Spymaster (Scot Harvath, #17)
Across Europe, a secret organization has begun attacking diplomats. Back in the United States, a foreign ally demands the identity of a highly placed covert asset. In the balance hang the ingredients for all-out war.With his mentor out of the game, counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath must take on the role he has spent his career avoiding. But, as with everything else he does, he intends to rewrite the rules—all of them.

Spymaster (Scot Harvath, #17) Details

TitleSpymaster (Scot Harvath, #17)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 3rd, 2018
PublisherAtria/Emily Bestler Books
Rating
GenreFiction, Thriller, Spy Thriller, Action

Spymaster (Scot Harvath, #17) Review

  • The Real Book Spy
    January 1, 1970
    See this review and more at www.TheRealBookSpy.comWhen Russia implements a daring plan to draw the United States into war, it’s up to counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath to once again save the day in Brad Thor’s (Use of Force, etc.) action-packed new thriller. A sniper in Portugal, a car bomb in Spain, and a shooter in Greece. Three attacks, three dead diplomats. As blood spills across Europe, an American private security firm discovers that a secret organization is behind the attacks and qu See this review and more at www.TheRealBookSpy.comWhen Russia implements a daring plan to draw the United States into war, it’s up to counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath to once again save the day in Brad Thor’s (Use of Force, etc.) action-packed new thriller. A sniper in Portugal, a car bomb in Spain, and a shooter in Greece. Three attacks, three dead diplomats. As blood spills across Europe, an American private security firm discovers that a secret organization is behind the attacks and quickly races to learn more about the group’s whereabouts and their overall objective. The Carlton Group, currently serving as a lifeboat of sorts to the Central Intelligence Agency while the world’s most famous spy organization undergoes a bureaucratic cleansing, is now being run by Lydia Ryan. The former deputy director of CIA, Ryan brings a wealth of experience to the Carlton Group during a period of restructuring, as the company’s founder, Reed Carlton, battles Alzheimer’s disease. Previously, Scot Harvath, a Navy SEAL turned secret service agent turned counterterrorism operative, turned down the corner office to stay in the field. Though he’s finally showing signs of aging, Harvath is still an apex predator and one of the most cunning weapons in America’s arsenal. Once again, Harvath suits up when his country needs him most. Forged through decades of experience, the battle-tested warrior is used to taking punches and soldiering onward. So when the American president finds out that Russia is attempting to draw the United States into war by attacking its NATO allies, using the North Atlantic Treaty to solicit an American response, he turns to Scot and the Carlton Group, tasking them with doing whatever necessary to avoid going to war with Russia. Assembling a team, Harvath goes on the hunt, tracking the assassins around the globe, trying desperately to connect the dots and uncover the organization’s final play before it’s too late. Meanwhile, Lydia Ryan deals with the fallout of Reed Carlton’s condition. As the spymaster’s health deteriorates, Ryan realizes that the secrets previously held in Carlton’s steel trap of a mind are now at risk. As she tries to take down as much information as she can from Carlton, an American ally approaches Ryan and demands the identity of a highly-placed covert asset, further complicating matters on the homefront. Everything comes to a roaring boil as Thor delivers a stunning final act, capped off with a killer, jaw-dropping ending that’ll leave readers absolutely stunned. Along with a large returning cast (including several Use of Force carryovers such as Jack Gage, who is fast becoming a real go-to source for book recommendations), Thor, who’s long been known for writing strong female characters into his books, also introduces readers to a couple of scene-stealing newcomers in Polish operator Monika Jasinski and Rebecca Strum, the newly-appointed U.S. ambassador to the United Nations who bears a striking resemblance to real-life ambassador Nickey Haley. Still, Harvath is the guy, and Thor shows fans a new side to Scot, who’s put through the ringer physically and emotionally in a number of ways that are bound to play a major role moving forward. While a lot of authors have written timely thrillers over the years, nobody has been more consistently right on the money than Thor, who has the uncanny ability to predict what the world will look like in the near future and craft his stories accordingly. That’s certainly the case with Spymaster, which feels ripped straight from tomorrow’s headlines, offering readers a terrifying glimpse at how the conflict between America and Russia could eventually play out. One thing’s for sure. . . with the way things are today, the world could use a little more Scot Harvath.Now seventeen books in, Brad Thor is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. If anything, the #1 New York Times bestseller is getting better each time out, a scary proposition for his competition, as Thor once again proves why he’s the undisputed king of the thriller genre. Spymaster is incredible, and the ending makes it clear that Thor is meticulously setting things up for his next book, which, if he can deliver the way he did here, has all the makings to be the kind of very special one-two punch that readers haven’t seen since Robert Ludlum was in his prime. Timely, raw, and filled with enough action for two books, Spymaster is this summer’s must-read thriller and the most gripping novel of Brad Thor’s iconic career. Book DetailsAuthor: Brad ThorSeries: Scot Harvath #17Pages: 336 (Hardcover)ISBN: 147678941XPublisher: Atria/Emily Bestler BooksRelease Date: July 3, 2018Book Spy Rating: 9.75/10Order Now: https://amzn.to/2stb5iiPraised as “one of today’s finest book reviewers” by New York Times bestselling author Gayle Lynds, Ryan Steck (“The Godfather of the thriller genre” — Ben Coes) has “quickly established himself as the authority on mysteries and thrillers” (Author A.J. Tata). He currently lives in Southwest Michigan with his wife and their six children.
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  • Steve
    January 1, 1970
    Good book. Everything I've come to expect from a Harvath thriller. The politics of the book are certainly in context with the headlines of the times, not unusual for Brad Thor. But, seriously—what's with that ending? Not cool, man. I mean, cool—but not cool! The next book is a long way off and I am not a patient person.
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  • Stuart Ashenbrenner
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, Brad Thor, how do you do it? Brad Thor continues to be at the top of the genre, beating headlines, and keeping an exciting the story the whole way through. I've noticed Thor's books taking a harder and harder political stance, but I didn't feel it with this one, which I think will help it to appeal to people across the aisles. What a great story, and it probably has one of the craziest endings of any of Thor's books. Great, great novel!
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  • Ben
    January 1, 1970
    Brad Thor has written another very entertaining novel with" Spymaster" in the spy/ special ops thrillers of the Scott Horvath series. The book gets off to a a quick action start as he and a group of Norweigan special forces soldiers are surrounding a remote cabin where suspected Russian infiltrators are hiding . The capture goes very wrong and he and a few others are lucky to escape with their lives. What little evidence is collected from the scene confirms NATO and the US fears that Russia is a Brad Thor has written another very entertaining novel with" Spymaster" in the spy/ special ops thrillers of the Scott Horvath series. The book gets off to a a quick action start as he and a group of Norweigan special forces soldiers are surrounding a remote cabin where suspected Russian infiltrators are hiding . The capture goes very wrong and he and a few others are lucky to escape with their lives. What little evidence is collected from the scene confirms NATO and the US fears that Russia is about to set up an excuse to invade their former Balkan satellites.From then on, the story is more spy Vs. spy as Harvath and his fellow operatives find themselves investigating and trying to stop a covert group of Russians from sabotaging the defenses of an island on the Baltic Sea owned by Sweden. The Russian are very tough, highly trained killers. But Harvath's team is just a little bit better. Mr. Thor sets the book in Norway, Sweden and the Baltic states, a welcome change from the Middle East warfare and he gives the reader a good sense of the people and places. Mr. Thor's many fans won't be disappointed. A bit of a warning: the end of the book lets the reader hanging-with a bang. But I was going to read the next book by Mr. Thor anyway.
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  • Ben House
    January 1, 1970
    I was thrilled to win an advanced copy that Mr. Thor autographed. I was slightly disappointed because it is a paperback, but a win is a win.The book was enjoyable, and it did rescue me from the pain of reading the first Harry Potter book. As always with Thor, the book has lots of action and close escapes. Some of the rescues were a bit too out of nowhere, but Scot Harvath has got to survive.In this book, the enemy is the Russians. Interesting because of so much current news regarding ongoing pro I was thrilled to win an advanced copy that Mr. Thor autographed. I was slightly disappointed because it is a paperback, but a win is a win.The book was enjoyable, and it did rescue me from the pain of reading the first Harry Potter book. As always with Thor, the book has lots of action and close escapes. Some of the rescues were a bit too out of nowhere, but Scot Harvath has got to survive.In this book, the enemy is the Russians. Interesting because of so much current news regarding ongoing problems with the Russians. I cannot help but remember the awful comment former President Obama made criticising Mitt Romney in one of the debates. "The 1980s called and they want their foreign policy back."The plot worked, and Thor is a definite patriot with no illusions about foreign threats.I do wish he would use fewer cliches and fewer unnecessary curse words. Overall, a good, although not a great, read.
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  • Chris (Norseman) Miller
    January 1, 1970
    Another stellar read by Brad Thor. He seems to keep pounding out Thrillers every year. He doesn’t stop he magic with words and you won’t be disappointed with this one! Scot Harvath goes through multiple countries to stop a Russian ploy to cause trouble and problems with counties associated with NATO. Gun battles, interrogation, and covert missions to capture terrorists is the name of the game and Scot Harvath is nothing short of amazing. The plot thickens with multiple characters and he keeps th Another stellar read by Brad Thor. He seems to keep pounding out Thrillers every year. He doesn’t stop he magic with words and you won’t be disappointed with this one! Scot Harvath goes through multiple countries to stop a Russian ploy to cause trouble and problems with counties associated with NATO. Gun battles, interrogation, and covert missions to capture terrorists is the name of the game and Scot Harvath is nothing short of amazing. The plot thickens with multiple characters and he keeps the intrigue going stop by step.
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  • Charlsa
    January 1, 1970
    I discovered this series a couple of years ago., and it quickly became a series for which I always pre-order the next book as soon as it is possible to do so. Brad Thor knows how to tell a story. Spymaster is now of my favorites in the series. His stories all deal with various ways that an enemy of the USA could attack our leaders or our country. Always well-written and action-packed with strong storylines. I also like that he always has strong female characters who have significant roles in the I discovered this series a couple of years ago., and it quickly became a series for which I always pre-order the next book as soon as it is possible to do so. Brad Thor knows how to tell a story. Spymaster is now of my favorites in the series. His stories all deal with various ways that an enemy of the USA could attack our leaders or our country. Always well-written and action-packed with strong storylines. I also like that he always has strong female characters who have significant roles in the stories. Some of them are only in one or two books, others move in and out of the series as the storyline dictates. He weaves Harvath’s personal life into the stories as well and has created some interesting characters that have remained in the series, The Troll, being everyone’s favorite. Now I have to wait a year for the next installment.
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  • Ryan Hillis
    January 1, 1970
    A great thriller about Poland and Russia!!!
  • Bill Powers
    January 1, 1970
    Another Great Scot Harvath novel by Brad Thor. Thor is Vince Flynn and Tom Clancy for 2018!
  • Ray Palen
    January 1, 1970
    Read my full review tomorrow on bookreporter.com.
  • Chandru CS
    January 1, 1970
    Good Good place with very little place time in place for the Dursleys is the Dursleys I was a small and a
  • Michael Goulette
    January 1, 1970
    Not his best work. The plot was somewhat predictable and not all that exciting.
  • Jim Cerone The Perfect Host DJ MC
    January 1, 1970
    Thor Keeps Topping Himself. Spymaster is an excellent thriller - a true page-turner in every respect. Packed with action and credible dialogue, every chapter advances the plot.
  • Sue
    January 1, 1970
    Spymaster is the newest offering in the Scot Harvath series by the master of faction (fact+fiction), Brad Thor. If you've read any of Thor's previous novels, then you've got a good idea of what to expect: a storyline so close to reality that it's difficult to remember this is fiction. Add in gun battles, bombs, intelligent villains, exotic locales, deception, intrigue, and a fairly high body count, and you've got another day at the office for our hero.An important side story that adds another se Spymaster is the newest offering in the Scot Harvath series by the master of faction (fact+fiction), Brad Thor. If you've read any of Thor's previous novels, then you've got a good idea of what to expect: a storyline so close to reality that it's difficult to remember this is fiction. Add in gun battles, bombs, intelligent villains, exotic locales, deception, intrigue, and a fairly high body count, and you've got another day at the office for our hero.An important side story that adds another serious touch of reality is the rapid mental decline of the Old Man - Reed Carlton, Harvath's mentor and boss. Another side story that threads through the last several entries in this series is Harvath's age and his desire to have a family. It's taken up a notch in Spymaster, with Scot dealing with the effects of aging and wear on his body.The heart of the story is Russia's desire to reclaim former Soviet republics (in this case Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania). After the world, and NATO specifically, ignoring Russia's annexing of Crimea, the US is concerned that Russia will continue. The problem is Article 5 of the NATO treaty states that an attack on one is an attack on all. After Iraq and Afghanistan, would the American people really want to go to war with Russia over three Baltic states that most couldn't find on a map? But if the US breaks the treaty, what stops Russia from marching across Europe? Having gotten wind of Russia's plan to take the three countries which includes using terror attacks in Europe to promote a fake terrorist group opposed to NATO, Harvath and team are sent in to stop the Russian invasion before it happens so the question of an Article 5 war won't be tested.The scenario Thor presents here is so close to reality it will give you nightmares. A look at the map on the inside of the front and back covers shows how precarious the position is of the three Baltic states, Poland, and Sweden. If you're looking for a taut thriller ripped from today's headlines with interesting characters and plausible plotlines, go no further. This is the book for you.
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  • Sandra
    January 1, 1970
    Thriller Extraordinaire!Brad Thor’s plots are always timely but “Spymaster” is eerily so. A subversive plan by Russia to pull the U.S. into a war in the Baltic region by attacking a small NATO ally, is well within the bounds of credibility. Scarily so. Scott Harvath is tasked with conducting counter measures to thwart the plan. He puts together a crack team using some long-time operators and a few new ones that appear to have the same fire in the belly drive that he does. Thor pulls no punches a Thriller Extraordinaire!Brad Thor’s plots are always timely but “Spymaster” is eerily so. A subversive plan by Russia to pull the U.S. into a war in the Baltic region by attacking a small NATO ally, is well within the bounds of credibility. Scarily so. Scott Harvath is tasked with conducting counter measures to thwart the plan. He puts together a crack team using some long-time operators and a few new ones that appear to have the same fire in the belly drive that he does. Thor pulls no punches about his conservative political views and that’s okay by me as long as he doesn’t go off the deep end and get too preachy. I rather liked the more mature philosophical Harvath, who is questioning his own ambitions and expectations for the near and the more remote future. In this 18th book of Scott Harvath’s adventures, Thor has crafted a complex and gripping plot that we can only hope remains firmly in the fictional category because having it become a reality is just too scary to fathom.
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  • Joel
    January 1, 1970
    Another fine effort in the series by Thor. This one shows that lead character, Harvath, is starting to consider how much longer he will be able to be "the tip of the spear" and continue to lead black ops expeditions for the Carleton Group, specialized consultancy that provide black ops services to the CIA. The founder Reed Carleton is losing his battle with dementia and Harvath has not been able to accept Carleton's wishes that he take over the organization. In the meantime, there is a Russian p Another fine effort in the series by Thor. This one shows that lead character, Harvath, is starting to consider how much longer he will be able to be "the tip of the spear" and continue to lead black ops expeditions for the Carleton Group, specialized consultancy that provide black ops services to the CIA. The founder Reed Carleton is losing his battle with dementia and Harvath has not been able to accept Carleton's wishes that he take over the organization. In the meantime, there is a Russian plot afoot to disrupt NATO via a series of terrorist actions throughout Europe that would undermine the organization. Havarath leads a small team in an effort to stop it and his team ends up in Sweden's Gotland island trying to disrupt a cell's plot to prepare for a Russian invasion of the Baltic countries.Its another good read with plenty of action and good characters that lives up to the Thor brand.
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  • Tom Tischler
    January 1, 1970
    Across Europe a secret organization has begun attacking diplomats. Reminiscent of theRed Brigade of the 70's these faceless terrorists appear to have the same goals. But inthe shadowy realms of international espionage looks are deceptive. Dispatched to Europe Scot Harvath and his team have been tasked with a critical assignment, to do whatever it takes to keep America and it's NATO allies from being dragged into a war Harvath's mentor is out of the game also so this is an additional role for him Across Europe a secret organization has begun attacking diplomats. Reminiscent of theRed Brigade of the 70's these faceless terrorists appear to have the same goals. But inthe shadowy realms of international espionage looks are deceptive. Dispatched to Europe Scot Harvath and his team have been tasked with a critical assignment, to do whatever it takes to keep America and it's NATO allies from being dragged into a war Harvath's mentor is out of the game also so this is an additional role for him and he is going to have to be able tothread the needle or this will end up being the downfall of America and the West. This is book 17 in the Scot Harvath series and it's not a bad story.I gave it a 4.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    Spymaster is the seventh book in the Scot Harvath series. This can be read as a standalone. Though this series is so good you really should read all of the books. There is violence. Once again, the author has written a good story. Full of action and twists and turns. While the past several books have made me feel like the series was getting stale, Spymaster seems to have reinvigorated Scot Harvath and I really enjoyed this story. This book brings back memories of the early Tom Clancey books that Spymaster is the seventh book in the Scot Harvath series. This can be read as a standalone. Though this series is so good you really should read all of the books. There is violence. Once again, the author has written a good story. Full of action and twists and turns. While the past several books have made me feel like the series was getting stale, Spymaster seems to have reinvigorated Scot Harvath and I really enjoyed this story. This book brings back memories of the early Tom Clancey books that dealt with the USA and Western Allies against the Soviet Union. Just wish I didn't have to wait another year to get the next book!
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  • Paul Parsons
    January 1, 1970
    Another spy novel with Scott Harvath as the hero. I say this as a compliment. Scott isn't as bad as Mitch Rapp, but almost. Classic example of art imitating life. Present day tale with Russia interfering with other nations. What I found interesting is that one of the two systems Russia decided to hack and cripple in northern Europe was the electronic medical records. I miss Vince Flynn, but Brad Thor helps ease the pain.
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  • Bruce Williams
    January 1, 1970
    Another excellent Scot Horvath adventure. The end was a bit of a letdown, a lot of things getting solved in rapid and violent bursts of mayhem. Overall I enjoyed the tale. Many of my favorite characters dropped by, even if only too briefly -- good to hear from The Troll and his puppies again, they should have their own book! I'd guess author Thor would probably like to retire and move on to other parts of his life. But surely he has at least one more Horvath tale in his backpack for us. Please? Another excellent Scot Horvath adventure. The end was a bit of a letdown, a lot of things getting solved in rapid and violent bursts of mayhem. Overall I enjoyed the tale. Many of my favorite characters dropped by, even if only too briefly -- good to hear from The Troll and his puppies again, they should have their own book! I'd guess author Thor would probably like to retire and move on to other parts of his life. But surely he has at least one more Horvath tale in his backpack for us. Please? And thank you...
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  • Damon Drake
    January 1, 1970
    Brad Thor has done it again. He has managed to provide a better Thriller every summer, but this time Scot Harvath may have reached the top. in the 17th Scot Harvath thriller, Scot is trying to prevent a war. The Russians are masterminds behind multiple terrorist attacks across Europe with plans on invading and retaking The Baltics, but not if Harvath and team have anything to say about it.Hang on for this read, cause you won't put it down. Thor even manages to make you mad with a great Cliffhang Brad Thor has done it again. He has managed to provide a better Thriller every summer, but this time Scot Harvath may have reached the top. in the 17th Scot Harvath thriller, Scot is trying to prevent a war. The Russians are masterminds behind multiple terrorist attacks across Europe with plans on invading and retaking The Baltics, but not if Harvath and team have anything to say about it.Hang on for this read, cause you won't put it down. Thor even manages to make you mad with a great Cliffhanger, making you wait another year for the next great Harvath book.Enjoy
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  • Darius Cross
    January 1, 1970
    Very good read!I found this latest episode within the world of Scot Harvath and his associates to be very engrossing and enjoyable to be sure.All the elements that long time readers, like myself, have come to expect from this character are present. Intrigue, suspense, action? Check, check, check.The narrative flows easily and smoothly. The plot was derived from today's headlines brilliantly.All in all, an excellent way to spend part of your weekend is reading this book.
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  • Judy Weightman mills
    January 1, 1970
    Scott Harvath and his team have been sent to Europe with the task to keep American from war. Tasked with working with NATO members to keep them out of war also, the task seems daunting. With his mentor dying Scott wants very much to be with him but realizes this is where Reed would want him to be. As he and his team struggle to find out who is doing this and how to stop them the action becomes more and more riveting. Don’t miss this latest by Brad Thor. You won’t be sorry.
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  • dennis barron
    January 1, 1970
    Spy master Brad ThorThe Carlton Group, an extremely effective covert group sanctioned by the president (Potus) when conventional means are too risky or ineffective. Russia has decided to launch an invasion in the Baltic countries, who would have an extremely hard time defending themselves. This is a fast paced thriller. Enjoyed immensely!
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  • R Ricalde
    January 1, 1970
    Great thriller book. Really well written with a plot that is very plausible not one of those over the top story's with little reality. Scott is at the top of his game and his team is the kind of asset you would expect him to have. Story line is relevant to the times, well researched, and even a bit educational.
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  • Patricia Baker
    January 1, 1970
    fasting moving read about men and women taking the spy game to a higher level. Scot Harvath is one interesting make do kind of guy leading a highly skilled and tech group of warriors to prevent the start of some terrible war..would read another book by this author as this was well written for entertainment.
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  • Mitchell Kaufman
    January 1, 1970
    Timely, compelling, well done, but what else is to be expected from a Brad Thor book featuring Scott Harvath? Just fun, good reading, with a plot hat is plausible based on very current events. If I would fault anything, it would be the cliffhanger ending, but that is not enough to lower my rating of this book.
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  • Joanne
    January 1, 1970
    One of my favorite authors. Never thought I was an action/adventure/political thriller kind of girl, but Brad Thor has converted me. Loved the whole deal, including having to google his tidbits on history. The only thing that bummed me out was the very last sentence of the book indicating a sequel. Have to wait for the ending? Now that’s just mean.
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  • Pam1007
    January 1, 1970
    I couldn't wait to read the new Scot Harvath book. He is one of my favorite characters. However, the cliff hanger ending ruined it for me. I purchased the book through Audible and thought there had been some type of mistake in the download when the book ended so suddenly. I am very disappointed.
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  • Troy Farley
    January 1, 1970
    Cliffhanger!!!Great pace. Great story. Great bridge to some key young and upcoming characters as they begin to change the roles of the old gang. The ending is incredible. Prepare yourself to be left with the wind getting knocked out of you!
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