Black List is a great book. Our editors rated it with a top 5 stars.
User reviews about the book
This is where Brad Thor should be after saying that Donald Trump should be gotten rid of. Who appointed you judge, jury and executioner? I don't agree with a lot of politicians but they have their right to existence, to a voice and to live.
Thor made me love reading again, keep it up!!!
Can't affect me!
Excellent, excellent read... Especially for all of use who continue to say.... As long as I do nothing wrong, I have no problem with big brother watching.. This book will set your mind free and your attention fine tune d to what could really happen!
My first Brad Thor read and I must say there will be many more.
This was my first Brad Thor Thriller I have read. It won't be the only one by no means. Truly possible in these times.
By Ted Dettmann The old LTCDR
middling suspense story
This is an okay suspense story — the kind of thing you could spend a few hours reading while you're on a plane or otherwise don't have many other options.
I differ in opinion with most of the other reviews here — I don't find the author incredibly well informed about capabilities and ethics of modern technology. I also don’t really care for his writing style (which ultimately means I’m not going to be crazy about the book, no matter how interesting or well-informed the plot might be).
Sometimes I was left scratching my head at his peculiar characterizations. For instance, one character asks another "what's net neutrality," and the response is "“Basically, it’s a move by elements within the government who want to have authority to censor the Internet." Huh?
The writing is a bit ham-fisted, kind of like watching a typical Aaron Sorkin TV show. The author will go on a little mini-diatribe for 3 or 4 pages about the evils and dangers of the government and modern technology, and then suddenly remember he's writing a novel and get on with the characters and plot. There were definitely times when felt I needed to be wearing a little tinfoil hat to really get into the spirit of the book. Not the plot, mind you (where it would might be appropriate) but the book itself.
Overall, I can say I finished it, but I won't be looking to do any follow-up readings by this author.
Another Winner from Brad Thor
By Lon Bohannon
I recommend The Black List and I am quite sure fans of mystery/thriller/espionage novels will enjoy reading it.
The technology concept of "spying" on everyday citizens and how that data/information can be used to manipulate entire government policy is not only interesting, but very timely given today's debate over phone and internet surveillance. The Black List covers this topic in detail laying out a scenario that doesn't seem all that far fetched given the breadth of social media and amazing digital technology that so pervades every aspect of our lives.
It has been a while since I had read a Brad Thor novel and I am glad I got back on board with The Black List. Thor is definitely one of the best mystery/thriller writers around. I thought The Black List started off fast and furious. Then its pace slowed down a bit before picking up steam for a terrific last half of the book. Thor fans will find this book more than satisfactory while readers new to Brad Thor will likely become fans by the end of the book.
Darn good book. I will read the next one.
Good job. Keep them coming.
Not That Good
Drags and drags; a treatise on our government's spying more than a "thriller". I made it about 1/3 through before giving up. Interesting characters but detail detail detail which makes reading the book a chore.
By Gaming nut
This was my first Brad Thor book. The plot was outstanding. Once you get by the jargon for all of the technology systems, the characters and twists are really good reading!