I saw his latest book advertised in the Costco Connection and when I accessed his website I was impressed by his digital presence and the way he represents his product.
I am usually not inspired by authors that have a main character that already has a long line of development because I feel that if I jump in in the middle or towards the end I will have missed a great deal about that character or if I start with book one I will have a long Journey to catch up to the book that I really want to read.
With hesitation I started the Lions of Lucerne and was quickly bitten by the Brad Thor bug. I am eager to begin this new relationship.
There are technical glitches with the recording. Seems to have a 30 second gap of dead air at the end of many chapters. Also, learn the correct terminology of the guns that are focal in your story. The author should have done at least 20 minutes on google. Also, MAGAZINE - not a "clip".
This was fun, but the abridgment made it a lighter read than expected. Still a great intro into the series, which I hope turns out like the Vince Flynn novels.
I listened to thor's newest book and liked it. I decided to go back to beginning and listen to each book. I'm not sure if it's because I chose the abridged version or not but it just wasn't good. The narrator was awful. When the narrator would attempt accents I found myself laughing instead of engaging the story.
First, the technical production here is lacking, with large gaps of dead air at the end of each chapter (some lasting 45 seconds). Maybe this is due to the "Abridged" nature of the book. While we're on that subject, who does an abridged novel like this? I didn't notice it was abridged when I bought it, unfortunately, and that may be why I had such a problem with the story as discussed below.Second, the performance is underwhelming. Having listened to many audio books, including Thor's Blowback, there are much better narrators out there. His accents aren't bad, it's the general reading voice that isn't that pleasing or interesting.Spoiler alert. Third, this story (the first in the Horvath series) has more holes than Swiss Cheese. It's unbelievable from the beginning, starting with a mention of, but no further discussion or resolution of, the President's tracking device. Not one person looking for the kidnapped president ever even asks about it? Unbelievable. Also not believable is the depth to which the conspiracy supposedly goes. Head of the secret service, a key FBI agent, etc. Then there are the non-stop stream of bad guys with guns, like some bad 80's video game.Next, this book is cut from the same "bad guys can't shoot" mold as Rambo and the A-Team. I can't even count the number of times our hero and his companions are shot at and missed. This is all the more implausible given the bad guys' almost perfect kidnapping at the beginning. So they're perfect enough to pull off that unrealistic crime but can't shoot to save their lives (literally)? And yes, I know Scott takes one round through the arm, which gives the bad guys a 0.1% accuracy rating. A blind monkey would have done better.Additionally, our hero does some really dumb things, such as leaving all his high-powered weapons laying on the ground and running away from a dying guy his companion just stabbed in the neck. No one else there, no imminent danger, no reason not to collect the weapons at their feet that they just lugged up the side of a mountain (apparently not to be used at all), but we are apparently scared of blood so we're just going to run. Then our hero has left only two rounds in his Beretta despite the fact he hadn't shot it since taking a box of 9mm ammo before beginning his assault. Is Brad telling us he forgot to load his "clips" (they're called magazines Brad) before climbing up the mountain to assault the fortress? And this guy's a SEAL?This last plot hole is apparently necessary to make sure Scott is unarmed when facing his final opponent in the cell, but it's clearly unfinished, lazy writing [or bad abridging]. And why is Scott never checking his six? Why can't he hear anyone sneaking up behind him, ever? These holes will make you shake your head, laugh out loud and yell at the book (in that order). Oh, and the old, tired "no one listens to the one guy who knows what's really going on" plot device is front and center here. Everyone in the chain of command who's not dirty won't even let Scott finish his sentences, much less explain his theories and/or evidence. And why didn't Scott copy or email his report the night he was betrayed? So careful on some occasions, so blindly stupid in others. You will ask these questions over and over. I'm willing to give Thor another chance because this is his first effort, but it's amateurish at best, and the editor was clearly sleeping on the job here.
This book kept my attention from start to end. It was a real thriller and great to listen to.
The story line was good along with the humor.
If you are a Brad Thor fan please start with this book. This book helps set up the character to understand why he does what he does. Lots of action. It also gives a little history lesson.
This is the first Brad Thor novel I have read/heard. The performer read the book with no emotion, no change in character and amateurish. The content of what he had to read was juvenile as well. I would not recommend.
Download, Run, Listen and repeat
The series is excellent! This one lives up to billing! Armand gives another great performance.
Excellent Action & Excitement
I wish this was unabridged and the other early books in this series were available unabridged. I have bought the next book in the series on paperback and have almost finished it. Love this series.