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Updated on June 24, 2014

Should We Read The Brad Thor Books In Chronological Order?

I loved reading the Brad Thor books in order. the Scot Harvath series is in fact one of my favorite thrillers ever. I have reviewed below each of the books and I have properly listed them in chronological order, so wherever you are with the books right now, you will know which one to pick next. And if you haven't picked up this thread thriller series yet, you're missing out on a great read.

Shown here is the cover of Hidden Order, the latest book by the author released July 2013.

If you haven't read any of the Brad Thor books yet and wondering just what type of books he wrote, well, you will love his series if you like authors like Robert Ludlum, Tom Clancy, Stephen Coonts, Daniel Silva, Michael Connelly, Lee Child, Vince Flynn and other similar authors - you get the idea.

What do all these types of books have in common? Well, there is a hero who always saves the day - and the president, or other prominent political leaders, while taking down almost single-handedly the bad guys who threaten the freedom of the country.

Scot Harvath, the main character running through this series fits the bill entirely with the story spanning across several books. If you're starting now with this great author called Brad Thor, you won't be disappointed! So make sure you check out the Brad Thor book list in order so you know how to read them from the start to the very latest one.

The Scot Harvath Series

The Lions of Lucerne
The Lions of Lucerne

The Lions of Lucerne (Scot Harvath Book #1)

It all happened on Scot Harvath's watch: the Secret Service agents were all killed and the president was kidnapped. And Scot doesn't like this a bit, not does he like the fact that the investigation goes into the wrong direction.

A great start of the series, with a fast paced story that simply doesn't let you go - full of suspense, intrigue, a dash of politics and a hero similar to Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp character.

I also love the sense of humor about himself that special agent Harvath has. While the book is quite serious and full of action, it brought a few chuckles from me. Loved it, a great start to a new promising series!

Path of the Assassin (Scot Harvath Book #2)

Path of the Assassin
Path of the Assassin

This book shows clearly why you have to read all the Scot Harvath books in order. If you only start with this book, you'll have to hunt down book 1 to see why Scot is running after those who plotted the president's kidnap in the first book in the series. If you've read the first and thought it was quite fast paced, wait till you read this one! Brad Thor really upped it a notch, delivering a book that you simply can't put down, not if you like this genre.

 
Path Of The Assassin
Path Of The Assassin

Path of the Assassin (Scot Harvath Book #2)

This book shows clearly why you have to read all the Scot Harvath books in order. If you only start with this book, you'll have to hunt down book 1 to see why Scot is running after those who plotted the president's kidnap in the first book in the series.

If you've read the first and thought it was quite fast paced, wait till you read this one! Brad Thor really upped it a notch, delivering a book that you simply can't put down, not if you like this genre.

A few of my Brad Thor books at home

A few of my Brad Thor books at home
A few of my Brad Thor books at home
State of the Union
State of the Union

State of the Union (Scot Harvath Book #3)

by Brad Thor

The third novel in the Scot Harvath series takes us to the heart of Russia to suss out an old enemy who seems to be secretly plotting against the US, bringing us back to the times of the Cold War.

Disabling this conspiracy and finding the culprits is Scot's latest task. One that he executes not only to perfection but also his special charm.

Does sometimes the storyline seem a bit unbelievable? Sure it does, but let's not forget, it is a novel, not the real life. A novel which has to take us for a couple of hours away from our busy and stressful life into another world where everything is possible.

Is It Scott Or Scot?

Many people write the main character's name as Scott Harvath, but if you actually read the books, you'll see that his name is Scot - with one t. A bit strange name, but this is the correct spelling of it indeed.

Blowback (Scot Harvath Book #4)

Blowback: A Thriller
Blowback: A Thriller

This book starts with Scot left out in the cold, to dry. His career is over (won't spoil the story telling you why). However the war on terror brings him back, even if only in secret. This case is quite interesting, with a mysterious illness threatening to kill everyone but the Muslims. If this weapon gets unleashed, more than just the freedom of American is at stake, so of course Scot has to save the day...once again.

Some people complained about this book that is a bit extremist, a bit this and a bit that, but personally I put all my political ideas aside and simply read the book for what it was: a great story full of suspense and a very likable character.

 

Takedown (Scot Harvath Book #5)

Takedown: A Thriller (The Scot Harvath Series)
Takedown: A Thriller (The Scot Harvath Series)

An attack on the 4th of July weekend is the premise of this book. Bridges and tunnels coming out and going into Manhattan are destroyed. People are in panic and they need to be saved. The book is full of action, suspense and even a quite gruesome scene of torture: be warned!

I see how the author is evolving with every book he is writing and so far this is my favorite book in the series.

 

The First Commandment (Scot Harvath Book #6)

The First Commandment: A Thriller (The Scot Harvath Series)
The First Commandment: A Thriller (The Scot Harvath Series)

Another very quick paced story with scenes of torture carried out by our main character. While I don't really like how he behaves in this book (reminds me strongly of 24th character Jack Bauer, I realize that he has to behave like this if he wants to save his girlfriend from the terrorists. A bit political in nature, ti's still a great book that will keep you at the edge of your seat all the way throughout the last page.

 

The Last Patriot (Scot Harvath Book #7)

The Last Patriot: A Thriller (The Scot Harvath Series)
The Last Patriot: A Thriller (The Scot Harvath Series)

This is the 7th book in the Scot Harvath's series where he has to dig deep into the mankind's history, right back to June 632 A.D. to save the entire world. This book reminded me a bit of the Davinci Code, which I also liked at the time. At almost 500 pages, the book will keep you turning each page eagerly to see what comes next. Literally.

Full of action and suspense, the book reads really fast and you don't even realize that you've devoured half of a thousand pages in just 1 or 2 days. Strangely enough, this book also reminds me of Jason Bourne a bit, which I liked both in the books as in the movie series.

 

Did You Know That...

The book The Last Patriot is so explosive and controversial that it has been banned in Saudi Arabia?

Don't believe me? Check out the video below...

Death Threats over Brad Thor's #1 thriller "The Last Patriot"

The Apostle (Scot Harvath Book #8)

The Apostle: A Thriller (The Scot Harvath Series)
The Apostle: A Thriller (The Scot Harvath Series)

This book deals again with kidnapping, this time that of a young woman who is the daughter of a very influential person who is connected to the recently elected president. Scot has to infiltrate Afghanistan to find Dr. Julia Gallo, the kidnapped woman. The book is again full of suspense that we are already so familiar with and expect with every new published book. The story is good and it shows that a lot of research has gone into making it. A well deserved read.

 

Foreign Influence (Scot Harvath Book #9)

Foreign Influence: A Thriller (The Scot Harvath Series)
Foreign Influence: A Thriller (The Scot Harvath Series)

Europe is attacked by terrorists and it seems that US is next. Harvath has to stop these attacks while working for a new relatively independent secret agency which not many people are aware of. Suspense, action and a great cliffhanger make this book one that you should not miss. While the actual writing needs a bit of editing, that didn't deter me from enjoying this book to the last page and read it within the weekend.

 

Full Black (Scot Harvath Book #10)

Full Black: A Thriller (The Scot Harvath Series)
Full Black: A Thriller (The Scot Harvath Series)

After the brief interlude with the Athena Project featuring a female Delta Force team, Brad Thor is back with our favorite character Scot Harvath who is again fully engaged in the web of spies and conspiracy in a story that literally keeps you glued to the book until you finish it. Scot is working for a private company having a contract with the Department of Defense. He has to bring down the wealthy American who is plotting to destroy the US literally to ashes and bones.

 

Black List (Scot Harvath Book #11)

Black List: A Thriller (The Scot Harvath Series)
Black List: A Thriller (The Scot Harvath Series)

Here is the latest published Scot Harvath book, which appeared in the shops in July 2012. I got it as soon as it came out, of course, and I was not disappointed. It's just as good as the previous Brad Thor books! Full of twists and turns, a real roller-coaster, if you start it on Friday, I can guarantee that you'll read it in a weekend. I know I did!

 
Hidden Order Book #13
Hidden Order Book #13

Hidden Order (Scot Harvath Book #12)

Hidden Order is already here and I got myself the downloadable eBook version to not have to wait for shipping to my country, plus I have already so many books at home that I'll have to start donating some to free some space in my room.

So what did I think of this book? Awesome, that's what! I think so far it's one of the best books in series, I liked it so much. I think it's because this book deviates just a bit from the usual recipe for a good Scot Harvath action plot. At times you might almost think it's a history novel. But stick with it, and it'll be worth it!

I enjoyed seeing Scot in a more mature frame of mind, with less action but more puzzle solving skills, deductive reasoning and overall a more mind oriented setting than action, action, action. Of course, there will be those who will be disappointed with this one book, but I think it's a nice break of the usual pace. Personally I found it very satisfying.

Will you get it too?

The Athena Series

The Athena Project
The Athena Project

The Athena Project

by Brad Thor

This new team was briefly mentioned in Foreign Influence as they helped Scot bring down some dangerous terrorists.

This book, however, focuses solely on this new team of female Delta Force. I can't say that I enjoyed this book as much as the Scot Harvath series, but give it a read, you might be pleasantly surprised, with a rather different angle on the whole spy thing.

Did You Know That...

Warner Bros has has recently bought the rights to all of Brad Thor's books, both including Scot Harvath as well as the Athina team, to make movies based on the stories?

Brad Thor
Brad Thor

About The Author

Brad Thor is a popular author of political thrillers. Many of this books have been translated into several languages and the author has gained throughout the years loyal followers who love the character of Scot Harvath.

You can learn more about Brad Thor at Wikipedia or visit the author's official website to learn more about him and any upcoming novels.

Also here is an interesting interview with Brad Thor by Simon & Schuster.

(image public domain courtesy of Wikipedia.org)

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      Very nice resource for these books.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      New to me, appreciate reading some of these headings to see what types of books he likes to write.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love to read. I've never read Brad Thor, but I'm looking for a new author to try. I'm going to give one of his books a try. Start at the beginning, or do you recommend a specific book?

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      Marika 4 years ago from Cyprus

      @anonymous: From the beginning :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      love the books; was disappointed--and very surprised--to read (in Black List) the mention of a character pulling his ".38 calibre Beretta AUTOMATIC pistol." anyone with any knowledge of small firearms knows that Beretta (and virtually no gun manufacturers) produce a small, personal AUTOMATIC handgun. they're all SEMI-automatic. he needs better experience with typical weaponry . . . or better proof readers.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Well, I've been through Jack Ryan, Sean Drummond, Jack Reacher, Dirk Pitt and Mitch Rapp. Now, having read the first four books of Scot Harvath, I am thoroughly "hooked" on Brad Thor novels!! A great writer! I'll keep on reading, Brad......and you keep on writing. Thanks for your talent!

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      Monica Lobenstein 4 years ago from Western Wisconsin

      I've read the Athena Project and enjoyed it. I may have to check out the Scot Harvath series too. Thanks for introducing me to them.

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      accfuller 4 years ago

      I love chronological series! Thank you ... :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      excellent lens! I simply love the work of Brad Thor! Big fan!

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      Lee 4 years ago from Derbyshire, UK

      I've never read Brad's work but I really like your lens, very insightful

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I started reading Brad's books because I saw that Vince Flynn recommended them. I am so glad that I started reading them. Hard to put one of his books down after starting to read them!! One last thing Vince Flynn did for me before passing. I will miss Mitch Rapp, but thank you for giving me Brad Thor and Scot Harvath Vince!!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Started with Black List because I heard about it on NPR. Now I am hooked and have my mother-in Law and son reading Mr. Thor's books too. Not getting any important work done though because I am always reading!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Saw him on O'Reilly and was looking for a new author. Have gotten seven of his books so far.

      LOVE THEM!!!! Keep them coming!!!! GREAT READS!!!!!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Actually, reading the Athena Project will help readers appreciate the Scot Harvath character better. Scot makes cameo appearances in Athena Project, and you get insight into his relationship with the members of the Athena team, who do make cameos in the Scot Harvath series after their introduction in Foreign Influence.

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      GeraldMFW 3 years ago

      Discovered Brad Thor and found this list. I'm working my way through reading them in order. I've read Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp series & Clancy's Jack Ryan so I'm loving this!

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      belinda52750 3 years ago

      I've read all of Brad Thor's books, reread some of them, read all of Vince Flynn (r.i.p.). The Jack Reacher books are great filler. Just filling time now with Ben Coes (recently discovered), and James Patterson (how does he write so many books?).

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      kleaaetoa 3 years ago

      Just read The Athena Project and at the end it alludes to another one - is there (or will there be) a second Athena Project series book?

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      donna-petersen-503 3 years ago

      Yes - given 3 for Christmas. We are/were serious Viunce Flynn fans so hopefully Brad Thor books will fill the gap.

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      tedrobertson 2 years ago

      I read act of war and liked it so much I went online and ordered everyone of his books. I just got them today and am putting them in order so I can read them as he wrote them.

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