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The Apostle (Scot Harvath #8)

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Every politician has a secret. And when the daughter of a politically connected family is kidnapped abroad, America's new president will agree to anything, even a deadly and ill-advised rescue plan in order to keep his secret hidden. But when covert counter-terrorism operative Scot Harvath is assigned to infiltrate one of the world's most notorious prisons and free the man...more
Hardcover, 358 pages
Published June 30th 2009 by Atria Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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Jamaicabeach
Have read all the Thor books in order, beginning with The Lions of Lucerne--a very good read, by the way.

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
Mike (the Paladin)
This is one of those that almost made it to four stars by the skin of it's teeth, but I reconsidered and gave it 3. I like Brad Thor and it's quite possible that part of the problem here was me. I've struggled with finding a book I like lately. This was a well constructed story and told a fairly fast moving tale (with only a few slow downs). Somehow I just didn't get into it quite as much as I have other of Thor's books.

Here we start with a newly elected president who's (following the well estab...more
Mormonhermitmom
This is another installment in the Scott Harvath series. No longer a Secret Service agent, but a "security expert for hire", Scott finds himself tracking the kidnapped daughter of a media tycoon who is in tight with the current President of the United States. The demanded ransom for Julia Gallo's life is a high level Al-Qaeda operative held captive by the Afghan government awaiting trial. The President doesn't want to do the trade - "no negotiating with terrorists" is the official policy after a...more
Sean
Brad Thor again shows that he's run out of gas with this lackluster eighth book in the Scot Harvath series. The seventh book, The Last Patriot, was a bad enough novel, but this one is just exceptionally bad. The writing is fine, Thor has the talent, but the problem lies with his describing the same things again and again in a repetitive nature. I've taken issue with these things before in his novels, but never to the degree found in this book. And that may stem from the fact that the story in th...more
Nolawis
This is about my fourth Brad Thor novel. The stories are ok if not predictable. I am really put off though by the massive amounts of product placement. The Apostle reads like a commercial. Off the top of my head, I remember Kobold watches, Red Bull, Glock, Streamlight, Blackhawk Industries, etc. Not only does it bother me as a reader, but it also strains the credibility of the character. I've worked around many military special operators and I've never seen one wearing an $8000 watch. I've seen...more
Michael Shore
I have been a big fan of Brad Thor since he began writing the Scott Harvath series. That is officially over. This book stunk. Stunk like a skunk. Either he changed and went off the deep right cliff, or i just didnt notice it in 7 previous books. My thinking is that it is the former. Thor must be going out with Ann Coulter.

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
Alain Burrese
I read thrillers to have fun, and Scot Harvath's newest adventure in Brad Thor's "The Apostle" was a fun read. I enjoyed it, and look forward to Thor's next book. Brad Thor's hero, Scot Harvath, is one of my favorite thriller characters. I've enjoyed every book in the series. This latest installment is a fairly simple plot compared to some of the earlier books, but enjoyable just the same.

The investigation back in the U.S. regarding secrets kept by politicians was my least favorite part of the b...more
Michael
Sep 14, 2009 Michael rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Lee Child fans, action thriller fans
Recommended to Michael by: Enjoy the author's work
Dr. Julia Gallo is kidnapped in Afghanistan.

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
Alison
Captivating, another page turner. Espionage, counter-terrorism, kidnapping, insurgents, all taking place on foreign soil with Scot Harvath to the rescue. This story takes place in Afghanistan; Brad Thor eductates the reader as he uses Afghan words to describe the clothing Afghan men wear, and he weaves in other words to help the reader understand the Afghan culture thus helping us understand why some villages and their leaders would assist Scot in his current mission, and why others could not be...more
Joseph Gruber

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
Dolphe
While this is a readable effort by Mr. Thor, it is a bit of a muddled storyline. Essentially, there is a Scot Harvath adventure loosely wrapped around a bit of Secret Service intrigue. The two stories really don't mesh and the Secret Service story seems like a thinly veiled set-up for a spin-off. This certainly isn't what fans would expect.
Kris P
This was the 8th book in the Scot Harvath series, and some new characters have been introduced. Starting with the newly elected US President. As with a lot of politicians they see the chance to gain some political mileage by trimming back in various areas, in this case the intelligence community. Yet when an American Doctor, who just happens to be the daughter of one of the new President's biggest supporters, is kidnapped in Afghanistan it is time to dust off the Norseman and set him doing what...more
Deborah
Another great thriller by Thor featuring Scott Harvath as the counter-terrorism operative. In this story he is out to rescue a CARE doctor stationed in Afghanistan who was kidnapped by the Taliban.

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
Paul Pessolano
I wouldn't have to convince those of you who have read Brad Thor in the past to read this book. However, for those of you who have not, if you read Vince Flynn, Lee Child, James Rollins, or Matthew Reilly, you will really like this book.

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.

Julia Gall...more
Douglas Cootey
If you love procedural military op novels, you'll love this book. Every detail is spelled out, from the cultural nuances to the rescue plans to the brands of their gear. Thor loves his Harvath character, and the story shines whenever Harvath is center stage.

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
Linda
There are two stories in this book. The main one revolves around Scot Harvath who has been hired to rescue an American doctor kidnapped by the Taliban. To affect her release, he has to kidnap a Taliban leader captured by the Afghan police and exchange the prisoners. But the more Scot knows of this evil terrorist, he is determined that he not go free. With the help of several private security people living in Kabul, plans are developed to find and rescue the doctor.

The other story involves the co...more
Paula Robinson
I didn't love The Apostle as much as the other books before it, but it is a good story. I think that I am still hooked on president Rutledge and I hated the new one before I even met him. Thor did a great job with the secondary storyline, which I found myself wanting to read more about that than what Scot was doing in Afghanistan, though it was a worthy mission. In this book, Thor showed the human side of Afghanistan. As Americans, we see only he "bad" stuff, but rarely get to see what the "war"...more
Miles
Scot Harvath is a man on a mission, brought in to rescue the daughter of a well-connected supporter of the President of the United States, he grudgingly travels to war torn Afghanistan in a bid to bring the woman home.

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
Jerome
Nice action read, but not much else. Then again, it's cliche, sophomoric,and predictable.

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
Jeffrey
Sep 03, 2009 Jeffrey rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Thor fans, thriller fans who like secret agent missions
Brad Thor's latest novel featuring super agent Scot Harwath is pretty good thriller material but definitely not heavy lifting. There are two thin plots.

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
Anthony
Even though this is the 8th thriller of the Scot Harvath series, it sort of feels like a relaunch of Scot Harvath 2.0. A new president, Robert Alden, has taken the reigns, and already there's trouble brewing against him. Being "blackmailed" from his media campaign mogul that helped him to his victory into the White House.

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
Brennan
The novel The Apostle, written by Brad Thor tells of the complex and mysterious mission executed by the intriguing character, Scot Harvath. If a kidnapping is interesting then the book is something you should read. The kidnapping that could destroy America should be the title. The Apostle is the second and best in this trilogy.
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
Chuck
My first 2011 post after the insane year I had in 2010 reading 100 books. NO MORE COUNTING. I shall read what I read and what interests me, but never again shall I make reading such work!

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
Doran Barton
Sometimes the author of a thriller does a good job building a good story and holding you in suspense as you read it. Other times, it's obvious the author has spent timeless hours researching the story, visiting the places described within the story, and interviewing people who have done exactly the kinds of things the characters in the story have done.

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
Linda Yezak
When the daughter of the president's most avid and richest supporter is kidnapped in Afganistan, the president calls upon Scot Harvath to bring the woman home. Though Harvath has no respect for the incumbent, he accepts the job and takes on the Taliban with a handful of comrades--one of which has access to the Canadian air force and all the fighter jets it can supply for the task.

Meanwhile, in a subplot that doesn't seem to have anything to do with anything, Special Agent Elise Campbell works t...more
Will
Jun 07, 2013 Will rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
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Anne
This book goes back and forth from Afghanistan to the US. In Afghanistan, Thor hero Scot Horvath is trying to free a medical doctor from the Taliban and at the same time, avoid trading a horrible terrorist to them. This has lots of heart pounding action and riveting situations where the hero gets out of sticky situations by the skin of his teeth. Brad Thor knows personally a secret service agent which is why he writes with such authority about the workings of these patriots who put their lives o...more
Kevin Hanks
An okay thriller about an ex-Secret Service agent pushed into Afghanistan by the President of the US to covertly rescue a kidnapped American Aide worker. The Hero has to free a known terrorist and swap him for the kidnapped girl. But he figures out a way to free the girl AND keep the terrorist locked up. Fun thriller. Oh, and the auther had the main character drink so many Red Bulls that I started to wonder if he had some sort of endorsement deal! Hahahaha.
Rachel
This was the first book I've read by Brad Thor, and I must say I enjoyed it. I like Scot Harvath's character; he is an immensely competent, brilliant man who has still managed to retain a sense of compassion and friendship.

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
Juliet
The writing is intense and gripping. The main character leaves me with more than a few questions about the beliefs that drive us to do what we do, even when we are doing the right thing. Protecting the weak and innocent, but why? Because we believe that our way is the only right way? I choose this book because it was an action script. Did not expect philosophical meanderings being sparked in the course of reading. But I am glad for that.
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