Reviews


“Frightening, illuminating and always entertaining, Thor gives us yet another work of pulse-quickening clarity. If you’re not hyperventilating once you’ve reached the last page, then you weren’t paying attention.”

Bookreporter.com

“Foreign Influence is an exhilarating thriller…”

Harriet Klausner, The Mystery Gazette

“…to call this latest novel by Brad Thor just a thriller is a disservice. Foreign Influence is a great read from page one right to the last paragraph. This thriller has it all.”

Giovanni Gelati, GelatisScoop.blogspot.com

“…it’s a great book…a vast and subtle tapestry …engaging, fast paced, and well written…thrilling and terrifying. A great summer read…”

TheWordZombie.com

” The political thriller ride of our lives. …Thor puts us right in the middle of the game, taking us on a ride that leaves the reader breathless. Deftly written with incredible skill, Thor is the master at taking us into the underbelly of political intrigue and introducing us to characters who are both intriguing and frightening. It’s very obvious that Thor does his research well, which only makes his books more terrifyingly realistic. If you only read one book this summer, make it Foreign Influence. You won’t be sorry.”

Blogcritics.org

“Intrigue, adventure, and adrenaline-rushing action…”

New American Truth
Foreign Influence

Foreign Influence

by Brad Thor

The Story

Navy SEAL turned covert operative Scot Harvath is called to action once again in Brad  Thor’s hottest political thriller yet.

Buried within the black ops budgets of the Department of Defense, a new spy agency has been created. Unfettered by the oversight of self-serving politicians, it reports only to a secret panel of insiders. Its job is to target America’s enemies – both foreign and domestic – under a charter of three simple words: Find, Fix, and Finish.

Recruited as a field operative, Scot Harvath has just returned from his first assignment abroad when a bombing in Rome kills a group of American college students. The evidence points to a dangerous colleague from Harvath’s past and a plan for further attacks on an unimaginable scale.

Harvath is tasked with leveraging his relationship to lure the man out of hiding and kill him on the spot. But what if he has the wrong man?

Simultaneously, a young woman is struck by a taxi in a hit-and-run in Chicago. With only two intoxicated witnesses and over five thousand cabs in the city, the Chicago Police have given up on their investigation. But when the family’s attorney digs deeper, he will uncover a shocking connection to the bombing in Rome and the perpetrators’ plans for America.

As the story rockets to its conclusion, the plots intersect in a race to prevent one of the most audacious and unthinkable acts of terror in the history of mankind.

Chapter Excerpt

The strategic military outpost was such a closely guarded secret it didn’t even have a name, only a number—site 243.

It sat in a rugged, wind-swept valley far away from cities and centers of industry. Its architecture was minimalist, a cross between a high-end refugee camp and a low-rent university. Tents, trailers, and a handful of cheap concrete buildings made up its “campus.” The only outward signs of modernity were the Pizza Hut, Burger King, and Subway mobile restaurant trailers that made up the outpost’s “food court.”

It was just after three a.m. when the attack began. Lightweight Predator SRAW missile systems took out the fortified entry control point along with the watchtowers. Mortar rounds blanketed the campus, obliterating key infrastructure and force protection targets. When the four heavily armed fire teams breached the perimeter, the outpost was in complete chaos.

The well-trained soldiers tasked with 243’s security were no match for the men who now overran their positions.

Dressed in black, with hardened night vision goggles and suppressed weapons, the professional combatants appeared only long enough to engage each soldier with an economy of surgically placed rounds before slipping back into the darkness, often before their victims’ lifeless bodies even hit the ground.

At the main concrete structure, one of the fire teams used a shape charge to blow open the fortified door. As they rushed in, they heard a high-pitched whine followed by the thump of a limited EMP device being detonated. It was part of 243’s emergency protocol in order to destroy the facility’s data. The men in black, though, didn’t care. Their superiors already had a copy.

Their night vision goggles impervious to electromagnetic pulse, the team swept through the rest of the building, making sure they killed every occupant. From there, they moved on and cleared two more buildings while their teammates took care of the other tents, trailers, and concrete structures.

Fifteen minutes later, two helicopters landed and the teams were extracted. As they lifted off and disappeared back into the ink-black sky, not a single member of military outpost 243 had been left alive.

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