FOREIGN INFLUENCE is a fast paced, thrill ride into the world of covert ops. Former Navy SEAL Scot Harvath is back, and in fine form. If you like Vince Flynn you will enjoy this book. I would recommend reading them in the order that they are written.
In Thor’s formulaic ninth Scot Harvath thriller (after The Apostle), the ex–navy SEAL has lost his job with the disbanding under a new presidential administration of the Apex Project, a Department of Homeland Security secret antiterrorist program that didn’t worry about obeying any rules. Fortunately, Harvath lands on his feet with the Carlton Group, funded covertly by the Department of Defense, with an identical mission. After a bus full of Americans is blown up in Rome, Harvath travels to Europe to track down a man known as the Troll, who’s been implicated in the bombing. Meanwhile, John Vaughn, a Chicago cop who somehow moonlights as an attorney for private clients, seeks to identify the Middle Eastern–looking man who ran down a woman with his cab. Predictably, Vaughn uncovers a plot against civilian targets in Chicago. Bumbling CIA agents make members of the secret Carlton Group look even more heroic. Fans of TV’s 24 may enjoy the over-the-top setups, but even they might wish for a little more sophistication.
Here is the 4th book in the Brian Haig series. I found this book to be gripping. I could not put it down. It is a big improvement to the last book I read by Haig (the Kingmaker). The story really is amazing and for those of us that love a good thriller this is it.
From Publishers Weekly
Haig’s wisecracking J.A.G. attorney Sean Drummond returns for his fourth caper in three years (after January 2003’s The Kingmaker). Unpopular with his military superiors because of his sharp tongue and his tendency to attract trouble, Major Drummond finds himself loaned out to a private law firm. Culper, Hutch, and Westin represents some of the District of Columbia’s most staid, old-line institutions, and Drummond begins ruffling feathers from the moment he arrives, though he does prove surprisingly popular with some clients. Meanwhile, a serial killer is taking out attractive young professional women. The first victim is Lisa Morrow, Drummond’s sidekick in Haig’s debut thriller, Secret Sanction, and also a military lawyer working for Culper, Hutch, and Westin. In fact, Lisa’s on her way to meet Drummond when she’s murdered. Chapters from the obsessive killer’s dark perspective alternate with Drummond’s cheeky first-person narration. Not happy with police progress on the case, Lisa’s sister Janet, also a lawyer and a dark-haired beauty, steps forward to help Drummond investigate, even as victims pile up. Both Janet and Drummond prove to be entertaining thorns in the side of crusty police detective Spinelli, the officer in charge of the murder investigation. Haig introduces related subplots featuring corporate greed and criminality, but they don’t have the visceral chills or the sexiness of the serial killer story line. In the end, it’s all about Drummond; though the novel is overlong, the hero’s sharp and devilish style should keep reader interest high until the surprising conclusion.
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I have really enjoyed all of the books of Haggai Carmon. These are again Spy Thrillers. I would recommend reading these in the
sequence that they have been written as they tend to build on each other. This is the 4th book I have read from Carmon and I have greatly enjoyed all of them.
In this book, the main character Dan Gordon goes undercover to infiltrate and destroy an international Hezbollah funding plot. But when his cover is blown he wonders if he-s been a sacrificial lamb for the CIA all along. The book takes you to Paraguay, Sierra Leone, Lebanon, Italy, and Romania. It is fast paced and a great read.