In a daring and chilling debut, Brad Thor draws us into a sinister labyrinth of political intrigue and international terrorism, serving up an explosive cocktail of unrelenting action as one man is pushed to the edge.
On the snow-covered slopes of Utah, the unthinkable has just become a nightmarish reality: 30 Secret Service agents have been viciously executed and the vacationing president of the United States kidnapped by one of the most lethal terrorist organizations in the Middle East - the Fatah Revolutionary Council.
But surviving agent and ex-Navy SEAL Scot Harvath doesn't believe the Fatah Revolutionary Council is responsible for the attack. Driven by his professional code of duty and honor, Harvath 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 Harvath poses to their hidden agenda...men who will do anything to stop him.
Framed for murder and on the run, Harvath takes his own brand of justice to the towering mountains of Switzerland where 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.
©2012 Brad Thor (P)2012 Simon & Schuster, Inc
"Bottom line: Lions roars." (People)
Hackneyed writing. Too perfect "hero"
I might be holding the horrible writing against this guy's performance....
Spoil alert: If you continue, this review will spoil the plot, and if you don't continue the plot will spoil the reading.
Terrorist from Switzerland, of which there are many, kidnap the president by placing timed charges to cause an avalanche at a Utah ski resort. In order for it to work, the president must ski by the concealed perpetrators, but it must be within the two minute time frame as planned earlier. They then escape to the adjacent farm with the silos, no doubt one of the many grain farms up there in ski country. The lone surviving secret service agent, a former seal, decides he is more capable of capturing international terrorists acting alone than the FBI (those seals are highly trained in criminal investigation) and begins his quest by assaulting an FBI agent "just doing his job," contaminating three crime scenes, concealing evidence from investigators, risking causing another avalanche that will decimate the search and rescue teams, and putting down the deputy director of the FBI when he is confronted, all the day following serious injuries.
At this point I had to stop and contemplate how Brad Thor's mother found the time to write a thousand reviews.
I would like to thank Audible for their return policy.
After finishing this novel, I feel like I've just finished an intense season of the TV show, 24. This novel is about the kidnapping of the US president. It is non-stop acton, twists, and turns. Special Agent Scott Harvath is like Jack Bauer - escaping sure death at every turn. He is framed by the bad guys, and knows that the only way to clear his name is to find the president and catch the kidnappers. I suspended reality for this and just enjoyed this thrilling ride. If you're looking for a realistic thriller, this is not it. This book sucked me and, and I could not put it down. One warning - the first hour or so is really slow. I almost gave up, but I am glad I stayed with it. I was looking for good escapist fun, and found it here.
The story was just okay. The story wasn't original and the characters were not that memorable, but it wasn't bad. There were a lot, and I mean a lot, of F*** bombs which I didn't like. There were also a lot of incorrect details regarding the mentioned religion and area. The author got far more wrong than right, so be careful not to believe everything you hear; especially in regards to the religion.
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
If you like special forces action novels with lots of twists and turns this is a great series to follow. I began with some of Brad Thor's later books and was so impressed I had to go back to what started his primary character development and dig in.
The conclusion was more than a soft ending
Yes and I must say I look for things he has read as a must read. His talent of understanding the character and switching rapidly to their voice and speed of speech is remarkable. A very gifted actor. Brad would be nuts not to have him be the offical voice for all list books.
No crying but several smiles and a few damn that must hurt deep reactions.
I I have listened to 8 of Brad's books and will continue to download more when I have time
I am a retired school counselor (middle and elementary) and an avid reader. I am a lover of great mysteries, quirky protagonists, and medical/scientific non-fiction. I travel a lot and love the freedon audiobooks give me to drive, work, and relax while enjoying a good book. On my ipod I have eclectic musical selections as well as audiobooks. I will strive to never steer you wrong in a review.
Adolescents or people who have never read a well-written, well-plotted book.
This book began on a very promising note. The setting, the characters and the apparent plot all were very engaging. Instead of continuing with the story the author veered off onto a very unrealistic and adolescent "one-man saves the world" type of plot and abandons characters and situations leaving huge holes in the continuity. Had he continued with the original plot and left off the snide, off-handed remarks of the main character he may have had a good book.
I still am not sure whether it was the content or the reader that annoyed me the most about this audiobook. I do know that Mr. Schultz is not very adept at many of the accents he attempted.
Wow, what a question. Pretty much all of the book after the avalanche could be chucked. Of course this would be at least the entire last 3/4 of the book.
No spoilers! Love HOT, sexy books w/a plot. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. I also review in exchange for books-lots of fun surprises!
This review may be repititious, but here it goes:
*Sigh* I WANT to like Brad Thor's books. I keep trying but simply cannot. I have ABSOLUTELY NO experience in government agencies or the military-ZERO. There are so many inconsistencies, unbelievable and nonsensical aspects in Thor's books. Thor's knowledge and experience is far beyond anything I know, however there are simple and common sense things that do not match up.
There is a hole in my counter-terrorism, CIA, ex-CIA, lone wolf, American hero loving, at all costs savior library. This space is occupied by THE MASTER Vince Flynn and the Mitch Rapp series. While Flynn can NEVER be replaced, I am in hopes that I will find someone who's work can occupy the space with his. Thor isn't even close.
Brad Thor has legions of fans and 4-5* star reviews I wonder if the 5* fans have ever read or how they feel about other authors. Have they read anything by anyone besides Brad Thor? There are many who feel as I do, comparing Thor/Harvath to Flynn/Rapp.
I'll not beat up on Thor anymore...while I won't recommend him, read the reviews and decide yourself. I have one more of his books to review.
No...I'll continue to search.
It was average...no gaping awfulness and nothing spectacular. A solid, average performance.
NOTE: Violence and strong language
Credit/ $ Worthiness: There are a few in the series that are pretty inexpensive, try those before using a credit.
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.
Having listened to all the fabulous Vince Flynn books I was looking for a new author of the same genre. This story was unrealistic, poorly researched which resulted in a lack of detail, and featured a protagonist whose words, tone and decisions were not credible. The reader's voices and intonation which were often playful and lighthearted were anomalous. I do not recommend this book.
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