FIRST COMMANDMENT is Brad Thor's highly anticipated follow-up to
TAKEDOWN, whose readers undoubtedly were floored by the shocker of
The new novel picks up where the previous one left off, with former
Secret Service agent/ex-Navy Seal/Homeland Security op Scot Harvath
on a calculated but furious path of destruction and revenge. But
Harvath's fire turns into a conflagration when a pattern begins to
emerge, one that demonstrates that those closest to him are being
systematically targeted in a manner identical to the Ten Plagues of
Egypt described in the Old Testament.
The only thing more puzzling than the perpetrator's identity,
however, is the order from the President of the United States to
Harvath to step down. The reason for this decision is chilling on
several different levels, not the least of which is the real-world
scenarios that Thor infuses into all of his work --- though never
with more canny ability than in THE FIRST COMMANDMENT.
Naturally, Harvath disregards the President's order, which results
in Harvath --- even as he tries to track down a deadly terrorist
--- being pursued himself by the very government and country he has
defended, protected and saved on numerous occasions.
Incapable of writing badly, Thor tops himself again and again in
here, presenting a highly realistic and terrifying scenario that
would more than likely play out exactly as he describes it.
THE FIRST COMMANDMENT has everything that a thriller should have,
and then some. There is even a brief mention of a character created
by another well-known suspense/thriller author. Thor's novels are
highly addictive, and fortunately his latest is no exception to the
Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub on January 22, 2011