Series: Scot Harvath
Author: Brad Thor
Read copy: Mass Market Paperback
Published: May 20, 2014
Publisher: Pocket Books
The most secretive organization in America operates without any accountability to the American people. Hiding in the shadows, pretending to be part of the United States government, its power is beyond measure. Control of this organization has just been lost and the future of the nation thrust into peril.
When the five candidates being considered to head this mysterious agency suddenly go missing—and soon turn up as murder victims—covert counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath is summoned to Washington and set loose on the most dangerous chase ever to play out on American soil. With the United States on the verge of collapse, Harvath must untangle a web of conspiracies going back to the 1700s and head off the greatest threat America has ever seen.
Well, this most certainly would've gotten a higher rating if I haven't read Forsyth's The Kill List first. After reading that one, the pacing in Mr. Thor's novel was a lot slower, some information and although I appreciated the suspense plot (though somewhat similar at the beginning to The Kill List's rescue operation in Somalia), everything else seemed rather redundant. Also, the information the hero (and the reader) needed in order for the plot to progress—the historical background—was presented in a rather academic and boring fashion. I love history, but I just wasn't interested all that much.
And the second beef I have with this story was the fact it reminded me too much of Brown's Angels and Demons. There were multiple missing important people, a race against time, the main plot taking place in just one city...
When while you're reading everything else is running through your head but the story, the protagonists, or guesses as to who might the villain be, that's not a very good sign.