MINOR SPOILER ALERT In one chapter, a king explains why he hasn't banished his rebellious son by explaining that if you had a child, you wouldn't be able to bear sending him away from the land of his birth, no matter how dangerous he was. Then, moments later, he shoots the son in the knee and kills the villain, then tortures the son (shooting off a couple of fingers) rationalizing to himself that the only reason the king wanted his son alive was to torture him to death anyway. A chapter ago the king loved his son so much he risked his kingdom rather than banish him.
This author keeps coming up with ways to keep the story fresh. This author keeps me coming back.
Then there are the psychological, the creepy, the leave the lights on, fasten your seatbelts, things could get hairy here types in this category Tom Clancy, Len Deighton, John LeCarre, Robert Ludlum, Scott Turow and Frederick Forsyth and many many others. It's a great premise a biological weapon that once threatened the Roman Empire is back with the potential to wipe out huge parts of the world. Where the book was greatly underwhelming, and I think, the premise poorly served, was that the whole thing was presented in way too black and white a manner with too much predictability and bland characterisation. Perhaps your political perspective can affect summation of this book, but I felt that it was a great idea, muddied by a whole lot of convenient nefarious goings on, which contributed little to the thrill and nothing to the action.
The shame is that over the past seven years I have downloaded 15 Harvath novels and while #1 and #2 were abridged, which means I DNF'd them but not because they were badly written, and I enjoyed #3, I now have to decide whether or not to tackle #5 and onwards.
Brad Thor Movies are in the works. Internet speculation rages over who will play Scot Harvath. This time about how Islamist terrorists intend to rid the world of everyone who is not a true believer using an ancient technology that Hannibal intended to use on the Romans in 218 B.C. Spoiler alert: it's rabies The protagonist, Scot Harvath, is some kind of consummate killing machine who's worked for just about every organization of He-Men in the U.S. gov'ment and military. He says things like, Every Muslim is not a terrorist, but every terrorist is a Muslim. Though he was no judge of man flesh, Harvath couldn't help but notice how handsome the guy was. And everybody respects the hell out of Scot Harvath. Wink, wink, nudge, nudge Lots of routine plot boiling keeps this book bubbling along.
If you are a fan of Ludlum, you may like Brad Thor. If you are a right-wing conservative who believes in "might is right", then you'll like Brad Thor's novels. I like Thor because he writes a good thriller & keeps the criticism of liberalism on the down low (totally unlike author Vince Flynn's novels).
Plenty of action and gunfights, and Harvath has enough ammunition to take on 007!
A group of Islamic scientists working on the miracle of the 'Sword of Allah' are dying in accidents arranged by Khalid Sheik Alomari while villagers and Christian Missionaries in Northwest Iraq die a slow painful death as do the Soldiers from Arrowhead Brigade SBCT who discover this diseased village devoured by "Algul!! Scot reluctantly accepts a Black Operation to find the only surviving scientist who may know the connection between the deaths, the deadly biochemical, and the 'Sword of Allah, because he must avoid a subpoena from the powerful obdurate Senator Helen Carmichael. Jillian and Scot soon discover a possible connection to the missing scientist and the biological weapon as they evade Khalid Sheik Alomari and murder charges.