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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Brad Thor  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1969 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Thor was born and raised in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Brad Thor is a ''New York Times'' bestselling author. He graduated cum laude from the University of Southern California where he studied creative writing, film, and television production. Prior to becoming a novelist, Brad was the award-winning creator, producer, writer and host of the critically acclaimed national public television series, ''Traveling Lite''. He currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee.

Published Works

  • The Lions of Lucerne, Atria, 2002
  • Path of the Assassin, Atria, 2003
  • State of the Union, Atria, 2004
  • Blowback, Atria, 2005
  • Takedown, Atria, 2006
  • The First Commandment, Atria, 2007
  • The Last Patriot, Atria, 2008
  • The Apostle, Atria, 2009
  • Foreign Influence, Atria, 2010
  • The Athena Project, Atria, 2010
  • Full Black, Atria, 2011
  • Black List, Atria, 2012
  • Hidden Order, Atria, 2013
  • Act of War, Atria, 2014
  • Code of Conduct, Atria, 2015
  • Foreign Agent, Atria, 2016

Selected Titles At Your Library

The Lions of Lucerne /
ISBN: 1439195137. OCLC Number:

Pocket Books,. New York :. ©2002.

When a group of Secret Service agents is massacred in Utah and the president of the United States is abducted, surviving agent Scot Harvath vows to avenge his murdered colleagues and find the kidnappers.

Path of the assassin /
ISBN: 1451608276. OCLC Number:

Atria Books,. New York, NY :. ©2003.

Seeking the people responsible for a plot to kidnap the president, Secret Service agent Scot Harvath follows clues that point to the world's most ruthless terrorist and enlists the aid of a hijacking survivor who knows what the terrorist looks like.

State of the union :
ISBN: 145160792X. OCLC Number:

Atria Books,. New York :. 2004.

After the murders of two U.S. agents in Prague and a series of brutal killings of Americans, Secret Service agent Scot Harvath hunts for an ex-KGB double agent, only to discover a conspiracy aimed at shattering the peace between nations.

Blowback :
ISBN: 1451608284. OCLC Number:

Atria Books,. New York :. 2005.

When a lethal illness with a suspicious source begins working its way through the United States and Europe, Homeland Security operative Scot Harvath teams up with a mysterious British counterpart to find out who is responsible.

Takedown :
ISBN: 1451636156. OCLC Number:

Atria Books,. New York :. 2006.

In the aftermath of a Fourth of July terrorist bombing that has destroyed all of the bridges and tunnels leading out of Manhattan, an elite cadre of Middle Eastern soldiers searches for a man who holds a powerful secret of key importance.

The first commandment :
ISBN: 1451635664. OCLC Number:

Pocket Books,. New York :. 2011, ©2007.

Covert counterterrorism agent Scot Harvath awakens to discover that his world has changed violently -- and forever. A sadistic assassin with a personal vendetta is wreaking havoc of biblical proportions. Unleashing nightmarish horrors on those closest to Harvath, the attacker thrusts everything Harvath holds dear -- including his life -- into absolute peril. Ordered by the president to stay out of the investigation, Harvath is forced to mount his own operation to uncover the conspiracy and to exact revenge. When he discovers a connection between the attacks and a group of prisoners secretly released from Guantanamo, Harvath must ask himself previously unthinkable questions about the organizations and the nation he has spent his life serving.

The last patriot /
ISBN: 1416543848. OCLC Number:

Pocket Books,. New York :. 2009, ©2008.

Navy SEAL turned covert Homeland Security operative Scot Harvath must race to locate an ancient secret that has the power to stop militant Islam dead in its tracks.

The apostle :
ISBN: 141658658X. OCLC Number:

Atria Books,. New York :. 2009.

When American doctor Julia Gallo is kidnapped in Afghanistan, the terms of her ransom leave the president with only one course of action: send covert counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath to free the man the kidnappers demand as ransom--al-Qaeda mastermind, Mustafa Khan.

Foreign influence :
ISBN: 1416586601. OCLC Number:

Atria Books,. New York :. 2010.

Recruited as a field operative, Scot Harvath has just returned from his first assignment abroad when a bombing in Rome kills a group of American college students. The evidence points to a dangerous colleague from Harvath's past and a plan for further attacks on an unimaginable scale.

The Athena project :
ISBN: 1439192979. OCLC Number:

Atria Books,. New York :. 2010.

A group of female warriors from the nation's most elite counter-terrorism unit-- the United States Army's 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment Delta--deploys on a dangerous international assignment. Their code name: Athena Project.

Full black :
ISBN: 1416586628. OCLC Number:

Atria Books,. New York :. 2011.

In the wake of a former U.S. President's appointment to the United Nations, counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath is wrongly implicated for a string of national emergencies and assassinations, a situation that forces him to race against time to uncover the real culprit.

Black list :
ISBN: 1439193029. OCLC Number:

Emily Bestler Books/Atria,. New York :. 2012.

When his name is added to a top-secret government list of individuals slated for assassination, counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath engages in a high-stakes cat-and-mouse game of survival while struggling to prevent a cataclysmic terrorist attack and learn who has framed him for treason.

Hidden order :
ISBN: 1476717095. OCLC Number:

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When a string of high-profile kidnappings in Washington, D.C., escalate upon the discovery that the victims are being murdered, an eventual ransom demand triggers terror throughout the country and covert counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath is summoned to put an end to the crisis.

Act of war :
ISBN: 1476717133. OCLC Number:

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"After a CIA agent mysteriously dies overseas, his top asset surfaces with a startling and terrifying claim. There's just one problem--no one knows if she can be trusted. But when six exchange students go missing, two airplane passengers trade places, and one political-asylum seeker is arrested, a deadly chain of events is set in motion. With the United States facing an imminent and devastating attack, America's new president must turn to covert counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath to help carry out two of the most dangerous operations in the country's history. Code-named "Gold Dust" and "Blackbird," they are shrouded in absolute secrecy as either of them, if discovered, will constitute an act of war"--

Code of conduct :
ISBN: 147671715X. OCLC Number:

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"The next Scot Harvath thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Brad Thor"--

Foreign agent :
ISBN: 1476789355. OCLC Number:

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In a safe house near the Syrian border, a clandestine American operations team readies to launch a dramatic mission months in the making. Their target: the director of social media for ISIS, Abu Muslim al-Naser. Multiple analysts, as well as a senior congresswoman, are in country to monitor the raid, but before the team can launch, the safe house is attacked. What unfolds in the bloody aftermath is a political and public relations nightmare. As horrific videos of the Americans are published on the Internet, the blame-storming back in Washington goes into full swing, focusing on how the intel for the raid was developed and how it might have leaked. As the search for answers mounts, half spy, half covert counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath quickly finds himself at the center of the storm. Working for a private intelligence agency contracted by both the CIA and the DoD, it was Harvath who pinpointed al-Naser. But how could ISIS have known the Americans were coming, much less where they would be staging? There has to be more to it; something everyone -- especially the politicians -- is missing.



  • Top 100 Killer Thrillers of All Time, NPR
  • Foreign Influence

  • Best Political Thrillers, Suspense Magazine, 2010
  • Full Black

  • Best Political Thrillers List, Suspense Magazine, 2011
  • Hidden Order

  • 2014 ILLINOIS READS Book

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