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Foreign Agent: A Thriller (The Scot Harvath Series)

  • Language:English
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  • Date:2017-01-21
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  • Author:Brad Thor
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Summary

“The best thriller of the year...an exciting and entertaining read.” —The Washington Times

“A top-notch thriller.” —Bill O’Reilly

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Brad Thor—a brilliant thriller as “current as tomorrow’s headlines.”

Terrorism in Europe has spun out of control. The United States has decided on a dramatic response. Now, the CIA needs a very special kind of operative.

Scot Harvath has exactly the skills the CIA is looking for. He’s a former U.S. Navy SEAL with extensive experience in espionage. Working for a private intelligence company, he will provide the CIA, and more important, the President, with absolute deniability.

But deep within the Russian Caucasus, Moscow also has its own special kind of operative. As a child, Sacha Baseyev endured an unimaginable horror. Today, he lives and breathes for only one reason—to kill. And he will kill as many Americans as it takes to accomplish his mission.

When a clandestine American operations team is ambushed near Syria, all signs point toward a dangerous informant in Brussels. But as Harvath searches for the man, he uncovers another actor—a rogue player hell-bent on forcing America’s hand and drawing it into a confrontation deadlier than anyone could have imagined.

As the attacks mount, and terror is brought to the very doorstep of the White House, Harvath finds himself in the race of his life. From Vienna, Brussels, and Berlin, to Malta, Jordan, and Syria—he will push himself beyond the edge in order to confront one of the greatest evils the world has ever known.

Filled with action, intrigue, and edge-of-your-seat suspense, Foreign Agent is a nonstop thrill ride that reaffirms Thor’s position as the “master of thrillers.”

Recent Reviews

Format: Kindle Edition
An intelligent mix of espionage and subterfuge, 20th Century Cold War turned 21st Century conflict. Bay of Pigs meets Pan Am Flight 103 meets Wag the Dog. There is just enough intrigue as the story weaves its way from Iraq to Turkey to Germany to War torn Syria and all the way to the White House steps. What I liked:

The best of the genre is exemplified by a driving force of will. There you experience a relentless pace of action, conflict, and contest. The NBA Championship finals just concluded. LeBron James led the Cleveland Cavaliers over a potentially historic Golden State Warriors team in a Game 7 nail biter that wasn’t settled until a series of dramatic plays in the final moments. What we sports fans relish about this only pure form of reality television is the back and forth cage match that brings out both the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. Not much else compares. What Foreign Agent does so well is reproduce like emotions in scripted form. Kudos.

The adrenaline rush that runs constant throughout the story is a rare treat. This is a modern war story. Violent political conflict across the globe is a threat to American safety as the Untied States’ superpower influence becomes a pawn in the chess match that is power politics on steroids. As is true about most great chess games, this one involves Russians. Scot Harvath, as a deep cover operative, is the point man for the home team. A tribute to the superlative quality of this book is in part owed to Harvath’s character. He isn’t just cunning and highly competent. He also demonstrates an intellect generally presumed to be possessed by more refined, less violent members of the male species. So yes, readers get to have their beefcake and eat it too.
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I've loved previous Brad Thor books - especially when I could balance them out with Vince Flynn novels but that's no longer an option. I'm barely halfway through this one and I'm miserable. So many passages are cut and pasted from previous novels - all those catch-up paragraphs of explaining who everyone is in Harvath's world. And why is every single woman in the novel an "Underwear Model"? Brad Thor is phoning it in now and that's a super big drag because I love novels in this genre. And a stupid little sidebar - why in the world does he have Scot "think" the word that rhymes with Truck like he's being some polite prude who doesn't curse and then 10 chapters later he's got him saying the actual word on every other page. Try actually writing something new Mr. Thor - next you'll be using the Patterson sub-author factory.
By Michael G Kurilla on October 16, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition
Brad Thor's latest Scott Horvath installment, Foreign Agent, is another solid thriller in this franchise. This time out, Horvath must track down the source responsible for not only interfering with his own missions, but also is responsible for assassinating the US Secretary of Defense, all with the intent of dragging the US further into the Middle East mess. Horvath traipses all over Europe, slowly peeling back the cover of a rogue pseudo-ISIS mastermind. Along the way, he engages with several new colleagues, including a German police officer and a couple of Syrian resistance fighters, all while going toe-to-toe with Russian agents. At the same time, he reconnects with an old colleague. Both old and new colleagues may be additional fodder for future installments.

The tradecraft is pure Horvath which can be over the top at times, but are a bit subdued this time out. There's an emphasis on pure detective style sleuthing as well as operating in hostile territory. Thor has scaled back the involvement of Nicolas, the pygmy cyber genius to more realistic contributions and Scott continues to struggle with the irreconcilable nature of his professional versus private life. Whether this introspection remains an ongoing theme or provides a bridge to shifting gears remains to be seen, but it's hard to imagine Horvath changing his spots for simple domestic bliss. While the story and plot is obviously purely fictional, Thor has captured essential elements of current geopolitics and general Middle East tensions making for an eminently plausible tale. As usual, the writing is tight with excellent pacing/
By mike kenney on June 15, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition
Fast moving and a great storyline. Would recommend for any Brad Thor enthusiast
Format: Kindle Edition
Scott Harvath, apparently a recurring figure in Thor’s books, is assigned to seek revenge for the killing of several CIA operatives and their girlfriends who are ambushed in Anbar Province. He feels guilty because the agents were there based on intelligence from one of his sources and is eager to avenge the deaths. Harvath seems like a Mitch Rapp-type character but he is less one-dimensional than Rapp; he is concerned over a woman he loves and whether they will be able to be together. He also is sympathetic towards victims and additional women he encounters. On the other hand, he is completely cold-hearted in his assassinations of the various bad buys he is sent to eliminate. Since he is not directly employed by the government, operating under the radar while giving President Porter complete deniability. The plot of this book is pulled right out of today's headlines. Isis is killing Americans with the help of the Russians. A very effective Russian agent becomes his primary target. Sascha Baseyev is the sole survivor in his family from a deadly terrorist attack on a Russian school. His only goal in life is revenge and he doesn't care who he kills. He has inserted himself into Isis but is working for the Russian government. The complicated plot includes several episodes of torture used to find the intelligence needed to stop Baseyev. Action-packed but as noted some thoughtful aspects to Harvath’s character.

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