Review of ‘Path of the Assassin’ by Brad Thor
So many took civilization for granted without realizing that it was birthed and maintained at the point of a sword. Someone needed to hold that sword and even, on occasion, swing it in order to stave off chaos.
‘Path of the Assassin’ is written by Brad Thor. It is the second book in the ‘Scot Harvath’ series. It is an action thriller and it stars the eponymous ‘Scot Harvath’.
You can read the reviews of the others books in the series below.
‘Path of the Assassins’ is a disappointment in a lot of ways. I found the plot to be rambling and the character development to be poor, when compared to ‘The Lions of Lucerne’.
The vulnerability that Scot Harvath displays in ‘The Lions of Lucerne’ is not present here. He starts resembling the alpha male action hero stereotype. There is even a standard ‘ugly’ guy whom we can hate.
Brad Thor’s treatment of women characters continues to be great. Both the female support characters are well drawn out as is their struggle to be recognized in independent male dominated professions/cultures.
There is a lot more racism this time around. The middle-east is caricatured and most of the incidents are a redneck’s wet dream come true.
Overall, ‘Path of the Assassin’ was not as satisfying as ‘The Lions of Lucerne’. I found it to be Mack Bolanesque at times. Avoid it if you can.
Other Thoughts (Spoilers warning)
Spoilers below. Continue reading at your peril.
Claudia is out. Meg is in. Meg is as well constructed as Claudia was. I hope Brad Thor continues with her going forward and does not make her into a stereo-typical secret agent.
Scot Harvath was so more interesting in the first book. In this book, he is infallible which makes for some boring action sequences. At the end, he becomes Mitch Rapp with a similar secret directive to kill enemies of the USA.
Originally published at Digital Amrit.