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Full Black (Scot Harvath #10)

4.25  ·  Rating Details  ·  13,427 Ratings  ·  594 Reviews
#1 New York Times bestselling author Brad Thor delivers 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, some missions are so deadly, so sensitive, that they simply don’t exist. When one such mission goes horribly wrong, only former Navy S
Paperback, 476 pages
Published May 22nd 2012 by Pocket Books (first published July 26th 2011)
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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
Feb 25, 2012 Elyse rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: espionage, 2012
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
Doug Branscombe
Sep 22, 2011 Doug Branscombe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 15, 2011 Norm rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 18, 2013 M.D. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Lola Sharp
Sep 07, 2011 Lola Sharp rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
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
Giovanni Gelati
Aug 08, 2011 Giovanni Gelati rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Joe Wisniewski
Jul 19, 2012 Joe Wisniewski rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Joel Anderson
Jun 09, 2012 Joel Anderson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 07, 2011 Candy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Sep 08, 2011 Maureen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 26, 2011 Simon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 12, 2011 Dale Barnhart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Scott Holstad
Aug 13, 2014 Scott Holstad rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didn-t-finish
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
Steven Jr.
Thor's earliest books were solid hits all 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
Aug 25, 2011 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 25, 2011 Mihir rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

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
Aug 02, 2011 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Anu Lal
Sep 20, 2015 Anu Lal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Brad Thor’s greatest achievement is the courage to expose, using the language of fiction, the most double-tongued enemy of humanity at the moment—terrorism. One the one hand, our society supports murderers and terrorists in the name of political correctness, and on the other, accepts victimization as a natural course of things. In Full Black, Brad Thor is evidently intolerant toward double standards of all kind.

A thriller is supposed to hook the reader from the
Kimberly Chavez
Apr 02, 2015 Kimberly Chavez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“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
Liliana Pinto
May 23, 2014 Liliana Pinto rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5, leituras-2014
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
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
Alain Burrese
Aug 04, 2012 Alain Burrese rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 23, 2013 Erin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Narrator: Armand Schulz

It started off okay - normal action-thriller. Then it just went off in another direction and totally lost me. I didn't know what the plot was anymore, I couldn't follow the waffling that filled the pages, people going on endlessly about some ideological viewpoints or political opinions I really couldn't care less about when I'm reading fiction.

I just want an action thriller - chases, bangs, kabooms, bad guys lose, good guys win. I don't care abo
dennis barron
Jun 14, 2016 dennis barron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Full Black. Brad Thor

You like Robert Ludlum, Daniel Silva, Scott Mariani, David Baldacci, Ian Fleming.....and the list goes on...Brad Thor righteously kicks assassin's with this novel!!! Three to four Inter entwined its at the same time!! All related!! Seat of the pants scorching action. A masterfully written intense action thriller ! I highly recommend this masterpiece of art!!!
Kitty Honeycutt
Aug 12, 2011 Kitty Honeycutt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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!

Vannetta Chapman
Jun 17, 2012 Vannetta Chapman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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