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Book Review: Full Black by Brad Thor

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Can terrorists really bring the United States to its knees? According to Brad Thor’s new novel, Full Black, it could happen to the U.S. and/or any number of modern countries of the civilized world. In this tale, deeply hidden subversive 
groups throughout cities around the world would be ready to act according to a fanatical plan once given the go-ahead. These factions would stand ready with their knockout blows in much the same way that millions of troops in England were ready to launch operation Overlord against the Germans in the Second World War, just waiting the command to start.

In this country, so many of these groups would launch their havoc that authorities everywhere would be overwhelmed. Propaganda would convince citizenry that the old order must disappear so that a collective one-world command center could be recognized. It would end capitalism where the rich get richer and the poor get poorer and install in its place equalizing communism.

As this plot slowly uncovers, tough man Harvath has been given the supreme command to launch any and all measures he sees fit to thwart this entire operation. This means he must put in place people who can infiltrate the terrorists and their secret cells. Harvath uncovers that one of the first essential attacks will be against America’s electrical power grid. The destruction will occur via interconnected computers that control the national grid, not necessarily by detonating bombs in power stations.

In fact, Full Black claims that the brown-out that occurred along the eastern seaboard of this country several years ago might have been a terrorist practice run to see how much damage could be done, and how quickly the grid could be restored. If power was interrupted long enough, water shortages would occur due to lack of pumping stations. Transportation would come to a standstill. Internet connections would virtually disappear, particularly when laptop batteries eventually died and could not be recharged. In the end, the government would fail and people would clamor for a new savior to save the nation.

Harvath must consider the consequences of failure. Firsthand network infiltration indicates that a monster attack is imminent. The race against time is on. For a while, it appears that the Chinese have created this sophisticated Islamic Jihad of unrestricted warfare. But their dreams were foiled when a sophisticate hacker stole their plans and subsequently had everyone in the Chinese operations control center killed.

Oddly enough, an American filmmaker had secretly produced a documentary exposing the devastation about to occur. His wish was to reproduce any number of copies of his documentary expose’ and release it around the country to alert citizens, authorities, the government, and law enforcement agencies. But Harvath discovers that this man and his secret film are missing.

Full Black is a suspense thriller that pits Harvath and his teams against all of the above in order to save the United States and the world as well. Is it realistic? In many ways, it is. Could it happen, I’ll let the reader of Full Black answer that question. Should the average Joe like you and I worry about such a perilous situation happening in today’s world? Once again, I’ll defer to the reader.

Suffice it to say that if you like tales with earth shaking consequences that involve many countries, many cities, and a lot of action, then this book is for you. It contains graphic scenes of carnage and torture, some of which occur so that ends justify means. Harvath is not a man without passion. Throughout the book he is keenly drawn to a woman who is with him to the very end.

Full Black makes it blatantly clear that Muslimism is in no way responsible for the crazed antics of radical jihadists around the world. Throughout, it openly states that a real Muslim is a person of God, a true believer in His message found in the Koran.

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  • Bruce Williams

    Very disappointing, disjointed and hard-to-read book. Author and his main character get off on too many hateful, one-sided political rants. Not a book for everyone. Sad.

  • Willow Mortimer

    Regis Schilken has a grammatical error in his review of FULL BLACK. It should be “average Joe like you and me.”

  • D Adler

    Guess he changed his tune about Islam … “And before you give me that tired argument that the [Islamic] fundamentalists have perverted the faith, let me be perfectly clear on something. A religion must stand or fall on its own writings and holy books. The fundamentalists haven’t perverted anything. In fact, Osama bin Laden is the best practicing Muslim out there. He is practicing Islam exactly the way that violent nutcase Mohammed wanted it practiced.” (Foreign Influence, p. 146f)