And Flynn leaves no doubt where he comes down on the question. "Extreme measures" are always justified, and anyone who disagrees is a wrong thinking, empty headed, naive moron living a life of ease built on the sacrifice of the strong willed, steely eyed saviors who are willing to ignore the rule of law. Flynn takes a difficult moral dilemma and resolves it in favor of allowing anyone with the goal of "protecting the innocent victim and the American way" do anything they feel justified in doing.
A fairly glaring example of Flynn's rather shallow analysis of the issue comes when Flynn alleges that the FBI wouldn't hesitate to infiltrate a Baptist Church to seek out terrorists but won't infiltrate a Mosque. I don't know how old Flynn is, but I can remember the days when the FBI did infiltrate Baptist Churches in search of the minions of that dangerous subversive Martin Luther King. Dozens (hundreds?) of steely eyed saviors followed the illegal orders of J. Edgar Hoover to spy on Americans who questioned the Viet Nam war or who believed that the time had long since come to address the treatment of African Americans in this country. Following those glory days, Congress did revisit the issue of domestic spying and asked hard questions about how we protect this nation without sacrificing the principles that make it unique. This is a nuanced issued, and, with apologies to Mitch Rapp, not everyone desiring to employ "Extreme Measures" is a "God Damned American Hero."
As far as the book, it is a fair story well told. However, I did not think that the blow-off lived up to the hype. I expected a lot of action in the closing chapters, and the attacks seemed hardly worth the trouble. It was almost like Flynn got bored with his story and just wanted to wind it up. If I could give it 2.5 stars, I would. But it isn't worth 3.
Found the lectures on pro-torture, pro-violence, pro-war, pro assasination, pro neo-con ideology, anti Arab,anti Islamic values and extreme right wing politics just not my cup of tea. Fans of the Bush and Cheney era will feel right at home with this one.
Waste of my time.
I have read every one of this author's novels. This one was a terrible disappointment. This was too much of a right wing propaganda vehicle and , unlike his previous works,not a cleverly crafted political suspense novel. I would recommend those but would view with suspicion any further novels.
I agree that this work is a extremely thinly disguised polemic. I don't disagree with the political view represented within, but there is little of fictional substance. This is by far the weakest of the four Flynn books that I have read.
I found it a complete waste of my time and credits.
A number of the fictitious thrillers have a definite liberal bent. This one takes a decidedly more pragmatic view of enhanced interrogation and how the debate is played out in the public arena. I liked hearing the conservative viewpoint.
The story is particularly interesting in light of our nation's recent tussle over waterboarding.
Think of a season of 24 in book format, and substitute the legislative branch for the executive branch, and you will get a pretty close approximation of Extreme Measures. On the other hand, I think that 24 has much more developed characters than this piece.
Clearly, this isn't great writing, but it is fun storytelling with a political bent.