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Black Ice: A Thriller (The Scot Harvath Series Book 20) Kindle Edition
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“[A]nother instant classic.” —The Real Book Spy
“The undisputed master of blending geopolitics with spycraft…a thriller aficionado’s dream.” —The Providence Journal
The new Cold War is about to go hot.
#1 New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author Brad Thor is back with his most intense thriller yet.
Scot Harvath is having his best summer ever. With a cottage on the fjord, a boat, and his beautiful girlfriend Sølvi, he’s got everything he could possibly want. But out of vacation days and long overdue back home, America’s top spy has a decision to make—return, or submit his resignation.
When his deadly past comes calling, though, he’ll be left with no choice at all.
Leaving his favorite Oslo café, Harvath watches as a ghost climbs out of a taxi—a man he killed years ago, halfway around the world. How is he still alive? And what is he doing in Norway?
In a race against time that will take him high above the Arctic Circle, Harvath is tested in ways he has never imagined and pushed to a limit few human beings could ever endure.
If he succeeds, he’ll walk away with everything. If he fails, the United States and its allies will be at the mercy of one of the world’s most dangerous actors.
About the Author
- ASIN : B08LDWSKZT
- Publisher : Atria/Emily Bestler Books (July 20, 2021)
- Publication date : July 20, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 5179 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 332 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,828 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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The book opens with a part near the ending then immediately jumps backward to 72 hours previously where it began similar to lots of action movies. There is minimal character growth or appearance of the team that surrounds and supports Scott from the Carlson group. They are used more as filler to push the story forward to the next stage of progress with little or no care by the reader. The Communist Chinese agitators are never really that much of a threat, nor are the scenarios in which they are written very thrilling. There is no sense of impending possible disaster or unknown threat to Scott or other characters. Not a lot of detail about the Communist Chinese technology of Black Ice is really portrayed in the story, nor is it used in a life threatening scenario to any of the characters.
The only redeeming part of the entire book was the introduction of a man and former fellow spy to Reed Carlton who plays a pivotal and important role in the story. He gives the backstory on Reed Carlton's nickname of Peaches telling Scott the story. It would have been more effetive for it to have been told in a flashback manner where it is written in detail as if it were happening at the moment. This would have given the readers greater appreciation of and understanding of the character Reed Carlton.
If you TRULY want the BEST of the Scott Harvath story and Brad Thor's work, then start with The Lions of Lucerne and his earlier novels in the series. They are far more Thrilling, edge of your seat reading that has been missing for several books now.
The main problem I had with this book is that I know I’ll have to wait a year for more new material.
It is all about communists being very bad and white nationalist Americans are all good and patriotic.
The cliches in this book never end and the (white nationalist) Americans, the Russians and the Chinese are 100% generic.
Male female relations are pathetic and the action scenes we all have read in some version a thousand times.
Most important that despite having published many books before, the writing is at best high school quality.
I used to enjoy Brad Thor’s books. This was a waste of money. About one third of the way through, I stopped wasting my time.
This time the Arctic is the playing field for a confrontation of the Big Three to gain the upper hand in a land grab to establish a foothold to further enhance their world power. Scot works to fit the puzzle together to reveal the enemy’s plans and then how best to insert his huge monkey wrench, squelching the threats.
Alongside is his beautiful, intelligent Norwegian counterpart, Solvi, who also works in covert operations to protect the country she loves. Their collaboration is not only professional. They work as a team and as a pair dedicated to help and protect the other and more importantly - the national security of their respective countries.
Grab a blanket because you’ll feel the cold winds and icy conditions. Some hot cocoa might be required as you race through the pages to see what comes next, or maybe a glass of fine bourbon. When you reach the end one thing is for sure. You’ll wonder when number 21 is due out?
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Ein interessanter Rahmen in dem sich die Story ansiedelt. Obwohl ich mir definitiv mehr Tempo a la Backlash und weniger Politik und "Peaches" gewünscht hätte, auch das Ende ist rushed und oberflächlich, unglaubwürdig. Die action wirkt eher beiläufig, fast schon mit angezogener Handbremse, so als hätte Thor die Figur eines Scot Harvath benutzt, um seine eigentliche Agenda, die Botschaft über China und Russia, einer breiteren Öffentlichkeit zu präsentieren.
Also bitte, das nächste Mal möchte ich wieder einen old fashioned Scot Harvath in Hochform "sehen" und keine ausgemachte politische Excursion in die Geopolitik.