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“McFate just might be the next Tom Clancy, only I think he’s even better... The action is non-stop and shuttles back and forth between scary-believable and rollicking good fun. I read High Treason during a six-hour plane ride and the trip went by like the snap of my fingers.” —James Patterson In this pulse-pounding third action thriller for fans of Brad Thor and David Balda “McFate just might be the next Tom Clancy, only I think he’s even better... The action is non-stop and shuttles back and forth between scary-believable and rollicking good fun. I read High Treason during a six-hour plane ride and the trip went by like the snap of my fingers.” —James Patterson In this pulse-pounding third action thriller for fans of Brad Thor and David Baldacci, hero Tom Locke, introduced in Shadow War and Deep Black, must stop traitors and ruthless mercenaries working together to overthrow the president. En route to the National Prayer Breakfast, the U.S. vice president’s motorcade is hit in a vicious, expertly planned attack that throws Washington, D.C. into chaos. Everyone assumes it’s ISIS—everyone but young FBI agent Jennifer Lin. She is certain that Russia is behind the strike.  Half a world away, military contractor Tom Locke has his own doubts about what happened—and who did it. He suspects his former employer, Apollo Outcomes, might be involved. But why would the global security firm orchestrate an attack on US soil? Returning to D.C., Locke discovers that a civil war has fractured Apollo. A division has splintered off, a rogue unit led by an ambitious, unprincipled former colleague who may have planned the attack himself. But Apollo couldn’t have pulled this off without help from inside the government. The official’s itinerary and route were confidential—which means there must be a traitor high up in either the White House or the NSA who is leaking information to Apollo.  But why? And who could be pulling the strings? Islamic fundamentalist terrorists? Or is this a new ploy by Putin to discredit the U.S. government and divide it from its democratic allies? Only Locke can get to the bottom of the conspiracy that traverses the globe and blow it apart with one strategic strike before it’s too late. “High Treason has brutal assassinations, shocking betrayals, even heated gun battles in the shadow of the White House. It had me breathless—from the sheer audacity of its storytelling to its breakneck pacing. It’s not to be missed!” —James Rollins, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Last Odyssey


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“McFate just might be the next Tom Clancy, only I think he’s even better... The action is non-stop and shuttles back and forth between scary-believable and rollicking good fun. I read High Treason during a six-hour plane ride and the trip went by like the snap of my fingers.” —James Patterson In this pulse-pounding third action thriller for fans of Brad Thor and David Balda “McFate just might be the next Tom Clancy, only I think he’s even better... The action is non-stop and shuttles back and forth between scary-believable and rollicking good fun. I read High Treason during a six-hour plane ride and the trip went by like the snap of my fingers.” —James Patterson In this pulse-pounding third action thriller for fans of Brad Thor and David Baldacci, hero Tom Locke, introduced in Shadow War and Deep Black, must stop traitors and ruthless mercenaries working together to overthrow the president. En route to the National Prayer Breakfast, the U.S. vice president’s motorcade is hit in a vicious, expertly planned attack that throws Washington, D.C. into chaos. Everyone assumes it’s ISIS—everyone but young FBI agent Jennifer Lin. She is certain that Russia is behind the strike.  Half a world away, military contractor Tom Locke has his own doubts about what happened—and who did it. He suspects his former employer, Apollo Outcomes, might be involved. But why would the global security firm orchestrate an attack on US soil? Returning to D.C., Locke discovers that a civil war has fractured Apollo. A division has splintered off, a rogue unit led by an ambitious, unprincipled former colleague who may have planned the attack himself. But Apollo couldn’t have pulled this off without help from inside the government. The official’s itinerary and route were confidential—which means there must be a traitor high up in either the White House or the NSA who is leaking information to Apollo.  But why? And who could be pulling the strings? Islamic fundamentalist terrorists? Or is this a new ploy by Putin to discredit the U.S. government and divide it from its democratic allies? Only Locke can get to the bottom of the conspiracy that traverses the globe and blow it apart with one strategic strike before it’s too late. “High Treason has brutal assassinations, shocking betrayals, even heated gun battles in the shadow of the White House. It had me breathless—from the sheer audacity of its storytelling to its breakneck pacing. It’s not to be missed!” —James Rollins, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Last Odyssey

30 review for High Treason

  1. 4 out of 5

    PamG

    HIGH TREASON by Sean McFate is the third book in the Tom Locke military action thriller series, but it is the first one that I have read. It worked as a standalone, but I believe reading the series in order would provide additional background and character depth. When the U.S. President is sick, the vice-president and his wife head to the National Prayer Breakfast. Unfortunately, their motorcade is hit in a terrorist attack and chaos ensues. Meanwhile, Tom Locke is in Israel when he sees news fo HIGH TREASON by Sean McFate is the third book in the Tom Locke military action thriller series, but it is the first one that I have read. It worked as a standalone, but I believe reading the series in order would provide additional background and character depth. When the U.S. President is sick, the vice-president and his wife head to the National Prayer Breakfast. Unfortunately, their motorcade is hit in a terrorist attack and chaos ensues. Meanwhile, Tom Locke is in Israel when he sees news footage of the event and thinks he knows who is involved and FBI agent Jennifer Lin believes someone else is the culprit. Who is right? Who can be trusted? What really happened? Who is pulling the strings? Why did this occur? The main characters of Tom and Jen are compelling and definitely someone you can root for. Their characters were distinct and each had their own flaws and virtues. The internal and external conflicts arose out of characterization and circumstance and did not feel contrived or forced. This action thriller had nail-biting scenes that kept me turning the pages until its completion. The plot was engrossing, suspenseful, action-packed, and thought-provoking. The ending was dramatic and riveting but the epilogue wrapped up a couple items without saying how. That caused me to reduce my rating by one star. Overall, this was an intriguing, heart-pounding action thriller. I am looking forward to the next book in the series as well as going back and reading books one and two. If you like exciting, and gripping military action thrillers, then this may be the next series for you. Many thanks to HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow and Sean McFate for a complimentary digital ARC of this novel via NetGalley and the opportunity to provide an honest review. Opinions are mine alone and are not biased in any way.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ross Sidor

    I waited over two years for this book, after reading "Deep Black," and I was not disappointed. Since the events of the last book, private military contractor Tom Locke is presumed dead and has been staying off the grid. Then an audacious terrorist attack assassinates the vice president and brings Locke out of hiding. The FBI believes it's the work the of ISIS, except for Chinese-American Agent Jennifer Lin who suspects connections to Russian organized crime. Locke believes it's the work of his f I waited over two years for this book, after reading "Deep Black," and I was not disappointed. Since the events of the last book, private military contractor Tom Locke is presumed dead and has been staying off the grid. Then an audacious terrorist attack assassinates the vice president and brings Locke out of hiding. The FBI believes it's the work the of ISIS, except for Chinese-American Agent Jennifer Lin who suspects connections to Russian organized crime. Locke believes it's the work of his former employer, Apollo Outcomes, which is basically Blackwater on steroids. Of course, the respective threads followed by Locke and Lin eventually intersect as they unravel conspiracies within conspiracies and contend with rogue mercenaries, Russian gangsters, American traitors, a shadowy international cabal, and the threat of three nuclear warheads hidden in three American cities. As with the previous books, the action scenes, including a HALO airborne drop onto a Manhattan skyscraper and a car chase through Washington DC and helicopter duels, are intense, riveting, and superbly written. McFate provides a plethora of weapons, tactics, military jargon, and violence. A very entertaining, furiously placed, and very up-to-date military-political thriller that touches on current events. Although the book can be read and enjoyed on its own, it also serves as the satisfying conclusion to a trilogy while also setting up the next storyline.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    High Treason was suspense-filled from beginning to end. In the spirit of Tom Clancy, this novel boasts military themes and technothriller action that kept me turning page after page late into the night. While this is the first book I have read following the author’s repeat character named Tom Locke, this novel concludes a running storyline for the character and serves as a stepstone into the next novel. The battle of wits of Locke versus his former employer, Apollo Outcomes, throws the reader in High Treason was suspense-filled from beginning to end. In the spirit of Tom Clancy, this novel boasts military themes and technothriller action that kept me turning page after page late into the night. While this is the first book I have read following the author’s repeat character named Tom Locke, this novel concludes a running storyline for the character and serves as a stepstone into the next novel. The battle of wits of Locke versus his former employer, Apollo Outcomes, throws the reader into a state of wonder about who Locke can really trust with his former associates. The only issues I have with the storyline comes from a lack of knowledge of prior novels and the protagonist. It seemed at times that the knowledge and capabilities Locke exhibits in the action sequences, do not coincide with the aptitude that I feel the character would have had going into this storyline based on his background described in the novel. It doesn’t seem to me to be that he should have been treated as a “rookie” with his newfound team. But other than that, I have few criticisms of the novel and look forward to reading the next chapter in Tom Locke’s thrilling exploits. I would recommend this to anyone who likes technothrillers and suspense.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    While I liked the fast paced suspense and the two key characters, this techno action thriller had too much technological warfare for me. I couldn’t follow the “battles” and found myself retreading them to understand what was actually happening. In addition, it was the third book in the series and I hate not reading a series in order. That said, my husband enjoyed it. I am not going to read more of this author.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Chris S.

    Thanks to William Morrow for my ARC. The plot in this book was incredibly intricate, conspiracy entwining around conspiracy. There are reveals up until almost the last page. I saw some of them coming, sure, but many were surprising and took the story in a thrilling new direction. The characters were alright- honestly, this book seems more plot-driven than character driven. There were, however, a few notable exceptions. Jennifer Lin, an FBI agent with unorthodox methods, has a good deal of persona Thanks to William Morrow for my ARC. The plot in this book was incredibly intricate, conspiracy entwining around conspiracy. There are reveals up until almost the last page. I saw some of them coming, sure, but many were surprising and took the story in a thrilling new direction. The characters were alright- honestly, this book seems more plot-driven than character driven. There were, however, a few notable exceptions. Jennifer Lin, an FBI agent with unorthodox methods, has a good deal of personality, and the National Security Advisor in this book was pretty good, too. However, most were just OK. The romance, too, feels a little odd. It leans into some of my least favorite tropes and the timing doesn't seem realistic. Also, the first couple pages feel a little stilted, and McFate sometimes seems to define a word right out rather than allowing the reader to get an impression of what he means, which can interrupt the flow a bit. That being said, the vast majority of this is great action, stunning plot twists, and snappy dialogue. There are even a few observations on the way mercenaries and companies have gained prominence in world politics today- they weren't very prominent, but I'd still like to see McFate's input in terms of the plausibility of certain scenarios here. Some seemed completely fictional, but I think that his experience and study may inform his plot lines as well. All in all, this is a very serviceable thriller that made for a gripping, enjoyable read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Brian's Book Blog

    A Really Enjoyable Action Thriller I jumped right into this book and didn’t even glance at what the first two books were about. The cover drew me in and the synopsis sold it for me. I knew I had to know what was going to happen in this one. That, coupled with a dual narration with Jeffrey Kafer and Peter Berkrot, yes please. High Treason has a ton of action in it. The last few hours of it felt like it never stopped. The spaces between that action were filled with great character building and a sto A Really Enjoyable Action Thriller I jumped right into this book and didn’t even glance at what the first two books were about. The cover drew me in and the synopsis sold it for me. I knew I had to know what was going to happen in this one. That, coupled with a dual narration with Jeffrey Kafer and Peter Berkrot, yes please. High Treason has a ton of action in it. The last few hours of it felt like it never stopped. The spaces between that action were filled with great character building and a story that was completely believable. Scary believable if I’m being honest. McFate was able to write a story that, even in these trying times, felt like it was ripped from the headlines (hello something crazy happening every month in 2020 so far). As I mentioned above, this was my first Tom Locke book. I think that McFate did a good job writing who and why he was the way he was. Locke is one of those characters that every good action thriller needs. And he was exactly what this story needed. The way that McFate went deep into his psyche and even changed him a bit by the end of it was a fun arc to follow. I particularly liked that the story seemed to be focused a lot on revenge (from both points of view) and vengeance. I know a lot of these stories have that, but this one felt raw and visceral. It really added to the grunge and overall feeling of this story. Overall, a really enjoyable action thriller that didn’t disappoint. One that at times felt predictable but more than that it was enjoyable.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Chris Osborne

    This book brings to mind the "Bourne" series by Robert Ludlum, interspersed with a bit of James Bond. The President's National Security Advisor had conspired with rogue elements of Apollo Outcomes, a private military corporation, to assassinate the President and blackmail the United States government with three nuclear weapons stolen from Pakistan and stashed in three large U.S. cities. By pure chance, instead of killing the President, they end up killing the Vice President, his wife, and hundreds This book brings to mind the "Bourne" series by Robert Ludlum, interspersed with a bit of James Bond. The President's National Security Advisor had conspired with rogue elements of Apollo Outcomes, a private military corporation, to assassinate the President and blackmail the United States government with three nuclear weapons stolen from Pakistan and stashed in three large U.S. cities. By pure chance, instead of killing the President, they end up killing the Vice President, his wife, and hundreds of civilians. FBI agent, Jennifer Lin, teams with Tom Locke and other good guys from Apollo Outcomes in an effort to identify the culprits and foil the plot. It is a good read, and held my interest, though the technical jargon and the use of futuristic and exotic weapons, was way above my head. Though the plot and the battle scenes are somewhat unrealistic, if you enjoyed reading Ludlum and Ian Fleming, you will enjoy this.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Gray

    Fans of the global conspiracy political action thriller should give this a try. The opening- the attack on the Vice President's motorcade- will pull you in. What will keep you reading are the alternating viewpoints of our hero Tom Locke and FBI SA Jennifer Lin. They both think they know who is behind this and other events but it's not that easy. Apollo Outcomes, which Tom used to work for, is the culprit but it's not the only one. No spoilers but this has some twists. Don't worry if you haven't Fans of the global conspiracy political action thriller should give this a try. The opening- the attack on the Vice President's motorcade- will pull you in. What will keep you reading are the alternating viewpoints of our hero Tom Locke and FBI SA Jennifer Lin. They both think they know who is behind this and other events but it's not that easy. Apollo Outcomes, which Tom used to work for, is the culprit but it's not the only one. No spoilers but this has some twists. Don't worry if you haven't read the earlier books (I did read the first one), this is fine as a standalone because McFate gives the right amount of back story. This isn't deep and if the writing is a little clunky at times, it's still a page turner. Thanks to Edelweiss for the ARC. This would, indeed, be a good plane novel if we were going that but it's also a good one for the couch.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    High Treason was my introduction to character Tom Locke and author Sean McFate. This book starts out with the murder of the vice president of the united States and his wife. As their motorcade crosses a bridge, it explodes. Now the question is who is responsible. Jennifer Lin, an FBI agent, thinks Russia did it. Tom Locke believes it was Apollo Outcomes, a covert world power. The primary customer of Apollo is the United States government. Tom thinks they blew up the bridge and made it look like High Treason was my introduction to character Tom Locke and author Sean McFate. This book starts out with the murder of the vice president of the united States and his wife. As their motorcade crosses a bridge, it explodes. Now the question is who is responsible. Jennifer Lin, an FBI agent, thinks Russia did it. Tom Locke believes it was Apollo Outcomes, a covert world power. The primary customer of Apollo is the United States government. Tom thinks they blew up the bridge and made it look like the work of terrorists. Apollo believes that Tom is dead. He knows that Apollo could only have pulled off the hit with help from inside the government. There is a traitor leaking information. This book is action packed. There are surprises and narrow escapes. It is an entertaining read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sheri

    I won a copy of this novel, but this is an honest review. This is not one of the genres I usually read but it sounded very interesting. I'm glad I expanded my reading horizons. I will admit that since I'm not the most tech savvy person some of the detailed descriptions went well over my head, but was still able to get into the story. I bet those parts are super interesting to others though. The end of this novel sets up the reader so that you are led right into the set up for Sean McFate's next no I won a copy of this novel, but this is an honest review. This is not one of the genres I usually read but it sounded very interesting. I'm glad I expanded my reading horizons. I will admit that since I'm not the most tech savvy person some of the detailed descriptions went well over my head, but was still able to get into the story. I bet those parts are super interesting to others though. The end of this novel sets up the reader so that you are led right into the set up for Sean McFate's next novel. I think I'll need to try other novels by this author to see if I have discovered a new genre I like after all. I think recommend people give this book a chance especially if you enjoy thrillers or political intrigue.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    The opening scene is taut and thrilling, no question about it. For some reason, author Sean McFate loses me with his dialog. He is so good with his fast moving, compelling scenes and military expertise and his dialog is clunky and awkward, at best. I have tried reading all of the previous books in this series and the dialog just hasn’t improved and it really interferes with my enjoyment of this series. HIGH TREASON continues the general theme set out in the earlier books of our hero for hire aga The opening scene is taut and thrilling, no question about it. For some reason, author Sean McFate loses me with his dialog. He is so good with his fast moving, compelling scenes and military expertise and his dialog is clunky and awkward, at best. I have tried reading all of the previous books in this series and the dialog just hasn’t improved and it really interferes with my enjoyment of this series. HIGH TREASON continues the general theme set out in the earlier books of our hero for hire against all odds. He aims to save the day and the epilogue, like many James Bond movies, suggests there will be future adventures. I received my copy from the publisher through Edelweiss.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Alexis

    Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book via Goodreads giveaway. I will not provide a rating of this book. I read about 100 pages, and I won't be finishing. The descriptions of the battles (if that's what they're called) really bogged me down. Reading about fighting isn't interesting to me. The other parts of the book were okay. I think this book would be better suited for people who like descriptions of battles and/or wars. I wish the synopsis of the book provided more context as to the type of Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book via Goodreads giveaway. I will not provide a rating of this book. I read about 100 pages, and I won't be finishing. The descriptions of the battles (if that's what they're called) really bogged me down. Reading about fighting isn't interesting to me. The other parts of the book were okay. I think this book would be better suited for people who like descriptions of battles and/or wars. I wish the synopsis of the book provided more context as to the type of book this is. If I would have realized, I wouldn't have requested an ARC.

  13. 5 out of 5

    James Winchell

    I was not disappointed one bit with this book. First time reading Sean McFate and I have to say I’m a fan. The pace and action keep me coming back and wanting to read more each day. Can definitely see the comparison to Tom Clancy. The cliffhanger has me patiently waiting to see if Tom Locke #4 is coming out and when. Again a strong book. I would recommend it to anyone who reads Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney, Brad Taylor and Andrews and Wilson.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie

    My first by Sean Mcfate and it won’t be my last! Great book for fans of Brad Thor, Vince Flynn, etc. Fun, fast-paced book. Tom Locke is in hiding after being double crossed by his mentor and company. But when the Vice President is assassinated, he knows who is behind it and comes home to try to catch the conspirators. Great, quick read!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Alan

    This guy can really write. His novel is action from beginning to end.I rated it five stars but this is one novel that I could have given more If they were available.Good character development, and excellent storyline. I will look forward to his next book.My highest praise is that I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.

  16. 4 out of 5

    David Steele

    A great fast read. Just a good old fashioned good guys versus bad guys shoot them up. A high tech western if you will. I also appreciated that the story was not full of the usual right wing BS that so many of these action thrillers thrive on. I will keep my eyes open for the next Locke book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Charles Lawrence

    First Time Sean McFate read My first time reading Sean McFate and it was a good story, good characters and spent a good time building the characters. Some elements were a little bit of a stretch but it was still entertaining and the finish set up the next chapter of the Tom, Jen and Lava adventure...I look forward to it and will certainly will read it!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mike Reinking

    Blurbs promised “...better than Tom Clancy!”. It is a paint by number action thriller with cliched bad guys and indestructible heroes. Some of the tech was inventive, but the story wasn’t that intriguing.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jean AbiNader

    Great thrill ride through the halls of contemporary warfare Character development, tapestry of action sequences, and factual portraits make this a top notch read. Just jump in and go for the wild ride.

  20. 4 out of 5

    TC

    Not recommended. Review posted at Tzer Island book blog: https://www.tzerisland.com/bookblog/2... Not recommended. Review posted at Tzer Island book blog: https://www.tzerisland.com/bookblog/2...

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ricki

    I was about to give up on this series as the first two books were average. This one however was better

  22. 4 out of 5

    Marcia

    This book was action packed and fast read! Enjoyed it!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sasha

    Not as impressed as I was hoping to be with this story. This is the first of this author I have read and I had a really hard time getting into the story.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ronda Six Garnett

    Excellent!!!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Bob Morrison

    EZ read- fast,lots of action- all bad ass ex seals etc.- left open new book at end- team member Lava MIA and Locke and Jen going to find him

  26. 5 out of 5

    Peggy

    I loved the nonstop action and intrigue of High Treason. I’ll be anxious to read more books about Tom Locke, the elite operative, and his battles for the good guys.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rhonda

    Slow start, but got better.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    received this book from a goodreads giveaway and thought it was a very good book. I would highly recommend it.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Whelan

    Stupid testerone book but has interesting character in female FBI agent. Page turner for summer read. Not a high standard

  30. 5 out of 5

    Eli

    Good plot, fast pace. Held my attention all the way. Will definitely read more books by Sean McFate.

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