Now that the initial shock of the catastrophe is over, key Washington officials are up in arms over whether to make friends or foes of the agents who stepped between the enemy's bullets and countless American lives regardless of the legal consequences. Not for the first time, Rapp finds himself in the frustrating position of having to illustrate the realities of national security to politicians whose view from the sidelines is inevitably obstructed.
Meanwhile, three of the al Qaeda terrorists are still at large, and Rapp has been unofficially ordered to find them by any means necessary. No one knows the personal, physical, and emotional sacrifices required of the job better than Rapp. When he sees Nash cracking under the pressure of the mission and the memories of the horrors he witnessed during the terrorist attack, he makes a call he hopes will save his friend, assuage the naysayers on Capitol Hill, and get him one step closer to the enemy before it's too late.
Once again, Rapp proves himself to be a hero unafraid "to walk the fine line between the moral high ground and violence" (The Salt Lake Tribune) for our country's safety, for the sake of freedom, for the pursuit of honor.
©2009 Vince Flynn; (P)2009 Simon & Schuster
"Flynn demonstrates that he truly understands the psyche of the enemy.... Really scary, so realistic." (BookReporter.com)
Fascinating book and well written. Mr Vince Flynn seems to have conducted "Clancy" type research for his books. And this book is just as well researched. Unfortunately, I had to turn it turn it off due to explicit language. I understand it is part of our lives but do I have to listen to it for enjoyment and relaxation times as well.
This book would have been better if there was another Narrator.This Narrator sounds like an old man. I know he is very popular but I cannot imagine why.
If you enjoy being subjected to several right wing tirades within the context of his least well written book then this dud is for you. I've read or listened to all of Flynn's previous books, but this is the last. Sermons, I don't need.
First time in three years of reading audible books I was tempted to not finish a book. I read thrillers all the time where the good guys break or ignore the constitution and break laws to get the bad guys and eat it up. But lacking a real story or plot, Flynn's main character spends most of the book railing against the cowardly liberals who would want to muzzle the CIA. Caricatures of abortion loving senators are made foils for our brave CIA agent Rapp. Hogwash. Use your credits on an episode of "24" instead of this trash.
I've been a fan of Vince Flynn... and have really enjoyed several other Mitch Rapp books. This one was a little over the top with the right-wing propoganda. For example, at one point there is a long lecture on the evils of abortion. Regardless of one's viewpoint on the subject... it was out of place in a spy action thriller. Vince should stay off his soap box and stick to the action.
A good story with great characters. But be ready for some heavy-handed exposition and major deck stacking. The book could have been stronger if the long, anti-democracy diatribes had been shortened or left out completely. The Rapp series really seems to exist to make a political point and the preachy passages detracted from the book as literature. As another reviewer pointed out, righties will love this book. The characters inhabit a world where the end really does justify the means. It fits into a possibly new category: propaganda fiction.
If you believe and agree with the propaganda put out daily on "Fix News", you will love this book. You will especially like the way Flynn portrays the character in the story who believes in the Constitution and the rule of law as a booze guzzling weak hypocritical fool. He even has a "psychologist" labeling this man a narcissist! You will also like the way this "psychologist" fails to see the even more pathological, sado-masochistic and narcissist behavior demonstrated by Rapp and his buddy Healy. You will absolutely love the way Rapp and Healy set themselves up as God, Judge, Jury, and executioners! Terrorists are scary, but the appalling arrogance of Rapp and Healy combined with their trigger happy violent personalities are a much greater danger to our democracy than any terrorist could ever be. If you are a Dick Cheney fan, this is definitely the book for you! (Last I heard he had very low approval ratings with the American people). If you love our Constitution and if you believe democracy can work, then you will not like this book. If you would like to see our country become even more of a plutocracy and have our Constitution thrown away (which would make the terrorists very happy), then you will absolutely enjoy reading this story. This is my last Vince Flynn novel. If I want to be fed right wing propaganda I'll just tune my television to "Fix News" thank-you!
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