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Foreign Agent

(Scot Harvath #16)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  9,953 ratings  ·  583 reviews
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Brad Thor comes Foreign Agent—a thriller as current as tomorrow’s headlines.

In a safe house near the Syrian border, a clandestine American operations team readies to launch a dramatic mission months in the making. Their target: the director of Social Media for ISIS, Abu Muslim al-Naser.

Multiple analysts, as well as a senior Congres
ebook, 352 pages
Published June 14th 2016 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books (first published 2016)
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Jun 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"If there was an Academy Award for evil, ISIS would have taken home an Oscar."

Yep, you can tell from that quote it's another tale of espionage, terrorism and spies from the king of the genre, much of it set in countries where the only green is the caps of U.S. soldiers. Yep, readers will have to withstand the author's strong political viewpoints as always. But since I've gone on record as not being fond of his settings or his viewpoints (I don't like being "preached" at in books, even when I'm i
I've never read anything by Thor before much less another book in this series & was favorably impressed. It was a popcorn, macho-action read, pretty much what I expected, but not nearly as heavy handed as most of its ilk & far better in specifics. I had no trouble following the story, even when there was obviously a lot of history in previous books.

There were some laughable moments. For instance, a glance at a gun from a distance revealed it's exact vintage even though it was one of a my
Jun 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Thor continues his meteoric rise in the genre with another novel pulled directly from potential headlines. After a brutal bombing that killed a group of American operatives seeking to destroy a pillar of the ISIS organisation, all heads shift back to Washington, demanding answers. How could an operation so important and long in the making be infiltrated and ruined, its key members obliterated? The assassination of a high-ranking Cabinet official is the second attack by ISIS, which increases the ...more
The Real Book Spy
May 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
*** Read this review and more on

With Foreign Agent, Brad Thor proves once again to be the master of one-night reads and the undisputed King of faction–a mesmerizing blend of fact and fiction.

Honestly, his books should just come with a label that reads “no bookmark required,” because they’re impossible to put down.

For a guy with more than eleven million books in print around the world, and who is an annual staple on The New York Times bestsellers list, Thor is still growing
Jul 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Another winner from Brad Thor. A series of attacks on US personnel and the SecDef by ISIS both internationally and domestically garners the attention of Scot Harvath, but something doesn't seem right. Too well planned? Who is behind these attacks and what is their endgame? Scot has to rely on his old comrades: Herman, Nicholas, Vella, and finds some new ones (Anna Strobl, Yusuf) to chase down a ghost. The (view spoiler) are playing a dangerous game against a dangerous ad ...more
David Eppenstein
I have read all of Thor's books and consider myself a fan but a fan with limits. This review will, therefore, probably be more of a subjective personal POV piece than an objective critique of the book or its writing so that should be understood by anyone reading this. I enjoy reading thrillers and Thor's were among the best but they have been diminishing in interest and Thor's lapses into personal political opinions were offensive but he seems to have pulled back from that. It goes without sayin ...more
Slaven Tomasi
Jun 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Foreign Agent is Brad Thor at his very best, I had no idea how he was going to top Code of Conduct, as it was my favorite in his Scott Harvath series. But he did it with Foreign Agent, the book is a non-stop action from start to finish. The threat of ISIS is a worldwide problem in our current situation in the real world, Thor takes a stab at that problem in Foreign Agent but puts a crazy spin on just how the hell is ISIS able to come up with, finance, and execute all of those terrible plans of t ...more
Aug 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Less thrilling than other stories produced. Lots of defense with minimal spurts of offense. Sadly, Nicholas is minimalized and he's already short. 5 of 10 stars
Tucker Elliot
Jun 28, 2016 rated it did not like it
1.0 out of 5 stars this is a bad book in what is otherwise a great series, June 28, 2016
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Brad Thor is one of the best writers in this genre and I am a longtime fan of the Scot Harvath series. However, this is one of the most convoluted and illogical “thrillers” I have ever read.

The plot is similar in many respects to recent titles by Brad Taylor, Alex Berenson and M
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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seven fifty-eight pee em the 27th of march 2018 tuesday evening...still light out, days getting longer...lots of snow still on the ground, 3" fell overnight and the next thing you know it will be the 4th and a couple weeks after that we'll see the first brown leaf on the ground. just finished. good story, four stars, kindle library loaner and #15 in a series. uh oh. shoulda started at #1? naw...there's some sort of question posted on the page...'should i read them in order' paraphrased. first an ...more
Aug 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the perfect summer thriller. I don’t favor political international thrillers, but this one is exceptional. In Brad Thor’s “Foreign Agent”, protagonist Scot Harvath is a secret agent who works for a private intelligence firm, and the President of the United States is a client. So basically, Harvath works for the USA but is removed from the President who can deny responsibility of things go south. Harvath has his orders and is backed by the USA, yet does what he wants.

The US has been targe
Dee Haddrill
Jun 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Seriously, I don't think there is anything about a Brad Thor book that I don't love. I especially love Scot Harvath and everything he does and says. I love the idea that there are people out there who will go to any length to keep us safe. I know this is not PC but I don't care - sometimes we need to do the dirty work to get the job done. Thank God for people like this who will do that!
Sean Collins
Apr 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
I feel like the earlier books had a lot more nuance, character development. These days it's Scot Harvath invincibly doing what is right with some small side talk to explain exactly why it is right. This is the path Terry Goodkind went down - and the books suffered. Hopefully the next one has a bit more substance....
Jun 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: All Mitch Rapp fans, okay Scot Harvath too

View purely from a storyline, pace and readability perspective, Brad Thor's scored another FIVE STARS. But I had to give him 4.5 for two reasons. First and most important; the 'proportional response' of Operation Full Justice--where the US incinerates every Russian military asset in Syria--is not credible. Jesus Christ Brad, did you forget that Vladdie still has a bunch of ICBMs? Now before you judge me overly conservative, to this day I find Vince Flynn's firs
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
He's conservative, a flag-waver and a patriot. Brad Thor/Scott Harvath. I look forward to the release of each New Thor book. He often goes over the top, but the adventure and thrills always are crowd pleasers.

This was one of his best, tied into today's (unfortunate) world situation.

Guess I have to wait another year until we get Scott Harvard #16!
Book Woman 📚
Another page turner by Brad Thor. Action packed and full of twists and turns. A good read!
L. Anthony
Jun 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Foreign Agent Wreaks Havoc

An intelligent mix of espionage and subterfuge, 20th Century Cold War turned 21st Century conflict. Bay of Pigs meets Pan Am Flight 103 meets Wag the Dog. There is just enough intrigue as the story weaves its way from Iraq to Turkey to Germany to War torn Syria and all the way to the White House steps.

What I liked:

The best of the genre is exemplified by a driving force of will. There you experience a relentless pace of action, conflict, and contest. The NBA Championship
Jun 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
I was glad to see that Brad Thor was going to back to his roots in a way by pitting Harvath against ISIS in Foreign Agent as his last few books had moved away from that theme and although they were still good, I preferred the older ones. Having now read Foreign Agent, I can say that Thor exceeded my lofty expectations and this book is probably my favourite one of Thor’s in quite a while.

Foreign Agent is Brad Thor’s fifteenth thriller novel featuring terrorist hunter Scot Harvath. When a CIA safe
William Stuart
Jun 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend Brad Thor’s book signing in the Atlanta area. I bought a copy of his latest thriller, Foreign Agent, listened to his presentation, and got the book autographed! I read the book and here is my review.

Synopsis (from the author):
Terrorism in Europe has spun out of control. The United States has decided on a dramatic response. Now, the CIA needs a very special kind of operative.

Scot Harvath has exactly the skills the CIA is looking for. He’s a former
Jun 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
Scott Harvath is back in #15 of this series. I read the word, “faction” to describe what many of Brad Thor’s books are, an interesting blend of fact and fiction. This is once again the case in “Foreign Agent”. With the Presidents blessing, Scott is sent to exact revenge for the killing of Americans overseas. Completing that mission, Scott finds himself embroiled in fallout from yet another horrible mass killing of US Military at the hands of ISIS, or at least we are led to believe. With his trus ...more
Diane Saul
May 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The plot of this book is pulled right out of today's headlines. Isis is killing Americans with the help of the Russians and there is more to come. Scott Harveth is the Presidents secret weapon. He operates under the radar giving the President complete deniability. He is very good at his job. After a clandestine CIA outpost in Iraq is overrun and everyone is killed, Scott is tasked with finding out how the secret location was discovered. He feels guilty because the agents were there based on inte ...more
Douglas Barrow
Jul 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thrillers, brad-thor
A contingent of American special forces operatives are taking some down time after preparing for a mission inside of Syria when they are suddenly and brutally attacked by ISIS. So begins Brad Thor’s latest thriller Foreign Agent.

I still don’t understand how Brad continues to come up with these exciting storylines but he does it every time and leaves me hurting just wishing for more.

This story has the Russians planting a mole in ISIS acting as a leader and then conducting attacks against the Unit
Tom Tischler
Jul 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Terrorism is running rampant in Europe and the U.S. has decided on a dramatic
response. Now the CIA needs an operative. They decide on Scot Harvath a former SEAL
with extensive experience. More important he can provide the President with
absolute deniability. But deep within the Russian Caucaus they have their own operative.
Sacha Baseyev who endured unimaginable horror and today he lives and breathes
only to kill. A clandestine American team is ambushed near Syria and all signs point
to an informa
William Bentrim
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Thor has read the headlines and formed a sadly believable scenario. The U.S. is still plagued by ISIS and has suffered some sort of national disaster in the previous book. The Russians are also under siege by Islamic extremists. Enter the off the books secret assassin, Scot Harvath.

Thor's plot is deviously clever and disturbingly diabolic. He does a ton of action and has sufficient plot twists to maintain interest. There was mention of Aleppo which really drives home the current nature of the bo
Andy Dale
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a novel about a US secret agent. It had a series tone and had lots of action which was exciting. The book involves defeating ISIS. It is discovered a russian secret agent is undercover in ISIS and directing some of their actions. This is because russia has more to risk from iSIS than US does the author relates. The russian agent is trying to goad the USA to start a ground war against isis. This is an interesting theory I've never thought of, but makes sense.
Dwight Ternes
Dec 12, 2016 rated it did not like it
Sad to say this was my least favorite Harvath book...just seemed to be 2 or 3 different events, with ISIS, Russia, some US politicians and reporters somehow working together/against each other...all were loosely connected and then just with an unfulfilling end. Characters were globetrotting for no apparent reason, and just sort of ends...unfulfilled unfortunately.
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
What do you expect from Brad Thor? Full of action, suspense and twists, as Scot Harvath jets around Europe to fight Russians, ISIS, and other threats to Americans. Good read, well written, and enjoyable.
Robert Lawrence
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Once more, Scot Harvath puts his life on the line. this time though, there's alot more at stake. this series just gets better with each book.
But with the ending the way it is, will this be the end of the familiar Harvath and a beginning of a new one with a new group of operators.
Harold Kasselman
Apr 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
An interesting premise and tactic on the ISIS/ Russian threat. This is not a full blown action novel nor is it full of twists, but it is thoughtful and topical. My reason for 4 rather than 5 stars is the fantasy-like epilogue that belies reality.
Bill Donhiser
As always Brad Thor comes through. Truly a can not put down novel. I enjoy his characters and writing, just sad the next one probably will not show up until next summer. Oh well plenty of other books out there.
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