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Blowback

(Scot Harvath #4)

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4.18  ·  Rating details ·  17,058 ratings  ·  502 reviews
Scot Harvath's counterterrorism career has just crashed and burned -- thanks in part to a ruthless senator with her sights set on the White House. But when the war on terror takes a chilling turn, the president has no choice but to secretly bring Harvath back inside. Deep beneath an Alpine glacier, an ancient weapon designed to decimate the Roman Empire has been unearthed ...more
Paperback, 575 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by Pocket Books (first published June 28th 2005)
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stormin
Mar 13, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: thriller
So I like to read thrillers whenever I take a trip by plane. I'm routinely disappointed, but I still keep it up. Brad Thor's Blowback is not the worst, but it's definitely not much above mediocre either.

Here's an example of the main problem I have with the book. [MINOR SPOILER ALERT]

In one chapter, a king explains why he hasn't banished his rebellious son by explaining that if you had a child, you wouldn't be able to bear sending him away from the land of his birth, no matter how dangerous he wa
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Gary
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This author keeps coming up with ways to keep the story fresh. In a James Rollins/Dan Brown type plot, an ancient weapon linked to Hannibal has been resurrected and is being used to kill non-Muslims, while leaving true believers unscathed, in a selective and horrifying manner. The plot twists and turns develop as much like a mystery as a thriller. The author’s political views slip through occasionally, which is fine, and impact the character development and interaction.
The main character, Scot
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Terence M ;-)
Jun 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandon-dnf
Audio book 1 star out of 5 DNF
I expected to enjoy this book, but sadly, I did not. I did persevere because Brad Thor is a pretty good novelist and I had enjoyed Scot Harvath #3, State of the Union, but after listening to about 60% of the book, I decided it was a could not finish and onto the DNF shelf it flew. The story started out well enough but throughout its telling, there was simply too much, too detailed, Ancient History. While this provided evidence and background related to the deadly il
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Karen
Mar 07, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: thriller
Archaeologists make a stunning discovery in a pass high in the French – Italian Alps, but do not live to tell the tale. A year later, Islamic scientists begin dying in seeming accidents or outright assassinations and kidnappings all around the world. And then a US army unit moves into the peaceful, multi-religion village of Asalaam near Mosul in Iraq. They are checking up on some Christian missionaries who haven't been heard of but are startled to find half the village dead from a horrible, flu ...more
Philip
Nov 04, 2013 rated it liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jason
If you are a fan of Ludlum, you may like Brad Thor. If you are a fan of "24" & "Burn Notice" you may like Thor's novels. If you are a right-wing conservative who believes in "might is right", then you'll like Brad Thor's novels. I like Thor because he writes a good thriller & keeps the criticism of liberalism on the down low (totally unlike author Vince Flynn's novels).

In this thriller, counter-terrorism operative, Scot Harvath, sets out to prevent a Muslim caliphate from becoming a reality by
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Jason
Dec 10, 2012 rated it did not like it
This book crushed any joy I had left in the Scot Harvath series. The arrogance and annoying, childish attitude of this character was certainly written to make him likable in a roguish sort of way.

Nothing could be further from reality. I found myself openly rooting against the protagonist. The writing is inconsistent and common. The story is utterly unbelievable as well.

There are too many other quality writers in this space (like Vince Flynn) for me to waste any more time with this series.
Henry
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a terrific continuation of Brad Thor’s Scott Horvath series (No. 4). A great patriotic hero, excellent believable plot, well developed supporting characters, politicians with integrity and an evil senator whose only value is her ambition and will do anything to achieve it (and I mean anything). The title is very appropriate in more ways than one.
Bryan
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is not unusual when reading a long book to find parts that are slow! This book was not slow, and would have been hard pressed to have told its story with less pages. This was action packed, with an exciting plot to the end. Very enjoyable read!
Corey
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Brad Thor may have just created Mitch Rapp's replacement, (no offense or disrespect to Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp series, I love that series just as much as this series). Scot Harvath returns to kick some more ass in this action-packed adventure!

Harvath's career as a field agent is in total jeopardy, with a ruthless senator who has her eyes on the White House, and has a dream of becoming the next President of the United States, and intending to bring down the current President, using a mole in the
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Lisa Malmquist
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Scot Harvath is the President's secret weapon against terrorist plots and harrowing plans to ruin the US. But, a ruthless senator with selfish plans to win a ticket as VP on the next ballot, wants to expose the president's unauthorized incursions on foreign countries using Scot Harvath. Which of course would make him a target of terrorists around the world.
Meanwhile, an old bioweapon has been discovered under a glacier in the Alps which had been designed to destroy the Roman Empire. A shadowy or
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Mike
Jan 28, 2020 rated it liked it
This time, Harvath is in hot water with his government, due to his beating of a merchant broadcast on TV. His superiors try to hide him with another project out-of-country, and it leads to an ancient biological weapon rediscovered in the Alps.

Throw in an unscrupulous Senator willing to sacrifice Scot on the altar to forward her presidential ambitions, and you have an action packed adventure.
Scott A. Miller
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love a thriller where I really learn something. Thor was great in this one, creating a core based on history so interesting that I didn’t want to stop. I had no idea how far back bio and chemical weapons went. Harvath is a great character. Thor manages to give him a worthy sidekick in each of the four books of his that I have now read. It’s a nice touch.
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
BLOWBACK

Function: noun
: an unforeseen and unwanted effect, result, or set of repercussions
: CIA code name for an agent or operation that has turned on its
creators

: botched covert action


Former Navy SEAL Scot Harvath in an instant realizes he's blown and many fatwa will be placed upon his head. Al Jazeera has captured him beating a poor, helpless Iraqi, not his nemesis Khalid Sheik Alomari, a superior and ruthless Al Qaeda assassin he has been tracking for months. Though his face is not seen, the
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Ren Santos
May 18, 2011 rated it it was ok
This premise is interesting, but it lacks the action and stamina of the first books. The descriptions are (way) too long, and it takes ages to get to the point. Although wend it gets to the that point, the scenes, specially the action ones, are up to the challenge.

I find this book to be behind the others in the series, although a must read if you wanna go more in deep in to the skin of Scot Harvath.
Keith Dickson
May 21, 2015 rated it did not like it
Typical American anti terrorist evil Muslim one dimensional story.
US hero saves the world from decedent hypocritical Arabs.

There's has to be more to "thrillers" than this.
Do authors in the Middle East write the same styles of book where the Americans are portrayed as prime evil trying to force their way of life and religion on unsuspecting people

I hope they have more maturity as a comunity than the tripe produced in the book.

We need to get over this type of story.
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Lynn
Nov 03, 2009 rated it did not like it
This series has the same premise as the Vince Flynn books, but lacks in readability. Thor's writing is elementary in nature and I found myself thinking, "I'm not in 1st grade, why are you writing like I am." I was so annoyed with his style that I stopped reading the series. Scot Harvath also isn't nearlly as BA as Mitch Rapp. ...more
Skip
Jan 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
Scot Harvath #4. Nasty Washington politics. Harvath saves the smokin' scientist and does battle to prevent biochemical weapon from killing millions in U.S. and to prevent a new caliph from unifying Islam world. ...more
Tim
Sep 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Brad Thor has good taste regarding 70s funk from the Ohio Players "Love Rollercoaster," to Parliament's "Flashlight and Give up the Funk." Oh yea, and Scot Harvath's one bad motha..... 7 of 10 stars ...more
Nadim
Apr 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Long and tedious too much focus on historical.. should’ve been shorter
Patrick Gibson
Feb 11, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: testosterone
I can’t use the work ‘blow’ any more. Lets face it—‘blow’ is a lot more funny than it used to be. It has taken on new multiple meanings since the 1970s indicating either drug use or highly entertaining sexual act. Mostly, these days we are on our own deciphering the correct connotation, if any. Can you imagine how confused I became when I realized the movie ‘Blow’ was not the biography of Linda Lovelace and ‘Come Blow Your Horn’ was not about doing toot at band camp? ‘Blowback’ is a real word—ap ...more
kartik narayanan
Oct 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Read the full review at my site Digital Amrit

They might burn our flag for the cameras, but throw a handful of green cards in the air and they’d cut each other’s throats to get their hands on them.

Introduction
‘Blowback’ is written by Brad Thor. It is the fourth book in the ‘Scot Harvath’ series. It is an action thriller and it stars the eponymous ‘Scot Harvath’.

The overall synopsis of the book is as follows. An old weapon exists that has bought down empires in the past. A shadowy terrorist group
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David
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: thor-brad
In the rating system within GR, I must say that a 2 is what I must give this story....I try to start each book I read with a five and allow the author to downgrade from that lofty level. The manner in which this story is told, with stories within the story, ie, switching to one part of the tale to another part wherein they climax toward the end, is a favorite method for me....Fine so far, but then it drops quickly to a four due to the writing skills of the author, to me lacking in composition. i ...more
Createpei
Apr 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Brad Thor is back on track with Blowback.

This was a super interesting storyline - albeit full of stereotypes and biases that are likely much easier seen post 9-11, it was none-the-less a true page turner.

The story lines follow two distinct plots. Firstly the attempted political and career discrediting of the main character, Scot Harvarth, by a US Senator who has her sights set on the Vice-Presidential and ultimately Presidential nomination though the destroying of the current sitting President.

T
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Anita
Jul 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, drama, brad-thor
Brad Thor's main character, Scot Harvath, is a man to behold. While I found his antics a little too much to believe in this book, I found myself engaged by the storyline. Middle Eastern politics, mixed in with historical war figures and bioterrorism from books over 3000 years old. It has my mind leaping at parts. Thor did bring his character back to reality a couple of times, when right in the middle of dangerous stunts he would wonder where his life was heading and if he was taking his career t ...more
Jimena
Feb 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
I checked out from public library the audio book version. The narrator is one of the best narrators in my opinion; I wanted to read/listen something similar to Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp, after I finished the entire series and had withdrawals for more of the same. This is not as good as Flynn's flawless, absorbing, nail biting suspense in the Mitch Rapp books. I was unable to finish this book. That us unusual for me because I never give up on books! I just could not take this story and characters ...more
Craig
May 16, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spy-espionage
A militant Islamic faction has discovered a 2,400 year old WMD developed during the wars between Carthage and the Roman empire. The faction now desires to use the weapon to rebuild the Ottoman Empire. Apparently, only one man can stop them: you guessed it, Agent Scot Harvath. This thriller (I use the word loosely) stretched credulity and I found it somewhat plodding and tedious. Author Thor can do better than this. It is the 4th tome(and I felt the weakest so far) in his Scot Harvath series.
George
Sep 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
Maybe I'm getting tired of thrillers, but my reaction to this book has been underwhelming. I was looking forward to it with much enthusiasm, it having won a prestigious "best thriller of the year" award, and it IS a great yarn - but is buried under an avalanche of dizzying detail. Detail that, at least in my opinion, almost obliterates the story. Thor's research is admirable, down to brand names and minute detail, but this one seemed over the top to me. For a complete change of pace, I'm going t ...more
Karen Roettger
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
Really a 2 1/2. The ancient history part about Hannibal was interesting but it went on & on & bogged down my interest in reading the book but I continued until the end. I was amazed that he would drag the woman, Jillian into all of the dangerous situations that he did. She wasn't even trained as a SEAL or for CIA work. And climbing that mountain to find the archeological dig. How unbelievable! I have read several of his books now & find most of the story lines questionable. He is definitely not ...more
Robert Sterling
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The books just keep getting better and better.

I am so glad I discovered this author, his books have been most enjoyable, if you like spy books you will enjoy reading these, but read them in order.
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