The Lions of Lucerne

The Lions of Lucerne

Book - 2002
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Baker & Taylor
When a group of Secret Service agents is massacred in Utah and the president of the United States is abducted, surviving agent Scot Harvath vows to avenge his murdered colleagues and find the kidnappers.

Blackwell North Amer
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 Revolutionary Council.
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 - 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.
Now framed for murder and on the run, Harvath 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.

Simon and Schuster
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 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.

Publisher: New York : Pocket Books, 2002
Description: 419 p. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9780743436731
0743436733
Branch Call Number: Thor

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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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hawrylukm
Feb 05, 2012

I had to fight through the first 100 pages or so as Brad Thor built the basis for the story. From then on it was a great ride. Scot Harvath is a really enjoyable character as is Claudia Mueller. The villains are also well written.

The comment about him interfering with justice is valid but since when did a thriller contain a hero that didn't.

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Cabby
Nov 08, 2007

The main character was supposed to be likable but he interfered with justice. Too much fighting.

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