am 8. August 2011
I wanted to start the week off with this; it sizzles. I have been a Brad Thor fan since his first novel and have enjoyed his work ever since. Apparently there are many others like me out there; his popularity just seems to soar with each new novel. 'Full Black' is a major political statement and commentary on our way of life. Do I agree with all of it? Hey I was taught not to discuss politics and religion when I am talking to friends so I am staying away from that. The novel was a barnburner and a load of fun. I like the characters; I enjoyed the twists and turns, the speed and velocity of the action, and most of all I enjoyed Scot Harvath. Give me more, now!
Here is the synopsis from Amazon Books:
'#1 New York Times bestselling author Brad Thor brings readers his darkest and most intriguing thriller yet'a terrifying story of espionage and betrayal'brilliantly paced with superb nonstop action.
Born in the shadows and kept from heads of state, there are some missions so deadly, so sensitive, that they simply don't exist.
When one such mission goes horribly wrong, a wave of dramatic terrorist attacks is set in motion. Their goal: the complete and total collapse of the United States.
With the CIA's intelligence abilities hobbled, former Navy SEAL Team 6 member turned covert counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath launches an audacious plan to infiltrate the terrorists' network and prevent one of the biggest threats the United States has ever faced.
Simultaneously, a foreign wet work team has been sent to California. Their target: one of Hollywood's most famous filmmakers.
While working on a secret documentary project, movie producer Larry Salomon has unknowingly exposed one of the world's wealthiest and most politically connected powerbrokers'a man with a radical anti-American agenda poised to plunge the nation into deadly, irreversible chaos.
As the plots rocket to their pulse-pounding conclusion and the identities of the perpetrators are laid stunningly bare, Harvath will be left with only one means to save America. Unable to trust anyone, he will be forced to go Full Black.
Intense and frighteningly realistic, FULL BLACK is, hands down, Brad Thor's most riveting thriller to date.'
"When you go to war in your land against the enemy who oppresses you, then you shall sound an alarm with the trumpets, and you will be remembered before the LORD your God, and you will be saved from your enemies." -- Numbers 10:9 (NKJV)
You are in for an exhilarating read. Get some snacks, a favorite beverage, and settle in for the night. You probably won't leave your chair until you finish the last word.
Full Black opens with this explanation:
"In the clandestine community, the most sensitive classified assignments are referred to as black operations.
"Few suspect, and even fewer realize, that there is a darker side to black operations. These missions are born in the shadows. They are not classified or recognized. They simply don't exist.
"They are Full Black."
Full Black opens with a delicate operation to insert an agent into a terrorist cell. Thousands of miles away some of the world's best assassins move in to eliminate one of Hollywood's most famous film producers. Both operations explode in an orgy of mayhem. And before the dust settles . . . the hunt is on for the mysteries that are shaken loose. The pace rapidly picks up as a dangerous timetable is set in motion . . . and only a Full Black operation can save the day. But will it be in time?
This book contains no politically correct expressions, no focus on protecting anyone's "legal" rights, and no concern about what methods are used . . . except that they work.
Unlike many "end of the world as we know it" thrillers, Full Black has a pretty credible premise, one that's based in fictional characters who appear uncannily like real people whom you could probably name. As a result, there's a chilling reality to the threat that will leave you thinking about how best to stop terrorism.
Some people may feel that the action evolves too slowly in the beginning and middle of the book. I like to think of it as like being on a canoe trip on an initially slow-moving river that flows into a huge waterfall . . . taking readers over the edge.
Is the book a little preachy? Yes. But if such things were said more often, I think that wouldn't be all bad.
Keep your eyes open!
am 3. Juli 2012
After the first 150 pages I seriously considered to stop reading this book and to throw it away. The story was too unrealistic. Not only was the enemy not clear -which could actually add to the suspense-, but the threat itself was not known either. Nevertheless, a highly secret agency was tasked to find and destroy the enemy/threat (which are both unknown). Well, since other people thought that this book was such a thrill, I finished it (despite the fact that I had to drag myself from page to page). After a very short and not very interesting finish I came to the conclusion that I should have stopped reading this book after my first impression.