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Use of Force

(Scot Harvath #16)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  9,906 ratings  ·  664 reviews
As a storm rages across the Mediterranean Sea, a terrifying distress call is made to the Italian Coast Guard. Days later, a body washes ashore.

Identified as a high value terrorism suspect (who had disappeared three years prior), his name sends panic through the Central Intelligence Agency.

Where was he headed? What was he planning? And could he be connected to the “spectacu

Hardcover, 360 pages
Published June 27th 2017 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books
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Jeffrey I once heard an author say that it would be foolish to write a book in such a way that a new reader could not enjoy it even if they had not read all t…moreI once heard an author say that it would be foolish to write a book in such a way that a new reader could not enjoy it even if they had not read all the prequels written before it. With that being said, this book is a great read and may well whet your appetite to read the other novels in the series.(less)

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Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Brad Thor is back with another thrilling Scot Harvath piece, sure to add new layers to the War on Terror and the clandestine nature that has kept readers hooked for fifteen previous novels. When an ill-equipped boat full of refugees sinks off the Italian coast, many die or are lost at sea. One significant body that turns up is a mid-level ISIS member with chemistry experience. After Harvarth breaks-up a potentially dangerous terror plot in Nevada, clues lead him to Libya, where a larger terror c ...more
I enjoy reading Brad Thor's political thrillers. But I didn't enjoy this one.

Scott Harvath is the featured protagonist, and is a dynamic, well developed character. However, the other characters are NOT well developed. At all. Therein lies one of the problems in Mr. Thor's newest installment. There are too many (way too many) characters. A cast of characters page would have been helpful. My keeping a log of WHO did WHAT to WHOM and WHERE would have been helpful. I didn't connect with the characte
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Every time the author churns out a new Scot Harvath thriller, I have second thoughts about reading it. That's because settings in hot, dirty, far-off countries where war and strife are facts of daily life really don't have much appeal to me. Then too, I know I'll be subjected to a dose or two - sometimes hefty - of the author's opinions about what the United States ought to be doing about it (with which sometimes I agree but more often don't).

But every single time, all that fades into the backgr
Jul 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I hate to disappoint author Brad Thor and his agent who feel this may be his best work, but I disagree. If I hear the word, "Murphy," one more time in this story, I will go ballistic. Can you say, "irritating?" I knew you could. On the other hand, there is an excellent post script by Brad at the end of this that is worth a listen. 6 of 10 stars ...more
Kathi Defranc
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wow...finished late last night, could NOT put it down! Will review shortly!!
Our favourite counterterrorism operator is Back!! Scott Havarth returns in a thrilling story involving ISIS, with terrorism in acts all around the world. This book kept me up all night, the realism with which Thor writes is amazing, I could feel myself right beside our hero as he attempts to stop a serious event. I am very excited about things happening in the covert agency he used to work for, as from what happens at th
Richard Derus
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Real Rating: 2.5* of five

Look, I know I'm not a Brad Thor demographic denizen. I'm so far left of the Democrats that hailing frequencies frequently fail to open, while Thor is a darling of Aynholish people with whom I share nothing but the right to trial by a jury of my peers. His politics appall me. His writing, though, isn't bad. He crafts a sentence that leads to another in an agreeable and steady way.

Well, gawddam if he shouldn't, since this is his SEVENTEENTH Scot Harvath novel. The appeal
The Real Book Spy
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Following last year’s Foreign Agent, Brad Thor brings back Scot Harvath, the legendary counterterrorism operative, for his most action-packed novel to date.

When a raging storm rocks the Mediterranean Sea, a small vessel is forced to make a distress call to the Italian Coast Guard, blowing the cover on a smuggling operation in the process.

Meanwhile, Scot Harvath, who is now splitting his time between Boston and Washinton, D.C., heads up an ope
Stephen Kurtzahn
Disappointing Ending

Another wonderful Brad Thor book, but the end was clunky and disappointing. It ended way too quickly when it seemed like the story should have continued a few more chapters.
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I actually won an ARC of this book in Brad Thor's monthly drawing.

Scot Harvath is back! A terrorist from Tajikistan has a plan, and Scot has to figure out what it is, and stop it. Meanwhile, there's some backroom shenanigans going on in the corridors of power. Harvath goes to Libya and Italy tracking down the MacGuffin, while the terrorist smokes cigarettes and exults in death.

Great stuff!
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
As usual, non-stop action, with no regard for laws. After stopping most of a terrorist attack on U.S. spoil, Scot is sent to exfiltrate an ISIS operative in Libya, when things go wrong and the bad guys almost win. Meanwhile, ISIS continues to mount escalating attacks in Europe, with rising death tolls. There is also treachery going on in Washington D.C. in the ranks of the CIA, forcing the intervention of Nicholas and the Carleton Group. Scot backtracks the Libyan terrorist to his contacts in Si ...more
Pierre Tassé
Jul 24, 2017 rated it liked it
The book was a run of the mill adventure where you can lose yourself. There was nothing special about it that rang through my mind as I was reading it and wanted to make a note to pass on to my "reading friends".
If you want to just lose yourself in a search for "suicide bombers" (whom I just call murderers), this is a good book to read. Some things don't add up but then again, this is not a math book. Read and enjoy. You don't really need to read all the other books before to understand this one
Chris (Seafoam) Miller
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you happened to ask me who my top two characters were in the thriller genre, it would hands down undoubtedly be Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp and Brad Thor's Scot Harvath. Just this past week Brad released his next Harvath installment titled Use Of Force! I could not find enough time in my day to finish it! I was reading while at home and listening to the audible version to and from work to ensure I stayed in the game.

Scot Harvath is never a man to mess around with and when he's out bringing the
David W Eaton
Lacks Pacing

There were times I got very bored and almost left it unfinished. The storyline was complex enough to keep me hanging on. I've enjoyed this Scott Harvard series but this one needed a good editing.
Slaven Tomasi
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Use of Force brings back Brad Thor’s counterterrorism expert Scot Harvath, with non-stop action from page one to the very end. It’s highly advised that you set aside a good weekend to punch through this thriller because it’s very difficult to put down once you’re in for the ride. From the very beginning, Scot is surrounded by his team of warriors, ranging from Mike Haney & Matt Morrison, two bad ass former Force Recon Marines. Tim Barton, a Navy Seal. Tyler Staelin, A Delta Force Operative. And, ...more
David Eppenstein
When I retired and was able to return to reading for enjoyment Brad Thor was one of the first authors I started to follow and collect. I have a full set of all Thor's books all FE/FPs and all signed. Unfortunately, Mr. Thor is rapidly, very rapidly, loosing my interest and this may very well be the last of his books that I purchase and read.

While this book was a satisfactory addition to Thor's Harvath series and as such I give it three stars I have become tired of the apparent focus of Thor's e
Teresa Biggie
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book but I would disagree that this is the best one yet I was so happy that Nicholas and his dogs made an appearance but it seemed like they did just for the fans and not for the plot. It is very fast paced and action packed which is wonderful but I didn't fall in love with any of the secondary characters. Maybe if they make another appearance in a future book It was so touching that Reed s greatest weapon. Is now what is failing him.
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: action-adventure
Another great instalment. Recommended.
Annie Sem
Jan 06, 2019 rated it liked it
A solid read.
Ms. Just One More Book  (Kris Miller)
A pulse-pounding, action-packed, explosive thriller of epic proportions.

Scot Havarth -- a navy SEAL turned covert counterterrorism operative -- is assigned a mission so dangerous, that the government must deny any and all involvement. During a massive storm, the Italian Coast Guard receives a distress call that a smugglers ship carrying 150 men, women and children is sinking. Days later the body of a chemist that had expertly evaded authorities for three years washes up. His name is so deadly in
David C Ward
A serviceable thriller. The chase doesn't make a whole lot of sense including its starting point - a valuable ISIS bomb maker is smuggled into Italy using a horrible human trafficker in Libya and the mafia? What could go wrong besides everything? If ISIS is as powerful as depicted surely they could arrange secure transportation? Just rent a car! Also why is it assumed that each link in this chain would know what would happen next so that it could be uncovered by the Good Guys??Compartmentalize! ...more
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, thrillers
I usually like Thor's work but this one felt like he ran out of time and had to turn something in to the publisher. The main plot line just suddenly ends between chapters with little discussion at all as to the resolution. The past few books spent a lot of time building up the story between Harvath and Lara. In this book she's mentioned briefly in the beginning and then doesn't appear til the second to last page. And what was the point of the subplot of the attempted hack of Olivia? I get that T ...more
Elina Gomberg
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
So I never read any of the previous Scot Harvath books and it didn't bother me while reading this book. Though it is clearly part of a bigger picture, it stands well on its own. It was hard to stop reading the book, it's a thrilling ride and the different pieces of the puzzle will keep you glued to the book. It's not perfect and times its hard to follow specific events as it's written a bit unclear, but those moments are very few and far in between. If you feel like reading a good CIA suspense b ...more

I've read all of Brad Thor's novels, and Scot Harvath is one of the protagonists I look forward to reading new tales about. Now in the grand scheme of things, Harvath ain't quite as ass-kicking as Mitch Rapp, more along the lines of Rapp's buddy Scott Coleman. But even that ain't bad considering the leeway Harvath's grudgingly granted to do what he must. I can't help but equate the Carlton Group with the Hendley Associates' Campus of Clancy's Ryan series. They'r
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
#16 in the Scot Harvath series. This 2017 entry in the series by author Thor is action packed as Horvath's anti-terrorism team follow threads to find the chemist being recruited by an ISIS bomber. There is a secondary plot concerning the organization of the CIA. My criticism of this novel is that the bombing plot reaches a conclusion and can be turned over to local authorities, the secondary plot and other dangling threads are summarily disposed of. This is a case where another 25-50 pages would ...more
Stuart Ashenbrenner
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I first rated this as 4/5, but a few hours later, I changed it to 5/5.

Why? First, Thor always has the best plot lines. His stories are relevant, in depth, with plenty of twists and turns. It was another classic Thor novel.

Why then did I first give it 4 stars? Harvath is turning into a cliche for me. Maybe it's because of the number of interviews Thor does and how much press he does, but many catch phrases or lines of Harvath, I've actually heard Thor say before. One other things that Thor does
Aug 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: z2018
I can see how this book would appeal to certain people, but I'm not one of them. It wasn't a book where intelligence gathering led to the unfolding of an actual story where our protagonist saves the day. It felt more like a lecture that American's are too soft except for this one Manly Man's Man who's willing to travel the world covertly killing people because politicians/CIA/FBI are all just a bunch of bumbling idiots too weak to make tough decisions. ...more
Sean Collins
Jun 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Significantly better than the last two novels - a return to form of sorts. If you've made it to book 16, you know what you're getting into when reading, but a lot less of the fluff this time around. Less paragraphs devoted to espousing his world view, more collaboration and less "Scot Harvath, invincible force of American will". ...more
Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Four and a half stars due to a rushed ending. But overall, another great Scott Harvath thriller. Thor seems to be hitting his stride in the last few books.
Brian Durfee
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thor's best thriller in 10 years or more. Great! ...more
Ned Frederick
Jul 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Another in the long train of Scot Harvath thrillers... Each one indistinguishable from the next. Thor keeps writing the same book. But who am I to complain. I've read them all and I still get a huge kick out of all the faux, inside-scoop, operational details; the jargon-heavy weapons and tactics arcana; and the action, oh the action, all choreographed with balletic precision. We are also get acquainted with evil, wicked, mean, and nasty, yet sophisticated and highly motivated, terrorists, and we ...more
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