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Hip deep into the Scot Harvath series, Brad Thor continues to deliver poignant novels that pull the reader into the middle of the political and espionage driven world of today When local authorities are called to a rural community in New Hampshire, they discover four bodies, carelessly slain The names raise a red flag in the Intelligence community, beginning calls high up the chain of command With ties to all those slain, one name being suggested as a potential shooter is Scot Harvath, but co Hip deep into the Scot Harvath series, Brad Thor continues to deliver poignant novels that pull the reader into the middle of the political and espionage driven world of today When local authorities are called to a rural community in New Hampshire, they discover four bodies, carelessly slain The names raise a red flag in the Intelligence community, beginning calls high up the chain of command With ties to all those slain, one name being suggested as a potential shooter is Scot Harvath, but could he really have killed these people It turns out not, as Harvath is aboard a covert plane somewhere in Russia, chained to a seat by mercenaries who have no worries about treating their prisoner poorly When the plane goes down, Harvath is the only survivor, but perhaps not for long He is in the middle of the Russian wilderness during the height of winter, with only the howling of the wind and wolves to keep him company If he wants to stay alive, he will have to use all his training to find safety In Moscow, the news of the crash raises the ire of senior officials, who had hoped for a smooth snatch and grab of the Intelligence operative Now, they will have to locate the wreckage and capture Harvath again In Washington, those close to Harvath cannot believe that he would be responsible, but know that he was in New Hampshire They discover that he may have been covertly removed from the country and begin their own mission to extricate him, while not tipping the balance of international diplomacy Russia has all but declared war on America with such an act, but that is for the politicians to iron out While working on a plan to get to safety, Harvath will have to survive and stay off the proverbial radar When he comes to a small community near the Finnish border, he does all he can to stay alive and one step ahead of his captors The race is on to find Harvath and to the winner comes the spoils With an international disaster looming below the surface, the new Cold War could be close Thor delivers again with a stellar novel that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat and Harvath donning a fewscars Recommended for fans of the series as well as the reader who loves thrillers of an espionage and political flavour.I have loved most every one of the Harvath thrillers that Thor has penned, finding myself in the middle of their action and political fallout Thor is able to capture the essence of the story and add his own political flavouring, which keeps the reader wondering if this could actually happen in today s world Harvath has lasted for eighteen previous novels, so his scars are plentiful and his stubbornness on point The reader can sense something else fuelling him in this piece, that being the loss of another loved one to those who would see him destroyed While somewhat reflective on all that he has done in life, there is also a strong sense that Harvath needs to bring about revenge for the loss of a loved one Thor adds some other interesting information tied to the gathering in New Hampshire, which the reader can discover as they make their way through the narrative Packed with many returning characters, Thor entertains with some of the unique individuals who appear in many of the nineteen books this series have been published These characters work well together and blend effectively to create a strong narrative and exciting story Speaking of the story, it remains strong and kept moving in a forward direction, offering interesting perspectives for those who enjoy espionage with a political angle Thor has been able to keep his stories strong and uses the current political and social situation to fuel the narrative, rather than relying on past read Islamic terror themes that have long since been flogged to death While I know the aches and pains must be getting quite troublesome, I wonder if there is another novel or two left in Scot Harvath, or ideas that Thor still wants to tackle.Kudos, Mr Thor, for a wonderful addition to the series I cannot wait to see what else you have for us and hope your fans enjoy this piece as much as I did.Love hate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge This is a difficult book to rate It is the 19th in the Harvath series and I have been a fan since the beginning I have collected all 19 books as signed first editions and most them signed by Thor at appearances I have attended Like all his fans I enjoyed the adventure and thrills that Brad took us on in these books Unfortunately, it is difficult to keep a good thing going and the series has had its ups and downs I was particularly distressed when Thor started to let his personal political v This is a difficult book to rate It is the 19th in the Harvath series and I have been a fan since the beginning I have collected all 19 books as signed first editions and most them signed by Thor at appearances I have attended Like all his fans I enjoyed the adventure and thrills that Brad took us on in these books Unfortunately, it is difficult to keep a good thing going and the series has had its ups and downs I was particularly distressed when Thor started to let his personal political views leak into his fiction Not a good thing for an author to ever do He must have realized this and corrected that problem but his plots were still becoming rather tiresome as there are only so many ways you can kill a terrorist without being repetitive, another problem for authors Nevertheless, Thor did manage to do his best and in this book it appeared that he might be setting up a whole new story arc for this series The book begins with a catastrophic event that plunges Harvath into the darkest depths of human emotions that he has ever been portrayed as experiencing in any of the previous books Could this be the final book of the series or was this the beginning of an entirely new and different role for Scott Harvath and the beginning of a new series Sadly, I was disappointed on both counts This book is not the end of the series though I really think it has run its course and a talented writer like Thor should let it go and start something new Of course that means that this is not the start of a new story arc as the addition of bonus chapter at the end of the book gives the reader a glimpse at Thor s next Harvath adventure So this disappointment affected my three star rating Three stars for me means the book is worth its purchase price and the time it takes to read the book Do not get me wrong, this is a good book and one of Thor s better ones What I enjoyed most was that it wasn t entirely devoted to shoot outs and and explosions A good deal of the book has Harvath trying to survive the elements in an Arctic wilderness and that is definitely a change for most of the books in this series Thor has also decided to abandon Arab villains for a change switch to Russians which isn t a big change but it is a change Over all it was a page turning adventure that I enjoyed until about the last third of the book when things becameof a routine Harvath adventure This portion of the book culminated with the final chapters which were long on gratuitious violence that to me fell just short of being pornographic in the apparent joy derived from inflicting pain and death The author attempts to rationalize the violence as justifiable revenge but the reader may wonder if revenge is ever justifiable and whether depicting such activity is appropriate entertainment and that is really what this book is supposed to be It left me uneasy and since I already think this series has seen better days I will have to think about continuing my support for it Everything he s ever done has led him to this moment By now, readers know his story Former Navy SEAL Scot Harvath cut his teeth with SEAL Team Two, the cold weather specialists, before joining the Navy s storied SEAL Team Six, where he eventually assisted on a maritime presidential detail catching the eye of the Secret Service.After Harvath had spent a brief amount of time with the Secret Service, the president, in an effort to hit back at the terrorists who pledged jihad against America, made Everything he s ever done has led him to this moment By now, readers know his story Former Navy SEAL Scot Harvath cut his teeth with SEAL Team Two, the cold weather specialists, before joining the Navy s storied SEAL Team Six, where he eventually assisted on a maritime presidential detail catching the eye of the Secret Service.After Harvath had spent a brief amount of time with the Secret Service, the president, in an effort to hit back at the terrorists who pledged jihad against America, made Harvath the leader of a top secret program called the Apex Project where he was tasked with two things Do whatever it takes to protect his country, and no matter what, never get caught From there, Harvath s career as an apex predator continued, this time under the guidance of Reed Carlton, a legendary spymaster whose career in espionage stretches back nearly forty years Under Carlton s tutelage, Harvath thrived as a counterterrorism operative, bravely standing on the front lines against the war on terror and selflessly sacrificing everything to defend his fellow countrymen, which he s done time and time again over the course of seventeen action packed novels Bottom line if Scot Harvath came with a warning label, it would caution against hurting his country, his brothers in arms, or his loved ones Now, coming off one of the most crucial operations of his storied career, someone s come after Scot in a way few have ever dared Cut off from any and all support, Harvath suddenly finds himself alone behind enemy lines, the lone survivor of a devastating plane crash Armed with two decades of experience and little else, Scot must find a way to battle through the frigid, sub zero temperatures and fight his way through a gauntlet of bad guys if heContinue reading this review here Read the full review at my site Digital AmritIntroductionBacklash has a straightforward story whose beats should be evident within the first few pages of starting the story Scot Harvath has been captured by the Russians and has to fight his way out in an inhospitable terrain What I likedBacklash manages to break the cycle of ennui that was creeping into the series with a different kind of story, albeit one we have seen before in other series.Read the full review at my site Digital Amrit Read the full review at my site Digital AmritIntroductionBacklash has a straightforward story whose beats should be evident within the first few pages of starting the story Scot Harvath has been captured by the Russians and has to fight his way out in an inhospitable terrain What I likedBacklash manages to break the cycle of ennui that was creeping into the series with a different kind of story, albeit one we have seen before in other series.Read the full review at my site Digital Amrit 5 5 STARS WOWZA That was an amazing book I wasn t sure Brad Thor could top himself after Spymaster and that cliff hanger ending, but he did with a vengeance It s really hard to talk about this book without giving anything away It s definitely different from other books in the series I will just say that this is Brad s Exceeds Expectations performance review those who have seen him in person know what I m talking about If you haven t read Spymaster, read that first and have t 5 5 STARS WOWZA That was an amazing book I wasn t sure Brad Thor could top himself after Spymaster and that cliff hanger ending, but he did with a vengeance It s really hard to talk about this book without giving anything away It s definitely different from other books in the series I will just say that this is Brad s Exceeds Expectations performance review those who have seen him in person know what I m talking about If you haven t read Spymaster, read that first and have this one waiting to start immediately You will not be disappointed 3.5 stars Definitely better than 17, 18 in the series, but not up to the level of intrigue and excitement of Thor s previous Scott Harvath installments The plot is based on the political machinations of Russia v USA, but the conflict isn t fleshed out enough there is a lot of telling that Russia is evil, and a lot of action depicting their malevolence, but the background story explaining motives is lacking in development It isa story of survival than political espionage Addit 3.5 stars Definitely better than 17, 18 in the series, but not up to the level of intrigue and excitement of Thor s previous Scott Harvath installments The plot is based on the political machinations of Russia v USA, but the conflict isn t fleshed out enough there is a lot of telling that Russia is evil, and a lot of action depicting their malevolence, but the background story explaining motives is lacking in development It isa story of survival than political espionage Additionally, the scenes describing the survival skills from the harsh arctic environmental as well as the evil Russian pursuers become redundant The denouement is rushed Those revenge scenes are the perfect fodder for explosive thrills and chills, but tension is not built as the reader is hurried through one revenge kill to another Quick pacing, easy summer escapism read Overkill in every sense This is high war casualty fare Brutal.So here is the reaction I promised last week after I finished I was away from tech and a decent keyboard.Know that I have not read Scott Harvath before So starting at 19 is absolutely hubris Yet, I was glad I did Because I didn t hold the killing off of long appearing characters against him And took the read for what it was in this form and length of book alone.It s a difficult read for the killing overkill factor But beyond Overkill in every sense This is high war casualty fare Brutal.So here is the reaction I promised last week after I finished I was away from tech and a decent keyboard.Know that I have not read Scott Harvath before So starting at 19 is absolutely hubris Yet, I was glad I did Because I didn t hold the killing off of long appearing characters against him And took the read for what it was in this form and length of book alone.It s a difficult read for the killing overkill factor But beyond that constant and continual violence is the logistics and nomenclature of this part of the world Arctic Circle Russia trying to get into Finland It s basically a survival tale I take 20 down, you take 6 down Almost like the Lone Survivor movie in another place and life cycle Thor can write minutia and technical description Immensely well If you have appreciation for Cold War and high state treachery on a hundred plus body count scale this one will fill your bill It s all about the evil Russia of the present As if China or North Korea are minor players without the same tactics and usual lethal comrade practices to their own But honestly, I don t suggest this book for anyone who is in any manner thin skinned No one will ever hold hands and just get along or ever sing any interpretation in any generation of Kumbaya in this tale And friends may also be expendable After a major traumatic event, Scot finds himself in the Arctic Circle with Russian mercenaries after him Initially, they want him alive for all of the information he can provide, but when U.S pressure, led by a rescue specialist and the Troll Nicholas is ramped up, the mercenaries mission parameters are dead or alive Scot s training as a Navy SEAL kicks in, especially his SERE skills Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape Not only does he need to stay one step ahead of two legged so After a major traumatic event, Scot finds himself in the Arctic Circle with Russian mercenaries after him Initially, they want him alive for all of the information he can provide, but when U.S pressure, led by a rescue specialist and the Troll Nicholas is ramped up, the mercenaries mission parameters are dead or alive Scot s training as a Navy SEAL kicks in, especially his SERE skills Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape Not only does he need to stay one step ahead of two legged soldiers, but there are four legged predators after him as well After yet another near brush with death, he stumbles first into a cabin belonging to a Sami woodman trapper, who is beyond help, and eventually into his daughter s medical clinic in a Sami village Great action, and Scot is driven by rage to take vengeance on the perps responsible for the trauma Frankly, the vengeance was too rushed, and would have made a great sequel 4.5 stars (Download Book) ⛈ Backlash í In ancient texts, there are stories about men who struck from the shadows, seemingly beyond the reach of death itself These men were considered part angel, part demon Their loyalty was to their families, their friends, and their kings You crossed these men at your peril And once crossed, there was no crossing backThey were fearless men of honor who have been known throughout history by different names Spartan, Viking, SamuraiToday, men like these still strike from the shadows They are highly prized intelligence agents, military operatives, and assassinsOne man is all threeTwo days ago, that man was crossed badlyNow, far from home and surrounded by his enemy, Scot Harvath must battle his way outWith no support, no cavalry coming, and no one even aware of where he is, it will take everything he has ever learned to surviveBut survival isn t enough Harvath wants revengeIn the most explosive novel Brad Thor has ever written, page after captivating page of action, intrigue, loyalty, and betrayal will keep you hooked until the very last sentence Another summer, another Scot Harvath book And that s not a bad thing because Thor is as reliable as the Fourth of July Backlash contains everything readers have come to expect from a Thor novel intrigue, corruption, Harvath s invicibility after getting the smithereens beaten out of him, loss of people he loves, the author s political opinions.It s as American as apple pie, and recommended as a good summer read for thriller fans.