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)
I'm a huge fan of Brad Thor and the Scott Harvath series. I've listened to just about all of the series before going back to this first one. Having listened to the others, this one doesn't feel as polished as the others, but that makes sense for the first in the series.
The story is typical for the Harvath series, good details and building up of the characters. It doesn't have the strength of following books but it's still a Thor so it's a great listen!
The story line is a bit far fetched with the details of the President's kidnapping; what was done to him and where he was held. I won't share details to spoil the story! But the rest of the story makes up for it.
Had I followed this in order I would still have continued on to the future books in the series and been happily surprised as they only continued to get better and better.
Armand Schultz does a nice job with a poorly written book. I have read every book in the Scott Harvath series, but they don't come close to Mitch Rapp series or Tom Clancy's work. I read these when I can't find anything else for this genre. The Harvath series is like a blunt instrument, while the others are precision instruments. That said, I still read them. Among the Harvath series, this is the weakest. In fairness to Thor, the character was still being developed, and I don't think he was totally clear where he was going to take it. If you love this genre like I do, read it after you have exhausted everything else (including the other Harvath books). While I prefer to read stories in order, this one is pretty lame.
Pure torture listening to this dialog. My condolences to the narrator. He must have been ill having to speak those lines. Oh My God it was bad! But somehow I made it to the end. And yes the plot is predictable!
The author appears to have done his fact homework. Only a few minor agonies there.
In every scene involving gunfire, so-called highly trained mercenaries spray our hero and friends with withering automatic weapons fire. . .AND CAN'T HIT A THING! And these are guys who carry out a precision abduction of the President? Do they throw grenades or use any other weapons a trained soldier would have at his disposal? Nope.
Their ineptitude is unbelievable, literally so.
Yes, it means I won't waste any of my credits on Brad Thor's books.
I'm sorry I bought Path of the Assassin before listening to this.
I found this book to be farfetched and trite. The characters were shallow and often dumb. Imagine a highly trained Navy Seal mouthing off to every authority figure that comes along and then going renegade to solve the problem of the president's kidnapping. Along the way he gets more breaks and second chances to fix mistakes than a reasonable reader should expect. I read one review that said that the Harvath series improved as the writer became more polished. I may try a library download to check this out but will not purchase another book until I've tried out other books. Hopefully I will find that the author has improved. In conclusion, I would recommend readers to thrillers such as early Tom Clancy, Vince Flynn, or Martin Cruz Smith.
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'll start by mentioning that I did not finish this book, and so this review is based solely on the first 10 chapters or so.
I started this book after finishing the last, currently published, Mitch Rapp series by Vince Flynn (RIP). I chose this series based on a recommendation from a friend that said this series was similar. I was unimpressed within the first few minutes, but kept going in hopes that it would get better. However, it never turned a corner for me, so I stopped the listen. Here are my main gripes:
1) The narration was sub-par in my opinion, and not even close to the same level as George Guidall from the Mitch Rapp series. I know that this has no bearing on the storyline itself, but a good or bad narration seriously impacts my ability to listen to a book. Nothing against Armand, but his narration seemed almost childish compared to George.
2) The storyline was full of holes. No spoilers, as I didn't get very far, but there were so many holes early on in the story that I just couldn't get past it. I tend to over-think when I listen to books, so this could be my problem, but throwing it out there for others to be aware.
3) The gross stereotyping of Mormons was borderline offensive. Full disclosure, I'm a Mormon. Brad's brood generalization of Mormons seemed to paint us as a bunch of women hating idiots. At least that's how I interpreted it :/
4) Vince's dialog in the Mitch Rapp series, that was used with various members of government agencies seemed spot on and professional. Brad's dialog seemed corny at times, and a bit childish. I'm not a government employee, so this is based on how I would expect them to interact, versus actual experience.
I'm moving on to a new series, and regret the credit I lost on this purchase.
The plot was shallow. Slow
Narrator was okay.
Difficult to say. The story line was disappointing.
Not one of Thor's best.
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.
If I'd bought a different book, that would have been MUCH better
not likely. he's too predictable. anywhere the main character Could trip, he did. the bad guy stayed JUST out of reach the entire book, and was only saved at the last moment by Spec Ops that wasn't mention ANYWHERE else in the book.
I would have given him a book worth reading
I wouldn't have published the book. OR I would have put it in the 'Young Readers' bin where it belongs, because no adult could seriously enjoy this novice attempt.
I know a little bit about guns... the author seems like he's Talked to people that know a little bit about guns. half the shots his main character misses just because "it's more dramatic that way..." but not realistic. then he turns around and makes near impossible shots just because. the guys as close as you can get to a super hero. Olympic Athlete, Navy Seal, Secret Service Agent, and more than a little paranoid, not to mention too macho to back down and NOT cause a fight with fellow agents.
real life doesn't work that way. and Brad Thor's main character is pushed beyond believability. Tom Clancy's characters are REAL, you get them. they could be your neighbors (and that would be Cool!) but Brad Thors main character? he's a Mary Sue. Near perfect at everything but trips and stumbles and JUST misses because it makes for a longer book of just missing and stumbling.
I must say that Brad Thor is an epic author and Armand Schultz is the best author so far
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