The First Commandment (Scot Harvath #6)
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
5 for the story, 1 for the crazy political talk and torture, 3 overall.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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" ...more
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 members....like that's going to happen.
Another great spy story/mystery. Old characters revisited in this book. It took a litt ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
PROS: Detailed, but not too much. Interesting read and several chapters were only a few pages long. The ...more
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 ...more
This story was grating my nerves. Not the writing. I was just pissed off that the so called "powers that be" turned the ...more
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 ...more