They might burn our flag for the cameras, but throw a handful of green cards in the air and they’d cut each other’s throats to get their hands on them.
‘Blowback’ is written by Brad Thor. It is the fourth book in the ‘Scot Harvath’ series. It is an action thriller and it stars the eponymous ‘Scot Harvath’.
The overall synopsis of the book is as follows. An old weapon exists that has bought down empires in the past. A shadowy terrorist group has its hands on it to bring about a new Caliphate. All this, while a female senator (who is a poorly disguised Hillary) tries to expose Scot Harvath and the US President.
You can read the reviews of the others books in the series below.
‘Blowback’ is a decent read provided you can get past the casual racism and poor historical references. Since Brad Thor brings back Islamic terrorists as the bad guys, there are numerous slurs and misconceptions that are repeated again. At times, this book feels like it was written for the ‘Trump’ crowd.
Beyond this veneer of hoo-rah American Nationalism lies the kernel of a good action thriller. Scot Harvath is vulnerable in this book and is in a team up with a badass woman character (yet again but this time she is not a trained agent).
Overall, ‘Blowback’ is a decent read. Go for it.
Other Thoughts (Spoilers warning)
Spoilers below. Continue reading at your peril.
OMG, Brad Thor has mangled the Arthasastra in this book. Does he even know what it was meant for?
How the fuck could they not figure out it was rabies? I mean, the infected fear water, drool, are aggressive and are contagious. What else could it be?
Meg is out.
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