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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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review 2016-09-20 02:38
It didn't seem plausible and was often confusing.
Foreign Agent: A Thriller (Scot Harvath) - Brad Thor

Foreign Agent, Brad Thor, author; Armand Schultz, narrator This is the sixteenth book the series featuring Scot Harvath. When Ashleigh Foster, a CIA officer from the United States Embassy, convinces a couple of her friends to take an unsanctioned leave to visit her boyfriend, Ken Berglund at a remote desert safe house for a steak dinner with all of the accoutrements, she has no idea what horror awaits them. The men at the outpost were on a secret mission, and the women who came to share their evening, were in for a nasty surprise when they were attacked by Isis forces. The mystery is the how and why of the attack. Theoretically, the soldiers were not even supposed to be there. Who knew that these men were on a high level secret mission for the CIA, to capture a high level Isis target? Did someone leak the information to their enemies? Was there a mole hiding in the agency? After this horrific attack on the soldiers, leaving them all dead, followed by a brutal assault on the women, also leaving no survivors, more carnage followed. An attack on the Secretary of State, Devin, resulted in the murder of everyone in the motorcade. Who knew where the Secretary was going to be? When a third attack took place causing damage and injuries at the White House, when a woman blew herself up for the Islamic cause, Scot Harvath, charged with finding the mole, destroying the mastermind behind the attacks and stopping the carnage from continuing, springs into action. Stage right, enter Sacha Baseyev. When he was just a child, he was taken hostage by Islamic terrorists, in a movie theater with over a thousand others. He witnessed the death of his family and hundreds of others. The Russians conceived of a scheme to use the survivors of that massacre to go after their enemies. Only one recruit remained after training, motivated by revenge, and that was Baseyev. All the others either failed out or chose to leave the program early. While Sacha was working for the Russians to create havoc and terror hoping to inspire the United States to become more involved in the fight against Isis, he was also killing those who were like the Islamic terrorists who murdered so many of the hostages. A good-looking man, he was charismatic, and he was able to persuade those vulnerable, who were seeking causes to bring them glory, to follow his lead. Chameleon-like, he fell easily into the different roles necessary to fulfill his assignments. He also was employed in a legitimate job which allowed him to travel freely, and was therefore very difficult to trace. He had no moral conscience and easily used and disposed of people with abandon after they served their purpose. As the optics and scope of the terrorism scaled upward and spread outward, the stakes increased and it was imperative that those behind this heinous effort creating a path of tragedy and devastation in its wake, were brought to justice. Enter, the hero, Scott Harvath. He was just the man to bring this slaughter to an end, and bring the culprits to justice. He was the sleuth and sniper extraordinaire who also left death and destruction in his wake. As the story bounces around and sub plots are added, including romantic interludes, the narrative attempts to engage the reader using historic massacres and current events, to keep it relevant, but it grows a bit confusing. Sometimes it is difficult to keep the facts of the story straight. There are so many characters with strange names it is really easy to get lost and drift away. On the whole, the author treated the women as frivolous, love objects who were not too responsible or bright, but rather had one thing on their minds in common with the men, sex, above all else. The men were only too happy to take advantage of their good fortune. Along with the Isis barbarians, they took their pleasure, albeit in a different way, when the opportunity arose. Perhaps I would have enjoyed the book a bit more in a print version because it would have been easier to follow. Sometimes a visual of a hard to pronounce name or place is easier to comprehend and remember, but I would have preferred that the women and soldiers were treated with a bit more honor and respect. They were portrayed as if they were irresponsible and unable to deal properly with the reality of war.

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review 2016-06-29 23:25
Blowback (Scot Harvath #4) DNF@35%
Blowback - Brad Thor

This review is written with a GPL 3.0 license and the rights contained therein shall supersede all TOS by any and all websites in regards to copying and sharing without proper authorization and permissions. Crossposted at Bookstooge.booklikes.blogspot. wordpress.com & Bookstooge's Reviews on the Road Facebook Group by Bookstooge's Exalted Permission.

Title: Blowback

Series: Scot Harvath

Author: Brad Thor

Rating: 1 of 5 Stars

Genre: Thiller

Pages: DNF

Format: Kindle digital edition




My Thoughts:


Scot Harvath is an arrogant ass hat of a main character. So when he just stayed that way, I realized that the author, Brad Thor, is deliberately writing him that way.


Therefore, I'm done. There IS a difference between being competent and being a jerk. Also, once again, all of Harvath's supposed former military training seems to have gone out the door. He doesn't ACT like a highly trained former SEAL, former Secret Service agent. He is not a fun character to read about. Half the action of this thriller seems to derive from his bad decisions.


It makes me wonder about Brad Thor.

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review 2016-04-27 00:22
State of the Union (Scot Harvath #3)
State Of The Union - Brad Thor

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Title: State of the Union

Series: Scot Harvath

Author: Brad Thor

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: Thriller

Pages: 560

Format: Kindle digital edition





Those damn Ruskies have been playing us for decades. Suddenly, Communism is about to take over and Russia is going to suitcase nuke 20 of our cities. At the same time, they have developed a super secret air defense so that no missiles can get into their airspace. ONLY Scot Harvath, hunk o' burning love macho secret agent man, can save the United States. Nobody else.


My Thoughts:

This was a huge step up from the previous book, but I think that was because Harvath keeps his trap shut and just goes around shooting people and blowing things up and being all manly. This time around he's not a completely arrogant ass hat. But don't worry, he tries.


These books are totally unbelievable and this is coming from a guy who reads mainly science fiction and fantasy.  For example, nobody knows where the suitcase nukes are at the beginning of the book. By the end, they know where they are and they roll up the people and the nukes without one going off.


This was the kind of book, and probably will be that kind of series until I quit, that I just enjoy to pick apart and make fun of. I consider this to be the man's version of Harlequin romances for woman. Sickening fluff with no substance that you hate even while you're reading it and yet you keep coming back for more after an appropriate break.  I feel dirty now, like a garbage disposal.


But my goodness, the action, THE ACTION!!!!

I am not a big fan of pictures in reviews, but I feel the following is true to this series.


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review 2016-01-26 18:03
The Athena Project - Brad Thor

Another quick read...this one falls in the middle of Thor books in terms of quality. The concept of an all-female Delta Force team was intriguing, but I found the characters somewhat thin and topical. Still fun to read, good escapism from the daily grind.

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