Counter terrorism operative Scot Horvath lost his regular position when the new President took office. Now he is working for a new secret agency that is buried deep within the Department of Defense and isn't burdened by reporting to self-serving politicians.
Scot is asked to go after a man who had helped him in the past and he felt was a friend. The man is known as The Troll and is accused of being the mastermind behind the bombing of a bus filled with American students in Rome.
Elsewhere, a cab runs down Alison Taylor who had been out drinking after work with friends. The cab left the scene and Alison's friends were too intoxicated to offer much help. When Alison's family doesn't get any results from the Chicago police department, they hire a former Marine, John Vaughan, to see what he could find.
While this is going on, Scot travels overseas. He believes that The Troll was innocent and he wants to get proof of who was responsible for the bombing and make them pay. With The Troll's help, they learn who was really responsible and that there is a terrorist organization that is planning two more strikes in Europe and then will be bringing their terror to the United States.
Back in Chicago, Vaughan teams up with Paul Davidson who is with the Public Vehicles division. They find a lead on the cab driver who ran down Alison. They go to the man's home but they miss him. However, they find bomb making equipment and learn that the cab driver was part of an undercover terrorist scheme.
The two cases come together with excellent action and suspense. Scot Horvath continues to be one of the more enjoyable thriller protagonists. He stops at nothing to get his man and is brave, patriotic and does whatever is necessary to stop those acting against the United States.
Was it me or was Scot Harvath incredibly brutal in this one? While Thor's books do strike an emotional chord, it struck a very different one in the beginning of this book. We all know what cowards and hypocrites terrorist are, but when Scot happens upon a terrorist camps that holds and tortures children... chilling. I was ready to grab a rifle and march over there myself. Vindication is had in an incredibly poignant and heartbreaking scene. And that scene sets the tone for this book. Scot doesn't … more
Brad Thor's newest thriller "Foreign Influence" is fast paced action yarn that brings back some of the familiar characters in Scot Harvath's world as well as some new characters that added to the story line extremely well. I've been a fan of Thor's and have enjoyed all of his books, but this one I especially enjoyed. Harvath seemed a bit more brutal in his expunging of terrorists than in previous books, but it fit for the story here and I'm looking forward to where Harvath goes next. Regardin … more