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Path of the Assassin

(Scot Harvath #2)

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4.18  ·  Rating details ·  20,723 ratings  ·  699 reviews
Navy SEAL turned Secret Service agent Scot Harvath follows bloody clues to silver-eyed elusive ruthless terrorist Hashim Nidal, who intends to topple Israel and America, and can be identified by only one person - Meg Cassidy. Across four continents, from Macau, Jerusalem, Chicago, Libya, Capri, and Rome, the deadly puzzle tests their limits and growing bond.
Paperback, 367 pages
Published July 1st 2005 by Pocket Books (first published January 7th 2003)
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Sean Peters
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My type of book, and another author to add to my favourites...

Obviously I like a book with lots of action, international plot, a great main character, and as usual some great villains.. sounds easy...It's not, I have read through some rubbish books.

After rescuing the President from kidnappers in Brad Thor’s roaring national bestselling debut, Navy SEAL turned Secret Service Agent Scot Harvath shifts his attentions to rooting out, capturing, or killing all those responsible for the plot. As he pr
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Ken
Nov 09, 2011 rated it did not like it
I thought the first book was a bit of a stretch for my ability to accept the author's premises. But right at the start of this book the author has the main character outside at night, in a hurricane, on the ground after having tackled someone and there is a sports car with its headlights on racing toward him and the hero notes the mercury like gray of the drivers eyes and he'll be able to identify them if he sees them again. REALLY?!?!? Are you &^%@$# kidding me? I read just about all kinds of b ...more
Terry Koressel
Apr 07, 2013 rated it did not like it
Brad Thor is creating a story line that is identical to Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp series. One problem: While I fully admit Mitch Rapp is the ultimate male "ultra-masculine, ultra-heroic fantasy".....not believable but great entertainment. The Path of the Assassin is not only unbelievable....it makes the crossing to the patently absurd. The heroine in this story swings in near manic-depressive cycles between frightened grief and incredible female bravado; from tears of fear to a machine gun toting ...more
Mike
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Scot, fresh off the recovery of the President, is on the trail of those who kidnapped him and killed his fellow Secret Service agents.

He travels from the Middle East to Europe and the U.S.
Gary
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This series is getting better. Scot Harvarth is back again and is the central character. The story features a strong female character in Meg. Harvarth begins tracking an international assassin and travels from locale to locale. The author clearly understands modern politics, military technology and the locations he is describing. The action moves quickly, but my favorite part of the story is when the plot unfolds. The author has intricate storyline and allows it to evolve, often leaving me guess ...more
Scott aka Prison Preacher
I wish there was an 'Eh' rating as that what I thought of 'Path of the Assassin' It kept me entertained for the few days it took to read but it hasn't made me anxious to read the next book in the Scot Havorth series.

Several times while reading I felt like I was reading something from Hollywood. I like action suspense but sometimes it is over done not really creating the suspense but more of a ho hum lets get to a new scene.

The book was way longer, like one other reviewer to many cities and for v
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Matthew
Jun 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good follow-up to the first Harvath novel. While some of the twists and turns are far from believable, it is a fun get away from reality. If you like military action and suspense (with a little bit of humor), this is turning out to be a series worth giving a try.
Eric
Feb 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Scot Harvath
The plot of the novel was acceptable, if unspectacular, but seemed like a series of discarded Bond plot ideas more than anything else -- specifically, having to repeatedly read about the antagonist's silver eyes that turn black hammered home that bad Bond villain feel. There is also a good amount of jet setting, with most of the locations already forgotten.

As for the protagonist, Secret Service agent Scot Harvath is tasked down with hunting down terrorists, but without the sense of urgency from
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Patti
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Found an author and spy thriller that I love, now I can enjoy the rest of the series. A page turner!
Dan
Sep 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adventure, 2014
Not a bad series at all.. good reading!
Kay
Another good book by Brad Thor.
Alan
Sep 24, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Exciting and fast paced but over the top like the first in the series.
Scott
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A great fast paced thrill ride.
Julie
Nov 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
A not bad second book in a series. I think Scot has found his niche :) I really like Meg and I am hoping she is not dumped in the 3rd book as Claudia was in this one (or will there be a new "James Bond" girl in each book???). Some of the action is so extreme is seems to be glossed over.

"To tell the truth, Father, I don't think God has a favorite football team, or a favorite religion."
Something to think about...
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Ray
Scot Harvath is a rather bizarre character.
-He enjoys his job and is very good at it.
-He always finds a pretty, badass lady to tag along on his missions.
-He doesn't take authority well (unless it is from the president himself).
-He always has time for a prank and a joke, no matter what the circumstances.
-He is very proud and confident of himself and his capabilities.

Would that make him a great spy? Probably not.
But does that make him a fun character to read? Absolutely!

Brad Thor has pumped his se
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Keri
This is the 2nd in the Scot Harvath series and I can tell where BT was still developing the character. An Israeli faction calling themselves the Hand of God suddenly starts blowing up key Islamic Holy places and killing thousands of people. These horrific terrorist incidents threatens entire world peace, as the Islamic people vow to return the favor. As the US tries to get intel on the entire situation Scot is sent in to help gather that data. The action sequences are very well crafted. They don ...more
John Walls
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
After reading this book I though that it was 'just okay' - not a total waste of time, but a bit to demanding of my suspension of disbelief, and the plot twists a bit (I'm being polite) unlikely. However, I was willing to continue with this series on the basis of this being only book 2, and Brad Thor would improve with time - more believable plots, more believable (and consistent) characters, better writing. To test that theory I read reviews of future books in the series (all rated over 4! Must ...more
Scott A. Miller
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Better than the first one. While some of the action was far fetched and impossible to believe, Thor made it exciting and fun. The story was a scary one for the world. Makes you happy there are people like Scot Harvath working for the good guys. Looking forward to the next one. I hope Meg remains a part of this series. She’s a great character and keeping Chicago in further books would be nice.
Tim
Jan 20, 2015 rated it liked it
For a man who prefers offense, there's a lot of chasing, just missing and defense in Path of the Assassin. In fact, one major "Harvath" type scene doesn't involve Scot at all as he is afforded only a couple blips of true execution. I find this disappointing for a "man of action." 5 of 10 stars ...more
Corey
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
James Bond meets Mission Impossible!! A great edge-of-your-seat action packed thriller!

Path of the Assassin is the sequel and follow-up to Thor's debut novel, The Lions of Lucerne. Former SEAL and Secret Service operative Scot Harvath is on the trail of the culprits who were involved in the kidnapping of the President. While he is hot on their trail, it points to a large Terrorist Organization known as The Hand of God, who are unleashing attacks across the globe. With the assistance of a CIA hit
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HornFan2
I'm betting if author Brad Thor was asked, if he could do over one of his books, it would be "Path of the Assassin". You have some real good elements in this one, that's intertwined with fluff, needless characters and total BS from the author.

It wouldn't start with the same opening of Scot Harvath involved in a chase during a hurricane and being able to identify the mercury like gray eyes of a driver racing towards him. Having lived through enough hurricanes to know that it's impossible to do,
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Mike Kennedy
Jan 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: brad-thor
I listened to the audio version of this book. I enjoyed the second book in the Scott Harvath series, but it was not quite as much as the first book, the Lions of Lucerne. There is a new terrorist group called the hand of God with ties to Israel, and they are taking out Palestinians. Tensions in the Middle East are high. Meanwhile, Scott Harvath is tracking down the last member of the Lions of Lucerne, but he is killed by an anonymous assassin with silver eyes. Scott now is after the assassin and ...more
Ian
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was an improvement on the first, and the first was perfectly OK as a holiday read thriller. There is a little more humour from the Super Agent protagonist, and the tone, in spite of the subject matter, is lighter overall.
Much of the plot stretches credulity to breaking point,but that's pretty much what these books are for, right? I haven't read the third yet, but the addition of a 'woman of the book' already feels a bit formulaic, and the presence of the civilain heroine on
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Bob Ries
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A jet-fueled thrill ride piloted by Scot Harvath. It reads like a combination of adventures led by Ethan Hunt, James Bond and Jason Bourne.

The story offers explosions, chases, nasty bad guys, infallible good guys and a believable, positive ending. The action is well-constructed and developed and the thrills are almost non-stop. An absorbing and arresting read!

Robert Frank Ries
Michael Redd
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good book, can't wait to read others on the series. ...more
Matt Odom
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fantastic book that I simply couldn’t put down.

Enjoy it as part of the series or on its own. An easy and enjoyable read.


If I never see the word facade again it will be too soon!
John Carpenter
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Brad Thor’s second was far and away one of my favorite reads. Path of the assassin and Scot Harvard are at the top of the thriller mountain with Jack Ryan, Mitch Rapp and Gabriel Allon.
Luke Walker
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m a big fan of Brad Thor’s books and this one has to be among my favorites! I highly recommend this book!
⚰Rusty Bottoms ⚰
Just hit 3 stars. IMO, it dragged out a bit in the middle. Also, like the first book, the enemies have terrible aim. With that being said, I will continue to delve into the Scot Harvath saga.
Tom Fernald
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fast paced action book. Need to read book #1 to help with some of the references. I plan to continue reading in this series.
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