Once again, former Navy Seal Scot Harvath is back in a story where the bad guys greatly outnumber the good guys. As a member of a very secretive black ops group funded by the DOD, Scot’s job is to deal with those people who are determined to harm the United States. The job is much like what he did in previous novels, only now there are very few (if any) rules.
The book opens with a violent attack on a secret base, a hit and run taxi accident, a dying man, a terrorist attack, and … Unlike other Scot Harvath books, this one does not jump out and grab your attention. It starts out a little confusing and gradually gains momentum. The first few chapters almost feel like they were put in by mistake.
Even when the action does start, it doesn’t have the “feel” of a Brad Thor book. There were very few places where I couldn’t find a stopping point. I even caught myself a few times skimming the last few pages of a chapter so I could stop at a chapter break.
Scot’s attempt to stop a series of terrorists attacks and finding the person’s responsible takes him to several countries outside the US. Each country has its own set of rules that he at least has to appear to follow. Scot once again is assisted by the Troll as well as some other rather colorful characters.
Through a series of rather unbelievable coincidences, Scot comes out somewhat victorious in the end. The end of the book has some unexpected twists that seem to be setting up the next book in the series.
This is not the best Brad Thor book that I have read. Quite honestly – if this had been the first novel by him that I read, it probably have been the last.
Most of Mr. Thor’s novels do contain some amount of foul language, but I believe this one has exceeded the others in the amount of foul language used. This is definitely not a “family friendly” book. The language alone would earn this book an “R” rating if it was a movie.
It is my opinion that this thriller fizzled so I must give it only 2 out of 5 stars.
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