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Path of the Assassin [Mass Market Paperback]

Brad Thor
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ho hum Kaboom! Oct. 15 2003
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If you need pure escape into super spy land with plenty of near escapes, explosions and a hero who knows all and can do no wrong, this isn't a bad pick up for afternoon read.
Mister Thor has done his research regarding the topic (although, I have some trouble believing Abu Nidal had a son no one knew about). He has a firm grasp on units and organization. However, this was a novel that reminded me of those martial arts films where people perform impossible leaps and jumps. His hero Scot Harvath seems capable of any feat - he has no weaknesses - and that isn't real.
When the main character stretches believability past the breaking point, then the entire story suffers. This would have been a better book if the hero was a little more human like the rest of us mortals.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Path of the egotist July 19 2003
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Though the book moves at a pretty good clip, that's about all I can say that's positive about it. It was poorly written(probably a first draught. And the only one who seemed to know what he was doing in this whole story was the Hero-Secret Service Agent Scott Harvath. Everyone else is made out to look like total incompetents. The Author's ego shines through on this one.
First Scott sites the villain in this story in Macau, during an arrest gone bad, as well as on three later occasions, but he needs a PR person who has no military experience, who foiled a hijacking while he was trying to rape her, to ID the bad guy-son of Abu Nidal. Then he trains her to become this superAgent in two weeks time at a secret military training camp?
I don't buy it...
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4.0 out of 5 stars This Path is a Wild and Wooly Ride May 12 2003
As the Lions of Lucerne, Thor's first novel, concludes the reader is clear that there is much unfinished business ahead. That is what this book is all about. Bringing those that need to be brought to justice to that end, one way or another.
As the story continues, there are attacks in the Middle East on Moslem places of worship for which an extremist group called The Hand of God takes the credit. While these attacks move the Arab countries closer to war with Isreal, it is clear to some that a shadowy figure by the name of Hashim Nidal is the one behind the attacks. Hashim is the son of Abu Nidal and is also one of the masterminds of the kidnapping of the President of the United States and the slaughter of almost all of his Secret Service protection. One problem for those trying to track him down is that no one knows what he looks like other than he has "silver" eyes. Scott Harvath, the lone SS Agent to survive the attack has looked into those eyes and nearly failed to live to tell the story. Others are not so fortunate. Fans of the CIA will not be happy with the pattern of ineptitude that is painted concerning their part of the undertaking, but every hero must have his hurdles to overcome and the CIA is clearly one of them for Harvath. The story moves around various parts of the world as the cycle of violence grows and the danger of all out war in the Middle East builds. This has all of the bells and whistles of the first book with some new and interesting characters and the liklihood that the whole story has still not been told. That is very good news for Thor fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good escape Jan. 21 2003
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"Fresh from rescuing the President from kidnappers, 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 towards one man - the world's most feared, most ruthless terrorist, Hashim Nidal. Having assembled an international league of Islamic terrorist networks in an ingenious plot to topple both Israel and America, Harvath and his CIA-led team must reach Nidal before it's too late. One problem remains - they have no idea what the man looks like..."
I give this a five star rating because it was outstanding escapist fiction. The pace is relentless. You'll visit Bern, Chicago, Cairo, Jerusalem, The island of Capri, and Rome, along with a couple other spots. And yes its main focus is the dispute between the Israeli's and the Palestinians. What a surprise there, huh?
By the way, when two jumpers use one parachute it's called tandem jumping. A good way for beginners to get their first jump in.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Totally Stupid!!!!!! Jan. 18 2003
The main character Scott was so sophomoric I had a hard time believing a grown man created the character. Maybe that's the problem, man/man or that's the way the author himself would like to be perceived. It didn't work for me. The character Meg, the author wants you to believe, is a cross between Mother Teresa, Wonder Woman and Miss Madison Avenue. She was beyond stupid and silly but a perfect match for assinine, sophmoric Scott. She didn't work either. Two weeks training in the CIA and she compromises a deadly mission by not obeying orders and then jumps out of a plane WITHOUT a parachute,plus she has a fear of heights (Scott had a parachute and held onto her) Helloooo! On top of that, she single handedly takes down, with perfect shots between the eyes, mind you, a group of assasins bent on highjacking a plane. Her backgrond is she owns a PR firm with loyal employees which makes her a perfect candidate for the CIA (all two weeks of it) She whines a lot in this silly book. Add the bad girl who has SILVER eyes that turn black and you have this piece of trash wrapped up with a big red ribbon. My advice, save your money for a GOOD book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I enjoyed this book very much
Published 4 months ago by spanky
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrifying!
By horrifying, I mean that it is a horrifying experience to read this complete piece of junk! The male, egomaniacal, wisecracking prose (which it barely is)reads like an... Read more
Published on May 25 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Very Weak Sequel: Path Of The Assassin by Brad Thor
The hunt that began in the debut novel "The Lions of Lucerne" for the terrorists that attacked the President and his family continues in this sequel. Read more
Published on May 22 2004 by Kevin Tipple
4.0 out of 5 stars A quick easy and fun read
Scot Harvath, ex-navy SEAL and current Secret Service agent, is seeking the head of a terrorist organization, the one responsible for the kidnapping of the President in the last... Read more
Published on March 1 2004 by Larry
4.0 out of 5 stars Non stop jet set action!
Thor delivers again! What an adventure! I liked "Path" better than "Lions!" and I'm really looking forward to reading State of the Union! Scot Harvath=one bad dude!!
Published on Feb. 27 2004 by T. A Molina
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT WORK!!
Hard to believe this guy writes so well!! Who is he? I can't wait to read the newest one! If you like suspense and action you need to read this book, I promise you won't put it... Read more
Published on Jan. 16 2004 by J. Kohlmeyer
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I ever read
This book is billiant.
I wish BRAD THOR will continue to make such excellent books.
Published on Nov. 22 2003 by Ariel Kornblum
1.0 out of 5 stars Trash
I cannot believe I got past page 10 without just tossing it in the dumpster.
I don't think I've ever read a worse ending.
Very disappointing.
Published on Nov. 4 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars A poor sequel/continuation at best.
The best thing I can say for this book is that it was loaned to me. I didn't spend any money on it. That's the best I can say.
Scot Harvath is an uber-agent. Read more
Published on Oct. 13 2003 by S. N. Gaines
1.0 out of 5 stars Tripe
I can't believe this book made it out of a publishing house. I was in dire need of a quick airplane read, but this is truly disappointing nonsense. Read more
Published on Aug. 6 2003 by Roel Munoz
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