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The Lions of Lucerne (Scot Harvath #1)

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In a daring and chilling debut, Brad Thor draws us into a sinister labyrinth of political intrigue and international terrorism, serving up an explosive cocktail of unrelenting action -- and a shattering climax -- as one man is pushed to the edge.
On the snow-covered slopes of Utah, the unthinkable has just become a nightmarish reality: thirty Secret Service agents have be
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ebook, 451 pages
Published April 15th 2003 by Atria Books (first published January 2nd 2002)
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Eric
Sep 26, 2012 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 15, 2011 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
Meh.

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
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Ru
Sep 02, 2012 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
Mormonhermitmom
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
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Pam
08/23/08
TITLE/AUTHOR: LIONS OF LUCERNE by Brad Thor
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
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Cleo
Jul 21, 2009 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
ElaineY
REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; NOVEMBER 26, 2015
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
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Chuck
Jan 13, 2011 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
Sheila
Very thrilling and page turning read. I will read other books of this author.
Nilesh
Nov 01, 2013 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
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Steph
Aug 11, 2010 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
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Inomniaparatus
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
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Mary Bertuzzi
Oct 14, 2011 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 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!
Corey
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Being a fan of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan series and Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp series, I finally decided to give Brad Thor a shot, and for my first book of his I didn't come back disappointed!

In The Lions of Lucerne, the US President is on vacation on the snow-covered slopes of Utah, and while skiing, the President and his Secret Service team are ambushed by a group of highly-trained Hitmen, who wipe out the Secret Service agents, and kidnap the President, only one SS agent has survived the ambush, e
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Andrew
Apr 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars. This is a big book in so many ways and does a good job of introducing the main character to the series, Scot Horvath. By the end of the book we know him very well, what makes him tick and his key strengths, but whatever you do don't point a gun, a knife or even a finger at him - you will regret it! An interesting theme is set up in this book with the kidnapping of the American President and Scot sets about finding the President to bring him home. Thoroughly recommended.
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.
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GymGuy
Jan 29, 2014 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
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Phil
Jan 25, 2012 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
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Richard
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 08, 2012 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
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May
Aug 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
This is the first Brad Thor novel I've read, and he delivers on the thriller genre quite solidly. I like the plot (but, then, I'm a conspiracy theorist at heart, so the plot made total sense for me), and the main character, Scot Harvarth, is a typical wise-cracking loner who saves the day. The pacing is not as strong as early Tom Clancy books, but it was solid and well done. The characters are a bit two dimensional, but I find that to be generally true of the genre, and so don't hold it against ...more
Yvonne
Jan 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars....Terrific action read!
Tim
Sep 24, 2014 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
An Odd1
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action, fan
"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. President Rutledge, massacre his Secret Service detail. Only ex-Navy SE
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Karen
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel-the-world
maybe 2.5 stars. I have to admit, I was disappointed. I was hoping I would find a good thriller series (Clancy's a favorite of mine, especially the Jack Ryan series),but I don't know if I would even consider another book this author.

The premise is a good one: the President of the U.S. is kidnapped while skiing in Utah. The rest of the book is finding the President. The side characters all seemed the same, with the same wooden dialogue. I had trouble distinguishing them.
Kara
Apr 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible
Listened to this book on my commute & in the evenings. I freaking LOVE finding a series both my kiddo & I can enjoy. It was his first experience using audible- he's a believer now too.
Jenene
Well-written, fast-paced!! I'm hooked!
Sam Baber
Sometimes I miss the days long ago when I'd tear through Ludlum novels for sheer escapism. I needed a similar late summer adrenaline fix of absurd heroics and dastardly villains and I definitely got it here by the truckload (clearly you don't pick up a brick like this for literary reasons). Will I read another? Guilty as charged.
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