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#1 New York Times bestselling author Brad Thor brings readers his darkest and most intriguing thriller yet—a terrifying story of espionage and betrayal—brilliantly paced with superb nonstop action.

Born in the shadows and kept from heads of state, there are some missions so deadly, so sensitive, that they simply don’t exist.

When one such mission goes horribly wrong, a wave ...

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Overview

#1 New York Times bestselling author Brad Thor brings readers his darkest and most intriguing thriller yet—a terrifying story of espionage and betrayal—brilliantly paced with superb nonstop action.

Born in the shadows and kept from heads of state, there are some missions so deadly, so sensitive, that they simply don’t exist.

When one such mission goes horribly wrong, a wave of dramatic terrorist attacks is set in motion. Their goal: the complete and total collapse of the United States.

With the CIA’s intelligence abilities hobbled, former Navy SEAL Team 6 member turned covert counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath launches an audacious plan to infiltrate the terrorists’ network and prevent one of the biggest threats the United States has ever faced.

Simultaneously, a foreign wet work team has been sent to California. Their target: one of Hollywood’s most famous filmmakers.

While working on a secret documentary project, movie producer Larry Salomon has unknowingly exposed one of the world’s wealthiest and most politically connected powerbrokers—a man with a radical anti-American agenda poised to plunge the nation into deadly, irreversible chaos.

As the plots rocket to their pulse-pounding conclusion and the identities of the perpetrators are laid stunningly bare, Harvath will be left with only one means to save America. Unable to trust anyone, he will be forced to go Full Black.

Intense and frighteningly realistic, FULL BLACK is, hands down, Brad Thor’s most riveting thriller to date.

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An American intelligence mission has gone wrong, so terribly wrong in fact that it has not only crippled the CIA, but also unleashed a tsunami of terrorist attacks. To squash this massive offensive, former Navy SEAL, now covert op Scot Harvath must first identify the culprits, then neutralize them. Brad Thor's tenth thriller rushes forward to an action-packed conclusion. Now in mass-market paperback and NOOK Book.

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“[Brad Thor] is arguably the best political thriller writer of all time.” --Suspense Magazine

“Brad has yet again managed to take a world that few people see or know about, and expose readers to the inner workings of that world.” --Examiner.com (Houston)

There is enough adrenaline-charged adventure to fill several books of its length --- with explosions, mayhem and karate.” --BookReporter.com

"Gripping." --People

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416586623
  • Publisher: Pocket Books
  • Publication date: 5/22/2012
  • Series: Scot Harvath Series , #10
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 61,827
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Brad Thor

Brad Thor is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Act of War, 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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Full Black

SWEDISH COUNTRYSIDE

NEAR UPPSALA

FRIDAY

His timing had been perfect. Swerving back into the lane at the last possible second, he watched in his rearview mirror as the white Škoda behind him careened off the road and slammed into a large tree.

Applying his brakes, he pulled off the road and stepped out of his vehicle. The air smelled of spruce and spilled gasoline. The woman from the passenger side joined him. They had to move fast.

Half their work had already been done for them. The terrorist in the Škoda’s passenger seat had not been wearing his seat belt. He was already dead.

The driver was trying to unbuckle himself when Scot Harvath arrived at his window. He was cursing at him in Arabic from inside. Harvath removed a spark plug, often referred to as a ghetto glassbreaker, from his pocket and used it to smash the window.

Grasping the terrorist’s head, Harvath gave a sharp twist and broke his neck. Gently, he guided the dead driver’s chin down to his chest.

The final passenger was a young Muslim man seated in the back of the car who was screaming. As Riley Turner opened his door she could see he had wet himself. Painting his chest with the integrated laser sight of her Taser, she pulled the trigger.

The compressed nitrogen propulsion system ejected two barbed probes and embedded them in the young man’s flesh. The insulated wires leading back to the weapon delivered a crackling pulse of electricity that incapacitated his neuromuscular capability.

Yanking open the opposite door, Harvath carefully avoided the probes as he pulled the man from the vehicle and laid him on the ground. Once the man’s hands were FlexCuff’d behind his back, Harvath removed a roll of duct tape and slapped a piece over his mouth. Producing a pair of pliers, he yanked out the probes. The man winced and emitted a cry of pain from behind his gag. As he did, Harvath looked up and saw a familiar pearl-gray Opel minivan approaching.

The van pulled parallel with the crash scene and slowed to a stop. The sliding door opened and a man in his midtwenties, holding a shopping bag, stepped out into a puddle of radiator fluid and broken glass.

The young operative’s name was Sean Chase, and while he wasn’t a perfect match, he was the best they had.

Chase was the product of an American father and an Egyptian mother. His features were such that Arabs saw him as Arab and Westerners often took him for one of their own. The question was, would the members of the Uppsala cell accept him?

He was intended to be Harvath’s ultimate listening device and was going to switch places with the young Muslim from the backseat of the Škoda, Mansoor Aleem.

Mansoor and the Uppsala cell were the only link the United States had to a string of terrorist attacks that had targeted Americans in Europe and the United States. And as bloody as those attacks had been, they were supposedly nothing, compared to what intelligence reported the plotters were about to unleash.

Subbing Chase for Mansoor was the most crucial and the most dangerous part of the assignment. According to their limited intelligence, only two Uppsala cell members had ever met Mansoor before and actually knew what he looked like. The men were friends of his uncle, a terrorist commander by the name of Aazim Aleem.

The men had been dispatched to Arlanda airport in Stockholm to collect Mansoor and return him to the cell’s safe house two hours north. Thanks to Harvath, they were now both dead.

The team had had the men under surveillance since they had arrived at the airport. The driver had made only one phone call after they had picked up Mansoor and left the airport. Harvath felt confident the call had been to the cell in Uppsala confirming the pickup.

Harvath now pulled the young Muslim to his feet and pushed him up against the van. Drawing his Glock pistol, he placed it under the man’s chin and pulled the tape from over his mouth. “You saw what I did to your friends?”

Mansoor Aleem was trembling. Slowly, he nodded.

While his uncle was a very, very bad guy, as were the two dead men slumped in the Škoda, Mansoor was on the cyber side of the jihad and hadn’t experienced violence or dead bodies firsthand. That didn’t mean he wasn’t just as guilty as jihadis who pulled triggers, planted bombs, or blew themselves up. He was guilty as hell. He was also a potential treasure trove of information, having run a lot of his uncle’s cyber operations. Harvath had no doubt the United States would be able to extract a ton from him. But first, he wanted to be as sure as he could be that he wasn’t sending Chase into a trap.

“We know all about the Uppsala cell,” said Harvath. “We want you to take us to them.”

Mansoor stammered, trying to find his words. “I, I can’t.”

“What do you mean, you can’t?” Harvath demanded.

“I don’t know them.”

Harvath jabbed the muzzle of his weapon further up into the soft tissue under the man’s chin. Mansoor’s eyes began to water. “Don’t bullshit me, Mansoor. We know everything you’re up to.”

“But I don’t know anything,” he said emphatically. “Honestly. I was just supposed to get on the plane. That’s all. That’s why they picked me up at the airport. I don’t know where they were taking me.”

Harvath studied the man’s face. He was looking for microexpressions, tells people often radiate when lying or under stress from an act they are about to commit.

As far as Harvath could surmise, the man wasn’t lying. “I want a list of all the cell members. Right now.”

“I don’t know who you’re talking about.”

Harvath pushed the gun up harder, causing Mansoor more pain.

“I only knew the two men in the car,” he said as his eyes drifted toward the wreck.

“You’re lying to me,” said Harvath.

“I’m not lying to you.”

“Describe the other cell members to me. Their ages, backgrounds, I want all of it.”

“I don’t know!” Mansoor insisted. “You keep asking me questions I can’t answer! The only two people I know in this entire country are dead! You killed them!”

With so little time, that was as good as Harvath was going to get. Patting Mansoor down, he located his wallet and tossed it to Chase. He then went through his pockets and removed everything else.

Chase already had a U.K. passport with his picture issued in Mansoor’s name. He also had a driving permit, ATM card, two credit cards, and a host of other pocket litter that would make him even more believable.

Chase fished through the handful of items Harvath had taken from his prisoner and pocketed a boarding pass, a London Tube card, and Mansoor’s house keys.

Opening the Škoda’s trunk, the young operator sifted through Mansoor’s suitcase and quickly studied the contents as he replaced the clothing with his own. Knowing everything the cyberjihadist had packed would give him more insight into the identity he was about to assume.

When he was done, he zipped up the case, removed it from the trunk, and closed the lid. Looking at Riley Turner, he said, “Let’s get this over with.”

Turner approached and unrolled a small surgical kit. She was in her midthirties, tall, fit, and very attractive. Her reddish-brown hair was pulled back in a ponytail. She had blue eyes and a wide, full mouth. Removing a syringe, she began to prep an anesthetic.

Chase shook his head. “I appreciate the thought, but I’ll pass on the Botox.”

“It’s your call,” she replied, gesturing for him to sit down on the backseat. “This is going to hurt, though.”

The young intelligence operative winked at her. “I can take it.”

She swept back his dark hair and abraded his forehead with a piece of sandpaper. To his credit, he sat there stoically, but that was the easy part. Next, Turner removed her scalpel. Placing it at his hairline, she dug in and cut a short, craggy line.

Chase sucked air through his clenched teeth as the blood began to flow down his forehead and into his eyes.

Turner handed him a handkerchief.

“God, that hurts,” he said.

“I warned you.”

Having secured Mansoor in the van, Harvath now rejoined them. Bending down, he gathered up a handful of broken glass and handed it to Turner, who sprinkled pieces into Chase’s hair, as well as the folds of his clothing.

Harvath searched the dead men and recovered their cell phones. After cloning their SIM cards, he reassembled the driver’s phone and tossed it to Chase, saying, “Showtime.”

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  • Posted May 4, 2011

    The Price is Not Set by the Author.

    Please keep in mind that the price of the book is not set by the author. It is unfair to give a book poor reviews based on something that has nothing to do with the book itself. If you don't like the book, write a review. If you don't like the price, write the company!

    54 out of 73 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 24, 2011

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    exciting action-packed thriller

    The attacks on Americans abroad and on home soil have the CIA and HSD struggling to react. Intelligence strongly confirms a bigger terrorist assault is coming. While working on a secret documentary, movie producer Larry Salomon exposes an affluent anti-American. An apparent Russian wet team arrives in California to silence the producer leaving three dead and the movie maker alive only due to former Delta operative technical consultant Luke Ralston.

    Near Uppsalla, Sweden, covert counterterrorism agent Scot Harvath and his team begin a measure to infiltrate a nasty terrorist network while trusting no one in the Intel community. Thus he and his squad go Full Black starting with the capture of computer guru Mansoor Aleem, the nephew of Jihad Mufti, on his way to meet with a cell run by Mustafa Karami and replace him with Sean Chase. While the attacks intensify, time is running out

    This exciting action-packed thriller has its first death on page one and never looks back as the action in Sweden and Hollywood expands to other locales with death counts rising rapidly. The story line is fast-paced from that opening sequence in which Horvath breaks the neck of a terrorist and accelerates from there as the field operatives try to prevent full implementation of Project Green Ramp. Full Black is an exciting tale that showcases how vulnerable Europe and America remains to terrorism.

    Harriet Klausner

    32 out of 37 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 21, 2011

    Do your homework!

    People, before you buy the e-reader, do your homework. Check out what it will cost you to buy books before you buy the device. Part of being 'tech-savvy' is knowing the cost ahead of time. The only person you have to blame for not realizing what it will cost to buy books on the device is yourself. Stop whining about the cost. Stop giving an otherwise excellent author bad reviews.

    No, they're not cheap, but saving a buck or two over the hard back price, and saving the gas money IS worth it. Also, you should check out the periodicals, some of those prices are unbelievable savings. Most of the people whining about price are probably ignorant of ALL of the benefits of the Nook devices.

    Do your homework, then enjoy the ride of a great read!!!

    23 out of 46 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2011

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    Fantastic Author!

    Dont buy the book if you do not like the pricing of it! You guys are ruining the rating of a fantastic author to complain about the pricing of e-books. There is a forum for such complaints. Take it elswhere!

    20 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2011

    Seriously...

    Stop harping on why the e-books cost so much. If it's too much, don't buy it. I don't see you complaining when you're sitting at a B&N store reading books and magazines for free, thus the book or magazine are no longer in pristine condition so now they can't even sell it. It's people like you that will ultimately cause these stores to shutdown and stick to selling things online. There are other reasons why people may purchase e-books, maybe they don't have the real estate to house all the physical books?

    19 out of 35 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2011

    Boycott People Who Complain About the Price

    I am appealing to B&N not to print the moronic reviews that complain about the price of e-books. This unfairly impacts the overall ratings. Scott Harvath is a great author and this is a great book. Kindle and Nook prices are the same, and are not set by the Author. I have a Kindle and I love it. I bought if for the convenience of not having to lug books around. If you don't like the price go to the library and get it for free.

    18 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2011

    Paying List!!

    Scot Harvath Rocks!!!

    16 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2011

    Action Packed

    Quit paying attention to the people complaining about the Nook prices - its the same price everywhere! And its worth every penny. The action packed Harvath series makes you think with every book. And with Full Black, I did find myself googling a lot!

    I've watched Scot grow as a character and Thor grow as an expert in his craft. The action sequences are amazing and the story is phenomenal. Definitely a recommended book and recommended author! Can't wait for the next book! Well done!

    15 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 19, 2011

    GrndMA Retta

    Any one who is a reader knows reading has nothing to do with cost keep reading eventually you will figure it out just enjoy

    14 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 27, 2011

    Seriously?

    Don't pay attention to the morons complaining about price. These Brad Thor books are worth every penny. I've bought the last nine as soon as they were released in hardback and spent 25 bucks apiece for them. I was just telling my wife how excited I was to have a nook and be able to get it for half the price. If you don't like the price and haven't read the other nine, go through those and wait for the price to drop (or quit whining and pay the 12 bucks and enjoy, if $12 is that big of a deal to you, maybe have bigger things to worry about than buying another book).

    12 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 27, 2011

    STOP COMPLAINING

    Quit writing about the price of the books in these reviews. Also, if you happen to look at Amazon, they are charging the SAME PRICE for this ebook. If it's too expensive for you, wait until it is cheaper....

    12 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 5, 2011

    A Real Nail Biter!

    Excellent read. This is my first Brad Thor book, I can say for a fact that it will not be my last. He

    11 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 4, 2011

    Highly recommended

    Brad Thor has done it again for those who like a tense, action packed thriller.

    11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2011

    Price

    Thor's books are worth the price you pay.

    11 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 21, 2011

    STOP COMPLAINING ABOUT THE COST OF E-BOOKS

    It is really getting tiresome to hear people complain about the cost of e-books. The bottom line is the e-books were cheaper when they were first introduced in order to get people to read and buy e-books. Now that e-books are pretty much established, the e-books have gone up to regular price. Don't blame the author for the price of the e-books. The book publishers and stores are in business just like everyone else to make a profit. It you don't like the cost of the e-book,then don't buy them. Stick to the physical books instead.

    11 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 12, 2011

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    "FULL BLACK" (REVIEW)

    "FULL BLACK" BY BRAD THOR

    With a quick-moving plot and action that will keep you unable to put this book down, you'll find yourself so caught up in this book you'll unwittingly become a part of it.

    A combination of mystery and thriller this book goes into a subject we often ask ourselves. What is the government hiding? Readers that enjoy this type of novel will love it and those that don't will find themselves compelled to read it anyway!

    You will definitely not want to miss out on this novel!

    -Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 30, 2011

    Thor Channels Beck?

    Perhaps Brad Thor is to Glenn Beck as Mark Twain is to Samuel Clemens. It's worth investigating. Thor's "Full Black" is perfect for any readers in search of a rabid right-wingnut manifesto with a thriller mixed in. The novel's antagonist, James Standing, matches every Liberal stereotype so perfectly he single-handedly personifies all of the hyper-bogeymen pointed to by the likes of 'FOX and Friends' personalities. The former's credibility is deserving of the same level of consideration as the latter's. As an example, Standing is interviewed by an amazingly beautiful reporter (Cliché, anyone?) who extols the virtues of capitalism with a fervor that is matched only by the bogeyman's love of socialism and [of course] hatred of America. The entire interview is an idealogue's dream and a target of derision for those capable of discerning sh-t from Shinola. Intellectual [sic] exchanges of similar worth can be found on thousands of two-bit message boards throughout the internet. In short, Brad Thor's "Full Black" is crafted around an incredibly improbable Bad Guy who is so far removed from any sane person's perception of reality that the novel's premise falls apart at even the slightest nudge of critical thought. Take all the above, add a generous dash of Islamophobia, toss in hero Harvath's perennial loneliness and perpetual horniness, and stir. What you'll get is an incredibly incredible paranoid right-winger graphic novel . . . without the luxury of graphics. Somewhere, Glenn Beck is smiling. No, you can't get your money back.

    10 out of 38 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2011

    Scot Harvath is back in his best mode....

    Thor does not let you down. This is a great book in the latest Scot Harvath series. The action comes straight out of today's headlines.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2011

    Great read!

    Brad Thor writes about what many would like to see done.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2011

    Politics get in the way of writing

    Brad Thor created an very interesting character in Scot Horvath. However, in each succeeding book in the series, the writing has become increasingly ideological in terms of expounding on the standard right wing complaints about everything that is wrong with the American political system. The shades of grey have disappeared into simple black and white in terms of who is right and who is wrong. In this book almost the entire first half is taken up with the exposition of everything that is wrong with America. It is only the last third where the writing becomes interesting and the reader is enveloped by the actual story. Unfortunately, Mr. Thor seems to be following the path of Tom Clancy, whose books I stopped reading because of his ideological rants.

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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