September 1, 2013

Brad Thor
I was wondering around in Barnes & Noble this past summer, and came across Foreign Influence, the tenth in a series of novels about a former navy SEAL turned Secret Service agent named Scott Horvath. I'm up to date on Tom Clancy's novels, so I've started reading these in between the more serious books. I've put the list of novels in series chronology below, and I'll fill in the blanks as I read them. There are two major problems with Thor's novels. First, there is a tendency to follow the old Black Mask advice that whenever you get stuck a man with a gun comes through the door. That happens too often. Second, once you've read the book I find, and this may be my problem due to age, ADD, ADHD, or something else, is that I tend to forget the book almost immediately. I don't have this problem with Ian Fleming, and can fill you in on the girls and the villains in both the books and the movies. (For instance, the girl in Moonraker was Gala Brand in the book, and Holly Goodhead in the movie.) That also includes the various plot details. On the other hand, the books are fast reading, and Thor is for the most part on what I regard as the correct side of the ideological divide. He may have a tendency to the more paranoid and conspiratorial side of things, but that could simply be because that's the side that yields interesting plots. Overall the novels are entertaining. Thor may not be Stendahl or Proust, but he's good for the beach or for relaxation.