Without question, Spymaster is Brad Thor’s best novel ever ... Brad Thor once again demonstrates an eerie ability to make you feel you might well be glimpsing at news from the future ... The action is fast-paced. Surprises abound. It’s exciting—pulse-pounding. And it’s plausible, this time frighteningly so. The suspense keeps you on edge anxious to discover what’s next and how it all will end ... It utterly stunned this fan who has read every one of his books ... one of the all-time best thriller novels.
While a lot of authors have written timely thrillers over the years, nobody has been more consistently right on the money than Thor, who has the uncanny ability to predict what the world will look like in the near future and craft his stories accordingly. That’s certainly the case with Spymaster, which feels ripped straight from tomorrow’s headlines, offering readers a terrifying glimpse at how the conflict between America and Russia could eventually play out ... Timely, raw, and filled with enough action for two books, Spymaster is this summer’s must-read thriller and the most gripping novel of Brad Thor’s iconic career.
Readers learn all the latest interrogation techniques—one specialist loosens tongues with a kind of aroma therapy—and by the time you get to the last page of Spymaster you’ll know the difference between a 'Mark 48 belt-fed machine gun' and a 'LaRue Tactical 6.5 Grendel FDE rifle with a Schmidt & Bender 5-25x56 scope with an illuminated reticle' ... This minutia on firearms and Thor’s geopolitical musings—especially on Putin’s territorial ambitions—are often more interesting than what actually happens in the novel. His narrative prose ranges from the workmanlike to the snooze-inducing ... Thor’s banality even spoils an otherwise exciting scene where Harvath and some of his cohorts skydive into Lithuanian airspace, glide over the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, then parachute into a pasture at night. The best line Thor can come up with for Harvath as he soars across the inky sky is: 'There was absolutely no other feeling in the world like it.'