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Path of the Assassin (Scot Harvath #2)

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Navy SEAL turned Secret Service agent Scot Harvath follows a bloody trail of clues to the world's most feared and ruthless terrorist, Hashim Nidal, who intends to topple Israel and America, and can be identified by only one person - Meg Cassidy. Across four continents, from Macau, Jerusalem, Chicago, Libya, Capri, and Rome, the deadly puzzle tests their physical and mental ...more
Paperback, 367 pages
Published July 1st 2005 by Pocket Books (first published December 16th 2002)
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Ken
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
Eric
Mar 12, 2013 Eric rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
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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
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Terry Koressel
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 unbelievable....it 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
Keri
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
Dan
Not a bad series at all.. good reading!
Ru
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
Will
Jun 07, 2013 Will rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: thriller
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Mandy
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
Mike
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
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Paul S
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
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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
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Angelo Poore
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
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
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Aildiin
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.
Connor Kennedy
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
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Rob Smith
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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kiki
Like the first book, everything resolves itself through sheer luck and absurd coincidence. The operatives were mostly immature jerks, most of all Harvath--it felt like high school and was difficult to read. The vivid descriptions of the action sequences were good but the absurdity of them all grated that I simply skimmed through them towards the end. Also, I felt I have read the silver eyes reference before. I gave this an extra star just because the ending tied so well to the title. I'm now uns ...more
Dan
I'm enjoying this series, and one of the things I like about it is that it's challenging on an ethical and moral basis. I'm all for national and international security, and I think at least intellectually I'm smart enough to realize that there's a lot of "black ops" that really do happen behind the scenes that we never find out about. That the protagonist, albeit in the pursuit of terrorists, openly loves his work of hunting down and killing them, is sometimes a bit hard to take and still consid ...more
Kris P
This is the 2nd book in the Scot Harvath series and I am pleased to say that a lot of the issues I had with the 1st book have been ironed out. The pacing of this one was so much better, and it is easy to imagine the inter-agency rivalry. Once again this was a book which I didn't really want to put down, as I just wanted to see what happened next. I am guessing that these action/thrillers would be more appealling to men as sometimes it can read a little like a weapons catalogue, but that aside I ...more
Jeffrey
I enjoyed the book. I am predisposed to enjoy a book like this. There are plenty of times however I did scream at the recording to DO X or DO Y! I mean there are some really obvious things that could be done but of course would have perhaps ruined the plot. So these "Why not do this?" mantra is perhaps always a waste of time when enjoying a novel. Again the women's voices were pretty lame... but whatever. And the peeing match between the CIA guy and Horvath is annoying at best. And the fact the ...more
Julie
Scot Harvath is BACK! Scot is still trying to find everyone involved in Lions of Lucerne and everyone resposible for the death of his friends and all the other members who tried to save the President in the first book. On his quest of revenge his finds himself in the middle of a bloody mission that leads to one man- Hashim Nidal. Everyplace he finds himself in the wake of the bloody Hand of God organization which is led my no other than Hashim Nidal. It is looking that the Hand of God wants noth ...more
Phil
Path Of The AssassinBrad Thor

This is another good read by Brad Thor, and a great follow-up to his first Scot Harvath’s novel. In this novel Thor presents 2 strong female characters that both compliment and challenge Harvath.

Again this is a great suspense novel with Agent Thor working with, (mostly tolerating) CIA operatives who always have their political agenda ahead of their working agenda. Tremendous speed and globetrotting in efforts to either prevent the bad guys for letting off another bo
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Brad
Better than the first book. I think I liked it better because it moved a little faster and had fewer things that I could point at and say "but that's not right." I would also revise my previous statement about the feel of Thor's novels: rather than Cussler / Clancy, it's probably more like Cussler / Ludlum, but moves a lot faster than most of Ludlum's books.

Scot Harvath, action hero, is once again front and center. He kicks butt on special ops missions. The situation in this book is that a terro
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Steven Hummer
Apr 29, 2009 Steven Hummer rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Jack Bauer/24 and Fans of Vince Flynn's books
Shelves: thrillers
This is the fourth Brad Thor book I have picked up. A action packed thriller with lots of guns things that blow up all the things a solid spy thriller book needs.
I read a review on iTunes titled 'Jack Bauer Would be Proud' so I was immideatly attracted to this book hoping to be blown away by this book and perhaps, I would even give Brad Thor his first ever 5 star endorsement.
Why four stars? first of all the only audio version I could find for this book was abridged and I do not like abridged au
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Francie Wirkus
I ride my Computrainer, a computer set up to ride my bike indoors, as a way to train for Ironmans and to stay fit. Often, I read while riding my bike, but the book has to be pretty good to keep my interest. Face it, riding for 2 hours or more can be very tedious.

Path of the Assassin was outstanding as a book, and as a book to read while riding. There were so many good parts, so many suspenseful sections, I often found myself easily riding faster than my targeted speed for a given interval. Grea
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Ryann Murphy
Scot Harvath, Secret Service Agent and former SEAL, continues to seek revenge on those that played a part in the deaths of his fellow officers and kidnapped his President. This time he is partnered with a civilian who is the only one to have seen one of the terrorists and needs to ID him - creating a plausible reason for her and Scot to become partners with guns.

Something that strikes me about these books, besides the wonderful locales that make me want to travel globally, is the sheer amount of
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Kristen
If you love action-packed military thrillers that would take you across the Post-9/11 world, you'll love the second installment in the Scot Harvath series. Scot's on the haunt for the remaining members of the Lions of Lucerne, when things go haywire in Macau. Meanwhile, Meg Cassidy is on board a flight to Egypt from Chicago, when it's get hijacked and terrorized, while she's an eyewitness to the silver-eyed assassin who've terrorized and killed in Europe and elsewhere. That person is the same pe ...more
Kathy
Exciting and fun to read! Every bit as good as any Vince Flynn book! This is only the second book in the series and I am glad it is a long series cuz I can't wait to read the next one and the next one and...! I always read these when I am working out, and these books make me look forward to my work out!
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