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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 2000)
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Jamaicabeach
Jun 24, 2010 Jamaicabeach rated it did not like it
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
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Andrew
Feb 26, 2016 Andrew rated it liked it
3.5 Stars. This was a good book and I enjoyed the main character. I had not read any other books in the series but this didn't impact on my enjoyment of the book at all. The majority of the book is set in Afghanistan, and it did give you a real feel for the tribalism in Afghanistan. At the same time there is the intrigue of an investigation into the president that is taking place in the US. I did listen to the book, but it was one of those books I might have enjoyed more if I had read it instead ...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
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Mormonhermitmom
Apr 05, 2010 Mormonhermitmom rated it it was ok
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
Jul 30, 2012 Sean rated it did not like it
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
Jul 23, 2009 Nolawis rated it it was ok
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
Matthew
Oct 20, 2015 Matthew rated it liked it
Not Thor's strongest effort. There was some action and a little intrigue, but the story did not feel quite as tight or smooth as his earlier books. I think it is the first time while reading one of his books that I got kind of lost about what was going on because I wasn't very interested.

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
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Michael Shore
Jul 27, 2009 Michael Shore rated it did not like it
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?
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Alain Burrese
Aug 04, 2012 Alain Burrese rated it it was amazing
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
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Michael
Sep 14, 2009 Michael rated it really liked it
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
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Alison
Aug 28, 2010 Alison rated it really liked it
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
William Crosby
Jun 28, 2013 William Crosby rated it liked it
The main character does not like Afghanistan and is constantly mocking it. From time to time he lets admiration for the Afghanistan people show (as long as they are not Taliban).

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
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Stephen Gallup
An American female doctor is kidnapped by the Taliban in Afghanistan. Although she'd been pushing her luck, going out into the provinces and advising women patients to report abusive husbands, resist arranged marriages, etc., she's actually of interest to the bad guys because her rich mother is chummy with the newly elected POTUS. And Mullah Masoud, the Taliban leader, wants to exchange her for an important terrorist being held prisoner in Kabul.

Brad Thor relies on a great deal of exposition (i
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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:

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Ru
Oct 24, 2014 Ru rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another exciting geopolitical thriller from the brilliant Brad Thor. "The Apostle" is the eighth entry into the Scot Harvath-based series, and this novel feels strong and straightforward in its mission delivery. There is a notable subplot that is slightly less even, but still very engrossing as it unfolds, and will presumably have future ramifications for the Scot Harvath character at some later date.

The story here is very easy to follow: covert agent Scot Harvath, ex-Navy SEAL, ex-Secret Servic
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Dave
Sep 17, 2015 Dave rated it liked it
This is the second Brad Thor book I have read, the other was his first Scot Harvath novel, The Lions of Lucerne. That book was a bit of a tough read for me at first, but it picked up steam in the second half and I enjoyed it enough to try another. This book came to me via a co-worker, and it was a bit of a struggle, though I kept a steady pace. It was neither great nor awful, just somewhere in between. The sub plot with the president never really felt like it fit to me, but was added to break up ...more
John
Feb 21, 2016 John rated it really liked it
No spoilers is my policy and so this will remain a basic review.

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
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Joseph Behan
Apr 28, 2016 Joseph Behan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read from Brad Thor

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
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Melissa
Oct 27, 2015 Melissa rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015, thriller-spy
Found this installment of the Harvath series somewhat uninspired. It just seemed to be missing something which made it easy to get distracted while reading. I also found it frustrating that the minor side story seemed much more interesting but only minimally developed. it wasn't a bad book but not great either - just somewhere in the middle.
Dolphe
Jun 18, 2012 Dolphe rated it liked it
Shelves: brad-thor
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.
Bonnie
Jun 16, 2016 Bonnie rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-library
I normally steer clear of books about Iraq or Afghanistan, so I was Very Surprised that this book kept me interested & enjoying the read! Kidnapped daughter of a politically connected family, new American President, & a covert counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath makes for a thrilling ride!
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
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Neil
Sep 09, 2014 Neil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
ElaineY
REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; FEBRUARY 1, 2016
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
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Marcia
Mar 04, 2015 Marcia rated it it was amazing
This is really an action-packed story. The fire-fights are intense & vividly described. Scot Harvath has been hired by a very rich woman to rescue her kidnapped daughter, who is a doctor with CARE in Afghanistan. Harvath calls on military buddies to help him. Meanwhile, a less intense conflict involves a Secret Service officer assigned to the Presidential detail. Elise Campbell has a moral dilemma when she overhears a comment. Finally, she acts on it with some surprising repercussions. Harva ...more
David
Jun 06, 2016 David rated it liked it
Thor's later books are better than the first few. I first read one of the later books and gave it a four and started back at Harvath at one,.....not as good. Even skipped a couple of the early ones as I decided no more Thor for me, but had a few of the later books on my bookshelf and decided to read them anyway.....so a bit of a pick-up from prior novels was good.

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
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Ed
Dec 29, 2014 Ed rated it really liked it
#8 in the Scot Harvath series. Poor Scot can't seem to keep a job. First with the Secret Service and then with Homeland Security, he is now an unemployed secret agent specializing in anti-terrorism. Anything in this series is a guaranteed, page-turner thriller.

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
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Cranky
Oct 27, 2014 Cranky rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobooks
I was desperate for an audiobook and a friend of mine had just mentioned that Orr was her classmate at USC. That clinched it and I decided to give it a try.

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
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Sam Heckle
Jun 14, 2015 Sam Heckle rated it did not like it
I seriously disliked this book. I felt the writing was too detail-oriented for the dumbest things, and it spent way too much time describing pointless scenes that honestly could have been taken out.

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
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Laura Beasley
Sep 25, 2015 Laura Beasley rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Laura by: Verla
Another great book that I really enjoyed . Scot Harvath is hired to free the kidnapped daughter of a big donor to the president. He goes to Afghanistan and gets help from others and from the Canadians and they are trying to also get the man that is being held as hostage . He is why the woman was kidnapped. I did get a little confused at times over the different groups of people . Also a secret service agent over hears a conversation that the donor is having with the president and hears that he h ...more
Lee
Robert Alden is the new president in the United States. Stephanie Gallo, a wealthy multimedia mogul was one of his chief fundraisers during the campaign. Her daughter, Dr. Julia Gallo is working in remote areas of Afghanistan to reach out to women who are oppressed by the men in their lives. Mullah Massoud Akhund an Islamic terrorist puts an end to her efforts by kidnapping her and holding her for ransom. Her mother wants her back at all costs and will pay whatever it takes to bring her back saf ...more
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