The Lions of Lucerne

The Lions of Lucerne

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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 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 threa

Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Pocket Books, c2002.
ISBN: 9780743436731
0743436733
Branch Call Number: FIC Thor 3583uc 1
FIC Thor 3583ml 1
FIC Thor 3583mc 1
FIC Thor 3583tc 1
Characteristics: 419 p.

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mrhelms55
Nov 06, 2018

This is the first in a series of books involving Scot Harvath, a former U.S. Navy SEAL, who is central to this book's storyline involving a plot to kidnap the President of the USA. I've read this book twice, and most of the successor books written by the same author that all have similar roller coaster action, a threat to the USA, corrupt and/or incompetent politicians, real threats from foreign countries, and powerful (evil) individuals. A tremendous cast of supporting characters adds to the drama.

A good book to read for entertainment, on vacation, on a plane ride, or just to take your mind off the day to day news. The author is skilled at adding his POV via the actions described, and you get the distinct feeling he is a supporter of our military (the good ones...), the patriots who serve in government and private sector, and he probably stands for the national anthem when it is played at a sporting event, or a local community function. Enjoyable books.

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Ray_Otstott
Aug 06, 2018

I'd give this 3 stars. It's an exciting read, with an interesting - if somewhat preposterous - plot. With suspension of disbelief, you can get into it. Good action throughout, great description of scenery and locales, and mostly believable characters.

The editing leaves a great deal to be desired, however. There were numerous grammatical and usage errors that good editors would have caught - especially since the copy I read was in paperback, indicating that it had been out for a while.

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rebecca2199
Mar 14, 2018

At first I jokingly called it the "poor mans Jack Reacher", but I actually enjoyed the story. Sometimes a little hard to follow because of all the characters. Overall pretty good- id read the second one in the series.

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rsmoot
Aug 19, 2016

I like the story, but the language is just to foul for me. It would have been great without the language. I probably wont read another Thor novel do to that. People OK with heavy cuss words should enjoy though.

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AlmadenAFS
Aug 27, 2015

Not his best but good. Reminded me of a travelogue for the Swiss tourist industry.

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billmacrotarian
Jan 18, 2015

Swiss mercenaries kidnap the President of the US and disgraced agent Scott Harvath has to get him back without knowing who he can trust. Harvath goes from Utah to Washington to Switzerland and Germany to track down the bad guys and rescue the President all along dodging attempts on his life and trying to stay one step ahead of the authorities. This is a good nail-biting thriller which could have used a little editing to clean up the rough edges of Thor’s writing. Otherwise, it’s thoroughly entertaining.

trigo_04 Oct 02, 2014

I love reading this book and like the pace of the story as told. Kudos to Brad Thor!

hania4987 Jul 26, 2013

Corruption and betrayal on a grand scale are the basis of a very good action story. Secret Service agent (and ex-SEAL) Scott Harvath finds himself having to put the pieces together all alone. He is a believable character as he battles through setbacks and adventures and his own shortcomings. Looking forward to reading more from this series.

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tedrich2921
Jul 15, 2012

This book by Brad Thor kept my interest and was a great page turner. He is a talented writer and if you like his books, or books by Vince Flynn, you'll like this one too. It was a very satisfying read. I give it more stars than the others -- 8 out of 10 for me

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Casing
Apr 17, 2012

The premise is intriguing. The locations are layed out and described well. That's really about the only good thing I can say about this book. Thor's characters all seem to be "professional". Professional hitmen, professional investigators, professional special forces operators. I can't count the number of times Thor mentioned "professional" in this book. Unfortunately, none of it rings realistic. Professional hitmen that can't hit the side of a barn, even after firing hundreds of rounds. Professional security services (ie: the Secret Service) that seem to do nothing but bicker with each other and disregard obvious clues at crime scenes. "Professional" characters that seemed inept at everything they did quickly grew tiresome. The dialogue between the various characters in the book is nothing more than constant bickering, with very few exceptions -- very few! I rolled my eyes and took a breath a few times at the juvenile feel of character interaction. It was a real chore reading this book through to the end, but I do like the premise and I'm hoping that Thor's following books improve a great deal as he gains more experience as a writer. I'll give another one of his books a shot, but there'll be a short tether next time!

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