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Act of War New York Times bestselling author Brad Thor delivers his most frightening and pulse pounding thriller ever After a CIA agent mysteriously dies overseas, his top asset surfaces with a startling and terrifying claim There s just one problem no one knows if she can be trusted But when six exchange students go missing, two airplane passengers trade places, and one political asylum seeker is arrested, a deadly chain of events is set in motionWith the United States facing an imminent and devastating attack, America s new president must turn to covert counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath to help carry out two of the most dangerous operations in the country s history Code named Gold Dust and Blackbird, they are shrouded in absolute secrecy as either of them, if discovered, will constitute an act of war The Chinese are out of natural resources and decide to secretly grab America s They plan to launch an attack, blame it on a terrorist organization, and when America is in ruins and depopulated, make claim to the country based on outstanding, unpaid loans.It s kind of a clever conceit The action is slow in the first half of the novel much brisker in the second half The writing is adequate, nothing to write home about There are some nice passages and others that are monologs broken by witl The Chinese are out of natural resources and decide to secretly grab America s They plan to launch an attack, blame it on a terrorist organization, and when America is in ruins and depopulated, make claim to the country based on outstanding, unpaid loans.It s kind of a clever conceit The action is slow in the first half of the novel much brisker in the second half The writing is adequate, nothing to write home about There are some nice passages and others that are monologs broken by witless interrogatives by others to make a long speech look less like a diatribe The title comes in nicely at the end of the novel.My problems in the book are that there are too many threads in play at once in the first 2 3rds of the novel and I didn t find a central character to empathize with Because there are so many threads, each one increments slowly giving me the feeling like not much is going on The Seal mission into N Korea, for example, could be removed without harming the book It provides some thrills in the second half of the novel, which is great, but the result of the insertion into N Korea is a small ROI in terms of the novel s plot Maybe because there were so many story threads, the protagonist, Scot Harvath, didn t really seem like one He was only in one of the 4 or 5 threads So, I found the novel a little like reading a newspaper covering a bunch of stories rather than a character driven story This is my first Brad Thor novel If you like war like novels, you might try Vince Flynn who has acommanding authorial voice and surer hand around character development That said, I look forward to trying another Thor novel Better than therecent Thor offerings, but not quite up to the level I enjoyed with his first few books.I like to check out political thrillers from time to time I enjoy the action and the intrigue I understand that since they are political, they will touch on some topics related to the turbulent political history of the world Sometimes, though, I feel like Thor gets leans on anger focused at extreme stereotypes When creating bad guys they are not only political deviants but he likes to Better than therecent Thor offerings, but not quite up to the level I enjoyed with his first few books.I like to check out political thrillers from time to time I enjoy the action and the intrigue I understand that since they are political, they will touch on some topics related to the turbulent political history of the world Sometimes, though, I feel like Thor gets leans on anger focused at extreme stereotypes When creating bad guys they are not only political deviants but he likes to throw in that they are into child pornography or other questionable behavior unrelated to their political activity It just feels like he is going over the top to create his hateable, scum of the earth bad guys.On the flip side, his heroes are super badass and patriotic I am all for my heroes being super badass, but by this point in the series it has also become a bit super cheesy As soon as a new character shows up there is a backstory about how they saved 200 people at Ground Zero on 9 11, later on, they defeated 10 hijackers and landed the plane, and after that they got 30 cats out of trees in suburban Cleveland This previous sentence is hyperbole, but that is how it starts to feel after a while.I did enjoy the story in this one It took a bit for it all to come together seemed a bit all over the map at first figuratively and literally After it got down to the climax it ended up being a pretty good story that I think any political thriller fan would enjoy And, without saying too much to avoid spoilers, had some twists that I have seen addressed in other political thrillers that are potentially even scarier than biological or nuclear warfare.Hardcore political thriller and Thor fans, I think you will enjoy this one Casual political thriller fans, you can probably read the first 8 Harvath books or so and be just fine Brad Thor is a talented thriller writer that spins a good yarn I have read all of his books to date and enjoyed them and would hope to continue Unfortunately, Brad s books have become a bit tiresome How many ways are there to kill a terrorist, usually a Muslim, before it become trite Additionally, and this is becoming very annoying and insulting, Brad has started supplying his characters with speeches on political theory and national policy Thor s books are fiction and I, and probably all h Brad Thor is a talented thriller writer that spins a good yarn I have read all of his books to date and enjoyed them and would hope to continue Unfortunately, Brad s books have become a bit tiresome How many ways are there to kill a terrorist, usually a Muslim, before it become trite Additionally, and this is becoming very annoying and insulting, Brad has started supplying his characters with speeches on political theory and national policy Thor s books are fiction and I, and probably all his other fans, read them for entertainment If I wanted to read about political theories or discourses on national policies or practices I would meander over to the non fiction section of my local book store and peruse their offerings If Brad has opinions in those arenas I suggest he write a book on those subjects and not use his fiction as a platform for his political beliefs Should this practice continue I will, regretfully, have to discontinue my support for this otherwise entertaining author One of the things that I find so thrilling about Thor s novels is that the scenarios he describes and technology used by his characters often show up in the real news over the next 12 18 months So you know he s done his research thoroughly and crafted a story that, while it is fiction, feels completely real when you are reading it And that adds an unbelievable edge to the reading experience.In ACT OF WAR, Scot Harvath is faced with a new threat that no one sees coming until it is almost too la One of the things that I find so thrilling about Thor s novels is that the scenarios he describes and technology used by his characters often show up in the real news over the next 12 18 months So you know he s done his research thoroughly and crafted a story that, while it is fiction, feels completely real when you are reading it And that adds an unbelievable edge to the reading experience.In ACT OF WAR, Scot Harvath is faced with a new threat that no one sees coming until it is almost too late Thankfully, an asset was willing to speak up and warn the United States about what was being planned against us That sets things in motion as Scot must now race against time and fight some serious foes to save the U.S from catastrophic destruction.ACT OF WAR has a different but great feeling to it than the last two Harvath novels and Thor has entered into new territory, veering away from Al Qaeda as the ultimate bad guy and making us consider something or someone farsinister.For those of you who have never read a Brad Thor novel, you can easily read ACT OF WAR as a stand alone book and understand everything that is happening But at some point, I highly recommend that you go back to the beginning of the series and read them all, I think you ll love them This review was originally posted to my blog on 7 8 14 at

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