State of the Union (Scot Harvath Series #3)

( 194 )

Overview

"On a cold January morning, the United States awakes to discover than 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
... See more details below
Paperback (Mass Market Paperback)
$9.21
BN.com price
(Save 7%)$9.99 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (22) from $4.36   
  • New (8) from $5.31   
  • Used (14) from $4.35   
State of the Union (Scot Harvath Series #3)

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK Study
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$8.54
BN.com price
(Save 14%)$9.99 List Price

Overview

"On a cold January morning, the United States awakes to discover than 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 handpicked 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.
Read More Show Less

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

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451607925
  • Publisher: Pocket Books
  • Publication date: 2/22/2011
  • Series: Scot Harvath Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 592
  • Sales rank: 772
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Brad Thor

Brad Thor is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of 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.

Read More Show Less

Read an Excerpt

PROLOGUE

WASHINGTON, D.C.

TUESDAY EVENING, JANUARY 28TH

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

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4
( 194 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(86)

4 Star

(76)

3 Star

(22)

2 Star

(5)

1 Star

(5)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 195 Customer Reviews
  • Posted July 6, 2012

    Great Series

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    I have only just recently gotten into Thor's Harvath series afte

    I have only just recently gotten into Thor's Harvath series after finishing up everything written by Flynn. After fnishing Lions of Lucerne and Path of the Assassin, and getting about 2/3 of the way through this one, I will say that Thor is an attention-grabber and his works are page-turners. One can very clearly see Thor's writing style develop from his first book (Lions) to this one; whereas early on, in Lions, one could tell that this author was feeling his way along, as his character development was a little thin and he provided too many extraneous details (e.g., Scot pulled out his H&K, then he screwed on the silencer, then he slid the slide back to check on a round, then he closed his coat, then he crouched, etc...), now Thor uses situations within the story itself to flesh out a character's background and extraneous descriptions are cut down (but not to a minimum).

    The story in State of the Union was immediately an attention-grabber for me, having always been fascinated with the Cold War. The scenario seems entirely plausible and questions of each faction's motivations, ultimate goals and the consequences of every action (or possible action) taken are logical and well-thought out. To this point, I would say that this is Thor's best work yet and it is clear that he has learned from certain mistakes/shortcomings in his previous ones.

    If I had to compare the two authors, I would rank Flynn as a superior author and story-teller. Flynn patronizes his readers less, allowing them to think more for themselves and does not feel the need to take time out from the plot to simply describe mundane details or provide background facts; he simply allows his stories to do that for him. While Thor's trajectory is clearly approaching this point (and maybe to-date he has reached it. I have not read enough of his works as of yet to form a conclusion), he is not quite there as of yet in State of the Union. Still, if you are seeking a solid, action-packed read and are into the whole thriller/espionage genre, Thor is worth picking up. If you are new to the genre entirely, I would recommend starting with either of Flynn's Transfer of Power (Mitch Rapp #1), Term Limits (Flynn's first book, set in the same universe as the Rapp series, but not featuring Mitch Rapp) or American Assassin (the second-to-last Rapp novel, but first chronologically).

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted April 28, 2011

    Want Action? You got it!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted February 24, 2010

    Action packed

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted September 28, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    Thor's Best Book

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted October 28, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    WOW!

    what else can i say? this book was simply amazing. A MUST READ BOOK FOR EVERYONE!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2007

    State of the Union

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2004

    Yet another Great book from Brad Thor

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    Top Notch Suspense

    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.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2014

    Minionlight's Desk

    A desk which is basically just a rock. Her focus is warrior RPs, assissasin groups, and wolf packs, but she do others. Her bio is next res.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2013

    State of the Union is a thriller about the united states being t

    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


    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2013

    Great Series

    The books are real page turners. Love the action and suspense. Cannot wait to see what happens next.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2013

    Love This series

    This is a great series. Must read for any fan of Vince Flynn, Tom Clancy etc.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2013

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2013

    Check it out

    If you like vince Flynn you'll truly enjoy brad Thor but start with book 1of series and grow with the character. You won't be sorry

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted December 28, 2012

    One of my favorites!

    I am a Brad Thor fan and he doesn't disappoint in this book. I found it hard to put down.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2012

    Not his best

    Very good. Confusing in the final chapters, but that could be me. On to number 4!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2012

    What a ride!

    State of the Union by Brad Thor is an exciting page-turner of a book. Wonderfully written. Thoroughly researched. An edge of your seat thriller. I recommend that you read the series in order, but each book does stand on its own. Love it.

    I have such deep admiration for the men and women who serve the USA around the world in ways that cannot be discussed publicly. They are patriots who should be honored if not with medals and such, certainly in our hearts. I am amazed at the exploits of Scot Harvath and of Mitch Rapp, the Vince Flynn character. I am hooked on both series.

    Check it out. If you love thrillers, you will love this one.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2012

    Action

    keep reading. Just don't know what is going to happen next.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted July 6, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    I love Brad Thor and his character Scot Harvath. His books are fast paced and good reads. I am in the process of making my way through all of the Scot Harvath Series. Haven't found a clunker yet.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 195 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)