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Preview — The Apostle by Brad Thor
The Apostle (Scot Harvath #8)
Thor seems to oscillate between getting overly detailed and technical in one novel to beating us over the head in the next with useless, mundane character traits such as in The Apostle, Harvath drinking Diet Red Bull.
It adds exactly zero to either Harvath's character, the plot or the overall read of the book.
As a veteran, I appreciate Mr. Thor's respect and admiration for what our Armed Force...more
Here we start with a newly elected president who's (following the well estab...more
Ok, the good part. Horvath likes drinking diet Red Bull. And I liked Julia Gallo the doctor who gets kidnapped. That's it for anything i liked about the book.
The bad and ugly?...more
The investigation back in the U.S. regarding secrets kept by politicians was my least favorite part of the b...more
In Washington, D.C. the president, Robert Alden, is grateful to Julia's mother, Stpehanie Gallo for her help in his campaign but now her daughter has been kidnapped. The ransom for her release is to free a terrorist imprisoned in Kabul. (Mustafa Kahn).
When Alden hesitates to help, Stephanie reminds him that she has info on the presidnet's addessory in the death of four innocent Americans and the conspiracy to cover it up.
They summon Scott Horvath from...more
A new administration and a new approach to dealing with America’s enemies have left covert counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath without a job. But when American doctor Julia Gallo is kidnapped in Afghanistan, the terms of her ransom leave the president with only one course of action.
In a dangerous assignment that the United States government will deny any knowledge of, Scot Harvath must secretly infiltrate Kabul’s notorious Policharki Prison and free the man the kidnappers demand as ransom:...more
Within the story is another side story involving the newly elected President Alden. One of his female Secret Service has overheard a disturbing tidbit while on duty. She takes this tidbit and starts her investigations into whether it could be true or not.
The Apostle is a page turner as the reader must...more
Scott Harvath can easily be labeled as a super patriot. He has been trained in counterterrorism and has no love for the enemies of the United States. Although his job has been eliminated by the President, he is being asked to take on a secret operation.
Unfortunately, the first 3/5ths of the book were setting the stage for the rescue op interspersed with a second storyline about Secret Service agent, Elise Campbell, and her investigation into the President. I found the story a bit slow and...more
The other story involves the co...more
Right off the bat I realised that “The Apostle” by Brad Thor was going to be an intelligent read. A stranger to his Scot Harvath novels (this is his eighth by the way) I was curious to see how an ex member of the Department of Homeland security would bring his knowledge to print. W...more
This is your standard action adventure of rescue the damsel in distress. In this case, the damsel is Julia Gallo (an aid doctor) and she has been kidnapped in Afghanistan. The complexity of the idea behind the kidnapping could have been better carried out, because the focus is all on the action. At the end, you hardly even remember why she was kidnapped or that it was just part of a more elaborate plan. The...more
President Alden, the new Head of State has cleaned house after winning election and has gotten rid of much of the intelligence apparatus including Harwath's secret agency, where he was one of the deep agents responsible for fighting the war on terrorism. Alden, who was elected with the aid of Stephanie Gallo, a media mega-millionaire, is beholden...more
The character of Scot Harvath has continued, but from this new thriller, a new layer of his life has begun to unfold. Even though Scot had been "dismissed" from his position fro...more
The plot is complex, making it hard to predict what happens next. The beginning starts with a woman in Afghanistan being kidnapped at a roadblock that Taliban soldiers set...more
This is, I believe, the most recent Scot Harvath novel installment, or, maybe just the most recent out in paper. It chronicles Harvath under a new president, who is clearly some sort of slam at Obama; the new Prez has turned Harvath loose, so he's free lancing now, but only for the good guys. This is a twin tale...more
Brad Thor's "The Apostle" was obviously very well researched and investigated before it was compiled into a novel. Thor's craft only gets better...more
Meanwhile, in a subplot that doesn't seem to have anything to do with anything, Special Agent Elise Campbell works t...more
As for the plot itself, I found myself much more interested in the goings-on in Afghanistan than I was in Elise Campbell's story. While it was interesting and gave a nice rest from the angst of the opposing narrative, I simply didn't find it to be all that relevant to what I...more
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