Thor’s Thriller is at the Top of the List


Brad Thor’s newest novel, Act of War (New York:  Atria, 2014) was one of the best-selling novels in the summer and early fall, topping the fiction lists for awhile.BradThorPicture

Thor, has written numerous thrillers, one of which, The Lions of Lucerne (New York:  Pocket Books, 2002) will be adapted for the big screen in 2015.  You can read more about him at his web site by clicking here.

There are only a few books that I can honestly describe as not being able to put down.  This is one of them.

I believe that one reason Thor is a great writer is that his books focus.  There are not too many characters and not too many scenes, but just enough to keep the reader moving.

The key character is Scot Harvath, a former Navy SEAL and presidential secret service veteran, who returns from Thor’s previous books.  He finds his hands full with the CIA, FBI, and local law enforcement when a critical quest for a terrorist provides startling information.  The novel revolves around a top-secret operation developed by high-level individuals in the Chinese government.  They have the objective of bringing the United States to its knees through multiple terrorist activities.  At every level, their plan seems to have a strong chance to succeed in a swift and devastating manner.  Harvath is pressured by the American president who stays on top of all the activities.  He approves two missions that if Harvath cannot keep secret would end his career, and even his life.  One of these Harvath controls, and the other is a chilling attempt to send a group secretly into North Korea.  Time remains prominent and of the essence at every point in the story.

ActofWarCoverReaders will tell that this is a well-researched book.  Thor provides a long list of acknowledgements, indicating the extensive scope of historians, military and law enforcement officials, and various other contributors who make this book believable.

I won’t tell you more so you can read this yourself.   Since this is fiction, it does not qualify for the kinds of books we present, so you won’t be able to hear this at the First Friday Book Synopsis.

However, maybe in a few years, you will watch an adaptation of this at a theatre.  I think it’s that good.

 

 

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