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Path of the Assassin
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When Brad Thor arrived on the scene with his hard-hitting debut novel, The Lions of Lucerne, he was greeted with an enthusiasm rarely seen since John le Carre's heyday. "A roller-coaster of a debut," pronounced Kyle Mills. And Nelson DeMille, the master of the genre himself, welcomed Thor as "a savvy new novelist" with a knack for action scenes that "will give the reader a case of vertigo." Now, Thor and his indomitable hero Scot Harvath are back, raising the stakes and taking on one of the world's most deadly terrorist organizations bent on stoking a global holy war of apocalyptic proportions. After rescuing the President from kidnappers, Navy SEAL turned Secret Service agent Scot Harvath shifts his attentions to rooting out and capturing or killing all those responsible for the plot. As he prepares to close out his list, a bloody and twisted trail of clues points toward one man -- the world's most feared, most ruthless terrorist, Hashim Nidal, who has assembled an international league of Islamic terrorist networks in an ingenious plot to topple both Israel and America. Harvath and his CIA-led team must reach Nidal before it's too late. One problem remains -- they have no idea what the man looks like. Only one person can positively identify Harvath's quarry -- Meg Cassidy, a beautiful hijacking survivor. Together, Scot and Meg must untangle a maddening web of global intrigue stretching across four continents. From Macau, Jerusalem, and Chicago to Libya, Capri, and Rome, Harvath and Cassidy find themselves locked in a desperate race against time to sort the pieces of a deadly puzzle that will test not only their physical and mental limits, but also the growing bond they feel for each other.

Customer Reviews:

  • Phenomenal Sophomore Effort for Mr. Thor
    While Brad Thor's first book, the Lions of Lucrene was a fun intro into Scot Harvath's life (ex-Navy SEAL/Secret Service agent), the Path of the Assassin is a much more sophisticated and intense read.

    Scot Harvath is back to get the terrorists who killed members of a SEAL team that were killed in trying to get back the president from the first book. In the process however, he essentially uncovers a plot to ignite a very real war in the Middle East.

    This book is superior to its predecessor in every way imaginable. From readability, to pacing, to seriousness, to gunplay, to complexity, to sheer excitement, this book is really a wonderful step forward for Brad Thor.

    Midway through the book I came back onto Amazon to purchase the third book in the series and I cannot wait! From what I understand, Brad Thor's Scot Harvath series is similar to the TV show 24 in that it simply gets better as it goes...He's sure hoping!

    This book is highly recommended!

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  • excellent
    This is just a flat-out good book. Better then the first. I would recommend it to everyone....more info
  • This Path is a Wild and Wooly Ride
    As the Lions of Lucerne, Thor's first novel, concludes the reader is clear that there is much unfinished business ahead. That is what this book is all about. Bringing those that need to be brought to justice to that end, one way or another.

    As the story continues, there are attacks in the Middle East on Moslem places of worship for which an extremist group called The Hand of God takes the credit. While these attacks move the Arab countries closer to war with Isreal, it is clear to some that a shadowy figure by the name of Hashim Nidal is the one behind the attacks. Hashim is the son of Abu Nidal and is also one of the masterminds of the kidnapping of the President of the United States and the slaughter of almost all of his Secret Service protection. One problem for those trying to track him down is that no one knows what he looks like other than he has "silver" eyes. Scott Harvath, the lone SS Agent to survive the attack has looked into those eyes and nearly failed to live to tell the story. Others are not so fortunate. Fans of the CIA will not be happy with the pattern of ineptitude that is painted concerning their part of the undertaking, but every hero must have his hurdles to overcome and the CIA is clearly one of them for Harvath. The story moves around various parts of the world as the cycle of violence grows and the danger of all out war in the Middle East builds. This has all of the bells and whistles of the first book with some new and interesting characters and the liklihood that the whole story has still not been told. That is very good news for Thor fans....more info

  • Enjoyable Thriller
    This is Mr. Thor's second novel and it's a breakneck ride from the first sentence to the last period. I was exhausted by the time I reached the last page. I thoroughly enjoyed his "The Lions of Lucerne" and pre-ordered "Path of the Assassin". Mr. Thor's second novel, while still good, is not as good as "Lions". Hopefully, Mr. Thor's next installment in the life of hero, Scot Harvath, will have a little more plot and a lot less testosterone. There was a little too much verbage about how much smarter, tougher, and more heroic Mr. Havath was than anyone else in government service (this is what stopped me from giving four stars). We accept this; just get on with the story.

    This is still a good thriller -- and it's one thrill after another. The story line was right on and liked the twists and turns. Also liked the heroine and the fact she can keep up with Mr. Havath; hope to see more of her. Looking forward to the next installment....more info

  • EXCELLENT WORK!!
    Hard to believe this guy writes so well!! Who is he? I can't wait to read the newest one! If you like suspense and action you need to read this book, I promise you won't put it down until you finish it!...more info
  • Useless
    Useless, I bought it by mistake. It is not my style listening to a silly "actor" I prefer a book.
    Best regards,
    Sven F¨ırst...more info
  • Could Not Put It Down!
    I absolutely loved Thor's first book, and hoped that he would pen a sequel. My wish came true--Path of the Assassin again features Scot Harvath, whose adventures start on the first page and never stop! The female counterpart in this book was also quite impressive--she overcame her vulnerabilities to be a heroine in her own right. If you like exciting, non-stop action, this is your book!...more info
  • Trash
    I cannot believe I got past page 10 without just tossing it in the dumpster.

    I don't think I've ever read a worse ending.

    Very disappointing....more info

  • Real-world parallels !
    Path of the Assassin features Scott Horvath, a former Navy Seal turned Secret Service operative, who represents much of the best of the American Special Forces we have seen working in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere.

    Horvath faces real threats to America's survival, and he must be prepared to do what it takes to protect his country. The chase in this powerful drama also involves Meg Cassidy, a public relations expert, who is the only one alive to have seen the face of the illusive terrorist leader. The question becomes who is the one being chased? Horvath and Cassidy persist on a fast and deliberate pace as they cross continents playing a deadly game of cat and mouse.

    Thor's work is particularly credible because he uses real enemies of America, religious fanatics who want to destroy our way of life, which offers a refreshing change from focusing on the deranged American or Nazi businessman as cast by Hollywood and the cultural elite. This type of novel will remind you that our enemies can be more clever, more patient, and more vicious than any think tank's rational projection of the future.

    Brad Thor provides the imagination and the writing ability to give the reader an explosive novel as well as the insight to think through America's future safety....more info

  • Path of the Assassin
    Typical Scot Harvath adventure. Entertaining and fast paced. An easy read for those who like fiction that moves and is predictable....more info
  • Disappointed
    My daughter and I were disappointed in this second book. We loved the first one. This became me,me,me-- I can't explain the differnce. We are obviously in the minority so far. I hope that the third book is better....more info
  • Another great book by Brad Thor
    This was another great thrill ride as was Brad's first book. Scot Harvath is a great hero and odvious patriot. The X-Seal, Harvath seems to always make the correct decision under extreme circumstances. The book will keep you turning the pages, or in my case clicking the pages on my kindle, anticipating Scot's next move. I look forward to the next book, "State of the Union". I strongly disagree with some of the negative reviews. Thor is an excellent author and should be given the proper accolades for his superior writing skills....more info
  • Path of the egotist
    Though the book moves at a pretty good clip, that's about all I can say that's positive about it. It was poorly written(probably a first draught. And the only one who seemed to know what he was doing in this whole story was the Hero-Secret Service Agent Scott Harvath. Everyone else is made out to look like total incompetents. The Author's ego shines through on this one.
    First Scott sites the villain in this story in Macau, during an arrest gone bad, as well as on three later occasions, but he needs a PR person who has no military experience, who foiled a hijacking while he was trying to rape her, to ID the bad guy-son of Abu Nidal. Then he trains her to become this superAgent in two weeks time at a secret military training camp?
    I don't buy it......more info
  • Another Thriller!
    Brad Thor's second book was another thriller.In this book your hero is once again Scot Harvath.After his rescue of the President Harvath starts tracking down the remaining members of
    the kidnapping team.The remaining members get killed off by a
    skilled killer. All signs point to Hashim Nidal son of Abu Nidal.
    This terrorist is trying to provoke a war between Israel and the Arab world.The chase for Nidal is fast paced and covers Chicago,Libya,Capri,and Rome.Pay close attention to the silver eyed assassin. This is an action packed book that you will enjoy reading. The ending of the story is also vey exciting. Buy this book. You will enjoy it....more info
  • Five hours of my life I can never get back.
    First let me say that I did not pay for this book. I had an advance readers copy so I cannot be angry about spending money for this book. This book was horrible. I found the characters, the situations and the dialogue to be unbelievable. If these people were in charge of the war on terrorism then we all better reserve a copy of the Koran and get ready to praise Allah. There were times when I actually laughed out loud and then had to reread passages to be certain about what I had read. Unfortunately my reread was no better. I actually took to highlighting passages so that I could laugh at them sometime in the future. This was a "James Bond" character with no style. Austin Powers and Dr. Evil would have been welcome additions to the plot....more info
  • One of the best books I ever read
    This book is billiant.

    I wish BRAD THOR will continue to make such excellent books....more info

  • Tripe
    I can't believe this book made it out of a publishing house. I was in dire need of a quick airplane read, but this is truly disappointing nonsense. Full of cliche statements--"mark my words", "That's all well and good", "She was thrown in at the deep end and proved she could swim".

    There are only two women in the book and both are "the most beautiful women he had ever seen". Thor egomanially has his own website. If you find your way to it make sure to check out Thor photographed with his toy guns and a cool helicopter. Ego far exceeds talent with this terrible read......more info