The Apostle: (Scot Harvath #8)
But when covert counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath is assigned to infiltrate one of the world’s m ...more
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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
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
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
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
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
Very patriotic... but of the mindset, that as long as the "good guys" are sharp enough, they can stop the "bad" guys from doing too much bad.
Also seems to think that any amount of killing of "bad" guys is just peachy.
An d of course when the main character/hero lies, that is an ok example of how "the ends justify the means" sometimes, but when the bad guys do it, they need to pay for their sins.
The narrator, Armand Schultz did a great job with the material though. His acce ...more
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
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
The other story involves the co ...more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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