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State of the Union Audiobook

State of the Union

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Publisher's Summary

America’s worst nightmare has just become a brutal reality. The most unlikely terrorist enemy of all now holds a knife against the country’s throat. With both diplomatic and conventional military options swept from the table, the president calls upon Navy SEAL turned Secret Service agent Scot Harvath to disable a brilliantly orchestrated conspiracy intended to bring the United States to its knees.

Teamed with beautiful Russian Intelligence agent Alexandra Ivanova and a highly trained CIA paramilitary detachment, Harvath embarks on an adrenaline-fueled search that spans the world - and leads to a final, deadly showdown on American soil, with a lethal and sinister enemy from the past.

Take another thrill ride with Scot Harvath.

©2004 Brad Thor (P)2011 Simon & Schuster Audio

What the Critics Say

"Frighteningly real." (Ottawa Citiz)

"Scot Harvath is the perfect all-American hero for the post-September 11th world." (Nelson DeMille)

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    Tomas Saint Charles, IL, United States 01-31-11
    Tomas Saint Charles, IL, United States 01-31-11 Member Since 2004
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    "Thrilling!"

    The “State Of The Union” was as thrilling as promised in the summary. If you enjoy action, “edge of your seat” suspense you won’t be disappointed! I began this book at bedtime and had to force myself, after 2 l/2 hours of listening, to turn it off. My attention was captured in the first hour. There were more than a half dozens enthralling parts in the book including torture, under water action, and ticking bombs. One thing that put it over the top for me was there wasn’t just one hero that saved millions of lives, there were several which lended the book more plausibility. After listening to this book, I will be even more patient with our airport security!

    As always, George Gudell’s narration was stellar! Loray.

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Indianapolis, IN, United States 11-21-12
    Michael Indianapolis, IN, United States 11-21-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Good Story - worth a credit"
    Would you try another book from Brad Thor and/or George Guidall?

    Yes. George Guidall is a terrific narrator for espionage novels. You can always tell who the "hard ace" is because he quickens his pace whenever that person is speaking. I love it. This was my first Brad Thor novel and it is very similar to other authors I follow in this genre.


    Would you recommend State of the Union to your friends? Why or why not?

    I think it's a good story, and well executed. But I walked away from this a little flat. Obviously this is a series - and the story of the characters has not ended.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    lori Austin, TX, United States 04-09-12
    lori Austin, TX, United States 04-09-12
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    "Awesome as usual..."
    Where does State of the Union rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best. This series just gets better and George Guidall was the perfect choice as a narrater.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kimmy A Paradise Valley, AZ United States 06-30-15
    Kimmy A Paradise Valley, AZ United States 06-30-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Always the consummate hero"

    This story was a refreshing change of pace from stories about jihadist radicals. Thor's spin on the Cold War era, Soviet vs. the U.S. spy game-esq typical plot line (centered on mutually assured destruction) was different and a fun listen.

    However, I probably would have enjoyed reading it more than listening, as this narrator, George Guidall, is not even remotely as good as the narrator of the first two books--Armand Schultz.

    And Armand Schultz is no R. C. Bray (of the famed post-apocalyptic "Arisen" zombie series as well as the masterpiece "The Martian")

    Overall, I recommend the book merely for the reason that it takes you to the next book in the series. This is my second time through as I wait for the release of Hidden Order.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda Widener Enterprise, OR USA 12-08-13
    Brenda Widener Enterprise, OR USA 12-08-13 Member Since 2012

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    "The REDs are coming,,, the REDs are coming"
    What did you love best about State of the Union?

    Love is a big word. I enjoyed the majority of State of the Union. The plot was interesting, character development for the key players was done effectively, and the overall pace was perfect for a book in this particular genre. This is the 1st book of Brad Thor's that I have listened to, but it is the 3rd I have either read or listened to. I really enjoy reading this genre of super soldier, super spy, or action hero (if you will) steps up takes charge and gets the job done despite the odds or sometimes the mysterious ways fate lets the impossible be possible. Thor does a great job of pushing the boundaries of the believable with the over-the-top action. I really don't remember thinking, "what the ..." "how they do that" as I was listening to this particular story.


    What other book might you compare State of the Union to and why?

    State of the Union is like most action adventure thrillers books. Brad Thor is like Vince Flynn and the late and great Tom Clancy in where they take a particular person and develop the character into an all American hero who will go above and beyond to protect America and her citizens. You can look at Harvath (Thor), Rapp (Flynn), Ryan Sr/Jr (Clancy) and seeing the similarities and differences very clearly but they all have the central theme of putting America's best interest over their own lives and in some cases the lives of multiple people because killing 100 can still save millions no matter how you do the math.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A speech could turn America's future back 200 years or make America unlivable for thousands.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the second series of audio books I have listened to in which George Guidall was the narrator. I really enjoy his voice control, pace of speech, and the inflections he is able to do to make each character's voice different. I look forward to continuing to listen/read this series of books by Thor and cross my finger Guidall continues to narrate these books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    fred 08-25-13
    fred 08-25-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Narrator makes such a difference!"

    George Guidall has sinched it as my favorite narrator for these books! Thanks for taking him on! He makes these characters come alive! and makes the books even that more enjoyable!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Hong Chatsworth, GA 12-11-12
    Richard Hong Chatsworth, GA 12-11-12 Listener Since 2007
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    "A very enjoyable book"

    The story was good and the narration was great (love George). If you like rockem socken adventure you will like this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Vickie 09-11-12
    Vickie 09-11-12
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    "Great book!!"
    Would you listen to State of the Union again? Why?

    This was one of those books that I couldn't wait to get back to everytime I had to turn it off. Lots of action and intrigue, great story line and characters.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Matt Cordova, TN, United States 07-30-12
    Matt Cordova, TN, United States 07-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Pretty Good Story, Great Narration"
    What did you love best about State of the Union?

    The story is good and the characters are pretty well developed. George Guidall was amazing -- as always.


    What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His ability to help the listener distinguis characters with voices and inflections without sounding cheesy is impressive.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan 12-24-11
    Ryan 12-24-11 Member Since 2015
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    "AWESOME!"

    This might be the best book Brad Thor has written...great story line and an awesome narration!

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful

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