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Foreign Influence (Scot Harvath #9)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  15,302 Ratings  ·  468 Reviews
Navy SEAL turned covert Homeland Security operative Scot Harvath is called to action once again in the hottest political thriller yet from #1 New York Times bestselling author Brad Thor.

Buried within the black ops budgets of the Department of Defense, a new spy agency has been created. Unfettered by the oversight of self-serving politicians, it reports only to a secret p
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Published June 29th 2010 by Simon Schuster Audio
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3 to 3.5 stars.

Better than his previous book (The Apostle), but I am not sure how I feel about the convenient story lines and the repetitive plot points. It is still an interesting action/thriller, but the torture sequences and anti-Muslim sentiment have become almost cartoony - they do not necessarily advance the plot, they just show how angry the author is.

I will keep reading this series because I enjoy political thrillers, but I hope Thor starts to migrate back to his earlier style - more in
Hmmm. This guy is really, really mad. To the point that I am curious why and what in his background made him this way. Homeland Secutity veteran? Some of it is obviously based on true events. Makes me worried about where the world is headed. I am appalled that he is a bestseller. The more I think about this book the more mad I am myself. Who are you clowns that buy this stuff volume 1-9. I threw the library copy in the trash and I will pay for it. You are the people that gave the Heil Hitler. It ...more
This was my first Brad Thor book (I came in at #9 in the series) and by golly if it didn't take me by surprise.
But look, I have gotten ahead of myself. Let me begin by drawing attention to the elephant in the room, and by elephant, yes, I mean the poor writing.
No, Brad Thor is never going to win any literature awards, well, not for writing skill anyway, and no this book is not without a few good cliches and some lashings of cheesy, but there is something else this author is doing here that mak
Freyja Vanadis
I started out really liking this book. It has all the action-packed spy intrigue that I love. But after a while, Thor's political ideology started showing through, and it really rubbed me the wrong way. He started out with disparaging remarks about our current president and his policies, which was my first clue that I might have a hard time with this book. It became overly clear that his politics and mine are polar opposites, and the more I read, the more disgusted I became. He sounds like any o ...more
Sep 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished another cliff hanger! And the next one isn't even written yet! Oh man...
Okay, just to set the record straight, Brad is back with this one. I thought his last book was a little off (it was, really!) so I had some reservations getting into this one. But it only took 25... maybe 15... okay, 10 pages to hook me! And, it never let up. Scot Harvath is back on the good guy's side, and hunting down the terrorists. And all seems well, until the cliffhanger on the LAST page that
Feb 23, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pfff, it was OK.
The kick-ass no-rules vigilante Scot Harvath and his band of Merry Men were flat and uncompromising, as usual, and not very judicious in their talent for violence. Anyone that disagrees with the all-knowing superhuman Scot Harvath is a complete idiot and a liberal, which for Thor is the same thing. He starts out with some criticism of Obama's policies, which I don't think belongs in a thriller. If he wants to write an op-ed or a book about that, that's fine, but you shouldn't do
Jan 27, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wish I could give this book zero stars. I realize it's part of a series, but someone gave me this and it's the only one that I've read - I'm not sure what the other 8 are like, but this is jingoist propaganda. I am disgusted by all the racism disguised as patriotism in this book. At first, I just thought it was cliche to have terrorists be Middle Eastern, but the more I read, the angrier I got - not only are the terrorists offensive stereotypes, but the 'good guys' are constantly spouting inse ...more
Giovanni Gelati
Jul 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hey, I have been a bit distracted this week with the arrival of the new grandson, but to call this latest novel by Brad Thor just a thriller is a disservice. Foreign Influence is a great read from page one right to the last paragraph. Do not exit the novel early; the ride is not over. There are a few more twists and turns to be enjoyed, so please follow it to the last word. My yearly Scot Harvath craving has been Found, Fixed & Finished. I would much prefer to receive my fix on a quarterly o ...more
I've read a few of Brad Thor books before, but this one was a little too intense for me. A lot of torture interrogation techniques and a lot of anger and hatred
Dec 10, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe the Feds payed Brad to write this book. Nothing but government propaganda. According to the book we need to have surveillance cameras on every street corner and super-hero marines to save us from evil terrorists. Nothing but BS from start to finish.
Jim McCulloch
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining and full of intrigue. Harvath lives in a world most of us can't really imagine but know in
our heart exists. I especially enjoyed the the Athena Team and their contribution to the action. Mr. Thor is a master storyteller!

I found the profusion of characters a little difficult to keep track of in the flurry of action and intensity of the story but that could be just me.

Overall, its a story the faint of heart and those prone to "progressive-ism" will hate! (Is that even a word?) Tha
Angela Austin
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brad Thor doesn't disappoint. Scot Harvath and the gang go from one mission to the other but each one keeps the suspense in play.
This fast paced thriller is most believable and looking at newspaper headlines, presents a frightening scenario.

Counter terrorism operative Scot Horvath is working for a new secret agency that is buried deep within the Department of Defense and isn't budened with answering to self-serving politicians.

Scot is asked to go after a man who helped him in the past.The man is known as The Troll and is accused of being the mastermind behind the bombing of a bus filled with American college students in R
Joel Anderson
Jul 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Working my way backwards through the writings of Brad Thor, I completed Foreign Influence as something of a prequel to Full Black. Despite knowing the plot and ending of that novel, I found this installment of the Scot Harvath series to be an outstanding read, uncompromised by having read the books out of order (with the exception of the final scene).

In Foreign Influence, Harvath is again on the front line of the battle with terrorists, in their own backyard, in Europe and in the US. As he races
S. Patrick
Aug 02, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It isn't very often I start a book and don't finish it, but Foreign Influence was one of them. Beside some editing mistakes, which surely a large publisher should catch (so I don't blame Mr. Thor), I gave up on the book about 200 pages into it. Mr. Thor clearly has an adequate imagination, however if he puts in his bio that he was previously employed by Homeland Security, shouldn't he have at least gotten a majority of the intelligence/military references accurate? I know this is fiction, so I'l ...more
Apr 26, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first book that I read by Brad Thor was "Full Black," which I thought to be outstanding. The problem with reading such a strong novel by a particular author first is that the author now may have a tough time matching that rating. Such is the case for me so far with Brad Thor. Following Full Black" I read "The Athena Project, which proved to be a great disappointment. I was really hoping that Thor would at least come back up to four stars with Foreign Influence, but it was not to be. I did en ...more
Nov 01, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mostly about the action and shock value...destruction and gorey torture of terrorists. A terror cell in Euorpe has gained Harvaths attention when they mess with his Dwarf friend. Nicholas the "troll" is framed for an explosion in Italy that takes Americans as casualties. Harvath thwarts the terrorists upscaled London plans, forcing them to move on to cause man made terror in Amsterdam. Meanwhile, traffic cops in Chicago are working on the American ties to the terror cell when one of the cell mem ...more
Steven Jr.
May 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THIS is a return to form for Brad Thor…I have not read a book like this from him in quite a while. The only reason it gets docked one star is due to the large summary in the epilogue…I see that as a problem amongst many writers today. I want to be SHOWN what happens, not TOLD. But the plot was excellent, the dialogue was great, the characterization was magnificent, and I was SHOWN far more than I was TOLD. Bravo!
Glenda Smith
Nov 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first book to read by Brad Thor. It is a highly entertaining book, and after I finished reading, I bought two more books by Thor. Scott Harvath is a re-occuring character in Thor's books and is a fairly likeable. I would recommend this book; however, the only caveat is that the book has very strong viewpoints about terrorism and politics. I would not recommend the book to those who are highly offended by anti-Arab remarks or take politics way too seriously.
Mark Fallon
I waited until I spotted this in the "Previously Read/50% Off" shelf at the airport bookstore, and was glad I did.

Thor has finally (potentially) introduced enemies in addition to weak-kneed Democrats and Muslims (even Clancy wrote about more than the Soviets).

The book moved along better than the last few, and was more believable. Well, as believable as any of this stuff is. ;-)
Chris Hubbs
Decently entertaining story, but too graphic in its' depictions of violence, too prone to editorializing on the state of terror prevention techniques, and a sloppy e
nding that relies too heavily on an explain-everything epilog and a setup for the next book in the series. Sloppy writing. Meh.
Sep 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: family and friends
Recommended to Sheila by: myself
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I got this book free and it is the first book I have read of this author. Lot of suspense, the story was well developed and terrorism is real living nightmare at this time. Harvath was a great character in this book. Will read other books as well.
Graham Salisbury
Jul 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent Brad Thor novel. I read a lot of these kinds of books, and this is one of the better ones. He does an excellent job of inter-weaving story lines. My favorite author in this genre is VInce Flynn. If you like thrillers, read everything Flynn has written!
Feb 01, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While Brad Thor is a great writer, this story is clunky and irritating. There are some excellent plots overshadowed by religion, torture and violence that appears to serve no point but death and destruction. And this is only part 1. Lowest rating to date. 5 of 10 stars
Jan 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
loved this book. It's a great read if you like spy stories, thrilers or intrigue. Kind of scary because you know it could really happen
Chris Nevins
Jul 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First time reading something from Brad Thor. Fast paced read that kept you engaged. A little Hollywood at times but captivating enough to make me want to try more from this author.
gostei de ler, apesar de não ser exactamente o meu genero de leitura favorito....

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Bonnie Tharp
Everyone likes a hero and Harvath is a great hero. I liked this book but I didn't love it. Thor shared more technical information than was necessary for me, in some cases throwing me out of the story. But it was still exciting and when a group of kick-butt female operatives joins the group I have to shout Hurray! What can I say, sometimes you just need a story with male and female heroes who save the day. In that respect, this story hit the mark. If you enjoy intrigue, interesting characters, wo ...more
Troy Card
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always seem to enjoy Brad Thor's books
Barbara Hailey
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I "read" this as an audio book on the road. Enjoyed the fast pace, and fun characters. Not a literary masterpiece, but a simply good thriller on a present-day international topic.
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“We don’t even use the word terror anymore. There’s only ‘man-made disasters’ caused by disenfranchised groups who are really just ‘misunderstood.” 1 likes
“It’s the world’s peaceful Muslims, the majority of the followers of Islam, who have perverted the faith. They have strayed. If Mohammed came back today you can bet there’d be hell to pay. He’d be lopping off heads left and right. And he’d have a lot of help too because in case you haven’t noticed, the largest killer of Muslims in the world isn’t us filthy infidels, it’s other Muslims. Fundamentalist Islam is booming, if you’ll pardon the pun.” 1 likes
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