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The Lions of Lucerne
Brad Thor
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From Publishers' Weekly:

He's fearless. He's tireless. If you get him angry, as does the chief of staff of the vice-president of the United States, he'll pop you with an uppercut. He's Secret Service Agent Scot Harvath, the hero of Thor's rough-and-ready debut. As the action opens on the ski slopes outside Park City, Utah, the 20-something Harvath has screwed up. Under his watch, terrorists not only kill 30 agents but kidnap the president midway down his final run of the day. When the Secret Service, the FBI, the CIA and a suspiciously inept and indecisive vice-president wring their hands, the disgraced Harvath picks up the few scant clues left behind and launches a one-man search-and-rescue mission. The terrorists publicly demand $500 million and privately insist that an anti-fossil fuel proposal in Congress be killed. When those demands aren't immediately met, one of the president's fingers arrives at the White House. By this time, Harvath is on his way to Switzerland, where he's gotten word of a mysterious cell of mercenaries named the Lions of Lucerne. With unflinching determination and an uncanny ability to escape danger and assassination, the young buck pieces together the plot and girds himself for a showdown at the terrorists' secret hideaway inside the frozen exterior of Mt. Pilatus. Thor, host of the PBS television series Traveling Lite, shows a gift for dramatic storytelling. The momentum of the plot alone may satisfy some readers. Yet it's hard to get past the novel's many graceless shortcomings clichd language (time passes "at a snail's pace," old habits "die hard"), cartoonish scenes and a protagonist whose superhero character desperately needs fleshing out. Agent, Heide Lange of Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. (Jan.) Forecast: Pocket is launching this pumped-up debut with billboard advertising in Times Square and an eight-city author tour. Swiss mercenaries may seem tame villains in times like these, but this is adequate escapist fare for readers seeking a quick action fix. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Secret Service agent and former Navy SEAL Scot Harvath heads the advance team protecting the President and his daughter on a ski trip in Utah. When the President is kidnapped following a terrorist-rigged avalanche, Scot is the only agent to survive. Determined to find out what happened, he returns to Washington, DC, where he learns that two senators may have helped facilitate the plot. After revealing what he knows to the head of the Secret Service, he is betrayed and set up for murder. Clues lead him next to Switzerland, where he hooks up with Claudia Mueller of the Federal Attorney's Office in Bern. Together, in an attempt to save the President, they try to avoid hired killers while tracking down the men behind the kidnapping. An assured debut for Thor, creator and host of the public television series Traveling Lite, this international thriller will delight readers with its nonstop action, relentless suspense, strong protagonist, and wintry settings in Utah, DC, and Switzerland. Well-researched, high-voltage entertainment reminiscent of Robert Ludlum and David Morrell; highly recommended for all public libraries. Ronnie H. Terpening, Univ. of Arizona, Tucson (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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