Title: Code of Conduct
Author: Brad Thor
Series: Scot Harvath
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Reviewer: Larry / John
Release Date: July 7, 2015
Genre(s): Mystery / Thriller
Page Count: 480 pages
Heat Level: 1 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Blurb: Hidden deep within one of the world’s most powerful organizations is a secret committee with a devastating agenda. Its members are afforded incredible protections—considered elites, untouchables.
But when four seconds of video is captured halfway around the world and anonymously transmitted to D.C., covert wheels are set in motion, and counter-terrorism operative Scot Harvath is tapped to undertake the deadliest assignment of his career.
What begins as a favor will evolve into a globe-spanning drama of highly personal stakes played out against a backdrop of stunning international intrigue, duplicitous political gamesmanship, and the darkest, most clandestine fears of the espionage world.
Review: Good mystery thrillers are in my top five book choices. Brad Thor writes a great thriller and has developed a series with Scot Harvath that keeps me turning pages.
Rather than read this book, I listened to Armand Schultz read it as I drove to visit family. The drive, each way, took over 7 hours so listening to the entire book on this trip worked out well. In fact I listened to the last chapter as I pulled into my driveway returning home.
When Scot sees a short video clip of hazmat suited thugs shooting up a clinic in Africa, he and the firm he works for are thrust into global terrorism the likes of which we have never seen, or ever imagined possible. Harvath finds himself pulled in several directions as he attempts to find the killers, their bosses, and the reason behind the attack.
His personal values are tested as well as his desires for a “normal” life with his girlfriend. What he discovers about himself is just as much a part of the thriller as the terrorists that have enacted the crime.
While sex is implied in the book, there are no expressive sex scenes. In an interview at the end of the reading, Thor is asked about the book and why he wrote it the way he did. He said (paraphrasing) that he wanted a book his daughters could comfortably read. I think he achieved that without losing the feel of the story.
Thor developed the story from the first slammed in your face page to the last. His research and depiction of government agencies, worldwide terrorism, criminal organizations, slave trafficking, and more were so powerful that I learned while I listened. I will be adding Brad Thor to my list of “want to read” authors.
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