Path of the Assassin (Scot Harvath Series #2)

Path of the Assassin (Scot Harvath Series #2)

by Brad Thor

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Path of the Assassin (Scot Harvath Series #2) by Brad Thor

After rescuing the President from kidnappers in Brad Thor’s roaring national bestselling debut, Navy SEAL turned Secret Service Agent Scot Harvath shifts his attentions to rooting out, capturing, or killing all those responsible for the plot. As he prepares to close out his list, a bloody and twisted trail of clues points toward one man—the world’s most ruthless terrorist. One problem remains: Harvath and his CIA-led team have no idea what the man looks like. With no alternative, they are forced to recruit a civilian—a woman who has survived a brutal hijacking and is now the only person who can positively identify their quarry. From the burning deserts of North Africa to the winding streets of Rome, Harvath must brave a maelstrom of bloodshed and deception before a madman’s twisted vision engulfs the world in the fires of all-out war.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781451608274
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication date: 02/22/2011
Series: Scot Harvath Series , #2
Pages: 624
Sales rank: 27,267
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Brad Thor is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Use of Force, Foreign Agent, Code of Conduct, 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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Chapter One

Dressed in the traditional robes of a Muslim pilgrim, a lone figure tore back the carpeting from beneath a window of the sumptuously appointed room and fastened the feet of a tripod firmly into the concrete floor with a commercial-grade bolt gun.

The equipment had been smuggled into Saudi Arabia's Dar Al Taqwa Inter-Continental Hotel via several large suitcases and a hard-shell golf club case. Arabs, even in Medina, loved their golf, after all, and no one had given any of the cases a second look.

Finally assembled and secured to its launching platform, the second-generation TOW 2 Short missile was something to behold. Though it retained the same three-foot ten-inch profile of the ones Israel had used during the 1973 Yom Kippur War, the effective range of the weapon had increased by almost a thousand yards, and was now the length of forty-one football fields — more than enough to deliver today's deadly payload.

The missile's optical sighting unit was securely positioned in the adjoining hotel room, and its crosshairs were fixed upon its target. An infrared sensor would track the weapon's trajectory and progress, relaying any last-minute adjustments. At such close range though, there'd be no need for adjustments. It would be like shooting fish in a barrel.

The digital fuse was set for ten minutes into the night prayer session of the Prophet's Mosque, the second-holiest shrine in Islam. Friday was the most important day of worship in the Muslim faith, and the evening prayer sessions were always the most heavily attended. The timing of the attack insured maximum carnage. With a Do Not Disturb sign hung on the doors of both rooms, the terrorist would be resting comfortably on a first-class flight to Cairo by the time the missile launched. From Cairo, a clandestine transport network would round out the journey home just as today's events were being broadcast on the evening news.

As the digital fuse began its devastating countdown, the terrorist spray-painted a large hand cradling the Star of David on the wall.

For a moment, scenes of a happier time flashed through the terrorist's mind. A time before the hatred was so deeply entrenched. Two young lovers from different walks of life, two different sides of the struggle, walked together along a river in fall. Bells rang in the distance and they cherished the good fortune that had brought them together. Though each had been raised to hate the other, love had blossomed between them. But, there were influences at work greater than their love. It was those influences that would change their lives, and the world, forever.

The terrorist's eyes, normally silver in color, now flashed coal black with hate as the final letters were painted beneath the hand. It was a simple, yet chilling three-word message, "Terror For Terror."

Two hours later, a stream of worshippers hurried themselves along, late for the sunset prayer. As they entered the Prophet's Mosque, right leg first as custom dictated, each supplicated, saying, "I seek refuge with the Mighty Allah. I seek protection in His Generous Countenance and His Everlasting Authority....O Allah! Forgive my sins, and open the gates of Your mercy to me."

They fanned out deeper into the mosque, searching for empty spaces to kneel among the other thousands of worshippers. As was the custom, the women were directed into a separate area closed off by large panels of fabric, so as not to distract the men from their prayers. The younger children stayed with their mothers, while older sons, well behaved enough not to disrupt the service, were allowed to sit among the rows of adult men. Most of the families in the Prophet's Mosque were divided this way when a great rumbling erupted overhead and a massive double-detonating warhead crashed through the roof, exploding in a fiery hail of instant death.

By noon the next day, rescue workers were giving up any hope of finding victims alive beneath the wreckage of the Prophet's Mosque. As throngs of Medina's citizens gathered behind emergency-services barricades asking why, a broadcast fax went simultaneously to newspapers and news agencies around the globe. It read:

For decades, the Arab world has supported and encouraged terrorism against Israel. Publicly, terrorists are denounced, while privately they continue to be trained and financed by Arab nations. The nation of Israel will no longer tolerate acts of violence upon our soil, or against our people. Henceforward we will speak to the Arab world in the language they have given birth to, the language they have spat bitterly into our mouths, the only language they understand — the language of terrorism.

As it says in Job — "They that plow iniquity and sow mischief shall reap the same."

The fax was signed on behalf of an organization calling itself the Hand of God. Beneath the group's name was the same pictogram the Medina police found on the wall of room 611 of the Dar Al Taqwa Inter-Continental, a large hand holding the Star of David in its palm.

The operation had begun.

Copyright © 2003 by Brad Thor

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Path of the Assassin 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 250 reviews.
Laczar603 More than 1 year ago
Ive actually read all of Brad Thors Scott Harvath books.Every single one of them is a great read. I only wish he had 10 more books in the series to read. All books are the kind of book you cant put down once you start them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Brad Thor's realism is superb. From the tiny to large details, he is right on! If you want to really get caught up and re-planted into a Scott Harvath story, feel free to pick up any one of Thor's books. Brad, good luck in Europe and look forward to your next 'thrill-seeker'. Brad
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Huge fan of Brad Thor's books. He keeps a fast pace and the story is interesting. Really enjoy the Scot Harvath series for a fun read.
KEPowell More than 1 year ago
This is another great book by Brad. I love books that show American kicking ass and taking names. To bad too many in our government don't have the backbone to do it in real life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With the recent news on the war on terrorism, constant alerts and flare-ups in the Middle East and Israel, this book brings to bear the details of the underworld of secret agencies and terror plots. The plot line and characters though were not terribly sophisticated, and the author may have been too-heavy handed on the inner workings of national security. The locales dotting the book are stunningly exotic though (Macau, Bern, Switzerland, Jersulam, Paris, Cairo, Libya and Italy); and aside from the bad title, this book introduces a likely character that can please action-adventure fans.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the Brad Thor, Scott Horvath books. Always waiting for the next excellent read to come out.
GRACIE9492 More than 1 year ago
LOVE THOR!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read each of the Scott Harvath series and have been captivated. They are excellent!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
New author for me, Started with book 4 then ordered 1,2,3. I have now read book 1, book 2, and book 4. Scot Harvath is a little like a present day Superman, but still an excellent read!
GreenAcres10 More than 1 year ago
Definitely a better book than The Lions of Lucerne. Looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the book! The more I read the harder it was to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Outstanding book. Love this series. I have heard him speak on the Glenn Beck radio show. An interesting man. Like his politics too! MA
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Can't put his books down
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AliceGM More than 1 year ago
Thor never fails to totally engage you in his thrillers! Puts you right into the action.
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