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The Lions of Lucerne | [Brad Thor]

The Lions of Lucerne

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 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Jo Ann Mueller Twin Falls, Idaho 03-18-13
    Jo Ann Mueller Twin Falls, Idaho 03-18-13 Member Since 2008
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    "No "boring paragraphs, keeps you listening."
    Would you listen to The Lions of Lucerne again? Why?

    I rarely if ever listen to the same book twice so no.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lions of Lucerne?

    I am still in the middle of it


    Which scene was your favorite?

    So far: Breaking into the office via the room next door with a cement saw


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

    Not stop action


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    Christopher Tucson, AZ, United States 03-11-13
    Christopher Tucson, AZ, United States 03-11-13
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    "Melodramatic"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The plot and the action are overly dramatic. Scot Harvath is amazingly misfortunate. And, like most protagonists, he has an incredible ability to extricate himself every time. However, when I began noticing the over-the-top action and circumstances, my interest waned. It just wasn't believable any more.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kaye Allons, TN, United States 03-11-13
    kaye Allons, TN, United States 03-11-13 Listener Since 2007
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    "WOW!!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Lions of Lucerne the most enjoyable?

    The best book I've listened to in ages!! Excellent! Could not stop listening!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lions of Lucerne?

    The whole book was great!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    every scene


    Any additional comments?

    Will read every book this guy has written. Thank You Brad!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M. Thurman Canton, GA 03-07-13
    M. Thurman Canton, GA 03-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "In the Beginning..."
    What made the experience of listening to The Lions of Lucerne the most enjoyable?

    The narrator is one of my favorites, Armand Schultz.


    What other book might you compare The Lions of Lucerne to and why?

    Other books in this series. This is book one, so there are plenty to choose from. Also, I like James Rollins sigma force novels. They have some similarities although Rollins can be a bit preachy on political issues.


    Which character – as performed by Armand Schultz – was your favorite?

    Scott Horvath. Gotta say, I did not hate his performance of Claudia's character. Usually, men speaking as women grate my nerves.


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

    In the beginning...Scott Horvath


    Any additional comments?

    I came upon this series kind of backwards. My first book, being the Athena Project and then every book involving Scott Horvath after that. Recently, I purchased Path of the Assasin from audible without realizing it was the 2nd book in the series and not the latest novel. I was initially pissed, because they should tell you a book is "re-do" of an older audiobook. After listening for about 45 minutes, I realized I needed to go back to listen to book 1, Lions of Lucerne, since the next book picks up shortly after this book and is a continuation of the story, in my opinion.

    I was already a Scott Horvath fan before listening to this book, so I can forgive some of the freshman story telling. In addition, Armand Schultz is one of my favorite narrators, so that added to my delight. Now, I am can go back to Path of the Assassins and continue enjoying the series.

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    Trevor Brookline, United States Minor Outlying Islands 02-12-13
    Trevor Brookline, United States Minor Outlying Islands 02-12-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Riviting"
    What did you love best about The Lions of Lucerne?

    As with the other books I have read by this author I find this very 'intense' His story telling just keep you going, not want to put the book down (in my case turn off the story)... very compelling.


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    David Thornton, CO, United States 02-11-13
    David Thornton, CO, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "First Brad Thor book and it was fantastic"
    Where does The Lions of Lucerne rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Narration was awesome. He did a great job of "creating" the characters and really brought the book to life.


    What other book might you compare The Lions of Lucerne to and why?

    Lee Child (Jack Reacher) books. Vince Flynn (Mitch Rapp) books. These are similar mystery thriller books.


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

    He does an over the top job by creating different voices and bringing the book to life through vocal expressions.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Philip Ocala, FL, United States 01-30-13
    Philip Ocala, FL, United States 01-30-13
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    "A Great Beginning for a Great Hero"
    What made the experience of listening to The Lions of Lucerne the most enjoyable?

    Armand Schultz did a great job of bring life to the characters of Brad Thor's novel. I read the book some years back and wanted to return to it. The audio version allowed me to go back and see the Scott Harvath character again, before he matured in the following books. It was good to see him mature and change in the newer novels. Everyone who has jumped on the Scott Harvath train in the last couple of books should do themselves a favor and listen to this book on tape.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The locations and the supporting characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


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    JCL Coarsegold, CA USA 01-29-13
    JCL Coarsegold, CA USA 01-29-13 Member Since 2004

    JCL

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    "Quick Read"

    This novel is a good beach read. Or perhaps I should say a good quick read in front of the fireplace at Deer Valley after a day’s skiing. Of course, it DOES contain the obligatory evil American capitalist and this made me contemplate downgrading my review. (Are ALL writers socialists?) If you are going to make a plot element an evil capitalist, couldn’t you at least make him a Russian? (Russian capitalists want to protect their petroleum empires, too.) You will not be taxed listening to or following the story of this book, nor particularly regret purchasing it.

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    andrew hidden hills, california, United States 01-18-13
    andrew hidden hills, california, United States 01-18-13 Member Since 2007
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    "did brad thor really write this one?"
    Would you try another book from Brad Thor and/or Armand Schultz?

    i enjoyed all the other Thor books. the reader was really not pleasing...and the writing of thos one was absurd. i dont kn ow what happened.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Armand Schultz’s performances?

    no


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    a decent story, poorly written, and more poorly acted/read.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James Newport News, VA, United States 01-09-13
    James Newport News, VA, United States 01-09-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Good but"

    It was a good book and i know it is the first in a series but it seem a little jumpie in places. New people and place just popped up in the book with little to no back story.

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