There’s No R & R for American Super Spy Scot Harvath in Brad Thor’s ‘Black Ice’ [REVIEW]

Now in Norway, Scot Harvath must decide his next move. (Photo courtesy Canva)

A Nordic holiday with stunning views. A gorgeous girlfriend to romp with. A boat to relax on. Super spy Scot Harvath is in paradise. But he’s out of vacation time and is expected to report back to work. Will he return or retire? Find out in his 20th adventure, Black Ice.

Brad Thor's BLACK ICE
Atria Books

Leave it to Harvath to find trouble even during his down time. As we open Brad Thor’s latest novel, we find Scot stopping a robbery at an ATM in Norway. While the crime itself isn’t that unusual, there’s something amiss about the whole incident.

For starters, Harvath sees a man leaving a taxi that shouldn’t be there. After all, Scot killed the guy himself! How can he be alive? As Harvath puzzles through this conundrum, he sets off on a race against the clock to stop both China and Russia from obtaining technology which will give them control over the Arctic Circle.

Black Ice is a masterful spy thriller which once again proves Thor has an extraordinary gift for storytelling. In this episode of the long-running series, Harvath leaves no stone unturned as he seeks answers to his most burning questions while he simultaneously strives to protect the US and its’ allies from falling into the clutches of one of the world’s most dangerous actors.

One of the things I admire most here is Thor’s knack for creating wholly original characters. Scot Harvath—America’s answer to James Bond—is tough, intelligent and somewhat emotionally flawed. Yet he is someone readers can instantly connect with, understand, and root for. He has remarkable tenacity and will do whatever it takes to save the world once more, even if doing so comes at great personal cost.

As we follow Harvath across national borders, from one continent to the next, Black Ice delivers what Thor’s readers have come to expect: a novel that demands its place atop your nightstand’s to-be-read pile, one that provides a real hero to fuel our dreams and a much-needed escape from the chaos of the world.

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Brad Thor is the number one New York Times bestselling author of 22 thrillers, including Black Ice, Near Dark (one of Suspense Magazine‘s Best Books of the Year), Backlash (nominated for the Barry Award for Best Thriller of the Year), Spymaster (“One of the all-time best thriller novels” –The Washington Times), The Last Patriot (nominated Best Thriller of the Year by the International Thriller Writers association), and Blowback (one of the “Top 100 Killer Thrillers of All Time” –NPR).

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By Brad Thor
336 pp. Atria Books. $28.99

Purchase Black Ice direct from Jathan & Heather Books or from one of these other fine online retailers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Half Price Books, Hudson Booksellers, IndieBound, Powell’s, Target, or Walmart.

About Heather Fink
Heather Fink is a writer, bibliophile and award-winning librarian who loves to introduce the next generation of readers to the wonderful world of books. She currently resides in Texas.

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