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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 th

Paperback, 496 pages
Published June 16th 2009 by Pocket 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
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
Mar 23, 2008 Holly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
The First Commandment was a good quick read. There was a lot in this book I liked and it was full of suspense.

It was very anti-Islamic, and at times I read the political/social beliefs of Horvath and cringed. It is fiction, and I repect the fact that the character isn't an angel. However, I wish he would stop referencing America-ism's so much. Eg, 'American way of life,' 'Killing American citizens' 'Good old fashioned American' ect ect. I'm not American, and this just seemed to be excluding me
Feb 22, 2013 Phil rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: brad-thor
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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
May 21, 2011 Kara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 25, 2013 Paul rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
With an enjoyably ludicrous plot and a few memorable characters, this might qualify as a guilty pleasure if the author's neoconservative leanings didn't peek through so often. Between (and sometimes during) action sequences, our hero muses to himself that unfettered torture, surveillance and profiling are acceptable, and what's the holdup with building that fence on the US/Mexico border? One might expect a hardened super-solider like Scot Harvath (Really? Must all action heroes have onomatopoeti ...more
Jul 02, 2014 Ike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 03, 2014 Neil rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 19, 2014 Ru rated it really liked it
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
Another good story, brought down by the author's incessant political ranting. One-T-Scot saves e world, single-handedly, oh yeah - and tramples the Constitution in the process. The torture descriptions are over the top, and the main character (or the author) is a RWNJ who needs serious mental health help, not a gun.

5 for the story, 1 for the crazy political talk and torture, 3 overall.
Randy Grossman
A very mixed bag in my feelings about this book. I first got interested when I saw Brad Thor being interviewed on FOX News shortly after one the recent terrorist attacks. I realized I had one of his books I got at a Thrift store so I immediately started reading it. It certainly DID have plenty of plot twists, suspense action and WOW moment.... that being the GOOD portion of the mix. The bad partially was main character Scot Harvath. At times he was as ruthless as any of the bad guys. Made Jack B ...more
Lynette Haddock
Aug 30, 2015 Lynette Haddock rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reader Beware

Although an riveting story, definitely relevant to today's world, I found the book descriptively violent.

The narrative begins with Harvath in the hospital room with his fiancé, who was shot by an assassin and is in a coma. As the story progresses, Harvath realizes that all of the violence, attacks and/or murders of family and friends are the result of someone's sick desire for vengeance.

As part of a secretive Homeland Security Team, the President of the United States orders him to
Narrator: George Guidall

I liked this more than the previous, probably because of the Troll, or Nicholas, as he tells Harvath his friends call him. Harvath, predictably, ignores that attempt by the Troll to be friends. I have come to like Harvath. He's still as clueless as I am about what's happening in each installment but I'm confident we'll get there. I'm so encouraged by my progress with the Harvath books that I'm fairly optimistic I'll enjoy the Jack Reac
Joel Thornton
May 07, 2008 Joel Thornton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Christopher Titford
CT review April 2016

Another good Scot H book, though I need to slow down on reading this sort of stuff all the time ... a diet of Alice in Wonderland would complement this well, perhaps. Compared with Forsyth, Clancy et al., Thor seems equally impressive in trotting out his knowledge of weapons, special forces people ... but then who am I to judge. Basically, the book is a great read as it conforms perfectly to EM Forster's recipe for a good novel, to pay attention to the "tapeworm of the story"
The president of the United States has been blackmailed. Under the threat of terrorists capturing school buses all over the country and murdering all the children aboard, 5 prisoners have been released from Guantanamo Bay. One of these is a terrorist who has stalked Scot Harvath for years and now picks up where he left off this time attacking the people closest to Harvath. And he's using the 10 plagues of Egypt as a template. The president has ordered Harveth to stay away from the investigations ...more
Jan 20, 2015 Bob rated it liked it
Scot Horvath, a counter terrorism operative come home one day to find his lady friend lying on their front steps shot in the head. She is in the hospital in a coma and Scot has vowed to find the shooter. More of his friends are attacked in rather specific ways and he has been told by none other than the president to drop the search for the shooter. Meanwhile 5 inmates of Guantanamo have been released including a deadly sniper accused for killing GIs in the middle east. In spite of the orders fro ...more
Lisa Jameson
Oct 18, 2014 Lisa Jameson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one took me a little while to get into...Scot's girlfriend Tracy is shot and a terrorist is slowly making his way through a list of Scot's close friends and family killing and terrorizing them with 10 Plagues of Egypt.

Scot is told that the President's "best men" are on it and in no uncertain terms to stay out of trying to find the guy or avenge his friends and family that's going to happen.

Another great spy story/mystery. Old characters revisited in this book. It took a litt
Dec 08, 2008 Patty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another non-stop thriller. Too bad he can't clean up the language in his books.
Bob Ryan
Oct 04, 2015 Bob Ryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A continuation of the story line started in the previous volume, Takedown. Needless to say, the action continues as Horvath retaliates against the forces who have attacked his family and close friends.
You can't help but compare this story line and characters with the Mitch Rapp series, written by Vince Flynn. There are more similarities than differences. Flynn has taken a more geopolitical approach to terrorists, whereas Thor is less concerned with politics. I think that why I enjoy the Rapp se
Feb 09, 2012 Kevin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 31, 2012 Jamie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: terrorism, espionage
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 it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
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Sep 08, 2012 Jeff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 30, 2010 JC rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-firsttime, kindle, 2010
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
Dec 05, 2008 Sheila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Joel Anderson
Apr 14, 2013 Joel Anderson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 05, 2013 Malissa Thurman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Doran Barton
May 30, 2011 Doran Barton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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