Tuesday, July 26, 2011

'Full Black' by Brad Thor

Def: “Black Operation” or “Black Ops” is a covert operation typically involving activities that are highly clandestine and often outside of standard military protocol or even against the law.

Def: “Full Black” – a black operation on a six-pack of Red Bull.

Harvath is back and he’s in the rare position of having worked a couple of operations that have gone horribly wrong.  Because of this, the sand cowards will unleash an attack on America that shocked even me.  The maniacal nutcase in this book is named James Standing; a billionaire that hates capitalism (figure THAT out).  He has the power, the money, the connections, the strategy, and the brain damage to plan for the destruction and forced socialism of America.

The amount of destruction reeked in this book is pretty staggering even for Thor.  As with all of Thor’s books, your reading will struggle to keep up with the pace as danger and honor come from all sides and every corner of the globe.  ‘Full Black’ is Thor doing what Thor does best; stomping the hell out of the radical Islamic terrorist cowards by our favorite human superhero, Scot Harvath.  Thor’s books are always current, political, steeped in action, and more than a little controversial.  This one is going to tick off a LOT of people.  On the menu this time, socialism. 

Now, I will be honest and say that this book was the first time that I’ve ever felt that Brad was preaching at me.  I know that a lot of people (usually the ones who don’t agree with him) have felt that way about his work in the past.  It’s no secret as to where Brad stand politically but I never felt like it took away from the story until now.  There is a small section near the middle of the book where he just goes off!  And I don’t mean like your backyard 4th of July going off, I’m talking the six barge San Diego 4th of July bang-slam-a-jamma going off!!  Usually Brad does his “preaching” within the context of the story amongst the bullets and blood, but this time I felt it was different. 

The paradox here is that I agree with Brad but as a reader it caught me by surprise.  That’s the only hiccup but I felt it was worth mentioning.  He does some more preaching in this book but it was within the context of the story.  The conversation between James Standing and Julia is just pure brilliance!  I think he needs to cut and paste that into an email and send it to the yahoo’s in Washington.  The difference was that it was within the context of the story and that’s what made it powerful.  Some of you may think that I’m off my rocker but I’d love to hear what you think when you read it.

The Carlton Group comes across information about a series of attacks that will not only collapse America financially but collapse us… period.  The plans of the terrorists are bold in scope and they have the full backing of socio-psychopath (is that a word)?  It’s hard to believe that Washington could get any friendlier to the terrorists… but they have.  Harvath has had enough and devises a plan so dark and so off the books he must go “Full Black”.  (No spoilers) Unfortunately, despite his best planning and his dance with lady luck, things happen that will make you wonder how things can ever be the same again in America.

Despite that little hiccup in the middle, I highly recommend this next installment of the “don’t ‘F’ with America cause Scot Harvath is back” series.  



  1. Rubicon Reader you had my butt on the floor laughing at your choice of words describing the authors novel preaching. I'm would like to read this book. is it a stand alone or part of a series can you recommend others by him. thanks for the review.

  2. Sidne, wow. Sorry I missed this. I have not read his books in order so I don't feel like you must. Some people swear by it though. Here is a link to his books order... and I recommend them ALL!!