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The First Commandment: A Thriller (The Scot Harvath Series Book 6) Kindle Edition
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Six months ago: in the dead of the night, five of the most dangerous detainees in the war on terror are pulled from their isolation cells in Guantanamo Bay, held at gunpoint, and told to strip off their orange jumpsuits. Issued civilian clothes and driven to the base airfield, they are loaded aboard a Boeing 727 and set free.
Present day: covert counterterrorism agent Scot Harvath awakens to discover that his world has changed violently—and forever. A sadistic assassin with a personal vendetta is wreaking havoc of biblical proportions. Unleashing nightmarish horrors on those closest to Harvath, the attacker thrusts everything Harvath holds dear—including his life—into absolute peril.
Ordered by the president to stay out of the investigation, Harvath is forced to mount his own operation to uncover the conspiracy and to exact revenge. When he discovers a connection between the attacks and a group of prisoners secretly released from Guantanamo, Harvath must ask himself previously unthinkable questions about the organizations and the nation he has spent his life serving.
A renegade from his own government, Harvath will place his life on the line as his search for the truth draws him into a showdown with one of the most dangerous men on the face of the earth.
Brad Thor roars through this nonstop adventure full of international intrigue, twisted betrayals, and ultimate revenge.
“Will leave Thor's fans cheering and begging for more.” (Publishers Weekly)
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- ASIN : B000UG78KY
- Publisher : Atria Books (July 17, 2007)
- Publication date : July 17, 2007
- Language : English
- File size : 3676 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 421 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #26,203 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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And the stakes rise as the killer starts going after others close to Harvath, with flagrantly baroque attacks. And he’s targeting a wedding of someone once close to Harvath.
I have some problems with the story. Our killer structures his attacks on the Biblical plagues. This strains believability. Working alone, traveling alone, arranging his own transport and covering his own tracks, it’s hard to see how he could put all this together. It would be tough enough to pull off all these attacks and remain undetected, even without adding the complexity his scheme demands. If I’m the assassin, I’m keeping it a lot simpler.
Believability is already strained by the character of the Dwarf, the reclusive computer genius and blackmailing information trafficker. He and Harvath, basically enemies, have had to ally on occasion. The Dwarf’s omniscience strains believability as well. I’m okay with him living alone, guarded by his two enormous dogs, and with his computer virtuosity, but sometimes he, too, seems far more able to orchestrate complicated maneuvers, and do it solo, than seems likely.
Thor ups the tension as Harvath's determination to follow the trail - flouting presidential orders not to - make him a wanted man.
Also, all references to weapons and gear sound a bit like product placements.
Other than that, a great novel. Moving onto the next one.
The narrative begins with Harvath in the hospital room with his fiancé, who was shot by an assassin and is in a coma. As the story progresses, Harvath realizes that all of the violence, attacks and/or murders of family and friends are the result of someone's sick desire for vengeance.
As part of a secretive Homeland Security Team, the President of the United States orders him to stand down and not get involved in seeking the perpetrator(s) of these ghastly deeds. Of course, Harvath can't do that; he is a man of honor and deeply committed to his country, family and friends.
Reader Beware: There are some gruesome, graphic details that you may not want to read.
I thought I was purchasing a like new hardcover book, but it came from a second party and the dust cover was badly torn and the pages were really yellowed, plus there was a price sticker of $1.99 on it still, so although I liked the book I wasn't happy with the state of the book I received, however, at that time I couldn't find it brand new so I kept it. Next time I may not purchase if it doesn't come directly from Amazon.
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Passages from the previous book regurgitated verbatim scarcely believable situations
I just hope the next instalment is back to normal
because of threats to target a school bus. If that were the case it's already game over!