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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: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Scot Harvath Series Release Date: June 2010 ISBN: 9780743579360
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#1 New York Times Bestselling Author

Navy SEAL turned covert operative Scot Harvath is called to action once again in Brad Thor’s hottest political thriller yet.

 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 bombing in Rome kills a group of American college students. 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 it is the wrong man?  

Simultaneously, a young woman is struck by a taxi in a hit-and-run in Chicago.  With only two intoxicated witnesses and over five thousand cabs in the city, the Chicago Police have given up on their investigation.  But when the family’s attorney digs deeper, 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. Download and start listening now!

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  • “Armand Schultz’s masterful narration sets an adrenaline-laced tone in a chase that never lets up.” 

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcelle | 2/6/2014

    " You have to love the Tom Clancy mode of "guy saves the world" but I do and this one was good. Hard time putting it down near the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 2/5/2014

    " Great book. Anyone looking for a realistic glimpse into the inner workings of counter terrorism should check this book out. The pages in this book seem to turn themselves. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 1/26/2014

    " This was not my favorite of Brad Thor's books. There were some graphic descriptions of torture by the "good guys" that seemed a little over the top to me. I'll continue to read his books, though, as on the whole, I like them very much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lydia | 1/25/2014

    " Typical Brad Thor (hunting down the terrorists and other evil plots that destroy civilization as we know it...) But I actually liked this one more than some of his others. Scott is tasked with getting a terrorist OUT of jail...backed on American soil a terrorist plot unfolds... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Ascher | 1/18/2014

    " I'VE READ SEVERAL BRAD THOR/SCOT HARVARTH NOVELS (I'M WORKING MY WAY THROUGH THE SERIES) AND WHILE THIS WASN'T HIS BEST, IT WAS PRETTY GOOD. ONE THING THAT STRUCK ME WERE THE SIMILARITIES BETWEEN TREVANIAN'S "SHIBUMI" AND THOR'S "FOREIGN INFLUENCE". IN SHIBUMI, NICOLAI HEL HAD AN ALLY WHO WAS A LITTLE PERSON KNOWN AS THE DWARF. HE SOLD INFORMATION FOR POWER AND INFLUENCE. IN THOR'S BOOK, THERE IS A LITTLE PERSON CALLED THE TROLL WHO ALSO PEDDLES INFORMATION. THOR'S "TROLL HAS ACTUALLY APPEARED IN EARLIER BOOKS. ALSO, BOTH BOOKS ARE HEAVILY INVOLVED WITH THE BASQUE CULTURE, AND THE BASQUE POLITICAL GROUP KNOWN AS ETA. HEL LIVES IN THE BASQUE PART OF FRANCE, AND SPEAKS BASQUE. THOR TRAVELS TO BASQUE CONTROLLED SPAIN WHERE THE TROLL LIVES.BOTH BOOKS INVOLVE AN ACT OF TERRORISM WHICH OCCURS IN ROME. DID ANYONE ELSE WHO HAS READ BOTH BOOKS CATCH THE SIMILARITIES? I'M NOT NECESSARILY SAYING THAT THOR CANNIBALIZED SOME OF TREVANIAN'S IDEAS (SHIBUMI WAS WRITTEN IN 1979), I'M JUST SAYIN'. BY THE WAY, ANYONE WHO HASN'T READ SHIBUMI SHOULD DO SO. IT'S AWESOME. IN FACT, DON WINSLOW WHO WROTE THE BOOK "SAVAGES" WHICH WAS RECENTLY MADE INTO A MOVIE WROTE A VERY GOOD PREQUEL TO "SHIBUMI" CALLED "SATORI". I HIGHLY RECOMMEND BOTH BOOKS. IN FACT, I RECOMMEND EVERY BOOK BY WINSLOW AND TREVANIAN. THEY ARE BOTH GREAT AUTHORS. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat | 1/16/2014

    " 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 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Glenn Davis | 12/28/2013

    " Brad Thor has proven to be a Master story teller. I rushed out to get this book on publication and enjoyed it. Thank you Brad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 12/28/2013

    " This felt like a Jack-Reacher-wanna-be novel. Not as well written, but it was ok. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 12/28/2013

    " Good read, with a nice twist right at the end!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valley Cottage Library | 12/23/2013

    " SUMMER READING CLUB: "Excellent suspenseful political thriller! Mr. Thor continues his very successful storytelling involving modern day events. I highly recommend this book!!" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dee Haddrill | 12/12/2013

    " Another fantastic Scot Harvath adventure, with funny dialogue, excellent story and fast-paced action! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ronica | 12/5/2013

    " I was a little apprehensive about this one after reading some of the reviews ... It was really long and fairly intricate, but it was great as an audio book. The narrator was perfect for this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jandblock | 11/30/2013

    " Liked it, like the character and story line. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ed | 11/22/2013

    " Lots of action and lots of partners. It was a fun exciting read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob Gardner | 11/13/2013

    " So far, so good. Was not very impressed at first, but the writing seems to have captured my attention... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason Poulsen | 11/10/2013

    " Another great book, I really love these books where bad guys are bad guys and they are killed by good guys....keeps my hope alive for the future of this country and planet....I'm going to have to read some more Brad Thor.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brenda | 9/23/2013

    " A good fast paced book. A lot going on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robertjaynes | 2/20/2013

    " It was okay, I guess. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara Post | 9/14/2012

    " I like Brad Thor's wriing and I like the characters very much. I have followed his books since his first one -- The Lions of Lucerne. However, I don't appreciate being hit over the head with his political views. This is becoming more of a problem for me with each passing book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teroll Melton | 7/14/2012

    " 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 Lindsay Barndt | 5/8/2012

    " Another great novel f/t Scot Harvath. Give Thor a try if you like reading Baldacci, Flynn, Silva, etc. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grabec | 2/29/2012

    " I really like this book. Very interesting plots going on and unusual. Am becoming a big fan of Brad Thor. Never read him before. Definitely will try another of his books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 6/28/2011

    " This was my first Thor novel and I am hooked. I like the Clancyesque style and it is a much easier read. The good looking guy on the back jacket was also a plus. I am definitely going to read the other eight. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grabec | 6/11/2011

    " I really like this book. Very interesting plots going on and unusual. Am becoming a big fan of Brad Thor. Never read him before. Definitely will try another of his books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ed | 6/2/2011

    " Lots of action and lots of partners. It was a fun exciting read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 6/2/2011

    " This was a "fun read". Bought it at an airport and read it on vacation. Some predictably conservative undertones and a bit too light in its treatment of torture, but as a "spy thriller" I enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Penny | 5/31/2011

    " Brain Candy (BC) thriller. Starts out like amateur hour for authers but pulls you in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deby | 3/23/2011

    " Interesting read. Had to take a break from the Non-fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jandblock | 3/19/2011

    " Liked it, like the character and story line. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie | 3/17/2011

    " I really enjoy reading Mr. Thor books. His does a wonder job of developing his characters. Again Scot Harvath has been called into action. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 3/8/2011

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 3/4/2011

    " Still like Scot Harvath's abilities and ingenuity. And his wish to have a family. "

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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.