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Publisher's Summary

From number one New York Times best-selling author Brad Thor comes his most explosive thriller yet. Packed with action, intrigue, and sublime plotting, Black List is the ultimate tale of deception in a world where "even in death" secrets can no longer be kept.
Somewhere, deep inside the United States government, is a deadly list. Members of Congress never get to see it and only the president has the final say over it. Once your name is on the list, it doesn't come off - until you're dead.
Someone has just added counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath's name to the list.
Somehow, Harvath must evade the teams dispatched to kill him long enough to untangle who has framed him for treason and why they want him out of the way.
Somewhere, someone, somehow can put all the pieces together. The only question is: Will Harvath get to that person before the United States comes under the most withering domestic terrorist attack ever conceived?
©2012 Brad Thor (P)2012 Simon & Schuster
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Critic Reviews

"[Brad Thor] is arguably the best thriller writer of our time." ( Suspense Magazine)
"Anyone who thinks the only thing to fear is fear itself should meet Brad Thor." ( Newsweek)
"Thor has mastered thriller storytelling with fast pacing and plots that are relevant to American readers." ( The Miami Herald)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Joshua on 07-26-12

A Worthy Successor to 'Full Black'

I love thrillers where the main character kicks butt... and Scot Harvath does a lot of that in this book!

It picks up right where 'Full Black' left off - smack dab in the action with Scot Harvath. For this reason I highly recommend you listen to 'Full Black' first to set this one up.

This volume centers around a conspiracy that - though some of its elements may sound farfetched - rings with a lot of truth and may just give you chills at how close to reality it could actually be. As usual, Armand Schultz brings the characters to life and keeps the book interesting even through some of the longer infodumps. This book also fleshes out some of the backstories for some of the characters too.

While I still have to give Flynn the nod for writing truly epic thrillers that bring everything together just right, Brad Thor gives him a run for his money. If you like Flynn, you will probably like this, too. Definitely recommended.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Renaissance_Cajun on 07-26-12

Thor addresses privacy without sacrificing action

This is different from some of Thor's work, primarily related to the message on which he chooses to focus (privacy in America vs. foreign terrorism for most of his works). That's not a spoiler - there’s a quote from one Senator Church at the beginning that sums up that part of the theme.

Thor includes plenty of his trademark action to keep the story moving along while providing fascinating information about the concept of “privacy” in America. The action sequences are spectacular (and, warning: addictive!) and the narration complements the story perfectly.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Churchill1940 on 06-07-16

Another great book from Brad Thor

Loved it and enjoyed the time listening to another great book from Brad Thor. His story always keeps you transfixed in the book. Just another way to keep you listening and enjoying the book. Another way to get your attention on the story as he thrills your mind with adventure.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Toby on 07-28-13

Mediocre thriller with a low reading age

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

The *first* chapter is taut and exciting. A woman is fleeing shadowy pursuers through a busy shopping mall. She's only too aware of her diminished options in our ultra-surveilled pan-opticon state. She carries out some desperate and unseen remedy in a lingerie store - the last bastion of privacy in a dystopian world! Awesome! What's going to happen next?

Well - first of all the reading-age drops. Brad Thor rests on his Chapter 1 laurels and starts grinding out dull, over-explained prose. If you were reading it your eyes would skate across whole sections of this plonking explicatory text; you would fast-forward to where something happens.

However with an audiobook you have to listen to every word. It doesn't help that the vocal talent is merely adequate - of which more later.

There's also little in the way of effective scene-setting. Locations across the globe are bland and barely established - there's no immersion and no evocative description.

There's nothing in the way of emotional landscape. The hero is a bland, super-accomplished, emotionless cypher. He moves from one poorly described location to another while the text informs us of his laundry-list of accomplishments and credentials. Scott Harvath never shows a flicker of life, introspection or human vulnerability. Why would we care what happens to him?

The hacker character (on the other hand) is likeable and memorable. I was rooting for that little guy - he was the only character with a discernable pulse. But even his scenes - set against the same wasteland of poorly established locations as the rest of the book - couldn't save this tedious thriller-by-numbers.

Disclaimer: I could only get through about a dozen chapters.

What aspect of Armand Schultz’s performance might you have changed?

On the vocal talent:

Armand Schultz gives a flat read with little vocal variety.

It was adequate (hence the three stars) but it was monotone and added nothing to the admittedly dull material. Schultz compares poorly to audiobook stars like Degas, Longworth, Pacey or Armstrong.

Professional audiobook readers should have a rich vocal palette. The best ones have the ability to move between different vocal instruments - moving seamlessly between accents and phoneme-sets.

Schultz either doesn't have or doesn't exhibit these skills. The most I can say is that he reads the text clearly without hesitation or breath-issues. That's not really good enough.

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