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The Apostle

(Scot Harvath #8)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  14,968 ratings  ·  576 reviews
Master of suspense and #1 New York Times bestselling author Brad Thor returns with his most riveting international thriller yet.
A new administration and a new approach to dealing with America's enemies have left covert counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath without a job. But when American doctor Julia Gallo is kidnapped in Afghanistan, the terms of her ransom leave the
Hardcover, 358 pages
Published June 30th 2009 by Atria Books
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Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
Surprisingly good for a full-fledged action "manly" book since I'm not used to them. A friend gave me boxes of books from her husband's library when he was downsizing, so I now possess a decent supply of "man" books to get into. By man books I mean the action adventure stuff where there is a bad-ass type who is able to be top CIA or top military and is chosen to complete top secret and top notch missions, similar to James Bond type stuff.

Thankfully the main character wasn't as wooden as James Bo
Jun 24, 2010 rated it did not like it
Have read all the Thor books in order, beginning with The Lions of Lucerne--a very good read, by the way.

Thor seems to oscillate between getting overly detailed and technical in one novel to beating us over the head in the next with useless, mundane character traits such as in The Apostle, Harvath drinking Diet Red Bull.

It adds exactly zero to either Harvath's character, the plot or the overall read of the book.

As a veteran, I appreciate Mr. Thor's respect and admiration for what our Armed Force
Mike (the Paladin)
This is one of those that almost made it to four stars by the skin of it's teeth, but I reconsidered and gave it 3. I like Brad Thor and it's quite possible that part of the problem here was me. I've struggled with finding a book I like lately. This was a well constructed story and told a fairly fast moving tale (with only a few slow downs). Somehow I just didn't get into it quite as much as I have other of Thor's books.

Here we start with a newly elected president who's (following the well estab
Sean Newgent
Jul 30, 2012 rated it did not like it
Brad Thor again shows that he's run out of gas with this lackluster eighth book in the Scot Harvath series. The seventh book, The Last Patriot, was a bad enough novel, but this one is just exceptionally bad. The writing is fine, Thor has the talent, but the problem lies with his describing the same things again and again in a repetitive nature. I've taken issue with these things before in his novels, but never to the degree found in this book. And that may stem from the fact that the story in th ...more
Feb 18, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars. This was a good book and I enjoyed the main character. I had not read any other books in the series but this didn't impact on my enjoyment of the book at all. The majority of the book is set in Afghanistan, and it did give you a real feel for the tribalism in Afghanistan. At the same time there is the intrigue of an investigation into the president that is taking place in the US. I did listen to the book, but it was one of those books I might have enjoyed more if I had read it instead ...more
Michael Shore
Jul 15, 2009 rated it did not like it
I have been a big fan of Brad Thor since he began writing the Scott Harvath series. That is officially over. This book stunk. Stunk like a skunk. Either he changed and went off the deep right cliff, or i just didnt notice it in 7 previous books. My thinking is that it is the former. Thor must be going out with Ann Coulter.

Ok, the good part. Horvath likes drinking diet Red Bull. And I liked Julia Gallo the doctor who gets kidnapped. That's it for anything i liked about the book.

The bad and ugly?
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Brad Thor just gets better and better with each book, as does Scot Harvath! I now ask myself who would win in a fight between Harvath and Mitch Rapp (Vince Flynn's protagonist)!

The newly elected President of the United States has left many counter-terrorism operatives without a job, due to many changes within the government. But a young doctor, Julia Gallo, who is on assignment in Afghanistan, is abducted by a group of Afghan Rebels, who are holding her hostage and demanding the US the release o
Apr 01, 2010 rated it it was ok
This is another installment in the Scott Harvath series. No longer a Secret Service agent, but a "security expert for hire", Scott finds himself tracking the kidnapped daughter of a media tycoon who is in tight with the current President of the United States. The demanded ransom for Julia Gallo's life is a high level Al-Qaeda operative held captive by the Afghan government awaiting trial. The President doesn't want to do the trade - "no negotiating with terrorists" is the official policy after a ...more
Jul 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Not Thor's strongest effort. There was some action and a little intrigue, but the story did not feel quite as tight or smooth as his earlier books. I think it is the first time while reading one of his books that I got kind of lost about what was going on because I wasn't very interested.

The last third of the book improved somewhat, but in the end I was left feeling like I didn't really gain much. Only recommend to the die hard Brad Thor fans - if this was the first of his books I read, I am not
Jul 23, 2009 rated it it was ok
This is about my fourth Brad Thor novel. The stories are ok if not predictable. I am really put off though by the massive amounts of product placement. The Apostle reads like a commercial. Off the top of my head, I remember Kobold watches, Red Bull, Glock, Streamlight, Blackhawk Industries, etc. Not only does it bother me as a reader, but it also strains the credibility of the character. I've worked around many military special operators and I've never seen one wearing an $8000 watch. I've seen ...more
Matt Odom
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Probably one of the best books so far in the Scot Harvath series. I couldn’t put this book down. Even the standard subplot was intriguing for a change. A very satisfying end rounds out this action filled instalment.

Worth reading - even as a stand-alone.

Off to the next in series...
Angela Austin
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Just love the Scot Harvath series! Now onto the next one! Enjoy reading about the daily life interactions of the books characters and keeping updated in the future books
John Carpenter
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Not one of Brad Thor’s best storylines. This was more of a 3.5-4 star book. A good read but not very deep.
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another great addition to the Scot Harvath series! A true page turner but falls short of the best in this series.
Sep 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Lee Child fans, action thriller fans
Recommended to Michael by: Enjoy the author's work
Dr. Julia Gallo is kidnapped in Afghanistan.

In Washington, D.C. the president, Robert Alden, is grateful to Julia's mother, Stpehanie Gallo for her help in his campaign but now her daughter has been kidnapped. The ransom for her release is to free a terrorist imprisoned in Kabul. (Mustafa Kahn).

When Alden hesitates to help, Stephanie reminds him that she has info on the presidnet's addessory in the death of four innocent Americans and the conspiracy to cover it up.

They summon Scott Horvath from
Alain Burrese
Aug 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I read thrillers to have fun, and Scot Harvath's newest adventure in Brad Thor's "The Apostle" was a fun read. I enjoyed it, and look forward to Thor's next book. Brad Thor's hero, Scot Harvath, is one of my favorite thriller characters. I've enjoyed every book in the series. This latest installment is a fairly simple plot compared to some of the earlier books, but enjoyable just the same.

The investigation back in the U.S. regarding secrets kept by politicians was my least favorite part of the b
Aug 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Captivating, another page turner. Espionage, counter-terrorism, kidnapping, insurgents, all taking place on foreign soil with Scot Harvath to the rescue. This story takes place in Afghanistan; Brad Thor eductates the reader as he uses Afghan words to describe the clothing Afghan men wear, and he weaves in other words to help the reader understand the Afghan culture thus helping us understand why some villages and their leaders would assist Scot in his current mission, and why others could not be ...more
William Crosby
Jun 28, 2013 rated it liked it
The main character does not like Afghanistan and is constantly mocking it. From time to time he lets admiration for the Afghanistan people show (as long as they are not Taliban).

There is also a parallel story which is related to the plot in Afghanistan only if you think of the purpose of the book to be a slam against liberal politicians and their decisions regarding the military and the intelligence community. (Though, really, the conservatives in real life do not seem to be promoting intelligen
Michael Adamchuk
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
American doctor Julia Gallo is in Afghanistan trying to help Afghan women. she is kidnapped by Afghan rebels. She is being held in exchange for Khan, a high ranking Al Qaeda official. Ex Seal Scott Horvath to the rescue. Things get more and more complicated as the plot thickens. It not just a simple exchange. Secret Service agent Elise Campbell, on the President's security detail, discovers a political cover up. She has to make a choice, her career or the right thing to do. Lots of action and in ...more
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Jul 22, 2013 rated it did not like it
Meh. I abandoned the book halfway through...right around the part where he blatantly started injecting his political ideals into the main character's inner monologue. Oh, please!

And, what's with all the red bull?!

I hate to abandon a book, unfinished, but I felt that since nothing noteworthy had happened yet, it most likely never will. I'm moving on to watching paint dry, which I am sure will be more exciting.
Jun 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: brad-thor
While this is a readable effort by Mr. Thor, it is a bit of a muddled storyline. Essentially, there is a Scot Harvath adventure loosely wrapped around a bit of Secret Service intrigue. The two stories really don't mesh and the Secret Service story seems like a thinly veiled set-up for a spin-off. This certainly isn't what fans would expect.
Jan 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015, thriller-spy
Found this installment of the Harvath series somewhat uninspired. It just seemed to be missing something which made it easy to get distracted while reading. I also found it frustrating that the minor side story seemed much more interesting but only minimally developed. it wasn't a bad book but not great either - just somewhere in the middle.
Nov 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-listen-to, audio
The book was worth listening to... but only barely. Almost everything goes Harvath's way. I mean almost EVERYTHING. Oh SNAP... there are a million bad guys.... wait!!!... let us call in an AC-130... boom done. Really Thor? Oh hey! I have a SNIPER rifle... so I am a 10:1 kill ratio machine over 70 dummies with AK-47s? Man... dude... you need to grow a pair... of brains!

I'd LOVE to see you use that 'pair' in the real world... Of course this IS a novel!

The 'subplot' about Thor's hatred of recent pr
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shade on this book.

"Madison had an angry puff on her slightly chubby-cheeked face. Exasperation was made clear through her eyebrows knit together above her large hazel eyes. Despite the fact that Madison was not even thirty yet, The Apostle seemed to give her frown lines and a few grey hairs poking through her brown hair." - Brad Thor describing me after I finished this book.

...THAT IS THE DESCRIPTION FOR EVERY CHARACTER IN THE BOOK. I hate books that in the first paragraph give you an unnecessa
Rob Smith, Jr.
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
'The Apostle' is a standard action novel of Brad Thor's hero, Scot Harvath, but with an odd anchor attached.

The book starts very well with a nice set up for a potential novel of intrigue and solving a hostage issue involving a very interesting character with even more interesting ties to the President. All of that is quickly and then thoroughly squandered as still another repetitive tale of Harvath to the rescue. There was so much to play with that was earlier presented. Why Thor didn't construc
3.5 stars (rounded up to 4).
As much as I liked the last Harvath book, I didn’t care for this one as much. It could be because I just finished reading the best book I’ve read in a long time. But there were a couple things that just didn’t work for me in this book. Harvath is trying to rescue the daughter of the new President’s biggest donor/advisor. The daughter, Dr. Julia Gallow, was working in an outfit like Doctors Without Borders and is kidnapped while out in the Afghanistan countryside. She
Alan Sanie
Jun 10, 2019 added it
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Master of suspense and #1 New York Times bestselling author Brad Thor returns with his most riveting international thriller yet.A new administration and a new approach to dealing with America's enemies have left covert counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath without a job. But when American doctor Julia Gallo is kidnapped in Afghanistan, the terms of her ransom leave the president with only one course of action.In a dangerous assignment that the United States government will deny any knowledge o ...more
Patricia Baker
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
believe it or not, this would be a great beach book. there is so much action that it reads fast so you would not have to be sunburnt. Scot is such a good man with many tricks up his sleeve. he pals around with other similarly armed friends. think I liked Mark and Mei in this story. so much humor is appreciated in such a shooting up story line. the side story about the President lying under oath was certainly unexpected, but did add to the story. would like to read another story involving Elise. ...more
Scot Harvath is out of government service with the change of administrations in the White House, but takes a job that involves going into Afghanistan to rescue the daughter of a very influential member of the new president's campaign team who is being held hostage by the Taliban. Meanwhile, in Washington D.C., a little-known secret service agent is about to start an investigation that will shake the government to it's core.

Not my favourite Harvath novel. Just didn't rise to the great heights of
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