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
I've been listening to audio books for quite some time, and this is the first time I've been motivated to write a review. Extreme Measures turned out to be a an Extreme Pleasure to read (listen). Take it for what it is, sit back, and enjoy. I've listened to one other Vince Flynn book and have gotten to like the characters. This book has gotten me already on the edge of my seat waiting for the next one.
It might not be your cup of tea, but I like the outlook of the characters on the G.W.O.T. (not called "overseas contingency operations"), but then again, I like Clint Eastwoods movies too. So, this is a meat and potatoes kind of book with heroes that don't have a vegan mindset on life. If you don't like red meat, this book isn't for you!
Give me more! If Mitch and Jack Bouer joined forces we would have nothing to worry about.
I love listening to audiobooks at the gym, and so I always look for a high-speed page-turner.
This Vince Flynn was pretty good, not quite as spellbinding as, say, "Consent to Kill," or "Transfer of Power." The narrator was good, pacing fine, and of course I can always get behing a good Mitch Rapp butt-kicking.
Maybe it's just me, but I often got confused when the narrator lived in the Middle-Eastern characters' lives - same voice for all of them, I thought, and often didn't know who was supposed to be talking.
This audiobook kept me on the treadmill, but it didn't have me ratcheting up my speed.
A good read without a lot of filler. It was well written and characters were clearly defined. Plot and subject matter is very relevant and revealing.
This is a very well done book. The reader is also excellent and allows you to follow the story very easily. Timely subject.
One of the most enjoyable reads ever. This is expert writing with amazing drama. I have enjoyed all of the Mitch Rapp stories but this one has a terrifying note of truth and realism that all doves should read. Basically I was a dove util I read this fictional work.
George Guidall is an absolutely brilliant narrator whose character voices are work of art.
I have been a fan of Vince Flynn for a while, but this is one of his best books yet. At one point I couldn't put it down. I laughed, I had my heart strings pulled, I got angry and I cheered Rapp on to get the bad guys. I love a book that can get me emotionally invested in it and this is one of them. The Narrator was top notch too.
Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 11-year-old daughter.
Not surprisingly, many reviewers had difficulty separating their political leanings on the "war on terror" with this work of fiction. I did also but still was able to appreciate the book for the edge-of-your-seat suspense that it provided. How the book ends is not as predictable as I originally thought it would be. I can't say much more than that without creating spoilers. Apart from the terrorism angle, I particularly enjoyed the fallout when Nash's son gets into trouble for beating up one of his friends. It's almost a metaphor for the major plot line of the book. Many will love this book. A few others will hate it. But even the haters will like it if they can ignore their political leanings and just jump into the story. I wish that more loose ends were tied at the conclusion, but I guess that's what sequels are for.
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
I'm glad I came late to the Mitch Rapp books. This is the fifth I've read and fortunately both the sixth and seventh are available for instant gratification. I know I'd be pissed if finishing this I discovered it was PART 1 and that I'd have to wait a year for "Pursuit Of Honor" which is, "Extreme Measures" Part Deux! That felt a tad like shabby marketing.
As for the book: I'm the choir and Flynn's the preacher... but he does go on a tad in this book. Got the point about the value of discomforting captured terrorists and obstructionist politicians before I opened this novel. It is a case a bit ham-handedly over-made here. Flynn is convinced that a conservative politician is a liberal who's been terrorized. Not sure it's that easy, many do believe in their moral-compass for reasons deeper than personal aggrandizement and consequently don't float about in bubbles so easily burst by zealot-powered bullets. Guidall did a great job of selling this one.Overall I liked it, and recommend it to those who have listened to other unabridged Rapp books. But beware... it is only PART 1(!!!) and probably should have included the entire story into space created by the surgical excision of some of the book's sermonizing. I'm hoping that Vince Flynn is not becoming too commercially important to be given and to accept editorial advice.
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