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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (4,924 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Brad Thor Narrator: Armand Schultz Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Scot Harvath Series Release Date: June 2010 ISBN: 9780743579384
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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 panel of military insiders. Its job is to target America’s enemies—both foreign and domestic—under a charter of three simple words: find, fix, and finish.

Recruited as a field operative, Scot Harvath has just returned from his first assignment abroad when a group of American college students is killed in a bombing in Rome. The evidence points to a dangerous colleague from Harvath’s past and a plan for further attacks on an unimaginable scale. Harvath is tasked with leveraging his relationship to lure the man out of hiding and kill him on the spot. But what if he has the wrong man?

Simultaneously, a young woman is struck by a taxi in a hit-and-run on Chicago’s near west side. With only two intoxicated witnesses and more than five thousand such cabs in the city, the Chicago police have given up on their investigation. But when the family’s attorney plunges into the underground cab community, he will uncover a shocking connection to the bombing in Rome and the perpetrators’ plans for America.

As the story rockets to its conclusion, the plots intersect in a race to prevent one of the most audacious and unthinkable acts of war in the history of mankind.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “One of the best thriller writers in the business.”

    Ottawa Citizen 

  • “Frightening, illuminating, and always entertaining, Thor gives us yet another work of pulse-quickening clarity. If you’re not hyperventilating once you’ve reached the last page, then you weren’t paying attention.” 


  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marie | 2/10/2014

    " Had me hooked from Page 1 - so what else is new with Scot Horvath? Love turning the pages, so exciting to devour another one of Thor's terrific novels. The intro to the Athena Project (new book, which I have) is well done and there is just enough of a cliffhanger to make me anxious to read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 loretta | 1/29/2014

    " This was the first Brad Thor book I've read but it won't be the last. I love the character of Scot Harvath, ex navy seal, so my plan is to go back to the beginning of this character to chart his actions. This book was exciting and scary as the plot evolves around terror cells in Europe and the USA. The scary part is because it is so real and probably happening right now. There were areas that bogged down for me concerning the mechanics of explosive devices but all in all a very exciting read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim | 1/22/2014

    " 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 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teroll Melton | 1/17/2014

    " I really enjoy these Scot Harvath novels, although the terrorist angle is starting to become a little cliche. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Archie | 12/19/2013

    " Typical for this genre: a fast read with very little to contemplate when it is over. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alicia | 12/11/2013

    " I loved it! Non-stop action. One of Thor's best ever. Highly recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne | 11/23/2013

    " The good guys race against time to stop terrorist attacks in several countries. I find Brad Thor's books a quicker read than some of the ones written by other authors who tackle this subject. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 11/20/2013

    " One of the better ones. Liked the integration of the Athena Team. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mhd | 10/30/2013

    " Second half slows down. Some violence is tad too graphic for me, but easily skipped. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael | 8/9/2013

    " I think my interest in this series is waning. This book read like a protracted diatribe against militant Islam and a justification for using torture to extract information. I may give the next in the series a shot, but it seems to me that Thor is running out of steam on Scot Harvath tales. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 3/14/2013

    " Once again an action packed adventure. Quick read. Loved the addition of the "girls" and can't wait to read the next one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leonsky Grange | 1/8/2013

    " Very exciting and current agenda and situations make it seem a possible scenario "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rod Zemke | 7/26/2012

    " I am not sure if Brad Thor is capable of writing really good thrillers although did have a strong conclusion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue Andersen | 7/20/2012

    " Lots of excitement, many twist and turns. I had a little trouble with the amount of violence and cruelty in the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christianne | 9/17/2011

    " So far I am not too impressed by Brad Thor. It is an ok read but if I had misplaced the book in the middle, I would not have rushed out to find a replacement to find out how it ended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ms Athos | 7/18/2010

    " After reading this, Full Black (which is actually MUCH better) makes more sense! These books help me when I am missing Jack Bauer and 24! "

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About the Author
Author Brad Thor

Brad Thor is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Full Black, The Athena Project, Foreign Influence, Blowback (recognized by NPR as one of the 100 Best Thrillers of All Time), and numerous others. He is a member of GBTV, and has appeared on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC, and other programs to discuss terrorism, as well as how closely his novels of international intrigue parallel the real threats facing the world today. In 2010 he was featured in the Speed Channel’s “Executive Protection” episode of their Dangerous Drives series.

About the Narrator

Armand Schultz has appeared on Broadway in The Herbal Bed, A View from the Bridge, and The Secret Rapture. He has performed extensively with the New York Shakespeare Festival and has been seen off Broadway in the award-winning Stuff Happens at the Public Theatre in New York City. His films include Vanilla Sky and Malcolm X.