The President of the United States is kidnapped while vacationing in the Snow Mountains of Utah. Every Secret Service agent involved with the protective detail is killed... except for the hero, Scot Harvath! The kidnappers involved in this devious plot include, several government officials, billionaire tycoon, and highly skilled Swiss mercenaries. Due to agent Harvath's superior intelligence, he is the only one that can bring the president back, while every intelligence agency in the United States is chasing false leads. Yes, you read correctly, everyone is fooled by the kidnappers except for agent Harvath.
Realizing the threat agent Harvath pose to the evil alliance of president kidnappers, Harvath himself is framed with the president's disappearance. On his own with the entire U.S intelligence agencies hunting him down, Harvath fights off attempts on is life and kills every single one of the highly skilled Swiss mercenaries by him. At one point Harvath was able to defeat and escape his opponents with nothing more than a BB gun. Agent Harvath is that clever!
With poor character development, contradicting actions, cheesy dialogue, and unbelievable scenarios, Brad Thor has brought it all in just 416 pages.
This report prepared by mike shang
Pocket, Jan 2002, 25.00, 464 pp.
The President of the United States needs time away from DC to regenerate his juices for the upcoming fight with Congress on his pet project, the fossil fuel reduction bill that has big oil screaming for its death. He also wants quality time with his teenage daughter Amanda. So the President, his daughter, and the Secret Service go skiing in Utah when a rifle shot induces an avalanche that in turn leads to the abduction of the president. Though badly injured, Secret Service Agent Scot Harvath keeps Mandy safe.
Everyone assumes a Middle East terrorist group snatched the President except Scot. Being an ex-SEAL, he believes the scenario is too overt for the Mid East and looks elsewhere. He begins to track a convoluted trail to Switzerland, the American capital building, international big business, and the executive branch centered on the President who is not in Washington when the legislative debate on his fossil fuel reduction bill hits the floors of Congress. This coalition plans to succeed even if people must die to accomplish that deed.
Though an exciting political thriller, Scot turning into a James Bond type agent is hard to accept especially with his bias towards the Middle East. The story line is fast-paced and the coalition against the president is very powerful and surprisingly feels quite real. THE LIONS OF LUCERNE is a roaring tale though the audience never quite believes in the thoughts and actions of the hero.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner