Backlash

Backlash

A Thriller

Book - 2019
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"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 and a revelation that will take your breath away"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, New York ; Toronto : Atria/Emily Bestler Books, ©2019.
ISBN: 9781982129897
9781982104030
Characteristics: 378 pages :,map ;,25 cm.

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cduline
May 26, 2020

What can I say? Thor never disappoints! Just when one wonders what else could happen - it happens! Only it's not what you were thinking! What kind of mind does this genius Thor have? His writing is absolutely incredible, fast-paced and great!!! I cannot get enough! Keep writing, Brad! Nobody else comes close. Well, maybe Dean Koontz does, but his style is so different. Love both of them!

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MB_kcls
Feb 02, 2020

'Backlash' is different. Instead of working for our government or a black ops contractor or private 'security' to rescue/save/prevent, Scot Harvath has to escape, protect and defend himself.

Some decry the violence. But there are those Americans, who live in that world with that violence, who must compartmentalize, who must do whatever is necessary to protect, to defend, to escape, to survive. Geopolitical conflict isn't pretty. It isn't the fancy meetings with lovely flower arrangements you see on TV. It's ugly, it's violent and a very few are willing to do it, less survive and even far fewer are ever even aware of it.

Against what is usually expected of a certain age Grandma, I happen to enjoy these books, as I do Tom Clancy, as I do Stephen Coontz and numerous others. Frankly, I'd rather read these than watch the violent junk on TV or in movies. I control my imagination with books, rather than being slapped in the face with a directors idea of what violence should be. These books are not violent for the sake of violence, but to achieve a goal: survival, defense, protection.

If this genre is not for you, then just pass them by.

As I said in my review of 'Spymaster' I think these last few books about Harvath are meant to be a bridge between his stamina of youth and some limits of age, from active participant to inactive leader. I think the horror of the attack and it's devastating personal consequences that led to 'Backlash' will be a pivot point for him. I hate to see Harvath getting old added to the consequences to his body and mind from his service. But I'm actually glad to see him realize it and find what's next. Stephen Coonts did a great job of passing the torch from his original hero (Jake Grafton) to those who came after him (Tommy Carmellini) as did Clancy and those who are carrying on his work.

I also admit I've been all over the place with the order of the Harvath books. I started in the middle of the series, went back to the beginning to catch up, but also read the newer releases as they came out all while reading plenty of other authors and genre's. I have 6 left plus a few in-between novel eBooks.

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patboud
Jan 06, 2020

Think I read it another time

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happycanuck
Dec 28, 2019

Predictable but within its genre a good read with lots of action and suspense.

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jeh106
Dec 27, 2019

I last read a BRAD THOR thriller in March 2018. For the last few months, I have been reading authors new to me but I felt the need to return a tried and trusted author. Reading Brad’s newest book was like snuggling up with my spouse – very comfortable. BACKLASH is number 19 in the Scot Harvath series and is one of the best.

Harvath has left his government career (Navy SEAL, Secret Service, C.I.A.) and has entered the world of private security working for Reed Carlson, an old friend. Carlson’s company has many former agents and operatives from the the same world as Harvath.

The story opens at a murder scene in rural New Hampshire. The victims are identified and stuff hits the fan in Washington, D.C. The victims include Harvath’s fiancé Lara, Lydia Ryan (former high-ranking C.I.A. executive) and Reed Carlson. Harvath is initially suspected as the killer and he has disappeared.

When Scot finally surfaces, he is on a Russian airplane, a victim of a snatch and grab by mysterious parties but definitely Russian. He has been beaten and tortured. His destination is unknown. However, as fate would have it, the plane crashes in an area a little south of Murmansk, Russia in the middle of winter. Harvath survives.

The story details how Harvath will try to survive. His enemies are the cold (it is very, very cold) and military mercenaries who are trying to find him, on personal and secret orders from the Russian President. Scot enlists the help of a widowed, Russian doctor who has connections with the native population. His “people” in Washington, D.C. eventually find out where he is and launch a rescue plan. However, “Murphy” intervenes and things do not go as planned.

The praise for Thor’s latest is universally five star. His writing, as usual, is top notch. Thor’s descriptions of the winter landscape and weather had me bundling up with sweaters and blankets to stay warm. The action is nonstop. There are hints of love and romance. If you are a reader of this genre, I highly recommend this book.

GO! BUY! READ!

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findelarue
Nov 01, 2019

A mind numbing semi entertaining thriller that filled my day while suffering from a virus. Would recommend for "sick" reading.

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Eil_1
Sep 26, 2019

A terrific thriller. Well worth the read.

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rick7white
Aug 27, 2019

Add one more book winner to this man's list of many winner's.

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Kiki898
Aug 22, 2019

Great thriller, but an increase in bad language from his previous books was frustating.

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USAF1969
Jul 18, 2019

BACK LASH is the latest installment in the Scot Harvath series of thrillers by Brad Thor. Entertaining story line. Harvath kidnapped by the bad guys, he escapes, but winds up in Russia in the winter being chased by bad guys. Be prepared for him to have a lot of time on his own while escaping and evading - and when Harvath is alone for too long, his mind sometimes wanders into self-denigrating thought patterns. Other than a tad too much of that, its a great read.

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Apr 07, 2020

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