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Foreign Influence (Scot Harvath #9)

4.23  ·  Rating Details ·  14,558 Ratings  ·  451 Reviews
#1 New York Times Bestselling Author Navy SEAL turned covert operative Scot Harvath is called to action once again in Brad Thor’s hottest political thriller yet.

  Buried within the black ops budgets of the Department of Defense, a new spy agency has been created.  Unfettered by the oversight of self-serving politicians, it reports only to a secret panel of military insider
Hardcover, 373 pages
Published June 29th 2010 by Atria Books
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3 to 3.5 stars.

Better than his previous book (The Apostle), but I am not sure how I feel about the convenient story lines and the repetitive plot points. It is still an interesting action/thriller, but the torture sequences and anti-Muslim sentiment have become almost cartoony - they do not necessarily advance the plot, they just show how angry the author is.

I will keep reading this series because I enjoy political thrillers, but I hope Thor starts to migrate back to his earlier style - more in
Hmmm. This guy is really, really mad. To the point that I am curious why and what in his background made him this way. Homeland Secutity veteran? Some of it is obviously based on true events. Makes me worried about where the world is headed. I am appalled that he is a bestseller. The more I think about this book the more mad I am myself. Who are you clowns that buy this stuff volume 1-9. I threw the library copy in the trash and I will pay for it. You are the people that gave the Heil Hitler. It ...more
This was my first Brad Thor book (I came in at #9 in the series) and by golly if it didn't take me by surprise.
But look, I have gotten ahead of myself. Let me begin by drawing attention to the elephant in the room, and by elephant, yes, I mean the poor writing.
No, Brad Thor is never going to win any literature awards, well, not for writing skill anyway, and no this book is not without a few good cliches and some lashings of cheesy, but there is something else this author is doing here that mak
Freyja Vanadis
I started out really liking this book. It has all the action-packed spy intrigue that I love. But after a while, Thor's political ideology started showing through, and it really rubbed me the wrong way. He started out with disparaging remarks about our current president and his policies, which was my first clue that I might have a hard time with this book. It became overly clear that his politics and mine are polar opposites, and the more I read, the more disgusted I became. He sounds like any o ...more
Sep 14, 2010 Ben rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished another cliff hanger! And the next one isn't even written yet! Oh man...
Okay, just to set the record straight, Brad is back with this one. I thought his last book was a little off (it was, really!) so I had some reservations getting into this one. But it only took 25... maybe 15... okay, 10 pages to hook me! And, it never let up. Scot Harvath is back on the good guy's side, and hunting down the terrorists. And all seems well, until the cliffhanger on the LAST page that
Feb 23, 2012 Jerome rated it liked it
Pfff, it was OK.
The kick-ass no-rules vigilante Scot Harvath and his band of Merry Men were flat and uncompromising, as usual, and not very judicious in their talent for violence. Anyone that disagrees with the all-knowing superhuman Scot Harvath is a complete idiot and a liberal, which for Thor is the same thing. He starts out with some criticism of Obama's policies, which I don't think belongs in a thriller. If he wants to write an op-ed or a book about that, that's fine, but you shouldn't do
Jan 27, 2012 Laura rated it did not like it
I wish I could give this book zero stars. I realize it's part of a series, but someone gave me this and it's the only one that I've read - I'm not sure what the other 8 are like, but this is jingoist propaganda. I am disgusted by all the racism disguised as patriotism in this book. At first, I just thought it was cliche to have terrorists be Middle Eastern, but the more I read, the angrier I got - not only are the terrorists offensive stereotypes, but the 'good guys' are constantly spouting inse ...more
Giovanni Gelati
Jul 19, 2010 Giovanni Gelati rated it it was amazing
Hey, I have been a bit distracted this week with the arrival of the new grandson, but to call this latest novel by Brad Thor just a thriller is a disservice. Foreign Influence is a great read from page one right to the last paragraph. Do not exit the novel early; the ride is not over. There are a few more twists and turns to be enjoyed, so please follow it to the last word. My yearly Scot Harvath craving has been Found, Fixed & Finished. I would much prefer to receive my fix on a quarterly o ...more
This fast paced thriller is most believable and looking at newspaper headlines, presents a frightening scenario.

Counter terrorism operative Scot Horvath is working for a new secret agency that is buried deep within the Department of Defense and isn't budened with answering to self-serving politicians.

Scot is asked to go after a man who helped him in the past.The man is known as The Troll and is accused of being the mastermind behind the bombing of a bus filled with American college students in R
Joel Anderson
Jul 06, 2012 Joel Anderson rated it it was amazing
Working my way backwards through the writings of Brad Thor, I completed Foreign Influence as something of a prequel to Full Black. Despite knowing the plot and ending of that novel, I found this installment of the Scot Harvath series to be an outstanding read, uncompromised by having read the books out of order (with the exception of the final scene).

In Foreign Influence, Harvath is again on the front line of the battle with terrorists, in their own backyard, in Europe and in the US. As he races
S. Patrick
Aug 02, 2011 S. Patrick rated it did not like it
It isn't very often I start a book and don't finish it, but Foreign Influence was one of them. Beside some editing mistakes, which surely a large publisher should catch (so I don't blame Mr. Thor), I gave up on the book about 200 pages into it. Mr. Thor clearly has an adequate imagination, however if he puts in his bio that he was previously employed by Homeland Security, shouldn't he have at least gotten a majority of the intelligence/military references accurate? I know this is fiction, so I'l ...more
Apr 26, 2013 Burt rated it liked it
The first book that I read by Brad Thor was "Full Black," which I thought to be outstanding. The problem with reading such a strong novel by a particular author first is that the author now may have a tough time matching that rating. Such is the case for me so far with Brad Thor. Following Full Black" I read "The Athena Project, which proved to be a great disappointment. I was really hoping that Thor would at least come back up to four stars with Foreign Influence, but it was not to be. I did en ...more
Nov 01, 2010 Adam rated it liked it
Mostly about the action and shock value...destruction and gorey torture of terrorists. A terror cell in Euorpe has gained Harvaths attention when they mess with his Dwarf friend. Nicholas the "troll" is framed for an explosion in Italy that takes Americans as casualties. Harvath thwarts the terrorists upscaled London plans, forcing them to move on to cause man made terror in Amsterdam. Meanwhile, traffic cops in Chicago are working on the American ties to the terror cell when one of the cell mem ...more
Steven Jr.
May 31, 2011 Steven Jr. rated it really liked it
THIS is a return to form for Brad Thor…I have not read a book like this from him in quite a while. The only reason it gets docked one star is due to the large summary in the epilogue…I see that as a problem amongst many writers today. I want to be SHOWN what happens, not TOLD. But the plot was excellent, the dialogue was great, the characterization was magnificent, and I was SHOWN far more than I was TOLD. Bravo!
Glenda Smith
Nov 27, 2011 Glenda Smith rated it really liked it
This was my first book to read by Brad Thor. It is a highly entertaining book, and after I finished reading, I bought two more books by Thor. Scott Harvath is a re-occuring character in Thor's books and is a fairly likeable. I would recommend this book; however, the only caveat is that the book has very strong viewpoints about terrorism and politics. I would not recommend the book to those who are highly offended by anti-Arab remarks or take politics way too seriously.
Mark Fallon
Aug 25, 2010 Mark Fallon rated it liked it
Shelves: brain-candy
I waited until I spotted this in the "Previously Read/50% Off" shelf at the airport bookstore, and was glad I did.

Thor has finally (potentially) introduced enemies in addition to weak-kneed Democrats and Muslims (even Clancy wrote about more than the Soviets).

The book moved along better than the last few, and was more believable. Well, as believable as any of this stuff is. ;-)
Dec 10, 2010 Raimund rated it did not like it
Maybe the Feds payed Brad to write this book. Nothing but government propaganda. According to the book we need to have surveillance cameras on every street corner and super-hero marines to save us from evil terrorists. Nothing but BS from start to finish.
Chris Hubbs
Mar 08, 2011 Chris Hubbs rated it liked it
Decently entertaining story, but too graphic in its' depictions of violence, too prone to editorializing on the state of terror prevention techniques, and a sloppy e
nding that relies too heavily on an explain-everything epilog and a setup for the next book in the series. Sloppy writing. Meh.
Sep 04, 2014 Sheila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: family and friends
Recommended to Sheila by: myself
Shelves: brad-thor
I got this book free and it is the first book I have read of this author. Lot of suspense, the story was well developed and terrorism is real living nightmare at this time. Harvath was a great character in this book. Will read other books as well.
Graham Salisbury
Jul 15, 2010 Graham Salisbury rated it really liked it
Excellent Brad Thor novel. I read a lot of these kinds of books, and this is one of the better ones. He does an excellent job of inter-weaving story lines. My favorite author in this genre is VInce Flynn. If you like thrillers, read everything Flynn has written!
Jan 30, 2012 Pat rated it it was amazing
loved this book. It's a great read if you like spy stories, thrilers or intrigue. Kind of scary because you know it could really happen
Chris Nevins
Jul 17, 2012 Chris Nevins rated it really liked it
First time reading something from Brad Thor. Fast paced read that kept you engaged. A little Hollywood at times but captivating enough to make me want to try more from this author.
gostei de ler, apesar de não ser exactamente o meu genero de leitura favorito....

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Julie Byrne
Mar 12, 2017 Julie Byrne rated it liked it
This is the first Brad Thor book I've read and it was mediocre. I was really hoping this series wold be as engrossing and entertaining as Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp books, but that's not the case.
Nathan Erickson
Mar 07, 2017 Nathan Erickson rated it liked it
Skipped ahead in the series so this is the 9th in the series but 2nd I've read.

Still good and Thor is now a better writer overall but this book is less interesting than the 1st. Pacing is more even and keeps it moving but the plot is not as compelling. Character's are very shallow. There's a bunch of political red meat in there that is jarring and distracts from the story. Like in #1, a couple plot points were dropped but this time I think it's intentional to carry over to later stories.

Nice se
Mar 14, 2017 Ray rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Typical Scott Harvath.
Mar 11, 2017 Nancy rated it liked it
One of the more violent ones
M. J.
Jun 05, 2015 M. J. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-fiction
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Patrick Peterson
Another book with the Scott Harvath character, the incredibly talented, dedicated and "patriotic" former Seal.

The disdain for fundamental Islam is a main motive of Harvath. The descriptions of why are clear enough. But the limits (virtually none) of what Harvath is willing to do to take out as many of the "bad guys" as he can strain the patience of this patriotic reader, who takes the Constitution seriously. The author notes Harvath and others' indiscretions with the Constitution, but that's abo
Sep 08, 2013 Anthony rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, ebooks
Now, once again, Brad Thor has done it for me in his ninth book in the Scot Harvath series. I have to admit that his previous thriller, "The Apostle", was more of a "lighter" read for me... but this thriller made up for it.

From the start, random acts of violence and attempted killings all of a sudden happen out of nowhere, and one of the characters that has been introduced from the previous thrillers have been framed for them, but at the same time had became a victim of attempted murder themselv
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“It’s the world’s peaceful Muslims, the majority of the followers of Islam, who have perverted the faith. They have strayed. If Mohammed came back today you can bet there’d be hell to pay. He’d be lopping off heads left and right. And he’d have a lot of help too because in case you haven’t noticed, the largest killer of Muslims in the world isn’t us filthy infidels, it’s other Muslims. Fundamentalist Islam is booming, if you’ll pardon the pun.” 1 likes
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