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Blowback: A Thriller (edition 2011)

by Brad Thor

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plunkinberry's review
Kind of average story. While I enjoy Scot Harvath and the fast pace of this story, it just didn't do it for me. yes, I will probably keep reading the series, but I really struggled to stay engaged in this story. ( )
  plunkinberry | Apr 19, 2012 |
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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 |
Kind of average story. While I enjoy Scot Harvath and the fast pace of this story, it just didn't do it for me. yes, I will probably keep reading the series, but I really struggled to stay engaged in this story. ( )
  plunkinberry | Apr 19, 2012 |
Good book by Thor, very detailed and somewhat to a fault at it was a bit too long. Worth the read though. ( )
  stang50logan | May 22, 2011 |
A fun mystery/thriller. ( )
  shannonkearns | Jan 8, 2011 |
A recent stay in Myrtle Beach, SC gave me the opportunity to devour a couple of Brad Thor's adventure yarns including Blowback. Once again Thor is focused on the escapades of ex-SEAL Scot Harvath. If you you decide to read Blowback, start with The Lions of Lucerne. Though not critical, Harvath's relationship with FBI Director Lawlor and President Rutledge in Blowback is based somewhat on their mutual experiences in Lions.
As with all books in this genre, the reader has to suspend reality abit when it comes to the bad guys trying to kill Harvath. As one of the bad guys in Lions puts it, Scot seems to have more lives than a cat. Of course, Thor doesn't let Harvath escape totally unscathed. He gets wounded, kicked, punched and bruised over most of his body all the while pursuing and being pursued. But of course, by the next encounter Harvath has healed/ recovered just enough to put down a bad guy or rescue his beautiful companion!
The overall result is again a book that isn't in the genre of great literature but you will have a hard time putting down. Have some fun and give it a read! ( )
  libri_amor | Oct 14, 2010 |
A great connect-the-dots thriller but with a couple of drawbacks. The advance blurbs billed this book as a story in which Scot Harvath tries to avoid a dogged Senator that is trying to eject him from the American intelligence and special agent services. This was only a minor part of the book, though, and seemed better suited to a movie script than the storyline of the book. The other quibble was that the story dragged on just a bit too long for me. Parts of it could have been left out, and the story still would have been whole. Nonetheless, I really enjoyed this installment of Brad Thor because of the biowarfare and deep historical lessons presented. It was easy to follow and fascinating to read about the use of technology and biological knowledge in ancient history. This book is a wonderful primer on the roots and goals of radical Islam as well. Thor is a war-gamer and consultant to the American government, and it shows in this book. The plot is eerily similar to many of the things discussed in the more serious analyses of radical Islamic and geopolitics. Another great book from Thor that would appeal to both the shoot-em-up action lovers and the brain-twisting spy lovers. ( )
  ORFisHome | Jul 13, 2009 |
Can't put him down....Black ops... ( )
  marilynr | Jun 3, 2008 |
This book is best described as Secret Agent meets Indiana Jones. The story was pretty good (certainly more enjoyable than State of the Union) if a bit farfetched. While I liked it, it somehow did not feel like a Scot Harvath novel. I also made the mistake of reading this novel in close proximity to one of Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp books (who, I contend, Scot Harvath most closely resembles). Unfortunately, while Scot Harvath is a good character, he's no Mitch Rapp. ( )
  MSWallack | Jan 12, 2008 |
A great connect-the-dots thriller but with a couple of drawbacks. The advance blurbs billed this book as a story in which Scot Harvath tries to avoid a dogged Senator that is trying to eject him from the American intelligence and special agent services. This was only a minor part of the book, though, and seemed better suited to a movie script than the storyline of the book. The other quibble was that the story dragged on just a bit too long for me. Parts of it could have been left out, and the story still would have been whole. Nonetheless, I really enjoyed this installment of Brad Thor because of the biowarfare and deep historical lessons presented. It was easy to follow and fascinating to read about the use of technology and biological knowledge in ancient history. This book is a wonderful primer on the roots and goals of radical Islam as well. Thor is a war-gamer and consultant to the American government, and it shows in this book. The plot is eerily similar to many of the things discussed in the more serious analyses of radical Islamic and geopolitics. Another great book from Thor that would appeal to both the shoot-em-up action lovers and the brain-twisting spy lovers. ( )
  IFREF | Aug 20, 2007 |
Once again, while everyone else is looking one direction, Thor manages to take you in a completely different one with Blowback. The concept for the novel is just so off the charts its completely believable - that Islamic Terrorists have discovered Hannibal's ancient biological weapon that was originally designed to destroy the Romans. And they plan on using it against America. Great primer to start with if you've got any interest in bioweapons, ancient paleontology or a history of Roman Europe. If the book has any flaws, it's that the nonstop, cover to cover action definitely focuses more on the action than character development. That seems to be his MO but it's even more pronounced here. ( )
  jmcclain19 | Aug 17, 2007 |
Blowback: A Thriller is another quick and easy read from Brad Thor. Scot Harvath, federal agent, returns to fight international terrorism. This time he's dealing with a militant Islamic group intent on bringing back the Ottoman Empire. To achieve their ends, they plan to release an ancient disease, with the antidote only available to specific sects of Muslims.

This book is much more tightly plotted than the previous books by Thor that I've read. It's a good weekend read - either on the beach in summer or in front of a fire in winter. ( )
  Talbin | May 30, 2007 |
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