Sunday, September 12, 2010

Foreign Influence by Brad Thor

Cover of "Foreign Influence: A Thriller (...Cover via AmazonAbout a week or so ago, I had to take a business trip to Tampa for the day.  As is usually my custom when spending time in an airport or a plane, I needed to pick up a book to read.  I had heard of Brad Thor, but had yet to read any of his works, but thought that his latest thriller "Foreign Influence" looked promising.  It is the 9th installment in the continuing adventures of ex-Navy SEAL Scot Harvath.

The book opens up with a series of seemingly unrelated incidents, a bombing of a bus containing American tourists in Rome, the invasion of a secret military base in Mongolia, the attempted assassination of "The Dwarf" in Spain, and a hit and run accident of a young woman in Chicago.  Harvath is working for a covert private sector intelligence agency and is called into investigate the Rome bombing.  He had previous dealing with "The Troll" in previous episodes by Thor.  The Troll was a dealer in selling intelligence data to the highest bidders.

Harvath starts his investigation in Rome and discovers that he is dealing with an Islamic terrorist group.  As the plot unfolds, pieces of evidence start to tie all of the events together.  Thor does a good job of keeping the action fast paced, and each chapter makes you want to get to the next one.  I also like the way Thor takes some not so subtle jabs at the current administration and some of their policies in dealing with the terrorists and the war on terror.  The epilogue of the book wraps up all the pieces of this adventure, but ends with a hint of the next one to come.  All in all, an excellent book.  I will have to go back and read some of his earlier work.
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