of the country and there isn't a thing we could do about it.
Those who they know, or suspect, would oppose them would be labeled as traitors or terrorists, black-listed and assassinated.
Maybe
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Skip
ATS, a shadowy defense contractor, has Scot Horvath and the rest of the Carlton Group classified as traitors and sends out hit teams, killing many. Meanwhile, one of the ATS techies uncovers the pot and is killed, but not before sending a thumb drive to her sister and instructions to contact the Dwarf (Nicholas.) ATS is planning an Internet armageddon so it can implement its own version, which tracks all users. This is a scary book if you have any paranoia about governmental spying on or suppres ...more
Becky
Well the good guys, each of whom thought the other one was dead, found their way to the bad guys despite the Big Brother aspects of the watchers. Lots of excellent shooting, on target and on time. Creative use of technology. And voila the bad guys are foiled,

And as with all good thrillers, spy stories, and detective work, "It ain't over til the hero and newest heroine have sex."

Can't wait to see what devious bad guys Scott Harvath encounters in his next assignment. How many times can one mad sa
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“You know when I told you the joke about how a friend will help you move, but a real friend will help you move a body? I was only kidding.” 19 likes
“You can't kill an American Citizen without benefit of a trial."
"I can if you're on the list, traitor."
"LIST? What list? What the hell are you talking about?"
BLACK LIST, July 24”
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