Path of the Assassin Mass Market Paperback – 2003
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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.
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...
With synagogues and mosques exploding, the CIA believes the trademark evidence points to the 1980s deadliest assassin Abdul Nidal who supposedly died during that decade. Scott assumes the report of Abdul's expiration is true especially when the CIA points towards the son of the terrorist, Hashim. However, the Agency claims no pictures or description exists. One American Meg Cassidy has seen and survived Hashim's deadly destruction. Desperate Scott drafts the civilian to help him bring down the world's deadliest terrorist, but will soon learn there is more to this dangerous mess than the CIA, Mossad, and the American Home security agency has told him. That lack of information could cost Scott, Meg, and their allies their lives.
No description seems strange with a survivor witness, but fans of adrenaline highs will not notice. Action, action, action, and more action as that fails to describe fractionally the global events of this non stop thriller that seems so pertinent with recent events starting with 9/11 and still current with the precedent setting Saddam scenario. Scott retains his hero mantle first earned in the exciting LIONS OF LUCERNE, but the tale of the tape is ACTION as PATH OF THE ASSASSIN is a one sitting thriller.
"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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Very well written book. I have read it from cover to cover in 2 days as I did for all the othe Brad Thor books I have boughtPublished 11 months ago by Pierre Archambault
Nonstop action, interesting full characters, didn't want to put it down. This was my first Brad Thor novel and now I am already looking to download more.Published 13 months ago by TimLou
Feel like reading a James Bond made in USA. Lot of action and unexpected ending. when you start reading you need to get to the end, no different than a moviePublished 13 months ago by Fbeaurivage
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 morePublished on May 25 2004
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 morePublished on May 22 2004 by Kevin Tipple
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 morePublished on March 1 2004 by Larry
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
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 morePublished on Jan. 16 2004 by J. Kohlmeyer