Backlash

Backlash Raw emotion nonstop action and relentless pacing makes Backlash another one night read from Brad Thor who delivers the book to beat in The Real Book Spy New York Times

  • Title: Backlash
  • Author: Brad Thor
  • ISBN: Backlash
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  • Raw emotion, nonstop action, and relentless pacing makes Backlash another one night read from Brad Thor, who delivers the book to beat in 2019 The Real Book Spy 1 New York Times, 1 Wall Street Journal, and 1 Publishers Weekly bestselling author Brad Thor is back with his most gripping thriller yet In ancient texts, there are stories about men who struck from the shad Raw emotion, nonstop action, and relentless pacing makes Backlash another one night read from Brad Thor, who delivers the book to beat in 2019 The Real Book Spy 1 New York Times, 1 Wall Street Journal, and 1 Publishers Weekly bestselling author Brad Thor is back with his most gripping thriller yet 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 Get A Copy Kindle Store 14.99 StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisIndigoBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Hardcover, 384 pages Published June 25th 2019 by Atria Emily Bestler Books More Details Original Title Backlash ISBN 1982104031 ISBN13 9781982104030 Edition Language English Series Scot Harvath 19 Other Editions 12 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail Edit Details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Backlash, please sign up Popular Answered Questions Do you have to read the previous 18 books before reading this one 1 likelike 2 months ago See all 2 answers Tommy NO you don t Read and enjoy flag Did anyone else notice the glaring error in the book From book Before the murders in New Hampshire, he had been developing her as an intelligence asset inside the FSB Russia s equivalent of the CIA Reality The KGBs main successors are the FSB Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation and the SVR Foreign Intelligence Service FSB FBI SVR CIA like 48 days ago Add your answer Mike Worley Yes, I did notice that too Mike flag See 2 questions about Backlash Lists with This Book Best Brad Thor Books 19 books 2 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 4.49 Rating details 3,870 ratings 374 reviews All LanguagesEnglish 371 More filters Sort order Jul 18, 2019 Tim rated it it was ok Based on others reviews, many will be surprised by this rating My rationale is I don t care for slaughter of innocents, nor inflated ratings I despise the loss of meaningful and impactful characters I like vengeance, but in this disappointing effort the price is too steep 4 of 10 stars flag 47 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jul 10, 2019 Matt rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves audiobook Hip deep into the Scot Harvath series, Brad Thor continues to deliver poignant novels that pull the reader into the middle of the political and espionage driven world of today When local authorities are called to a rural community in New Hampshire, they discover four bodies, carelessly slain The names raise a red flag in the Intelligence community, beginning calls high up the chain of command With ties to all those slain, one name being suggested as a potential shooter is Scot Harvath, but co Hip deep into the Scot Harvath series, Brad Thor continues to deliver poignant novels that pull the reader into the middle of the political and espionage driven world of today When local authorities are called to a rural community in New Hampshire, they discover four bodies, carelessly slain The names raise a red flag in the Intelligence community, beginning calls high up the chain of command With ties to all those slain, one name being suggested as a potential shooter is Scot Harvath, but could he really have killed these people It turns out not, as Harvath is aboard a covert plane somewhere in Russia, chained to a seat by mercenaries who have no worries about treating their prisoner poorly When the plane goes down, Harvath is the only survivor, but perhaps not for long He is in the middle of the Russian wilderness during the height of winter, with only the howling of the wind and wolves to keep him company If he wants to stay alive, he will have to use all his training to find safety In Moscow, the news of the crash raises the ire of senior officials, who had hoped for a smooth snatch and grab of the Intelligence operative Now, they will have to locate the wreckage and capture Harvath again In Washington, those close to Harvath cannot believe that he would be responsible, but know that he was in New Hampshire They discover that he may have been covertly removed from the country and begin their own mission to extricate him, while not tipping the balance of international diplomacy Russia has all but declared war on America with such an act, but that is for the politicians to iron out While working on a plan to get to safety, Harvath will have to survive and stay off the proverbial radar When he comes to a small community near the Finnish border, he does all he can to stay alive and one step ahead of his captors The race is on to find Harvath and to the winner comes the spoils With an international disaster looming below the surface, the new Cold War could be close Thor delivers again with a stellar novel that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat and Harvath donning a few scars Recommended for fans of the series as well as the reader who loves thrillers of an espionage and political flavour.I have loved most every one of the Harvath thrillers that Thor has penned, finding myself in the middle of their action and political fallout Thor is able to capture the essence of the story and add his own political flavouring, which keeps the reader wondering if this could actually happen in today s world Harvath has lasted for eighteen previous novels, so his scars are plentiful and his stubbornness on point The reader can sense something else fuelling him in this piece, that being the loss of another loved one to those who would see him destroyed While somewhat reflective on all that he has done in life, there is also a strong sense that Harvath needs to bring about revenge for the loss of a loved one Thor adds some other interesting information tied to the gathering in New Hampshire, which the reader can discover as they make their way through the narrative Packed with many returning characters, Thor entertains with some of the unique individuals who appear in many of the nineteen books this series have been published These characters work well together and blend effectively to create a strong narrative and exciting story Speaking of the story, it remains strong and kept moving in a forward direction, offering interesting perspectives for those who enjoy espionage with a political angle Thor has been able to keep his stories strong and uses the current political and social situation to fuel the narrative, rather than relying on past read Islamic terror themes that have long since been flogged to death While I know the aches and pains must be getting quite troublesome, I wonder if there is another novel or two left in Scot Harvath, or ideas that Thor still wants to tackle.Kudos, Mr Thor, for a wonderful addition to the series I cannot wait to see what else you have for us and hope your fans enjoy this piece as much as I did.Love hate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge flag 44 likesLike see review View all 10 comments May 06, 2019 The Real Book Spy rated it it was amazing Everything he s ever done has led him to this moment By now, readers know his story Former Navy SEAL Scot Harvath cut his teeth with SEAL Team Two, the cold weather specialists, before joining the Navy s storied SEAL Team Six, where he eventually assisted on a maritime presidential detail catching the eye of the Secret Service.After Harvath had spent a brief amount of time with the Secret Service, the president, in an effort to hit back at the terrorists who pledged jihad against America, made Everything he s ever done has led him to this moment By now, readers know his story Former Navy SEAL Scot Harvath cut his teeth with SEAL Team Two, the cold weather specialists, before joining the Navy s storied SEAL Team Six, where he eventually assisted on a maritime presidential detail catching the eye of the Secret Service.After Harvath had spent a brief amount of time with the Secret Service, the president, in an effort to hit back at the terrorists who pledged jihad against America, made Harvath the leader of a top secret program called the Apex Project where he was tasked with two things Do whatever it takes to protect his country, and no matter what, never get caught From there, Harvath s career as an apex predator continued, this time under the guidance of Reed Carlton, a legendary spymaster whose career in espionage stretches back nearly forty years Under Carlton s tutelage, Harvath thrived as a counterterrorism operative, bravely standing on the front lines against the war on terror and selflessly sacrificing everything to defend his fellow countrymen, which he s done time and time again over the course of seventeen action packed novels Bottom line if Scot Harvath came with a warning label, it would caution against hurting his country, his brothers in arms, or his loved ones Now, coming off one of the most crucial operations of his storied career, someone s come after Scot in a way few have ever dared Cut off from any and all support, Harvath suddenly finds himself alone behind enemy lines, the lone survivor of a devastating plane crash Armed with two decades of experience and little else, Scot must find a way to battle through the frigid, sub zero temperatures and fight his way through a gauntlet of bad guys if he Continue reading this review here flag 15 likesLike see review Jul 22, 2019 kartik narayanan rated it liked it Read the full review at my site Digital AmritIntroductionBacklash has a straightforward story whose beats should be evident within the first few pages of starting the story Scot Harvath has been captured by the Russians and has to fight his way out in an inhospitable terrain What I likedBacklash manages to break the cycle of ennui that was creeping into the series with a different kind of story, albeit one we have seen before in other series.Read the full review at my site Digital Amrit flag 13 likesLike see review Aug 08, 2019 Pamela Small rated it liked it Shelves thriller political espionage, series 3.5 stars Definitely better than 17, 18 in the series, but not up to the level of intrigue and excitement of Thor s previous Scott Harvath installments The plot is based on the political machinations of Russia v USA, but the conflict isn t fleshed out enough there is a lot of telling that Russia is evil, and a lot of action depicting their malevolence, but the background story explaining motives is lacking in development It is a story of survival than political espionage Addit 3.5 stars Definitely better than 17, 18 in the series, but not up to the level of intrigue and excitement of Thor s previous Scott Harvath installments The plot is based on the political machinations of Russia v USA, but the conflict isn t fleshed out enough there is a lot of telling that Russia is evil, and a lot of action depicting their malevolence, but the background story explaining motives is lacking in development It is a story of survival than political espionage Additionally, the scenes describing the survival skills from the harsh arctic environmental as well as the evil Russian pursuers become redundant The denouement is rushed Those revenge scenes are the perfect fodder for explosive thrills and chills, but tension is not built as the reader is hurried through one revenge kill to another Quick pacing, easy summer escapism read flag 8 likesLike see review Jul 04, 2019 Melissa rated it it was amazing Shelves fav series, mystery suspense thriller, political thriller, read 2019, real book spy recommended, i would read again and again, mbl hardback, series, action_thriller, mbtb recommends 5 5 STARS WOWZA That was an amazing book I wasn t sure Brad Thor could top himself after Spymaster and that cliff hanger ending, but he did with a vengeance It s really hard to talk about this book without giving anything away It s definitely different from other books in the series I will just say that this is Brad s Exceeds Expectations performance review those who have seen him in person know what I m talking about If you haven t read Spymaster, read that first and have t 5 5 STARS WOWZA That was an amazing book I wasn t sure Brad Thor could top himself after Spymaster and that cliff hanger ending, but he did with a vengeance It s really hard to talk about this book without giving anything away It s definitely different from other books in the series I will just say that this is Brad s Exceeds Expectations performance review those who have seen him in person know what I m talking about If you haven t read Spymaster, read that first and have this one waiting to start immediately You will not be disappointed flag 8 likesLike see review Aug 07, 2019 Jeanette rated it really liked it Overkill in every sense This is high war casualty fare Brutal.So here is the reaction I promised last week after I finished I was away from tech and a decent keyboard.Know that I have not read Scott Harvath before So starting at 19 is absolutely hubris Yet, I was glad I did Because I didn t hold the killing off of long appearing characters against him And took the read for what it was in this form and length of book alone.It s a difficult read for the killing overkill factor But beyond Overkill in every sense This is high war casualty fare Brutal.So here is the reaction I promised last week after I finished I was away from tech and a decent keyboard.Know that I have not read Scott Harvath before So starting at 19 is absolutely hubris Yet, I was glad I did Because I didn t hold the killing off of long appearing characters against him And took the read for what it was in this form and length of book alone.It s a difficult read for the killing overkill factor But beyond that constant and continual violence is the logistics and nomenclature of this part of the world Arctic Circle Russia trying to get into Finland It s basically a survival tale I take 20 down, you take 6 down Almost like the Lone Survivor movie in another place and life cycle Thor can write minutia and technical description Immensely well If you have appreciation for Cold War and high state treachery on a hundred plus body count scale this one will fill your bill It s all about the evil Russia of the present As if China or North Korea are minor players without the same tactics and usual lethal comrade practices to their own But honestly, I don t suggest this book for anyone who is in any manner thin skinned No one will ever hold hands and just get along or ever sing any interpretation in any generation of Kumbaya in this tale And friends may also be expendable flag 8 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Jul 05, 2019 Skip rated it really liked it Shelves series in progress, thriller After a major traumatic event, Scot finds himself in the Arctic Circle with Russian mercenaries after him Initially, they want him alive for all of the information he can provide, but when U.S pressure, led by a rescue specialist and the Troll Nicholas is ramped up, the mercenaries mission parameters are dead or alive Scot s training as a Navy SEAL kicks in, especially his SERE skills Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape Not only does he need to stay one step ahead of two legged so After a major traumatic event, Scot finds himself in the Arctic Circle with Russian mercenaries after him Initially, they want him alive for all of the information he can provide, but when U.S pressure, led by a rescue specialist and the Troll Nicholas is ramped up, the mercenaries mission parameters are dead or alive Scot s training as a Navy SEAL kicks in, especially his SERE skills Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape Not only does he need to stay one step ahead of two legged soldiers, but there are four legged predators after him as well After yet another near brush with death, he stumbles first into a cabin belonging to a Sami woodman trapper, who is beyond help, and eventually into his daughter s medical clinic in a Sami village Great action, and Scot is driven by rage to take vengeance on the perps responsible for the trauma Frankly, the vengeance was too rushed, and would have made a great sequel 4.5 stars flag 7 likesLike see review Jun 26, 2019 Lynn Horton rated it really liked it review of another edition Another summer, another Scot Harvath book And that s not a bad thing because Thor is as reliable as the Fourth of July Backlash contains everything readers have come to expect from a Thor novel intrigue, corruption, Harvath s invicibility after getting the smithereens beaten out of him, loss of people he loves, the author s political opinions.It s as American as apple pie, and recommended as a good summer read for thriller fans flag 6 likesLike see review Aug 10, 2019 Glen rated it really liked it Shelves men s adventure, espionage A Russian mercenary group has kidnapped Scott Harvath and killed his family When the plane crashes deep in Siberia, Harvath survives, and has to make his way through Russia while being hunted by violent mercenaries.Meanwhile, the authorities in the States are trying to find out what happened to Harvath The police and the feds don t make things any easier.Reminiscent of Louis L amour s Last of the Breed, this is a very entertaining novel with a good deal of tension Recommended flag 5 likesLike see review Jun 28, 2019 Steve rated it it was amazing review of another edition Harvath goes hardcore this time around He s motivated for revenge and he has the skills to make it happen There s no question that you ll feel for the protagonist by the end of this book You ll also be entirely sure you don t want him believing you ve wronged him in any serious way I don t want to give anything away I m just going to say one thing damn flag 5 likesLike see review Jul 11, 2019 Ed rated it it was amazing review of another edition Like many GR friends, I lost interest in the adventures of Scott Harvath a few books ago due mostly to Middle East terrorist fatigue The good news here is Backlash takes Harvath in another direction reminiscent of Louis L Amor s iconic non Western The Last of a Breed Both concern Homeric escapes from Russia while aggressively pursued by superior forces The difference is Harvath s odyssey is justifiably fueled by revenge for what the Russians had so viciously taken from him He becomes rel Like many GR friends, I lost interest in the adventures of Scott Harvath a few books ago due mostly to Middle East terrorist fatigue The good news here is Backlash takes Harvath in another direction reminiscent of Louis L Amor s iconic non Western The Last of a Breed Both concern Homeric escapes from Russia while aggressively pursued by superior forces The difference is Harvath s odyssey is justifiably fueled by revenge for what the Russians had so viciously taken from him He becomes relentless in his resolve to survive, escape and exact that revenge This is a well written, fast moving adventure that might be Brad Thor s best book in this extraordinarily good series flag 4 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Jul 01, 2019 Bookreporter Mystery Thriller rated it it was amazing If I ever find myself trapped behind enemy lines, with a family member kidnapped by a foreign national, or simply on the verge of being mugged on the streets of New York City, the one person I would want around to save the day would be Scot Harvath Having been pretty much the central figure of what now amounts to 19 books, Harvath represents the type of brash, cowboy up heroics that has become a dying breed in both our world and the world of fiction.Brad Thor is another hero of mine He is a be If I ever find myself trapped behind enemy lines, with a family member kidnapped by a foreign national, or simply on the verge of being mugged on the streets of New York City, the one person I would want around to save the day would be Scot Harvath Having been pretty much the central figure of what now amounts to 19 books, Harvath represents the type of brash, cowboy up heroics that has become a dying breed in both our world and the world of fiction.Brad Thor is another hero of mine He is a beacon of conservative light in a literary field mostly made up of authors with contrary positions In the crazy world in which we presently live, this makes me appreciate Thor even His latest novel, BACKLASH, is filled with classic U.S vs Russia gameplay that makes you feel as if it was written at the height of the Cold War, well supplanted in the Reagan era The action takes place in the present, and the result is a politically charged thriller that may be Thor s finest work Once again, he has demonstrated why he is the modern day successor to the late, great Tom Clancy There will be killing till the score is paid That quote from Homer s epic, THE ODYSSEY, begins this great novel and pretty much sums up what is to follow in a succinctly powerful sentence The story opens with a flight of military men all escorting one very important passenger, who is hooded and chained in place so as to not bring harm to any of the armed men around him The image calls to mind the opening sequence of Christopher Nolan s final Dark Knight film, which featured the supervillain Bane in a similar position Much like the plane that Bane was on, things do not end well for this flight or most of the people on board, as it crashes into the frozen tundra that is the Murmansk Oblast region of Russia.At the same time, a police chief from New Hampshire is placing a call into the CIA because of a murder scene he came upon A house on Governors Island contains four corpses It is obvious to the chief that these people had been killed by a skilled assassin, and judging from the mess left behind, someone from that household was taken against his or her will.Successive chapters reveal the details of these two mini mysteries Among the deceased from the home in New Hampshire are the founder of The Carlton Group, Reed Carlton his successor, Lydia Ryan and Lara Cordero, the fianc e of former Special Forces and current Carlton Group primary operative Scot Harvath It turns out that the gathering was the clandestine wedding of Harvath and Cordero, a sacred event that was invaded by enemy forces who took the lives of the people closest to Harvath obviously with the intent of sending a message.This information now reveals the identity of the masked prisoner on the ill fated Russian flight With countless enemies made around the globe over his many years of service, it could have been almost any group that had it in for Harvath However, the wedding was so close to the vest that it had to have been someone on the inside who gave up that location to the Russian terrorists who stormed the ceremony and took Harvath with them Bringing him back to Russia is a huge win for Russian forces, and one that particularly humiliates the American President as well as the entire U.S intelligence community.With that plane crash landing, Harvath is fortunate to have survived and suffered only minor injuries He is strong enough, and filled with enough rage, to promptly take out all of the remaining Russian military men from the plane He also is able to leave the head of the mission alone to die a painful death as his lower extremities are crushed beyond help The only issue now is for an unarmed Harvath, without any form of communication, to survive in the frozen landscape in this stark part of Russia, which also happens to be in the midst of a killer blizzard.It is at this point where BACKLASH shows off Thor s finest writing, which has never been seen in any of his previous books We are able to enjoy a man versus wilderness scenario that could have been stripped right off the pages of a Jack London novel I so thoroughly enjoyed this portion of the story that I didn t want it to end But I knew I had to prepare myself for an ending that most likely would depict revenge like we have never seen before in any prior installment of this stellar series.Harvath cannot get to safety by himself and is fortunate to make the acquaintance of a Russian doctor named Christina Christina has no love lost for the Russian military as her husband was a casualty of one of their missions, leaving her alone without any compensation for his death He needs to get to the safety of Finland, but that is a long and arduous journey in life threatening weather conditions Now, having been able to finally get word to his colleagues in the U.S we are set for a rescue attempt that will have readers biting their nails right down to their nubs.Just as satisfying, if not so, is the highly anticipated revenge Harvath is completely hollow inside with grief, and there is not a person or force of nature on the planet who could stop him from his next mission I won t reveal the details, but can assure his fans that you will be as entertained as I was to go along for that rideCKLASH is a triumph for Brad Thor that will attain the expected bestseller status it so deserves I just hope that his other loyal readers appreciate the effort he put into this book by giving us a situation for Scot Harvath that we all hoped we would see one day, while at the same time leaving our hero a mere shell of himself with an uncertain future on his horizon We ll just have to wait for the next one.Reviewed by Ray Palen flag 3 likesLike see review Aug 05, 2019 Bob Mayer rated it really liked it Brad Thor brings what military thriller readers want vengeance, a high body count, the US is always right, terrorists are always bad.He s been perfecting this for a long time and kudos This is another excellent installment in his series.Having commanded a Special Forces team with a maritime specialty all graduates of Danish Fromandkorpset Combat Swim School and serving in 10th Special Forces, which is oriented for cold and high altitude operations Winter Warfare training every year and grad Brad Thor brings what military thriller readers want vengeance, a high body count, the US is always right, terrorists are always bad.He s been perfecting this for a long time and kudos This is another excellent installment in his series.Having commanded a Special Forces team with a maritime specialty all graduates of Danish Fromandkorpset Combat Swim School and serving in 10th Special Forces, which is oriented for cold and high altitude operations Winter Warfare training every year and graduating International Mountain Climbing School I find his action reasonably accurate However, I also find a lack of the intangibles of actual experience No matter how much an author studies or researchs, there is nothing quite like being there and living it Kipling s Unforgiving Minute A good book for the genre flag 3 likesLike see review Jun 27, 2019 Julie Watson rated it it was amazing A Brad Thor fan will recognize the opening scenario with shock and it s a roller coaster ride of survival from there Planes helo crashes, firefights, wolves at the door, emotionally physically beaten, it s Harvath in survival mode en extremis Reader becomes empathetically linked, feels the icy crystals in the face and numbing arctic cold and urges the protagonist onward It s quintessential Scot Harvath, climbing out of the abyss, thinking of a solution to every new problem He never giv A Brad Thor fan will recognize the opening scenario with shock and it s a roller coaster ride of survival from there Planes helo crashes, firefights, wolves at the door, emotionally physically beaten, it s Harvath in survival mode en extremis Reader becomes empathetically linked, feels the icy crystals in the face and numbing arctic cold and urges the protagonist onward It s quintessential Scot Harvath, climbing out of the abyss, thinking of a solution to every new problem He never gives up, never gives in Rage is the empowerment fuel You ll see old the Old Hands from previous novels on deck all with one thought Harvath would risk all to come for them He was family and they aren t leaving him behind enemy lines Thor has captured the true essence of what a SEAL thinks, the grit, determination, the focus on mission, the ramped up survival skills, and the brotherhood It s a fight every step of the way, with a stunning kill ratio wolves count too This is a story of justice, not just revenge And the finale makes it poetic justice Superbly written by a master It explores emotional engagement too with a parting scene with Lara s son Marco, his stepson, after the funeral that leaves readers with a tear in their eye Thor steps up and explores the visceral emotions of a man who has lived his life on the edge for country, friend, and family This is the story of a warrior thrown into the abyss, who rises above the challenges to survive This is Thor at his best Knowing Harvath, he ll be back for another terrific romp thru hell I ve been fortunate to read the bios of many SEALs and the Teams in Special Ops and their code for living, and code for dying It s an acknowledgment and salute of the bravery of the pilots, PJs and support staff who are ever ready to lend assistance around the world Thor s Harvath sums it best saying It wasn t about money or medals, or fame It was about loyalty, friendship, and honor BACKLASH IS A POWERFUL SALUTE TO OUR NATION S BEST KUDOS, BRAD THOR flag 2 likesLike see review Jul 17, 2019 Brent rated it it was amazing Incredible I give out very few 5 star ratings, but this book earned every one of them I ve been reading the Scot Harvath thrillers for years To be honest I was afraid the series had waned a bit with some less than stellar entries in recent years Hidden Order veing the worst offender with its eye roll inducing plot involving the Federal Reserve Yawn Even Spymaster, the most recent entry before Backlash, had issues as I felt Harvath wasn t as front and center as he should be.However the clif Incredible I give out very few 5 star ratings, but this book earned every one of them I ve been reading the Scot Harvath thrillers for years To be honest I was afraid the series had waned a bit with some less than stellar entries in recent years Hidden Order veing the worst offender with its eye roll inducing plot involving the Federal Reserve Yawn Even Spymaster, the most recent entry before Backlash, had issues as I felt Harvath wasn t as front and center as he should be.However the cliffhanger end to Spymaster set up Backlash to be the best entry in the entire Harvath series Thor threw out the formula here and gave us a rip roaring tale of survival and revenge that shows Harvath absolutely unleashed Sometimes I think Thor can struggle with his endings, but here everything is absolutely nailed Epic both in climax and what is a de facto epilogue If you love the genre then Backlash will make the list of your all time favorites along with Consent to Kill Get your hands on it asap flag 2 likesLike see review Jul 23, 2019 Joann Casiano rated it it was amazing review of another edition Wow What an intense ride I honestly don t know how Brad Thor is able to write the stories he does, although I have to say I am so GRATEFUL for his amazing talent What Scot has to endure in this ride is beyond heartbreaking, it s unfathomable The Old Man is deteriorating and Scot and Lara go to his safe house to be married before Carlton gets much worse As everything unfolds, the Old Man, Lara and Lydia are all executed while Scot is made to watch He is then drugged and kidnapped by Russian Wow What an intense ride I honestly don t know how Brad Thor is able to write the stories he does, although I have to say I am so GRATEFUL for his amazing talent What Scot has to endure in this ride is beyond heartbreaking, it s unfathomable The Old Man is deteriorating and Scot and Lara go to his safe house to be married before Carlton gets much worse As everything unfolds, the Old Man, Lara and Lydia are all executed while Scot is made to watch He is then drugged and kidnapped by Russian players and taken to Russia He endures horrific torture and interrogation before the plane he s being transported on fails during flight and crashes into the freezing and unforgiving landscape of Russia during a blinding winter storm Can he survive and escape Russia before he is found Find out by reading this book You won t regret it flag 2 likesLike see review Jun 17, 2019 Gavin Reese rated it it was amazing The latest Harvath installment is an incredible read, and fans of the espionage thriller genre will lose sleep racing toward its conclusion This tale compels readers to venture through most every human emotion as they ride along, alternately cheering its heroes and wishing ill and misfortune on the villains If you haven t preordered this book, you re only cheating yourself For readers of 2018 s release, SPYMASTER, this is the book you ve been waiting for to save you from that last cliffhanger The latest Harvath installment is an incredible read, and fans of the espionage thriller genre will lose sleep racing toward its conclusion This tale compels readers to venture through most every human emotion as they ride along, alternately cheering its heroes and wishing ill and misfortune on the villains If you haven t preordered this book, you re only cheating yourself For readers of 2018 s release, SPYMASTER, this is the book you ve been waiting for to save you from that last cliffhanger I assure you it s been well worth the wait, but there s no way you saw this story coming Thor s newest novel in this series is fresh, timely, and relevant Despite being the 19th in the ongoing Scot Harvath saga, it s also a great introduction to this universe for new readers He s done a terrific job of making this an excellent standalone story that an unfamiliar audience will enjoy almost as much as his most obsessed superfans By design, writers are most cruel to the most important and beloved characters in their universe, and this story is no exception Harvath is made to endure and overcome obstacles that exist only in the deepest fear laden recesses of our minds He has to face everything, including death and dishonor, in order to survive, much less to actually succeed It seems that most of Thor s colleagues began crafting Russia US conflict renewed Cold War stories 2 3 years ago for publication in 2019 Thor s take, though, is sufficiently unique that it stands out even from within that prestigious and exceptional field The quality of his storytelling only further separates him from an accomplished and worthy crowd.After the end of BACKLASH, I have to know what s next for Harvath and his merry union of patriots and heroes, so I now impatiently await next year s adventure flag 2 likesLike see review Aug 12, 2019 Wenzel Roessler rated it it was amazing review of another edition Wow, I had no idea the series was gonna turn this way A fantastic book, I only wish that the ending wasn t as rushed as it was, it in itself could have been made into it s own book And if I owe Scott money I will play it tomorrow, I promise, I do not want this dude mad at me flag 2 likesLike see review Jul 06, 2019 Karen rated it it was amazing A fantastic page turner flag 2 likesLike see review Jul 05, 2019 Informed Citizen rated it liked it I enjoy Scott Harvath tales but I have to admit this one had several details that grated.The basics of Harvath being a hard ass operator are all there.Three things really irked me 1 Semi spoiler The primary antagonist a guy who is former Spetsnaz code named Wagner.Thor insists on making this guy a Russian some sort of obsessed fan boy of Nazi SS Seriously This just seems lazy Sure the Nazis and SS are everybody s favorite boogie man But why Russians have plenty of nasty evil pe I enjoy Scott Harvath tales but I have to admit this one had several details that grated.The basics of Harvath being a hard ass operator are all there.Three things really irked me 1 Semi spoiler The primary antagonist a guy who is former Spetsnaz code named Wagner.Thor insists on making this guy a Russian some sort of obsessed fan boy of Nazi SS Seriously This just seems lazy Sure the Nazis and SS are everybody s favorite boogie man But why Russians have plenty of nasty evil people in their history that a true Russian nationalist could emulate than the guys who helped kill 27 million Russians during WWII One thing is true Russians have long memories and if for no other reason than Stalingrad, they would never worship Nazis.2 In addition to being obsessed with SS Thor also gives brief mention to Rodnovery but his description of the belief system is both insulting, and wrong on pg 64 as he introduces Wagner, he describes Rodnovery as A brutish, cultlike religion that paid homage to Nazi paganism in general and the Nazi Scutzstaffel, also known as the SS, in particular Sounds like US white supremacists to me Painting Rodnovery as a brutish cult is a little like saying all religions are defined by their most radical mutations Thus in Thor s world view, all Muslims must be terrorists and all Catholics must practice pederasty This kind of thinking and writing is dangerous, hateful and wrong.3 Spoiler alert although not much of a spoiler since it is the first thing to happen in the book.Harvarth s love Lara has a son Marco Lara is killed very very early in the book, but it isn t until very very late in the book that Marco is even mentioned If this was who he was going to build a normal life with, it seems unbelievable that so little thought or emotion is given to Lara and her son.Some other nitpicking stuff pg 106 after observing a moment of silence placed him the dead guy outside pg 108 the man outside didn t answerlooking over at the corpse Which is it Outside or inside where he can look over at him pg 280 he didn t know why, but he had felt apprehensive ever since they entered Russia Something told him he was going to need everything he had to get though this assignment Wow telegraph what happens next Poor editing if nothing else This hint is completely unnecessary 295 With the rifle slung over his shoulder Last I knew the only weapon Harvarth had at that time was a shotgun.Finally I realize these books are escapist pulp fiction One has to suspend certain belief to buy into the premise But the last eight chapters are so contrived, feel rushed and are so far beyond believablity as to make the previous 75 chapters irrelevant and meaningless.After 19 installments it may be time to retire Scot Harvarth if Thor can t commit to quality story telling flag 2 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jun 29, 2019 Sarah rated it it was amazing review of another edition Beyond Stunning Work Remembering how the last book ended, I thought we would be thrust back into that scene at the beginning of this book Oh boy was I wrong We were yanked into the crazy aftermath, and only fully understood what happened later I loved this unique style, and it added a layer of instability that made this read even powerful Brad Thor has taken Backlash to a whole new dimension We see Harvath is a situation he s never been in My heart was pounding the whole time contempl Beyond Stunning Work Remembering how the last book ended, I thought we would be thrust back into that scene at the beginning of this book Oh boy was I wrong We were yanked into the crazy aftermath, and only fully understood what happened later I loved this unique style, and it added a layer of instability that made this read even powerful Brad Thor has taken Backlash to a whole new dimension We see Harvath is a situation he s never been in My heart was pounding the whole time contemplating how the hell is he going to get out of this Harvath has been in difficult situations in the past, but nothing like this Get ready for the wildest roller coaster of your life Clear your schedule for this Thor and Harvath grab on to you, and won t let go to the last heartbreaking page flag 2 likesLike see review Jun 26, 2019 Maddie Taylor rated it it was amazing Well worth the wait As intense and brutal as the book starts, it only goes higher from there Harvath stops at nothing to do what he has to do to bring as much pain to those who did him wrong Devastating and heartbreaking at times, it s a non stop thriller that you won t be able to put down Brad always brings it and this is no different As always, can t wait to see what Scot gets up to next flag 2 likesLike see review Jul 05, 2019 Prasanna rated it it was amazing Done with rating, as usual 5 stars flag 2 likesLike see review Jul 01, 2019 Will rated it it was amazing Shelves political intrigue, thriller, romance, military action, mitch rapp worthy SUBJECT READER REVIEW WITH PLOT SPOILERS FOLLOWS Okay, from where I sit we ve got two primary action thriller enterprises in modern fiction novels the Mitch Rapp dynasty and the Scot Harvath dynasty Now the Clancy Universe tried to make Jack Ryan another such thing, but Junior ain t got the chops for the really bad ass mothers of the world Hell, Scot Harvath got so pissed over the fucking Russians killing his bride of one hour Lara Cordero Harvath that he killed and scalped every last one of SUBJECT READER REVIEW WITH PLOT SPOILERS FOLLOWS Okay, from where I sit we ve got two primary action thriller enterprises in modern fiction novels the Mitch Rapp dynasty and the Scot Harvath dynasty Now the Clancy Universe tried to make Jack Ryan another such thing, but Junior ain t got the chops for the really bad ass mothers of the world Hell, Scot Harvath got so pissed over the fucking Russians killing his bride of one hour Lara Cordero Harvath that he killed and scalped every last one of the team Now that s truly bad ass left em hanging for the Spetsnaz to find and wonder So I m playing my hand right now sports fans Vince Flynn Kyle Mills and Brad Thor have the two greatest franchises in modern novel play We are now at a crossroads with Thor s Harvath, as he s without mate and needing some human understanding in the worst way Like Rapp, Harvath knows that any woman who becomes entangled with him emotionally will be killed by one of his enemies Let s compare the love lives of the two king protagonists Harvath and Tracy Hastings fell for one another saving New York City in Takedown 2006 Tracy takes a sniper round in the head outside Scot s Potomac River house in First Commandment 2007 , survives against all odds but can t endure Scot s lingering guilt over her condition So in Hidden Order 2013 he meets Lara Cordero, the hot tough Boston detective By last year s Spymaster they re living together, Scot all but adopting her son Marco Opening scene of Backlash has the two getting married in front of a bedridden Reed Carlton, after which Russian Wagner mercenaries attack and kill her Jesus, he s gotta be thinking that health certified hookers is the only way, right Rapp and liberal reporter Anna Reilly meet at the White House in Separation of Power 2001 while he s saving the residence and presidency and they hook up, finally get married In Consent to Kill 2005 a pregnant Anna gets blown up in their Chesapeake Bay house Incredibly Rapp allows the bombers, Louis Claudia Gould, to live when they name their newborn daughter Anna Interestingly, there s some subliminal allure between Mitch and Claudia, because after The Survivor 2015 they become a slowly detonating passion play following the death of Louis in Switzerland So Vince started the string and Kyle picked it up and ran with it We all wanna see Mitch and Claudia devolve into out of control lovers, and Kyle Mills has the ticket Which leads us to Scot Harvath and Brad Thor s opportunities Okay, at the end of Backlash Scot s on some Caribbean Island trying to make sense outa life after he kills his three major Russian plotters, so there s temporarily nobody stalking him Now it s time for Brad Thor to strike Lara s son Marco loves Scot like a dad, so adopting him is a no brainer But who s gonna be the hot and lucky woman I d sorta vote for Sloane Ashby if that was doable, cause she s hot and proven tougher n nails, i.e most likely to survive in Scot s world But like Clancy s Hendley Associates The Campus, the Carlton Group operators seem to be off limits to one another So.I choose the very helpful Laplander Doctor Kristina Volkova, who s hotter n a sunspot, is ten years younger than Scot, is lonely now that she s defected to the US andshe and Scot seem to be attracted, but the death of Lara s still a raw wound, and he needs a little time Go to work Brad, and do it right Oh shit, there was a storyline, right Scot Harvath and company have ruined so many plans of very important Russians that their President Peshkov secretly cuts his GRU Special Missions Unit Commander Konstantin Minayev loose snatch Harvath, squeeze all the intel out and bring him to Peshkov for killing Oh, and he wants no pushback, equating to a strong desire for plausible deniability, so Russian forces are off limits But get it done and Minayev turns into the Siberian timber baron he always dreamed of So it s time to call in Kazimir Teplov and the Wagner mercenaries sans souls I ve gotta hand it to Brad Thor for taking such a bold step at the outset of this book he decapitated The Carlton Group in one fell swoop with the Wagner mercenary attack The Old Man had Alzheimer s, but was still subject to spouting off deeply buried secrets, thus they hid him out at a nice lodge at Governors Island in Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire But offing Reed Carlton was almost a formality now killing the new boss Lydia Ryan in the same hit, then taking out Scot s new bride Lara at the same time is all but an earthquake change in the Thor enterprise How the hell he s gonna cover this is interesting it would seem the only two possible choices for taking over as Director are Harvath and Nicholas the Troll What in the name of Job are the sick players of the world gonna do with Harvath sitting behind a desk Next book will be interesting, but I diverge So the Wagner team snatches him, secretes him to Canada and fly Harvath to Murmansk, where they change planes and fly south, apparently to a quiet interrogation facility, but a bad winter storm is too much for the poorly maintained turboprop Like a scene out of Con Air , Harvath s wearing a hood and shackled when the plane soft crashes, protecting him from being thrown about like the guards and the diabolically evil Josef Ilya Kozak, Minyanev s James Bond of the dungeon He kills the survivors, then scalps the Wagner team members who d been guarding him since Governors Island, stringing them up by a knife so the Spetsnaz would know So he s free of the Con Air bird, but is over eighty kilometers from the Finnish border, equipped with snowshoes he managed to build from scraps at the wreckage site He also finds enough emergency rations to keep him fueled up for a couple of days and sets out on a trek reminiscent of Jeremiah Johnson With his last ounce of energy and Lara s spirit s guidance, he makes it into a hunter s cabin, builds a fire and begins to mend Of course he finds a snowmobile and manages to get it to start, but just as he s pushing off a pack of starving Russian wolves attack him, shredding him badly He manages to reach a village on the snowmobile, finds a closed medical clinic and helps himself to antibiotics and rabies meds But Doc Kristina Volkov ain t happy about the break in and robberybut decides to side with Scot once Keplov and his Wagner minions arrive in the town square on two Mi 8 helicopters The odds are stacking decidedly against them, but Harvath s stubbornly optimistic and incredibly well trained in the survival trade Now it s pretty damn exciting how they survive til the cavalry shows up, but it still takes some extremely heavy handed politics between the Russian and American presidents before Harvath and Kristina are safely out of Russia It s vintage Brad Thor not to allow Scot Harvath to be satisfied with only taking out most of the conspirators responsible for making little Marko an orphan Nah, he exercises for some major cash and Nicholas wailing disapproval a former Russian SVR hotter n a Russian sauna house asset ally Alexandra Ivanova to make him invisible to and in Moscow so he can do what he must Read this book, and if you re like me, you ll be slowing down as you approach the end, not wanting Backlash to end too soon Dammit, if there was a damn sequel I d buy and read it immediatement I d give this freaking book six stars if I could Damn good job Brad Thor flag 1 likeLike see review Jul 12, 2019 Steven Dawson rated it it was amazing I have to start by saying that I think this might very well be the best installment in the Scot Harvath series And it s hard for me to make a blanket statement like that because of the fact that there are so many incredible Scot Harvath books And, while I ve thoroughly enjoyed each and every one of them, this one delivered a hit to literally all the feels, and left me feeling like I was just lucky enough to have finished what may quite possibly be a masterpiece in the action thriller genreT I have to start by saying that I think this might very well be the best installment in the Scot Harvath series And it s hard for me to make a blanket statement like that because of the fact that there are so many incredible Scot Harvath books And, while I ve thoroughly enjoyed each and every one of them, this one delivered a hit to literally all the feels, and left me feeling like I was just lucky enough to have finished what may quite possibly be a masterpiece in the action thriller genreThere were all the same ingredients that Thor is famous for the intense high speed action, the edge of your seat cliffhanging engagements, overcoming the seemingly insurmountable, some heart wrenching lossand all with just the right amount of dark witty humor of course what sets this book apart, a notch above the rest IMO, is the heavy influx of that last ingredient the heart wrenching tear swelling loss that our protagonist is hit with and forced to deal with Right from the beginning not even a small stack of pages into the book I knew this was going to be something special as we re given an opening that starts with the loss of a few incredibly important characters in the series I honestly thought for a moment that I accidentally scrolled a few chapters ahead, because who would start the book out like this No one likes to lose a semi main character in a series you love, and to do it right off the bat Ballsy But I suppose when you re on this number in the series some of those good guys have to succumb to the hostile deadly universe that we love so much Reed Carlton hung around for a book or two longer than he probably should have though, lol And while unexpected, it certainly laid the groundwork for what turned out to be an epic adventure of perseverance, where literally all of Harvath s skills are put to the test, and we see him make his greatest stand This book takes you on a roller coaster from start to end, and has you at the edge of your seat far too many times than any one book should be allowed to You know how sometimes, when you ve been following a series for a long time and have seen the protagonist escape some pretty crazy situations, often against overwhelming odds, and every now and then you ll find yourself thinking that there s just no way out this time and surely there s no way he can write some way out of this onebut then of course, somehow he does and leaves you with your jaw on the floor Yeah, well, that happens a lot in this one, lol I couldn t put it down But that s par for the course when reading a Thor novel I guess I mean, IMO this book solidifies who the biggest badass of the thriller genre is and while TRBS may not agree, I think I ve gotta say move over Mitch RappScot Harvath is just too damn badass to rank anywhere else but the top Well done Mr Thor flag 1 likeLike see review Aug 21, 2019 Vanesa rated it liked it Good parts No recapping of the Carlton Group, Scot This books was made for readers who had been dedicated to the series.Descriptions of the cold, Russia, outdoor survival, all spot on Friendly faces Excited about Sloane Chase Troll.Similarities Vince Flynn and Mitch Rapp Consent to Kill Same sort of set up Dead wife Revenge plot Vince did it better Negatives Length of time surviving It was intriguing but it could have been intriguing with 100 pages less of the same rhetoric Good parts No recapping of the Carlton Group, Scot This books was made for readers who had been dedicated to the series.Descriptions of the cold, Russia, outdoor survival, all spot on Friendly faces Excited about Sloane Chase Troll.Similarities Vince Flynn and Mitch Rapp Consent to Kill Same sort of set up Dead wife Revenge plot Vince did it better Negatives Length of time surviving It was intriguing but it could have been intriguing with 100 pages less of the same rhetoric It s cold Hypothermia And the wolves Really Not enough of the friendlies Would of like to see those separate stories shine a bit.No recap of the murders It s like give me a break I have to wait a year before the next book comes out the least you do is remind me that you killed off the old man and left me on a cliffhanger Revenge Plot this should have been the heart of your story At one point I thought ok maybe he ll be saved and then the revenge will be a whole different book flag 1 likeLike see review View all 4 comments Jul 12, 2019 Lisa Malmquist rated it it was amazing Non stop couldn t put this down Scott Harvath is kidnapped and taken far from the US.He is on his own under brutally cold conditions after having been beaten and tortured.And so starts the adventure He has to make it back on his own with no team no help, no backup.A very dangerous man has been crossed and those who have done it need to be looking over their shoulders.It is action and then this happens and that happensroughout the whole storyif you like to sit around waiting for Non stop couldn t put this down Scott Harvath is kidnapped and taken far from the US.He is on his own under brutally cold conditions after having been beaten and tortured.And so starts the adventure He has to make it back on his own with no team no help, no backup.A very dangerous man has been crossed and those who have done it need to be looking over their shoulders.It is action and then this happens and that happensroughout the whole storyif you like to sit around waiting for a hundred pages for the story to build this book is not for you I can t say much without giving away spoilers but it is action all the time Whew The best Brad Thor I have read so far Survival and revenge flag 1 likeLike see review Jun 28, 2019 Sandra rated it it was amazing review of another edition Backlash has bumped Full Black out of the top spot on my list of favorite Scott Harvath escapades It picks up the loose thread from the blockbuster ending of Spymaster that had Brad Thor fans in an uproar over the cliffhanger ending Number 19 in the series, Backlash lets Harvath s unrelenting fury out of its cage and on the loose, with no keeper in sight I will spare you a synopsis which has already been done and give you my thoughts on this episode of Brad Thor s alter ego.Scott wind Backlash has bumped Full Black out of the top spot on my list of favorite Scott Harvath escapades It picks up the loose thread from the blockbuster ending of Spymaster that had Brad Thor fans in an uproar over the cliffhanger ending Number 19 in the series, Backlash lets Harvath s unrelenting fury out of its cage and on the loose, with no keeper in sight I will spare you a synopsis which has already been done and give you my thoughts on this episode of Brad Thor s alter ego.Scott winds up in the vast remote Arctic Circle which tests every survival skill he has and presents challenges his trainers never even imagined It makes for a bone chilling read no pun intended and had this reader very glad to be living in the hot, sunny south of the U.S.A Harvath is on his own in this God forsaken part of the world and he doesn t have any real hope that his team even knows where he is How he came to be here and how or IF he can get out of this forbidding, hostile environment is the meat of this gritty tale It is alternately terrifying and uplifting because you can t help but feel every minute success Harvath experiences in his battle to not just survive, but to live to exact revenge for the annihilation wrought by his enemies Yes, no doubt about it Scott Harvath is the epitome of an avenging angel and his wrath is fearsome.I m pleased to see Thor back on track with his hero by holding him up as an example of what s good about our society versus using him as a mouthpiece about what s wrong with our country No we re not perfect but we re always striving to be better and we have Harvath to remind us that the battle for freedom is ongoing and we should never relinquish it flag 1 likeLike see review Jul 05, 2019 Charles Lawrence rated it it was amazing review of another edition Brad and Scott are the best at what they do Brad is the best at telling stories and getting you engaged from the jumpso much better than most of his peers Scott is an interesting character that still has a lot of potential for Brad to work withunfortunately we will have to wait Great read and impossible to put down flag 1 likeLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity Librari Please add book cover 9 31 Jul 02, 2019 07 27PM Librari Combine Editions Backlash Scot Harvath 19 by Brad Thor 2 223 Jun 27, 2019 11 25AM More topics 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