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State of the Union (Scot Harvath #3)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  19,045 Ratings  ·  423 Reviews
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 the ...more
Paperback, 592 pages
Published February 22nd 2011 by Pocket Books (first published January 27th 2004)
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Nov 03, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 13, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jeff Brateman
Feb 25, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 07, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Michael Connick
This is my third Brad Thor book and the first that really disappointed me. I gave five stars to both Code of Conduct and The Last Patriot, but this novel barely gets three stars from me. It was written before the other two and I guess Brad Thor has just improved as a writer as he has gained experience. The problem for me is the extraordinary levels of suspension of disbelief that this novel requires of the reader. In the book the Russians have an amazing super weapon available to them that simpl ...more
D.W. Ulsterman
Mar 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. :)

Kiki Jones
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nothing like a little action from Scot Harvath. Good reads indeed. Thanks Brad Thor.
Jun 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: brad-thor
I predicted the story at the beginning of the first chapter. Not impressed with the plot it was a drag.
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
Wow! What a good read State of the Union was! Brad Thor, as usual, kept me up way past my bedtime, flipping the pages as fast as I could. The Author Note was quite chilling - I thought those Nuke caches were fictional, but they are real and haven't been found.

Yes, Nuke caches hidden by former USSR sleeper agents. These are suitcases with a nuclear bomb (among other things) hidden in various parts of the United States. No American is safe, nor are cities or small towns. (For once I figured out wh
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
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
Jul 13, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Rachel Niemeyer
Nov 28, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I thought the storyline was great: Russia has planted sleeper agents in America, and is poised to decimate The United States, and claim itself as the greatest country in the world. It has all the elements that make Brad Thor's books great, but I absolutely could not STAND the dialogue. It ruined the entire book for me. This is the 5th of Thor's books I've read, and I don't recall any of the dialogue in his other books being so utterly ridiculous.
He writes excellent political thrillers, and his
Tony Mecia
I go to Brad Thor's Scot Harvath series when I'm looking for a page-turner. The writing isn't great, but there's a lot of action that keeps the plot moving forward. Best part was when I was describing the series to a friend and told him that it's the kind of writing that has lines like "It was a long shot, but it was the only shot he had." Then lo and behold, 20 minutes later, I was reading this book, and a variant of that line actually appeared.
Rob Smith
Jan 20, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2009
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'.
Jun 28, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Lacked finesse. The characters were static and the plot couldn't flow well because it was being constantly interrupted by the details of the gear.
Nothing much to say about this one except that I finished it. Cold War themes and Russians from back then don't interest me much. In fact, I'd rather have those Arab terrorists back.
Ben Rand
Started out pretty good, but by the end I just wanted it to be over. One implausible get away after another. Some of it was just plain ridiculous.
Jan 14, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Scot Harvath #3. Better than the prior one.
Allison O'Brien
May 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing. Couldn't put it down.
Chris Silva
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
The first Brad Thor book that absolutely lived up to my expectations of the hype....loved it!
Apr 25, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller-action
Dang Russians
Apr 10, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't even make it through more than a couple chapters of this book.
kartik narayanan
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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He was about to ask himself how Stavropol could kill his comrades and then realized how stupid he was being. He saw it on the streets of Moscow everyday. That was simply how the world worked.

‘State of the Union’ is written by Brad Thor. It is the third book in the ‘Scot Harvath’ series. It is an action thriller and it stars the eponymous ‘Scot Harvath’.

The overall synopsis of the book is as follows. The collapse of the USSR was fake. Sovie
MiM Metwally
Oct 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
One problem that usually prevents me from rating books beyond 3 stars in a hero based series regardless how much I like following it is the traps that the author creates then falls into it very easily, for example, in this book Scot got a good beating in the opening chapters with the resulting pain in his ribs (he was fairly convinced that some ribs were cracked), this should have been continuously haunting him throughout the following incredibly action packed events nearly incapacitating him fr ...more
An Odd1
Feb 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action
"Für di Sicherheit .. For the Security. If one of us is getting tired, somebody else is watching over" p 49 is inscribed on lidded Berliner mugs wrapped with Checkpoint Charlie barbed wire, mission souvenirs. I like loyalty and humor. I like series too for being able to skip around, books relatively self-contained; hero's personal life, girlfriends that change, are minor.

After Berlin Wall fell, agents were retired before they "could sneak man-portable nukes into Russia" p 83. Scot Harvath, forme
April Ring
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't enjoy this one in the series as much as others. The Russian scheme seemed a bit tired to me. I think there should have been a better back story to the "why" as far as the bad guy's motives went. That said, its still a great book.

This time Scot is not only battling a secret enemy with a hidden agenda (as he always does) but there is also a clock set that he has to solve the mystery and save the day by. That definitely made the pace of this book go by very fast. i enjoyed the unique sett
Ken Bour
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
"State of the Union" is not among my favorite Scot Harvath espionage thrillers, but it did hold my interest to the end. I am not a military guy, so all of the weaponry and arsenal descriptions were pretty much lost of me, so I just skimmed them. The plot was pretty engaging, albeit far-fetched, and the writing was easy to consume except for the extremely technical jargon (not essential to the story). I thought the ending was a little rushed and incomplete - almost like Brad realized that the boo ...more
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Again, I got a little bored of the finely detailed descriptions of the weaponry used. Okay, I understand that he used a pistol and not a rifle or shotgun but do I need to know that the pearl handles are custom or the muzzle velocity of the MP5 is whatever. Not really. Does it enhance the novel in any significant way? Not really.
Harvath is getting real. We are beginning to understand what drives this character. His looking for love; his desire to protect his country all make this character stand
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