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The Lions of Lucerne Audiobook

The Lions of Lucerne

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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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"Bottom line: Lions roars." (People)

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    Amazon Customer 05-15-14 Member Since 2016
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    "train wreck"
    Would you try another book from Brad Thor and/or Armand Schultz?

    no


    What was most disappointing about Brad Thor’s story?

    Hackneyed writing. Too perfect "hero"


    What aspect of Armand Schultz’s performance would you have changed?

    I might be holding the horrible writing against this guy's performance....


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Waltham, MA, United States 02-16-16
    Mark Waltham, MA, United States 02-16-16 Member Since 2010

    MTF

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    "Pure fun action"

    After finishing this novel, I feel like I've just finished an intense season of the TV show, 24. This novel is about the kidnapping of the US president. It is non-stop acton, twists, and turns. Special Agent Scott Harvath is like Jack Bauer - escaping sure death at every turn. He is framed by the bad guys, and knows that the only way to clear his name is to find the president and catch the kidnappers. I suspended reality for this and just enjoyed this thrilling ride. If you're looking for a realistic thriller, this is not it. This book sucked me and, and I could not put it down. One warning - the first hour or so is really slow. I almost gave up, but I am glad I stayed with it. I was looking for good escapist fun, and found it here.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    E. Anderson Utah 05-29-14
    E. Anderson Utah 05-29-14 Member Since 2011

    stormnangel

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    "Just Okay with a lot of wrong details & F_Bombs"

    The story was just okay. The story wasn't original and the characters were not that memorable, but it wasn't bad. There were a lot, and I mean a lot, of F*** bombs which I didn't like. There were also a lot of incorrect details regarding the mentioned religion and area. The author got far more wrong than right, so be careful not to believe everything you hear; especially in regards to the religion.

    2 of 2 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.<br/>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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas 12-18-12
    Douglas 12-18-12 Member Since 2014
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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

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Brandi 09-07-13
    Brandi 09-07-13
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    "Trite and sophomoric"

    I'm so very dissatisfied with this book and so far the series. I could openly see the ending and all the "pitfalls & twists" were so amateur that I felt like I was reading about a brand new county cop, rather than a retired seal and highly trained secret service agent. I am going to get ONE more of the series if that one sucks as badly as the first 3 I'm DONE. You will get no more of my money or credits.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Jan LAGRANGE, KY, United States 02-07-15
    Jan LAGRANGE, KY, United States 02-07-15 Member Since 2005

    I am a retired school counselor (middle and elementary) and an avid reader. I am a lover of great mysteries, quirky protagonists, and medical/scientific non-fiction. I travel a lot and love the freedon audiobooks give me to drive, work, and relax while enjoying a good book. On my ipod I have eclectic musical selections as well as audiobooks. I will strive to never steer you wrong in a review.

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    "Defeat snatched from the jaws of victory"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Adolescents or people who have never read a well-written, well-plotted book.


    What could Brad Thor have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    This book began on a very promising note. The setting, the characters and the apparent plot all were very engaging. Instead of continuing with the story the author veered off onto a very unrealistic and adolescent "one-man saves the world" type of plot and abandons characters and situations leaving huge holes in the continuity. Had he continued with the original plot and left off the snide, off-handed remarks of the main character he may have had a good book.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Armand Schultz?

    I still am not sure whether it was the content or the reader that annoyed me the most about this audiobook. I do know that Mr. Schultz is not very adept at many of the accents he attempted.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Lions of Lucerne?

    Wow, what a question. Pretty much all of the book after the avalanche could be chucked. Of course this would be at least the entire last 3/4 of the book.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    J. Fullmer 01-24-15
    J. Fullmer 01-24-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Get your facts straight"

    Great narration and a good story. However, if an author is going to write about a religion, more research would be appropriate. A little more unbiased perspective would be nice too, rather than an obvious effort to demean. Pretty small, Mr Thor.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    DK 01-04-15
    DK 01-04-15 Member Since 2013

    No spoilers! Love HOT, sexy books w/a plot. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. I also review in exchange for books-lots of fun surprises!

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    "The First & Best Brad Thor Thus Far-Not Good"
    Would you try another book from Brad Thor and/or Armand Schultz?

    This review may be repititious, but here it goes:<br/><br/>*Sigh* I WANT to like Brad Thor's books. I keep trying but simply cannot. I have ABSOLUTELY NO experience in government agencies or the military-ZERO. There are so many inconsistencies, unbelievable and nonsensical aspects in Thor's books. Thor's knowledge and experience is far beyond anything I know, however there are simple and common sense things that do not match up. <br/><br/>There is a hole in my counter-terrorism, CIA, ex-CIA, lone wolf, American hero loving, at all costs savior library. This space is occupied by THE MASTER Vince Flynn and the Mitch Rapp series. While Flynn can NEVER be replaced, I am in hopes that I will find someone who's work can occupy the space with his. Thor isn't even close.<br/><br/>Brad Thor has legions of fans and 4-5* star reviews I wonder if the 5* fans have ever read or how they feel about other authors. Have they read anything by anyone besides Brad Thor? There are many who feel as I do, comparing Thor/Harvath to Flynn/Rapp. <br/><br/>I'll not beat up on Thor anymore...while I won't recommend him, read the reviews and decide yourself. I have one more of his books to review.<br/><br/>


    Has The Lions of Lucerne turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No...I'll continue to search.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    It was average...no gaping awfulness and nothing spectacular. A solid, average performance.


    Any additional comments?

    NOTE: Violence and strong language<br/><br/>Credit/ $ Worthiness: There are a few in the series that are pretty inexpensive, try those before using a credit.

    4 of 5 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 2017

    Darren Greer

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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.

    16 of 23 people found this review helpful
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  • Keith
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    12/15/15
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    "rubbish don't waist your time"

    what an awfull book. Shallow characters, too much useless detail. An all American hero story. completely unbelievable ! narrator was fine until he had to do foreign accents. I will never read a book by this author again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Philip
    Southampton, United Kingdom
    11/24/16
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    "Interesting twist of a Potus kidnap"

    Scott is a strong character who you get to like quickly. The other "players" are written well. I enjoyed the fact that things went wrong as the book progressed and the handling of apparent mistakes. Gave it a realism that was good. Satisfying end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Churchill1940
    ILFORD, United Kingdom
    12/5/15
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    "Brad Thor brings us to our world as it really is"
    If you could sum up The Lions of Lucerne in three words, what would they be?

    Best thriller yet


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is the world today. It can happen in a flash and we are at war with the Jihadists that want to kill all the infidels. That includes the whole of America.<br/>They are bringing the war to us and we have to destroy these evil people.<br/> I quote Edmund Burke, "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing! "<br/>It is time to strike back we need more men like Scott Horvath to keep The USA safe. <br/>


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

    Scott Horvath


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

    Once begun it's a captivating story that you can't put down. I finished it in less than a week.


    Any additional comments?

    We need people to know that what Brad Thor writes is the truth about the world we live in.<br/>Just look around, Paris, Isis in the USA carrying out Lone Wolfe attacks. Unfortunately there are more to come and Brad Thor hits it right on the head of the nail.<br/>We need to listen what the author writes about, it is more fact than fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andre
    London, W6 7JP, United Kingdom
    12/13/13
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    "Awesome !!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
    Where does The Lions of Lucerne rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    na


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

    na


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    na


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

    na


    Any additional comments?

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

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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