Path of the Assassin by Brad Thor

Brad Thor - Path of the Assassin
Brad Thor – Path of the Assassin

Path of the Assassin by Brad Thor


Scot Harvath, a former Navy SEAL turned Secret Service agent recently rescued the President from kidnappers. But his job is far from over. He is now on a mission to find and eliminate those responsible. In doing so, the trail leads him to a sophisticated terrorist network that is determined to destroy Israel and America.

My Thoughts

I’ll be honest… At times, I tend to be a pessimist. After reading Brad Thor’s most recent novel, Black List, I was a little afraid to begin his Scot Harvath series from the beginning. I was just sure that it wouldn’t measure up to Black List. However, I read The Lions of Lucerne (Scot Harvath #1) and loved it. But that doesn’t mean my pessimism stopped. Prior to beginning Path of the Assassin (Scot Harvath #2), my thought process went something like this: “Okay, Brad… Don’t screw this up!” Well, I am happy to report that he didn’t! In fact, in many ways I enjoyed his second book more than the first, which is saying a lot! Path of the Assassin began by tying up some loose ends from The Lions of Lucerne. It then proceeded (full throttle) with Scot Harvath’s next adventure.

For the Gun Owners

Oh my! My fellow gun enthusiasts are going to love the gun talk in Path of the Assassin! Brad Thor likes his guns… of that I am sure! Check out the following list of guns that are referenced in this book.

Guns Referenced:

  • AK-47
  • Beretta pistol
  • Beretta Model 12S
  • Barrett sniper rifle (fifty-caliber)
  • Browning Hi-Power Pistol
  • Dillon Minigun
  • FNH Fifty-Caliber Sniper Rifle
  • FNH M249
  • Galil (Israel Military Industries)
  • Glock
  • Heckler & Koch G11
  • Heckler & Koch G36
  • Heckler & Koch HK21
  • Heckler & Koch MK23
  • Heckler & Koch MP5K
  • Heckler & Koch USP
  • Ingram M-10
  • Knight Armament Mk 11 Mod 0
  • Makarov
  • Manufacture Nationale d’Armes de Saint Ètienne (MAS) Pistol – Modèle 1935S
  • Robar RC50
  • Sig Sauer
  • Sig Sauer P229
  • Spectre M4
  • Steyr AUG
  • Uzi (Micro)
  • Walther P38K

Other Gear Referenced:

  • AT4 Antitank Missile
  • Barnes Bullet
  • Benchmade 9050 Knife
  • BlackHawk Industries
  • Boeing MH-47 Chinook Helicopter
  • Fast Attack Vehicles
  • Leupold Scope
  • Lockheed Martin F-22
  • M203 Grenade Launcher
  • Mark 19 Grenade Launcher
  • MH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter
  • Stinger Antiaircraft Missile
  • SureFire Tactical Light
  • TOW 2 Short Missile


No doubt about it… You need to read Path of the Assassin. However, I would strongly encourage you to read The Lions of Lucerne first. Although Path of the Assassin would still be great as a stand-alone story, I can’t help but think that the reader might be a bit lost at times if they didn’t read The Lions of Lucerne first.

On a side note, after reading Path of the Assassin, be sure to visit Brad Thor’s website. He gives some fascinating background into to the writing of this story.