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Near Dark

(Scot Harvath #19)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  10,473 ratings  ·  689 reviews
Scot Harvath returns in the newest thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Brad Thor.

The world’s largest bounty has just been placed upon America’s top spy. His only hope for survival is to outwit, outrun, and outlast his enemies long enough to get to the truth.

But for Scot Harvath to accomplish his most dangerous mission ever—one that has already claimed the
Hardcover, 333 pages
Published July 21st 2020 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books (first published June 20th 2020)
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Aug 04, 2020 rated it did not like it
From hunter to hunted to hider. SNORING! 1 of 10 stars!
Aug 06, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
I will give it 3.75 stars, though Goodreads does not permit this to be expressed with ease!

Never one to turn away from a Brad Thor thriller, I turned to the latest in the Scot Harvath series. In a novel that picks up where the last conveniently ended, Thor thrusts the reader into the middle of yet another tactical battle. When Carl Pedersen is found murdered, Scot Harvath can only wonder if it has something to do with one of his past missions. News emerges that Harvath has a massive bounty put
Greta Tackebury Trakul
Maybe I've just outgrown this genre, but I could barely finish this book. It was, honestly, just boring. And also silly - guy is literally trying to drink himself to death over the very recent murder of his wife and then two seconds later he's falling for the stereotypical female sidekick. It just felt trite and formulaic and not suspenseful at all. I was an avid Mitch Rapp fan until Mills ruined that series. I've read a few of Thor's books in the hopes they would come close to Vince Flynn's wri ...more
Adah Udechukwu
Jul 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Near Dark spent a lot of time talking about the past. I know that the author is capable of better.
The novel also lacks the consistent mind-boggling action that i've come to expect in Scot Harvath novels. Hopefully the next novel in the series will be straight-forward and action-packed.
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
Not a fan of this one. After 40%, I skimmed the hell out of it because it was so boring. I can't believe the last book was so exciting and now this one is a whole bunch of talking and no action. (view spoiler) ...more
Vicki Elia
It's a shame Thor spent half the book revisiting the last book to properly set the foundation of this one. The only saving grace were sporadic action scenes and the ending, which was predictable and weak.

I've also decided that I really don't enjoy Armand Schultz's narration of this series. His pace and tone make everything seem trite.

Next time I'm hoping for a full new novel and perhaps a new narrator?
Sep 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For whatever reason, I've missed the last couple of books in the Scot Harvath series - as in did not read. Not long after I started this one, I realized I've missed them like I miss long-lost friends. As Celine Dion sang, "It's all coming back to me now" - and I've vowed not to make the same mistake going forward.

What that boils down to, in book review terms, is that I absolutely loved this one. Maybe it's because I saw a less gung-ho, more circumspect Harvath, still reeling from events that hap
Joseph T.
Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was ok
Disappointing. First third of the book was essentially filled with biographies of fictional characters (supposedly character development, I guess?) and rehashing of previous books. In what was left, the plot was not fully developed, rushed and left unanswered questions. Seems like I am in the minority, but not Mr. Thor's best effort. ...more
Michael Houtz
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I had an amazing opportunity to read an early copy of Brad Thor's next Scot Harvath release scheduled for July '20, NEAR DARK. I've read every book since Lions of Lucerne and developed into a HUGE Thor fan. At this point in Brad's career, he's in the enviable position where just about anything he writes will be received by an eager, paying crowd. At the risk of guessing a writer of his position might sooner or later fall into a pattern of repetition and 'call one in', I would be dead wrong. His ...more
Jim Cerone The Perfect Host DJ MC
A Thriller?

I’ve read all 19 books in the series, so I felt confident purchasing this one. Chapter 11 made me stop and post this review, something I would normally never do without finishing the book. The writing here is slow, dry and boring; lots of exposition, more like historical non-fiction than a rollicking action thriller.
Aug 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Scot Harvath is in bad shape mentally, drinking to forget the devastating personal losses he suffered in the prior book, Backlash. He is lured outside a bar to fight two thugs as part of an assassination attempt, which fails only because his team arrives in time to save him. When he finds out a close Norwegian friend was tortured to death to get to him and someone has put a $100 million bounty on him, he decides to bust out of his funk. Eventually, he meets up with the female Norwegian prodigy o ...more
Jul 25, 2020 rated it liked it
I was a little disappointed in this book, judging from all the reviews and “best in the series” hype. A lot of time was spent retelling the details from the previous release, and it seemed like Near Dark could have been added as several chapters in the last book instead of a stand-alone. The ending felt extremely rushed and anti-climatic. That being said, there’s enough here to satisfy the series fans (like myself), but I think I was somewhat blinded by the advance reviews, and I was expecting m ...more
Jul 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
In this latest entry in the Scot Harvath series, someone puts a $100 Million bounty of Harvath's head. Meanwhile, after the event of the last book, the quarry is drinking heavily, trying to get over his grief and guilt.

After finding out he's Wanted: Dead, Harvath goes hunting for the man behind the reward. Along the way, he has what passes for a meet cute in these sorts of books with a beautiful Norwegian intelligence agent.

The two combine their forces, and go after the assassins and the one who
kartik narayanan
Aug 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Near Dark is another good addition to the Scot Harvath series. It is as formulaic as some of the previous entries but still manages to be entertaining as ever.

Brad Thor fans must read this.
Ross Sidor
After really enjoying the author's previous two books, I was looking forward to this one. The premise sounded promising; a 100 million dollar bounty is placed on Scot Harvath, and the world's best assassins seemingly in competition to collect. That was the book Thor teased after "Backlash" and that was the book I was excited to read.

Instead, Thor wrote a book about Harvath investigating the murder of a minor character from two books back, whom absolutely no one will remember or care about. Thro
Maura Towne
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Scot is really facing some demons this time around. It makes for a killer adventure, pun intended. Another amazing pageturner!
James Winchell
Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another hit it out of the park. Brad Thor keeps providing he is at the top of his game. Such an amazing tale full of suspense, drama and a simple love story. Scot Havarth is still someone you do not want to mess with. Liked how Brad showed this side of Scot and how he dealt with some of his ghost. I also enjoyed how Brad gives that quick back brief on some of the characters he uses to keep new read and returning readers up on his characters and how they fit into the storyline. Not a dull moment ...more
Aug 08, 2020 marked it as to-read
I am A huge Brad Thor fan and look forward to him every year. So it pains me to write this review that I hated this book. It was awful. At one point I had to look at the cover to make sure I had downloaded the right book/author. Most of the book was spent discussing the last book which I thought was one of the best books I've ever read. I found the action barely there and thought Nicholas wasnt used efficiently. I skimmed the last third as I just couldnt do it. I'll be back next year and the one ...more
After a few weeks of “experimental” reading excursions, meaning “new to me writers”, I returned to one of my tried and true authors, BRAD THOR. Book number 20 in his Scot Harvath series is NEAR DARK. What a terrific writer of spy thrillers! Thanks for the great entertainment.

In this story, which picks up right after book 19 (BACKLASH), Scot is suffering from a horrific personal loss. He has retreated to a luxury resort near Key West in southern Florida in the United States. He is drinking alcoho
Jul 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Near Dark is an amazing follow-up to Backlash. A blend of fast-paced narrative, thrilling events, well-written action, and characters that feel real and relatable. The book explores Scot Harvath in an emotionally damaged state of mind after the events of Backlash while having to navigate through a hundred million bounty on his head as retribution for Harvath’s brutal acts of vengeance in Backlash. This dynamic amps up the stakes for Harvath on a very personal level.

The storyline is crafted with
Oct 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-read
This one is a good one in the series. No stupid storyline (like flying to the moon and back in 45 min. to save the world). Typical Brad Thor thriller, a real page-turner that keeps you reading. As one event ends another begins immediatly so it doesn't drag anywhere in the book. ...more
Mark Elliott
Aug 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Scot Harvath is a broken man. Brad Thor's masterful story telling takes you into the mind of a man that has lost all hope after the devastating loss of the most important people in his life. Once at the top of his game, Scot has lost his will to keep going. Only after nearly being assassinated himself and discovering that the largest bounty ever has been placed on his head does Scot snap out of his stupor and take his life back, or does he? Only after teaming up with Sølvi Kolstad, a Norwegian o ...more
Sep 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book as a giveaway of the finished edition from the publisher. The writing is this book was really easy to get lost in. This book was a genre I do not normally read and I enjoyed it very much. The author did a good job of also catching the reader up to speed if you hadn't read the other books in the series. ...more
Shawn Cross
Dec 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As usual this Scot Harvath novel does not disappoint. Not only does it deliver the action and suspense that comes standard with Brad Thor’s writing, but he also layers on the edutainment with jewels—historic and atmospheric—about his settings. I also love how deep he digs into his characters’ hearts and minds, so that the reader can really get into their heads. The plot was a series of dominoes falling at just the right pace. And the payoff at the end left me both fulfilled and longing for more ...more
Lynn Horton
Thor is predictable, and I needed something quick one evening, so reached for Near Dark.

I have two problems with this book. First, there's a VAST amount of inner dialogue, much of it backstory.

Next, Harvath's dedication to the memory of his recently deceased wife is commendable. But that storyline rings untrue when he suddenly become a horn-dog over a Scandinavian associate by the end of Near Dark. I suspect most of Thor's readers are male, so maybe this isn't a problem for them. But for me it d
Matt Persson
Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow, just Wow!!
How in the world could Brad Thor out do himself again. I thought he was at the top of his game when he wrote, Backlash, but i was wrong. Near Dark is even better and keeps the thriller genre on the edge of the seat waiting to see how Thor can out do himself again.
Near Dark almost read as a Swan Song for Scot Harveth but I believe it is a new beginning and even better things to come. With a huge cast of characters from Harvaths past it really brought all 20 books together!
With som
Steve Schlutow
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
I loved his last book so much that this book disappointed me.
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action-thriller
What a disappointment. This is probably the worst Harvath book in the series, and a shame that it came after what was maybe the best in Backlash. I put off reading this because I heard that was the case and that was correct.

This is supposed to be a thriller, but I kept waiting for said thrills and there were none. Harvath is a bad ass character and the reason to read this series. However Thor decided to not put him into an action sequence until over 90 percent in the book. Instead he drinks, re
Really a 3-star, but it is a Brad Thor "Scot Harvath," so 4-stars it is..."Near Dark" extends from last Summer's Harvath, "Backlash" as a Russian Oligarch seeks revenge by putting a $100 million bounty on him...Much of the story deals with Harvath and company peeling back the layers of the Byzantine maze of the intelligence world to find the source of the bounty...Okay Summer read! ...more
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BRAD THOR is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twenty-one thrillers, including BLACK ICE (July 20), NEAR DARK (one of Suspense Magazine’s Best Books of the Year), BACKLASH (nominated for the Barry Award for Best Thriller of the Year), SPYMASTER (“One of the all-time best thriller novels” —The Washington Times), THE LAST PATRIOT (nominated Best Thriller of the Year by the International Th ...more

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