Backlash: A Thriller (19) (The Scot Harvath Series) ハードカバー – 2019/6/25
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“Raw emotion, nonstop action, and relentless pacing makes Backlash another one-night read from Brad Thor, who delivers the book to beat in 2019.” —The Real Book Spy
#1 New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and #1 Publishers Weekly bestselling author Brad Thor is back with his most gripping thriller yet!
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 back.
They were fearless; men of honor who have been known throughout history by different names: Spartan, Viking, Samurai.
Today, men like these still strike from the shadows. They are highly prized intelligence agents, military operatives, and assassins.
One man is all three.
Two days ago, that man was crossed—badly.
Now, far from home and surrounded by his enemy, Scot Harvath must battle his way out.
With no support, no cavalry coming, and no one even aware of where he is, it will take everything he has ever learned to survive.
But survival isn’t enough. Harvath wants revenge.
In 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.
"BACKLASH is Brad Thor's best ever thriller. But probably only until his next one." Source: The Washington Times
"Thriller fans are known to plan their summer vacations around the latest Brad Thor release . . . And this year's release, BACKLASH, promises to be one of the highest-octane thrillers in years." Source: CrimeReads, "The Most Anticipated Crime Books of Summer"
"One of the author's most hard-hitting novels yet." Source: Amazon Book Review, Summer Book Guide
"It's as close to perfect as a thriller can be." Source: Providence Journal
"BACKLASH is a triumph." Source: BookReporter.com
"Relentless." Source: New York Journal of Books
For those familiar with the Harvath series, this book is very different from the usual adventures in the series. Almost the entire book is devoted to all of the obstacles Harvath has to overcome as he tries to save himself and get to safety in nearby Finland. There is plenty of intrigue, suspense, and action, but it is Harvath’s struggle to survive that really keeps you turning the pages of this book. Thor makes you really feel Harvath’s pain, exhaustion, and sense of urgency. While each of the chapters is short, and there are lots of opportunities to stop reading for a while, I found myself compelled to keep reading. I got the book last night, read about half of it then and finished reading it today. I had great difficulty putting it down. It is that good.
My only criticism of this book is the ending feels quite rushed. I can’t really say more without spoiling the read, but I do wish the last 50 or 60 pages had been saved for the next book in the series because there would have been plenty there to expand upon and make a lot more interesting. That said, the book has a definite ending to the story, so you don’t have to worry about having to buy the next one just to reach an ending.
I have read almost all of Brad Thor’s Harvath series of books, missing only two or three of the latest ones. All are great books to read that will really hold your interest, and Backlash is no exception. If you have never read any of the previous books in the series, don’t worry. This book stands on its own and does not require knowledge from reading any of the previous books in the series. I highly recommend it.
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This one does not disappoint ...not for one page. The reader will read about survival skills that Scot Harvath has and will be amazed at his stealth, strength and perseverance. No rescue posse on its way, so his individual ingenuity and previous training both as a SEAL and black ops are relied on heavily.
The fact that Russia is involved in this novel made it more interesting to me... Enjoy a novel when it speaks to current events. And, the location...talk about a snowy adventure...this is it...
The novel is fast-paced, plot is multi-layered, and the characters are well defined. I always appreciate a novel when the protagonists and antagonists are evenly divided.
Buckle up your seat belt and settle in for a ride filled with action, adventure and suspenseful situations that seem insurmountable...until Scott proves them to be wrong.
I found it to be well written and a most entertaining and excruciating read, at times.
Most highly recommended.