Scot Harvarth is no Robert Langdon, but that doesn’t mean it’s a stretch to compare The Last Patriot by Brad Thor and The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. In fact, while reading The Last Patriot, I couldn’t help but wonder if Brown had inspired Thor’s storyline in any way.
Don’t get me wrong — there are several major differences in the stories, but when it comes down to it, I felt as if both books were similar in their makeup and long-term fictional implications. Like The Da Vinci Code, The Last Patriot weaves together historical aspects and religious believes to create a fictional story that could potential change a religion forever. In the case of The Last Patriot, that religion is Islam.
The Last Patriot moves along at a quick pace as professor Anthony Nichols and counter-terrorism agent Scot Harvarth work together to follow clues that they hope will lead them to the prophet Mohammed’s last revelation. On the orders of U.S. President Rutledge, Nichols and Harvarth are receiving their clues from the historical diaries of Thomas Jefferson. In his personal diaries, under normal circumstances accessible only to the president, Jefferson indicates that he’s found evidence to suggest the Koran is not as complete as many Muslims would believe.
As one of the highest Jeffersonian scholars in the world, Nichols has been given the task of following Jefferson’s clues to find the last revelation of Mohammed. Harvarth is pulled into the action by chance, but he turns out to be the perfect man to help Nichols complete his assigned task.
Of course, there are plenty of Islamic extremists hoping that Nichols and Harvarth fail in their task — in fact, there are some who may even want the pair dead.
What follows is an action-packed semi-political thriller which will keep the reader enthralled to the very last page. It’s easy to root for the tough Navy SEAL and the wholly likable professor, and Thor does a great job of giving the reader a reason to root for America and for peace. In addition, Thor attempts to separate the average Muslim from Islamic extremists, which felt like an important distinction to make in this book. Even some of the bad guys, it turns out, aren’t ALL bad, and some of that has to do with the efforts Thor makes in separating the two groups.
I enjoyed The Last Patriot quite a bit. It’s a departure from what I normally read, but I’d certainly be interesting in checking out some of Thor’s other books. Have you read any of his stories before? Why not start with The Last Patriot? You can find it on Amazon here.
The Last Patriot was nominated “Best Thriller of the Year” in 2008 by The International Thrillers Writers Association, and it spent time in the No. 1 spot on the New York Times Best Seller list.
Sandra Johnson is a long-time freelance writer, a mother of one and an avid sports fan. When she isn't writing, reading, spending time with her daughter or watching sports, you will find her running, biking and swimming.