In my search for new books to read I stumbled on the author Brad Thor. He is a best selling author of thriller novels and I was certain that I'd found a new group of books to read. Unfortunately, I was really disappointed with The Lions of Lucerne. When I read the summary I just knew that this would be as exciting and Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp.
Here's the publisher summary:
On the snow-covered slopes of Utah, the unthinkable has just become a nightmarish reality: 30 Secret Service agents have been viciously executed and the vacationing president of the United States kidnapped by one of the most lethal terrorist organizations in the Middle East - the Fatah Revolutionary Council.
But surviving agent and ex-Navy SEAL Scot Harvath doesn't believe the Fatah Revolutionary Council is responsible for the attack. Driven by his professional code of duty and honor, Harvath creates his own rules to get some answers. But his search for the truth raises the blood pressure of his superiors...and casts his own life in mortal jeopardy. The deadly machinations have been set in motion by a shadowy coalition, comprising some of the highest-ranking officials in government and business - men who operate above the law, men who realize the threat Harvath poses to their hidden agenda...men who will do anything to stop him.
Framed for murder and on the run, Harvath takes his own brand of justice to the towering mountains of Switzerland where he finds an improbable ally in the beautiful Claudia Mueller of the Swiss Federal Attorney's Office. Together they must brave the subzero temperatures and sheer heights of treacherous Mount Pilatus - and enter the den of the most notorious team of professional killers the world has ever known.
I realize that almost all thriller books are unbelievable but some authors have the knack of convincing you that their story could be real. Those are the ones that I like and that wasn't the case with Lions. There were way too many times in the book where I found myself rolling my eyes and saying "oh, PLEASE". There were too many people involved in the conspiracy for it to remain a sevret as long as it did, too many narrow escapes where Scot should have been dead and too many unexplained coindicences.
To me it was a lot like Dan Brown novels. If you like Dan Brown you will like Brad Thor. I'm not a big Dan brown fan and now, not a Brad Thor fan either. But both are very popular so give it a try and make your own decision.