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The Apostle by Brad Thor
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Sep 03, 2009

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bookshelves: military-thriller, thriller, read-in-2009
Recommended for: Thor fans, thriller fans who like secret agent missions
Read in September, 2009

Brad Thor's latest novel featuring super agent Scot Harwath is pretty good thriller material but definitely not heavy lifting. There are two thin plots.

President Alden, the new Head of State has cleaned house after winning election and has gotten rid of much of the intelligence apparatus including Harwath's secret agency, where he was one of the deep agents responsible for fighting the war on terrorism. Alden, who was elected with the aid of Stephanie Gallo, a media mega-millionaire, is beholden to Gallo. When Gallo's daughter, a young doctor in Afghanistan is kidnapped by the Taliban in a plot hatched by a Russian agent, Gallo forces Alden to hire Harwath to free an Al Quadi operative being held in Afghanistan and to exchange him for Gallo's daughter.

Meanwhile, Elise Campbell, a young secret service agent tasked with protecting the President overhears a part of a conversation with Gallo in which she threatens to expose that Alden was involved in a coverup of a car accident. Campbell decides to investigate to purported crime.

So the novel progresses in altering chapters between Harwath's mission to snatch the Al Quada operative and free Gallo's daughter and Campbell's investigation of Alden's involvement in the coverup.

I found the Harwath action fairly believable, the pacing was tight, the action was good and Harwath performed as expected.

I found the Campbell portion of the story less credible as I cannot believe that a secret service agent would do what she did. Plus it fits neatly into Thor's worldview. The new President is soft on terrorism but he is complicit in the actions of a drunk driver.

Thor's book would have been better with more Harwath and less washington focus on Campbell, but maybe Thor could not find enough plot with Harwath. Plus I did not like the title.

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