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The Lions of Lucerne (Scot Harvath #1)

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On the snowy Utah ski slopes, only agent Scot Harvath survives kidnapping of the U.S. President and massacre of his Secret Service detail. The ex-Navy SEAL disbelieves official blame on Middle Eastern terrorists, and searches himself for truth in Switzerland-. Framed for murder by a sinister cabal, he joins Claudia Mueller of the Swiss Federal Attorney Office. Together the ...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published February 27th 2007 by Pocket Star Books (first published January 2001)
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Jun 13, 2014 Eric rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of gritty spy thrillers
After loving my first exposure to Brad Thor and his Scot Harvath character, in Black List, I figured I would start back at the beginning with the first in the series. While the writing isn't as tight -- this is Thor's first published book -- the story was just as compelling, if not more so. The stakes couldn't be higher, with Secret Service Agent Scot Harvath having to hunt down those responsible for the kidnapping of the U.S. President and the killing of thirty of Scot's Secret Service co-worke ...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Oct 16, 2011 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No One
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Ultimate Reading List
Uhm...not sure where to start to convey all the ways this struck me as ludicrous. I read it because it was recommended in the Suspense part of The Ultimate Reading List. I probably should have been warned it wasn't for me when I saw blurbs praising it by Vince Flynn of Term Limits and Glenn Beck. But hey, as it turned out, it wasn't that it was outre right-wing that turned me off, but that when it comes down to it I'm the kind of gal who believes Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone to assassinate Pres ...more
THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN KIDNAPPED. If that isn't engrossing, I don't know what is. Highly impressed with Brad Thor's debut novel, & it's precisely what I had been looking for. I wanted a spy/intelligence series with plausible, real-world characters, heavy on action, without being too partisan in politics, but yet have a strong governmental aspect to it all. This book fit the bill. Sort of a cross between TV's "24" and a Tom Clancy thriller, the Scot Harvath character is well-written and can b ...more
Tyler Montague

After reading 11 Vince Flynn novels, and being unable to wait until Vince beats cancer so he can write some more, I decided to give this Brad Thor guy a shot. I'll keep looking for a fix elsewhere. This is very mediocre writing; the dialogue often didn't fit the intensity level of the situation. For example, they just had 30 fellow Secret Service agents shot up, and the president kidnapped, and immediately after Thor feels like it is a good time to develop protagonist Scot Harvath's characte
RATING: 4.5/B+
GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: Thriller/2002/416 pgs
SERIES/STAND ALONE: 1st Scot Harvath
TIME/PLACE: Early 2000's/Utah, Washington, DC, Switzerland
CHARACTERS: Scot Harvath/Secret Service Agent
FIRST LINES: "Senators" said Fawcett as he strode across the polished floor in his monogrammed Stubbs * Wooton opera slippers. "I'm so very pleased you could make it."

COMMENTS: Library book. Fast paced -- full of action and adventure. Don't usuall
wanted to read the Brad Thor book on the best seller list and found that this book is first in a group (Tom Clancey-like) of thrillers with the same main character. Since the first book "sets" the character I decided to read it first and I wasn't disappointed. A funny sideline is that - being set in the DeerValley/Park City area a Mormon family became part of the plot. The descriptions of the Mormon relegion was really hilarious to a Mormon. Just when I decided the author had researched with a ...more
One does not expect Shakespearean prose, Holmesian smarts or Dilbertian wit while picking up the books of this genre but even by the usual standards, the plot and the tale are below par. It is all action, which is what is needed, but even more "luck".

The entire story is full of accidental discoveries, charmed life-saving instances, the complete stupidity of the villains who are otherwise extremely intelligent in committing the most difficult of the crime and coincidences that break open the crim
This thriller is the first of a series chronicling the adventures of one Scott Harvath, Secret Service agent and all-around stubborn, slightly egotistical, obsessive pursuer of justice/bad guys, adrenaline junkie, etc. etc. To be honest, I actually read one of the books later in the series before I read this one. I hate doing that. I hate breaking continuity, stepping in the middle of an ongoing story, but I digress.

Scott Harvath works the Presidential detail, but this particular day, he is esc
This book shows why I first became hooked on Brad Thor novels; it's fast paced, alternately tense, with a wise cracking tough guy character truly different from most series technothrillers. Scot Harvath is tough, smart, resourceful, and has a sense of humor about himself and others. He is also on the President's secret service detail, and was 'on watch' when the Commander in Chief was kidnapped. In disgrace, he realizes the investigation into the President's disappearance is on the wrong track, ...more
My dad recommended this author to me. This is his first novel with recurring character Scot Harvath.

The first of Brad Thor's political thrillers involving main character Scot Harvath, Lions of Lucerne will not disappoint. This fast paced novel is hard to put down. When I was forced to step away from the book I found myself thinking about it... wondering how Agent Harvath was going to escape his current life or death situation.

I typically read in bed to help me fall asleep at night. This is not
This was one heck of a good read. fast passed and full action on your face writhing. Although the finale was a bit predictable. Anyway 4* is well placed score.

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 kidn
Mary Bertuzzi
I just found Brad Thor and I love his books. I am on the third book right now. If you like action and suspense, you will love his books. His hero is Scot Horvath former Navy Seal, Secret Service, CIA and Homeland Security agent. I'm not sure who he works for now but the adventures and excitment just keep on coming. The Lions of Lucerne is his first book about Scot. In this book he is on the president's detail. They are on vacation in Utah skiing with the president and his daughter. All the agent ...more
The Lions of LucerneBrad Thor

Enter a new player to my reading; Scot Harvath, the hero of this suspense novel series. Trained and served with Seal Team 2, now assigned as Secret Service to protect the president. If you like the John Wells Series by Alex Berensen or the Mitch Rapp Series by Vince Flynn, you will love Scot Harvath and the series that Brad Thor has created. Another new player that I enjoy thoroughly is the Dewy Andreas Series by Ben Coes.

All of the above, and probably many more, are
This is Brad Thor's first book and my first read of Brad Thor. I had read a couple of Vince Flynn novels and Thor was recommended on Goodreads and Amazon as a similar read. This is definitely true. The main chararacter of both authors are similar at least in their ability to be a super efficient killing machine, all legally done under the guise of 'National Security'. Also both characters are hugely likeable. I almost felt sorry for Thor's Scott Harvath through most of the book as he seemed to h ...more
Vannetta Chapman
Is there a 3.5? I thought this was an excellent book, though not as good as Thor's newer books. It's interesting to read, esp. in light of the presidential plot. However, I had a little trouble believing ANY SEAL could withstand as much as Thor's character did. For some reason I kept thinking of Jason Bourne (lol).

That said, he's a sympathetic character and one I rooted for.
This book is very conservative politically, akin to Vince Flynn.
Thor's an excellent writer, as confirmed by his NYT Bestsel
Bryce Johnson
This author really "gets" the current political clime vis-a-vis certain "religions of peace" and their suicidal war against western civilization. Thor's no-holds-barred anti-PC books are excellent if you like a quick paced taught thriller that you won't be able to put down until you've finished reading. "Lions of Lucerne" is the book that started it all, and it's always fun to crack open the next Scott Harvath novel because I know I'll be in for a great ride!
I'm having a hard time just giving this book 3 stars. It just doesn't measure up to more than average, at best.

First of all, I found the pacing rather off. There is some good action at the beginning to set the stage, but then for the next 80% it just goes from one random action scene to the next. The bad guys are inept and Harvath is just as inept. He is never in control of the situation and relies more on luck than what little skill he exhibits. Movies with never-ending action sequences bore me
Kris P
Somebody tecommended that I give this book a read, and I have to admit that I had never even heard of the author beforehand. The Lions of Lucerne is his debut novel, and introduces the reader to his main character, Scot Harvath. He is a member of the US Secret Service, and is the only surviving agent from a skiing accident, involving an avalanche and a missing president.
There is plenty of information supplied to the reader throughout the book, but sometimes it tended to interupt the flow in the
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
3.5 Stars

I'm still looking for a good substitute for the late Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp Series.
Brad Thor's Scot Harvath Series comes very close. And I did enjoy The Lions of Lucerne - the first in the series, but it was a lttle too long. But that usually is the case for the beginning of a series, especially a new author which Thor was at the time he wrote Lions. Hence the reason and only reason for deducting half a star. Even with the length, the story unfolded quickly for the most of the novel.
Starting to read this book I wanted to love it however, it never really picked up for me. The sign of a fantastic thriller is the desire to stay up much later than you ought to trying to fly through the book as quickly as possible. This is done to see how all of the crazy situations are resolved. At no point throughout this book did I feel that compulsion kick in.

***Spoilers to follow***

This story just seemed so unreal on many more levels than a normal spy thriller that it didn't seem remotely
Leon Aldrich
For a debut novel, this was well written for the first 90% of the novel. And while Vince Flynn's hero Mitch Rapp is overly super-human, Brad Thor's Scot Harvath collects injuries like a first aid practice dummy. Many would say this makes him more believable. In my case, I like my heroes to give more ass-kickery! While the action and pacing were well done, many of the ending plot scenes were weak.

The dialogue in the last 40 odd pages of the book was inept. Here is an example.
(Paraphrased Scene: C
Zoe and the Edge
I didn't really like this one. It lacked finesse. It's very long-winded with little action and its very conspiratorial with lots of characters, viewpoints and complicated schemes. Scot isn't all that likeable either. He's a bit immature and inexperienced to me. Mainly talk and no action. Fortunately, his incompetency isn't fatal due to a good dose of luck time and time again. I feel sort of harsh saying that, but I wanted to see Scot do something clever, at least once. I finished the book becaus ...more
Jun 07, 2013 Will rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: thriller
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The ultimate in 'beach' reads! Starts out fast & didn't slow down for the entire book. Does have a lot of f words, so be forewarned.

It's the first of the Scot Harvath as protagonist and a lot of fun. Tons of good-guy-misunderstood theme elements. I liked Scot - his physical strength for sure, but mostly for his strength of character ... maybe because it feels like there are fewer & fewer of them around. There's not a lot of depth to the novel, but it was the perfect escape for me for wh
Malissa Thurman
I came upon this series kind of backwards. My first book, being the Athena Project and then every book involving Scott Horvath after that. Recently, I purchased Path of the Assasin from audible without realizing it was the 2nd book in the series and not the latest novel. I was initially pissed, because they should tell you a book is "re-do" of an older audiobook. After listening for about 45 minutes, I realized I needed to go back to listen to book 1, Lions of Lucerne, since the next book picks ...more
After reading a lot of classics and Horror last year, I decided that 2014 I wanted to read more action based thrillers. So, I started with this one, my Wife has endorsed Brad Thor as being a terrific author and his novels being filled with thrills and excitement. And yet again, my Wife is right. It was an incredibly fast paced and engaging novel. I thought the pacing of the novel was excellent, never allowing the reader to become bored with non-stop thrills or the more slower parts of the story ...more
Brandon Jensen
I really enjoy this book after the first 20 pages or so. (I actually stopped reading it for a year or so after those pages.) Once I picked it up, I couldn't stop reading. I especially liked that the first 1/3 of the book, other than those first few pages, is based in Park City and Heber. It also describes some location in Switzerland that I've been to.

As far as the story goes, it's your typical political/action thriller. The president is kidnapped in a complex plan while skiing in Park City. We
Michael Clifton
Much like Vince Flynn, Brad Thor knows how to write a thriller, and he does not let political convention or PC constraints get in his way. I absolutely HATE books that purport to be thrillers, but read as if they were vetted by the editors of the New York Times! In Thor's books (and I have now read most of them), terrorists are actually terrorists! Bad guys are actually bad guys! In Lions of Lucerne, the character Scot Harvath is first introduced, a fearless, no-nonsense ex-SEAL who is head of t ...more
Well it looks like I have found a new thriller serie to follow. Brad Thor books are in the same vein than Vynce Flynn, it's hard to say at which point who is better, I have the feeling Brad Thor will edge it out but I have to read a few more books before I know.
Anyway, the book is fun to read, it's doesn't asks you to think like crazy and once you have past the halfway mark you don't want to drop the book and are eager to finish it in one go.
That being said I am getting really tired of thrillers
I had previously listen to several ABRIDGED books by Bard Thor in the Scott Horvath series – out of order – while driving to FL. I enjoyed them but I didn’t feel that they weren’t THAT good. Well, since Thor was recommended by my friend Tom – a man of excellent taste – as “just as good at the Mitch Rapp series”, I decided to give the UNabridged books a chance. I’m so glad that I did!

I thought that Brad Thorn is more like Clive Cussler than Vince Flynn but, nevertheless, I the plot was interestin
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