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
The last third of the book improved somewhat, but in the end I was left feeling like I didn't really gain much. Only recommend to the die hard Brad Thor fans - if this was the first of his books I read, I am not ...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
There is also a parallel story which is related to the plot in Afghanistan only if you think of the purpose of the book to be a slam against liberal politicians and their decisions regarding the military and the intelligence community. (Though, really, the conservatives in real life do not seem to be promoting intelligen ...more
Brad Thor relies on a great deal of exposition (i ...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
The story here is very easy to follow: covert agent Scot Harvath, ex-Navy SEAL, ex-Secret Servic ...more
Much better story than the last one I read by Thor. More plausible and the plot lines and characters were easier to get behind.
Scot Harvath is again out there keeping the average U.S. citizen safe. This time it's based on the terrorism theme with most of the action taking place in Afghanistan. Typical of Thor, the reader picks up some cultural tidbits and background along the way. And oddly enough, "honor" is an underlying theme th ...more
This is my eight read of the Scot Harvath series. Once again a page turner that is impossible to it down. This book has it all, blackmail of the President, political intrigue, diligent detective work by a member of the President's detail and of course S it Harvath in action deep inside of Afghanistan, this time to recover the daughter of one of the President's biggest supporters. Brad Thor's knowledge of military hardware and tactics, as well the people and terrain of Af ...more
The flyleaf has a good description "In our nation's war on terror,a new breed of operator has emerged. Passionately dedicated to their craft, they ignore the trials & hardships of their professi ...more
Narrator: George Guidall
A straightforward plot - which I don't mind - and I think Thor spun it well enough to keep me listening to the end. Ms Moneybags, a good friend (read generous financial backer) to the current POTUS, pays Harvath a can't-turn-it-down sum of money to rescue her daughter from the Taliban, who want one of their leaders in exchange for the young woman.
While this is going on, Thor tries not to make it too simple by adding a second, rather we ...more
So that takes me to The Apostle. Decent story, written with two stories taking place at the same time, rather than one story coming fr ...more
Scot Harvath's job has been eliminated by new President Alden. The daughter of a major fund-raiser, Stephanie Gallo, has been abducted in Afghanistan and her release is being offered in exchange for that of a major al-Qaeda terrorist, Must ...more
It's not a bad listen but I thought the book was flawed in ways that keep me from recommending it. The Afghanistan-based plot is fine. The Secret-Service story feels like an add-on. Thankfully Orr doesn't try to use dialogue for exposition, but he tries to use it for humor and it just doesn't work for me.
Most off-putting is the bigoted Islama ...more
I also think more depth could have been given to the antagonists of the novel, because it starts out with a description of one of the orchestrators of the plot. I didn't feel any connection to any of the characters, nor did I find any of the plot and/or subplots to be incredibly interesting.
As a who ...more