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)
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.
Hackneyed writing. Too perfect "hero"
I might be holding the horrible writing against this guy's performance....
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.
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.
Thin plot--The president is kidnapped and only the hero survives but he is the hero so against overwhelming odds he is able to solve the case.
Thin Characters--Both the good guys and bad guys have flaws to keep the suspense up.
Thin Performance--Although Armand Schultz is a good reader, his accents are often frayed.
However, the book was entertaining and thrilling enough to keep me interested and I see from other reviewers that Brad Thor's later books are better so I am willing to try another one.
A different author? More believable interactions between the characters? Believable Dialog? I really liked the plot and premiss of the book and the build up from everyone saying OMG! Brad Thor is the best! was a huge let down.
Sadly I did... I though I was just mentally ill or somehow could not grasp the genius that is the Scott Harvath series so I picked up the 2nd book. It was worse. Much worse, I've watched porn movies with better writing
Schultz was great, It was the only thing keeping me into both books.
Incredulity- I can't believe this guy is a NY times best seller. Only in America I guess...
Sadness- I really wanted to like these books. There's so many books in the series, It would have been nice to get into.
If you thought Indiana Jones surviving a nuke in the Crystal Skull was believable then this book is for you!
If you thought Battlefield earth was well written, then this book is for you!
Superman doesn't hold a candle to secret Navy SEAL/DEVGRU FBI CIA/ Black Ops killer agent Scott "The Invincible" Harvath.
I didn't add any specific parts of the book to point anything out but read any part of the book and you'll see what I mean.
I was expecting something along the lines of Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp, and instead got something closer to a much less funny Andy Samberg from Brooklyn 99. Here's a quote from the Deputy Director of the FBI berating the main character, Scott Harvath (spoken in a bizarre pseudo-southern drawl):"Only if this was a woodshed would it be a better place to tan your hide!"This just after the main character single-handedly saved the president's daughter from near-death and other shenanigans.Do yourself a favor and skip this book.
Something from David Baldacci or Mark Greaney.
Added a corny southern drawl to most characters.
None. It wasn't terribly long.
I can only assume this series improved significantly over time.
AMERICA...Military History, History, Action and the love of good believable thrillers.
After finishing the complete Mitch Rapp series, I was wondering what I was going to read next. I guess I found a new personnally to follow in Scot Harvath. It took awhile to get used to a new reader , but the book ended up being very good.
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