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State of the Union (Scot Harvath Series #3)

State of the Union (Scot Harvath Series #3)

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by Brad Thor

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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


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.

Editorial Reviews

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. (Jan.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher
"Frighteningly real."

Ottawa Citizen

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

— Nelson DeMille

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Pocket Books
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Scot Harvath Series , #3
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4.10(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.30(d)

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What I want, Chuck, is ten minutes of peace and quiet so I can think," snapped the president to his chief of staff.

Charles Anderson had never seen his boss like this. Then again, America had never faced a situation of this magnitude before. With less than three hours until he was expected to deliver his State of the Union address, President Jack Rutledge had already made the tough decision of evacuating Congress and settling on a videotaped address from the White House. The hardest call, though, still lay before him.

"Okay, people," voiced Anderson. "You heard the president. Let's give him the room. Everybody out. We'll reconvene in the Situation Room."

Once the Oval Office had cleared out, the president leaned back in his chair, closed his eyes and massaged his forehead with the heels of his hands. His oath of office called for him to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution — a body of laws, which obliged him, "to give to Congress information of the State of the Union and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient." Never in a million years could he have imagined that the execution of his duties would lead to the unraveling of everything America had fought to become.

He was reminded of the first State of the Union address given by George Washington over two hundred years ago at New York's Federal Hall. With the country in the fledgling stages of its great democratic experiment, Washington had focused on the very concept of union itself and the challenges not only of establishing, but of maintaining it.

How in the hell had things come to this? Rutledge wondered as he opened his eyes and studied the two folders on the desk in front of him. Each contained a different version of his State of the Union address, and each had the potential to be equally devastating. The fate of millions of Americans would be decided by what he said and did in the next three hours.

Though not a particularly religious man, President Jack Rutledge closed his eyes once again and this time prayed to God for guidance.

Copyright © 2004 by Brad Thor

Meet the Author

Brad Thor is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Foreign Agent, Code of Conduct, Act of War, Hidden Order, Black List, Full Black (one of Suspense Magazine’s best political thrillers of 2011), The Athena Project, Foreign Influence (one of Suspense Magazine’s best political thrillers of 2010), The Apostle, The Last Patriot (nominated best thriller of the year by the International Thriller Writers Association), The First Commandment, Takedown, Blowback (recognized as one of the “Top 100 Killer Thrillers of All Time” by NPR), State of the Union, Path of the Assassin, and The Lions of Lucerne. Visit his website at BradThor.com.

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State of the Union: A Thriller 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 204 reviews.
McNutt More than 1 year ago
This is the 3rd book in a series of 10. I would suggest reading the series in order because they refer back to characters and events that happened previously. I find the Scot Harvath series to be on a par with Griffin, Ludlom, Flynn books. If you are into books on Terrorist threats and our government fighting against them, I highly recommend this series of books from Brad Thor.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Brad Thor did a great job holding my attention. After starting the book, I did not want to put it down. Reading this book has made me want to read more in his series. This book has opened my eyes on the view that not every country likes America. It seems to be posible that the book might actually take place in my life time. A few of the newer telivesion showes have picked up on Thor's ideas about the suitcase nukes and put a new spin so we can relate to it more like Fox's 24 with Jack Bauer. Once you read this book you will want to read his next work.
sbd1988 More than 1 year ago
Was the end of the Cold War just a ploy of the Russians playing possum? In State of the Union, the third book of Brad Thor's series about fictional Secret Service agent Scot Harvath, the Russians did just that! And now there's a plot to destroy the United States! The president, his forces, and Scot Harvath have to race against time to stop the beyond evil plot and save the United States. I found this book a great start to the Ultimate Reading Adventure because it was non-stop action and adventure that takes the reader from the United States to Germany, Norway, Russia, and back home again. I have read the other books in the series previous to reading this one, so I knew the background information about Scot Harvath, the leading guy in this story; however, Brad Thor does a great job of reminding the reader of the important information of Harvath's character. My favorite new character in the novel was Herman the German because of his humor, especially when relating to his pistols, Helga and Kristina. State of the Union has everything the reader could want: humor, action / adventure, romance, suspense, and emotion. The overall message of the whole series is standing up for what you believe, even if it means risking life and limb; Scot Harvath lives by this message, and with every page, he stands up and fights for the American way of life, even if it means that he can't go to his father's memorial service that he had planned with his mother.
organicwench More than 1 year ago
I am only half way through this book, but I can say that so far this is my kind of book - mystery, intrigue, action, edge of your seat reading. A bunch of good bad ass guys outsmarting the bad guys. I love political thrillers. Totally entertaining.
loves_to_readEV More than 1 year ago
I loved this book - I could not put it down. I have read a few of his books, and while the Lions one is probably his best known and that was good as well - I think State of the Union was by far his best!
ryan18 More than 1 year ago
what else can i say? this book was simply amazing. A MUST READ BOOK FOR EVERYONE!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Since I picked up the first of his books I have been hooked. The book is action packed and is a hard book to put down. I was not disappointed with the lastest Scot Harvath story. You really get into the story and I found myself excited from the first page. If you like action, espianage, police procedurals you will love this book. Try this and you will be hooked on the whole series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fight scenes were very week
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Pads in. "I am here to take moonkit to my my clan." Glares at deathclaw. "A clan thats not heartless." Looks at moonkit. "Would you like to come to emberclan? Youll be loved there. And there is plenty of playmates."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He padded in and looked down at Shadowclaw, "Do you need help convincing her?"
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Runs in
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as all of his books they stand alone
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I just recently got hooked on Brad Thor. All his books so far are an excellent read. If you've read Lee Childs and David Baldacci you'll love Brad Thor as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excuse me, but did a chapter or two at the end get left out of my copy of this book? Nope, went back through and checked. Clancy and Flynn are dead, God rest their souls, and Coonts seems to be retired, so what can a poor boy turn to? I have read three Brad Thor books. Enjoyed the first two, but the ending on this one is SO BAD that I am compelled, after reading over 100 books on Nook (most of them of this genre), to write my first review. It's like Thor wrote most of it, put it away for a couple of years, and came back to finish it in 30 minutes. A TOTAL waste of time. STAY AWAY.
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This book will keep you on the edge of your seat. While it is a tad hard to believe, it certainly keeps your interest and makes you want to read more of this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
State of the Union is a thriller about the united states being told what to do by the Russians under a nuclear threat. I do not usually read books for fun I actually read this book as a project for school but this book turned out to be a ton of fun to read. This book is about a ex navy seal, and secret service agent who has to find the nuclear weapons that the Russians hid throughout large highly populated cites across the united states. This book is full of twists and turns even in the very beginning making you want to keep reading. Also when I first got this book I did not even realize that this was the third of a series but when reading the book it was still easy to follow, and I will read some of the other books of Brad Thor's Scott Havarth series on my own. This book was not what I expected when I first got it the book was fun to read an it was hard to stop reading after you really got into it
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