Act of War (Scot Harvath #14) by Brad ThorBetter than the more recent Thor offerings, but not quite up to the level I enjoyed with his first few books.
I like to check out political thrillers from time to time. I enjoy the action and the intrigue. I understand that since they are political, they will touch on some topics related to the turbulent political history of the world. Sometimes, though, I feel like Thor gets leans on anger focused at extreme stereotypes. When creating bad guys they are not only political deviants but he likes to throw in that they are into child pornography or other questionable behavior unrelated to their political activity. It just feels like he is going over the top to create his hateable, scum of the earth bad guys.
On the flip side, his heroes are super badass and patriotic. I am all for my heroes being super badass, but by this point in the series it has also become a bit super cheesy. As soon as a new character shows up there is a backstory about how they saved 200 people at Ground Zero on 9/11, later on, they defeated 10 hijackers and landed the plane, and after that they got 30 cats out of trees in suburban Cleveland. This previous sentence is hyperbole, but that is how it starts to feel after a while.
I did enjoy the story in this one. It took a bit for it all to come together – seemed a bit all over the map at first – figuratively and literally. After it got down to the climax it ended up being a pretty good story that I think any political thriller fan would enjoy. And, without saying too much to avoid spoilers, had some twists that I have seen addressed in other political thrillers that are potentially even scarier than biological or nuclear warfare.
Hardcore political thriller and Thor fans, I think you will enjoy this one. Casual political thriller fans, you can probably read the first 8 Harvath books or so and be just fine.
Book Review: Act of War, a new Military Thriller from Brad Thor
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This is one of my favorite days of the year. I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy of the book for review, but I was still thrilled to wake up this morning and see my own copy in my Nook App. Back of the book description: 1 New York Times bestselling author Brad Thor delivers his most frightening and pulse-pounding thriller ever! After a CIA agent mysteriously dies overseas, his top asset surfaces with a startling and terrifying claim. But when six exchange students go missing, two airplane passengers trade places, and one political-asylum seeker is arrested, a deadly chain of events is set in motion. And that adds an unbelievable edge to the reading experience. Thankfully, an asset was willing to speak up and warn the United States about what was being planned against us.
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Of the book, Thor stated that his "No. I'm an entertainer and I'm gonna give them a great summer read. But if you close the book with questions or wanting to learn more about something or just a little bit smarter, than I think that's a neat kind of value add.
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