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From the national bestselling author of "The Lions of Lucerne" and "Path of the Assassin" comes another electrifying international thriller featuring all-American hero Scot Harvath, as he plunges into the frigid heart of the Russian tundra to save the fragile state of the union.On a cold January morning, the United States awakes to discover that an old enemy, one long beli From the national bestselling author of "The Lions of Lucerne" and "Path of the Assassin" comes another electrifying international thriller featuring all-American hero Scot Harvath, as he plunges into the frigid heart of the Russian tundra to save the fragile state of the union.On a cold January morning, the United States awakes to discover that an old enemy, one long believed dead and buried, has crawled out of its grave to lay siege to the world's only superpower. With the stunning discovery that enhanced Soviet-made suitcase nukes have been secreted in America's major cities, President Jack Rutledge gathers his National Security Council to weigh the feasibility of a first strike against the Russian Federation. There's only one problem. For over two decades, the Russians have been funneling international aid money into a top secret air defense system, which has just been brought on-line and which will render any conventional attack upon their country utterly ineffective. After exhausting all of his other options, and with Soviet sleeper agents preparing to detonate their deadly payloads across the United States, the president turns to the nation's final hope, ex-Navy SEAL and Secret Service Agent Scot Harvath. Assigned to a covert section of the Department of Homeland Security and charged with defending the nation against all foreign aggressors by any means necessary, Harvath finds himself hand-picked by the president to unravel a brilliantly orchestrated, fiendishly timed conspiracy that has already shattered the fragile peace between the world's nations and which, if successful, will leave the United States in smoldering ruins. With family friend and former Deputy FBI Director Gary Lawlor nowhere to be found and suspected of betraying his country, Harvath embarks on an adventure that will test the bonds of loyalty and reveal a nation's deepest secrets. As high-voltage and timely as they come, State of the Union is a frighteningly real, headline-ripping tale of espionage and intrigue that will keep readers guessing until the last tantalizing piece of the puzzle locks into place. With exotic international locales, hair-raising suspense, and scenes of pulse-pounding action, Brad Thor has once again reaffirmed his position as the thriller writer readers and critics alike have hailed as Clancy, Cussler, and Ludlum all rolled into one.


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From the national bestselling author of "The Lions of Lucerne" and "Path of the Assassin" comes another electrifying international thriller featuring all-American hero Scot Harvath, as he plunges into the frigid heart of the Russian tundra to save the fragile state of the union.On a cold January morning, the United States awakes to discover that an old enemy, one long beli From the national bestselling author of "The Lions of Lucerne" and "Path of the Assassin" comes another electrifying international thriller featuring all-American hero Scot Harvath, as he plunges into the frigid heart of the Russian tundra to save the fragile state of the union.On a cold January morning, the United States awakes to discover that an old enemy, one long believed dead and buried, has crawled out of its grave to lay siege to the world's only superpower. With the stunning discovery that enhanced Soviet-made suitcase nukes have been secreted in America's major cities, President Jack Rutledge gathers his National Security Council to weigh the feasibility of a first strike against the Russian Federation. There's only one problem. For over two decades, the Russians have been funneling international aid money into a top secret air defense system, which has just been brought on-line and which will render any conventional attack upon their country utterly ineffective. After exhausting all of his other options, and with Soviet sleeper agents preparing to detonate their deadly payloads across the United States, the president turns to the nation's final hope, ex-Navy SEAL and Secret Service Agent Scot Harvath. Assigned to a covert section of the Department of Homeland Security and charged with defending the nation against all foreign aggressors by any means necessary, Harvath finds himself hand-picked by the president to unravel a brilliantly orchestrated, fiendishly timed conspiracy that has already shattered the fragile peace between the world's nations and which, if successful, will leave the United States in smoldering ruins. With family friend and former Deputy FBI Director Gary Lawlor nowhere to be found and suspected of betraying his country, Harvath embarks on an adventure that will test the bonds of loyalty and reveal a nation's deepest secrets. As high-voltage and timely as they come, State of the Union is a frighteningly real, headline-ripping tale of espionage and intrigue that will keep readers guessing until the last tantalizing piece of the puzzle locks into place. With exotic international locales, hair-raising suspense, and scenes of pulse-pounding action, Brad Thor has once again reaffirmed his position as the thriller writer readers and critics alike have hailed as Clancy, Cussler, and Ludlum all rolled into one.

30 review for State of the Union

  1. 4 out of 5

    Gary

    A group of sleeper agents and a whole bunch of nuclear devices waiting to be detonated is the central conflict in this story. Once again, Scot Harvarth is on the scene to save the day. The plot follows a series of moves and counter moves by each government in a tightly woven set of interlocking scenes and action sequences. The author is becoming more polished, if sometimes formulaic, and isstarting to truly hone his craft. The creativity and construction of the story as well as the method and st A group of sleeper agents and a whole bunch of nuclear devices waiting to be detonated is the central conflict in this story. Once again, Scot Harvarth is on the scene to save the day. The plot follows a series of moves and counter moves by each government in a tightly woven set of interlocking scenes and action sequences. The author is becoming more polished, if sometimes formulaic, and isstarting to truly hone his craft. The creativity and construction of the story as well as the method and stages of delivery of the plot are what sets this author apart from a host of others in this genre. He understands how to keep a story moving, and when to changes locations or minor conflicts to keep interest from flagging. He delivers each new idea in tightly created parcel throughout the plot like the nuclear devices he writes about. A great story and a talented author. 4.5 stars.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Blake S.

    I really liked it. Bits and pieces felt rushed, especially towards the end, but then it proved to be masterful as it established a quick pace that jolted my adrenaline at times. The story line was dramatic yet plausible, which I suppose would be alarming in a way. Scot Harvath from what I've read of the character, he isn't portrayed to be invincible, which I like. Too many times we are given this character who is "unstoppable", they stop feeling like human and relatable. The relationship involvi I really liked it. Bits and pieces felt rushed, especially towards the end, but then it proved to be masterful as it established a quick pace that jolted my adrenaline at times. The story line was dramatic yet plausible, which I suppose would be alarming in a way. Scot Harvath from what I've read of the character, he isn't portrayed to be invincible, which I like. Too many times we are given this character who is "unstoppable", they stop feeling like human and relatable. The relationship involving Scot and his girlfriend was used in the beginning of the book but as it went on, it fell flat and out of the picture until the end, which felt off. However, all around, this book was pretty good and fits really well into my interests. I'd recommend.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    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.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Clay

    After reading Brad Thor's first two books The Lions of Lucerne and Path of the Assassin, I wasn't quite sure if I was really on board with his writing style. State of the Union has begun to change my mind. Finally, there is a pseudo-believable plot and more realistic dialog along with character interactions that are beginning to feel genuine and not as weird. I was hoping Thor would get better as he continued writing and I genuinely believe he has. State of the Union once again puts the United St After reading Brad Thor's first two books The Lions of Lucerne and Path of the Assassin, I wasn't quite sure if I was really on board with his writing style. State of the Union has begun to change my mind. Finally, there is a pseudo-believable plot and more realistic dialog along with character interactions that are beginning to feel genuine and not as weird. I was hoping Thor would get better as he continued writing and I genuinely believe he has. State of the Union once again puts the United States in the cross-hairs of a dastardly plan of annihilation and it's up to the one and only Scot Harvath (former Navy SEAL and Secret Service agent and current anti terrorism specialist) to save the day. But with time running out and the bad guys holding all the cards, will he be able to get the job done? I was very pleased as I started reading State of the Union because I felt Thor had finally written a mysterious plot that I was going to really get into. And I was right - right up until about a quarter of the way through. Then I stumbled on a couple of extremely exposition heavy chapters that scuttled the wonderful pacing which had been building up until that point. Seriously, I felt like I'd gone from reading an espionage thriller to the Wikipedia page on the history of the Cold War. Just as I was beginning to lose interest and had begun eyeing other books on my reading list, the pacing came back and held me through to the end. Finally I have begun to see some development of the Scot Harvath character and even a bit of development in some supporting characters as well. There are life lessons taken to heart, decisions made which will affect the character for years to come and relationships which begin to grow and expand while others which appear to be withering and dying. Finally, a little humanity in this series. Pacing has always been Brad Thor's defining strong point in my opinion and, despite that dull, exposition-heavy segment early on, the pacing is pretty solid in State of the Union too. There is also a great mystery to figure out and Brad wasn't as heavy handed with the reveals as he has been in his other books so I found myself really enjoying the suspense of the unknown. Sure it may not have been as twisty as I might have hoped, but just the fact that it was there was enough for me. Technically, the novel was pretty well edited and put together, however, I did stumble across a handful of typos which threw me off a bit. Otherwise, good stuff. I'm beginning to come around on the Brad Thor bandwagon and will likely continue this series. 4 stars for State of the Union.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Alison

    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 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 situation unfolds, the reader is not sure if the characters are friends or foe, or both. The chapters countdown the number of days and hours til the State of the Union speech is broadcast. Which speech will the President use (the ones the Russians delivered to him with their ultimatum, or the one he wrote)? Will he deliver it from the Congressional Hall or from the White House? Will it be a taped speech or will he deliver it in person? And what will it say? I did get lost in some of the highly technical explanations of submarines, bombs, equipment used in espionage, but it did not detract from the story line as it unfolded.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    80s era Russian and US suitcase nukes are the center of a power play by a rogue military officer, aimed at blackmailing the President. Scot, along with allies, tries to save the day.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Brateman

    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 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. The style gets old fast, and is only good for a cheap, carnival type thrill.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Zach

    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.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Scott A. Miller

    Another solid story from Thor. They remind me of Clancy. This one, especially so. This was a scary story, given our relationship with Russia today, I hope Thor wasn’t too prescient. I actually like the way Thor tells his stories, not wasting 50 pages on travel time within the timeline of events. Great set of characters, even if Morrell is becoming an okay guy.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jane Withers

    3.5 for a basic action story , the sort I always enjoy but it does follow a template ... having said that I do still like my action ‘shoot them in the head and or stab them 55 times in 0.5 seconds’ books

  11. 4 out of 5

    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. 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. People seem to forget the millions he killed and his own brand of personal terrorism. That isn't in this book, but this story does make me wonder: is Russia heading for another flip-flop? The book also highlights that potential terrorism is not limited to extreme Muslims (as many other stories seem to highlight these days). Sometimes we get too focused on the most recent threat and forget that enemies can come from many areas. I am waiting for a story about domestic terrorism (homegrown US anarchists) that is not a fantasy (i.e. Hunger Games).

  12. 5 out of 5

    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 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 simply makes no sense and whose workings are never reasonably explained. The big attraction to me of the other two novels was the feeling of authenticity they had. Weapons and tactics were for the most part quite true to life. I found the basic premise of this book to be simply absurd and extremely disappointing. The only saving grace to it for me was the fact that Scot Horvath uses a Beretta CX-4 Storm carbine in it, which is a rifle that I happen to own and really like. It's a small thing, but without that I might have given the book only two stars.

  13. 4 out of 5

    D.W. Ulsterman

    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. :)

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Koehler

    Not my favorite of the Scot Harvath stories, but still a fun read for spring break. It’s fast paced and entertaining. I did think (based on the back cover summary) that Alexandra would enter the story much sooner — it was like 400 pages before she even showed up. To consider her a “main character” seemed a bit disingenuous. The Russian “anti American communication” system also seemed a bit too far fetched for me. I wish Thor would have simply stuck with the idea of sleeper cells on American soil Not my favorite of the Scot Harvath stories, but still a fun read for spring break. It’s fast paced and entertaining. I did think (based on the back cover summary) that Alexandra would enter the story much sooner — it was like 400 pages before she even showed up. To consider her a “main character” seemed a bit disingenuous. The Russian “anti American communication” system also seemed a bit too far fetched for me. I wish Thor would have simply stuck with the idea of sleeper cells on American soil. Perhaps Harvath could have just spent the entirety of the novel chasing bad guys through American cities. Maybe? Finally — I’m not crazy about Harvath and Meg. I like my badass heroes to not be encumbered by love and women. Reacher is single — just how I like him. Rapp married that idiot Anna. Davenport is on like his third wife. I’d like Scot to be unattached as well. The women always just get in the way. Anyway, I really did enjoy the book — just not nearly as much as the others in this series. I’m certainly still going to read the next books! (I think Path of the Assassin is still my favorite.)

  15. 5 out of 5

    Pamela Mclaren

    Well, now I know. I'm just not that into spy thrillers any more. I remember in earlier days loving Dan Brown, Len Deighton and others, and loved them. But recently I attempted to read one and just couldn't get into it. So I tried another and that too failed to interest me. But State of the Union did grab my interest and kept it until I finished this novel of a U.S. under attack by the Russians. Perhaps its because of all that is happening in the news these days, but I did enjoy reading where a de Well, now I know. I'm just not that into spy thrillers any more. I remember in earlier days loving Dan Brown, Len Deighton and others, and loved them. But recently I attempted to read one and just couldn't get into it. So I tried another and that too failed to interest me. But State of the Union did grab my interest and kept it until I finished this novel of a U.S. under attack by the Russians. Perhaps its because of all that is happening in the news these days, but I did enjoy reading where a decorated navy seal fights against the clock to stop a nuclear holocaust. Not great about it, minute detail about the weapons, planes, ships, etc. — just not into it — and the Russians are really bad guys ... except for the beautiful soviet who ends up helping the Americans. Its a little to 70s/80sish. But as a break from other reading, not bad.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Corey

    Another full-throttle thriller by Thor! Non-stop action, and no-nonsense demeanor by Scot Harvath! In State of the Union, the 3rd entry in the series, Harvath has left the Secret Service and is now part of a Homeland Security agency fighting the War on Terrorism, known as the Office of International Investigative Assistance, (OIIA). Harvath's long-time friend and colleague Gary Lawlor has disappeared without a trace, while on assignment in Berlin, Harvath travels to find his him, only to find him Another full-throttle thriller by Thor! Non-stop action, and no-nonsense demeanor by Scot Harvath! In State of the Union, the 3rd entry in the series, Harvath has left the Secret Service and is now part of a Homeland Security agency fighting the War on Terrorism, known as the Office of International Investigative Assistance, (OIIA). Harvath's long-time friend and colleague Gary Lawlor has disappeared without a trace, while on assignment in Berlin, Harvath travels to find his him, only to find himself against a deadly enemy from the past, back from the days of the Soviet Union. Harvath, teamed with a CIA detachment, and the beautiful Alexandra Ivanova, an agent with Russian Intelligence, races to the streets of Berlin, the Coast of Finland, right into the heart of Mother Russia to stop a Russian Madman who plans to set off Nuclear Weapons in the US on the day of the President's State of the Union address. Entertaining from beginning to end!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ben

    Feel like I read this before, but it’s very good, character development for Scott Harvath. He’s transforming from the Secret Service agent to the Killer of Terrorists. This novel puts him against Russian government that wants to not just bring back Cold War but win the Cold War by nuking the USA.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sheri Gulde

    I was disappointed with this book. It was an abridged book audio provided by my library. Maybe if I had read it in the unabridged version, I would have liked it better. I enjoy Brad Thor as a storyteller. Truly love the character, Scot Harvath, especially in the later books of this series.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kiki Jones-Lopez

    Nothing like a little action from Scot Harvath. Good reads indeed. Thanks Brad Thor.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Bryan

    Great read. This is truly high adventure and intrigue!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Carmen

    Another in the series that keeps up the same intensity of the first and keeps the reader turning the page to see how the hero will defeat the enemy.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sheldon

    Thor scores a triple with this thriller. What could have made it a home run? I’m not sure. Did I enjoy it? Of course. And of course Scott saves the world. More important he has a future foil.. I think. Enjoy

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lawrence DeAngelus

    Another solid entry in the Scot Harvath canon, with lots of great action, beautiful women, and American special forces kicking the asses of people who want to bring us down. It turns out the Soviet Union was just playing dead when they retreated in the late 80's. After 20 years they're activating their sleepers and putting their plan of conquest into action. But they made the wrong move when they kidnapped and beat the snot out of Scot Harvath's good friend. And now it's on! Fun story, great act Another solid entry in the Scot Harvath canon, with lots of great action, beautiful women, and American special forces kicking the asses of people who want to bring us down. It turns out the Soviet Union was just playing dead when they retreated in the late 80's. After 20 years they're activating their sleepers and putting their plan of conquest into action. But they made the wrong move when they kidnapped and beat the snot out of Scot Harvath's good friend. And now it's on! Fun story, great action, lots of great detail on the equipment used to kick ass, as usual.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sheila

    I predicted the story at the beginning of the first chapter. Not impressed with the plot it was a drag.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Adam McAuley

    This was a pretty good story about Russian terrorists. 8.3/10

  26. 5 out of 5

    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 w 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 where the suitcases were before Scot Harvath did.) President Jack Rutledge receives a "ransom note" hidden within his daily NSA briefing folder. Evidently the Cold War has heated up again. And only a few people have access to the briefing folder. Who in his Administration can the POTUS trust. The State of the Union Address is only 10 days away. Rutledge does not want to give Russia what she wants. It would mean the ruination of America. Russia as the sole dominant World Power? Not on his watch. An old Cold War clandestine group is called into action, but 10 of the 12 men have been murdered; and of the two remaining members, one is missing - Gary Lawlor. Could Scot Harvarth's boss be a traitor? Or have the Russians killed him too. With time running out before the State of the Union address that the Russians expect Jack Rutledge to give - ceding to their demands, another terrifying discovery is made. For years the Russian have funneled their International Aid monies into into a top secret air defense system, that has just been activated rendering any conventional attack upon their country utterly ineffective. Out of options the President and his few trusted advisers turn to former Navy Seal and Secret Service Agent, Scot Harvarth. Assigned to a covert section of the Department of Homeland Security and charged with defending the nation against all foreign aggressors by any means necessary, Harvath finds himself hand-picked by the president to unravel a brilliantly orchestrated, fiendishly timed conspiracy that has already started to unravel relationships among nations. Pack warmly Scot, Russia is cold this time of year.

  27. 4 out of 5

    kartik narayanan

    Read the full review at my site Digital Amrit 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. Introduction ‘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 Read the full review at my site Digital Amrit 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. Introduction ‘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. Soviet Generals have been waiting for 15 years to enact their master plan to destroy the US once and for all. Scot Harvath’s mentor, Gary Lawlor is somehow tied up to all this and it is up to Scot Harvath to save the day. Recommendation ‘State of the Union’ is a return to form for Brad Thor. It is enjoyable, fast paced and has the age-old enemy – the Soviets – as the villain. While Scot Harvath continues his fall into the stereotypical alpha male stereotype, the plot and pacing more than make up for it. Brad Thor’s treatment of women characters continues to be great. But his tendency to write off old female characters while writing new ones in is beginning to get on my nerves. It looks like he wants the Bond babe-like characters in his novels on the one hand – pretty and disposable. On the other hand, he writes them so well, it is a waste of genuinely good characters. The fact Scot Harvath is one-dimensional adds insult to the injury. Having the Soviets as the villains makes for a nice change of pace. They are smart opponents and being white, the author cannot throw in his usual casual racism in the dialogues. The sense of paranoia from the spy thrillers in the 70s and 80s is also present in decent quantities. Overall, ‘State of the Union’ is a decent read. Go for it. Read the full review at my site Digital Amrit

  28. 4 out of 5

    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 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") Bauer . Now that would a team-up I would pay to read. I'm glad I am back on track with Brad Thor & Scot Harvath. I will wait a month or so and then get the next Harvath thriller: . One good thing about being so far behind in my Scot Harvath reading: I have many titles to look forward to.

  29. 4 out of 5

    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 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 technical descriptions of all the equipment Harvath and his compatriots are carrying - sometimes we might get by with just knowing the caliber and model number of the pistol, without being told about its grips, sight rails, trigger pull, and all three sighting systems. Now, having said all that, you might conclude that I didn't like the book - well, that would be wrong. The book was fairly entertaining, and the plot was unique. I just wish it had been better polished.

  30. 4 out of 5

    J.D.

    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 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 to let his good guys kick serious ass for 400 or so pages. Sure, it's all been done, but it's enjoyable to watch it be done with panache. I wouldn't suggest a diet of this sort of thing any more than I'd suggest eating every day at McDonald's, but EVERYTHING doesn't have to be Michael Chabon, you know? Relax and enjoy the ride.

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