by Brad Thor
Scott Harvath is a counterterrorism agent. When he is attacked in Paris by
gunmen who kill his partner, he immediately goes on the run seeking answers.
Soon, Harvath discovers he’s been labeled a traitor. In America, an
information dealer named Nicholas, has stumbled onto a plot by a shadowy
organization in control of the government and much of America’s technology.
When the two finally meet, they start to pick apart the pieces of a plan to
monitor and control every human being in America, and maybe the world. Their
challenge: How to an entity who can tap into every piece of technology in
One of the best ‘big brother’ or ‘1984’ type novels I’ve read. Very realistic since Thor says at the very beginning that all of the technology in the book is either currently in use or in final developmental stages by the government and its partners.
Scott Harvath: counterterrorism operative for the Carlton Group, 5’10”, muscular build, brown hair, blue eyes, early 40’s, former SEAL, former employee of Secret Service, combat trained, weapons trained, knows several languages
Craig Middleton: CEO of Adaptive Technology Solutions, early 60’s thin, curly coarse gray hair, tanned, laser whitened teeth, deep set dark eyes, sadist, worked for IBM, genius
Nicholas: Nicknamed the Troll, owns a pair of Caucasian sheepdogs, dwarf, Soviet parent sold him to a brothel when he was a child, buys/sells information, hacker, recluse who trusts few people, likes to cook
Reed Carlton: Owns the Carlton Group, 65, spent 30 years as a spy for the CIA, nicknames are the Old Man and Peaches
Some very nice all around characters. Most of the characters are given extensive backgrounds, Thor goes deep enough that they’re not just surface action figures.
Pretty standard but I like the voices. Middleton is the evil genius. Even minor characters have distinctive voices.
A fair amount of profanity. When changing scenes, chapters are headed by location. There are a couple of torture scenes but nothing too graphically detailed. As mentioned above, whenever a new character is introduced, background information is detailed not too long after. Thor did his homework on the technological stuff and the terminology will not confuse the reader.
The book keeps you on edge without long lulls between action and not so tense you can’t take a break. Thor has another winner in this book. Scary in its realistic viewpoint of how the government watches everybody and what information can be garnered. Privacy is no more.