New York Times bestseller Brad Thor is back with his 19th thriller, Near Dark. His protagonist Scot Harvath was a rising star as a professional skier, but when his father, a highly decorated Navy Seal officer died, he decided to earn his degree and follow in his footsteps. He served in Seal Team two, the only Seal Team that specializes in arctic warfare, then Seal Team 6 or DEVGRU. He then went on to serve in the Secret Service, initially protecting diplomats and prominent public figures until earning a spot on the protective detail of the First Family. This is where we are introduced to him in Lions of Lucerne (2003).
Last year, in his 18th thriller, Backlash, Scot was forced to endure the worst pain anyone can ever go through. He was restrained and forced to watch the brutal murder of his wife, his mentor, and a friend. With years of successful missions undermining the Russian Military and Intelligence apparatus, he was at the top of their list and they came for him, hard. With a little bit of luck, his training and determination, Harvath got his revenge. But, what then?
Near Dark picks up with Harvath almost a shadow of the man he used to be. Giving into depression, he hits the bottle pretty hard and waits for the slowest form of suicide to finally kick in. Unbeknownst to him, a rich asshole with a score to settle places a bounty on his head, the world’s largest bounty. On top of that, he doesn’t contract one assassin to carry it out, instead it’s a race among every assassin that wants in on this very lucrative prize.
With Harvath being where he is mentally, he almost welcomes death and barely puts up a fight. His team, including former Delta Operative, Chase Palmer. Former Force Recon Marine, Mike Haney. His team’s medic, former Delta Force Operative Tyler Staelin however, have other plans for him and in the last second, they save his ass.
Then Harvath finds out one of his friends, an ally in the world of intelligence is brutally tortured and murdered. It’s evident the intel operative was broken and gave up whatever his assassin wanted, his search history within the database of his organizations system were all screaming Scot Harvath. This murder gave Harvath a new sense of justice to bestow on whoever is involved and ultimately responsible. On top of that, another intel operative, Sølvi Kolstad is on a path of revenge as well. As the friend of Harvath’s that was tortured and murdered was her mentor. Once these two team up, their skills, their determination, their drive for justice is amplified.
As always, Brad Thor delivers an action filled thriller that should be a must read for all thriller fans. Earning itself a Blast Radius of a Dirty Bomb! An annual Scot Harvath summer read is a must and if you’re new to the series, you’re in for a treat. This thriller is bad ass, but the entire series, now 19 thrillers deep is one of the best in the genre.
Author: Brad Thor
Series: Scot Harvath # 19
Publisher: Atria / Emily Bestler Books
Release Date: July 21, 2020
Follow Brad on Twitter: @BradThor
Lima Charlie Rating: A BLAST RADIUS OF A DIRTY BOMB! (9.5/10) – This type of bomb kills immediately & continues to kill rendering the land useless for a long time.
About the Author
Brad has served as a member of the Department of Homeland Security’s Analytic Red Cell Unit. He has also lectured to law enforcement organizations on over-the-horizon/future threats, and has been a keynote speaker for the National Tactical Officers Association annual conference.
In 2008, Brad shadowed a Black Ops team in Afghanistan to research his thriller, The Apostle.
Brad graduated cum laude from the University of Southern California where he studied creative writing, film, and television production. Prior to becoming a novelist, Brad was the award-winning creator, producer, writer and host of the critically acclaimed national public television series, Traveling Lite.