The Lions of Lucerne

The Lions of Lucerne

Book - 2002
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In the tradition of bestselling authors such as Jack Higgins and Clive Cussler, a new voice in thriller writing has emerged to rival any of the masters. When the president is kidnapped during his ski holiday in Colorado, disavowed Secret Service Agent Scott Harvath is his only hope of rescue. As the FBI and CIA chase a string of dangerously false clues across the Middle East, Agent Harvath's investigation leads him to Switzerland. Throughout the picturesque towns of Bern, Interlaken and Lucerne, Harvath plays a deadly game of cat and mouse with the real kidnappers, as well as rogue factions within his own government that want him terminated before he can save the president. With only the ambitious Claudia Muehler of the Swiss Federal Attorney's Office to assist him, the pair are forced to go it alone as they realise the kidnapping plot reaches some of the highest levels of the Swiss Intelligence community. In a race against time, they must scale the treacherous heights of Mt. Pilatus, uncover a hidden military fortress secreted beneath its peak, and defeat the formidable force that stands between them and the safe return of the president - the deadly men known as the Lions of Lucer
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Pocket Books, c2002
ISBN: 9780743436748
Branch Call Number: PB Thor 6939
Characteristics: 512 p


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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.

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.

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.

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.

Aug 27, 2015

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

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.

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

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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