Title: Foreign Agent
Author: Brad Thor
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 352 pages
Foreign Agent is the 15th novel in the Scot Harvath series by Brad Thor, and is the first in the series that I’ve read. I was a little uncertain about starting this far into an established series, but I found that the characters introduced themselves, and where they fit in the world pretty easily. The novel is a very contemporary military action thriller – a Russian agent is running a false flag operation, using ISIS fighters to stir up trouble in the West.
Scot Harvath has to team up with his own rag tag bands of merry men to track down the masterminds, and unravel the network behind the attacks, before the terrorists strike again. Aside from the main character, who is the stereotypical action hero, the cast of side characters, including the Syrians and the Germans, provide interesting shades of grey in a world of shadows.
I’ll be honest, I can take or leave the politics of the author, and felt like there were times when he got a little Donald Trump on the reader, but I guess it is in keeping with the no-holds-barred approach that the characters in the novel take. There were some moments – particularly when they were behind enemy lines – that I was struggling to suspend my disbelief. It all seemed a bit too easy in the end, or a series of convenient events.
I think Thor is right up there with the best in the business in this genre, and in a modern world where the lines between opposing sides are not as clear as they were 30 years ago, he has provided an interesting plot, combined with fast-paced action, and interesting, complex characters.
It’s not perfect by any means, but I will be going back to the well for more from this author.