Brad Thor is an author that usually needs no introduction. He is writing the popular Scot Harvath spy thriller series which made him the internationally renowned bestselling author he is today.
With around 20 novels written to date in his two series (Scot Harvath and The Athena Project), most of the Brad Thor books have been published around the world as well.
Here are the Brad Thor books in order for his thriller series involving Scot, who has saved the world from so many evils, including a plague, and countless terrorist attacks.
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Scot Harvath Series
- The Lions of Lucerne (Scot Harvath #1), 2002
- Path of the Assassin (Scot Harvath #2), 2003
- State of the Union (Scot Harvath #3), 2004
- Blowback (Scot Harvath #4), 2005
- Takedown (Scot Harvath #5), 2006
- The First Commandment (Scot Harvath #6), 2007
- The Last Patriot (Scot Harvath #7), 2008
- The Apostle (Scot Harvath #8), 2009
- Foreign Influence (Scott Harvath #9), 2010
- Full Black (Scot Harvath #10), 2011
- Black List (Scot Harvath #11), 2012
- Free Fall (Scot Harvath #11.5), 2013 (prelude to Hidden Order)
- Hidden Order (Scot Harvath #12), 2013
- Epilogue II (Scot Harvath #12.5), 2013 (to be read after Hidden Order)
- Act of War (Scot Harvath #13), 2014
- Code of Conduct (Scot Harvath #14), 2015
- The Athens Solution (Scot Harvath #14.5), 2015
- Foreign Agent (Scot Harvath #15), 2016
- Use of Force (Scot Harvath #16), 2017
- Spymaster (Scot Harvath #17), 2018
- The Athena Project (Athena #1), 2010
Brad Thor Biography
The author Brad Thor was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1969, which is the place he also grew up.
During his childhood, he attended the Sacred Heart Schools, and after graduation, he went to the Francis W. Parker School. Next, he enrolled at the University of Southern California, first studying for a major in business, but soon switching major and studying creative writing with novelist and short-story writer T.C. Boyle, knowing that was not meant for a 9-5 desk job as a corporate manager.
Growing up, he read thrillers by Tom Clancy and David Morrell, and after graduating cum laude from the University of Southern California in 1992, he moved to Paris for a while to try to write a novel. However, he temporarily gave up on that dream after a few chapters.
Next, in the mid-1990s he started his own TV show called Traveling Lite, a show about budget travel that ran for a couple of years until he met the woman who would become his wife.
During their honeymoon, in 1999, she asked him what would be his biggest regret before he died. To this, he replied that not having a published book would be his deepest regret. And this is when Brad Thor decided that he will go after his life-long dream, that of writing a book that would be actually published.
Currently, Brad Thor has written close to 20 novels, most in his Scot Harvath spy thriller series. The books have been published in more than 20 countries.
For his books, the author does extensive research. He admits that he is a voracious news reader from and abroad, so he has the pulse on what is going on at any given time.
He also admits that the genre he is writing is called faction because there is a lot of factual information in the books, but there is a lot of fiction as well. Often, readers are not quite sure where one ends and the other starts.
Over the years, Brad Thor has served as a member of the Department of Homeland Security’s Analytic Red Cell Unit, and he is also a fellow of the Alexandrian Defense Group.
As part of his research for one of his books, The Apostle, Brad shadowed a Black Ops team in Afghanistan in 2008.
The author is currently an active supporter of the USO, Disabled American Veterans, the Yellow Ribbon Fund, the Wounded Warrior Project, and the Salvation Army groups.
What not many readers about him, however, is that in April 2018, Brad Thor, who is also a Republican, has made his 2020 run for presidential candidacy know as running against the current president, Donald Trump. Soon after, however, by July, he said he is no longer running for president, and he doesn’t even consider himself a Republican anymore, being so disillusioned with the entire GOP under the current presidency.
Who is Scot Harvath?
Scot Harvath is a former Navy SEAL who is now a secret agent whose first loyalty is with his country. A son of a highly decorated Navy veteran, Scot left school in order to become a professional skier, which he was very good at.
After his father died, however, Scot decided to go back to school and get his college degree. He was a very bright student, intelligent, always with top marks.
After graduating from college, he joined the Navy and was accepted as a SEAL, serving in the SEAL Team 2 (Polar SEAL) program. Scot loved his father very much that it was his father’s death whcih pushed him to enroll in the Army, to follow in his dad’s footsteps.
When he wanted a career change, he left the Navy and started working for the Secret Service where he eventually got promoted to protect the First Family, a position he holds during the first book in the series, The Lions of Lucerne.
Over the years and the course of the books, his services are more and more demanded to protect the country and save it from a dire fate. Even after he is no longer working officially for the government, his services are still required every now and then.
Scot Harvath has a strong sense of loyalty for his country and he is very dedicated to everything he is doing. As a highly dependable person, people know they can trust him and rely on him fully.
His is uniquely equipped with a set of skills most suitable for the highly dangerous jobs he is tasked with. He not only learned a lot during his time as a Navy SEAL, but after that, he was literally in the middle of the world of espionage.
In an interview, Brad Thor mentioned that Scot Harvath was created based on several Special Ops, CIA and Delta Force people that the author knew, and he mashed them together to create the almost superhero that we are still reading about today.
Should I Read the Brad Thor Books in Order?
Since we most likely speak about the Brad Thor books as the Scot Harvath books (except for the Athena Project, which is in the same universe with Scot Harvath), we really do think about Scot’s continuity in the books.
The author has mentioned numerous times that each Scot Harvath book is written as a standalone novel. So a new reader to the series can pick up the latest Brad Thor book, start reading, and will enjoy the book just like someone who has been reading the series from the start.
The author, however, also mentions that in each new book, he unveils a bit more about Scot Harvath. He peels off another layer of the onion and lets us see another aspect of his very complex character.
So while the books are standalone in terms of plot, for the sake of really learn Scot from inside out, I would suggest that you read the series in proper chronological order (which is also the order of publication). You will learn so much more about what makes Scot tick and why he takes on the craziest of assignments. He is a real American hero, one that we all desperately need (but do we really deserve him?)
Praise for Brad Thor
Thor convincingly portrays Russia as a reborn Cold War-era evil empire hellbent on reconquering its former territory. (The Washington Post)
Brad Thor writes like a high-octane mix of Tom Clancy and Robert Ludlum. (Andrew Mayne)
When you pick up a novel by Brad Thor, you should prepare to become fully immersed in the machinations and inner workings of modern-day counterterrorism operations (Bookreporter)
Thor has mastered thriller storytelling with fast pacing and plots that are relevant to American readers. (The Miami Herald)
Thor nails it. A thriller both men and women will love. (James Rollins in The Athena Project)