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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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    Carol GUILFORD, NY, United States 11-18-12
    Carol GUILFORD, NY, United States 11-18-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Great Scott Harvath"

    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.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Arthur Los Angeles, CA, United States 01-22-13
    Arthur Los Angeles, CA, United States 01-22-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Not a Great Book - Clearly First in Series"

    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.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Darren Greer Jacksonville, FL 08-17-13
    Darren Greer Jacksonville, FL 08-17-13 Member Since 2003

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    "Couldn't finish the book..."

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Spring, TX, United States 12-18-12
    Douglas Spring, TX, United States 12-18-12 Member Since 2012
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    "In the Begining"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The conclusion was more than a soft ending


    Have you listened to any of Armand Schultz’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No crying but several smiles and a few damn that must hurt deep reactions.


    Any additional comments?

    I I have listened to 8 of Brad's books and will continue to download more when I have time

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Richard L. Weaver Woodland Park, CO USA 03-27-13
    Richard L. Weaver Woodland Park, CO USA 03-27-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Bad guys can't shoot straight"
    What would have made The Lions of Lucerne better?

    Believable assassins


    What was most disappointing about Brad Thor’s story?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Armand Schultz’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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

    Yes, it means I won't waste any of my credits on Brad Thor's books.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm sorry I bought Path of the Assassin before listening to this.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dave Wolff Ann Arbor, MI 03-10-13
    Dave Wolff Ann Arbor, MI 03-10-13 Member Since 2006

    I love stuff :-)

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    "Unbelievably Unbelieveable!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book actually would have been for me if it weren't so ridiculous. I can not believe Brad Thor actually wrote it. The story line is stretched out, it seems just to make the book longer, by some of the most mind numbing, stupid dialog I have ever heard. The characters are not believable, and most of the situations are impossible. I have listened MANY Brad Thor books, and again, I can not believe he wrote this one. It is terrible!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Brad Thor again?

    I think Brad Thor is an excellent author. I think this book is a huge exception to that rule. I will listen to the next one in the series just because is MUST better than this one.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Armand Schultz?

    Armand Schultz is not my favorite narrator, and I don't believe his style is particularly suited to this book, but given what he had to work with, I think he did a very good job. I would listen to more books narrated by him.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Total disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    I would never recommend this book or author to anyone except that I know Brad Thor has written much better Harvath books, and to make the most of the series it is probably worth listening to for that reason alone... if you can stand to wade through all of the nonsense.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Raylene Pickerington, OH, United States 02-13-13
    Raylene Pickerington, OH, United States 02-13-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Trite story about a "super" Seal"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States 09-08-13
    Amazon Customer Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States 09-08-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Well written and performed"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    ...but there were some "soft spots" in the story... I understand it's fiction, but the bad guys were trained killers who never hit their target and hid under beds to capture their victims. Silly. A few times the lead character demonstrated dunderheadedness that ran afoul of what even an average person would, much less a highly trained secret service agent. Even with the weaknesses, I was able to complete the book, although I'm not motivated to buy another by this author. The reader was outstanding.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Liverpool, NY, United States 08-01-13
    Joe Liverpool, NY, United States 08-01-13 Member Since 2000
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    "Torture"
    What disappointed you about The Lions of Lucerne?

    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!


    Would you be willing to try another book from Brad Thor? Why or why not?

    No way!


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

    The author appears to have done his fact homework. Only a few minor agonies there.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Steven D. Olson Morgan Hill, CA United States 03-04-13
    Steven D. Olson Morgan Hill, CA United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2005
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    "New record set for implausibility"
    Would you try another book from Brad Thor and/or Armand Schultz?

    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?


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Don't know yet


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    yes


    Was The Lions of Lucerne worth the listening time?

    barely


    Any additional comments?

    no really

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Awesome !!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
    Where does The Lions of Lucerne rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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

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    Any additional comments?

    I must say that Brad Thor is an epic author and Armand Schultz is the best author so far

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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