Brad Thor's "Blowback" is an action-packed spy thriller about the complex world of international terrorism, biological warfare, religious fanaticism, and political corruption. The macho hero is Scot Harvath, a former SEAL who works for the Office of International Investigative Assistance in the Department of Homeland Security. He has repeatedly sacrificed his personal happiness and peace of mind in order to serve his country. Scott's archenemy is Khalid Sheik Alomari, a high-ranking al-Qaeda operative and ruthless assassin. Alomari has been traveling around the world killing Muslim scientists who may have unlocked the key to a devastating super weapon.
"Blowback" is timely story that is "ripped from the headlines," with references to people and organizations that we read about in the news every day. Brad Thor provides well-researched and detailed background information about the Muslim world, and he explores the many ways in which the United States is battling the terrorist threat posed by radical fundamentalists. Scot Harvath's courage, knowledge of weaponry, and unerring instincts make him a worthy and appealing hero, and for a change, the author doesn't provide his protagonist with a love interest to distract him from his duties. Although Scot does have a beautiful and brainy partner, a molecular biologist named Dr. Jillian Alcott, his relationship with her is strictly platonic. Jillian provides the scientific expertise that Scot needs in order to fight a terrifying biological weapon that may soon be unleashed against the United States.
A scary peek inside the worlds of political and financial power-without-responsibility--
From back cover: Scot Harvath's counter terrorism career has just crashed and burned--thanks in part to a ruthless senator with her sights set on the White House. But when the war on terror takes a chilling turn, the president has no choice but to secretly bring Harvath back inside.
Deep beneath an Alpine glacier, an ancient weapon designed to devastate the Roman Empire has been unearthed--and a shadowy organization intends to use it for America's downfall.
Racing across Europe, Harvath must secure the ultimate instrument of destruction before it brings the United States and the rest of the world to its knees.
Scot Harvath is caught live by Al Jazeera television in an off the books operation which threatens to end his career and maybe even bring down the President. But this quickly become a side issue as they discover that Al Qaedia has access to a biological weapon that only kills non-Muslims. Starting in Cyprus and then to London, Paris, Italy, Switzerland and Saudi Arabia Harvath races the clock to stop possibly the greatest challenge ever faced. Another high tension non-stop thriller from Brad Thor. You hope this is all fiction.
"A weapon designed to decimate the Roman Empire has just become the number one threat to the United States." (from the book cover)
Really up to date on the current state of terrorists and plausible scenarios. I enjoyed it, however felt it went on a little too long.
A great summer read.
Hardly time to catch one's breath in reading this action-packed thriller! One escapade after another as the intrigue builds. Brad Thor includes lots of fascinating and relevant-to-the-plot historical information in this novel as the plot unwinds toward the explosive climax.
This novel is well-written, attention-grabbing, believable, and, did I say "Action-packed?" I loved it!
Scot Harvaths counterterrorism career has just crashed and burnedthanks in part to a ruthless senator with her sights set on the White House. But when the war on terror takes a chilling turn, the president has no choice but to secretly bring Harvath back inside. Deep beneath an Alpine glacier, an ancient weapon designed to decimate the Roman Empire has been unearthedand a shadowy organization intends to use it for Americas downfall. Racing across Europe, Harvath must secure the ultimate instrument of destruction before it brings the United States and the rest of the world to their knees.