Full Black (Scot Harvath Series #10)

Full Black (Scot Harvath Series #10)

by Brad Thor

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Brad Thor delivers his darkest and most intriguing thriller yet—a terrifying story of espionage and betrayal—brilliantly paced with superb nonstop action.

Born in the shadows and kept from heads of state, some missions are so deadly, so sensitive, that they simply don’t exist. When one such mission goes horribly wrong, only former Navy SEAL Team 6 member turned covert counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath can carry out an audacious plan to prevent one of the biggest terrorist threats the United States has ever faced: complete and total collapse. But as the identities of the perpetrators are laid stunningly bare, Harvath will be left with only one means to save America. Unable to trust anyone, he will be forced to go FULL BLACK.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416586623
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication date: 05/22/2012
Series: Scot Harvath Series , #10
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 37,141
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Brad Thor is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of nineteen thrillers, including Spymaster, Use of Force, The Last Patriot (nominated best thriller of the year by the International Thriller Writers Association), Blowback (recognized as one of the “Top 100 Killer Thrillers of All Time” by NPR), The Athena Project, and Foreign Influence (one of Suspense Magazine’s best political thrillers of the year). Visit his website at BradThor.com and follow Brad on Facebook at Facebook.com/BradThorOfficial and on Twitter @BradThor.

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Full Black




    His timing had been perfect. Swerving back into the lane at the last possible second, he watched in his rearview mirror as the white Škoda behind him careened off the road and slammed into a large tree.

    Applying his brakes, he pulled off the road and stepped out of his vehicle. The air smelled of spruce and spilled gasoline. The woman from the passenger side joined him. They had to move fast.

    Half their work had already been done for them. The terrorist in the Škoda’s passenger seat had not been wearing his seat belt. He was already dead.

    The driver was trying to unbuckle himself when Scot Harvath arrived at his window. He was cursing at him in Arabic from inside. Harvath removed a spark plug, often referred to as a ghetto glassbreaker, from his pocket and used it to smash the window.

    Grasping the terrorist’s head, Harvath gave a sharp twist and broke his neck. Gently, he guided the dead driver’s chin down to his chest.

    The final passenger was a young Muslim man seated in the back of the car who was screaming. As Riley Turner opened his door she could see he had wet himself. Painting his chest with the integrated laser sight of her Taser, she pulled the trigger.

    The compressed nitrogen propulsion system ejected two barbed probes and embedded them in the young man’s flesh. The insulated wires leading back to the weapon delivered a crackling pulse of electricity that incapacitated his neuromuscular capability.

    Yanking open the opposite door, Harvath carefully avoided the probes as he pulled the man from the vehicle and laid him on the ground. Once the man’s hands were FlexCuff’d behind his back, Harvath removed a roll of duct tape and slapped a piece over his mouth. Producing a pair of pliers, he yanked out the probes. The man winced and emitted a cry of pain from behind his gag. As he did, Harvath looked up and saw a familiar pearl-gray Opel minivan approaching.

    The van pulled parallel with the crash scene and slowed to a stop. The sliding door opened and a man in his midtwenties, holding a shopping bag, stepped out into a puddle of radiator fluid and broken glass.

    The young operative’s name was Sean Chase, and while he wasn’t a perfect match, he was the best they had.

    Chase was the product of an American father and an Egyptian mother. His features were such that Arabs saw him as Arab and Westerners often took him for one of their own. The question was, would the members of the Uppsala cell accept him?

    He was intended to be Harvath’s ultimate listening device and was going to switch places with the young Muslim from the backseat of the Škoda, Mansoor Aleem.

    Mansoor and the Uppsala cell were the only link the United States had to a string of terrorist attacks that had targeted Americans in Europe and the United States. And as bloody as those attacks had been, they were supposedly nothing, compared to what intelligence reported the plotters were about to unleash.

    Subbing Chase for Mansoor was the most crucial and the most dangerous part of the assignment. According to their limited intelligence, only two Uppsala cell members had ever met Mansoor before and actually knew what he looked like. The men were friends of his uncle, a terrorist commander by the name of Aazim Aleem.

    The men had been dispatched to Arlanda airport in Stockholm to collect Mansoor and return him to the cell’s safe house two hours north. Thanks to Harvath, they were now both dead.

    The team had had the men under surveillance since they had arrived at the airport. The driver had made only one phone call after they had picked up Mansoor and left the airport. Harvath felt confident the call had been to the cell in Uppsala confirming the pickup.

    Harvath now pulled the young Muslim to his feet and pushed him up against the van. Drawing his Glock pistol, he placed it under the man’s chin and pulled the tape from over his mouth. “You saw what I did to your friends?”

    Mansoor Aleem was trembling. Slowly, he nodded.

    While his uncle was a very, very bad guy, as were the two dead men slumped in the Škoda, Mansoor was on the cyber side of the jihad and hadn’t experienced violence or dead bodies firsthand. That didn’t mean he wasn’t just as guilty as jihadis who pulled triggers, planted bombs, or blew themselves up. He was guilty as hell. He was also a potential treasure trove of information, having run a lot of his uncle’s cyber operations. Harvath had no doubt the United States would be able to extract a ton from him. But first, he wanted to be as sure as he could be that he wasn’t sending Chase into a trap.

    “We know all about the Uppsala cell,” said Harvath. “We want you to take us to them.”

    Mansoor stammered, trying to find his words. “I, I can’t.”

    “What do you mean, you can’t?” Harvath demanded.

    “I don’t know them.”

    Harvath jabbed the muzzle of his weapon further up into the soft tissue under the man’s chin. Mansoor’s eyes began to water. “Don’t bullshit me, Mansoor. We know everything you’re up to.”

    “But I don’t know anything,” he said emphatically. “Honestly. I was just supposed to get on the plane. That’s all. That’s why they picked me up at the airport. I don’t know where they were taking me.”

    Harvath studied the man’s face. He was looking for microexpressions, tells people often radiate when lying or under stress from an act they are about to commit.

    As far as Harvath could surmise, the man wasn’t lying. “I want a list of all the cell members. Right now.”

    “I don’t know who you’re talking about.”

    Harvath pushed the gun up harder, causing Mansoor more pain.

    “I only knew the two men in the car,” he said as his eyes drifted toward the wreck.

    “You’re lying to me,” said Harvath.

    “I’m not lying to you.”

    “Describe the other cell members to me. Their ages, backgrounds, I want all of it.”

    “I don’t know!” Mansoor insisted. “You keep asking me questions I can’t answer! The only two people I know in this entire country are dead! You killed them!”

    With so little time, that was as good as Harvath was going to get. Patting Mansoor down, he located his wallet and tossed it to Chase. He then went through his pockets and removed everything else.

    Chase already had a U.K. passport with his picture issued in Mansoor’s name. He also had a driving permit, ATM card, two credit cards, and a host of other pocket litter that would make him even more believable.

    Chase fished through the handful of items Harvath had taken from his prisoner and pocketed a boarding pass, a London Tube card, and Mansoor’s house keys.

    Opening the Škoda’s trunk, the young operator sifted through Mansoor’s suitcase and quickly studied the contents as he replaced the clothing with his own. Knowing everything the cyberjihadist had packed would give him more insight into the identity he was about to assume.

    When he was done, he zipped up the case, removed it from the trunk, and closed the lid. Looking at Riley Turner, he said, “Let’s get this over with.”

    Turner approached and unrolled a small surgical kit. She was in her midthirties, tall, fit, and very attractive. Her reddish-brown hair was pulled back in a ponytail. She had blue eyes and a wide, full mouth. Removing a syringe, she began to prep an anesthetic.

    Chase shook his head. “I appreciate the thought, but I’ll pass on the Botox.”

    “It’s your call,” she replied, gesturing for him to sit down on the backseat. “This is going to hurt, though.”

    The young intelligence operative winked at her. “I can take it.”

    She swept back his dark hair and abraded his forehead with a piece of sandpaper. To his credit, he sat there stoically, but that was the easy part. Next, Turner removed her scalpel. Placing it at his hairline, she dug in and cut a short, craggy line.

    Chase sucked air through his clenched teeth as the blood began to flow down his forehead and into his eyes.

    Turner handed him a handkerchief.

    “God, that hurts,” he said.

    “I warned you.”

    Having secured Mansoor in the van, Harvath now rejoined them. Bending down, he gathered up a handful of broken glass and handed it to Turner, who sprinkled pieces into Chase’s hair, as well as the folds of his clothing.

    Harvath searched the dead men and recovered their cell phones. After cloning their SIM cards, he reassembled the driver’s phone and tossed it to Chase, saying, “Showtime.”

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    IronBear More than 1 year ago
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    The attacks on Americans abroad and on home soil have the CIA and HSD struggling to react. Intelligence strongly confirms a bigger terrorist assault is coming. While working on a secret documentary, movie producer Larry Salomon exposes an affluent anti-American. An apparent Russian wet team arrives in California to silence the producer leaving three dead and the movie maker alive only due to former Delta operative technical consultant Luke Ralston. Near Uppsalla, Sweden, covert counterterrorism agent Scot Harvath and his team begin a measure to infiltrate a nasty terrorist network while trusting no one in the Intel community. Thus he and his squad go Full Black starting with the capture of computer guru Mansoor Aleem, the nephew of Jihad Mufti, on his way to meet with a cell run by Mustafa Karami and replace him with Sean Chase. While the attacks intensify, time is running out This exciting action-packed thriller has its first death on page one and never looks back as the action in Sweden and Hollywood expands to other locales with death counts rising rapidly. The story line is fast-paced from that opening sequence in which Horvath breaks the neck of a terrorist and accelerates from there as the field operatives try to prevent full implementation of Project Green Ramp. Full Black is an exciting tale that showcases how vulnerable Europe and America remains to terrorism. Harriet Klausner
    GermangirlAZ More than 1 year ago
    Dont buy the book if you do not like the pricing of it! You guys are ruining the rating of a fantastic author to complain about the pricing of e-books. There is a forum for such complaints. Take it elswhere!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I am appealing to B&N not to print the moronic reviews that complain about the price of e-books. This unfairly impacts the overall ratings. Scott Harvath is a great author and this is a great book. Kindle and Nook prices are the same, and are not set by the Author. I have a Kindle and I love it. I bought if for the convenience of not having to lug books around. If you don't like the price go to the library and get it for free.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Quit paying attention to the people complaining about the Nook prices - its the same price everywhere! And its worth every penny. The action packed Harvath series makes you think with every book. And with Full Black, I did find myself googling a lot! I've watched Scot grow as a character and Thor grow as an expert in his craft. The action sequences are amazing and the story is phenomenal. Definitely a recommended book and recommended author! Can't wait for the next book! Well done!
    camissionlady More than 1 year ago
    Brad Thor has done it again for those who like a tense, action packed thriller.
    Ravenswood_Reviews More than 1 year ago
    "FULL BLACK" BY BRAD THOR With a quick-moving plot and action that will keep you unable to put this book down, you'll find yourself so caught up in this book you'll unwittingly become a part of it. A combination of mystery and thriller this book goes into a subject we often ask ourselves. What is the government hiding? Readers that enjoy this type of novel will love it and those that don't will find themselves compelled to read it anyway! You will definitely not want to miss out on this novel! -Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club
    Nanette Jones More than 1 year ago
    Excellent read. This is my first Brad Thor book, I can say for a fact that it will not be my last. He
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Scot Harvath Rocks!!!
    mrfirearm More than 1 year ago
    Thor's books are worth the price you pay.
    Shawn Bowzer More than 1 year ago
    Don't pay attention to the morons complaining about price. These Brad Thor books are worth every penny. I've bought the last nine as soon as they were released in hardback and spent 25 bucks apiece for them. I was just telling my wife how excited I was to have a nook and be able to get it for half the price. If you don't like the price and haven't read the other nine, go through those and wait for the price to drop (or quit whining and pay the 12 bucks and enjoy, if $12 is that big of a deal to you, maybe have bigger things to worry about than buying another book).
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Thor does not let you down. This is a great book in the latest Scot Harvath series. The action comes straight out of today's headlines.
    Jamie Mattio More than 1 year ago
    Brad Thor writes about what many would like to see done.
    MEGRICH More than 1 year ago
    I come here to read sensable reviews usually by fans of the author and get pretty good and helpful information, which may sway me to buy this book as opposed to another one. The difference in price dosent f-ing matter. When I used to have to visit the bookstore, drive, park, walk in, buy a coffee and a book and spend a half hour there. I still pay less than the hardcover, I can buy a book while I am on a train, laying in bed at night I can finish an old book and buy a new one, what a miracle of the world we live in. I would gladly pay more because I will save gas, coffee money, and the most important thing, time! Hail, Hail to the electronic book!! YIPIEE!!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Stop harping on why the e-books cost so much. If it's too much, don't buy it. I don't see you complaining when you're sitting at a B&N store reading books and magazines for free, thus the book or magazine are no longer in pristine condition so now they can't even sell it. It's people like you that will ultimately cause these stores to shutdown and stick to selling things online. There are other reasons why people may purchase e-books, maybe they don't have the real estate to house all the physical books?
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    As to be expected, another fabulous book in the series. Can't wait for the next installment!!!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Engrossing, enlightening, and wholly grounded in today's political realities.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Loved it
    KKAvidReader More than 1 year ago
    Great read, Scott is back and things are heating up can't wait for the next one.
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    What a writer! This is the first book of his that I have read, and now I'm going back to get more! I'm not a fast reader - I like to sink in and devour a book, and this is one of the best. I used to buy hardcovers of my favorite authors when they first came out. Ran out of room to store them. The Nook is perfect! I can still store books, without the bulk. Thanks Barnes and Noble!! (No, I don't work for them!) A very happy reader!
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    Any one who is a reader knows reading has nothing to do with cost keep reading eventually you will figure it out just enjoy
    MSWallack on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    Seems like just more of the same. The early portions of the book were quite detailed and interesting. But as the story progressed, details become less frequent. Most of the supporting characters didn't have much of a role which was a problem given that parts of the story were told from the perspective of these supporting characters. In addition, especially toward the end, certain things that Harvath is able to accomplish seemed just a bit too easy, as if Thor didn't want to take the time to work through what the plot really required.I was also troubled by Thor's continued blurring of the lines between his interesting and entertaining fiction and his political views. In this case, a fairly-thinly disguised George Soros figure is used to demonize liberal ideas and, at the same time, smear those who might hold those sorts of views. Unfortunately (based on reading what others have tweeted to Thor) many of his readers believe as fact the fictional scenario and evil motives that he creates in his story. And I couldn't help but notice that a subplot included a character that could have been anyone, but Thor chose to make the character a Jew with ties to Israel who sort of "sees the light" and realizes the dangers of liberal ideas, almost as if Thor is pleading for liberal American Jews to abandon the Democratic Party.Thor has intersting stories to tell and is capable of creating good characters. I wish he'd get back to that and leave the politics for Twitter and his appearances on Glenn Beck's show.