Sunday, August 10, 2014

Brad Thor Should Scare the Crap Out of You

Act of War – Brad Thor (Emily Bestler/Atria Books)

Simply put; Brad Thor’s new book Act of War, should scare the crap out of you.

Thor’s thirteenth entry in the Scot Harvath series reads like a scenario that could have come from one of the Department of Homeland Security’s, Red Cell brainstorming sessions. Red Cell was a group of creative thinkers, that included Thor, who came from outside the Beltway and traditional intelligence circles, to dream up potential terrorist scenarios and targets.

In Act of War lays out an unconventional attack under the umbrella of “unrestricted warfare” where the Chinese could literally bring the United States to its knees, killing off millions, without ever firing a shot. While I think Thor is a pretty smart guy; if he can think of this kind of scenario, then you know the bad guys can too. Hence the heavy duty pucker factor.

Thor laces just the right amount of “current events” into the story line to give it a believable quality; like the NASA outreach program to be inclusive of Muslims being used as a method to get terrorists into the country. It is that kind of simplistic thinking that politicians have given us for years that makes Thor’s plot all the more chilling; we spend billions to build bigger, nastier weapons or have the TSA pat down kids and grandmothers at airports, while we leave our borders basically wide open.

With the bad guys in place and their objective in play, the dominoes start to fall quickly and it’s up to Harvath and his band of usual suspects to play beat the clock and save the country from itself. If you needed a geographical depiction of how this “unrestricted warfare” attack to “remove the country’s technology” would play out, just grab a copy of the county by county “Red vs. Blue” voting map from the last Presidential election and know that the focus of the attack would be on the blue and the populace that believes food comes from the grocery store and can’t function without their I-Phone an infusion from Starbucks.

The plot certainly strikes a chord and Thor hits on the right mix of facts and action to keep the pace crisp and the thrills on point.

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