BOOK The Apostle

PDF ✓ BOOK The Apostle ↠ MONEYEXPRESSCARD ✓ Master of suspense and #1 New York Times bestselling author Brad Thor returns with his most riveting international thriller yet A new administration and a new approach to dealing with America's enemies have left covert counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath without a job But whIne his own career of hunting down and killing terrorists and ask himself if he has what it takes to help one of the world's worst go freeBrimming with the kind of ripped from the headlines authenticity Brad Thor's internationally bestselling novels are known for The Apostle doubles down on the blockbuster success of The Last Patriot and reaffirms Thor's status as the master of the political thriller 35 stars rounded up to 4As much as I liked the last Harvath book I didn’t care for this one as much It could be because I just finished reading the best book I’ve read in a long time But there were a couple things that just didn’t work for me in this book Harvath is trying to rescue the daughter of the new President’s biggest donoradvisor The daughter Dr Julia Gallow was working in an outfit like Doctors Without Borders and is kidnapped while out in the Afghanistan countryside She is kidnapped by the Taliban in the hopes of forcing the US to trade her for a high value Taliban agent that was captured by the Afghan government Huh In the meantime a Secret Service Agent overhears this same donor talking to the President and threatening to reveal his dirty little secret if he doesn’t rescue the daughter The rest of the novel this Secret Service Agent is trying to figure out what really happened the night a young staffer of the then Senator Alden caused a fatal DUI crash Huh So while the 2 stories are possible linked by a bare thread they really seemed like the author had 2 stories he wanted to tell and couldn’t decide which one would make a better story I really just couldn’t get too excited by either storyline There were many new characters introduced while some old favorites Tracy the Troll were nowhere to be seen I’m rounding this up to 4 stars because every author is allowed to have a down book and I just finished the best book I’ve read in a long time

Brad Thor Õ The Apostle READER

Master of suspense and #1 New York Times bestselling author Brad Thor returns with his most riveting international thriller yet A new administration and a new approach to dealing with America's enemies have left covert counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath without a job But when American doctor Julia Gallo is kidnapped in Afghanistan the terms of her ransom leave the president with only one course Surprisingly good for a full fledged action manly book since I'm not used to them A friend gave me boxes of books from her husband's library when he was downsizing so I now possess a decent supply of man books to get into By man books I mean the action adventure stuff where there is a bad ass type who is able to be top CIA or top military and is chosen to complete top secret and top notch missions similar to James Bond type stuffThankfully the main character wasn't as wooden as James Bond he was likable enough with his insight and personality for the most part The story is fast moving and Brad Thor uses a simple writing style to keep things smooth Action scenes are present but it's not a constant battle fest There's plenty of planning dialogue and down moments that work to make it an actual story instead of just a long fighting show off deal It's not even fully unrealistic compared to other action storiesThe base plot was good go in and get the girl free the big bad terrorist for exchange but the book is sadly weighed down with the subplot of the president's secret and the people who come out of the woodwork for page time while they carry on about uncovering the dirt I ended up starting to skim those scenes since it was unnecessary I couldn't care less about the president's secret other than that it was a driving force in the first place that got him to agree to send the special op against national security's benefitThe story isn't without holes and isn't fully plausible but that an be excused with its genre The side story buried the rating a bit since it took over so much later on but overall it's a decent read if you're warning a thriller such as this In my case it was bumped up on my reading list because I had to find a book set in Afghanistan which is surprisingly difficult to do if you're not in the mood for a downer drama human rights nonfiction memoir or straight out war piece

TEXT Å The Apostle Õ Brad Thor

The ApostleOf actionIn a dangerous assignment that the United States government will deny any knowledge of Scot Harvath must secretly infiltrate Kabul's notorious Policharki Prison and free the man the kidnappers demand as ransom al aeda mastermind Mustafa KhanBut when Harvath arrives he uickly learns that there is to the kidnapping than anyone dares to admit And as the subterfuge is laid bare Harvath must exam Brad Thor again shows that he's run out of gas with this lackluster eighth book in the Scot Harvath series The seventh book The Last Patriot was a bad enough novel but this one is just exceptionally bad The writing is fine Thor has the talent but the problem lies with his describing the same things again and again in a repetitive nature I've taken issue with these things before in his novels but never to the degree found in this book And that may stem from the fact that the story in this book is lackluster at best and in no way on par with his previous novels It's just flat out boring And that really is problematic because I love this series I really do I think Thor is a great writer with great ideas but he is destroyed by his contractual obligation to write a book a year This has been the downfall of many authors and been the cause for some of the worst seuels ever written The Apostle has to be one of them State of the Union and Blowback are two of my favorite thrillers of all time but The Apostle has to be one of the most boring I've ever read The plot is thin the new characters thinner the writing is not at all clean and constantly slows the story regaling us with tales of Thor's political ideals and how beautiful every woman is and Red Bull I am done reading Brad Thor Whether he picks himself up in later books I will never know but after the seventh and eighth books in this series I really can't believe that these get any better