• Use of Force

  • By: Brad Thor
  • Narrated by: Armand Schultz
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (3,837 ratings)

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Use of Force

By: Brad Thor
Narrated by: Armand Schultz
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Publisher's Summary

From number-one New York Times best-selling author Brad Thor.

As a storm rages across the Mediterranean Sea, a terrifying distress call is made to the Italian Coast Guard. Days later, a body washes ashore.

Identified as a high value terrorism suspect (who had disappeared three years prior), his name sends panic through the Central Intelligence Agency. Where was he headed? What was he planning? And could he be connected to the "spectacular attack" they have been fearing all summer?

In a race against time, the CIA taps an unorthodox source to get answers: Navy SEAL turned covert counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath. Hired on a black contract, Harvath will provide the deniability the United States needs while he breaks every rule along the way.

Packed with pulse-pounding action, fascinating characters, and electrifying intrigue, Brad Thor does it again and proves why he is known around-the-world as the "Master of Thrillers".

Includes a bonus interview with the author.

©2017 Brad Thor (P)2017 S&S Audio

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WOW!! Great novel!

Brad Thor has written one Scot Harvath novel every year beginning in 2002. His first Harvath novel, The Lions of Lucerne, is among the best debut novel I have ever read, Every novel since has been a solid 5 star thriller, but in my opinion none have been better than The Lions of Lucerne until Use of Force. I have nothing concerning content to add to the publisher's summary, so I'l observe that Thor is almost as great at espionage thrillers as Mark Greaney and Ben Coes. The Harvath character has aged well during the last 16 years as he has moved from Secret Service, to CIA asset, to top operative of the Carlson Group, and during the next novel as working leader of CIA subcontractor the Carlson Group. Brad Thor is a must listen author. Narrator Armand Schultz had become the voice of Scot Harvath.

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Another Thor classic

Any additional comments?

I first rated this as 4/5, but a few hours later, I changed it to 5/5.

Why? First, Thor always has the best plot lines. His stories are relevant, in depth, with plenty of twists and turns. It was another classic Thor novel.

Why then did I first give it 4 stars? Harvath is turning into a cliche for me. Maybe it's because of the number of interviews Thor does and how much press he does, but many catch phrases or lines of Harvath, I've actually heard Thor say before. One other things that Thor does that irks me is when he has a character from a foreign country say something like, "We are going to, as the Americans say, wipe the floor with them." It seems like a cheat-line that's also unbelievable. If someone says some random, colloquial term from another country, they don't state the country of origin.

Since Act of War, Thor's writing has become more and more directed at the extreme right sect of politics. That's not a problem for me, but I have noticed that his writing has taken quite a drastic, direct, right slant.

That all being said, I still think this book was great, and it was hard for me to give this a 5/5, because I didn't necessarily enjoy it as much as I enjoyed other 5/5 books, but this was another typical Thor - no surprises in that sense. The plot and story was amazing. I'm just enjoying Harvath less and less with each book.

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Schultz narrates a masterpiece

Love that Thor can pump a book a year out if he keeps doing this I will keep buying - A Schultz does an amazing job another must have in your library!

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This reader detracts from what are good stories.

Narrator keeps me from reading any more books in this series. Hard to get interested due to narration.

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Amazing

I really liked all of the action scenes and the fact that the storyline is so dynamic. I truly could not anticipate what was going to happen so I could not stop listening. Back to lions of Lucerne!

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Excellent but...

Love these books! Unfortunately, I felt how it ended did not match up with the build up. Still great read though.

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Everything As Expected, but A Bit Rushed

Scot Harvath & Reed Carlton Group as it should be. However, this particular story line seemed very rushed. The way all of the loose ends were tied up left quite a bit to be desired in my opinion.

I could have also done without the authors unrelated narrative at the end. That sort of thing bring little to no value to me, especially for this sort of novel. Honestly, who cares about the tasks the author has to go through for pulp-style spy novels?

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Not up to Bard Thor-Standard

Yes, I've read all of this series but this seemed to be shorter than most and much less climactic at the end. I was actually alarmed that it was over. I LoVE Brad's writing and the story lines but this felt manufactured and less full and robust.

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Loses steam near the end

The book started strong but seemed to lose steam. Like others have said, he ending was weak and somewhat abrupt. Still worth a listen if you like Thor's previous work.

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Your best yet.

Loved it. Finally a book I can enjoy after the Vince Flynn series. Having a bilingual background made me laugh a little at some of the narration but what a gift those people have in bringing across the excitement. Thank you for your diligence in writing things in a factual manner.

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  • Mr
  • 10-28-20

Brilliant

I love the Scott Harvath series of books and Brad Thor takes us on another fantastic journey with Scott.

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  • Churchill1940
  • 09-11-17

Another real story of today's World we are living.

Another exciting story by Brad Thor. With his larger than life hero. Scott Harvath. If only we had more people fighting Isis like him, the world would be a better place to live.