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Path of the Assassin (Scot Harvath #2)

4.16  ·  Rating Details  ·  13,326 Ratings  ·  440 Reviews
When Brad Thor arrived on the scene with his hard-hitting debut novel, The Lions of Lucerne, he was greeted with an enthusiasm rarely seen since John le Carré's heyday. "A roller-coaster of a debut," pronounced Kyle Mills. And Nelson DeMille, the master of the genre himself, welcomed Thor as "a savvy new novelist" with a knack for action scenes that "will give the reader a ...more
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Published April 15th 2003 by Atria Books (first published January 7th 2003)
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Nov 09, 2011 Ken rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I thought the first book was a bit of a stretch for my ability to accept the author's premises. But right at the start of this book the author has the main character outside at night, in a hurricane, on the ground after having tackled someone and there is a sports car with its headlights on racing toward him and the hero notes the mercury like gray of the drivers eyes and he'll be able to identify them if he sees them again. REALLY?!?!? Are you &^%@$# kidding me? I read just about all kinds ...more
Terry Koressel
Apr 07, 2013 Terry Koressel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Brad Thor is creating a story line that is identical to Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp series. One problem: While I fully admit Mitch Rapp is the ultimate male "ultra-masculine, ultra-heroic fantasy".....not believable but great entertainment. The Path of the Assassin is not only makes the crossing to the patently absurd. The heroine in this story swings in near manic-depressive cycles between frightened grief and incredible female bravado; from tears of fear to a machine gun toting ...more
Mar 12, 2013 Eric rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Scot Harvath
The plot of the novel was acceptable, if unspectacular, but seemed like a series of discarded Bond plot ideas more than anything else -- specifically, having to repeatedly read about the antagonist's silver eyes that turn black hammered home that bad Bond villain feel. There is also a good amount of jet setting, with most of the locations already forgotten.

As for the protagonist, Secret Service agent Scot Harvath is tasked down with hunting down terrorists, but without the sense of urgency from
Scott K
I wish there was an 'Eh' rating as that what I thought of 'Path of the Assassin' It kept me entertained for the few days it took to read but it hasn't made me anxious to read the next book in the Scot Havorth series.

Several times while reading I felt like I was reading something from Hollywood. I like action suspense but sometimes it is over done not really creating the suspense but more of a ho hum lets get to a new scene.

The book was way longer, like one other reviewer to many cities and for v
This is the 2nd in the Scot Harvath series and I can tell where BT was still developing the character. An Israeli faction calling themselves the Hand of God suddenly starts blowing up key Islamic Holy places and killing thousands of people. These horrific terrorist incidents threatens entire world peace, as the Islamic people vow to return the favor. As the US tries to get intel on the entire situation Scot is sent in to help gather that data. The action sequences are very well crafted. They don ...more
Sep 21, 2014 Dan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure, 2014
Not a bad series at all.. good reading!
Jul 12, 2015 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good follow-up to the first Harvath novel. While some of the twists and turns are far from believable, it is a fun get away from reality. If you like military action and suspense (with a little bit of humor), this is turning out to be a series worth giving a try.
An Odd1
Feb 03, 2015 An Odd1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action
In the mood for action and surprises, this series fills the bill. Scot isn't the usual tall 6'+, but he hits for justice around the world. Humor makes sense in context, in situations.

Starts with silver-eyed terrorist taking out Medina Mosque, then CIA partner of agent Scot Harvath in car and motorcycle chase in Macau. When same leads gang to hijack plane, Chicago passenger Meg Cassidy and Scot Harvath lead CIA to save the day. Agent Morell is always combative, even shorts sheets in training cam
Sep 04, 2012 Ru rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even better than Brad Thor's debut novel, "The Lions of Lucerne". There was an unfortunate 9/11 vibe from plot points in this story, & I was not too surprised to find out on the author's website, that 9/11 had taken place during the writing of this book. However, the obvious similarities were coincidental. I suppose writing any story involving acts of terrorism are going to have comparisons made. Anyway, once again, the characters are very strong in how they are presented here; as this carri ...more
Jun 07, 2013 Will rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: thriller
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#2 in the Scot Harvath series.

Scot Harvath series - Secret Service agent Scot Harvath battles religious extremists and incompetent CIA spooks to save the world from WWIII. The Hand of God, an apparent Israeli terrorist group, is blowing up mosques in Saudi Arabia, assassinating Arab leaders and hijacking airplanes, all in an effort to provoke the Arab world into war with Israel. Harvath tries to derail the terrorist plot and avenge the deaths of buddies. Aided by Meg Cassidy, a beautiful Chicago
Jan 22, 2015 Tim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
For a man who prefers offense, there's a lot of chasing, just missing and defense in Path of the Assassin. In fact, one major "Harvath" type scene doesn't involve Scot at all as he is afforded only a couple blips of true execution. I find this disappointing for a "man of action." 5 of 10 stars
Nov 09, 2010 Mandy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: checked-out
Three stars...I liked it. I'm thinking Brad Thor and I need some time apart after reading two of his books right in a row. Sometimes I just laugh with how perfect Scot Harvath is. Not only does he have rippling pectorals, but he is the top secret service agent in all of the United States. He's also the top agent in the CIA and the FBI and he's not even part of those organizations. I did really like the opening dilemma involving the plane and it kept me on the edge of my seat. Part of me liked Me ...more
Sep 11, 2012 Mike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Actually this was my third Thor book. Somehow I was looking for similar writers like Vince Flynn and came upon Brad Thor. I happened to pick up one of his other novels from the library, (The First Commandment) and thought to myself "why haven't I read him before now". I guess when I'm in the mood for the Clancy like or Vince Flynn style of character, I can't wait for the latest book. Well Thor fits the bill. Out of the three of his books I've read so far, this one was the best. I kept wondering ...more
Carl Voellmecke
Minor spoiler alert.

It almost seemed like this book was written by a different author. The first Horvath novel was filled with suspense, plot twists, betrayal and mystery. This book was extremely linear with the main character, accompanied, of course, by a stunning female companion, chasing a goofy everywhere-in-the-world-at-once assassin with mood ring color changing eyes.

The entire book is basically the bad guy narrowly escaping time after time after time - each more predictable than the las
Jan 30, 2016 Dries rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Too inconsistent and you get jarred out of the story by ridiculous events which stretch the ability to suspend belief to the maximum. I do not recommend this writer, baldacci, mcnab, vince flynn are a lot better.
Paul S
Mar 24, 2011 Paul S rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While the first Scott Harvath novel was good, the second was outstanding. This book was nonstop action from page one til the end.

I still think the character of Scott Harvath lacks depth. This book reasserts his I'm the best, the only one who knows how to do things, jerkish attitude. While he often does know what's best and is right, a little humility would add something to his character, which in my opinion, is a little two-dementional, at least at this point in the series.

All told, I really enj
Jul 04, 2016 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: beach-reads
#2 in the Scot Harvath series & lots of fun.

BUT - there are f-bombs spoken by a couple of characters - so be aware of that.

After just finishing a difficult semester of grad school this is just what I needed - a book that reads like watching a Jason Bourne movie. Is it realistic? No - that's not the point. It's entertainment and escapist and does both perfectly.

There's more of Scot Harvath's back story in this 2nd book, giving him some depth - which was nice. The romantic interest was mini
Verna LaBounty
Who ambushed the American Special Forces team, code name "Rapid Return," in Syria? Only Gerhard Miner (the Lions' leader), awaiting trial in a maximum sercurity facility in Switzerland, knows for sure. Before Harvath can get to him, Miner is assassinated and a bloody trail of clues point toward the world's most feared terrorist.
As this man prepares an ingenious assassination plot to ignite the dreaded Muslim Holy War against America and her allies, Harvath and his team known as "Operation Phant
Jan 31, 2015 Mimi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having thoroughly enjoyed the fast-paced suspense and action in Brad Thor’s novel, “The Lions of Lucerne” (which introduced the character of Scot Harvath, the hero of all Thor’s subsequent books), I was eager to read the second book in this series. This book was full of action and suspense, although at times it was not believable. Nonetheless, I read through, eager to find out how Harvath saves the day. The most suspenseful part of the book was the plane hijacking. The constant internecine confl ...more
Tere Fredericks
Ok, I think I said somewhere that this series doesn't appear to be, sheesh, as the writing of some one else. Wish I could remember who.

Look out, Jack Ryan (yeah, I know Tom Clancy is deceased but publishers more and more have deceased writers with new books out via ghost writers). Look out Jason Bourne (yes, another deceased author -- hum, I wonder if Mr. Thor should be worried?), look out . . . hum. Anyway, if you like books in this ilk, these (the Scot Horvath series) will make you very, very
Angelo Poore
Jun 11, 2013 Angelo Poore rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Scot Harvath..need I say more? The whole series is excellent. The only downfall I have with the series is that he goes into explain things which he explained already in each book before. Beyond that, I have love reading this series and crave more after I finish each one. Brad Thor has easily became one of my favorite authors and Scot Harvath is an excellent main character
Shivangi Yadav
Jun 09, 2014 Shivangi Yadav rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My biggest problem with the series till now is that though the writer seems to have spent considerable time and effort researching a lot of things -- locations, religious inclinations, gun technology-- he has spent very little time fleshing out his lead character Scot Harvath. No where in the two books that I have read till now have I understood why Harvath does what he does. What inspires this kind of all encompassing patriotism in him?
And honestly the way Harvath goes through the globe blowin
This is the 2nd book in the Scot Harvath series. I like the Scot character and the stories from both books 1&2. The stories and characters are all over the top like in a James Bond movie and a lot of fun to read. In the end of the first book Scot vowed to get all the bad guys that got away. In this book he has to identify, find them and take them out.
Jun 02, 2016 Connie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is #2 in The Scot Harvath series.

There is a lot of action and adventure in this book and seems to be really over the top as far as getting things done. Scot appears on some levels to be a super hero. He can do and say anything while getting out of scrape after scrape.

It was an interesting premise here and not one that I have read before. However, I am sure it has happened and that is why he could explain some things really well. The Middle East for me is something I don't always understan
Jan 02, 2015 Burt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have really enjoyed the Scot Harvath stories so far and this one is certainly was no exception. That said, I do find his sometimes utter disregard for respect within his chain of command somewhat out of character for a once very dedicated SEAL. It seems a little more toward an overactive ego or prima Dona complex than just an attitude that since he has the President's favor for past deeds, he can do and say what he wants up and down the chain of command with absolute impunity. Still, the story ...more
Entertaining read, but I somehow wish the end of the book was different as the ending is a little too melodramatic. Still a page turner though.
There are a lot of similarities between the hero in this book and Mitch Rapp in the Vynce Flynn books.
Jun 01, 2016 J.A. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Path Of The Assassin by Brad Thor was an excellent book. I especially loved the descriptions of each of the settings. Each different place the main characters traveled too were all so diverse, the settings ranged from cities to deserts to beaches. Another reason why I loved the book is because of the characters and there personalities. Each character personifies different stereotype which makes the novel so much fun to read because of the diversity and how that leads to conflicts between differe ...more
Connor Kennedy
Dec 09, 2014 Connor Kennedy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 2nd book in the “Scot Harvath” series and was added to Audible during Feb 2013. A fast paced and action intensive book. Kaboom!

I think part of the appeal of Brad Thor’s books about Scot Harvath is the similarity with James Bond, “007”. Scot Harvath, central character, is a handsome government agent who definitely has a license to kill. His stories take place in exotic locations and generally include a beautiful woman as well as a malevolent and amoral baddie. While James Bond duels c
Rob Smith
Jan 20, 2014 Rob Smith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014
This is certainly a thrilling novel. It's rather well written (Though, did spot quite a number of typos in the text set). There's a good story with good twists and turns. For the espionage adventure reader, there is a lot of fun and well worth reading.

However, something about the Thor books bother me. I've read about four of them and all leave me feeling that the stories are contrived. In this case, the idea that the hero is thrown together with someone who quickly becomes very good battling wit
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Other Books in the Series

Scot Harvath (1 - 10 of 15 books)
  • The Lions of Lucerne (Scot Harvath, #1)
  • State of the Union (Scot Harvath, #3)
  • Blowback (Scot Harvath, #4)
  • Takedown (Scot Harvath, #5)
  • The First Commandment (Scot Harvath, #6)
  • The Last Patriot (Scot Harvath, #7)
  • The Apostle (Scot Harvath, #8)
  • Foreign Influence (Scot Harvath, #9)
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