Framing the Dialogue

The Apostle

Common knowledge about Afghanistan and Afghans is generally about how rough a country it is; how inhospitable both the landscape and the residents can be.  It is hard for those of us in the west to imagine a world of dominated by warlords, tribes, and a culture that seems stuck in the first century.  Brad Thor takes us for a brief peek into their lives and gives us a glimpse of what they face.  I get the sense that even though this is a novel, Thor presents an accurate depiction of the troubled country and the battles our military endure.

“People sleep peacably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf”

George Orwell

The Apostle  pits super agent Scot Harvath against the Islamic fundamentalist Taliban that ruled Afghanistan with an iron fist for an extended period of time.  Harvath accepts a paid mission for a friend of the new president that takes him to the mountainous country.  Thor introduces us to some new characters that we will hopefully meet again in future novels, namely a Canadian that seems to share the same line of work.

The sub-plot surrounding the new president is interesting, but really isn’t that connected to the main story and was disjointed and distracting for me.  Though the book was not riveting as usual for Brad Thor, it still was a thrilling story.

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