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review 2018-03-07 17:33
Book #869 - 349,767 Pages Read
Use of Force: A Thriller (The Scot Harvath Series) - Brad Thor

I always enjoy Brad Thor books, and since the death of Vince Flynn, he has really become my go to author for kick-ass thrillers. Scot Harvath is called upon to track down potential terrorist acts based on intelligence gathered by others. The acts could potentially be on U.S. soil, so it becomes a race against time and enemy forces as Harvath joins fellow marines he can rely on to help stop the threat. As always, these books move quickly and get right to the heart of the story. This copy is special to me also, since Mr. Thor signed it for me.

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review 2017-08-25 18:38
Book #857 - 344,940 Pages Read
Foreign Agent: A Thriller (The Scot Harvath Series) - Brad Thor

Another solid entry in the Harvath series by Brad Thor, this one continues Thor's mastery of writing "faction", a tough gritty story set in today's real headlines. Harvath is after a Russian terrorist hell bent on pulling the US and Russia into the Syrian conflict by carrying out terrorist acts around the world. Harvath not only has to find this guy and stop a world war, but has to battle betrayal from his own side. Thor once again pulls the reader in to a taut, exciting read to the very end. He even manages to add a more complex human side to Harvath near the end that bears watching in future novels.

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review 2017-07-01 21:13
Review of Blowback by Brad Thor
Blowback - Brad Thor

Another solid entry in the Scott Harvath series.  The action in this series is decent, but I feel like the books lack some depth that other series like the Gabriel Allon series has.  With that said, this is a good escapist read and I always enjoy turning pages.

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review 2017-06-30 15:25
"The Last Patriot", by Brad Thor
The Last Patriot - Brad Thor

Book # 7, in the Scot Harvath series

Although this thriller is part of a series and I prefer reading the books in sequence I had no trouble picking this one at this stage. I was fast taken in by this exiting story and enjoyed Scot Harvath attempts to uncover a revelation that could damage the standing of radical Islam. This book was on the New York bestseller while being banned in Saudi Arabia when it came out (no wonder).

Being my first attempt reading this author was a good experience although having said this, “The Last Patriot” is very formulaic. . I had to set aside that the plot was pure fantasy and not be offended by its topic. Throughout the book we have long anti-Islamic diatribes that may be too much and again we have Homeland Security operatives working under the radar for the president, nothing new there. Many authors have hashed this over and over, it is time to let go. 

“The Last Patriot” mixes a certain amount of truth with creative and artistic fiction. The plot is wrapped around the idea that the prophet Mohammed shared a final revelation with some of his closest friends, who then murdered him to keep him quiet and what he said a secret. It all started when the president read the White House diary of Thomas Jefferson sending Harvath on a journey looking for clues to the Jefferson discovery. 

This thriller is a buffet of everything we want in a good thriller: suspense, action, well-written, fun, a high-adrenaline escapist and a cinematic page-turner hard to put down. This is pure entertainment. 

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review 2016-11-13 00:00
Zwarte lijst
Zwarte lijst - Brad Thor,Janet Limonard-... Zwarte lijst - Brad Thor,Janet Limonard-Harkink Een [b:1984|5470|1984|George Orwell|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1348990566s/5470.jpg|153313] "big brother is watching you" drama, en een (ex) Navy SEAL in de hoofdrol, is wat mij zo aansprak toen ik over dit boek las in het 'Meer boek voor mannen'.
Ik was zo enthousiast, dat ik meteen na het lezen van het artikel, dit boek heb besteld.

Helaas zijn termen zoals terrorisme en privacyschending tegenwoordig veel in het nieuws. Daarbij staan al onze gegevens online, en dus blootgesteld aan het gevaar van cyberaanvallen.
Auteur Brad Thor schrijft hier veel over, en heeft hier ook veel ervaring in opgedaan in zijn vorige beroep als analyticus bij Homeland Security.
[a:Brad Thor|5088|Brad Thor|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1201288917p2/5088.jpg] weet dan ook goed te vertellen (beter gezegd: te waarschuwen) hoe bedrijven inspelen op het online gedrag van consumenten. Dit vond ik interessant om te lezen.

Verder ben ik niet heel enthousiast over het boek.
Er werden veel termen gebruikt over hacken, de NSA of over wapens, waar ik totaal niet in thuis ben. Voor een 'leek' als ik, was dit dan ook moeilijk te begrijpen, waardoor ik ook een minder prettige leeservaring beleef.

In het boek wordt er geswitcht tussen POV's, wat ik normaal wel prettig vind, maar in dit boek alleen maar verwarrend. Ik wist in het begin nog echt niet wie nou de 'good guy' of de 'bad guy' was, en moest erg opletten tijdens het lezen, uit wiens oogpunt ik nu weer aan het lezen was.
Kortom: niet een boek dat je wil lezen, als je even wilt ontspannen.
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