State of the Union (Scot Harvath, #3)
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State of the Union (Scot Harvath #3)

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America�s worst nightmare has just become a brutal reality. The most unlikely terrorist enemy of all now holds a knife against the country�s throat. With both diplomatic and conventional military options swept from the table, the president calls upon Navy SEAL turned Secret Service agent Scot Harvath to disable a brilliantly orchestrated conspiracy intended to bring th...more
Mass Market Paperback, 592 pages
Published February 22nd 2011 by Pocket Books (first published 2004)
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This series has the same premise as the Vince Flynn books, but lacks in readability. Thor's writing is elementary in nature and I found myself thinking, "I'm not in 1st grade, why are you writing like I am." I was so annoyed with his style that I stopped reading the series. Scot Harvath also isn't nearlly as BA as Mitch Rapp.
Jeff Brateman
Awful. Tom Clancy Wannabe. If I read another line that says "all of a sudden" I will go nuts! The dialog was supposed to inform those less informed, but instead just bugged me at how unrealistically the characters talked. Here's the template: "I have an idea." End of chapter. "Have you heard of ?" "Do you mean the ? What does that have to do with " "Well here it goes..." This book was a lame attempt at an action plot, similar to Dan Brown's action packed, end of chapter hanging, page turners. Th...more
David Dalton
I first read Brad Thor years ago. I read the 1st two Scot Harvath thrillers in paparback. Then I got caught up in a million other books and let the years go by. But now, thanks to my subscripton to Entitle Books, I can catch up on the adventures of Scot one by one for about $5 a book. State of the Union is full of action, world-wide terror threats,and a very scary plot. Thru it all our hero fights on against huge odds. Scot gets beat up, shot at, and comes up fighting mad. Scot is like Jack ("24...more
Bruce Snell
Although I didn't hate this book, it could have been a lot more enjoyable to read if Brad Thor would simply hire a decent editor. Dozens of pages of Harvath's self love could have been edited out, both shortening the story, and making it more readable. And if Harvath is Superman, how come he gets captured because of a stupid mistake in every book, sometimes more than once - and why does he always miss the crucial shot, letting a bad guy get away to torment him later?

And how often do we need the...more
William Crosby
Your basic action story. Generally easily readable and compelling. Sometimes all the technical weaponry details became overwhelming and slowed the story. Also, the writing occasionally gets extremely jingoistic to the point of annoyance. It does bring up an interesting possibility: will USSR have a resurgence? Russia has had a decline in population and satisfaction since they adopted capitalism and there are many who want to go back to communism. I have seen other books where Stalin is idolized....more
I'm new to reading Brad Thor but like his style very much. Russia vs the United States, the Cold War is over or so we thought. The President of the US has eight days until the State of the Union speech is broadcast and the contents of the speech are being dictated by the Russians who would like nothing more than to see the US lose all its power. The main character, Scot Horvath, is called upon to disable the conspiracy. Plans of action are made but changes are necessary at every turn. As each si...more
This is the third Brad Thor book I've read (I'm reading in order). I'm most fascinated by thinking about how much his writing improves from book to book. I think the stories and plots are getting tighter and tighter and therefore, more and more compelling. With each novel I read, I find my like of Thor grows.

I think Thor fails to write some of the more difficult scenes and instead skips ahead and has a different character recap them. For instance, in this novel, we are told Harvath and Morrell a...more
I read this book because it's the 3rd in the series and I'd read books 1 & 2. For some reason I can't quite identify, I didn't like this book as much as I liked the first two. Don't get me wrong, it's an OK thriller, and I'm planning to continue to read the Scott Horvath series. I hope book 4 returns to the quality of the first 2.

The story line is good and reasonably plausible, given past relations between the US and Russia. The action is almost non-stop, which is necessary, given the short...more
Kevin Kazokas
The back cover notes he may be the next coming of Robert Ludlum. Brad Thor does not reach quite that level in "State of the Union," but he sets the bar pretty high, making sure to take the reader along on his carefully plotted wild ride.

This Cold War revival thriller sends super agent Scot Harvath racing across the globe desperately trying to foil a Russian Trojan horse plan involving hidden nukes. With the weapons possibly armed and stashed in various unknown cities across the United States, Ha...more
This is the third in a series of books revolving around Scot Harvath, former Secret Service agent and now focusing on counterterrorism. You learn a few more details about Scot's personal life and his upbringing in this book, but the motivations and desires of the main characters are secondary to the plot. Once again, Brad Thor has produced a fast-paced and gripping novel with rogue Russians as the primary threat. There is plenty of violence and action in the book, and the plot is realistic and w...more
Scot Harvath has to stop a plan by the Russians to set off breath case nukes that they have planted in major City's in the US 20 years ago and want the President to use the State of The Union address to announce that the US is stepping down as a super power and would allow the USSR to take over as the sole power..My first Brad Thor novel and not my last.He is a lot like my favorite writer the late Vince Flynn and brings a Lot of action,suspense and great shady characters.Although the finish was...more
Carol  MacInnis
I won this book from a contest on Goodreads.

Scot Horvath was a Navy Seal and as a highly skilled operative, the President of the U.S.A. persuaded him to become a Special Agent for the Secret Service under a special branch of the Homeland Security Department dubbed office of 'International Investigative Assistance' or 'OIIA'. Head of OIIA is former FBI, Gary Lawlor who is like a second father to Scot and was Scot's father's very dear friend for many years. When Scot is summoned back to D.C. immed...more
Scott Widener
This is for the Audible Version:
What did you love best about State of the Union?
Love is a big word. I enjoyed the majority of State of the Union. The plot was interesting, character development for the key players was done effectively, and the overall pace was perfect for a book in this particular genre. This is the 1st book of Brad Thor's that I have listened to, but it is the 3rd I have either read or listened to. I really enjoy reading this genre of super soldier, super spy, or action hero (...more
Scot Harvath returns when an unlikely threat is blackmailing the US of A. On top of the horrific threat, the only father figure Scot has left has gone off the grid. The president asks the former Navy SEAL to disable the brilliantly orchestrated conspiracy to an end and bring back Gary Lawlor the former deputy director of the FBI. The problem is every way Harvath turns the Russians are one step ahead of him. With no other defense available to aid his wonderful country, Scot decides to take the bu...more
Great story, but the least-fave of the 3 Brad Thor novels I have read so far. But, still enjoyable. The plot is bigger, the characters are given much more depth & are more plentiful; however, I felt at times like it did not mesh well together & that the sum of its parts made it too ambitious a tale.

The title, which I read about on, is a neat play on words - it refers, of course, to the President's State of the Union address, but also the state in which the former Soviet Unio...more
Compared to the two earlier books, I found this story lagging in spots. The idea was extremely interesting and the plot was great at other areas, however this book was more of a chore to finish some nights.

Many others have highlighted the plot so I will be brief. The story is that the US is being blackmailed to leave the world and financial stages as the number one leader by those tied to the original USSR. The blackmail comes in the form of nuclear bombs hidden away in briefcases all over the c...more
Jun 07, 2013 Will rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Will by: Thor's reputation
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Early in the story, you’ll learn that State of the Union references an address given by the President of the United States to a joint session of Congress. Founding fathers mandated that the President advise the nation on an annual basis of the current ’state’ of the ‘union’. Within a few pages, you’ll also discover that this President has two of these addresses prepared. One will be given, and the story progresses through the thrilling episodes of Scot Harvath as the hours tick toward the date a...more
#3 of Scot Harvath's saving the US.
During the Cold War the Soviets created numerous sleeper agents in the United States and provided them with suitcase nuclear bombs. Guarding against that possibility the United States created a similar cadre of agents. With the breakup of the SU, it was reasonably assumed that they would never be called on. That assumption held until the president is presented with a picture of such a bomb secreted in the Mall of America and directions on how to find it. The m...more
Mark Neumayer
This was an okay book. The story was good enough to keep me reading through to the end. It wasn't good enough to make me want to find any more books in the series especially when you consider the horrible editing. There were a lot of errors and not just mistakes in grammar. A car is referred to as a Dodge at one point. Three lines later it is called a Ford. It was just plain sloppy.
D.W. Ulsterman
Brad Thor's best to date. And given the at-the-time, somewhat unique Russian vs America angle, shows Thor had his ear to the ground of what was coming on the geo-political agenda.

He seems to gain more confident footing with each novel, and as an author, that is a good sign of things to come.

I'm certain Mac Walker could make quick work of Harvath though. :)

Okay, sometimes the dialogue's a little unbelievable, and maybe Scot Harvath, world-class skier turned elite anti-terrorist operative, is just a little too perfect to get next to as a character, and yes, sometimes the set-ups for the action scenes sound like a catalog put out by the guys who manufacture military gear (do we really NEED to know who made the gloves?)

But damn it, once the killin' starts, these books are FUN. Brad Thor writes big mean baddies with huge evil plots and then proceeds...more
State of the Union is the 3rd novel in Brad Thor’s Scot Harvath series. If you can’t tell, I’m on a Brad Thor kick… something that seems to happen every time I come across a new author.

In this thriller the United States is essentially being held hostage by the Russians who tricked us into thinking that the Cold War ended in 1989. Of course, who does the President tap to save the day? Scot Harvath!

While some things are a bit annoying, like the mention of his watch or who made the special combat...more
Ricky White
WOW! This is a killer book. I love the way that Brad Thor develops the main character Scot Harvath in this action packed thriller. Growing up during the Cold War, I can distinctly remember the threat of the mutual nuclear destruction between Russia and the US so the storyline definitely resonated with me. Brad masterfully keeps you on the edge of your seat with an amazing cast of characters and a plot that will leave your head spinning. He also is very tasteful in the accuracy of weapons nomencl...more
The Soviet Union's capitulation in the late 1980s is a feint and in the early years of the 21st Century the US is threatened with widespread destruction if it doesn't withdraw from the world scene. Agent Harvath to the rescue in this tome, the 3rd in the Harvath series. Brad Thor keeps the action going from start to finish. Also, he appears to be well versed in state-of-the-art technology (weapons systems, espionage protocol, etc). Good plot development, though often implausible. Thor still has...more
✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰

almost 5 Stars - it was great! Suspensy, funny, moving...
- but a little too much info about guns and stuff like that - too much for a non-american GIRL! ☺ #Boring

and maybe Brad should've let a german person read the book before releasing it - lots of mistakes and people with weird german names .... but on the other hand - a lot of CORRECT german things and words and facts ☺

and most importantly the book has ♥ SCOT ♥ in it!!! grrrr ;)

Taylor Welton
I am a huge Vince Flynn fan and was sad that the Mitch Rapp series has ended. Brad Thor has given is another great series to follow. Scott Harvath series is worth the read.
Ann Streetman
Brad Thor does not disappoint. Yet another great thriller. I thought the plot was not quite as interesting as that of his second Scott Harvath book, but it was terrific. I admire Thor for his knowledge of spy tradecraft and even more for his writing. He would not have to be so good at a well turned phrase, but he is. Makes me want to be a better writer. I'll keep working at it. AS
Zach Fries
I don't know why I keep reading these. I fully expect the line "Scott Harvath is SUPER AWESOME" to creep up in the next book. Then he walks into a dark room to let the bad guy get the drop on him...again.
Rob Smith
I read 'State of the Union' in 2009 prior to joining Goodreads. The comments I left as part of the list I still keep is limited. in this case my comment is: "Lots of holes and impossible situations." It's something i recall of reading others int he series, including the last one finished, 'Path of the Assassin'.
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