Use of Force - Brad Thor

Use of Force

By Brad Thor

  • Release Date: 2017-06-27
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 223 Ratings


“With his latest pulse-pounding adventure, Brad Thor puts the rest of the genre on notice—Use of Force is the thriller to beat in 2017.”—The Real Book Spy

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Brad Thor.

As a storm rages across the Mediterranean Sea, a terrifying distress call is made to the Italian Coast Guard. Days later, a body washes ashore.

Identified as a high value terrorism suspect (who had disappeared three years prior), his name sends panic through the Central Intelligence Agency.

Where was he headed? What was he planning? And could he be connected to the “spectacular attack” they have been fearing all summer?

In a race against time, the CIA taps an unorthodox source to get answers: Navy SEAL turned covert counterterrorism operative, Scot Harvath.

Hired on a black contract, Harvath will provide the deniability the United States needs, while he breaks every rule along the way.

Packed with pulse-pounding action, fascinating characters, and electrifying intrigue, Brad Thor does it again and proves why he is known around-the-world as the “Master of Thrillers.”


  • Excellent Read

    By Simple Man 3
    Great work as always, waiting on the next one 👍🏻
  • Could be better

    By azherrfun
    This was not Thor's best effort. Ending was kind of abrupt and a sub plot woven into the main plot served little useful purpose. I've come to expect more from this author.
  • Better than the last

    By lago/mike
    I have read every one and I periodically check to see when the next book comes out. If you like this storyline there is none better than Brad Thor. Another great read that I couldn't put down. I'm sure that there are real Scott Horvath's and Reed Carlton's out there but sadly too few of them I'm sure. Here it is at 2:00 in the morning and I just finished it!
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  • ok. Not as good as previous books

    By DrLDawg
    As most of the reviews previously stated, good action, but a ending that seemed phoned in -- like " you have one more day to finish the book before you leave on vacation"
  • Clearly Thor was distracted when writing "Use of Force"

    By Ahs5985
    I have read or listened to every single Brad Thor book and have been a loyal fan since the beginning. It pains me to write this but so much of "Use of Force" is spent describing gun battles, raids, hand to hand combat, the team planning missions and Harvath complaining about politics affecting his ability to do his job. Very little time is spent developing the plot and the new characters. Also, at times it was confusing about what exactly was going on. This was certainly not Thor's best but at least there wasn't a ridiculous worldwide pandemic. I expect that the election and the political landscape in the USA has kept Mr. Thor very busy and obviously a bit distracted from writing another quality Harvath novel. I am very much looking forward to next years Harvath book. Let's hope it's better than "Use of Force."
  • Brad &a Force Just Go Together

    By Lakewaco
    I've always liked Brad Thor novels. This may not be his best, but it is much better than some other writers of CIA type novels. Definitely encourage Brad fans to read it.
  • Use of Force

    By Linda5225
    After reading my first Brad Thor book, I am a fan!!! Can't wait to start the next one!!
  • Not Brad's Best

    By Antikantian
    I've read all of the previous Harvath books, and this one equals all the others in many ways except one: the ending. It was all relatively immersive until the end, which was gift wrapped and delivered in what seemed like a scant few paragraphs.
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  • I hate to do this

    By Bd789
    Brad Thor is one of my favorite authors and while I enjoyed the book he phoned in the ending. Sort of like he wanted to be done and wrapped things up as fast as he could.
  • Very good

    By N Burn
    On point with all his books
  • Fast paced

    By Mikkia!!!
    A typical Brad Thor novel. Enjoyed it, as I did all of the rest.
  • Not his best...

    By Jcmbama16
    The book was a quick read, too quick. The ending was disappointing. Waiting for that moment and then having it end so abruptly, left me wanting more. Not a book I'll recommend to friends and family.
  • Use of Force

    By Dive4145
    Disappointed with ending. Need to develop the story more. Tried to wrap up too quickly to move on to the next project.
  • Use of Force

    By greyts
    I have all of his books and this one doesn't fail!! Well done, sir! Keep them coming!!!!!
  • Good summer read

    By G'Dad12
    Action non stop and hard to put down with good story and interesting characters.
  • Dissapointing

    By Ray7709
    Not the best.
  • Kkkok

    By bnine9
    Glo and I dOlha só quem está ficando mais velho, meu querido filho. Meu coração se enche de felicidade por ver o homem que você está sxfe tornando. Por mais difícil que seja para mim admitir o seu crescimento e que logo estará voando pelo mundo, saiba que tenho orgulho e que sempre lutarei por sua felicidade e que você jamais estará desamparado nessa vida. Meu amor por você é eterno, e quando digo eterno é eterno mesmo, daqueles que não somem nem com uma explodia de supernova, nem com a extinção de war todos nó. O meu amor por você é mais forte que tudo! Rose w E hoje aqui sad seu aniversário quero lhe desejar felicidades e que você tenha sucesso em todas etapas de sua vida, que a sua felicidade seja sempre completa. Revere amo meu filho, Feliz Aniversário.
  • Harvath is Forceful as Ever

    By savsandy
    I'm a big fan of Brad Thor and his fictional self, Scott Harvath. Having read all 15 of his previous books I had been anxiously awaiting the release of #16, "Use of Force." As always, the plot is timely and brilliant, and during the action scenes, it is truly thrilling but overall, the pacing was off. Maybe it's just me but Scott's pontificating about our government's squishiness (my word, not his) in dealing with terrorists was tiring. He should know he's preaching to the choir. I'm guessing the majority of his loyal readers hold similar views so beating us over the head with it is unnecessary and doesn't need repeating ad infinitum. That said, I really like where he's taking the characters of Lydia Ryan and Reed Carlton, as well as his girlfriend Lara. Now we have to wait another year for #17. FWIW, "Full Black" is still my favorite.
  • Neatly wrapped ending that came upon the reader too fast.

    By AWill34205
    I could not put this book down! I read it in 2days. I felt my adrenaline rise and fall along with Harvath's. That being said, I found the ending to be anticlimactic! It was over in the blink of an eye. Yes, everything was neatly concluded and I had no questions about the outcome. But it seemed to all happen in 3 pages! Boom, Bang, Done! It certainly will not stop me from reading other books Brad Thor has written.