Review Spymaster: A novel by Brad Thor

The newest thriller in the #1 New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and #1 Publishers Weekly bestselling series!

Across Europe, a secret organization has begun attacking diplomats. Back in the United States, a foreign ally demands the identity of a highly placed covert asset. In the balance hang the ingredients for all-out war.

With his mentor out of the game, counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath must take on the role he has spent his career avoiding. But, as with everything else he does, he intends to rewrite the rules—all of them.

In Spymaster, Scot Harvath is more cunning, more dangerous, and deadlier than ever before.

If you have never read a Brad Thor novel, this is the place to start!



Editorial Reviews


“Timely, raw, and filled with enough action for two books, SPYMASTER is this summer’s must-read thriller and the most gripping novel of Brad Thor’s iconic career.” (The Real Book Spy)

“Thor convincingly portrays Russia as a reborn Cold War-era evil empire hellbent on reconquering its former territory.” (The Washington Post)

From the Inside Flap

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Brad Thor, hailed as the “Master Of Thrillers” ( and the “Ultimate Thriller Writer” (Suspense Magazine), returns with a masterpiece of action, intrigue, and betrayal.

A rumor, a remote cabin in Norway, and an American intelligence operative charged with stopping the next world war before it begins – Scot Harvath’s mission is one of the deadliest he has ever undertaken.

Across Europe, a secret organization has begun attacking diplomats. Reminiscent of the Red Brigades and the Red Army Faction of the 1970’s, these faceless terrorists appear to have the same goals. But in the shadow realm of international espionage, looks are always deceptive.

As a prelude to war, one of the world’s most dangerous intelligence agencies has been charged with preparing the battlefield. Their job – to demoralize the enemy and win the conflict before it even begins. To do so, they will sow as much chaos, dissent and destruction as possible. There’s only one obstacle standing in their way.

Dispatched to Europe, Scot Harvath and his team have been tasked with a critical assignment – to do whatever it takes to keep America and her NATO allies from being dragged into war.

But with his mentor out of the game, Harvath must play an additional role; one which he has spent his entire career avoiding, and one which he believes he is ill prepared to take on. In his most important operation ever, will he be able to thread this perilous needle? Or, will it end up being the downfall of America and the West?

In SPYMASTER, Scot Harvath proves more cunning, more dangerous, and more lethal than ever before.  With breathless pacing, ripped from the headlines twists, and the predictive storytelling that are his trademark, Brad Thor has written his finest thriller.  If you have never read a novel by “America’s favorite author” (KTTX) this Brad Thor novel is the place to start.

Top customer reviews

S. Watkins

What sets Thor apart from so many in this genre is his ability to keep it real. Some of his plots and subplots seem torn from actual headlines and real world events. It’s no small feat, especially in this day and age, and he does it seamlessly. That aspect alone pulls in the reader to a deeper experience than most novelists can.

Horvath and his elite team are presented and explored as warriors we actually hope exist, rather than as impossible caricatures of Rambo, and this is where Thor really shines. You don’t just root for Harvath and his team of elite manhunters, you fall almost in step with them. His deft ability to humanize every character, good and bad, is just unparalleled. In Spymaster, the character Chase is especially intriguing, and Thor blends him in to the story so well that you just believe he’s real, or at least that, like Harvath, just his name has been changed to protect his real life counterpart’s true identity.

Spymaster is the 18th book in the Harvath series, yet, every book is fresh and enthralling. That is a Herculean achievement in and of itself. You can’t put it down, and you can’t wait for the next installment. Thor does his homework, and so the world his characters operate in is utterly believable.

Step into Harvath’s world for a while, and take a break from ours. You’ll feel like you were on the mental vacation of a lifetime.

Brad Thor’s plots are always timely but “Spymaster” is eerily so. A subversive plan by Russia to pull the U.S. into a war in the Baltic region by attacking a small NATO ally, is well within the bounds of credibility. Scarily so. Scott Harvath is tasked with conducting counter measures to thwart the plan. He puts together a crack team using some long-time operators and a few new ones that appear to have the same fire in the belly drive that he does. Thor pulls no punches about his conservative political views and that’s okay by me as long as he doesn’t go off the deep end and get too preachy. I rather liked the more mature philosophical Harvath, who is questioning his own ambitions and expectations for the near and the more remote future. In this 18th book of Scott Harvath’s adventures, Thor has crafted a complex and gripping plot that we can only hope remains firmly in the fictional category because having it become a reality is just too scary to fathom.
Douglas Corneil
This one is Brad Thor at his very best! Plots and subplots galore which may appear at first to be ramblings but they are all connected at a crucial point in the story. When they all come together, it makes for a story unlike anything you’ve read before. The last chapter ties it all together and everything in the books makes sense as the NATO forces and their undercover agents pull off one of the best disinformation campaigns you will ever be able to imagine! The last paragraph of the book leaves a huge opening for the next exciting thriller from this outstanding author.

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