Out In The Garden
I loved it. . . from start to finish it was fantastic. I listened to the book while I was on the treadmill. Each day I looked forward to exercising just to hear the book. Yesterday I went a half-hour longer just to keep listening!
Another great by Vince Flynn! We will miss listening to this "to close to home" reality of our times. Cannot wait until Mitch Rapp surfaces again! He is our hero!
A guilty pleasure, it was hard to stop listening, but if and when I stopped to think, even for an instant, I readily recognized what a trite, shallow, two dimensional piece of fluff Memorial Day is. The Bad Guys (all Muslims, of course), are sleazy, lying little bastards. One "good Muslim" is briefly thrown in for a trivial attempt to minimize the book's otherwise bigoted tone. It's reminiscent of those movies and TV shows from decades past that allowed for one "good Negro" to counterbalance an otherwise racist presentation. Almost worse than the Bad Guys are the Liberals, who dare to believe in such impediments as the rule of law, the US Constitution, and limitations on torturing the Muslims-even those who are also American citizens. So if you're a right-wing yay-hoo who believes that we should unleash CIA assassins to do whatever they want in the name of our national security, then this is the pablum for you. If you believe that putting unchecked power in the hands of such people would destroy American freedom, or even if you think there ought to be a little balance, then this is not your book.
The narrator is OK, and does a nice job with the gruff and growly hero/assassin, Mitch Rapp, but I agree with some of the reviewers who said he does a pretty bad job on the women. But then, so does the author: reducing two of the three female characters, whose principal offense is that they're trying to uphold the rule of law (i.e., tying Rapp's hands) to whiny, officious, insincere and despicable characters. But thank goodness, we have One Good Token Woman, too, the Director of CIA, who is willing to bend the rules just so Rapp can Do His Thing.
Very well done. Liked the details and character build up is very well put together. Good story if you like Spy vs. Spy books.
Who have thought? Vince Flynn really does a superb job weaving his story. I can't wait to get some of his other works! If you like Tom Clancy, you'll love this.
I am an action/adventure thriller fan, generally. This is my first Vince Flynn book, though, and it's not for me. If you think we don't torture enough people, (they're Arabs! They must know something!) or are attracted to characters that are caricatures (the men are all steely-eyed and lantern jawed, if we are supposed to admire them, and the women are all liberal shrews, if we are supposed to hate them), and you generally believe that people who serve our country in non-military capacities are all too dumb to live, you might have fun with this book. Mitch Rapp might be the most anti-social main character ever written.
I have enjoyed other books by this reader, though and I think he does a fine job with the narration.
Mitch Rapp is a bad dude and I'm glad he's on our side. That was my second book in the Mitch Rapp series and all I got to say is...next!
A book lover with varied interests: history, political and technical and economic thrillers, mysteries, crime dramas, futuristic fantasy.
Of the three Vince Flynn books I have read, Memorial Day is by far the most entertaining. The nonstop action and political intrigue kept me involved until the very end. As always, Mitch Rapp continues his inexhaustible pursuit of the sworn enemies of the United States. Vince Flynn takes a combustible situation and combines it with bodacious brutality in a last ditch effort to save America from her enemies.
Excellent book, exciting from beginning to end. You will not be disappointed in this book. Vince Flynn is without a doubt the best at bringing a story together and keeping your interest all the way through.
I liked the plot a lot, but I keep waiting for someone to write a thriller that DOESN'T include Muslim terrorists mumbling Allah Hu Akbar and being given no deeper insight into why any individual would be hell bent to blow up lots of people. I know it suits American tastes to simplify these villains, but I guess I keep hoping against hope that someone will write one with just a little more depth.
I like the Rabb character - I don't even mind that he tortures people with impunity - but again, this perpetuation of the ticking time bomb scenario is getting old. Wouldn't it be nice to read about a character who DID decide torture was necessary but had even a moment of doubt about how the decision to do so has lasting ramifications for a civil society who indulges it it?
Meh, perhaps I'm expecting to much of a thriller. This one is no better or worse than those very similar to it.