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)
but:: Swiss militiamen routinely take home 20 rounds for their assault rifle in a tennis ball container shaped device. So in any Swiss man's cupboard is an assault rifle, 20 rounds and they know how to use it. They just never will; because if the canister is breached, you go to jail, no questions asked. 3 months are minimum sentence.
Slow start, maybe too much character development of tertiary characters. However, phenominal climax and fruition. A spy thriller that still illicited an emotional response at times, well done.
The building up of suspense.in the chapters. This was a very suspenseful book. I didn't want to put it down (or stop listening to it).
Right out of the gates the book takes you up the hill like a roller coaster. I won't spoil the book by giving away what happens but lets just say it was a roller coaster ride to and from the rise and fall.
He is great as the different voices. I have heard readers who have made me not want to continue.listening. Not so with A. Schultz. He was a pleasure to listen to.
The beginning scenes took the book off into the clouds. It is a roller coaster of a book. I think it is the better of his line of books.
After the first half hour, I was captivated. It is hard to believe that the total journey of the main character was only two weeks.
The dialog between characters was too corny and the narration was horrible. If this story was acted out on stage, I would judge the acting terrible. There was no emotion behind any of the dialog.
I rarely put down a bad book or bad audio book under the belief that it has to get better...it can't be that bad. But this was. The story and dialog pales in comparison to novels of a similar genre written by Nelson DeMille and Vince Flynn.
I may recommend the book but am really not sure. All and all the story was ok but didn't feel 'real'; by that I mean a good bit of the writing style's and phrasing felt off. At one point I looked to see if this was a translation but it was not.
The ending was rather boiler plate, nothing really shocking.
Armand was great, he did a good job with all the characters. I can't recall who was my favorite.
I have a new hero named Scott Horvath! I can't wait to read the next
book in the series. This story was action packed. I'm a sucker for when good triumphs over evil. The narrator was Excellent!
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