Backlash (Scott Harvath, #19) by Brad Thor

Backlash (Scott Harvath, #19)

In ancient texts, there are stories about men who struck from the shadows, seemingly beyond the reach of death itself. These men were considered part angel, part demon. Their loyalty was to their families, their friends, and their kings. You crossed these men at your peril. And once crossed, there was no crossing back.They were fearless; men of honor who have been known throughout history by different names: Spartan, Viking, Samurai.Today, men li...

Details Backlash (Scott Harvath, #19)

TitleBacklash (Scott Harvath, #19)
Release DateJun 25th, 2019
PublisherAtria/Emily Bestler Books
GenreThriller, Fiction, Suspense

Reviews Backlash (Scott Harvath, #19)

  • Tim
    Based on others reviews, many will be surprised by this rating. My rationale is I don't care for slaughter of innocents, nor inflated ratings. I despise the loss of meaningful and impactful characters. I like vengeance, but in this disappointing effort the price is too steep. 4 of 10 stars!
  • Matt
    Hip-deep into the Scot Harvath series, Brad Thor continues to deliver poignant novels that pull the reader into the middle of the political and espionage-driven world of today. When local authorities are called to a rural community in New Hampshire, they discover four bodies, carelessly slain. The names raise a red flag in the Intelligence community, beginning calls high up the chain of command. With ties to all those slain, one name being sugges...
  • The Real Book Spy
    Everything he’s ever done has led him to this moment. By now, readers know his story. Former Navy SEAL Scot Harvath cut his teeth with SEAL Team Two, the cold weather specialists, before joining the Navy’s storied SEAL Team Six, where he eventually assisted on a maritime presidential detail—catching the eye of the Secret Service.After Harvath had spent a brief amount of time with the Secret Service, the president, in an effort to hit back a...
  • kartik narayanan
    Read the full review at my site Digital AmritIntroductionBacklash has a straightforward story whose beats should be evident within the first few pages of starting the story. Scot Harvath has been captured by the Russians and has to fight his way out in an inhospitable terrain. What I likedBacklash manages to break the cycle of ennui that was creeping into the series with a different kind of story, albeit one we have seen before in other series.Re...
  • Melissa
    5/5 STARS*****WOWZA!!!! That was an amazing book! I wasn't sure Brad Thor could top himself after Spymaster and that cliff-hanger ending, but he did with a vengeance! It's really hard to talk about this book without giving anything away. It's definitely different from other books in the series. I will just say that this is Brad's "Exceeds Expectations" performance review! (those who have seen him in person know what I'm talking about ;) ) If you ...
  • Pamela Small
    3.5 stars. Definitely better than #17, #18 in the series, but not up to the level of intrigue and excitement of Thor’s previous Scott Harvath installments. 👎 The plot is based on the political machinations of Russia v USA, but the conflict isn’t fleshed out enough ... there is a lot of telling that Russia is evil, and a lot of action depicting their malevolence, but the background story explaining motives is lacking in development.👎 It...
  • David Eppenstein
    This is a difficult book to rate. It is the 19th in the Harvath series and I have been a fan since the beginning. I have collected all 19 books as signed first editions and most them signed by Thor at appearances I have attended. Like all his fans I enjoyed the adventure and thrills that Brad took us on in these books. Unfortunately, it is difficult to keep a good thing going and the series has had its ups and downs. I was particularly distressed...
  • Jeanette
    Overkill in every sense. This is high war casualty fare. Brutal.So here is the reaction I promised last week after I finished. I was away from tech and a decent keyboard.Know that I have not read Scott Harvath before. So starting at #19 is absolutely hubris. Yet, I was glad I did. Because I didn't hold the killing off of long appearing characters against him. And took the read for what it was in this form and length of book alone.It's a difficult...
  • Skip
    After a major traumatic event, Scot finds himself in the Arctic Circle with Russian mercenaries after him. Initially, they want him alive for all of the information he can provide, but when U.S. pressure, led by a rescue specialist and the Troll (Nicholas) is ramped up, the mercenaries' mission parameters are dead or alive. Scot's training as a Navy SEAL kicks in, especially his SERE skills (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape.) Not only do...
  • Lynn Horton
    Another summer, another Scot Harvath book. And that's not a bad thing because Thor is as reliable as the Fourth of July. Backlash contains everything readers have come to expect from a Thor novel: intrigue, corruption, Harvath's invicibility after getting the smithereens beaten out of him, loss of people he loves, the author's political opinions.It's as American as apple pie, and recommended as a good summer read for thriller fans.
  • Veena Calambur
    2.5 stars - Edit: this is my first and probably last Brad Thor novel and I did no research on the type of books and style that he typically writes. Just picked it up randomly but these are my thoughts as a first time reader who also enjoyed other survival novels like Hatchet! Overall it is a decent action / survival thriller as the main character Harvath is trying to make it out of the depths of Russian wilderness and away from Russian mercenarie...
  • Glen
    A Russian mercenary group has kidnapped Scott Harvath and killed his family. When the plane crashes deep in Siberia, Harvath survives, and has to make his way through Russia while being hunted by violent mercenaries.Meanwhile, the authorities in the States are trying to find out what happened to Harvath. The police and the feds don't make things any easier.Reminiscent of Louis L'amour's Last of the Breed, this is a very entertaining novel with a ...
  • Steve
    Harvath goes hardcore this time around. He's motivated for revenge and he has the skills to make it happen. There's no question that you'll feel for the protagonist by the end of this book. You'll also be entirely sure you don't want him believing you've wronged him in any serious way. I don't want to give anything away. I'm just going to say one thing... damn!!!
  • Ed
    Like many GR friends, I lost interest in the adventures of Scott Harvath a few books ago due mostly to Middle East terrorist fatigue. The good news here is "Backlash" takes Harvath in another direction reminiscent of Louis L'Amor's iconic non-Western "The Last of a Breed". Both concern Homeric escapes from Russia while aggressively pursued by superior forces. The difference is Harvath's odyssey is justifiably fueled by revenge for what the Russia...
  • Joann Casiano
    Wow! What an intense ride. I honestly don't know how Brad Thor is able to write the stories he does, although I have to say I am so GRATEFUL for his amazing talent. What Scot has to endure in this ride is beyond heartbreaking, it's unfathomable. The Old Man is deteriorating and Scot and Lara go to his safe house to be married before Carlton gets much worse. As everything unfolds, the Old Man, Lara and Lydia are all executed while Scot is made to ...
  • Bob Mayer
    Brad Thor brings what military thriller readers want: vengeance, a high body count, the US is always right, terrorists are always bad.He's been perfecting this for a long time and kudos. This is another excellent installment in his series.Having commanded a Special Forces team with a maritime specialty (all graduates of Danish Fromandkorpset Combat Swim School) and serving in 10th Special Forces, which is oriented for cold and high altitude opera...
  • Mystery & Thriller
    If I ever find myself trapped behind enemy lines, with a family member kidnapped by a foreign national, or simply on the verge of being mugged on the streets of New York City, the one person I would want around to save the day would be Scot Harvath. Having been pretty much the central figure of what now amounts to 19 books, Harvath represents the type of brash, cowboy-up heroics that has become a dying breed in both our world and the world of fic...
  • Garrett
    3.5 Stars. This novel started off well and was a solid read throughout most of it. Towards the end, Harvath conveniently gets out of a situation that, as it was written, he shouldn’t have been able to do. It just frustrating as a reader to have an author write this way. It has happened before in earlier novels by Brad Thor. Harvath should have been killed or at least wounded by sniper fire. I don’t see myself reading any more books by this au...
  • Kay
    5+ starsWithout question, Backlash is my favorite Scot Harvath book. From start to finish this has been an extreme survival and emotional journey. A must read!
  • Michele
    4.5 stars
  • Will
    SUBJECT READER REVIEW WITH PLOT SPOILERS FOLLOWS: Okay, from where I sit we've got two primary action thriller enterprises in modern fiction novels; the Mitch Rapp dynasty and the Scot Harvath dynasty. Now the Clancy Universe tried to make Jack Ryan another such thing, but Junior ain't got the chops for the really bad ass mothers of the world. Hell, Scot Harvath got so pissed over the fucking Russians killing his bride of one hour Lara Cordero Ha...
  • Julie Watson
    A Brad Thor fan will recognize the opening scenario with shock and it's a roller coaster ride of survival from there. Planes/helo crashes, firefights, wolves at the door, emotionally & physically beaten, it's Harvath in survival mode en extremis. Reader becomes empathetically-linked, feels the icy crystals in the face and numbing arctic cold and urges the protagonist onward. It's quintessential Scot Harvath, climbing out of the abyss, thinking of...
  • Brent
    Incredible. I give out very few 5 star ratings, but this book earned every one of them. I've been reading the Scot Harvath thrillers for years. To be honest I was afraid the series had waned a bit with some less than stellar entries in recent years. Hidden Order veing the worst offender with its eye roll inducing plot involving the Federal Reserve. Yawn. Even Spymaster, the most recent entry before Backlash, had issues as I felt Harvath wasn't as...
  • Gavin Reese
    The latest Harvath installment is an incredible read, and fans of the espionage thriller genre will lose sleep racing toward its conclusion. This tale compels readers to venture through most every human emotion as they ride along, alternately cheering its heroes and wishing ill and misfortune on the villains. If you haven't preordered this book, you're only cheating yourself! For readers of 2018's release, SPYMASTER, this is the book you've been ...
  • Diane
    Loved the switching from one location to another and the working details. This is not a book you can skim as the twists and turns of the plot. Horvath was dealt a severe blow in the last novel, Spymaster, and this one helps him right the wrongs under severe physical conditions of the Russian winter. The Carlton team is very supportive and will do whatever is needed to get him home. Hopefully this is not the end of the Scot Harvath saga...there is...
  • Wendy
    3.5* Scot Harvath is back and this time, he finds himself abducted by Russians. The transport plane he's in crashed in the middle of nowhere in frigid temperature. He now has to find a way to survive and get out of Russia. He also wants revenge. I like this book. You can feel anxious along with Scot on how he's to survive. We see him struggling physically while also emotionally wrecked. There's a lot of violence. Scot is out for blood. The squeam...
  • Wenzel Roessler
    Wow, I had no idea the series was gonna turn this way! A fantastic book, I only wish that the ending wasn't as rushed as it was, it in itself could have been made into it's own book. And if I owe Scott money I will play it tomorrow, I promise, I do not want this dude mad at me.
  • Connor Bagley
    I am so glad my high school english teacher introduced me to Brad Thor, I have only read 2 of his books but they have never let me down. This was such a great action packed book that I never got bored of with a great twist of politics. Great read!
  • Karen
    A fantastic page-turner
  • Dave
    Good vs evil and Good always wins... but we pay a price!