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The First Commandment

(Scot Harvath #6)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  18,299 Ratings  ·  418 Reviews
Covert counterterrorism agent Scot Harvath awakens find a sadistic assassin with a personal vendetta unleashes horrors on those closest to him. Ordered by the president to stay out of the investigation, Harvath mounts his own operation to uncover the conspiracy and exact revenge. When he discovers a connection between the attacks and a group of prisoners secretly released ...more
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Published May 12th 2010 by Simon & Schuster Audio (first published July 17th 2007)
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A fast and entertaining read. You have to suspend reality a bit to enjoy this one, but that is what escapist reading is all about. This was the first in the series that I read, but I wish that I had read the others first because there were a lot of references to previous novels in this one (unfortunately, I believe some of the plot twists in the earlier novels have been ruined for me if I decide to go back and start the series from the beginning). If you like military action, espionage, and tech ...more
This book seemed to be a lemon from this author. The pace of the reading quality of these books had been a steady four stars that kept me coming back, but this one dropped off into boredom. Maybe every author is entitled to a bad book; maybe it was just me. I gave it two stars instead of one because it was okay for awhile. Maybe I should drop it even lower because of that. I got far enough in to make me feel like I couldn't dnf it, yet I really wanted to. I will give this author another try late ...more
Dan Schwent
An assassin is targeting people close to counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath. His girlfriend is comatose in a hospital bed and the president has ordered him to stand down. But how can he stand down when the people around him are being gunned down?

First off, this was a birthday present and not something I picked for myself. I'm not into political thrillers.

The Good: The First Commandment is action-packed and feels like a blockbuster movie. Scot Harvath is a high caliber bad-ass. The plot had
Nick Brett
I quite liked this series when it started, but am starting to feel more uncomfortable with the author and his character, Scot Harvath.

Brad Thor, I sense, wants to be Vince Flynn and wants Harvarth to be Mitch Rapp and the characters have a lot in common. The trouble is that Mitch Rapp has a real presence and Harvath doesn’t and at times it is hard to like him. Author Thor also seems to be becoming more and more right wing in his writing and quite a few of his views expressed through his characte
Mar 23, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes political thrillers
I normally love all of Brad Thor's books--and admit that this one was just as edge-of-your-seat thrilling as his others, but I confess I was rather unhappy with how Scot behaved in this book. Granted his nearest and dearest were being tortured and killed while he tracked his attacker down, but the way he was extracting information from the terrorists was disturbing to one of my sensibilities. And my high opinion of Scot suffered as a result. I didn't like how torture was justified by only being ...more
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Damn, Scot Harvath becomes Vigilante/Punisher in this one, kicks more ass, and this time it's personal!

The First Commandment picks up right after the events in Takedown. Scot Harvath goes out on a personal vendetta after his new girlfriend Tracy is attacked and put in a coma by a ruthless terrorist who along with 4 other inmates, is released from Guantanamo Bay, after the President of the United States is blackmailed into releasing them. All of a sudden, the people closest to Harvath are being t
Mike (the Paladin)
Unabridged audio.

Someone tried to kill Scot's (Scot Harvath) girlfriend, and Scot intends nothing will keep him from finding the one. This is especially true once it becomes obvious that someone (the same someone?) is going after Scot's mother, and anyone who means anything to him.

What's the biggest rub? The President of the US himself has ordered Scot to stand down and stay completely hands off this one.

That's gonna happen, right? If it did we wouldn't have a book. With both his "friend" and
The First Commandment was a good quick read. There was a lot in this book I liked and it was full of suspense.

It was very anti-Islamic, and at times I read the political/social beliefs of Horvath and cringed. It is fiction, and I repect the fact that the character isn't an angel. However, I wish he would stop referencing America-ism's so much. Eg, 'American way of life,' 'Killing American citizens' 'Good old fashioned American' ect ect. I'm not American, and this just seemed to be excluding me
Oct 25, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
With an enjoyably ludicrous plot and a few memorable characters, this might qualify as a guilty pleasure if the author's neoconservative leanings didn't peek through so often. Between (and sometimes during) action sequences, our hero muses to himself that unfettered torture, surveillance and profiling are acceptable, and what's the holdup with building that fence on the US/Mexico border? One might expect a hardened super-solider like Scot Harvath (Really? Must all action heroes have onomatopoeti ...more
Joel Thornton
May 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brad Thor is the best thriller writer out there. It takes you around the world and back, action packed into every page. You have to read this guy!
kartik narayanan
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‘Carolyn, the president is not going to fire you. He loves you’. ‘As did, supposedly, my ex-husband who left me with said twins, a mortgage, and over twenty-five thousand in credit card debt.’

‘The First Commandment’ is written by Brad Thor. It is the sixth book in the ‘Scot Harvath’ series. It is an action thriller and it stars the eponymous ‘Scot Harvath’.

The overall synopsis of the book is as follows. An old enemy from Harvath’s past starts t
Barbara Sheppard
Mar 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 3rd Brad Thor novel that I have read and I have enjoyed every one of them. I am impressed that the author can build so much suspense in a book. I can understand it in movies but in a book it must be more difficult. I listened to it on Audible which helps bring the story to life.
The tale is a little far-fetched....Scott Horvath against the world. In this book he has gone rogue and it appears that everyone is out to get him. Someone is targeting his loved ones and he is determined to f
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very fast paced book, from start to finish. Brings in some of the characters from his previous books.

Scot wakes up to find some one trying to kill him and trying to kill people who are very near and dear to him. He tries to find out who is the person or persons who is trying to kill his GF, his mum, his closet of friends and slowly unravels, with the help of the Troll and against a direct order from the president. He finds that Adara Nidal (Abu Nidal's daughter) had a son with an Israeli spy w
Matt Odom
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So good that it got me in trouble - I couldn’t stop reading, much to the detriment of my “honey do” list and personal health.

It would be nice to have an instalment in this series where Scot wasn’t ousted by his own government.
Aug 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not in the top half of Brad Thor's Scot Harvath series, IMHO, but still a great way to spend a weekend.
Chris Silva
Nov 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Richard Garcia
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The First Commandment is one of the best books in the Scot Harvath series. Great job, I really enjoyed the different environments that the main character found himself in. Brad Thor does a outstanding job of setting the mood and environment that his characters find themselves in.
Feb 03, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I’m not sure why I continue on with Brad Thor and the Scot Harvath Series but I do. I just finished the sixth in the Scot Harvath Series, The First Commandment and it was just ok. Not great, just ok. I love this genre of books where you have a Patriot, (Scot Harvath), who is fighting for the rights of United State citizens in the arena of covert operations.

The world of war has changed. No longer do we experience the death and destruction of Armies against Armies. We don’t see the Tank
Apr 25, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure I should admit to reading this book! I had it on my "to-read" list for some time and then checked it out recently from the library for my husband to take with him on a flight. I would classify this as a "Book for Guys Who Like Movies." :) It is action packed in the vein of Mission: Impossible or The Da Vinci Code and is written with very short chapters as if they are scene changes. (Is the author hoping to sell the rights to his book and see this developed into a blockbuster movie? ...more
Another good story, brought down by the author's incessant political ranting. One-T-Scot saves e world, single-handedly, oh yeah - and tramples the Constitution in the process. The torture descriptions are over the top, and the main character (or the author) is a RWNJ who needs serious mental health help, not a gun.

5 for the story, 1 for the crazy political talk and torture, 3 overall.
Dec 02, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another non-stop thriller. Too bad he can't clean up the language in his books.
Nicki Rhode keck
I really liked this book. it kept me hooked from the beginning. I think each of the books in this series gets better and better.

this book opens with Scott dealing with his girlfriend, Tracy Hastings, being in a coma. he really wants to track her killer, but the President has other ideas. the president believes he has no choice but to try to keep Scott from pursuing this, but there are forces in play here that even he is not aware of yet. also, as is always the case, even though he thinks he has
Jorge Fernandez
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This has been the best Brad Thor book yet. I have read the Scot Harvath books in order and I am looking forward to moving on to the next one.

ATTENTION MITCH RAPP FANS. While Thor and Flynn have different writing styles, I am confident you will enjoy reading both authors. Although I truly enjoy Brad Thor, I think were he went in a different direction is how he developed Scot Harvath. Throughout Thor’s books, I find myself more interested in the plot and not as interested in Harvath. In the meanti
Russell Andresen
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the sixth book with super DHS agent, Scot Harvath, we find him being faced with tragedy after tragedy as those closest to him are being targeted by an unknown madman from his past. Brad Thor is a master of the suspense novel and this book is no different. He throws in just enough twists at the right time and keeps the story moving briskly.
Thor writes books that are fun to read and it's obvious that he has fun writing them. I cannot praise this man enough or his writing style.
I look forward to
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book, a real thriller and a enthralling read. I really enjoyed it but as a Brit, what I cannot understand is why you never see Brad's books in the bookshops. In fact is seem that if you are not Tom Clancy or you are associated with him, US thriller books are seldom seen.
I found Brad Thor by checking out recommendations on Amazon after reading a Vince Flynn book and I am so glad that I did. Now I read a wide range of US authors and with only isolated ones, have I failed to enjoy t
Diane Anderson
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read. I had to get this one from the library as I didn't have it in my own collection and it ties in with "Takedown". Another gripping read which I was reluctant to put down.
Brad Thor is no literary genius but he writes a good story! He uses "had" too often and unnecessarily, as well as "be that as it MIGHT' rather than "MAY".
However, be that as it may, I'm willing to give him a pass and recommend this book.
I really enjoy most of his stories.
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series has taken over my life!!! Mr. Thor finishes the story but leaves us with a hint of the next book. I can't resist and just keep plowing through. It even usurped the new Mitch Rapp release. It was next up on my reading list and I skipped it for Harvath Book 7. For me, that is unheard of!!! I love the way Scott has evolved. We have another "American Assassin" to enjoy!!!
Glenn F.
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fun read for fans of action and black ops thrillers. Good characters, good plot, chilling premise. Perfect for lite summertime or vaycay reading, or anytime. I like the way the novels in this series and the characters kind of interconnect. This is my 4th, and tomorrow I begin #5.
Maggie Marton
Dec 05, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read this for my 2017 reading challenge, and while it was a fast-paced, movie-like read, it was awful. The author pushes his right-wing political agenda through the character, and the characters are flat and unlikable. Not for me.
Darren G
Love the Scot Harvath series, but this book seemed rushed and full of holes. There was a long build-up throughout this book, and then the end just sort of happened, and it was over. It was as if the author was on a deadline and just decided to close everything out to get it done.
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