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State of the Union: A Thriller by Brad Thor
Review by Linda Marie Schumacher
Pocket Books Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781451607925
Date: 22 February 2011 List Price $9.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /

In State of the Union, by Brad Thor, a group of cold-war Russian generals execute a plot to economically cripple the United States. The book opens at their clandestine meeting in rural Russia. The generals hate the free-market economy that Russia has become since the Cold War and are determined to bring Russia back to the world power it had been before. Their plan involves suitcase nuclear bombs that have been strategically placed around the US and have been maintained by sleeper terrorists for the last twenty years -- since the end of the Cold War. To avoid their threat, US President Jack Rutledge must deliver the State of the Union address with words that economically cripple the US, and therefore move Russia to the top world power.

Former Navy Seal and Secret Service agent Scot Harvath receives a call that his services are required immediately in Washington, DC. Harvath is now part of the Office of International Investigative Assistance (OIIA). OIIA is a branch of the Department of Homeland Security and represents the full muscle of the US government to neutralize and prevent terrorism and protect US interests globally.

Another US OIIA operative, Gary Lawlor recently disappeared and is believed to have turned to a Russian spy. Lawlor is a family friend of Harvath and pseudo-father. Harvath does not believe the story about Lawlor and attempts to clear him. That is where the real action begins. Known to very few people in the US, Lawlor is head of a US group that maintains nuclear weapons similar to the Russian group. They have been activated, although almost all have been caught and murdered by the Russians.

Without revealing too much more of the plot, Harvath has to sort out all this mess. Lawlor disappears. Harvath calls in his old spy contacts in Europe. They need to track down the remaining men of Lawlor's crew and also decipher the Russian group and stop them. The story is non-stop action and very fun to read.

One of the things I find humorous is Harvath. We know Harvath is a former Seal and a real tough guy. Seals have been in the news a great deal lately due to the Bin Laden raid and we understand that they are great, mentally and physically tough people. Harvath, however, seems to approach superman. It's great for the story and adds to the action that makes the story so great, but some of the action the men and women in the book pull off seem a little too much, even for Seals. Anyway, that's the only bad point I can find about State of the Union, so obviously, the book is great and well worth reading.

I loved State of the Union and I highly recommend it.

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