“ Genre: Crime/Thriller / Author: Armand Schultz „
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Full Black by Brad Thor
This is the tenth book in the Scot Harvath series. He is a former Navy Ceal and Secret Service agent who now is working for a private intelligence organisation helping to combat the threat of terrorism against the USA.
== Plot synopsis ==
At the start of the novel, Scott helps to infiltrate a young agent into a terrorist cell and at the same time as this, far away in California, a group of former Spetnas (Russian special forces) soldiers are about to kill a Hollywood producer.
Both stories come together by the end, but in the meantime Scot has to race around trying to figure out who the mastermind is behind the terrorist attacks being planned against America and put a stop to them . . .
== My thoughts ==
I have read some of the other books in this series and they normally can be read stand alone. This can also be read by itself. However, if you plan to read the previous book in this series, 'Foreign Influence' then you should definitely not read this first. The plot continues straight on from 'Foreign Influence', as I found out. I read this first and then got hold of the ninth book. I already knew the entire story as it is recapped in this.
Apart from that, the plot itself is very Robert Ludlum like, with a big conspiracy going on that Scot has to unravel. It is an average thriller novel.
I thought the narrator, Armand Shultz did an excellent job of reading this. There is a short interview between him and the author, Brad Thor at the end of the novel. I think I probably liked listening to this than the rest of the novel.
The author explains how he came to write the novel. He came into possession of a document allegedly written by an country hostile to the USA describing how they could defeat the USA if they had to go to war. They couldn't defeat them militarily on the battlefield so they would have to use terrorism. He assumes it is the CIA who got hold of this plan / document, and then released it to the public. Whether it is CIA disinformation or the truth, it is always interesting to read novels based on what could be fact.
As stated previously, this was read by Armand Shultz. It was unabridged and is 11 hours and 43 mins in length. The interview at the end was an extra 20 mins.
== Price and availability ==
This audio CD is available from Amazon for £27.36 with free delivery.
== Summary and recommendation ==
I thought it was nothing special when it comes to thriller novels. It is worth picking up if you are on a long journey or if you find it in your local library. The plot seems complicated while you are listening to it, but it is very basic overall. I don't really think it needed to be stretched over two novels. The back-story to the previous novel is covered adequately in this so you don't need to read the previous novel in this series if you haven't read it already. I give it 2 stars.