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The Apostle: A Thriller (Hardcover)

Product Description
Every politician has a secret. And when the daughter of a politically-connected family is kidnapped abroad, America's new president will agree to anything - even a deadly and ill-advised rescue plan - in order to keep his secret hidden.

Master of suspense and #1 New York Times bestselling author Brad Thor returns with his most riveting international thriller yet.

A new administration and a new approach to dealing with America's enemies have left covert counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath without a job. But when American doctor Julia Gallo is kidnapped in Afghanistan, the terms of her ransom leave the president with only one course of action.

In a dangerous assignment that the United States government will deny any knowledge of, Scot Harvath must secretly infiltrate Kabul's notorious Policharki Prison and free the man the kidnappers demand as ransom - al-Qaeda mastermind, Mustafa Khan.

But when Harvath arrives, he quickly learns that there is more to the kidnapping than anyone dares to admit. And as the subterfuge is laid bare, Harvath must examine his own career of hunting down and killing terrorists, and ask himself if he has what it takes to help one of the world's worst go free.

Brimming with the kind of ripped-from-the-headlines authenticity Brad Thor's internationally bestselling novels are known for, The Apostle doubles down on the blockbuster success of The Last Patriot and reaffirms Thor's status as the master of the political thriller.

About the Author
Brad Thor, a graduate of the University of Southern California, has served as a member of the Department of Homeland Security's Analytic Red Cell Program and is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Lions of Lucerne, Path of the Assassin, State of the Union, Blowback, Takedown, The First Commandment, The Last Patriot, and The Apostle. Visit his website at

Another bare-knuckled thrill ride from one of the masters., June 30, 2009
By L. Lendelle

Brad Thor is one of the preeminent writers of thriller today, and his best-selling books are too numerous to instead of talking about his past successes, let's get straight to his newest novel: The Apostle: A Thriller, shall we? The book, in short, is about an American physician who gets kidnapped while working in Afghanistan. Ah, the scene is set, but this doctor has connections. He, and his family, are politically connected to America's new President, and turn to him for help, but the ransom being asked is too steep for the President, and he decides to launch a covert operation to get the American physician back instead.

The premise, along with the characters, are rather interesting - they have a passionate view on the current state and try to convince others to come to that point of view. It would seem that The Apostle has mingled in current affairs with a fictional tale. The President in the story is another interesting facsimile of our current Commander in Chief. A quote from the book "the new President had been very aggressive with his first 100 days. Campaigning on a platform of change, and he had done just that when he stepped into the Oval Office, and not necessarily for the better." The President, in the book, had single handily eviscerated the central intelligence of the country.

Much like all of Brad Thor's novels, he bases them on current headlines but allows the reader to decide which is which. Is the President in the book based off of our current President? The Apostle informs, implores, and entertains the reader in a way that only a few authors can. He has created another bare-knuckled thrill ride that seems so believable, it could have been taken from the headline news. I really enjoyed this novel (as I've enjoyed all Brad Thor's novels) I guarantee everyone will walk away from this reading experience knowing more about global terrorism, central intelligence, and other aspects of our country that you didn't know before.

But I personally think the true message of the book (or at least what I took it to be) As Americans there is quite a bit of frustrations with the higher offices of the country. We have got fantastic men and women in the militaries that are putting their lives on the line to protect our citizens, to protect our country, and to protect Lady Liberty, and yet, they are forced to deal with some of the worst management and leadership...and they shouldn't have to. This book really is a voice for the people who can't speak of these matters due to the red tape and bureaucracy. The Apostle: A Thriller is an incredible novel that you don't want to miss.....Another book I would highly recommend that shows the true colors of war is Ashes Divide by Clarence Cage: Ashes Divide it is another great tale that shows the heroics of true warriors in battle.

Bring the pain Scot H., June 30, 2009
By Jason Frost "RubiconReader" (California)

Stephen King once said that "hell was spending eternity reading Danielle Steel novels". If that is indeed the case then let me say that "heaven is eternity reading Brad Thor novels". A little dramatic? Maybe. But if you've read anything by Mr. Thor then you understand exactly where I'm coming from. If you haven't... well I pity your life. (not really).

I love how Thor brings in current headlines and issues that we have a country and weaves them brilliantly into the storyline. I actually laughed when he talked about a "president who promised change",his administration and their asinine policies that just decimated our intelligence community. Gee, golly, gosh, I wonder who he could be talking about? This President has as a best friend, a woman who is a true ball-buster in every sense of the word. This woman has a daughter working overseas and she is kidnapped by the worshipers of the religion of peace. And because of this President's "Dr. Phil approach" to dealing with terrorists he's caught between a rock and a hard place. He can't just go in there and get her because that would go against everything that he spewed during his campaign. If he doesn't go in there, his ball-busting pit bull of a best friend will expose him and one HUGE secret that could bring him down.

What is a hypocrite President to do? Enter Scot Harvath. Thus enter blood. Enter pain. Enter controlled mayhem. Enter doing what it takes to get the job done. Tell political correctness to take the rest of the week off! Of course Scot has strong mixed feelings about this, because it was THIS idiot President who stripped him of his job. True, all Scot does is protect American from the animal thugs who use children to carry out their terror while they hide in bunkers. He really doesn't do anything but put his life on the line to keep our cities free from dirty bombs, chemical weapons, and WMD'S. I mean why keep a guy around who was born to see the unseen and anticipate the impossible? Stupid if you ask me. Unfortunately the moronic President in this story can't sense my sarcasm and, therefore, doesn't see the plain common sense in keeping a man who lives for protecting America!

Showing a rare form of common sense and penchant for making the right decesion, the President calls on Scot to serve his country, (more rather his cause), one more time. I will say that this book doesn't have the usual extremely high adrenaline action that we've come to expect from Brad. Oh, there is violence and death but on a smaller scale and I'm spoiled so I want a high body count! In spite of my obsessive need for bodies to fly and blood to burn, fans will absolutely love this one!