It's just seven days before Memorial Day, and a spike in CIA intelligence has pointed to a major terrorist attack on the United States. Now it's up to counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp to pull out all the stops.
Rapp immediately leaves for Afghanistan, where he leads a special forces unit on a daring commando raid across the border into a remote Pakistani village. Their target: an al-Qaeda stronghold. Rapp and his team soon discover plans for a catastrophic nuclear attack on Washington, DC. Information is quickly relayed back to CIA headquarters, and a nuclear emergency support team scrambles to the scene. In a few hours, the freighters have been located and disarmed and the danger has been averted. Or has it?
Mitch Rapp can't shake the feeling that the operation seemed just a bit too easy. Rapp follows his instincts on a quest to unearth the whole truth. What he finds is truly terrifying, and with Memorial Day closing fast, Rapp must find a way to prevent a disaster of unimaginable proportions.
©2004 Vince Flynn (P)2011 Simon & Schuster
"The king of high-concept political intrigue." (Dan Brown)
"You'll be hooked....Move over, Jack Ryan!" (Portland Oregonian)
This is more an action/adventure story, as opposed to a real spy novel. None the less it was a fun an enjoyable listen with much military detail (specifically the opening battle scene) that really felt authentic. I found my self googling weapons and vehicles he identified. The reading is fantastic, but George Guidall's voice is so distinct it takes you out of this story and back to previous characters. For me it was Roland the Gun Slinger. But again, he reads so well it's worth the distraction for the first portion of the story. I'm not going right on to the next book in the Rapp series, but I do look forward to it.
I've listened to the ones I haven't read, sometimes the ones I have read. Think George Guidall has a great sound for Mitch. I'm waiting for the next book and hope Flynn and Guidall pair up for all.
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!
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!
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