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New York : Emily Bestler Books/Atria, 2018.
327 pages ; 25 cm
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Brad Thor studied Creative Writing at the University of Southern California under renowned author T.C. Boyle. He created and hosts an MTV-style travel series called 'Travelling Lite'. It debuted in 1997, and 23 episodes and two seasons later, the show now appears worldwide, including UK, France, Spain, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Brazil and the US. His Emmy Award-winning company, Thor Entertainment, has recently won a Platinum "Best of Show" Aurora Award and a Communicator Broadcast Award of Distinction. Brad Thor lives in Park City, Utah. He is the author of the bestselling Scot Harvath series of books. His title's Black List, Act of War and Foreign Agent made The New York Times Best Seller List. <p> (Publisher Provided) Brad Thor studied creative writing at the University of Southern California under renowned author T.C. Boyle. He created and hosted an MTV-style travel series called Travelling Lite. His Emmy Award-winning company, Thor Entertainment, won a Platinum Best of Show Aurora Award and a Communicator Broadcast Award of Distinction. He is the author of the Scot Harvath series and The Athena Project. He made The New York Times Best Seller List with his title's Act of War, Code of Conduct, and Spy Master. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)
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Spymaster CHAPTER 1 SØR-TRØNDELAG, NORWAY WEDNESDAY The limbs of the tall pines hung heavy with ice. When they snapped, they gave off cracks that echoed through the forest like gunfire. With each one, the small counterterrorism team from Norway's Police Security Service, known as the PST, halted its advance and froze in place. Seconds--sometimes even entire minutes--passed before they felt comfortable enough to begin moving again. No one had expected the storm to be this bad. Ice covered everything and made the sloped ground almost impossible to walk on. Several of the team members had wanted to wait. Their leader, though, had ordered them forward. The assault had to take place tonight. Backing them up was a contingent of Norwegian Forsvarets Spesialkommandos, or FSK for short. Their commander wasn't crazy about hitting a target under these conditions either, but he had reviewed the intelligence and had come to the same conclusion. The two outsiders, sent up from North Atlantic Treaty Organization headquarters at the last minute and forced onto the team by the Norwegian government, didn't get a vote. Though the American looked as if he could handle himself, and probably had on multiple occasions, they knew nothing about his background or the woman he was with. Therefore, the pair from NATO HQ also didn't get any weapons. None of the Norwegians wanted to get shot in the back. Encrypted radios, outfitted with bone conduction headsets, kept them connected to each other and to the PST operations center. They wore the latest panoramic night-vision goggles and carried a range of firearms from H&K 416s and MP5s to next generation Glock 17s and USP Tactical pistols. Theirs was one of the best-equipped, best-trained teams the country had ever fielded for a domestic counterterrorism operation. Their target was a weathered cabin in a remote, heavily wooded area. It had a long, grass-covered roof pierced by a dented black stovepipe. A season's worth of firewood had been chopped and stacked outside. Even if the weather hadn't gone bad, conventional unmanned aerial vehicle surveillance was worthless. The density of the trees, combined with the shrieking, bitterly cold winds, also meant that the Nano drone the FSK carried was impossible to fly. They had been left with no other option than to go in "blind." As the teams slowly picked their way through the forest, sheets of snow and ice blew at them like shards of broken glass. The last five hundred meters were the worst. The cabin was built in a wide ravine. Maneuvering down, several team members lost their footing--some more than once. Because of the trees, the FSK's snipers couldn't find anywhere to set up. There were no clean lines of fire, and they were forced to move closer to the cabin than they would have liked. The operation was feeling more and more like a mistake. Ignoring the trepidation sweeping through the ranks, the PST leader pushed on. Three hundred meters from the cabin, they could make out light from behind the shuttered windows. Two hundred meters away, they could smell the wood smoke pouring from the stovepipe. With one hundred meters left to go, the signal was given to halt. No one moved. Something was wrong. Everyone felt it. Heart rates increased. Grips tightened on weapons. And then, all hell broke loose. Excerpted from Spymaster by Brad Thor All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.
Fiction/Biography Profile
Scot Harvath (Male), Counterterrorism agent, Cunning, Ex-Navy SEAL; The CIA wants to hire him; diplomats are being attacked; must take on role he has spent his career avoiding
Covert operations
Secret identities
Threat of war
- Europe
- United States
- International
Time Period
2000s -- 21st century
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Armand Schultz continues his excellent narrations in this latest installment of the series. Diplomats across Europe are being attacked and a foreign ally demands that the United States reveal the identity of a highly placed covert asset. When counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath is brought in, he realizes that his actions may end up preventing another world war. Schultz has a clear voice and reads with great spirit and energy. His pacing is excellent, and his delivery is clear and easy to understand. He affects different voices for most characters and is a great fit of voice and text, though some may find his pronunciation of some Russian names and words a bit grating. -VERDICT This is all great fun for series fans and those who like action thrillers.-Michael Fein, Central Virginia -Community Coll. Lib., Lynchburg © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
The newest thriller in the #1 New York Times , #1 Wall Street Journal , and #1 Publishers Weekly bestselling series! <br> <br> Across Europe, a secret organization has begun attacking diplomats. Back in the United States, a foreign ally demands the identity of a highly placed covert asset. In the balance hang the ingredients for all-out war.<br> <br> With his mentor out of the game, counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath must take on the role he has spent his career avoiding. But, as with everything else he does, he intends to rewrite the rules-- all of them.<br> <br> In Spymaster , Scot Harvath is more cunning, more dangerous, and deadlier than ever before.<br> <br> If you have never read a Brad Thor novel, this is the place to start!
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