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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 and a shattering climax, as one man is pushed to the edge.

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 has kidnapped by one of the most lethal terrorist organizations in the Middle East, the dreaded Fatah.

But one man, surviving agent and ex-Navy SEAL Scot Harvath, doesn't believe the Fatah is responsible for the attack. Driven by his professional code of duty and honor, and a solemn vow to avenge his fallen comrades, Scot 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 Scot poses to their hidden agenda...men who will do anything to stop him.

Now framed for murder and on the run, Scot goes for broke and takes his own brand of justice to the unlikeliest place of all, the towering mountains of Switzerland. It is there that 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.

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©2002 Brad Thor. All rights reserved; (P) 2002 Simon and Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

"A hot read for a winter night." (People)
"High-voltage entertainment reminiscent of Robert Ludlum and David Morrell." (Library Journal)
"Schultz's tense, energetic reading builds the suspense and drama of Thor's strong plot of political intrigue and international terrorism. Fans of Ludlum-style action will be satisfied." (AudioFile)

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  • Sandy
  • United States
  • 03-26-12

What is Missing?

I thought the narration was very good and I liked the story - I just found myself thinking something was missing. MY mistake. I try never to order abridged versions of anything. In haste I got an abridged story. Otherwise I enjoyed the book. These books are difficult to reduce down and it was probably done as well as it could be done. Sooooo - recognizing it as an abridged edition, I would rate it quite good.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Don
  • LELAND, NC, United States
  • 08-03-08

Great listen

This was my first book by Brad Thor and I was pleasantly suprised. Very much a thriller to the very end. I'm looking for the rest of Thor's series with Harvath to see what new trouble he can get into.

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  • Gordon
  • Roseville, CA, United States
  • 10-06-15

Great Story

Brad Thor is an amazing writer and Armand Schultz really brings this book to life.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Disappoint

I heard of brad thor from a friend and thought I'd take a listen but sadly I didn't like the book and the narrator was not exactally good at keeping the audience pulled into the whole story cause it sounded like he was bored.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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You cant go wrong with Brad Thor

My first book was Full Black, i loved it.

The Lions of Lucerne was just as good. I am a Thor fan for life now.

I dont have a long drawn out review for this book other than to say it was great. It moved quickly and had some great twists.

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  • Robert
  • Mars, PA, United States
  • 07-09-11

Need Unabridged Version ; Really Poor Narration

I'll admit from the start that this is more a review of the choice of narrators than anything else. I'll say that I found this story to be predictable and simplisitc, but that doesn't surprise me since the unabridged version isn't available at Audible. I've listened to all of Brad Thor's books up to "The Last Patriot" at this point. I'm not sure who the decision maker is, but the best thing that individual did was get rid of Armand Schultz and replace him with George Guidall after "Path of the Assassin". The worst thing they ever did was drop George Guidall and go back to Armand Schultz after "The Last Patriot". Schultz's reading is just horrible. I could go into much greater description as to why I feel that way, but just trust me. George Guidall is every bit the voice of Scott Harvath (in my head) as he is the voice of Mitch Rapp, and whoever is making the decisions ought to know that. Don't they listen to their finished product?

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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I really enjoyed it

This is worth the listen to. I was glad I found a new adventure book. Thor does a good job, the book moves along at a good pace. I recommend

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bad story

story was very cliche. very predictable, it read like a teenager novel. hope the rest of the series is better.

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it's okay

I have listened to other Scott Harvath. books and thought I would try to listen to the series in order.. the narration of this first book is stilted. the story is okay... but... Having said that, I know that the story line will improve in the next few books as will the narration. . this first attempt is not indicative of the rest of the books. I love Brad Thor's next books so don't stop listening.

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Non stop action

Exciting book with a lot of action and well developed characters. I also enjoyed the narrator Armand Schultz very well done.