On the snow-covered slopes of Utah, the unthinkable has just become a nightmarish reality. Thirty Secret Service agents have been viciously executed, and the vacationing president of the United States has kidnapped by one of the most lethal terrorist organizations in the Middle East, the dreaded Fatah.
But one man, surviving agent and ex-Navy SEAL Scot Harvath, doesn't believe the Fatah is responsible for the attack. Driven by his professional code of duty and honor, and a solemn vow to avenge his fallen comrades, Scot creates his own rules to get some answers. But his search for the truth raises the blood pressure of his superiors... and casts his own life in mortal jeopardy. The deadly machinations have been set in motion by a shadowy coalition, comprising some of the highest-ranking officials in government and business, men who operate above the law, men who realize the threat Scot poses to their hidden agenda...men who will do anything to stop him.
Now framed for murder and on the run, Scot goes for broke and takes his own brand of justice to the unlikeliest place of all, the towering mountains of Switzerland. It is there that he finds an improbable ally in the beautiful Claudia Mueller of the Swiss Federal Attorney's Office. Together they must brave the subzero temperatures and sheer heights of treacherous Mount Pilatus, and enter the den of the most notorious team of professional killers the world has ever known.
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"A hot read for a winter night." (People)
"High-voltage entertainment reminiscent of Robert Ludlum and David Morrell." (Library Journal)
"Schultz's tense, energetic reading builds the suspense and drama of Thor's strong plot of political intrigue and international terrorism. Fans of Ludlum-style action will be satisfied." (AudioFile)
This was my first book by Brad Thor and I was pleasantly suprised. Very much a thriller to the very end. I'm looking for the rest of Thor's series with Harvath to see what new trouble he can get into.
sports announcer, cyclist, enjoys to travel and the outdoors.
This is worth the listen to. I was glad I found a new adventure book. Thor does a good job, the book moves along at a good pace. I recommend
I thought the narration was very good and I liked the story - I just found myself thinking something was missing. MY mistake. I try never to order abridged versions of anything. In haste I got an abridged story. Otherwise I enjoyed the book. These books are difficult to reduce down and it was probably done as well as it could be done. Sooooo - recognizing it as an abridged edition, I would rate it quite good.
I'll admit from the start that this is more a review of the choice of narrators than anything else. I'll say that I found this story to be predictable and simplisitc, but that doesn't surprise me since the unabridged version isn't available at Audible. I've listened to all of Brad Thor's books up to "The Last Patriot" at this point. I'm not sure who the decision maker is, but the best thing that individual did was get rid of Armand Schultz and replace him with George Guidall after "Path of the Assassin". The worst thing they ever did was drop George Guidall and go back to Armand Schultz after "The Last Patriot". Schultz's reading is just horrible. I could go into much greater description as to why I feel that way, but just trust me. George Guidall is every bit the voice of Scott Harvath (in my head) as he is the voice of Mitch Rapp, and whoever is making the decisions ought to know that. Don't they listen to their finished product?
I heard of brad thor from a friend and thought I'd take a listen but sadly I didn't like the book and the narrator was not exactally good at keeping the audience pulled into the whole story cause it sounded like he was bored.
My first book was Full Black, i loved it.
The Lions of Lucerne was just as good. I am a Thor fan for life now.
I dont have a long drawn out review for this book other than to say it was great. It moved quickly and had some great twists.
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.
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