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State of the Union: A Thriller (Scot Harvath Book 3) (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Brad Thor
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From Publishers Weekly

Fortunately for America, series hero Scot Harvath (The Lions of Lucerne; Path of the Assassin) possesses almost superhuman abilities and an equal amount of fantastic luck in this blistering, testosterone-fueled espionage thriller. Making use of an innovative plot device, Thor resuscitates that old Cold War bugbear, Russia, as a credible threat to our country's very existence. Twenty years before the story's start, Russian agents hide at least 19 suitcase nuclear devices in secret locations throughout the United States. As the book opens, President Jack Rutledge is ordered by the Russians to inform the American people in his State of the Union address that America will withdraw forthwith from world affairs, remove its troops from all foreign countries, surrender its seat in the United Nations and divest itself of all involvement with the International Monetary Fund, the World Trade Organization and the G-8. If he does not do as he is commanded, sleeper agents will set off the hidden nuclear weapons, and millions of Americans will die. Harvath-former SEAL, former Secret Service agent and special agent with the Office of International Investigative Assistance-is assigned the job of thwarting this nefarious plan, and he's got seven days to do it. Assisting him are many stalwarts drawn from elite military and other government agencies, all armed with the most techno of weapons, each lovingly described. As the clock ticks down, the battle takes Harvath around the globe, from a brothel in Berlin to the frigid waters of the Baltic Sea and back to the Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C. It's a complex plot, but Thor (host of the PBS television program Traveling Lite) keeps everyone in line and trotting briskly ahead. Readers of the genre will understand that Harvath's triumph is a foregone conclusion and will marvel at the canny plan and clever devices he employs to succeed.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Pressestimmen

"Frighteningly real."

-- Ottawa Citizen

"Scot Harvath is the perfect all-American hero for the post-September 11th world."

-- Nelson DeMille


Produktinformation

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 2116 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 560 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0743436776
  • Verlag: Atria Books; Auflage: Reissue (27. Januar 2004)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B000FC0YW2
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Nicht aktiviert
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  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (1 Kundenrezension)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #51.266 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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2.0 von 5 Sternen The worst of the Clancy-spawn 19. Juli 2005
Von RP
Format:Taschenbuch
Compared to Mr. Thor's latest novel, even the likes of Tom Clancy or Stephen Coonts look like open-minded cosmopolitans. I've never seen so much contempt for everything not american in any piece of literature as on the last couple of pages of "State of the Union". It's not the constant flag-waving in this book that I'm complaining about - if I were to write a novel of the same genre, my hero would probably be German and likewise infallible as Scot Harvath is. What really made me sick though were Thor's comments about Russia "and what a sh**ty country it is". I certainly don't mind harsh language and the bashing of a novel's villains is certainly entertaining. But this book is really insulting in its way of presenting "the enemy". As if the constant display of the Russians' ineptitude wasn't enough, Mr. Thor aims at the dignity of the "evil people". I can't tell the author how he should write his books, but this was certainly the last of his books that I've read. What a pity: This way, I will never find out if his characters have always been so shallow, or if he maybe completed the development of his main protagonist Scot Harvath in the earlier novels. For the author's sake, I will assume that he previously spent a couple of pages on explaining how Scot became the hero of legend that he now is - in dubio pro reo. I wouldn't mind finding out this little piece of information, but Brad Thor now has all the money he's ever gonna get from me. The 2nd star is for the fact that the lack of in-depth analysis makes for a fast-paced storytelling.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Be Thankful It Is Fiction... 21. April 2004
Von John R. Linnell - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Brad Thor has written another compelling novel which will make you thankful that it is a work of fiction. 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 message is that this is just one of twenty such bombs and unless the president essentially removes the US from the world stage in his State of the Union address which is to occur in eight days, they will be detonated.
Reacting to the threat, the US moves to deploy it's agents, only to discover that all but two have been killed, one has been brutally interrogated and the other is being used to bait a trap.
Scott Horvath is once again called on by the president to save the day and in doing so, Mr. Thor has woven an ingenious plot, filled with interesting and dastardly characters which will keep you turning the pages and reluctant to put it down.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Harvath returns in "State Of The Union" by Brad Thor 28. Juni 2004
Von Kevin Tipple - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
This third thriller novel from author Brad Thor picks up shortly after events depicted in "Path Of The Assassin" and once again Scot Harvath is quickly involved in the danger. At President Jack Rutledge's personal request, Agent Harvath moved from the Secret Service to a new position within the newly created "Office of International Investigative Assistance" which is part of the ever increasing Department of Homeland Security. The innocuous title hides the mission of the unit, which is to stop terrorists anywhere in the world by any means necessary. Harvath's old friend, mentor, and father figure Gary Lawlor, who was once the former Deputy Director of the FBI, is in charge of the Office. Now Lawlor has gone missing and Harvath is summoned back to Washington.
There is concern at the highest levels that Gary Lawlor has been a double agent, quite possibly for decades. The notion is unthinkable to Harvath because of the close bond they have shared in the wake of the death of Harvath's father years ago. However, as he is briefed, it becomes clear that everything he believed about Lawlor in the past has been a lie pushed forward by a cover image he needed on behalf of the United States Government. Now thanks to string of murders of other members of his intelligence team, several of which called Lawlor just before their deaths, those in charge believe he turned traitor years ago and has now fled. After telling Harvath the background on a "need to know" basis, they warn him off and instead he is supposed to sit back and wait for contact from Lawlor if and when it happens.
After everything he did in the first two novels, it should have been obvious to bosses, just like it is to the casual reader, that the last thing Harvath is going to do is sit back and wait. Harvath begins to work the case in an attempt to clear Lawlor's good name and unwittingly uncovers a Russian plot hatched during the last days of the Cold War. The plan is to return Russia to the ranks of the Super Powers and reduce America to a smoldering pile of nuclear contaminated rubble by way of backpack nuclear weapons in the hands of sleeper agents scattered throughout the country.
Relying more on character development, plotting, and believable scenarios, this novel is a great improvement over the caliber of writing seen in "Path Of The Assassin." While working on the secondary storyline of the slowly developing romantic relationship between Harvath and Meg, the author manages to convey new background information on the Harvath character. Neither storyline gets in the way of the main complex plot that is almost Ludlum like in its complexity.
The storylines also do not get in the way of Brad Thor preaching about the value of Democracy as he sees it or the need for Patriotism. While both are laudable goals, at time the author wields a sledgehammer in regards to both topics. As such, especially towards the end as events build towards a climatic showdown at the National Cemetery in Washington, D.C., the events depicted are pushed to the side to lecture the reader. Such heavy handedness is unnecessary and detracts somewhat from what should be an exciting ending.
However, overall this is a read more on the level with his first effort "The Lions Of Lucerne" and a significant improvement over the second very shallow novel, "Path Of The Assassin." Fortunately for readers new to this series, the author covers the events in the second novel in considerable detail thus sparing readers from wading through that novel. With background details quickly handled, the author plunges full ahead and the result is a fast paced constantly twisting tale in this 333 page novel that is well worth the read.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Cold war conundrum 13. April 2004
Von Cory D. Slipman - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
Ex-Navy SEAL and Secret Service agent Scot Harvath is at the center of Brad Thor's creative plot in the espionage thriller "State of the Union".
Long thought to be an ex-world power after losing the Cold War and denouncing Communism, Russia has actually been a sleeping giant playing possum. In a plan twenty years in the making formulated by diabolical Russian general Sergei Stavropol, the stature of the United States on the world stage in being threatened. President Jack Rutledge in a communique has learned that more than 20 suitcase nuclear bombs have been hidden in major cities throughout the country by Russian "sleeper" agents.
To avert their detonation, the President while giving his state of the union address in eight days must resign the U.S. from just about every world organization, thereby creating national economic suicide. Retaliation would not be possible as Russia has also secretly instituted an impregnable air defense system that would thwart conventional warfare.
Super agent Harvath is summoned by the President to thwart this ingenious Russian plot. Unfortunately Harvath's boss and father figure, deputy director of the FBI, Gary Lawlor is presently missing and implicated in the blackmail of the country.
Thor in a riveting plot conjures up a scenario, which with present day technology being what it is, seems plausible and therefore frightening.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The development of a Novelist... 16. September 2006
Von R. Shaff - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
After reading PATH OF THE ASSASSIN, and being thoroughly entertained, STATE OF THE UNION was a natural choice as it picks up the storyline of ASSASSIN. Once again, I must quickly admonish, this is a work of fiction, one where the "secret agents" are not real and actually to live to fight another day regardless the overwhelming odds of death they face. It's a bit like all the James Bond movies...Bond always wins. With that established...

The book opens with U.S. President Rutledge requesting that our hero and uberagent, Scot Harvath, leave the Secret Service to fill a new position within the new, ultraclandestine Office of International Investigative Assistance. Net, net, this is the often bandied "black ops" organization that reports only to the President, and can use any means necessary to accomplish their tasks and missions. While Harvath is leery, Rutledge makes it easy by installing Harvath's friend and, as we learn, surrogate father, Gary Lawlor as the head of OIIA. In previous installments, Lawler was the Deputy Director of the FBI.

Early on, Lawlor cannot be located or contacted, and there is great concern, on many fronts, about Lawlor's mysterious absence. Lawlor spent a great deal of time overseas in his early career, and there are mumblings that Lawlor could possibly be a double agent. Harvath, ever the vigilant friend, is incensed by these accusations, but is more concerned about finding Lawlor than defending him. However, as Harvath learns more about Lawlor's disappearance, and his past, it becomes a plausible possibility that the double agent theory has credence. Harvath still doesn't buy it, but a case is there to be made. This becomes further complicated by the sudden death of a number of intelligence operatives who reportedly had contact with Lawlor not long before their demise.

During Harvath's search for Lawlor, he stumbles upon a sleeper plot developed by hard-line Soviet communists at the end of the Cold War. This plot calls for, in Thor's perfect "fit the current environment" themes, suitcase-based nuclear bombs to be placed in multiple cities, and detonated simultaneously. While this is a sobering thought for any reader given today's landscape, Harvath knows he must stop this diabolical scheme concurrent with his search Lawlor.

Thor develops the storyline quite well and weaves in the expected "Harvath miracles," which for some readers, has been overdone. Again, this is fiction, and fiction can take many roads to an end. Regardless one's predisposition for reality, development of a hero, one who is fallible, yet reliable, is a central ingredient in most successful novelists today. Consider Patterson's Alex Cross, Clancy's Jack Ryan, Silva's Gabriel Allon, and we can't forget Parker's Spenser. All of these best-selling authors have developed a character that has certainly relied upon something that can only be described as "superskills" to get out of every possible dire situation, and live to fight again. It is expected. Thor's Scot Harvath is no exception; the only difference with Harvath is that he has an air of invincibility. Perhaps, after reading STATE OF THE UNION, this invincibility will be quelled somewhat, as Harvath finds himself in a variety of situations not befalling an uberagent.

Regardless, this was a fun, fast-paced mystery novel, full of bad guys, beautiful ladies, and a couple of heroes. Just what this world needs right now...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Okay action thriller 12. Oktober 2005
Von Nick Brett - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
This is a fast moving action thriller. Although Mr Thor has not quite maintained the high standards of his first book, this is not bad. A previous reviewer is right that these novels are getting very close to those by Vince Flynn and his character Mitch Rapp and while entertaining, this did feel that it was treading a well worn path.

Having said that, if you enjoyed the previous ones, you will probably enjoy this too. It suffers from a strong start, a weaker middle, and a good close much like the previous novels but it entertains well enough.

If you like this kind of stuff and want a fresh take on it, I strongly recommend the British author, James Barrington.
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