Blowback (Scot Harvath Series #4) [NOOK Book]

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A weapon designed to decimate the Roman Empire has just become the number one threat to the United States.
From the national bestselling author of The Lions of Lucerne, Path of the Assassin, and State of the Union comes the most gripping international thriller yet featuring Navy SEAL turned covert counterterrorism agent Scot Harvath.
"Scot Harvath is the perfect ...
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Blowback (Scot Harvath Series #4)

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Overview

A weapon designed to decimate the Roman Empire has just become the number one threat to the United States.
From the national bestselling author of The Lions of Lucerne, Path of the Assassin, and State of the Union comes the most gripping international thriller yet featuring Navy SEAL turned covert counterterrorism agent Scot Harvath.
"Scot Harvath is the perfect all-American hero for the post-September 11th world."
-- Nelson DeMille
When a mystery thousands of years in the making threatens to catapult the enemies of America to a sure and decisive victory, the only person the president can call for help is the man the administration has just fired.
Caught live on Al Jazeera in an off-the-books operation, Scot Harvath's career has been terminated and he is forced to go to ground as the president bows to pressure from a ruthless senator with her sights set on the White House. But when the tide in the war on terror suddenly turns against the U.S., the president has no choice but to secretly bring Harvath back inside.
Ducking a congressional subpoena, Harvath travels to the Mediterranean, where he learns of a shadowy organization that has been combing the earth for decades in search of the ultimate weapon to use against the United States and her allies.
Now, after three summers of record-setting heat across present-day Europe, one steadily melting Alpine glacier has given up an ancient secret--one with the potential to thrust civilization back into the Dark Ages.
From Cyprus, London, and Paris, to Italy, Switzerland, and Saudi Arabia, Harvath must race against the clock to stop one of the greatest evils ever to face the United States. With his characteristic high-voltage action, sweeping international locales, and meticulous research, Brad Thor has created another supercharged novel that is sure to thrill.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416510239
  • Publisher: Atria Books
  • Publication date: 6/28/2005
  • Series: Scot Harvath Series , #4
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 5,272
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Brad Thor
Brad Thor is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Hidden Order, Black List, Full Black (one of Suspense Magazine's best political thrillers of 2011), The Athena Project, Foreign Influence (one of Suspense Magazine’s best political thrillers of 2010), The Apostle, The Last Patriot (nominated best thriller of the year by the International Thriller Writers Association), The First Commandment, Takedown, Blowback (recognized as one of the “Top 100 Killer Thrillers of All Time” by NPR), State of the Union, Path of the Assassin, and The Lions of Lucerne. Visit his website at BradThor.com.
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Prologue

Col de la Traversette

French-Italian Alps

Donald Ellyson tried to scream, but nothing happened. He had done a lot of reprehensible things in his fifty-five years, but this was not how he had expected to die -- his throat sliced and hot blood running down the front of his parka. This was supposed to be the discovery of his life, the one that would legitimize him and land him at the top of the academic heap. But the moment of his greatest triumph had suddenly become the last moment he would ever know. And for what? Did his benefactors actually think he was going to stiff them?

Sure, he was known to gamble, and yes, he often stole artifacts from archeological digs to sell on the black market, but so did a lot of other people. It was just the way the world worked. Certainly, the punishment shouldn't be death.

It was only three years ago that Ellyson had joined a group of archeologists excavating a site southwest of Istanbul. During the dig, a hidden room with a vast trove of parchments had been discovered. Upon closer inspection, the documents appeared to be remnants of the famous Library of Alexandria, which was considered to be the greatest collection of books in the ancient world.

The library had been almost completely destroyed by the Romans who sacked and burned it in both the third and fourth centuries. It was widely assumed that the balance of the library's contents were destroyed when the Muslims, under the Caliph Umar I, laid siege in 640, but as Ellyson and his colleagues pored over the documents, they realized how wrong that supposition was. Someone at some point in history had apparently managed to preserve a large portion of what remained.

Ellyson was fascinated by what the parchments contained. One in particular was absolutely astounding. It was written in Greek and detailed a firsthand account of one of the most brilliant and most deadly undertakings in ancient history. He never catalogued that manuscript and went to great pains to make sure no one else on the dig even knew of its existence.

It was a treasure map of sorts, and though it did not have a great big X marking the spot, it promised unfathomable rewards. Once out of Istanbul, Ellyson went straight to the most likely source of funding for an expedition like this. He had been in the game long enough to know players who would jump at the chance to get their hands on what the manuscript suggested was waiting out there. And, indeed, the promise contained within the manuscript proved irresistible to his erstwhile partners.

Like Ellyson, those partners had read the classical accounts of Livy and Polybius, as well as works by renowned historians such as Gibbon, Zanelli, Vanoyeke, and a host of others too numerous to list. The more the partners read, the more they learned, and the more they learned, the more they became intrigued with the potential power of Ellyson's discovery.

Based on the archeologist's request, the partners spent millions on aerial surveys by planes, helicopters, and even satellites, combing many of the Alpine passes between southern France and Italy in hope of locating a particularly valuable item referred to in the parchment.

Ellyson had defied convention, turning his back on the more popular historical locations, as none of them fit the picture he had cobbled together from his ancient texts. Good fortune, though, did not smile upon his undertaking. Still, despite the lack of progress, the archeologist was confident he'd be successful in the end.

Though at times money was extremely difficult to come by, the men funding Ellyson's search did whatever they had to do to keep the coffers full. Their organization had been searching for decades for just this type of find and couldn't stop now. The power it promised to deliver was too important to give up on over something as trivial as money.

It wasn't until recently, aided by three summers of record-setting heat across Europe, that the snow had begun to melt, glaciers had begun to recede, and, near the Col de la Traversette, Ellyson had uncovered the first pieces of archeological evidence that proved he was on the right track -- straps of leather from an ancient harness, shards of pottery, and a small collection of broken weapons. He had narrowed a staggering field of haystacks to just one, but that one was replete with fathomless gorges and crevices, any number of which might contain his needle.

The Col de la Traversette was one of the most treacherous and highest mountain passes in all of France. Over the centuries, both French and Italian authorities had attempted to sabotage parts of it in the hope of stemming smuggling between their countries, but the pass lived on. A mere ten meters wide at the summit, the remote pathway was only accessible during a short period between mid-summer and early fall -- and even then conditions could still be unbearable. Locals referred to the region's weather as eight months of winter followed by four months of hell.

Despite these daunting obstacles, Ellyson had finally found his needle. He was a much better archeologist than he had ever given himself credit for. And the interesting thing about it was that the group funding his project wasn't even concerned with the entire find, only a part of it -- the part he had used as bait. It was all that had been necessary to get them to finance the operation. What they wanted from the find was a mere token to him, something he could easily do without. It was, in his mind, a minor footnote that had been lost to history. If his benefactors were willing to cover the cost of his entire project, he had no intention of denying them such a small item in return.

Even now from his prone position on the floor, Ellyson could see the object they had been after -- a long, intricately carved wooden chest. It was right there -- theirs for the taking. He didn't need or want it. So why did they have to kill him? Nobody would have ever known that the box, or more importantly what was inside it, was missing. Much like me, thought Ellyson as he heard the sound of his two Sherpas approaching and watched as his killer removed a small-caliber automatic from his parka.

After calmly replacing the pistol in his pocket, the assassin stared at the wooden, coffinlike box. For over two thousand years, the ancient weapon had lain beyond the reach of man, frozen within the glacial ice of this remote Alpine chasm, but all of that was about to change. The assassin removed a satellite phone from inside his coat and dialed the ten-digit number for his employer -- a man known to him only as the Scorpion.

Copyright (c) 2005 by Brad Thor

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  • Posted August 31, 2009

    Thor lets his personal political biases ruin an otherwise interesting book.

    I read Thor's 1st 3 Hovath books and enjoyed them. I realized from his Fox News references & gung ho patriotism that Thor leaned to the right, which didn't bother me because it was still an interesting read. But in Blowback Thor goes to far with his obvious hatred of certain Democrats, This doesn't belong in a fictional work and certainly will alienate at least half the country, or at least I hope it would. There's all kinds of political non-fiction out there where the author can lambast his political enemies, but putting an actual current politician in a controversial role in a fictional book is in bad taste in my opinion. I recommend this book for Republicans only. It'll be right up your alley.

    4 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2012

    Riveting suspense and potentially a revealing wake up call Seld

    Riveting suspense and potentially a revealing wake up call Seldom does
    a book of fiction prompt me to research the historical events played by
    the author. But, Thor piqued my interest in two areas; Hannibal and his
    use of “weapons of destruction” born in ancient times BC; and, the
    driving forces behind the world’s current fundamentalist threats. If
    proven true, Thor’s take on these driving forces should be a wake up
    call to the world’s leadership - unless they already know this...

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2012

    Horrible plot

    Eeak effort from Thor

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 27, 2011

    amazing from page 1

    a must read

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2007

    As good as it gets

    Just when I thought he couldn't come up with anything better, Surprise, Surprise!!!! Have read them all, this one sizzles. I can't wait for anything new from Brad. A great story teller. His story lines are terrific and his plots never fail to entertain.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2013

    Poor book construction.

    2nd Paperback I have received with missing or miss cut pages in the middle of the book. 20 pages of repeated chapter and this one was 16 pages cut off at the top. Please tell me how someone could not see a gap of 16 pages. I am currently reading this book and as always Brad Thor is excellent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2013

    Great read.

    Scot Harvath vs. Mitch Rapp. Scot wins. Intreging story line that had me glued to my Nook. This was a plot that was new and refreshing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2012

    Highly recommend Thor's newest book

    I have read some of Thor's books. I was not disappointed with "Blowback". It moves right along and is hard to put down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2012

    Awesome!

    Enough said!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 20, 2012

    great!

    love the serie, a must to read

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 31, 2011

    A real page-turner!

    From the very first chapter, the book had my attention. I admit, I am a picky reader. It's hard to find an author I really enjoy. Brad Thor has officially made my list of favorite authors. Page after page. I never wanted to put it down- cover to cover, a perfect masterpiece!

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  • Posted October 21, 2011

    Another Exciting Scott Harvath Adventure

    Once again Scott Harvath has saved our nation and preserved our way of life. Brad Thor has suceeded in keeping the reader engrossed and anticipating the next turn in this exciting drama. If you love the thrill of the chase, the twists of politics and the fall of the bad guy you will like this latest installment.

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  • Posted October 4, 2011

    Good

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  • Posted May 7, 2011

    Action Packed and Relevant in our Changing world - Blowback by Brad Thor

    After Scot Harvath's career just went down the drain due to video of him beating up the wrong guy, the United States faces yet another attack; this time, an illness with mysterious symptoms that belong in Bram Stoker's Dracula. In Blowback, the fourth novel of Brad Thor's series about the infamous Scot Harvath, he and the rest of his team must find the source before the president must begin Campfire Protocol - a last resort that no one hopes it will come to.
    A continuation of the adrenaline pumping action in each page, I thought this was another great book for The Ultimate Reading Adventure. This book takes the reader from the U.S. to Afghanistan, England, France, Italy, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, and Mexico. Like the rest of Thor's books, this one has everything the reader could want: humor, action / adventure, romance, suspense, and emotion. The message brought out in this novel through Harvath's realization that he cannot continue working forever the way he has in the past is that even when dedicated to a cause, one must have something outside of work to hold onto, no matter how good that cause is.

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  • Posted November 21, 2009

    Blowback

    Thor never disappoints. His knowledge of history in amazing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2006

    for the traveling folks

    If you want a page turning thriller with a modest historical bend as well as modern day action then this book is a winner. This was my first Brad Thor novel and I must say it was a captivating read. I liked the mix of action and technology and history. The premise is that Hannibal¿s famous crossing of the Alps to invade Rome suffered a severe loss of its secrete weapon involving biological warfare. Wow, that is a nice set up for a modern thriller! Scott Harvath, the main character is seen on live Arab TV capturing a suspected terrorist. Talk about a real bad day for a government spook. The result is rioting by Muslims and increased worldwide tensions between Westerners and the Arab World. For instance Scott openly wonders what he will do if he is kicked out of the clandestine service he works for? How many folks have worried about losing their job and can relate to the anxiety this stress causes? Then there is the worry that he will be exposed to the millions of Muslims who are calling out death threats against him and pressuring America to give him up or else. This book seems as if it was inspired by today¿s headlines, but with a stressed out hero inserted for good measure. I will check out future Brad Thor novels as I come across them. His writing style is just what the bored air traveler ordered, not too much technology to bog down the tension and with just enough unique historical potential for this plot to be plausible.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2005

    Another Great Story!

    I've read all of Brad Thor's books and this one is another among my all time favorites. The main character Scot Harvath is back again and although I am not going to give the story away, I finished it in one day, very thrilling. Harvath is after terrorists and there is an interesting plot of history going on as well reguarding Hannibals Army crossing over the mountain passes in France with a bio weapon. Another reason why I enjoy reading Brad Thor is that he never overplays the various locations around the world that Harvath travels to like many authors do. He gives you just enough to get the flavor of a location vs. trying to write in a travel manuscript to cover for actual story. It's the little things that are important to me as a reader and if I wanted a travel book, I would have bought one. Brad Thor's books are thrilling from start to finish...no B.S. and I can not wait for the next one.

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    Posted October 29, 2009

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