Path of the Assassin | Book Review

The Hand of God is a terrorist organization wreaking havoc in the Middle East.

In a twist, though, it is Israeli terrorists seeking vengeance against decades of Arab antisemitism. “The nation of Israel will no longer tolerate acts of violence upon our soil, or against our people,” reads a letter after the organization’s strike against Medina, Saudi Arabia. “Hence forward, we will speak to the Arab world in … the language of violence.”

Not surprisingly, the Arab world does not take kindly to this terrorism, and with each succeeding act of violence, the Middle East marches closer to war — particularly dangerous because Israel is a nuclear power.

Meanwhile, U.S. Secret Service Agent Scot Harvath is busy tracking down the remaining mercenaries who kidnapped the American president, a story told in Brad Thor’s inaugural novel, The Lions of Lucerne. But just as he’s about to eliminate a major target, another assassin gets there first.

That assassin, it turns out, is also connected to the rising problems in the Middle East. The only question is whether Harvath will be able to neutralize the threat before it explodes into regional war.

There are plenty of surprises in Brad Thor’s second novel in the Scot Harvath series. Not all is at is seems with the Hand of God nor with the assassin Harvath is chasing. One thing is sure, however: Harvath will remain on the case until he’s dead … or the assassin is.

Book Reviewed
Brad Thor, Path of the Assassin (New York: Emily Bestler Books / Atria, 2003).

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