Brad Thor at bookstore for Act of War, his latest thriller.
August 4, 2014


Act of War

Brad Thor's latest thriller picks up, in a way, on something we saw in Russian Roulette, that radical Islam could be manipulated by outside forces, in fact forces that you would expect to be opposed to Islam itself, to act against the West.

Intelligence is received of a threat against the United that results in two missions. One to North Korea. The second mission centers on a Chinese effort to remove five "princelings," children of the Chinese elite, from the US prior to an all out attack.

The Chinese, despite the official Communist policy of atheism, are using radical Islamist groups as foils to penetrate the U.S. Needless to say, it falls to Scott Harvath and his team to stop the attacks, which have the potential to wipe out 80–90&per; of the US population.

You get the occasional right wing diatribe. In some respects Thor might be from an even earlier era than your jurassic commentator, possibly triassic, or even devonian. None of that should get in the way, if you're one of the modern mammalians, of enjoy a decent story. Thor is generally light on characterization, though he does some provide some for his villains, and he presumes on your previous knowledge when he presents recurring characters, such as "the troll," who has featured in previous books.

Next up, a new book in Tom Clancy's Ryanverse, this time by his heir apparent Mark Greaney