Rapp needs the best on this assignment, and Nash, who has served his government honorably for 16 years first as an officer in the Marine Corps and then as an operative in an elite counterterrorism team run by Rapp is his choice. Together, they have made careers out of meeting violence with extreme violence and have never wavered in the fight against the jihadists and their culture of death. Both have fought the war on terrorism in secret without accolades or acknowledgment of their personal sacrifices. Both have been forced to lie to virtually every single person they care about, and both have soldiered on with the knowledge that their hard work and lethal tactics have saved thousands of lives.
But the political winds have changed in America, and certain leaders on Capitol Hill are pushing to have men like Rapp and Nash put back on a short leash. And then one spring afternoon in Washington, DC, everything changes.
Using his insider knowledge of intelligence agencies and the military, Flynn once again delivers an all-too-real portrayal of a war that is that is waged every day by a handful of brave, devoted souls. Smart, fast-paced, and jaw-droppingly realistic, Extreme Measures is the political thriller of our time.
©2008 Vince Flynn; ©2008 Simon & Schuster
This is an enjoyable book to listen to and it keeps your interest for the most part. However, all the characters are one-dimensional and simplistic. There are no suprises- people do exactly what you would expect them to do, and so the plot is limited to following the action. The action is good, although it makes up only a small part of the entirety. For reasons beyond my comprehension, the author thinks the reader will be interested in the details of changing a diaper. This description was quite detailed and accurate, and suggests the author had direct experience. How nice. Pity he didnt put the same effort into his characters.
Great book, couldn't stop listening. Only problem is that you have withdrawals when it ends. Hoping for the continued adventures of Mitch and friends.
I couldn't wait to listen to this book. At the end I had the feeling that in his next book, Mitch Rapp is going to "throw in the towel" due to the policiticians and the PC environment. Mike Nash is probably going to be the next leading character for additional books.
This book had a sub story line in the character of Mike Nash and his home life. Although this added pages and chapters it did not do much for the story line, other than show the dedication of the men and women who really fight the war.
Another good book from Mr. Flynn but is not as focused on the story line as he was in the first or second book.
Still, for the fans of Flynn, the thrill continues.
Must like the main characters, be intelligently written and feel like I learned something at the end.
My first novel by this author, but finished it wishing I had saved my credit. The author repeatedly bludgeons the reader with over-simplified and stereotypically ideas - e.g. all politicians are corrupt or useless (yawn) etc etc Yes, we know that extreme times call for extreme measures, but this gray area is never fully fleshed out in the characters who, by the way, are very two dimensional. Instead, we are repeatedly beaten down by how our CIA types need a free hand to practice torture because the bad guys don't follow the same rules. For those who want character development, well developed plot lines and something close to intellectual stimulation - don't bother with this one. It belongs on the 4.99 sale rack at the local drugstore.
I am a big Vince Flynn fan. However, the narrator's voice made me feel as though I was listening to a 'lifeless' story with my hero and all around him sounding as tired old men. Bummer!
Most of the story is around internal politics and bureaucracy, not about hunting the bad guys.
Not as impressed as Flynn's other books.
Book starts out interesting and then diverts into a pitch in favor of the use of torture "extreme measures". Author focuses on his political views and loses sight of the story's need to be entertaining. Works too hard to discredit those who oppose "extreme measures" and becomes boring. I was not looking for a political speech (not that I disagree with his politics) but rather was looking for a thriller.
A message that only fans of Alberto Gonzalez and Dick Chaney will appreciate is put forth through a shallow plot and shallow characters. Very uninspirational and a general waste of time.
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