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(Scot Harvath #18)

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  8,810 ratings  ·  759 reviews
In ancient texts, there are stories about men who struck from the shadows, seemingly beyond the reach of death itself. These men were considered part angel, part demon. Their loyalty was to their families, their friends, and their kings. You crossed these men at your peril. And once crossed, there was no crossing back.

They were fearless; men of honor who have been known th
Hardcover, 378 pages
Published June 25th 2019 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books
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Brandon Collins I didn't, this is my first in the series. I didn't know there were 18 previous ones actually and I am not lost.
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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, nor inflated ratings. I despise the loss of meaningful and impactful characters. I like vengeance, but in this disappointing effort the price is too steep. 4 of 10 stars!
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
kartik narayanan
Jul 22, 2019 rated it liked it
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Backlash has a straightforward story whose beats should be evident within the first few pages of starting the story. Scot Harvath has been captured by the Russians and has to fight his way out in an inhospitable terrain.

What I liked
Backlash manages to break the cycle of ennui that was creeping into the series with a different kind of story, albeit one we have seen before in other series.

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Pamela Small
3.5 stars. Definitely better than #17, #18 in the series, but not up to the level of intrigue and excitement of Thor’s previous Scott Harvath installments.

👎 The plot is based on the political machinations of Russia v USA, but the conflict isn’t fleshed out enough ... there is a lot of telling that Russia is evil, and a lot of action depicting their malevolence, but the background story explaining motives is lacking in development.
👎 It is more a story of survival than political espionage. Addit
David Eppenstein
This is a difficult book to rate. It is the 19th in the Harvath series and I have been a fan since the beginning. I have collected all 19 books as signed first editions and most them signed by Thor at appearances I have attended. Like all his fans I enjoyed the adventure and thrills that Brad took us on in these books. Unfortunately, it is difficult to keep a good thing going and the series has had its ups and downs. I was particularly distressed when Thor started to let his personal political v ...more
5/5 STARS*****
WOWZA!!!! That was an amazing book! I wasn't sure Brad Thor could top himself after Spymaster and that cliff-hanger ending, but he did with a vengeance! It's really hard to talk about this book without giving anything away. It's definitely different from other books in the series. I will just say that this is Brad's "Exceeds Expectations" performance review! (those who have seen him in person know what I'm talking about ;) ) If you haven't read Spymaster, read that first and have t
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Overkill in every sense. This is high war casualty fare. Brutal.

So here is the reaction I promised last week after I finished. I was away from tech and a decent keyboard.

Know that I have not read Scott Harvath before. So starting at #19 is absolutely hubris. Yet, I was glad I did. Because I didn't hold the killing off of long appearing characters against him. And took the read for what it was in this form and length of book alone.

It's a difficult read for the killing/ overkill factor. But beyond
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
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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
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.
Veena Calambur
Jan 16, 2020 rated it liked it
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Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
A Russian mercenary group has kidnapped Scott Harvath and killed his family. When the plane crashes deep in Siberia, Harvath survives, and has to make his way through Russia while being hunted by violent mercenaries.

Meanwhile, the authorities in the States are trying to find out what happened to Harvath. The police and the feds don't make things any easier.

Reminiscent of Louis L'amour's Last of the Breed, this is a very entertaining novel with a good deal of tension. Recommended.
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!!!
Bob Mayer
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Brad Thor brings what military thriller readers want: vengeance, a high body count, the US is always right, terrorists are always bad.

He's been perfecting this for a long time and kudos. This is another excellent installment in his series.

Having commanded a Special Forces team with a maritime specialty (all graduates of Danish Fromandkorpset Combat Swim School) and serving in 10th Special Forces, which is oriented for cold and high altitude operations (Winter Warfare training every year and grad
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like many GR friends, I lost interest in the adventures of Scott Harvath a few books ago due mostly to Middle East terrorist fatigue. The good news here is "Backlash" takes Harvath in another direction reminiscent of Louis L'Amor's iconic non-Western "The Last of a Breed". Both concern Homeric escapes from Russia while aggressively pursued by superior forces. The difference is Harvath's odyssey is justifiably fueled by revenge for what the Russians had so viciously taken from him. He becomes rel ...more
Joann Casiano
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! What an intense ride.

I honestly don't know how Brad Thor is able to write the stories he does, although I have to say I am so GRATEFUL for his amazing talent.
What Scot has to endure in this ride is beyond heartbreaking, it's unfathomable.
The Old Man is deteriorating and Scot and Lara go to his safe house to be married before Carlton gets much worse. As everything unfolds, the Old Man, Lara and Lydia are all executed while Scot is made to watch. He is then drugged and kidnapped by Russian
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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
Jan 05, 2020 rated it liked it
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Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5+ stars
Without question, Backlash is my favorite Scot Harvath book. From start to finish this has been an extreme survival and emotional journey. A must read!
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2019
4.5 stars
Julie Watson
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 gives u ...more
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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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
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
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved the switching from one location to another and the working details. This is not a book you can skim as the twists and turns of the plot.
Horvath was dealt a severe blow in the last novel, Spymaster, and this one helps him right the wrongs under severe physical conditions of the Russian winter. The Carlton team is very supportive and will do whatever is needed to get him home.
Hopefully this is not the end of the Scot Harvath saga...there is still much to do to save the world from itself.
Aug 30, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5* Scot Harvath is back and this time, he finds himself abducted by Russians. The transport plane he's in crashed in the middle of nowhere in frigid temperature. He now has to find a way to survive and get out of Russia. He also wants revenge.
I like this book. You can feel anxious along with Scot on how he's to survive. We see him struggling physically while also emotionally wrecked. There's a lot of violence. Scot is out for blood. The squeamish need not read this. But, it's well-written and
Connor Bagley
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am so glad my high school english teacher introduced me to Brad Thor, I have only read 2 of his books but they have never let me down. This was such a great action packed book that I never got bored of with a great twist of politics. Great read!
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic page-turner
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Good vs evil and Good always wins... but we pay a price!
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
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
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“back to the border with Belarus. Though he would have liked to have gotten some sleep, he kept his eyes open and his head on a swivel the entire way. When they met up with the Old Man’s smugglers and said their good-byes, he thanked her. She had taken a lot of risks on his behalf and he wanted her to know how much he appreciated it. Without her, this could have very well turned into a suicide operation. Climbing into the smuggler’s truck, he made himself comfortable for his next six hours of driving to the border with Poland. There, he’d at least be back in NATO territory, though he couldn’t let his guard down. At least not fully. It wasn’t until he was back on The Carlton Group jet and in the air that the weight of everything he had been under started to lift. Once he was in international airspace, he got up and poured himself a drink. Returning to his seat, he raised the glass and toasted the Old Man. He hoped that somewhere, up there, Reed was proud of him. As he sat there, sipping his bourbon, Harvath conducted a mental after-action report. He went over every single detail, contemplating what he could have done differently, and where appropriate, what he could have done better. Once his review was complete, he went through all of it again, looking for anything that might identify Alexandra, or tie her directly to him. Fortunately, there was nothing he could come up with to be worried about. From Josef’s hospital where she had avoided the cameras and had stayed bundled up, to the interaction with Minayev’s mistress where she had worn the balaclava, and finally to the security guards at Misha’s loft where she had been wearing a dark wig and heavy makeup while making sure to never face the cameras, she had been the perfect partner. Even outside on Moscow’s streets, she had made sure they stayed in the shadows. Alexandra, thinking of everything, had taken down the telephone number of the management company for the building where they had left the hospital worker tied up. She had promised to phone in either a noise complaint or some sort of anonymous tip, so that the man would be found and cut loose. He didn’t know how she planned to get the envelopes” 0 likes
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