Takedown (Scot Harvath Series #5)

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"Navy SEAL turned covert counterterrorism agent Scot Harvath is left alone to fight a battle that even the nation's most seasoned intelligence operatives never saw coming." "After years without a terrorist attack on American soil, one group has picked the 4th of July weekend to pull out all the stops. In a perfectly executed attack, all of the bridges and tunnels leading into and out of Manhattan are destroyed just as thousands of commuters begin their holiday exodus. With domestic efforts focused on search and rescue, a deadly team of highly
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"Navy SEAL turned covert counterterrorism agent Scot Harvath is left alone to fight a battle that even the nation's most seasoned intelligence operatives never saw coming." "After years without a terrorist attack on American soil, one group has picked the 4th of July weekend to pull out all the stops. In a perfectly executed attack, all of the bridges and tunnels leading into and out of Manhattan are destroyed just as thousands of commuters begin their holiday exodus. With domestic efforts focused on search and rescue, a deadly team of highly trained foreign soldiers methodically makes its way through the city with the singular objective of locating one of their own - a man so powerful that America will do anything to keep him hidden." Scot Harvath is now the country's only hope. Fighting his way through the burning streets of Manhattan, he must mount his own operation to locate a man the United States government refuses to admit even exists.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781428105614
  • Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
  • Publication date: 8/28/2006
  • Series: Scot Harvath Series, #5
  • Format: Cassette

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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Takedown

A Thriller
By Brad Thor

Atria

Copyright © 2006 Brad Thor
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0743271181

Chapter One

Djemma el-Fna Market

Marrakech, Morocco

May 11

The problem with being in the wrong place at the wrong time is that you never know it until it's too late. That's how it was for Steven Cooke, and the bitter irony was that right up to the very last moment of his life, he thought he had stumbled upon an intelligence jackpot.

The blond-haired, blue-eyed twenty-six-year-old had happened across the meeting completely by accident. In fact, Cooke wasn't even supposed to be in that part of town except that his sister had asked him to bring her a special caftan when he flew home for a long-overdue visit at the end of the week.

Although he had way too much work to do before leaving, Steven had always found it hard to say no to Allison. The two were more than brother and sister. They had been best friends since childhood. In fact, Allison was the only person who really knew what he did for a living. Even their parents had no idea that their son was a CIA field officer.

Steven had been in Morocco just under a year and had gotten to know Marrakech fairly well. The souk at the heart of the small city was a labyrinth of passages and narrow alleyways. Donkey carts laden with merchandise lumbered up and down the hot,dusty thoroughfares, while the ever-present haze hung so thick that neither the city's mud-brick walls nor the high Atlas Mountains off in the distance could be seen from the main square. The heat was absolutely insufferable and as he combed the various covered markets for the perfect caftan for Allison, Cooke was grateful for the shade.

It was when Steven took a shortcut through one of the alleys that he noticed an unremarkable cafe with a rather remarkable patron -- a man who had disappeared two days before the September 11th attacks and for whom the United States had been searching ever since.

If he was correct, his discovery would represent not only a major coup for American intelligence, but it might also place a very distinct feather in his cap and set him apart as one of the more distinguished young field operatives. That would be nice, though Cooke reminded himself that he had joined the CIA to help defend his country, not to rack up attaboy's.

Removing his cell phone, Steven contacted his supervisor and filled him in on everything he had seen, including a mysterious new player who had entered the cafe and was now sitting at their man's table. With no one close enough to provide support, the best his boss could do was request the retasking of one of their surveillance satellites to help gather additional intelligence. The lion's share of the operation would fall to Steven. There were a staggering number of question marks surrounding the man in that cafe and the CIA needed Steven to gather as much information about him and what he was up to as possible.

Though adrenaline, fear, and excitement were coursing through his bloodstream, Cooke focused on his training to keep himself under control.

The first thing Steven needed was a record of the meeting. Since there was no way he was going to show his white Anglo-Saxon face in that cafe and potentially scare away his quarry, he had to get his hands on a fairly decent camera. Moving through the marketplace as fast as he dared, he finally found what he was looking for. The only problem was money -- he didn't have enough of it. The souk pickpockets were notorious, and he never carried credit cards and definitely never any more cash than he knew he would need. What he did have, though, was his Kobold Chronograph wristwatch, and the shop owner gladly accepted it in exchange for a Canon digital camera with a fairly decent zoom lens and an extra-high-capacity memory card.

From the edge of a rooftop across the alley, Steven interspersed his picture-taking with pieces of short video he hoped the experts at Langley would be able to decipher. Whatever had drawn the man in the cafe out of hiding must have been extremely important for him to risk this meeting.

Steven filled the high-capacity memory card and was about to reinsert the low-end factory-included card to see if he could get any pictures of the man's car once he left the cafe, when he heard a noise behind him.

The garrote wire whistled through the air and then snapped tight around his neck. Steven's hands scrabbled uselessly for it as he felt a knee in his back and the pressure begin to build. When his trachea severed, the camera clattered onto the rooftop, cracking the screen.

The damage made no difference to the assassin as he dragged the lifeless young CIA operative back from the parapet and pocketed the camera as well as the spare memory card. The only thing Abdul Ali cared about was that there never be any record of the meeting in that cafe.

The Americans would know its outcome soon enough, and by then it would be too late.

Copyright 2006 by Brad Thor



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  • Posted August 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    One of My Favorite Brad Thor Books

    This was one fun read! A great way to spend a rainy day, and you'll probably be able to finish this in one weekend. In fact, that's my only complaint. It's a bit short. The story is engrossing, and I didn't mind the cliffhanger ending, because I couldn't wait to start the next book in the series, "The FIrst Commandment".

    While it isn't necessary to read this series in chronological order, I recommend that you do, simply because if you enjoy this one you'll probably enjoy the other books.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    Highly recommended if you want a fast moving book

    Love Thor's style. Gets you hook early and then it is hard to stop reading. I like reading book in a series in order. Only problem is that he as well as may authors waste my reading time rehashing the past books so those that haven't read the earlier ones can catch up

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2012

    Highly Recommend - Depending on you rtaste

    I recently became a fan of Brad Thor and have read several of his books. Overall, his work is very similar to that of Vince Flynn but with perhaps a bit more humor. He's also a little less apologetic for his main character being an patriotic ass kicker! Obviously his work might not be like that of Hemingway but it makes for very entertaining reading in between more heavy duty books. "Takedown" itself is among better ones I've read so far. I like that his plots, while always fairly complex, always get resolved in a believable manner. If you like the hard boiled, ass kicking, counter intelligence operative type book then you will like this and Thor's other books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2012

    it was ok

    i probably won't read it again.

    wish i would of bought it used in paperback.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2008

    Vince Flynn's 'brother'

    I love this style of book. Other than Ms. JK Rowling, I've read only Daniel Silva, Steve Berry, Vince Flynn, and Brad Thor this year. A friend gave me Brad's latest, The First Commandment, to read, but as I read a few chapters, I knew I was missing the 'backstory'. So I came to B&N and bought every book Brad had written. I've hardly spent my money more wisely. Every book is exceptional. Takedown, in all it did, took ME down as well, right at the very last paragraph of the book. I had tears of a profound sadness in my heart. What a heart wrenching moment. The next book is going to be a heck of a ride. It'll have to top this one, because this is my favorite Brad Thor novel to date. He gets better and better. I was happy to see in his list of acknowledgements that he had Vince Flynn among them. Excellent!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2014

    A great read

    I have been hooked on these books ever since a friend of mine told me about them

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  • Posted October 3, 2014

    If I wrote reviews for all of Brad Thor's Scot Harvath´s books,

    If I wrote reviews for all of Brad Thor's Scot Harvath´s books, they would say the same thing - BRILLIANT, EXCITING, FABULOUS PLOTS & BELIEVABLE CHARACTERS . . .
    His books are page-turners, and surprisingly, have educated me a lot about things I new nothing about before, such as the "Federal" Reserve and Islam. I feel more patriotic (while still acknowledging our policicians huge failings and greed) tan I have ever felt about America.
    If we actually have any Scot Harvath's working to protect us, I say THANK YOU, and if we don't, WAKE UP WASHINGTON & stop being so politically correct!
    Thank you, Brad Thor!!

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  • Posted May 2, 2014

    Very good, all his books are

    Very good, thrilling to the very end. Surprises along the way. All his books are good. I discovered Brad Thor recently and have been enjoying reading his books in order.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2013

    Good book

    Fast moving.. I enjoyed the read!

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  • Posted February 22, 2013

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    Interesting

    This is the 5th in the Scot Harvath Series by Brad Thor and not as well done as some of the others I have read previously. Manhattan, NY is under siege by a terrorists group that has destroyed all bridge and waterway entries or exits from the rest of New York. Harvath and a loose band of physically handicapped x-military soldiers, along with Harvath’s close friend, attempt to find and shut down the primary threatening operation. This operation, designed by the terrorist, has the ultimate purpose to free a high value prisoner being interrogated in Manhattan, NY. Harvath and his band of misfits scour Manhattan looking for the captive prisoner and the men who are trying to free this hostage. In Washington the heads of the intelligence agencies are reluctant to share any information, making life miserable for those people responsible to accomplish their mission. I believe the hesitation to share intelligence between government departments rang true for me; personal egos, position, power and lack of trust all played a realistic part in this novel. In summary I would say it is a fair read, but not much more.

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  • Posted November 19, 2012

    Great Mystery Suspense!

    This is an excellent book. Brad Thor is an excellent writer, and the suspense keeps drawing you to complete the book and order more. Great Series!

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  • Posted July 29, 2012

    Action packed

    Awesome as ever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2011

    Fast reading

    Couldn't put it down

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2011

    A Book Worth Reading

    Terrorists have made 9/11 look like choir practice after destroying every bridge and tunnel in and out of Manhattan. This time, it's July 4th weekend when thousands of tourists come to the New York area to celebrate America's freedom. Then, there are more attacks, unnoticed by many, on secret places where the U.S. stores intelligence information around New York and Manhattan. In Takedown, the fifth novel of Brad Thor's series about the infamous Scot Harvath, he and the rest of his team must track down the attackers before they get their hands on what they're truly looking for.
    A continuation of the adrenaline pumping action in each page, I thought this was another great book for The Ultimate Reading Adventure. The only part I didn't like the was the cliff-hanger ending and another loss for Harvath after he had just went through the loss of one of his team. This book takes the reader from the U.S. to Canada and Africa. 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 must continue fighting for his country and for the men and women he serves with.

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  • Posted January 18, 2011

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    Intense Thriller!

    review by Patti Phillips New York Times bestselling author, Brad Thor, delivers thrillers that keep the action moving. "Takedown," first published in 2006, is just as topical as Thor's other recent books and deals with post September 11th terrorism action in NYC. In a horrifying glimpse of the future, bridges as well as tunnels are blown up at the beginning of the book and the resulting action places the President's daughter in danger. But, are the explosions and destruction a smokescreen for something else? Something even more devastating to our nation's security than what has already occurred? Yes, indeed. And, unfortunately, quite believable. The plot is scary enough to give the reader chills and instill a sincere wish that none of this nightmarish scenario ever comes to pass in the USA. The lead character, counter-terrorist Scot Harvath, is well written, with some depth and a sense of humanity despite the gravity of his tasks. We experience moments of his deep commitment and never question his patriotism as the drama unfolds. There are multiple bad guys - believable in that they are multi-dimensional - the worst one (a really nasty sort) has dogs that he loves and treats tenderly. As in many thrillers, there is a suspension of disbelief while the reader goes along for the ride, but the practicality of one of the action sequences seemed off to my New York City pals. Secret Service agents must get the dying daughter to a hospital. In actual fact, driving a car along the sidewalks of Manhattan to avoid grid-lock traffic doesn't really work. During the day on most streets, the sidewalks are blocked with potted trees and restaurant awnings and litter baskets and fruit stands and flower stands, etc. and are just too narrow for a car to make any headway. And, if mass transit shuts down, the people spill onto those very sidewalks while they try to get home. "Never gonna happen," was one comment. Aside from that, Thor gets the feel of the city right, with its complex maze of office buildings, side streets, subway stairwells, alleys, parks, garages, et al as the background for Harvath's chase. Be prepared to re-examine the anger of the post 9/11 world in this intense novel. Rated R for torture scenes

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  • Posted August 31, 2009

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    Loved It!

    This was the first time I'd ever read anything by Brad Thor. I'm so glad I did because I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It kept me on edge from the very beginning. Was disappointed when there was a cliffhanger at the end, but happy to know there was a sequel which I had in my house already to read.

    The sequel to Takedown is The First Commandment. I highly recommend both books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2007

    A reviewer

    As an ex-combat vet I truly appreciate the scenarios Mr. Thor sets up in his novels. I think he's right on target, but alas, far too many of those in political power have their heads in the sand!!! His writing reminds me a bit of the early Clancy, before Clancy started turning out junk books. Bring on Thor's next effort!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2007

    cant wait for the next book

    havent read all of it but a friend at school found a few chapters on a website and what i read only made me want to read it more. one of the best current authors around his books are just too good to read only once

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2006

    A Well Executed and Timely Tale

    I had not read any of Mr. Thor's works prior to this one - I'll definitely be checking out his other novels.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2006

    Can't wait for the next one

    One of Brad's best and as current as you can get. Plenty of twists and great character development. The only problem with Brad Thor is he doesn't publish fast enough.

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