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)
I've read all of the Mitch Rapp books up to this one. He has slowly become a caricature of a hero. Worst of all, the book is boring. Flynn is suffering from the Tom Clancy disease. The first few books are excellent with a focus on the suspense, and less on partisan storytelling. The last books clearly show Flynn's politics. The CIA can do no wrong, and any dissent and oversight of the CIA is a show of weakness and disregard for national security. I have a healthy respect for the CIA and the use of what some people may feel is the use of questionable tactics in dealing with terror suspects, but this book goes well across that line. Rapp has gone from hero to thug (though not in the author's mind). I enjoyed Flynn's first three books immensely, so I may give the next Rapp book a try, but the quality will have to improve a lot, for me to continue with the series.
The immense detail of the fight scene at the Russian nightclub could have been scrapped. It added nothing to the story.
The performance was good, but the material was mediocre at best.
The book works in action and politics in a way that is in your face with action but not so much with the politics. It has a point to make but it is quite palatable even if I don't always agree. Just done really well. In this book and the last one the characters have gotten more complex, its not just the good guys and the bad guys in this one. Characters are conflicted and more complex. It makes the book all the more interesting to have this bit of nuance. This is no classical literature but it is damned entertaining and not at all low-brow either.
Love all the books in this series, so far, except one by another narrator. George Guidall is a remarkable narrator (one of my absolute favorites!) and brings all the characters to life. The story line is actually very believable given the world that we currently live in - pretty scary! Fantastic listen!
I am a long haul owner operator truck driver, listening to audio books has been a salvation for me.
Mitch Rapp is a fantastic Hero character to follow. If you like hard hitting no bull type characters, this is the series to follow.
Mitch Rapp, he is tough, hard hitting, with a heart. He has had personal loss and takes killing the bad guys very personally. He won't rest til they're all dead :)
When he wins
When Mitch gets the last word with the bleeding heart liberals.
George Guidall does a fantastic job with all the characters in this series. I love the way he makes Mitch Rapp sound like the bad ass that he is.
I was angry that Flynn had trashed the spy genre to promote right wing political ideas.
Apparently, Flynn wrote this novel to please Rush Limbaugh. This political pandering watered down the plot and almost destroyed the story for me.
Mitch shares the stage with another CIA agent and we see another side of terrorist.
This book reminds us that terrorism is a constant threat and it's target is us.
The right voice with the right inflections.
We continue to enjoy the Mitch Rapp series. Vince Flynn has found a way to keep each book new and exciting.
George Guidell has a voice you love to listen to. He is the best and I wouldn't mind listening to his voice all day. The story was great - and certainly worth another listen. I love this series.
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