Foreign Agent by Brad Thor – My Review!!

Foreign Agent – My Review!

Brad Thor Foreign Agent Cover

Before I launch into my review of Brad Thor’s latest thriller, I wanted to talk about his book signing I attended in June 2016 in the Atlanta area. As a member of the Atlanta Writers Club, I received notice about the event, and made time to attend. Now,  I confess I’ve only been to one other book signing for a well-known author (my own don’t count yet, but I’m working on it), and the staff herded us through the signing like cattle. Because of my impression of that event, I try to spend a few minutes with whoever wants to buy a book or simply talk during my signings.

That was the most impressive thing about this event. Brad Thor started the event at 7:30 and spoke for about 30 minutes. A portion discussed the new book, but a larger part took questions from the audience. I was the 41st person in line for the signing and I stood there for about an hour before I got my turn. Mr. Thor took a few minutes to sign my book , talk to me, and have a photo taken, too.

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As an indie author, I probably won’t ever reach the audience Brad Thor has, but I learned a lot from this event. For that, thanks Brad Thor! Now on to my review!

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend Brad Thor’s book signing in the Atlanta area. I bought a copy of his latest thriller, Foreign Agent, listened to his presentation, and got the book autographed! I read the book and here is my review.

Synopsis (from the author):

Terrorism in Europe has spun out of control. The United States has decided on a dramatic response. Now, the CIA needs a very special kind of operative.

Scot Harvath has exactly the skills the CIA is looking for. He’s a former U.S. Navy SEAL with extensive experience in espionage. Working for a private intelligence company, he will provide the CIA, and more important, the President, with absolute deniability.

But deep within the Russian Caucasus, Moscow also has its own special kind of operative. As a child, Sacha Baseyev endured an unimaginable horror. Today, he lives and breathes for only one reason—to kill. And he will kill as many Americans as it takes to accomplish his mission.

When a clandestine American operations team is ambushed near Syria, all signs point toward a dangerous informant in Brussels. But as Harvath searches for the man, he uncovers another actor—a rogue player hell-bent on forcing America’s hand and drawing it into a confrontation deadlier than anyone could have imagined.

As the attacks mount, and terror is brought to the very doorstep of the White House, Harvath finds himself in the race of his life. From Vienna, Brussels, and Berlin, to Malta, Jordan, and Syria—he will push himself beyond the edge in order to confront one of the greatest evils the world has ever known.

What I liked: As with the other Brad Thor novels I’ve read, Foreign Agent didn’t disappoint. The book starts with a bang and just keeps going full throttle. Scot Harvath is a familiar and amazing character, and Brad Thor skillfully blends real world headlines with his exploits. One of the best parts of this book is it can be read as a standalone or as the next installment of the series. Brad Thor frequently brings new characters into the fold, but still maintains the continuity of previous relationships. Foreign Agent is an excellent read, and one I highly recommend!

What I didn’t like: The only criticism I have of Foreign Agent is one little thing. I have a thing about the word “snuck.” I don’t mind it in the dialogue, but in the narrative, it’s like hitting a reading speed bump. I counted it twice in this book. Not enough to detract from the book, but a tiny irritant.

Overall impression: Foreign Agent by Brad Thor is a high-energy thriller. Filled with familiar characters doing what they do best, cool weaponry, and a story right out of today’s headlines, this book is a great read! I recommend it to anyone who loves thrillers, military action, and a good story!

My rating: 5 Stars

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Have you read Foreign Agent by Brad Thor? What about his other books? If so, please consider leaving a review. If not, why are you waiting? And visit Brad Thor’s website to find all his books!!

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Christmas Offers from The Gemstone Chronicles!!!

Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone for another year (and I hope your Thanksgiving holiday was as amazing as mine was), the focus shifts to Christmas and gift giving. In the spirit of the season, The Gemstone Chronicles is proud to announce two Christmas offers!

Offer Number One (for US only): If you want to order a set of all four of The Gemstone Chronicles books in paperback (and autographed by me), the special price through December 15th is $45. You can also order individual copies of each book for $14 each.

 

  • Buy autographed copies of The Gemstone Chronicles for $14 each (and I will pay shipping and handling)!
  • Buy the entire 4 book series for $45 (which is $11 off the cost of buying the books separately – and I will cover shipping and handling)!

 

Just send me the ship-to address, who you would like the books dedicated to, and they will be on the way! Send the information to bill@williamlstuart.com. I will email you to let you know when the books ship (and I promise I won’t spam you or share your email address).

Offer Number Two: I decided to make the entire series, in ebook formats, $0.99 for the month of December. Not just the first book, The Carnelian, but also The Amethyst, The Emerald, and The Ruby. Perfect way to load up a new Kindle, iPad, or Nook for Christmas! And for less than $4! That is a hard deal to beat! And this one applies to my international friends, too, so check your country’s Amazon site, Kobo, iTunes, Smashwords, or other sites for the reduced price!

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Take advantage of these two special Christmas offers and find out why Book One: The Carnelian was awarded a BRAG Medallion! And, if you are so inclined, consider leaving a review. I would love to know what you think of the series!

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As always, you can connect with me on social media on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Goodreads, Tumblr, or just email me at bill@williamlstuart.com. I look forward to meeting new friends!

I also want to thank all of my new readers and readers from years past. Your comments, reviews, and feedback have made me a better writer, and will be instrumental in making my next book better by far! So, thank you!

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!!

Sons of the Wolf by Paula Lofting – My first recommendation!!

Sons of the Wolf:

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I have a first for me! Today, I get the privilege of recommending a book from a fellow author. Paula Lofting writes historical fiction and has recently published her debut novel Sons of the Wolf

Synopsis:

On bloody fields he fights for his life, but sometimes the enemy is closer to home… 1054, pious King Edward sits on the throne, spending his days hunting, sleeping and praying, leaving the security of his kingdom to his more capable brother-in-law Harold Godwinson, the powerful Earl of Wessex. Against this backdrop we meet Wulfhere, a Sussex thegn who, as the sun sets over the wild forest of Andredesweald, is returning home victoriously from a great battle in the north. Holding his lands directly from the King, his position demands loyalty to Edward himself, but Wulfhere is duty-bound to also serve Harold, a bond forged within Wulfhere’s family heritage and borne of the ancient Teutonic ideology of honour and loyalty. Wulfhere is a man with the strength and courage of a bear, a warrior whose loyalty to his lord and king is unquestionable. He is also a man who holds his family dear and would do anything to protect them. So when Harold demands that he wed his daughter to the son of Helghi, his sworn enemy, Wulfhere has to find a way to save his daughter from a life of certain misery in the household of the cruel and resentful Helghi, without comprising his honour and loyalty to his lord, Harold. On the battlefield, Wulfhere fights for his life but elsewhere the enemy is closer to home, sinister and shadowy and far more dangerous than any war. 

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