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The First Commandment: A Thriller [Hardcover]

Brad Thor
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July 17 2007
When the president of the United States is blackmailed into releasing five detainees from Guantanamo Bay, a sadistic assassin with a vendetta years in the making is reactivated. Suddenly, the people closest to counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath are being targeted and he realizes that somehow, somewhere he has left the wrong person alive. With his life plunged into absolute peril, and the president ordering him to stay out of the investigation, Harvath must mount his own covert plan for revenge—and in so doing will uncover shattering revelations about the organizations and the nation he has spent his life serving.
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Bestseller Thor's latest thrill-ride begins in anguish. Scot Harvath, navy SEAL turned Homeland Security superagent, sits at the bedside of girlfriend Tracy Hastings, who's in a deep coma after being gravely wounded at the end of Takedown. Meanwhile, five terrorists have been released from Guantánamo Bay as part of a secret hostage deal forced upon U.S. president Jack Rutledge. When one of the terrorists starts targeting Scot's friends and family, Scot discovers that the president won't allow the assassin to be hunted down. Soon enough, Scot is on the run from his own government and in pursuit of the killer. Many characters make appearances from earlier books, in particular Scot's ongoing nemesis, the fascinating, intelligence-gathering expert known as the Troll. It's a long, violent, shoot-'em-up, blow-'em-up pulse-pounder that will leave Thor's fans cheering and begging for more. (Aug.)
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"Brad Thor proves again to be a brutal master of suspense. The First Commandment is as riveting as it is relentless. A must-read for our times!" --James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author of Black Order and The Judas Strain

"Brad Thor knows how to excite the senses. The First Commandment is an adrenaline-charged, slick thriller, packed with suspense, that never relents. Another winner from a proven master." -- Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Alexandria Link

"Fast-paced and action-packed. Sure to please his many fans and gain new ones. Immensely satisfying and highly recommended." -- Library Journal

"Readers who like Tom Clancy and Stephen Coonts will love Brad Thor -- quite possibly the next coming of Robert Ludlum." -- Chicago Tribune --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
President Jack Rutledge authorizes a deal with terrorists. Although the American government leaders always insist they will never negotiate with terrorists even for the release of hostages, he secretly releases five hardcore known terrorists locked away at Guantomino as part of a deal to protect at risk children. In fairness his advisors told them they could keep this quintet under control with monitoring of the isotope, they put in the blood of these killers.

The President's advisors missed another slammed dunk when they lose sight of the fearsome five. Just under six months later, an assassin shoots Homeland Security agent Scot Harvath's girlfriend Tracy Hastings, leaving her comatose and Agent Harvath is furious as isotopic blood is found at the crime scene. Soon afterward, locusts attack his mother and some friends of Harvath murdered. It all sounds like something from Moses - the movie and biblical time. That is exactly what the mastermind behind targeting Harvath's loved ones and friends intend to portray. Agent Harvath receives instructions to stay out of the investigation by the President, but goes Rogue - bent on revenge.

The Story incorporates some friends form previous novels and allows the reader an entertaining, plausible story line in terrorism.

I am really enjoying Brad Thor. Similar enthusiasm is shared with Vince Flynn and W.E.B. Griffin

Worth the purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure escapism. March 26 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
If you enjoy movies such as the Jason Bourne trilogy, Enemy of the State or 24 TV shows, (and who doesn't!) you'll love these books - terrific series. I read them in order, and although each book stands alone, there are references and characters whom you meet in each of the books, so the continuity helps. Exceptional and very exciting - I'm so glad he wrote them. If you liked Daniel Silva, Steve Berry, Vince Flynn, Alex Berenson, Chris Pavone, and similar exciting writers, you'll love these too. I think 'The Lion's of Lucerne' is the first one. You might find the first couple of chapters of this first book to be a little clunky, but the whole thing gets better and better with each chapter and then with each book, so keep going.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Aug. 17 2014
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Awesome book to add to the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brad Thor raises the adrenalin with this terrific thriller. Aug. 11 2007
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
President Jack Rutledge authorizes a deal with terrorists. Although the American government leaders always insist they will never negotiate with terrorists even for the release of hostages, he secretly releases five hardcore known terrorists locked away at Guantomino as part of a deal to protect at risk children. In fairness his advisors told them they can keep this quintet under control with monitoring of the isotope they put in the blood of these killers.

The President's advisors missed another slammed dunk when they lose sight of the fearsome five. Just under six months later, an assassin shoots Homeland Security agent Scot Harvath's girlfriend Tracy Hastings (see TAKEDOWN), leaving her comatose and he furious as isotopic blood is found at the crime scene. Soon afterward, his mother is attacked by locusts and some friends of Harvath murdered. He knows someone is coming for him, through his loved ones. Harvath begins to make inquiries, but is told to stay out of it. Even before these incidents he knew the leadership saw him as an expendable renegade so he ignores the order to take no action against the person methodically destroying his loved ones.

TAKEDOWN is an exciting action-packed frightening thriller; THE FIRST COMMANDMENT is as exhilarating and action-packed, but even more frightening as the plausibility of the plot will not be questioned. Harvath is at his anguished best in this often violent tale as he is ordered to do nothing although his counter terrorist instincts are screaming to go on the offense. The return of several characters from previous books enhances the feel of the long term concept of the war against terrorism as Brad Thor raises the adrenalin with this terrific thriller.

Harriet Klausner
25 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not to be Missed!!! Aug. 30 2007
By John R. Linnell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Brad Thor is one of the best. Right up there with Vince Flynn for writing topical thrillers that entertain and educate, this may be the most tightly written of his six novels that it has been my pleasure to read. The protagonist of these books is Scot Harvath a former Navy SEAL and Homeland Scurity operative.

This book picks up where the last one, "Takedown" leaves off. At the end of that book, Scot Harvath's girlfriend Tracy steps out on the porch of his home and is felled by an assassin's bullet which is just enough off target to spare her life, but serious enough to put her in a coma and on a ventilator.

Harvath does not realize it at the time, but that attack on Tracy is the first of several that are planned for people close to Harvath. Who is carrying out the attacks, who is planning them and why consumes not only Harvath, but the reader as events unfold. Someone appears bent on revenge, but for what?

It is a large onion that Harvath must peel his way through to get to the answers and telling you more than that could spoil the masterful writing effort that Thor has offered for our reading enjoyment.

Do not pass this one by.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but gory Aug. 14 2009
By Vasant S. Vuppuluri - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This was a good novel. The bone-chilling scenes in this book paint an excellent picture of what is going on. The story of Harvath's near and dear ones being attacked in the most horrifying ways imaginable is supremely crafted. We gradually see a major shift in Harvath's attitude to his employer. There is superb plot development.

However, this novel is extremely gory. The scenes are depicted so well that you can hear the screams described in the book and clearly picture the bone-chilling images of gore and blood. This is my gripe about the book. It was one of the goriest novels I have ever read.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thor's best thus far Jan. 14 2010
By Jason Gibson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I've read a few of the previous novels in this series and think that this was the best so far. I don't think Thor is a great writer, kind of a lesser version of Vince Flynn, but I hope that with this title he is improving and perhaps can become better in future novels.

Harvath is the typical super soldier hero, beats all the terrorists by himself and ignores all the rules along the way because the end justifies the means. In this story I actually feel like I'm getting a sense of some reality with Harvath and while his pain and frustration is understandable his handling of beating up the bad guys in this one don't exactly jive with the end justifying the means. This story is filled with bad guys and worse guys, an almost untenable situation of potential bad that allows the powers that be to write of the minor sufferings along the way. But our favorite hero seems willing to accept putting others into greater risk because he believe he has to settle the score with the novel's great villian and can just send along his intel to his scores of trusted contacts that are still in the decision circle.

I enjoyed the interaction with the Troll and found him to be about the best character in the book because he is a bad SOB but doesn't try to hide behind anything--he's just out to make money, and will harm anyone that screws him. He points out that Scot can't keep riding off on the white horse when he spends so much time getting his hands filthy and that dialogue with Harvath and the end of the book have me interested in finding out where the hero goes next in life, and how he is going to be able to reconcile his humanity (the relationships with loved ones he can't always protect) with the humanity of those that want the same things as him (defeat of terrorists) and the humanity of the evil enemy that actually has calculated reasons for doing things and cannot always just be written off as a power hungry sociopath because power hungry sociopaths tend to hide behind men and women just trying to live a better life.

I don't know if Thor will ever be considered a great writer but works like this definately are worth me spending money on other novels.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting Story...Kept me on the edge of my seat July 25 2009
By Maureen on Long Island - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I enjoyed this book which touches upon life in post-9/11 America. The novel is smart and fast moving. There are multiple layers to the plot but it never feels convoluted. This story of an American patriot who must disobey his president to do the right thing will keep you riveted.
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