From the #1 New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author Brad Thor comes “his very best” (The Washington Times) thriller, following covert operative Scot Harvath as he is called upon to stop an ISIS-led plot to destroy the Vatican.
As a storm rages across the Mediterranean Sea, a terrifying distress call is made to the Italian Coast Guard. Days later, a body washes ashore. Identified as a high value but missing terrorism suspect, his name sends panic through the Central Intelligence Agency.
Where was he headed? What was he planning? And could he be connected to the “spectacular attack” they have been fearing all summer? In a race against time, the CIA taps an unorthodox source to get answers: Navy SEAL turned covert counterterrorism operative, Scot Harvath. Hired on a black contract, Harvath provides the deniability the United States needs, while he breaks every rule along the way.
Teeming with fascinating characters and electrifying intrigue, Brad Thor does it again and proves why he is known around-the-world as a master of thrillers.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
When terrorists target a sprawling festival in the U.S. desert, the global intelligence community is on high alert. Thankfully Scot Harvath—a former Navy SEAL turned counterterrorism operative who possesses field-tested smarts that help him squeak out of almost any jam—is on the case. Thor’s 17th Harvath book launches his bluntly brilliant hero on a thrill-ride plot that whipsaws from the sun-bleached Nevada desert to the hushed halls of the Vatican.
Opening with an ISIS bombing at the Burning Man festival in Nevada, book 17 in the Scot Harvath series sends the covert counterterrorism operative and his crew on a breathless, nonstop mission to find the mastermind behind the attack, Tajikistan terrorist Ravshan Tursunov. The novel shifts from team Harvath, engaging in combat and advanced interrogation (including waterboarding) in locations such as Libya and Mafia-run Sicily, to Tursunov as he visits crowded tourist destinations like the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Spain and Paris's Tuileries gardens, where more bombs take many lives. In reading this red-meat adventure tale, actor Schultz (Mr. Robot, The Normal Heart) provides a lean, straightforward narration with credible accents for different characters: Harvath crew member Matt Morrison is from Alabama and speaks with a good ol' boy drawl, an Italian mob boss and a charismatic Italian lawman speak with unexaggerated Italian accents, and Tursunov and his villainous cohorts converse with what passes for credible Tajiki pronunciation. Schultz's clear, plain talk is an added blessing when it comes to the techno- and military-speak and weaponry and machinery details that this novel offers in abundance. An Atria/Bestler hardcover.