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A great entry in the series
Reviewed in the United States on December 27, 2018
Brad Thor's latest book, Foreign Agent, is another solid thriller in this franchise. This time out, Horvath must track down the source responsible for not only interfering with his own missions, but also is responsible for assassinating the US Secretary of Defense, all with the intent of dragging the US further into the Middle East mess. Horvath traipses all over Europe, slowly peeling back the cover of a rogue pseudo-ISIS mastermind. Along the way, he engages with several new colleagues, including a German police officer and a couple of Syrian resistance fighters, all while going toe-to-toe with Russian agents. At the same time, he reconnects with an old colleague. Both old and new colleagues may be additional fodder for future installments.
The tradecraft is pure Horvath which can be over the top at times, but are a bit subdued this time out. There's an emphasis on pure detective style sleuthing as well as operating in hostile territory. Thor has scaled back the involvement of Nicolas, the pygmy cyber genius to more realistic contributions and Scott continues to struggle with the irreconcilable nature of his professional versus private life. Whether this introspection remains an ongoing theme or provides a bridge to shifting gears remains to be seen, but it's hard to imagine Horvath changing his spots for simple domestic bliss. While the story and plot is obviously purely fictional, Thor has captured essential elements of current geopolitics and general Middle East tensions making for an eminently plausible tale. As usual, the writing is tight with excellent pacing.