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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
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 A quick easy and fun read March 1 2004
By Larry
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 book. He finds himself up against Hashim Nidal, son of the dead terrorist Abu Nidal. The son, apparently a highly skilled operative and assassin, is involved in a plot to threaten both Israel and the US. It is up to Scot to follow, capture and kill this terrorist before he can bring his plan into reality. The chase takes him all over the world.
Brad Thor in his second endeavor shows he has what it takes to write the penultimate international thriller. The military trained larger than life hero, a love interest, the history of the free world at stake, exotic settings well described, and the latest military gadgets. It is all great fun. This is a quick easy read and one that doesn't require too many brain cells. It is perfect for the upcoming summer months.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This Path is a Wild and Wooly Ride May 12 2003
Format:Hardcover
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed April 30 2003
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
My daughter and I were disappointed in this second book. We loved the first one. This became me,me,me-- I can't explain the differnce. We are obviously in the minority so far. I hope that the third book is better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Could Not Put It Down! Feb. 27 2003
By Beth Z
Format:Hardcover
I absolutely loved Thor's first book, and hoped that he would pen a sequel. My wish came true--Path of the Assassin again features Scot Harvath, whose adventures start on the first page and never stop! The female counterpart in this book was also quite impressive--she overcame her vulnerabilities to be a heroine in her own right. If you like exciting, non-stop action, this is your book!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Five hours of my life I can never get back. Feb. 26 2003
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
First let me say that I did not pay for this book. I had an advance readers copy so I cannot be angry about spending money for this book. This book was horrible. I found the characters, the situations and the dialogue to be unbelievable. If these people were in charge of the war on terrorism then we all better reserve a copy of the Koran and get ready to praise Allah. There were times when I actually laughed out loud and then had to reread passages to be certain about what I had read. Unfortunately my reread was no better. I actually took to highlighting passages so that I could laugh at them sometime in the future. This was a "James Bond" character with no style. Austin Powers and Dr. Evil would have been welcome additions to the plot.
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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 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Real-world parallels !
Path of the Assassin features Scott Horvath, a former Navy Seal turned Secret Service operative, who represents much of the best of the American Special Forces we have seen working... Read more
Published on July 15 2003 by Newt Gingrich
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