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Blowback

by Brad Thor

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Another fine book from Brad Thor, each one is better than the last one. What's really good is that you can place the plots in line with world events. ( )
  Philip100 | Feb 16, 2015 |
Scot Harvath's career is hanging in the balance because of he was caught on tape doing what needed to be done or so he thought. But the subject he was chasing and arresting violently is a body double. Now he is in hiding from his government, friends, and even enemies. But when the risk of a terrorist attack is raised he is secretly activated and must find out what is going on stop it by all means.
With a little Sterry Berry-like historical twist on a current problem Harvath has to find out what happened on an Alpine Slope centuries before. So with the help of a female scientist he has to mountain climb up a glazier, avoid an old acquaintance that is trying to kill him and decipher how the Ottoman Empire and its downfall figures into how the terrorist are going to kill millions of non-Muslim people the world over. ( )
  nursewidener | Apr 27, 2014 |
The author of Blowback, Valerie Plame, was a CIA agent whose cover was revealed by Washington Post journalist Robert Novak in his column. Her husband was a diplomat and she had circulated in his world, maintaining her cover. Her area of expertise was nuclear proliferation. When her professional role was exposed in 2003, the furor concentrated on the danger that this caused for her contacts. First she wrote a non-fiction book called Fair Game about her life, how she joined the CIA, and how difficult the exposure had been. Now she has written a fictional account of Vanessa Pierson, a covert CIA Agent.
Vanessa has been tracking Bhoot, alias The Ghost. He is a dangerous and effective international nuclear arms dealer. She is meeting an asset in Vienna, hoping to get information about the location of a hidden nuclear facility in Iran that Bhoot is expected to visit. Just as they meet, her asset, Arash Farah, is assassinated. Vanessa tries to catch the shooter, but she isn’t even sure she has seen enough to be able to identify him. She is called back to Washington to review what went wrong. Just before the shooting she had been ordered to abort the meeting, but she made the judgment call to proceed. From that point her career goes downhill. Her judgment on other operations is called into question. Another one of her assets is missing, so there is concern that he may be dead. Vanessa is confident that Arash’s wife, Yassi will be able to get her the information that she needs. Previously, she had instructed Yassi in ways to run if anything happened to her husband and told her to go to the Polish embassy and take anything that Arash had hidden away. Vanessa has to plead for the chance to meet with Yassi. She feels a sense of responsibility for Arash’s death, so she wants to apologize, but she also feels this is her best chance to retrieve the information Arash was carrying. She is looking for a series of numbers that are the map coordinates for the plant Bhoot is expected to visit.
Vanessa is a complex, driven character that learned a sense of duty as the daughter of a military man. She perhaps a little independently minded to function well in a regimented work environment, but her intuitiveness and risk taking enable her to finish her mission.
  dewittlib | Mar 17, 2014 |
It is what it is. Pure thriller. Reminds me of Clive Cussler. ( )
  alexhunter | May 18, 2013 |
Good airplane book. ( )
  mdubois | Mar 27, 2013 |
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When a mysterious new weapon tips the balance against American and Allied forces throughout the Middle East, the only person the president can call for help is the man the administration has just fired - Navy SEAL turned covert Homeland Security operative, Scot Harvath. Caught live on Al Jazeera in an off-the-books operation, Harvath is forced to go to ground as a senator, with presidential aspirations, turns her sights on the White House and forces President Jack Rutledge to publicly end the career of America's number one counter-terrorism operative. But when the tide in the war against terror suddenly turns against the West, the president has no choice but to bring Harvath back inside. Ducking a congressional subpoena, Harvath travels to Cyprus where he learns about a weapon called The Sword of Allah, which terrorists intend to use to rid all Muslim lands of Western infidels. As the layers of truth unfold, Harvath is witness to realities more menacing than he ever could have imagined and must rely solely on his instincts to confront a new evil closing in on the United States. With his characteristic precision in describing military technology, high-voltage action, and sweeping international sensibility, Brad Thor has created another supercharged novel that is sure to thrill.

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A weapon designed to decimate the Roman Empire has just become the number one threat to the United States and it's up to Scot Harvath to secure it before it brings the United States and the rest of the world to its knees.

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