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The First Commandment (Scot Harvath #6)

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A master assassin. A vendetta years in the making. And a counterterrorism operative who will risk everything — even treason — to keep the people he loves alive.

Brad Thor, the New York Times bestselling author of Takedown, delivers an explosive international thriller featuring Navy SEAL turned Homeland Security operative Scot Harvath, who somewhere, somehow, has left the

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Hardcover, 404 pages
Published July 17th 2007 by Atria Books (first published 2007)
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Dan Schwent
An assassin is targeting people close to counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath. His girlfriend is comatose in a hospital bed and the president has ordered him to stand down. But how can he stand down when the people around him are being gunned down?

First off, this was a birthday present and not something I picked for myself. I'm not into political thrillers.

The Good: The First Commandment is action-packed and feels like a blockbuster movie. Scot Harvath is a high caliber bad-ass. The plot had...more
Holly
Mar 23, 2008 Holly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who likes political thrillers
I normally love all of Brad Thor's books--and admit that this one was just as edge-of-your-seat thrilling as his others, but I confess I was rather unhappy with how Scot behaved in this book. Granted his nearest and dearest were being tortured and killed while he tracked his attacker down, but the way he was extracting information from the terrorists was disturbing to one of my sensibilities. And my high opinion of Scot suffered as a result. I didn't like how torture was justified by only being...more
Nick Brett
I quite liked this series when it started, but am starting to feel more uncomfortable with the author and his character, Scot Harvath.

Brad Thor, I sense, wants to be Vince Flynn and wants Harvarth to be Mitch Rapp and the characters have a lot in common. The trouble is that Mitch Rapp has a real presence and Harvath doesn’t and at times it is hard to like him. Author Thor also seems to be becoming more and more right wing in his writing and quite a few of his views expressed through his characte...more
Phil
The First Commandment (Scot Harvath, #6) by Brad ThorBrad Thor

I’m not sure why I continue on with Brad Thor and the Scot Harvath Series but I do. I just finished the sixth in the Scot Harvath Series, The First Commandment and it was just ok. Not great, just ok. I love this genre of books where you have a Patriot, (Scot Harvath), who is fighting for the rights of United State citizens in the arena of covert operations.

The world of war has changed. No longer do we experience the death and destruction of Armies against Armies. We don’t see the Tank...more
Ike
On the plus side, Brad Thor's writing style is clear, succinct, and easy to follow. The story is very Clancy-esque with plenty to keep you riveted to the book. The plot flows rather linearly with few deviations from the main story line. There is enough action to keep you interested and enough twists to keep you in suspense.

On the down side, it did seem to simply be "Clancy lite." Scot Harvath is John Clark with benefits. Harvath seems to have a close friend who owes him a favor in every single c...more
Kris P
Somewhere, somehow Scot Harvath has left the wrong person alive ...
In the dead of night, five of the most dangerous detainees in the war on terror are pulled from their isolation cells in Guantanamo Bay, stripped of their orange jumpsuits, given civilian clothes and driven to the base airfield where they are loaded aboard a Boeing 727 and set free.
Six months later, covert counterterrorism agent Scot Harvath awakes to discover that his world has changed violently and forever. A sadistic assassin...more
Ru
Another terrific, action-packed Brad Thor novel, the sixth in the series, and has his protagonist, Scot Harvath, working with unlikely forces to unravel threats both personal and of global consequence. "The First Commandment" picks up immediately following the shocking aftermath of "Takedown" and there is barely time to breathe before new (or are they old?) enemies are encountered. Harvath once again has to rely on his wits more than his strength, and his connections aren't always helpful. The f...more
Joel Thornton
Brad Thor is the best thriller writer out there. It takes you around the world and back, action packed into every page. You have to read this guy!
Patty
Another non-stop thriller. Too bad he can't clean up the language in his books.
Kevin
One thing can generally be said of the books in the Scot Harvath series -they do not disappoint. Thor can be counted upon to deliver plots that are action driven with bad guys that are truly evil. The reader can also count on an ending where bad guys get their just rewards - with extreme prejudice as they used to say in the Ian Fleming novels.

The First Commandment picks up a thread from the end of the previous novel, Takedown. Harvath's girlfriend, Tracy, is in a coma after being shot by a snipe...more
Jamie
Someone is on a revenge spree ripping apart Harvath's life and everyone in it. Harvath is not amused. Less so, when he learns that the President of the United States has done the unthinkable and approved the release of 5 dangerous terrorists from Guantanamo Bay. But why would the U.S. government do such a thing? Harvath is determined to learn why and protect those he cares about, while ending whoever is responsible for these reprehensible crimes. But Harvath learns that he has lost all support f...more
Marcus Wimbley
Oct 01, 2008 Marcus Wimbley rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
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Kara
I'm not sure I should admit to reading this book! I had it on my "to-read" list for some time and then checked it out recently from the library for my husband to take with him on a flight. I would classify this as a "Book for Guys Who Like Movies." :) It is action packed in the vein of Mission: Impossible or The Da Vinci Code and is written with very short chapters as if they are scene changes. (Is the author hoping to sell the rights to his book and see this developed into a blockbuster movie?...more
Jeff
Sep 08, 2012 Jeff rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
“Thou shalt not negotiate with terrorists” is the first commandment. The main character, Scot Harvath, violates the President’s order to not get involved in tracking down those responsible for near-fatal attacks on Harvath’s friends and family. Harvath uses his training to escape detection and prevent a final, deadliest attack on his former girlfriend, Meg Cassidy, who is about to get married.

PROS: Detailed, but not too much. Interesting read and several chapters were only a few pages long. The...more
JC
Harvath goes rogue in this installment of the Harvath series. I was afraid of a dropoff from the previous book in this one, but it was just as quick paced as the previous book. Harvath is finally realizing what is important to him in his life (I'm still wondering if he'll ever stay with a woman though) as people related to him are being attacked. Oh yeah, the President is too happy with him in this book either. There were a couple of very interesting quotes in this book about America and the cul...more
Sheila
Dec 05, 2008 Sheila rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone that really enjoys being held on the edge of your seat while reading
Recommended to Sheila by: Sam
A master assassin. A vendetta years in the making. And a counterterrorism operative who will risk everything -- even treason -- to keep the people he loves alive.


Brad Thor, the New York Times bestselling author of Takedown, delivers an explosive international thriller featuring Navy SEAL turned Homeland Security operative Scot Harvath, who somewhere, somehow, has left the wrong person alive.


"Thou shalt not negotiate with terrorists..."



Six months ago: In the dead of the night, five of the most da...more
Joel Anderson
Another outstanding book in the Scot Horvath series. Having started in the middle, I have gone back to pick up earlier stories to understand the development of the character, a former seal and member of the Secret Service, Horvath finds himself in a race to stop a terrorist who is attacking those close to him. Strangely, it seems that his own government is against him as he tries to catch a killer who is attacking family, friends and colleagues. So, he is in the difficult position of trying to c...more
Malissa Thurman
First commandment was a fair read. Not my favorite of the series, but worth the read. Decided i liked a few characters less, like the President. I am getting to know The Troll better as well. I am catching up on older books, so I did not know the backstory on him. To think I liked him in more recent books. Now, not at all! I don't think it will be easy for me to favor him again.

This story was grating my nerves. Not the writing. I was just pissed off that the so called "powers that be" turned the...more
Doran Barton
Another Brad Thor thriller finished! It's amazing how many books this guy has written in such a short amount of time, and they're good.

What is "The First Commandment?" It refers to the rule that the US government doesn't negotiate with terrorists under any circumstances. In this story, however, the president finds himself in a situation where he feels he must give in to demands in order to save a ridiculous number of US citizens. The demands are that a number of terrorists housed at Gitmo are to...more
Will
Dec 16, 2013 Will rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Any fiction fan in the world
Recommended to Will by: Thor's reputation
Subjective Review Begins Here:

This book establishes Brad Thor as Vince Flynn's equivalent in pure action adventure thriller supremacy. If you like edge of your seat, page turning into the wee hours because you can't possibly put it down, this book's for you. Absolutely one of the best five books I've ever read. If you're not a Scot Harvath fan by the time you finish this book, then you don't know who Mitch Rapp, his apparently half-brother is either. One incredible read. This is a must read for...more
Corky
Six months ago in the dead of the night, five of the most dangerous detainees in the war on terror are pulled from their isolation cells in Guantanamo Bay. They are issued civilian clothes and driven to the base airfieldwhere they are put aboard a Boeing 727 and set free.
Screams awaken Agent Scot Harvath as he discovers that his world has changed violently -- and forever. Ordered by the president to stay out of the investigation, Harvath is forced to mount his own operation to uncover the conspi...more
RJ McGill
Jan 25, 2008 RJ McGill rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all suspense, mystery, political, thriller readers (& those interested in current events)
Shelves: reviewed
Takedown raised the bar for political-thrillers, left readers in a state of shock and had critics wondering if Thor could possibly write another novel of equal quality. Well, he satisfied readers beyond their wildest dreams and silenced the critics with “The First Commandment.” The foreword is comprised of a single sentence: “Do not wish ill for the enemy, plan it.” With less than ten words the author set the tone, constructed the stage and prepared the audience for an adrenaline infused novel,...more
Carole
Scot Harvath, former Navy Seal, former Secret Service agent, and current private company operative, is caught in the middle of a revenge attack on his family and friends by a Muslim terrorist who blames him for his mother's death. Except for a few loyal friends he has no one to help him; even the President turns against him and tries to have him captured or even killed because he won't give up trying to find the terrorist.

This is an edge-of-your-seat thriller that will keep you guessing.
Stacey
This book was an edge of your seat, stay up into the middle of the night, page-turning thrill ride.

The sixth book in the Scot Harvath series opens with a presumed dead operative hunting down and hurting Scot's loved ones. The President benches Scot from this assignment leaving him with the option of being helpless or being labeled a traitor if he goes into battle against the President's wishes.

Old characters return and new characters emerge making this a perfect story full of unexpected twists a...more
John
Brad Thor is the quintessential All American anti-terrorist novelist writing today. His protagonist Scot Horvath is an ex-SEAL, ex-Secret Service, go gettum at any cost kind of guy who has a real anger management problem. Mix all that in the pot and throw in a healthy portion of sensitivity and respect for women, children, and honesty and you can see that Thor has created a VERY complex character who constantly is evolving as both he and the author mature.

This particular story is extremely engag...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Unabridged audio.


Someone tried to kill Scot's (Scot Harvath) girlfriend, and Scot intends nothing will keep him from finding the one. This is especially true once it becomes obvious that someone (the same someone?) is going after Scot's mother, and anyone who means anything to him.

What's the biggest rub? The President of the US himself has ordered Scot to stand down and stay completely hands off this one.

That's gonna happen, right? If it did we wouldn't have a book. With both his "friend" and...more
Amos
of Adlib 6/29/2010 used. Started late pm 8/24/2010, couple notes I took, while reading: Vahalla, tacticle resort (fictional?) Dark Side of the Moon, Elk Resort, Site 6. Angra dos Reis, getaway in Brazil, consisting of 365 islands. More about the Ovcharkas (dogs) over 200# and 41" at the Shoulder. Ref. to Cristo Redentor (statue) on Mt. Cercovado, Brazil (near Rio)
Discussion of Muslim "Extremists" vs non action of Muslim moderates adding to evil. I wonder if the same could be said of "Christians...more
William
The best Brad Thor yet.Scot Harvaths friends and family are being targeted by a psycho with a vendetta, who was released from Guantanamo by the President and in the process is being told to stand down..Another fantastic page turner, that you cannot put down. With a lot of disturbing content and shady characters and awesome finish, Brad Thor at his best..
Gary Black
I really liked this book. This series just gets better and better. People in Scot Harvath's life are being targeted and the President keeps on telling Scot to stay out of it that they will take care of it. I especially liked Scots relationship with the Troll. The Troll is an adversary from another book. This book read like a good action flick and I loved it.
Steve Schlutow
I thought this book was much better than its predecessor, Takedown.. I liked the story that Harvath was working alone, and using his sources. I like the relationship between the Troll and Harvath and that its growing. I like the fact the Troll totes the line (where ever the profit is), and that he is a great source for Harvath. I gave the book three stars, because I thought Thor did not develop the villain's (not giving names away)hatred for Harvath well enough.. I (the reader) knew he hated it...more
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