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(Scot Harvath #19)

4.56  ·  Rating details ·  2,020 ratings  ·  222 reviews
“Raw emotion, nonstop action, and relentless pacing makes Backlash another one-night read from Brad Thor, who delivers the book to beat in 2019.” —The Real Book Spy

#1 New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and #1 Publishers Weekly bestselling author Brad Thor is back with his most gripping thriller yet!

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Hardcover, 384 pages
Published June 25th 2019 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books
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Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
Based on others reviews, many will be surprised by this rating. My rationale is I don't care for slaughter of innocents. I despise the loss of meaningful and impactful characters. I like vengeance, but in this story the price is too steep. 5 of 10 stars!
The Real Book Spy
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Everything he’s ever done has led him to this moment.

By now, readers know his story. Former Navy SEAL Scot Harvath cut his teeth with SEAL Team Two, the cold weather specialists, before joining the Navy’s storied SEAL Team Six, where he eventually assisted on a maritime presidential detail—catching the eye of the Secret Service.

After Harvath had spent a brief amount of time with the Secret Service, the president, in an effort to hit back at the terrorists who pledged jihad against America, made
Lynn Horton
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another summer, another Scot Harvath book. And that's not a bad thing because Thor is as reliable as the Fourth of July. Backlash contains everything readers have come to expect from a Thor novel: intrigue, corruption, Harvath's invicibility after getting the smithereens beaten out of him, loss of people he loves, the author's political opinions.

It's as American as apple pie, and recommended as a good summer read for thriller fans.
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Harvath goes hardcore this time around. He's motivated for revenge and he has the skills to make it happen. There's no question that you'll feel for the protagonist by the end of this book. You'll also be entirely sure you don't want him believing you've wronged him in any serious way. I don't want to give anything away. I'm just going to say one thing... damn!!!
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Brad Thor fan will recognize the opening scenario with shock and it's a roller coaster ride of survival from there. Planes/helo crashes, firefights, wolves at the door, emotionally & physically beaten, it's Harvath in survival mode en extremis. Reader becomes empathetically-linked, feels the icy crystals in the face and numbing arctic cold and urges the protagonist onward. It's quintessential Scot Harvath, climbing out of the abyss, thinking of a solution to every new problem. He never giv ...more
Gavin Reese
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The latest Harvath installment is an incredible read, and fans of the espionage thriller genre will lose sleep racing toward its conclusion. This tale compels readers to venture through most every human emotion as they ride along, alternately cheering its heroes and wishing ill and misfortune on the villains. If you haven't preordered this book, you're only cheating yourself!

For readers of 2018's release, SPYMASTER, this is the book you've been waiting for to save you from that last cliffhanger
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If I ever find myself trapped behind enemy lines, with a family member kidnapped by a foreign national, or simply on the verge of being mugged on the streets of New York City, the one person I would want around to save the day would be Scot Harvath. Having been pretty much the central figure of what now amounts to 19 books, Harvath represents the type of brash, cowboy-up heroics that has become a dying breed in both our world and the world of fiction.

Brad Thor is another hero of mine. He is a be
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beyond Stunning Work!

Remembering how the last book ended, I thought we would be thrust back into that scene at the beginning of this book. Oh boy was I wrong! We were yanked into the crazy aftermath, and only fully understood what happened later. I loved this unique style, and it added a layer of instability that made this read even more powerful.
Brad Thor has taken Backlash to a whole new dimension. We see Harvath is a situation he’s never been in. My heart was pounding the whole time contempl
Maddie Taylor
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Well worth the wait! As intense and brutal as the book starts, it only goes higher from there. Harvath stops at nothing to do what he has to do to bring as much pain to those who did him wrong. Devastating and heartbreaking at times, it’s a non stop thriller that you won’t be able to put down. Brad always brings it and this is no different. As always, can’t wait to see what Scot gets up to next.
Sean Landry
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I’ve read all of these books. This is best one in the series I’ve read in years. Gut wrenching. Suspenseful. Exciting. It’s awesome.

Okay, from where I sit we've got two primary action thriller enterprises in modern fiction novels; the Mitch Rapp dynasty and the Scot Harvath dynasty. Now the Clancy Universe tried to make Jack Ryan another such thing, but Junior ain't got the chops for the really bad ass mothers of the world. Hell, Scot Harvath got so pissed over the fucking Russians killing his bride of one hour Lara Cordero Harvath that he killed and scalped every last one of
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Hip-deep into the Scot Harvath series, Brad Thor continues to deliver poignant novels that pull the reader into the middle of the political and espionage-driven world of today. When local authorities are called to a rural community in New Hampshire, they discover four bodies, carelessly slain. The names raise a red flag in the Intelligence community, beginning calls high up the chain of command. With ties to all those slain, one name being suggested as a potential shooter is Scot Harvath, but co ...more
Informed  Citizen
Jul 05, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoy Scott Harvath tales - but I have to admit this one had several details that grated.
The basics of Harvath being a hard ass operator are all there.

Three things really irked me:
1. (Semi-spoiler) The primary antagonist - a guy who is former Spetsnaz code named Wagner.
Thor insists on making this guy -a Russian - some sort of obsessed fan boy of Nazi SS. Seriously?!?!
This just seems lazy. Sure the Nazis and SS are everybody's favorite boogie man. But why?? Russians have plenty of nasty evil pe
Steven Dawson
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have to start by saying that I think this might very well be the best installment in the Scot Harvath series. And it’s hard for me to make a blanket statement like that because of the fact that there are so many incredible Scot Harvath books. And, while I’ve thoroughly enjoyed each and every one of them, this one delivered a hit to literally all the feels, and left me feeling like I was just lucky enough to have finished what may quite possibly be a masterpiece in the action thriller genre...

Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
#19 in the Scot Harvath series (Scot spelled with one 't' regardless of the Goodreads listing). This 2019 series entry from author Brad Thor picks up why the previous novel Spymaster (2018) left off. In Spymaster, Reed Carlton, suffering from Alzheimer's, wanted to retire and wanted Scot to take over the Carlton Group. Backlash starts with four dead bodies, including Reed's, in a NH safe house and Scot is missing. Eventually the government finds that Scot has been kidnapped by Russian agents and ...more
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Backlash” has bumped “Full Black” out of the top spot on my list of favorite Scott Harvath escapades. It picks up the loose thread from the blockbuster ending of “Spymaster” that had Brad Thor fans in an uproar over the cliffhanger ending. Number 19 in the series, “Backlash” lets Harvath’s unrelenting fury out of its cage and on the loose, with no keeper in sight. I will spare you a synopsis which has already been done and give you my thoughts on this episode of Brad Thor’s alter-ego.

Scott wind
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Somehow this series always seems to snare me in it's net and doesn’t let go until I have finished the last word. It wasn't until I started listening (on Audible) to the first chapter that I remembered the ending of the prior book. I even stopped right there and immediately went to find Spymaster to read the last chapter and mentally get up to date. And boy, what a beginning it is.

Heartbreaking, devastating - can these men ever catch a break? (by this I mean that unfortunately, this seems to be
Scott Sherman
Jul 20, 2019 rated it liked it
The story reminds me of the movie "Die Hard" but with more scenes and a different setting. And while I admit I enjoyed reading it, (definitely a thriller as advertised) the good guys / bad guys were straight out of every 1950's western. What I appreciated about the movie "Unforgiven" was that there were no good or bad guys, just flawed characters who, in each moment, chose their actions and suffered the consequences.

This book paints the United States as the greatest country on earth, while the C
Kyle Rankins
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: brad-thor
To say that this follow-up to Thor's Spymaster was much anticipated is an understatement. After the cliffhanger readers were treated to in the closing sentences of Spymaster, Backlash couldn't come fast enough!
Readers find out what was set in motion then in bits and pieces throughout the novel. Almost the entire story is told around the challenges Scot Harvath has to overcome to escape from Russia, where he's been taken following the events in New Hampshire, foreshadowed in Spymaster. When the p
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all spy thrillers fans.
Shelves: owned, finished
Brad Thor has succeeded again in writing a suspenseful action thriller featuring his hero Scott Harvath.
At the start of the novel we discover Scott having to survive the winter snow of Russia and his escape from Russian custody. Yes the winter can be severe in the barren fields of northern Russia.
Brad Thor manages to keep the level of suspense high by using short, simple action-loaded chapters and manages to keep the reader glued to the story.
Then the topic of vengeance also becomes central to
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Backlash picks up a couple of days after the end of Spymaster (those couple of days are revealed later). After a plane crash, Harvath is alone, on the run in the brutal cold and snow near Murmansk, with Russian mercenaries and a pack of wolves on his heels. He compartmentalizes what happened in New Hampshire and uses every skill he has and every trick he has ever learned in order to survive. But with his body weakening and no supplies or communication devices, he needs a little luck.

We see Harva
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This Scot Harvath #19 and billed as a “thriller”. Well, there was a time during the series when I thought Thor might be running out of juice. No way! A ‘thriller’ it is – indeed! A real page-turner! There’s no doubt the Mr. Thor can still pump out the good stuff!

The Russians have abducted the US’ top intelligence operative, Scot Harvath. (BTW, Thor does a nice job in updating the new reader – short and concise.) A plane crash throws Harvath into survival mode – in the frozen wilderness, behind e
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Incredible. I give out very few 5 star ratings, but this book earned every one of them. I've been reading the Scot Harvath thrillers for years. To be honest I was afraid the series had waned a bit with some less than stellar entries in recent years. Hidden Order veing the worst offender with its eye roll inducing plot involving the Federal Reserve. Yawn. Even Spymaster, the most recent entry before Backlash, had issues as I felt Harvath wasn't as front and center as he should be.

However the clif
Donna Hines
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Adapt and Overcome!" "Failure is NOT an option!" "Vigilance is the Price of Freedom"
Hands down the best book I've read of Brad Thor's to date and that's saying plenty as I've read numerous books by Brad Thor over the years.
Operation Gray Garden is in full swing!
Scot Harvath our former Navy Seal is on high alert to find and or recover Dead Or Alive Josef Kozak.
Oh no biggie! Oh but wait he's the best dam operative there ever was during this national security imperative mission in Russia.
Kopec is
Troy Farley
Mixed Emotions

I am a huge Brad Thor fan. I consider him my second favorite author behind only the deceased Vince Flynn. The beginning of the book was a let down. The premise of the book was a win. Here’s what I mean. The book takes right off where the last one ended. We the readers had to be wondering what had happened if we had read the previous book. Instead of going into detail of what happened Brad Thor glossed over it. This was huge. What he glossed over changed everything. Charters and the
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another stellar thriller!

I can’t get enough of this series by Brad Thor. The storylines are always captivating, but most impressive is the research that goes into every single detail that is shared. From the physical environment to the clothes to the food to (most importantly) the tactical equipment, you feel like you are in the room (or plane, or house...or snowmobile) right next to Harvath, which makes everything feel so real. Thor is clearly an author who is passionate about his craft (and co
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
After a major traumatic event, Scot finds himself in the Arctic Circle with Russian mercenaries after him. Initially, they want him alive for all of the information he can provide, but when U.S. pressure, led by a rescue specialist and the Troll (Nicholas) is ramped up, the mercenaries' mission parameters are dead or alive. Scot's training as a Navy SEAL kicks in, especially his SERE skills (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape.) Not only does he need to stay one step ahead of two-legged so ...more
Joe Duffus
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Brad Thor's readers know what they're getting, and can't wait to get more. And they get shoot-em-ups galore, lots of "operator" tech stuff, somewhat unrealistic characters, and we love it, because the pacing keeps us glued.

This book is no different, but it is a bit of a departure for Thor in that a large portion of it is about extreme cold survival. His hero Scot Harvath must conquer nature as well as the bad guys in this installment, and there are some harrowing moments in the book that don't i
Kevin Collett
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
When I got into reading one of the first espionage series that I got into was the Scot Harvath series by Brad Thor. Backlash is the 19th book in the series and if the bro-mance spy thriller type books are your bag, as Austin Power's would say, then "this should be in your bag, baby".

Without getting into the story, this is your typical Scot Harvath story, told by Armand Schultz. Backlash picks up where Spymaster ends, and finds Scot in hot water in a very cold place. The story is good, and every
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Other books in the series

Scot Harvath (1 - 10 of 19 books)
  • The Lions of Lucerne (Scot Harvath, #1)
  • Path of the Assassin (Scot Harvath, #2)
  • State of the Union (Scot Harvath, #3)
  • Blowback (Scot Harvath, #4)
  • Takedown (Scot Harvath, #5)
  • The First Commandment (Scot Harvath, #6)
  • The Last Patriot (Scot Harvath, #7)
  • The Apostle (Scot Harvath, #8)
  • Foreign Influence (Scot Harvath, #9)
  • The Athena Project (Scott Harvath, #10)
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