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The Lions of Lucerne (Scot Harvath #1)

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“Quite possibly the next coming of Robert Ludlum”.
Chicago Tribune

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 t
Paperback, 624 pages
Published December 28th 2010 by Pocket Books (first published January 2001)
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Jun 13, 2014 Eric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Sep 03, 2012 Ru rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Jul 21, 2009 Cleo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 13, 2011 Chuck rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Narrator: Armand Schultz

I struggled with this one even though I thought the plot had good potential. First, I did not like the way Harvath was portrayed - he came across as inexperienced, awkward with authority figures and generally stumbled around. Of course, I did compare him with Mitch Rapp, who was much more self-assured and confident at 23 and a rookie operative than Harvath who is older and already a SEAL.

I was disappointed with the overall writing bec
Nov 01, 2013 Nilesh rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 11, 2010 Steph rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 14, 2011 Mary Bertuzzi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Bryce Johnson
Aug 23, 2009 Bryce Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
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.
Jan 29, 2014 GymGuy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 05, 2012 Phil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: brad-thor
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
Jun 17, 2012 Vannetta Chapman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 05, 2016 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: techno-thriller
THE LIONS OF LUCERNE is a highly ambitious debut novel; deftly crafted in a technical sense, but with next to no literary value.
It's what I call a "dumb smart thriller," meaning that it is incredibly detailed and well researched, yet plagued with childish prose and characters that continually say and do stupid and/or unrealistic things.
Perhaps the editor is partially to blame. Brad Thor is by no means an economical writer, and LIONS could easily shed 50 pages simply by cutting out any unnecessar
Aug 20, 2014 Neil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 13, 2015 Frank rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first Brad Thor novel that I have read and it is also the first in the Scot Harvath series. A great action thriller! In this one, the president is kidnapped while on a skiing trip near Park City, Utah. Harvath, an ex-Navy Seal, is the head of the Secret Service detail who were to protect the president but while he was protecting the president's daughter, the rest of his team is eliminated and the president is captured. But how was this accomplished, who was responsible, where was the ...more
Feb 10, 2015 Tim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well written, adrenalin filled novel featuring agent Scot Harvath with a very good ending. 9 of 10 stars
Gary Brecht
This first novel by popular “Thriller” writer Brad Thor, features a former U.S. Navy Seal, Scott Harvath, as a Secret Service agent assigned to protect the President of the United States and his daughter. While the novel contains ample action, the plot is fairly predictable and the character development is shallow. Two dimensional characters dodge a hail of bullets like the heroes of 1940’s Western movies. The central character, Harvath, could have been the model for an early Sylvester Stallone ...more
An Odd1
Feb 24, 2015 An Odd1 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action, fan
Returned to Currently-Reading for Bond Archetype added to end of review.
"Those who fight and run away live to fight another day" p 236.
"Men in our profession need insurance employers that can't always provide" p 240. Long ago, Hermann was his best friend, and gave him a professionally forged passport. I'm glad I went back to start series at #1.

Lions are enemy team as brave, strong, loyal as long-ago soldiers from Lucerne they are named after. On the snow-covered slopes of Utah, they kidnap U.S.
Eric Bjerke
I am beyond stunned that this book averages a four-star rating; I can't believe that there are intelligent people who love this stuff. I can only hope that Thor becomes a better writer in the subsequent books, but I will not be sticking around to find out.

Much of this book was stunningly awful. I only had five chapters of the 83 left to read and it took me two weeks to finally polish it off. If I wasn't in a public place when I finally killed it, I would have screamed with exasperation at how ho
Feb 18, 2011 Gunnari rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-books
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 really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: thriller
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“I know my limits. You don’t ever need to worry about me.” “Thanks, Scot. I’ll remind myself of that next time I see you looking like a flipped turtle.” 1 likes
“PC or not, Middle Eastern groups, including Abu Nidal’s, are not tacticians. They walk into nightclubs strapped with explosives, plant car bombs, spray crowded markets with machine-gun fire, and fly hijacked planes full of fuel into buildings. Plain and simple, they’re cowards. They won’t confront anyone on a one-to-one basis. They don’t have the savvy or the courage to do in-your-face operations.” 1 likes
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