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Foreign Influence (Scot Harvath #9)

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Homeland Security operative Scot Harvath is called to action once again in this pulse-pounding political thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Brad Thor.

Navy SEAL turned covert operative Scot Harvath is called to action in Brad Thor's red-hot thriller, his next “must read for our times” (James Rollins).

Buried within the black ops budgets of the Department of D
Paperback, First Pocket Books Paperback Edition, 532 pages
Published June 2011 by Pocket Books (first published June 29th 2010)
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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
Oct 01, 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
Giovanni Gelati
Jul 22, 2010 Giovanni Gelati rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 23, 2012 Jerome rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 29, 2012 Laura rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
S. Patrick
Aug 02, 2011 S. Patrick rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Joel Anderson
Jul 07, 2012 Joel Anderson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 26, 2013 Burt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Nov 09, 2010 Adam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 17, 2015 GymGuy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action-thriller
This is the second Brad Thor book I've read. I was underwhelmed by the first and this one is no different. This one, as the first one (The Lions Of Lucerne) seems to derive more of its interest from a frantic pace of just jumping around from place to place, scene to scene. I'm not one who has the time to read a book in just one or two sittings. Every time I picked up this book I had to go back and figure out where in the heck I was: Chicago, Paris, Italy, Spain. And who where the characters that ...more
Throughout Foreign Influence I found myself more annoyed at what the author was writing than I did enjoying the book itself. Mr. Thor uses the same stale descriptions that he's used since his very first book, The Lions of Lucerne. Nothing has evolved concerning Scot Harvath except unfortunate life events. In fact, Mr. Thor has been re-using the same descriptions for so long I can't help but roll my eyes every time I see them.

Another glaring deficiency in Thor's books seems to be his apparent lac
Glenda Smith
Nov 27, 2011 Glenda Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 17, 2015 Ru rated it really liked it
Brad Thor makes it seem easy, yet again, with another top-notch thriller, in "Foreign Influence". Scot Harvath takes center stage once again, a little more grizzled as a veteran, and working private special ops on bringing to justice those involved in a devastating radical Islamic terror attack abroad. This novel broaches areas very close to modern reality, and Thor does a great job of patterning the book a bit differently than usual.

The biggest difference of sorts in this novel is that there ar
Steven Jr.
May 31, 2011 Steven Jr. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Mark Fallon
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. ;-)
Steve Gallob
Nov 13, 2015 Steve Gallob rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just finished reading my first Brad Thor book. I was a little hesitant to pick up any Thor because he sells a lot of books it looks like and my tastes don't typically run to "best sellers". Also I didn't want to start at book #1 of 15 so after some quick research, I picked up this one about #8 in the series. I am very impressed, I loved this book and have picked up the next 4 in the series. My favorite authors in this genre are Alex Berenson, Terry Hayes, Alex Dryden, Phillip Kerr and a few othe ...more
Chris Hubbs
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 12, 2014 Neil rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
To my mind the author is now letting his own political perceptions sneak into the plotlines, and the books are starting to suffer for it. At one point there was Russian mafia involvement, and I had hoped that they would be a suitable foe for Scot Harvath to pit his wits against. Sadly that idea was short lived, and so it was back to the stereotypical middle eastern terrorist groups. At least not all of the terrorist attacks happened on American soil, even though they were targetted against Ameri ...more
Graham Salisbury
Nov 02, 2011 Graham Salisbury rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Dec 10, 2010 Raimund rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 20, 2015 Sheila rated it really liked it
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.
Chris Nevins
Aug 01, 2012 Chris Nevins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
M. J.
Jul 09, 2015 M. J. rated it liked it
Shelves: read-fiction
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Feb 14, 2012 Pat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 27, 2014 Marilyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Former Seal turned covert operative, Scot Harvath has seen more action than 99.9% of the male population, but he thrives on it, and gets restless when he doesn't feel useful. When bombs start going off in Europe, and he's called to find the root of the trouble, he doesn't have to be asked twice. From the computer whizz dwarf, Nicholas, to Pieo the 'priest,' and everything in between, he's on the move between Europe and Chicago looking for the perpetrators. Terrorism is not going away. The irony ...more
Dec 22, 2013 Wendy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Wendy by: Goodreads Giveaways
"Foreign Influence" which I won from Goodreads Giveaways is a thriller that mixes espionage, terrorism, and a hit and run accident into an intricate and intriguing plot that's action-packed, super-charged and chilling. As the story opens events have erupted in the world that have raised eyebrows at the Office of Strategic Services; the destruction of a Strategic Chinese Military Post in Inner Mongolia, a tragic bus explosion in Italy, and in Spain the attempted murder of a dealer in highly sensi ...more
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Scot Harvath (1 - 10 of 15 books)
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  • Path of the Assassin (Scot Harvath, #2)
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“We don’t even use the word terror anymore. There’s only ‘man-made disasters’ caused by disenfranchised groups who are really just ‘misunderstood.” 1 likes
“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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