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The First Commandment: A Thriller
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A master assassin. A vendetta years in the making. And a counterterrorism operative who will risk everything -- even treason -- to keep the people he loves alive.

Brad Thor, the New York Times bestselling author of Takedown, delivers an explosive international thriller featuring Navy SEAL turned Homeland Security operative Scot Harvath, who somewhere, somehow, has left the wrong person alive.

"Thou shalt not negotiate with terrorists..."

Six months ago: In the dead of the night, five of the most dangerous detainees in the war on terror are pulled from their isolation cells in Guantanamo Bay, held at gunpoint, and told to strip off their orange jumpsuits. Issued civilian clothes and driven to the base airfield, they are loaded aboard a Boeing 727 and set free.

Present day: Covert counterterrorism agent Scot Harvath awakens to discover that his world has changed violently -- and forever. A sadistic assassin with a personal vendetta is wreaking havoc of biblical proportions. Unleashing nightmarish horrors on those closest to Harvath, the attacker thrusts everything Harvath holds dear -- including his life -- into absolute peril.

Ordered by the president to stay out of the investigation, Harvath is forced to mount his own operation to uncover the conspiracy and to exact revenge. When he discovers a connection between the attacks and a group of prisoners secretly released from Guantanamo, Harvath must ask himself previously unthinkable questions about the organizations and the nation he has spent his life serving.

A renegade from his own government, Harvath will place his life on the line as his search for the truth draws him into a showdown with one of the most dangerous men on the face of the earth.

Brad Thor roars through this nonstop adventure full of international intrigue, twisted betrayals, and ultimate revenge.

Customer Reviews:

  • Not to be Missed!!!
    Brad Thor is one of the best. Right up there with Vince Flynn for writing topical thrillers that entertain and educate, this may be the most tightly written of his six novels that it has been my pleasure to read. The protagonist of these books is Scot Harvath a former Navy SEAL and Homeland Scurity operative.

    This book picks up where the last one, "Takedown" leaves off. At the end of that book, Scot Harvath's girlfriend Tracy steps out on the porch of his home and is felled by an assassin's bullet which is just enough off target to spare her life, but serious enough to put her in a coma and on a ventilator.

    Harvath does not realize it at the time, but that attack on Tracy is the first of several that are planned for people close to Harvath. Who is carrying out the attacks, who is planning them and why consumes not only Harvath, but the reader as events unfold. Someone appears bent on revenge, but for what?

    It is a large onion that Harvath must peel his way through to get to the answers and telling you more than that could spoil the masterful writing effort that Thor has offered for our reading enjoyment.

    Do not pass this one by.

    ...more info
  • A Page Turner
    This is an exciting story from beginning to end.

    It features Scot Harvath, a retired former Navy Seal and Secret Service Agent who is now a counterterrorist operative with Homeland Security. The action takes place on three continents. It begins with the president being blackmailed into releasing five top terrorists from Gauntanamo Bay. The action just intensifies from there.

    Someone is also personally targeting Harvath by going after his family and friends. On top of that, he is ordered by the president to stay out of it. Let's just say that doesn't go over very well.

    There are some very interesting characters involved including 'The Troll', a computer/intelligence genius, and Harvath himself.

    Although the story is implausible in places, it is lots of fun. The action is nonstop. Readers will not be disappointed....more info
  • Unbelievable? Five stars? What am I missing ?
    So first I read the book. On the plus side: nice pace and good action with breaks so you can read awhile, get to a "mini conclusion" and put it down to come back later. Scot Harvath is a believable character in anguish over the mortally-wounded, beloved Tracy and with a seething rage over her shooting. And after getting even in the end, he comes back to her coming out of a deep coma to squeeze his hand.

    I like to read the reviews, and almost unanimously everyone gives this five stars! Then unbelievably they all say the plot is unbelieveable and no way is a President of the United States going to order a hit on an American hero just to protect a terrorist, etc. etc. etc. Pequegnat gives it five stars and then tears apart the entire book at its ridiculous implausible plot.

    So in the end, I'm not sure who is more unbelievable: all these reviewers that give it 5 stars and then say its unbelievable, or the unbelievable plot? To say its an enjoyable read for an idle plane flight or a rainy weekend day is believable.

    Pierce Scranton
    author, Death on the Learning curve...more info
  • a 5-star effort
    I went straight from Takedown (my first exposure to Thor) to the 1st Commandment. Although coming late to the ranks of the Thor readership, I am at least benefiting from being able to read them back-to-back in rapid succession. The 1st Commandment picks up right where the previous book left off, in the wake of the terrorist attack on New York City. Protagonist Scot Horath finds that he is being targeting through family and friends by an unknown killer. The action is fact and furious as Horvath pursues his nemesis, while simultaneously doing battle with others in his own government. Having truly enjoyed Takedown, I was happy to find that I liked Thor's latest even more. Perhaps it was the growing affinity with the character set. Perhaps it was the ability to read the two books back-to-back. Most likely, however, it was the simple fact that the 1st Commandment was a great, suspenseful read....more info
  • Vince Flynn Rip Off
    Brad Thor's characters and general premise completely parallel those of Vince Flynn and the Mitch Rapp character. After reading the Vince Flynn novels, this pales in comparison. I was disgusted by the absolute similarities between the two book lines. From the "super agent" to the 1 on 1 meetings with the president to the rip off of the Seal Team 6 Scott Coleman character, Brad Thor has essentially stolen Flynn's ideas. Add to this the fundamental Islamic radicals and I thought I was reading a back story to the Mitch Rapp series. Thoroughly disappointing. In addition, the writing of Brad Thor is labored and painful to read.

    If this genre interests you, order the books by Vince Flynn instead....more info
  • Great Thriller!
    As usual, Brad Thor novels make for a great read. In this case, I got his personal autograph with a personal note from him for my copy of The First Commandment when I met him at a recent writer's conference. Mr. Thor was very gracious and accommodating and was excited a fan stopped by to visit him unexpectedly. I recommend all avid thriller readers to check out Brad Thor's website and then read all of his novels in succession. Brad Thor's star character Scot Harvath makes Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt seem like a boy scout!...more info
  • Baldacci and Flynn are better
    I bought this book based on an NY Times Book Review. It sounded interesting and in the same genre as the Vince Flynn and David Baldacci books I've read. The book starts out well and builds a credible story, but doesn't hold the interest as well all the way through.

    Thor's protagonist is a likable guy that anyone would want to root for on the post 9-11 era but his character is not as well developed as some of Flynn's, Baldacci's or Nelson DeMille's characters. You may feel for the people in the story who have been struck by various tragedies of the (Harvath's girlfriend and friends particularly) but Thor does not develop them or their backgrounds well enough for the story line to be credible.

    This was mediocre beach reading but I was expecting more. I may give Thor another try again, not with my $ but with my library card instead....more info
  • Are you kidding?
    I read a lot of political thrillers... good ones and not so good ones... this one I could not finish. The story was predictable, the characters caricatures of ultra-right wing rednecks and really, do I need to know that the characters ate before something happens in the story? Page 101: "once he gulped down his breakfast". Page 79 "he even allowed himself an after-dinner drink.". Page 115, "the resort's chef made a late lunch and the men made small talk as they ate". This weird interest in using meals as either filler or segways between scenes goes on and on. Did the publishers put a stipulation in his contract as to the number of pages he needed to fill? The politics of this author are predictable, ridiculously one dimensional and outright pandering to a certain segment of the population. There is nothing complex about this book. It doesn't make you think, it doesn't make you feel and it doesn't even make you care for the characters. I was fervently hoping something bad would happen to the main character as I would have shot him myself if I could have. ...more info
  • Good summer read
    Enjoyed this book. First one I've read of Thor. Short chapters; easy for interrupted reading schedule or quick to fly through when you have time to read. I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more of his novels....more info
  • Another "page turner"
    I thought I didn't have time for other authors until a Friend suggested Brad Thor. That was earlier this year and I have since read all he has published. This is another great book. I hope there are men like Scott Harvath and some of his helpers in these books that help keep us safe and free. Thor and Vince Flynn are two of best authors today, and main characters Harvath and Rapp have lots in common. ...more info
  • Better and Better
    Thor gets better with every book. Keep them coming..............I'm waiting for the ultimate thriller when Harvath teams up with Mitch Rapp and the world is saved for all eternity!!!!!...more info
  • More thumbs than I have way UP!
    Couldn't put the book down and it kept me awake at night. Brad Thor weaves reality and fiction to create a great story line. Too bad that we don't have a real Scot Harvath to make sure that the American way doesn't die....more info
  • Wow... simply wow!
    This was my first book by Brad Thor and I am very happy that I "found" him! I love books that are fast paced and action packed and this one had it. This book had me from the opening quote! This is a very well written political, miliary, real-world thriller by a very talented author. Brad's other books have just jumped on my "to read" list. Extremely highly recommended!!!!...more info
  • THE FIRST COMMANDMENT
    Thought provoking fiction. A wake up call for many who might have their heads in the sand....more info
  • Another top notch adventure
    Brad Thor has done it again with The First Commandment. The action is nonstop and with the short chapters, it is easy to switch among plot lines and charther development. The referencing of characters from previous books, helps to tie together Scot's life and his contribution and dedication to the nation. With the recent book Outsourced, about the outsourcing of intelligence work, is really highlighted (fictionally) with his associates in Colorado....more info
  • A quick, exciting read
    Another hit for lovers of fast paced, exciting action. The plot moves along briskly and keeps you going from start to finish....more info
  • Friction fiction
    Unblievable storyline, over the top characters, and a writing style that is burdened with unecessary attention to extraneous detail, creating a sense of labored, overly structured writing. Even so it's readable and at times enjoyable if you can overlook the flaws. This Side of the Gate...more info
  • Very happy with the book...
    This was a very enjoyable read. The action isn't quite as intense as I would've liked to have been, but I still found the story very entertaining......more info
  • A Thriller with Biblical Assaults
    Fete of Death
    "First Commandment" is a well-crafted political thriller rife with action and plot twists. Its nano-chapters and -paragraphs help kick the story along in high gear.

    Not only must Scot Harvath fight the bad guys, namely the terrorists, in this one, he must also duel with the president of the United States, who wants him out of the picture, dead or alive, for reasons of his own. In short, everyone's got it in for Harvath. He must use all his wits to hunt down the villain who is terrorizing his family, and at the same time survive while the president assembles a team of SEALS to do away with him.

    Brad Thor has done his homework with a lot of research for his book and it sounds like he has good sources as well.

    A la Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp, Harvath tortures and maims his way through the novel to a final bloody mano a mano with the terrorist on Lake Geneva....more info
  • Interesting premis
    This is my second Brad Thor novel, and I found it to be better than TAKEDOWN. Since other reviewers have discussed other elements of the plot and characters, I will attempt to add new thoughts.

    The terrorists threat in THE FIRST COMMANDMENT is a new one, apparently based on a real terrorist event. Thor presents a threat that would shake, and enrage, Americans should it be carried out here. Thor demonstrates that terrorists have no scruples, do not grasp--nor want to grasp--the concept of "moral equivalency."

    Some reviewers have said that the president would never violate the first commandment, giving in to a terrorist threat. In the real world, it will depend upon who is president. Apply Thor's threat to each current presidential candidate and decide for yourself what you think each would do.

    The story is paced well, enjoyable, and hard to put down. I am looking forward to Thor's next novel.
    ...more info
  • A highly realistic and terrifying scenario
    THE FIRST COMMANDMENT is Brad Thor's highly anticipated follow-up to TAKEDOWN, whose readers undoubtedly were floored by the shocker of an ending.

    The new novel picks up where the previous one left off, with former Secret Service agent/ex-Navy Seal/Homeland Security op Scot Harvath on a calculated but furious path of destruction and revenge. But Harvath's fire turns into a conflagration when a pattern begins to emerge, one that demonstrates that those closest to him are being systematically targeted in a manner identical to the Ten Plagues of Egypt described in the Old Testament.

    The only thing more puzzling than the perpetrator's identity, however, is the order from the President of the United States to Harvath to step down. The reason for this decision is chilling on several different levels, not the least of which is the real-world scenarios that Thor infuses into all of his work --- though never with more canny ability than in THE FIRST COMMANDMENT.

    Naturally, Harvath disregards the President's order, which results in Harvath --- even as he tries to track down a deadly terrorist --- being pursued himself by the very government and country he has defended, protected and saved on numerous occasions.

    Incapable of writing badly, Thor tops himself again and again in here, presenting a highly realistic and terrifying scenario that would more than likely play out exactly as he describes it.

    THE FIRST COMMANDMENT has everything that a thriller should have, and then some. There is even a brief mention of a character created by another well-known suspense/thriller author. Thor's novels are highly addictive, and fortunately his latest is no exception to the rule.

    --- Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub...more info
  • Harvath rides again, and again....(not a bad thing)
    The Troll emerges again and provides a good foil for Harvath. I enjoyed his presence. I also enjoyed Harvath's tendency to go rogue after.. uh.. um... the president's betrayal. As with all of Thor's books, the development of the characters is a little low, but dang there's a lot of really great action. I like his books as a really good quick hit, not too long, not too complex, but really fun. I recommend putting Thor's books in between much more serious and complex books. It makes a really great way to break up heavy reading with something fun. ...more info
  • Thor does it again!
    Another page turner! Fits perfectly in the series. Harvath, the troll, lots of firefights/action and more emotion. Great series for anyone into present day military fiction....more info
  • Gamecock Review - 1st Commandment
    Fast-paced, action-packed story...typical Brad Thor attention to current events and potential consequences of actions taken by both US and foreigh leaders...more info
  • Awful, waste of time
    This book was a complete waste of my time. Thor was recommended to me by my cousin who thought I would like it because I'm a big Daniel Silva fan. Thor absolutely cannot compete with Silva. Silva's writing is much more compelling and his Gabriel Allon character so much more interesting than Scot Harvath. Thor's writing is just plain terrible. There are too many cringe-inducing parts to list here, but I'll provide one example:

    "One was rarely given second chances in life. He'd managed to get his second chance at happiness put on a life support system. It was an ironic metaphor, as his love life had always been in critical condition".

    Are you serious? How can someone write this? My recommendation is to skip Thor all together and stick with Daniel Silva....more info
  • Not the best effor from Brad Thor
    I honestly wasn't impressed with this Brad Thor novel.
    I guess I am comparing his writing to Daniel Silva, since I have read almost all his books.
    I have read all of Brad Thor's novels and I have to say that Daniel Silva is a better writer.
    I am not too happy spending $20 on this book...more info
  • Torture to listen to.
    This writer apparently enjoys describing, in careful, vivid detail, scenarios in which helpless women are tortured. After the second such torture session began, and in spite of the actor's excellent reading, and the promised adventure, I had no desire to continue. It was neither informative nor entertaining. People who take pleasure in this kind of writing... Anybody want a free audio cd book????? ...more info
  • A contrarian view.
    Thor's "First Commandment" is strictly an average read. The premise stretches credulity to the breaking point and the story line snaps it (credulity) in two. The so called first commandment of dealing with terrorists is to never negotiate with them. Obviously this is not an inviolate rule as the context of every terrorist encounter has to be carefully considered before a decision is reached.

    But suffice it to say, if one is not ordinarily inclined to negotiate with terrorists threatening our children is not likely to induce us to change this policy. I did not find the reason for releasing 5 savage terrorists from Club Gitmo at all credible. The terrorists simply threatened to target our school buses some time in the future if they were not released. Yeah, we're going to fold when so threatened thereby encouraging all future terrorists to target our children. Lame.

    Secondly, our protagonist, Scot Harvath and the sundry villains are simply not particularly believable. The Troll, who I take has been in other of his novels, turns out to be an all warm and fuzzy sort of guy. Give me a break. I found myself sorely disappointed about 1/3 of the way through the book and that sense of disappointment only deepened as the novel wore on.

    Another aggravating habit of Thor's is to break up the story into tiny chapters thereby simulating a longer novel. This is an entirely bogus way to create the illusion of length.

    Scot Harvath's love interest, Tracy, was attacked early in the book for which Harvath feels responsible. She is basically pronounced brain dead by the doctors and her parents pull the plug only to have her miraculously recover (Terry Schiavo anyone?) once Harvath returns from saving the president's life.

    I've not read any other of Thor's novels and am unlikely to do so. If you enjoy books of this genre, go read any of Vince Flynn's early Mitch Rapp novels. They blow the drawers off this novel....more info
  • great reading!
    This was a thrill read all the way. What makes me surprised in reading this novel is that on Chapter 104 Cotton Malone's character has a "guest appearance".. Wow! I mean I just finished reading Steve Berry's novel... this is really quite awesome... hahahahaha...

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  • A= Intertaining, but a bit ridiculous plot.
    First Commandment by Brad Thor, is a highly entertaining, fast paced, thrill ride story. Thor, has an interesting and likable cast (for the most part, bad guy's not so much), and he weaves an enjoyable story of quick action and amusing prose. Thor also has an accurate and insightful view to modern fascist Islamic reality, as well as the many threats to the survival of the United States and Western Civilization.

    As entertaining and informative of a story as this is, once again as with Thor's other novel, the plot is wholly unbelievable, particularly with the motivations and actions of the US President, as well as the mastermind of the attacks.

    *SPOILER*
    The US would NEVER give into the release of five top terrorist, promise never to go after them, and them protect them forever from harm. Nor would the President order the assassination of a US agent, hero, and friend, to protect the released terrorist! WHAT?

    The terrorist mastermind, he did this all because......... he wanted to get closer to his grandson? WHAT, are you kidding me?

    And yet, this is a highly enjoyable read, if Thor ever writes a book with a believable plot, look out.

    ...more info
  • First Commandment by Brad Thor
    Excellent, keep you on the edge thriller. Interupts your sleep pattern, you want to keep reading! If you like Clancy you will love Thor....more info
  • Good reading
    There are only a few writers such as Brad Thor, and Tom Clancy who can hold you spellbound. Thor is one of them. Great book!...more info
  • Rip-roaring action but too "over the top" and with unsympathetic heroes.
    The First Commandment: A Thriller
    Brad Thor's thriller is well-written with a great eye for action and related dialogue. Therefore it's a shame that his hero is little more than a psychopath and the opinion expressed through the actions and words of this hero is that it's OK to be a sadistic murderer and torturer if you're waving Old Glory and quoting the (correct) scriptures. It's that attitude that has got us into lots of trouble today and my opinion is that we don't need to glorify it. The story line is good and the characters are well drawn. A pity that the protagonists on the "good guys" side are no better ethically and morally than those on the other side - or perhaps that's the unfortunate reality of today. A good read but somewhat unsettling....more info
  • Brad Thor hits it out of the park with this thriller
    Okay, the plot is implausible. Many of the characters are stereotypes and the ones who aren't are not necessarily developed to any great depth. Further, those who believe that the world is really a place where evil exists only because the United States exists will find this novel reprehensible because the hero, Scot [sic] Harvath is a patriot who tries to protect the US. Worse yet, so do his friends.

    Scot Harvath has nebulous job in the US government, ostensibly with the Department of Homeland Security. But he reports to the President, whom he also regularly saves from the plots of evildoers. (In other Thor novels, Harvath has rescued the kidnapped President and saved New York from an al-Queda attack.)

    If you don't like overblown heroes and plots that go beyond plausibility, you probably won't like Brad Thor's work. For example, Mitch Rapp, the creation of Vince Flynn, is far more believable than Scot Harvath. And Fynn's plotting has more substance than Thor's.

    But when it comes to rip-roaring, old-fashioned patriotism, Thor goes over the top - which adds to the entertainment value of "The First Commandment".

    The story begins with five major terrorists being released from Guantanamo. There's a murky backstory behind the release of these five men which I will not reveal here. Suffice it to say that the backstory, as it is disclosed in the novel, has more holes than a Swiss Cheese. But that's not really important now or ever. What counts is President Rutledge telling his one-man army, Scot Harvath, to keep his nose out of the matter.

    This, of course, offends Harvath who promptly disobeys the President because he and his girlfriend have been attacked by person or persons unknown. The girlfriend, Tracy, is in a coma as a result of an assasination attempt. Harvath sets out to find the shooter.

    Harvath stops at nothing. Torture - which is meticulously described - is simply a tool to Harvath. Harvath's mother is attacked. Harvath gets angrier and more determined to find the attacker(s). He calls upon powerful friends with tremendous intelligence resources. He also calls upon the Troll, an unlikely dwarf (really) who has played a part in another novel. The Troll is a lonely dwarf who deals in information to anyone with a check that won't bounce. It is an unlikely pairing.

    The key element in a Thor novel is action. Unremitting action in the name of America, truth, justice and good guys everywhere. Thor writes breast pounding heroic stuff. It is not for the weak or squeamish. It is for those who like their action two-fisted, unforgiving and patriotic.

    Brad Thor treats plot and characters much as Clive Cussler does. Both are frequently unbelievable, but because both men are such phenomenal storytellers, the reader simply doesn't care.

    This is just plain great thriller action.

    I have one tiny bone to pick. I do wish Brad Thor and other authors would realize that some in their audience really do understand computer technology and when they try to fool the knowledgeable reader, it is immediately apparent. I'm not going to say where Thor makes a big mistake with the technology because only an expert would spot it. But it is jarring to those who recognize the error.

    Aside from that, Brad Thor has written another powerhouse, page turner, rip-roaring "I Love America" thriller. For those who appreciate such qualities, it's a great book.

    Jerry...more info
  • Great thriller
    I was hooked from the first page. This was more along the lines of a Vince Flynn fiction. I had to finish this book in one night for I couldn't put it down. Scot Harvath must find the paid terrorist who is targeting his loved ones. Became very upset with President Rutledge who would make deals with terrorists. Glad Scot is a maverick and is on the right side. Highly recommend this book, but the reader won't get any sleep until the book is finished....more info
  • A Wonderful Commandment
    I enjoyed reading this book. I didn't want to put it down to go to sleep.
    I knew I had to go to work, but still it was hard to put down. A very good read. ENJOY!!!!...more info
  • Brad Thor raises the adrenalin with this terrific thriller.
    President Jack Rutledge authorizes a deal with terrorists. Although the American government leaders always insist they will never negotiate with terrorists even for the release of hostages, he secretly releases five hardcore known terrorists locked away at Guantomino as part of a deal to protect at risk children. In fairness his advisors told them they can keep this quintet under control with monitoring of the isotope they put in the blood of these killers.

    The President's advisors missed another slammed dunk when they lose sight of the fearsome five. Just under six months later, an assassin shoots Homeland Security agent Scot Harvath's girlfriend Tracy Hastings (see TAKEDOWN), leaving her comatose and he furious as isotopic blood is found at the crime scene. Soon afterward, his mother is attacked by locusts and some friends of Harvath murdered. He knows someone is coming for him, through his loved ones. Harvath begins to make inquiries, but is told to stay out of it. Even before these incidents he knew the leadership saw him as an expendable renegade so he ignores the order to take no action against the person methodically destroying his loved ones.

    TAKEDOWN is an exciting action-packed frightening thriller; THE FIRST COMMANDMENT is as exhilarating and action-packed, but even more frightening as the plausibility of the plot will not be questioned. Harvath is at his anguished best in this often violent tale as he is ordered to do nothing although his counter terrorist instincts are screaming to go on the offense. The return of several characters from previous books enhances the feel of the long term concept of the war against terrorism as Brad Thor raises the adrenalin with this terrific thriller.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Barely one-dimensional
    After reading many of the other reviews I have to believe I got a DIFFERENT First Commandment than everybody else. Mine was comprised of about a hundred three-page chapters which neither developed characters nor presented an even vaguely credible story line. There is so little depth as to make the book barely one-dimensional. Sort of like a comic book without the pleasure of pictures. Very disappointing. ...more info
  • the best of the bunch!
    i've read all of brad thor's books, and the first commandment is the best of the lot, so far! i've read a few flynn thrillers, and although i find them entertaining and such, i prefer thor's books.
    i like his writing, plus i find "scot harvath" a more interesting characater than "mitch rapp" but that's just my opinion,
    that being said, i highly recommend this book if you like action with a political slant.

    ...more info
  • Great Suspense
    Brad thorr continues to entertain with top notch espionage and action. A must read for any Fl;ynn and/or Thorr fan...more info
  • Against the odds
    Scot Harvath finds his girl friend laying in a pool of blood on his front door step, and then is told to stay out of the investigation. His mother is then attacked on the opposite coast, once again he is told to let others handle it. Fortunately for the reader he doesn't. Not even the President of the U.S. can make him quit. With Federal Agents who once considered him a hero trying to stop him,even if it means they have to kill him, Agent Harvath continues to hunt down the people who may be threatening everyone that he cares about....more info
  • A Commanding Read
    Takedown raised the bar for political-thrillers, left readers in a state of shock and had critics wondering if Thor could possibly write another novel of equal quality. Well, he satisfied readers beyond their wildest dreams and silenced the critics with "The First Commandment." The foreword is comprised of a single sentence: "Do not wish ill for the enemy, plan it." With less than ten words the author set the tone, constructed the stage and prepared the audience for an adrenaline infused novel, fully loaded with international intrigue, brilliant prose and thought provoking scenarios so real they could easily be reported on the six o'clock news.

    Homeland Security agent, Scot Harvath is a born leader, selfless, strong, dedicated and intelligent- willing to do whatever it takes to protect his friends, family and country...not necessarily in that order. With his extensive resources, both in and outside the government, elite special forces training and having saved the country and the president, on more than one occasion, he is the embodiment of a modern-day patriot. So, it is only natural when his family and friends begin being systematically targeted, the assaults mimicking the biblical plagues, that Harvath turns to those in power for assistance. Refusing to be dismissed by a third party, Harvath meets with the President face to face, demanding an explanation. Within a few minutes it becomes clear the only answers he will be privy to, are those he discovers on his own, he is officially out of the loop.

    Why would the best counter-terrorism agent be ordered to stand down? Harvath found himself in an unfamiliar role, that of spectator and he felt helpless. Now, sitting by his girlfriend Tracy's bed, he was truly helpless...unable to rescue her from the coma that held her captive. He knew what he had to do and understood the ramifications of his actions.

    By disobeying a direct executive order from President Rutledge, Harvath, is not only being hunted by one of the most dangerous men on earth, he's been catapulted into the cross-hairs of the very government he vowed to protect. It doesn't take long for the former Navy Seal to unearth a secret so disturbing, that questions and scenarios which had once been unthinkable, were now plausible. Six months ago, America's "First Commandment" was broken, when the President, persuaded by his advisers that the use of isotope technology gave them the ability to track the men, authorized the release of five, high value Guantanamo detainees. Lulled into a false sense of security, the government was ill-prepared and caught off guard, again.

    The First Commandment is a brilliantly woven web of excitement, in which Brad Thor leaves no terrorist stone unturned, capturing the reader with a single sentence, he delivers his most electrifying and realistically frightening novel to date. Thor's pen is firing on all cylinders and I eagerly anticipate his next novel.
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  • The Last Patriot by Brad Thor
    The first sentence of this book reminded me of Angels & Demons. I haven't finished it yet, but so far I like it....more info
  • Hard to put down a Brad Thor
    I can hardly wait for each new book by Brad Thor to come out and once I get my copy, I have trouble putting it down! If only I didn't have so long to wait between books-------

    Very easily one of my favorite authors. ...more info
  • mildly insulting
    I thoroughly enjoyed first 50 pages of the book assuming it was a parody. The rest I found mildly insulting to any thoughtful and informed person. Particularly painful is the abuse of a term "patriot" by the author, a "fanatic" would be much more appropriate....more info
  • Brad Thor kicks butt!
    Brad Thor's thriller The First Commandment is everything critics have been saying. Terrifying because of its real-world implications, this book's short, concise chapters keep the reader wanting more. Highly recommended....more info
  • Brad Thor Scores Again
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