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Blowback (Scot Harvath #4)

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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  8,324 ratings  ·  268 reviews
When a lethal illness with a suspicious source begins working its way through the United States and Europe, Homeland Security operative Scot Harvath teams up with a mysterious British counterpart to find out who is responsible.
Unknown Binding, 440 pages
Published December 31st 2006 by Not Avail (first published June 21st 2005)
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Nathaniel
So I like to read thrillers whenever I take a trip by plane. I'm routinely disappointed, but I still keep it up. Brad Thor's Blowback is not the worst, but it's definitely not much above mediocre either.

Here's an example of the main problem I have with the book. [MINOR SPOILER ALERT]

In one chapter, a king explains why he hasn't banished his rebellious son by explaining that if you had a child, you wouldn't be able to bear sending him away from the land of his birth, no matter how dangerous he wa
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Karen
Archaeologists make a stunning discovery in a pass high in the French – Italian Alps, but do not live to tell the tale. A year later, Islamic scientists begin dying in seeming accidents or outright assassinations and kidnappings all around the world. And then a US army unit moves into the peaceful, multi-religion village of Asalaam near Mosul in Iraq. They are checking up on some Christian missionaries who haven't been heard of but are startled to find half the village dead from a horrible, flu ...more
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
BLOWBACK

Function: noun
: an unforeseen and unwanted effect, result, or set of repercussions
: CIA code name for an agent or operation that has turned on its
creators

: botched covert action


Former Navy SEAL Scot Harvath in an instant realizes he's blown and many fatwa will be placed upon his head. Al Jazeera has captured him beating a poor, helpless Iraqi, not his nemesis Khalid Sheik Alomari, a superior and ruthless Al Qaeda assassin he has been tracking for months. Though his face is not seen, the
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Philip
First off, I'd heard that Brad Thor wrote thrillers with a "Republican angle" and was a contributor to Glenn Beck. Brad Thor Movies are in the works. Internet speculation rages over who will play Scot Harvath.
Next off, apparently this book has been voted one of the "100 Best Ever Killer Thrillers" by NPR listeners! WTF!?
Now, I have to read this book!
At its core, this is another trendy cliffhanger for the Mile-High-Book-Club. This time about how Islamist terrorists intend to rid the world of ever
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Anita
Brad Thor's main character, Scot Harvath, is a man to behold. While I found his antics a little too much to believe in this book, I found myself engaged by the storyline. Middle Eastern politics, mixed in with historical war figures and bioterrorism from books over 3000 years old. It has my mind leaping at parts. Thor did bring his character back to reality a couple of times, when right in the middle of dangerous stunts he would wonder where his life was heading and if he was taking his career t ...more
Patrick Gibson
I can’t use the work ‘blow’ any more. Lets face it—‘blow’ is a lot more funny than it used to be. It has taken on new multiple meanings since the 1970s indicating either drug use or highly entertaining sexual act. Mostly, these days we are on our own deciphering the correct connotation, if any. Can you imagine how confused I became when I realized the movie ‘Blow’ was not the biography of Linda Lovelace and ‘Come Blow Your Horn’ was not about doing toot at band camp? ‘Blowback’ is a real word—ap ...more
Ru
"Blowback" is a pulse-pounding, in-your-face, espionage thrill ride - I'd expect nothing less from author Brad Thor, who is one of my favourite authors. It's been quite a while since I finished reading "State of the Union", and reading this book was like visiting with an old friend. I've always enjoyed the character development of Navy SEAL-turned-Secret Service agent-turned Special Operative Scot Harvath from book to book. Harvath is not just a character that advances the story - you experience ...more
Jason
If you are a fan of Ludlum, you may like Brad Thor. If you are a fan of "24" & "Burn Notice" you may like Thor's novels. If you are a right-wing conservative who believes in "might is right", then you'll like Brad Thor's novels. I like Thor because he writes a good thriller & keeps the criticism of liberalism on the down low (totally unlike author Vince Flynn's novels).
In this thriller, counter-terrorism operative, Scot Harvath, sets out to prevent a Muslim caliphate from becoming a rea
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Createpei
Brad Thor is back on track with Blowback.

This was a super interesting storyline - albeit full of stereotypes and biases that are likely much easier seen post 9-11, it was none-the-less a true page turner.

The story lines follow two distinct plots. Firstly the attempted political and career discrediting of the main character, Scot Harvarth, by a US Senator who has her sights set on the Vice-Presidential and ultimately Presidential nomination though the destroying of the current sitting President.

T
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Marti
Just when I think that I have read a really action filled thriller, then another one like this comes along. It is fascinating to think that some of Hannibal's soldiers might have been preserved in ice along the route through the Alps. What isn't is to think of various ways men have come up with germ warfare or pestilence to kill off the enemy. Scot Harvath is the hero who works with others to defeat some villains and make the world more safe than it might have been. Obviously he and his 'team' c ...more
Andrew Kendall
I very much enjoyed this novel. It was full of historical references, coupled with tense actions scenes. Scot Harvath is definitely a likeable character, even though he's a bit of a "G.I. Joe" type. My only real issue was that the author is all too obvious in his dislike for democrats, and the character "Carmichael" was clearly (loosely) based around Hilary Clinton, who I happen to admire.
I would absolutely recommend this book, and as it's the first Brad Thor novel I've ever read, I will look f
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Suby
This is the first of Brad Thor books I have had the occasion to read. My conclusion on the author after reading just one book is that he is second to none.
The plot is international bio-terrorism and we are taken through a long historical journey on the origin of Islamic terrorism.
While I can't agree with the author's contention that Artha Sasthra contains recipes for bio weapons I must agree that his inclusion of the reference makes the novel all the more dramatic.
This book is highly readable.
Jason
This book crushed any joy I had left in the Scot Harvath series. The arrogance and annoying, childish attitude of this character was certainly written to make him likable in a roguish sort of way.

Nothing could be further from reality. I found myself openly rooting against the protagonist. The writing is inconsistent and common. The story is utterly unbelievable as well.

There are too many other quality writers in this space (like Vince Flynn) for me to waste any more time with this series.
Lisa Jameson
I enjoy the Scot Harvath books...they have great adventure, mystery, suspense and often some interesting historical/anthropological twists. Sometimes Harvath's ability to remove himself from life-threatening situations is a little hard to buy, but other than that, I think they're great.

In this book, Harvath is being pursued politically by a ruthless, power-hungry Senator who is looking to bring down the President by attacking one of his most secretive operatives. Looking for a ruthless killer al
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Samyann
Blowback, book number four in the Scot Harvath series, is thirteen and one half hours of listening, read by George Guidall. The story conveys the potential world-wide unleashing a pathogen. Paraphrasing, the story tells us that muslims are not all terrorists, but terrorists are all muslim … well, that’s debatable. Timothy McVey and Oklahoma City come to mind.

At any rate, Blowback is a thrilling mystery. The tale is a what-if scenario, involving terrorists acquiring a deadly virus found deep in a
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Lynn
This series has the same premise as the Vince Flynn books, but lacks in readability. Thor's writing is elementary in nature and I found myself thinking, "I'm not in 1st grade, why are you writing like I am." I was so annoyed with his style that I stopped reading the series. Scot Harvath also isn't nearlly as BA as Mitch Rapp.
Jimena
I checked out from public library the audio book version. The narrator is one of the best narrators in my opinion; I wanted to read/listen something similar to Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp, after I finished the entire series and had withdrawals for more of the same. This is not as good as Flynn's flawless, absorbing, nail biting suspense in the Mitch Rapp books. I was unable to finish this book. That us unusual for me because I never give up on books! I just could not take this story and characters ...more
Tim
Brad Thor has good taste regarding 70s funk from the Ohio Players "Love Rollercoaster," to Parliament's "Flashlight and Give up the Funk." Oh yea, and Scot Harvath's one bad motha..... 7 of 10 stars
Greg
This was a very good book! I've really enjoyed all of Brad Thor's books! If you like the spy thriller good guy beats the bad guy this is it!
Drew Landis
I believe this was another fabulous demonstration of Brad's writing skills being a young adult reading what can be read like an action movie. You never know what could happen on the next page and the character development is outstanding as well as the "short stories" within the story itself. I love Dan Brown's quote about all of his books: "Brad Thor's stories are tomorrow's headlines".

This book in particular, the anticipation in which the "weapon" that will be used is great as well as Harvath
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Aaron
I decided to read one more Brad Thor book because this one was singled out of the “Scot Harvath” series in a list of the top 100 thrillers as chosen by readers. I’m not sure why though. I still think Lions of Lucerne was the best, but maybe that’s cause I’m a sucker for the 1st book of any series. I love learning about the genesis and background of the character when he/she is first introduced to the audience. I don’t love sequals with similar plot lines or the continuation of a past, although p ...more
Jen
This poorly written novel was a real sleeper. The first and last Thor I'll read.
Julie
Everything Scot Harvath has worked for to help America fight terrorism is now crashing down. If Helen Carmichael has anything to do about it, America will see the 'real' truth behind the President Jack Rutledge and Scot Harvath. It is the only way she can make sure her name is on the ballet for Vice-Presidency. Because of threats at home, Scot is sent across the world, without contact to back home, to chase an assassin and find what ancient weapon he has released upon a small tribe in Baghdad th ...more
Max
Good premise for a book: A mysterious illness that only kills non-Muslims, a very patriotic special ops guy getting hung out to dry and an overzealous senator looking to make a big political move.

It had some interesting bits of information about Hannibal and ancient chemical warfare. The parts in the book when the action gets going it keeps up at a good pace.

However, I found the writing a bit jittery. The whole angle with his personal relationships and failed attempts just seemed out of place. A
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Brad
Another nice thriller from Thor. Harvath (our hero) has to lay low for a while, as a power-seeking senator looks to use him as a sacrificial lamb. While he's on the down low and without much connection to his usual resources, Scot has to try to find the source of and stop a terrible bioweapon from being unleashed.

I was pretty excited when I discovered that a bioweapon was one of the central plot devices. I totally called what one of the elements of it was, and was surprised that the experts in t
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Terry Huebner
This is the 4th in the series of thrillers written by Brad Thor involving former Navy Seal Scot Harvath and the first I have read. This one seems similar to the Mitch Rapp series authored by Vince Flynn and if you like one series you will probably like the other as well. Although it's too soon to say if I will grow to like Harvath as much as Rapp, this was a pretty good start for me. Here, Harvath is tracking a wanted terrorist when he gets caught on video beating up the wrong man, fact which pl ...more
Cathleen Ash
If you liked Angels & Demons, anything by Alan Folsom, and the Bourne series by Ludlum, you'll love Blowback by Brad Thor. High quality espionage meets compelling characters in a story that is far too believable for comfort. Scot Horvath plays the intelligence game well, and as a the presidents personal "go-to" guy for any problems that need to be dealt with clandestinely, he's learned how to play the game and stay out of site. He doesn't stay out of the line of the camera on this latest mis ...more
Beth Gibson
My rating probably is really two and half stars. The premise is good and unique and realistic. However, you still have to be able to create characters for the reader to care about and to cheer for. I felt these characters were fairly wooden. Especially the male character who dashes from scene to scene without even explaining why he is there. Actions have to be logical. I prefer that the sleuthing actually take place on the pages instead of just in the author's head, leaving the reader just follo ...more
Doran Barton
I was a little skeptical when I started reading this book because recommendations for Brad Thor had come from people who also liked Brad Meltzer and Andrew Gross and I found their work to be less satisfying that I would have liked.

The first few chapters of Blowback had me worried because the chapters were short and seemingly formulaic in structure. As the story went on, however, I found myself enveloped in the book and, to a certain extent, the characters. The science and the history used in th
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Will
Jun 07, 2013 Will rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
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Scot Harvath (1 - 10 of 15 books)
  • The Lions of Lucerne (Scot Harvath, #1)
  • Path of the Assassin (Scot Harvath, #2)
  • State of the Union (Scot Harvath, #3)
  • Takedown (Scot Harvath, #5)
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