More expression in his voice... very dead pan.
There so much unnecessary detail that could have been left out.
This is the only book I have listened to by this author so my comments are limited to this one book. Poor writing and performance as well.
If I'd bought a different book, that would have been MUCH better
not likely. he's too predictable. anywhere the main character Could trip, he did. the bad guy stayed JUST out of reach the entire book, and was only saved at the last moment by Spec Ops that wasn't mention ANYWHERE else in the book.
I would have given him a book worth reading
I wouldn't have published the book. OR I would have put it in the 'Young Readers' bin where it belongs, because no adult could seriously enjoy this novice attempt.
I know a little bit about guns... the author seems like he's Talked to people that know a little bit about guns. half the shots his main character misses just because "it's more dramatic that way..." but not realistic. then he turns around and makes near impossible shots just because. the guys as close as you can get to a super hero. Olympic Athlete, Navy Seal, Secret Service Agent, and more than a little paranoid, not to mention too macho to back down and NOT cause a fight with fellow agents.
real life doesn't work that way. and Brad Thor's main character is pushed beyond believability. Tom Clancy's characters are REAL, you get them. they could be your neighbors (and that would be Cool!) but Brad Thors main character? he's a Mary Sue. Near perfect at everything but trips and stumbles and JUST misses because it makes for a longer book of just missing and stumbling.
The hero of our story is a hot headed ex navy seal. His colleagues seem to value his 'cut through the bullshit' manner, but it's just not believable. He comes across as a juvenile asshole.
People who have no concept of reality and can suspend rational thought will enjoy this book.
Books in this genre are at their best when they are somewhat believeable. When the reader keeps rolling their eyes and thinking "dear god this is a bunch of BS" the genre is at its worst. There were so many times in this book where I found myself thinking "does the author have any idea of how the military and government actually works?" I would pass. The Harvath series are a much better read.
...but there were some "soft spots" in the story... I understand it's fiction, but the bad guys were trained killers who never hit their target and hid under beds to capture their victims. Silly. A few times the lead character demonstrated dunderheadedness that ran afoul of what even an average person would, much less a highly trained secret service agent. Even with the weaknesses, I was able to complete the book, although I'm not motivated to buy another by this author. The reader was outstanding.
Schultz yes he did a very good job with what he had to work with.
Thor NO. Please tell me how he got this published?
Don't know yet
I don't think this is the best of Thor's series, but I'm still a fan - and Armand Schultz does an excellent job narrating the text. I will surely go on to the next book when it becomes available. I've read them all so far!
There was a lot of action. Alot of things were too unrealistic. Everybody was corrupt. Too many people. Everyone Scott turned to was corrupt, and happened to be linked with each other. I didn't like that. How is it that the ONE person Scott turned to when he found out about Andre just so happened to be linked in to the Senator who was trying to kill Andre?!
Also it got a little confusing when he went to Switzerland and got mixed up with Claudia.
I may recommend it, because it's a great series and it gets better with future books.
The FBI guy who kept chewing Scott out was a pretty good performance. He really sounded like he hated Scott.
It was crazy how so many people were corrupt.
In looking for another good detective/spy thriller series after listening to every Mitch Rapp, Dave Robicheaux, John Corey, and Harry Bosch novel ever recorded, I stumbled upon Scot Harvath series and decided to start at the beginning with Book 1.
With the expectations that very few could match the story line, characters and writing of the above mentioned characters and their creators in my opinion, I completed The Lions of Lucerne with an open mind. Conclusion is that it was a good start to what I am hoping will be a more developed character.
Not a great book, but an enjoyable listen and enough intrigue to make me wanted to find out what happens next. When the characters were in the snow storm, avalanche or mountain climbing icy cliffs, Thor had me feeling like I was right there as an observer to were I even felt a chill. That alone prompted me to go on to the next Scot Harvath adventure, State of the Union.
I'm so very dissatisfied with this book and so far the series. I could openly see the ending and all the "pitfalls & twists" were so amateur that I felt like I was reading about a brand new county cop, rather than a retired seal and highly trained secret service agent. I am going to get ONE more of the series if that one sucks as badly as the first 3 I'm DONE. You will get no more of my money or credits.