Sunday, February 13, 2011

"Foreign Influence" by @BradThor

If you like thrillers, you almost certainly know the name Brad Thor.  He's an icon.  He does what thriller writers all try to do, but he does it effortlessly, seamlessly, dare I say gracefully?  Yes.  I dare.  I do indeed dare.

If you somehow haven't discovered Brad Thor yet, congratulations!  You just hit the thriller jackpot.  Not only is this stuff the pinnacle of the genre, there's TONS of it.  Foreign Influence is the ninth in the Scot Harvarth series.  You can read this one without any difficulty, but you can then go back and enjoy EIGHT more of these suckers.  Eight.

And Foreign Influence will scare the pants off of you.  His depiction of terrorism and its aftermath is chilling.  I personally would say that this is the darkest of Thor's novels, but I don't mean that as a criticism.  At all.  This one will have you turning pages into the night, but will leave you pondering well after you've reluctantly closed the cover.

For those non-thriller types, here's the deal.  Yes, Brad Thor's thrillers are almost what you would call a stereotypical thriller, but hold on a second.  These are some of the best of what the genre has to offer.  Sure, you may have had bad experiences with some of the lesser imitators out there, but they were mimicking the masters.  And one of the greatest of the masters?  Yep, that would be Brad Thor.  So give him a chance.  Chances are, if you don't like him, you just won't ever really like thrillers.

Foreign Influence is available here.

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