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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (June 17 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416553479
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416553472
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 13.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #692,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Brad Thor is as current as tomorrow's headlines."

-- Dan Brown

About the Author

Brad Thor is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Black List, Full Black, The Athena Project, Foreign Influence, The Apostle, The Last Patriot, The First Commandment, Takedown, Blowback (recognized by NPR as one of the “100 Best Thrillers of All Time”), State of the Union, Path of the Assassin, and The Lions of Lucerne.  Visit his website at

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Brad Thor's "Blowback" is a spy thriller again about international terrorism; of course, with a twist of biological warfare that actually has a complex historical base to its origin. Scot Horvath is once again thrust into character trying to unlock the key to its origin and at the same time hunting his target Khalid Sheik Alomari. Alomari is of course killing scientists who hold vital evidence for unlocking the secret behind the ancient biological weapon.

Add in the subplot of an ambitious politician is bent of destroying Scot's protector - President Rutledge but using Scot as the medium, this book allows its readers to turn the pages with ease.

Scot teams up with a molecular biologist (Jillian Alcott) to solve the puzzle, and both travel through the Muslim world. Mr. Thor did a fine job in his research in this area, giving his readers insight into this world, its history and status.
I did find this publication a tad too long with what the nature of the book was. It travels along nicely, is then dragged and immediately concluded. He has better publications.
Still, worth the read. It gives the readers good insight into possibilities real and imagined. Rating is based on other books he has written.
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I always find myself engrossed by Thor's writing. Never a dull moment. I have yet to be disappointed in any of his books. I would highly recommend his books to anyone who loves a good thrilling, patriotic adventure.
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By Gina Jones on Feb. 23 2015
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Fantastic Author, Love everything Brad writes!!
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"just OK"
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94 of 100 people found the following review helpful
Ripped from the headlines. June 30 2005
By E. Bukowsky - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Brad Thor's "Blowback" is an action-packed spy thriller about the complex world of international terrorism, biological warfare, religious fanaticism, and political corruption. The macho hero is Scot Harvath, a former SEAL who works for the Office of International Investigative Assistance in the Department of Homeland Security. He has repeatedly sacrificed his personal happiness and peace of mind in order to serve his country. Scott's archenemy is Khalid Sheik Alomari, a high-ranking al-Qaeda operative and ruthless assassin. Alomari has been traveling around the world killing Muslim scientists who may have unlocked the key to a devastating super weapon.

This scenario plays out against the background of a vicious power struggle between an ambitious Democratic senator named Helen Carmichael and Republican President Jack Rutledge. Carmichael will do anything to unseat the popular president, and she has been secretly compiling damaging information about Rutledge in order to turn public opinion against him. Scott Harvath soon becomes Carmichael's pawn in her scheme to destroy President Rutledge.

"Blowback" is timely story that is "ripped from the headlines," with references to people and organizations that we read about in the news every day. Brad Thor provides well-researched and detailed background information about the Muslim world, and he explores the many ways in which the United States is battling the terrorist threat posed by radical fundamentalists. Scot Harvath's courage, knowledge of weaponry, and unerring instincts make him a worthy and appealing hero, and for a change, the author doesn't provide his protagonist with a love interest to distract him from his duties. Although Scot does have a beautiful and brainy partner, a molecular biologist named Dr. Jillian Alcott, his relationship with her is strictly platonic. Jillian provides the scientific expertise that Scot needs in order to fight a terrifying biological weapon that may soon be unleashed against the United States.

At over four hundred pages, this novel is a bit too long. However, Thor keeps the narrative from dragging by shifting rapidly between characters in far-flung locales, such as France, England, Cyprus, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, and Washington, D. C. You may need a scorecard to keep tabs on who is doing what to whom and why. However, "Blowback" packs an undeniable wallop, especially in light of the very real dangers that we face in today's frightening and unpredictable world.
45 of 51 people found the following review helpful
Let's Hope This Remains Fiction - Gripping Stuff!!!! Aug. 18 2005
By John R. Linnell - Published on
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This is a book that most readers will find unsettling. Not so much for the terrific story contained within, but more for the history lesson the reader receives about the Saudi Royal family, the tenuousness of the world's oil supply, and the danger posed to the non-Muslim world by the Wahhabis, the radical Muslim movement from which all modern Islamic terrorisim has sprung. We can hope and pray that there are many Scot Harvaths out there doing the work of defending us from the plots and plans of the radical Muslims, but no one should be sanguine that the threat is not real and the situation is not truly dangerous.

Brad Thor weaves a chilling tale involving the release of a disease which can cause a pandemic in the non-Muslim world with its roots in the crossing of the Alps by Hannibal hundreds of years ago. There is no need for a suspension of belief in reading this book as the author lays out his case very well and convincingly.

This book is hard to put down and the world situation it describes will give you some sleepless nights, however you owe it to yourself to read and learn from one of the masters of this genre.
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
His best yet Oct. 12 2005
By Konrad Kern - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Brad Thor has continued to amaze me with his wonderful International thrillers. Filled with intrigue and suspense that puts him at the top of my 'must read' list. His well researched novels, this time around, includes Hannibal's crossing of the Alps, some history of bio-chemical warfare, the divide between Muslims two major groups and much more. With all this, you get a great adventure to boot. Doesn't get much better than this for great entertainment.

Highly Recommended.
17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Is Scot Harvath the next Dirk Pitt? Oct. 10 2005
By Michael D. Trimble - Published on
Format: Hardcover
If you like your thrillers in the form of international espionage then Brad Thor's latest book may be the next good read for you. If waiting a year or more, is too long a time for you to learn how Dirk Pitt has saved the whole world from destruction yet again, then Brad Thor has a larger than life hero who might be just the intermediate fix you need! Welcome Scot Harvath!

Like all good thrillers, in Blowback Thor gives us a hero (protagonist) with a serious problem. This would be Scot Harvath, ex-seal, ex-secret service agent, and intrepid patriot. You don't have to wait long to figure out what the problem is, the actions starts in the first couple pages of the book, and the problem is not limited to just one big problem, there are all sorts of tangential issues to worry about as well. And again, like all good thrillers, the more our hero tries to solve the problem the worse the problem becomes. Harvath has all the skills and talents you would expect from someone with his background, but incredibly as soon as one bad guy gets eliminated, we learn that he was just a front for another much "badder" guy.

Blowback has Harvath in search of an evil genius who has figured out how to spread a plague around the world that will kill all but the most faithful Islamic extremists. While good guy Harvath has a lot of allies (no surprise, he teams up with a really smart, great looking woman), time is certainly working against him. As the story races to the big confrontation you will be treated to spectacular scenery, impregnable fortresses, lots of destruction, and you definitely won't be disappointed with the conclusion.

Brad Thor makes great use of current events and many of the characters are real life people/politicians with their names changed (presumably to protect the innocent). Thor serves up a great rendition of Hillary Rodham Clinton Rodham. Of course "great" really depends on which side of the fence you sit! In the end Brad Thor ties up all the lose ends and leaves the reader satisfied but anxious for the next story! It is just fiction, but escapist fiction in the most enjoyable sense.

Highest recommendation for captivating, up all night reading.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Scattered and almost silly Feb. 21 2011
By Jack's Dad - Published on
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I have enjoyed Thor's other books, Lions of Lucerne and State of Union but this was not up to that level in storyline or realism. I looked forward to finishing it so I could begin another book. It was at times a burden to pick up. But I will give Thor another chance, I have Takedown to read and I am optimistic it will be better.