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The Lions of Lucerne (Scot Harvath Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Brad Thor
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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 is kidnapped by one of the most lethal terrorist organizations in the Middle East -- the dreaded Fatah.
But one man, surviving agent and ex­Navy 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 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.

Editorial Reviews Review

In this incredibly fast-paced thriller, a conspiracy hatched close to the Oval Office results in the kidnapping of the president and the slaughter of a company of Secret Service agents commanded by ex-Navy SEAL Scot Harvath. The story careers from the ski slopes of Utah to the top of Switzerland's Mount Pilatus and sets Scot on an impossible mission: recover the president, evade renegade Swiss spy Gerhard Miner and his cadre of trained agents, and elude the American conspirators who are hot on his trail. Framed for murder, his reputation in tatters, his former colleagues turned against him, Harvath finds an unlikely ally in a beautiful Swiss prosecutor who's been checkmated by Miner once too often. Together they play a high-stakes game of mixed "doubles" to save the president and uncover the conspiracy. Brad Thor's debut novel is a tightly wound spy tale that makes up in excitement what it lacks in subtlety and character development. Ludlum fans will love it. --Jane Adams

From Publishers Weekly

He's fearless. He's tireless. If you get him angry, as does the chief of staff of the vice-president of the United States, he'll pop you with an uppercut. He's Secret Service Agent Scot Harvath, the hero of Thor's rough-and-ready debut. As the action opens on the ski slopes outside Park City, Utah, the 20-something Harvath has screwed up. Under his watch, terrorists not only kill 30 agents but kidnap the president midway down his final run of the day. When the Secret Service, the FBI, the CIA and a suspiciously inept and indecisive vice-president wring their hands, the disgraced Harvath picks up the few scant clues left behind and launches a one-man search-and-rescue mission. The terrorists publicly demand $500 million and privately insist that an anti-fossil fuel proposal in Congress be killed. When those demands aren't immediately met, one of the president's fingers arrives at the White House. By this time, Harvath is on his way to Switzerland, where he's gotten word of a mysterious cell of mercenaries named the Lions of Lucerne. With unflinching determination and an uncanny ability to escape danger and assassination, the young buck pieces together the plot and girds himself for a showdown at the terrorists' secret hideaway inside the frozen exterior of Mt. Pilatus. Thor, host of the PBS television series Traveling Lite, shows a gift for dramatic storytelling. The momentum of the plot alone may satisfy some readers. Yet it's hard to get past the novel's many graceless shortcomings clichd language (time passes "at a snail's pace," old habits "die hard"), cartoonish scenes and a protagonist whose superhero character desperately needs fleshing out. Agent, Heide Lange of Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. (Jan.)Forecast: Pocket is launching this pumped-up debut with billboard advertising in Times Square and an eight-city author tour. Swiss mercenaries may seem tame villains in times like these, but this is adequate escapist fare for readers seeking a quick action fix.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1517 KB
  • Print Length: 544 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0743436741
  • Publisher: Atria Books (April 25, 2003)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC0R7O
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,959 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thor Soars!!!! May 12, 2003
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This was one heck of a good read. It had all of the ingredients that people like Ludlum, Clancy,Flynn and Cussler like to mix into their stories. There is a dastardly villian - a brave and handsome hero - an interesting cast of characters, some villians, some brave men and women - a love interest - intrigue - adventure - action and a turning and twisitng plot that will keep you interested to the end.
Scott Harvath, a Secret Service Agent is part of the detail that is protecting the President and his daughter while on a skiing vacation in Utah. A conspiracy at the highest levels of government causes the skiing party to be ambushed and only Harvath, the President and his daughter survive the assault. However, the President has been kidnapped and the remainder of the book deals with Harvath's crusade to avenge his fallen comrades and recover the President alive. How he goes about that makes for interesting and page turning reading. This book is the first in a series of at least two as there is a sequel which has been released and which I will be reviewing shortly. It's good to have another top flight action writer on the scene.
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82 of 91 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a good, fastpaced, fun read March 7, 2002
Well, let me start off by telling you why this book received 4 stars from me instead of five. It was predictable, and the hero was almost too good to be true.Now....that said, I really did enjoy this book. I love thrillers (like Ludlum and Forysyth) and this book fits the bill. It was fast paced, very well written, I could see the action and feel some of the emotions. I think it is a great beginning for this author, and I look forward to his next book, and look forward to seeing this character again. So don't let the four stars stop you from reading it, just go into it with the knowledge that you will probably know where the author is going, but you will have fun if you go along for the ride.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lions Of Lucerne August 20, 2004
By Greg
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have been a Robert Ludlum ( Jason Bourne Series ), Tom Clancy, Stephen Coonts and Dan Brown fan for years. I place Brad Thor on an equal to these authors. He has created the character of Scott Harvath that compares to Jason Bourne, and Mr. Clark. I found the book to be well written, and fast-paced, the type of book I didn't want to put down for a minute.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mostly entertaining November 24, 2005
Scot Harvath is a member of the secret service's advance team protecting the US President and his daughter on a ski vacation. However, this vacation goes horribly wrong when a group of men ambush the President's protective detail, kidnap the President, and leave hardly any clues behind. Scot, however, with extensive SEAL training, begins to follow the few strands of evidence that are left behind. But when the power players start to plant evidence that points in Scot's direction he realizes that he must act quickly and stay at least two steps ahead of those that are trying to frame him if he wants to clear his name, find the President, but most importantly - stay alive!

The Lions of Lucerne is the debut novel for Brad Thor. It is well written for the most part and fairly fast-paced. Like many thriller novels there are portions that require you to check reality at the door, but that is part of what makes this genere fun. It is not the best in the business, and could be considered a watered down version of a Vince Flynn novel, but is enjoyable nonetheless. It is relatively predictable and the heros escape a ridiculous amount of well aimed bullets, but you will enjoy it for its mostly page turning fun.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Needs a Stern Editor October 23, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
Lord knows I love a good international military thriller, but in my not so humble opinion, this book could have benefitted from a stern editor. The prose and especially the dialogue is painfully stilted. Given how big Thor is in this genre, I was shocked to find that, for all the action-related goodness, he really doesn't seem to be a very good writer.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars First-Rate Action Scenes, but Little Else March 1, 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
THE LIONS OF LUCERNE is Brad Thor's debut novel written in 2002. Since writing this book, Thor has become a very successful author, with his most recent effort hitting #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list.

Other than some very well written action scenes, this book has little to recommend it. The characterization is two-dimensional, the dialogue trite, and the hero Scot Horvath almost too bland for words. The political conspiracy plot is outlandish, and is structured in a manner that contains few surprises. I found the whole storyline to be almost painfully predictable, right down to the final showdown at the villain's mountain hideaway.

THE LIONS OF LUCERNE is written well enough for a debut, but the plot and characterization problems made it a pretty mediocre reading experience. If you want to read a first rate action novel, my advice is to go with Lee Child instead, who is a far superior writer and plotter.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad for a debut novel... April 4, 2003
I just finished this book and must say that I was a little disappointed with it. What began with such promise seemingly evaporates in the last hundred pages....can someone say "deadline" ?? The other reviewers who talked about the sudden inability of master assassains to hit a target were, pardon the pun, dead on! The Claudia Mueller character appears early in the novel and is not seen again for nearly 300 pages. The Harvath charcter is good, but he is no Mitch Rapp! Brad Thor is good but he has a way to go to catch up with Vince Flynn.
All that being said I will more than likely pick up Path of the Assassain when it comes out in paperback. Even my favorites like Ludlum and Cussler were still developing their tradecraft in their first novels. Thor deserves a second chance with this reader.
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Love the story reading second time reading it I enjoy the character and his writing. Good reading. Enjoy my kindle
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Couldn't put it down. In the tradition of Clancy, Ludlum, and Fleming, agreat beginning. I'm buyimg the whole collection. Highly recommended.
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I was so sad when Vince Flynn died, but can finally get over grieving him now that I have discovered Brad Thor. May you live long, Brad.
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