EXCLUSIVE: See the Cover for Brad Thor’s ‘Black Ice’

Last week, Brad Thor announced Black Ice, the next novel in his #1 New York Times bestselling series, which comes out on June 22, 2021. This week, he’s unveiling the striking cover art, and Book Spy followers are getting an exclusive first look before it goes out via his official newsletter.

More below.


The new Cold War is about to go hot.

#1 New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and #1 Publishers Weekly bestselling author Brad Thor is back with his most intense thriller yet.

Scot Harvath is having his best summer ever. With a cottage on the fjord, a boat, and his beautiful girlfriend Sølvi, he’s got everything he could possibly want. But out of vacation days and long overdue back home, America’s top spy has a decision to make—return, or submit his resignation.

When his deadly past comes calling, though, he’ll be left with no choice at all.

Leaving his favorite Oslo café, Harvath watches as a ghost climbs out of a taxi—a man he killed years ago, halfway around the world. How is he still alive? And what is he doing in Norway?

In a race against time that will take him high above the Arctic Circle, Harvath will be tested in ways he has never imagined and pushed to a limit few human beings could ever endure.

If he succeeds, he’ll walk away with everything. If he fails, the United States and its allies will be at the mercy of one of the world’s most dangerous actors.



Previously, Thor also provided The Real Book Spy with these additional facts about Black Ice:

  1. Harvath’s team (including Nicholas and his two massive dogs) will link up with him in Oslo.  
  2. CIA Station Chief Holidae Hayes (who made her debut in Thor’s 2020 thriller, NEAR DARK) is also back.
  3. The book is based upon research Thor conducted in Norway pre-pandemic.
  4. Thor also conducted interviews with former National Security Advisor, Robert C. O’Brien (to whom Thor’s 2019 thriller, BACKLASH was dedicated), as well as experts from the Heritage Foundation, the U.S. Naval War College, and the Intelligence Community.
  5. The title BLACK ICE refers to a top-secret program.

Brad Thor is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twenty thrillers, including Near DarkBacklash (one of Suspense Magazine’s Best Books of the Year), Spymaster (“One of the all-time best thriller novels”—The Washington Times), The Last Patriot (nominated Best Thriller of the Year by the International Thriller Writers Association), Blowback (one of the “Top 100 Killer Thrillers of All Time” —NPR), and The Lions of Lucerne.

Fans excited to get their hands on Black Ice can now pre-order the next Scot Harvath thriller wherever books are sold. In the meantime, make sure you’re following Brad Thor on Facebook, Twitter, and his


Praised as “One of the hardest working, most thoughtful, and fairest reviewers out there” by #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline, Ryan Steck has “quickly established himself as the authority on mysteries and thrillers” (Author A.J. Tata). Steck also works full-time as a freelance editor and pens a monthly thriller column for CrimeReads. For more information, be sure to follow him on Twitter and Facebook. He currently lives in Southwest Michigan with his wife and their six children.

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