The Lions of Lucerne

The Lions of Lucerne

Book - 2014
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"On the snow-covered slopes of Utah, the President of the United States has been kidnapped and his Secret Service detail massacred. Only one agent has survived—ex-Navy SEAL Scot Harvath. He doesn’t buy the official line that Middle Eastern terrorists are behind the attack and begins his own campaign to find the truth and exact revenge. But now, framed for murder by a sinister cabal, Harvath takes his fight to the towering mountains of Switzerland—and joins forces with beautiful Claudia Mueller of the Swiss Federal Attorney’s Office. Together they must brave the subzero temperatures and sheer heights of treacherous Mount Pilatus—where their only chance for survival lies inside the den of the most lethal team of professional killers the world has ever known..."--Online description.
Publisher: New York : Pocket Books, 2014, c2002.
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ISBN: 9780743436731
0743436733
9780743436748
0743436741
9781439195130
Call Number: THOR
Characteristics: 598 p. ; 19 cm.
Subjects: Suspense fiction.
Lucerne (Switzerland) -- Fiction.
Secret service -- Fiction.
Presidents -- Fiction.
Kidnapping -- Fiction.
Survival -- Fiction.
Intelligence officers -- Fiction.

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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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