I don’t care how many Starbucks are in my neighbourhood. how many digital pictures my secretary can cram onto a single memory card, or how realistic the imagery is on my nephew’s new Play Station, we still live in a world where might makes right.
‘Takedown’ 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. A couple of terrorists have been captured and are being interrogated about a plot to detonate a nuclear device in the US. Their organization immediately responds by devastating New York. Scot Harvath is there when it happens.
You can read the reviews of the others books in the series below.
‘Takedown’ is a good book. There are a few new intriguing characters introduced in it like the Troll, who seems to be like Tyrion except that he is not witty.
The theme of the book is basically around how do we respond to terrorists? Do we get down in the dirt and behave worse than them? Or do we be basically decent human beings and try to convince them to be less fanatical. I loved the fact that Brad Thor is starting to inject some complexity into his novels. It is relatively easier to write books where everything is black and white. An action thriller where everything is gray is far more difficult. Ultimately though, Brad Thor does not bring this argument to a satisfying conclusion.
In spite of this, I liked the book. Brad Thor’s Islamophobia and racism still abounds though.
Overall, ‘Blowback’ is a decent read. Go for it.
Other Thoughts (Spoilers warning)
Spoilers below. Continue reading at your peril.
What is the obsession with dwarves?
New York is devastated because the terrorists want to rescue their partners who want to devastate New York. Hello? You have already done it.
I liked the semi-twist with the Libyans allowing the Americans to use their embassy to “render” terrorists.
Come on – how many secret organizations exist in the US who all think that the only way to defeat Islamic terrorism is to kill them all?
Also published on Medium.