In one bloody night, three of Washington’s most powerful politicians are executed with surgical precision. Their assassins then deliver a shocking ultimatum to the American government: set aside partisan politics and restore power to the people. No one, they warn, is out of their reach—not even the president. A joint FBI-CIA task force reveals the killers are elite military commandos, but no one knows exactly who they are or when they will strike next. Only Michael O’Rourke, a former U.S. Marine and freshman congressman, holds a clue to the violence: a haunting incident in his own past with explosive implications for his country’s future.
©2009 Vince Flynn (P)2011 Simon & Schuster
"A page-turning read." (Larry King, USA Today)
"Ingenious....Outpaces anything recently published, including Baldacci and Clancy." (Florida Times-Union)
"A roller-coaster, edge-of-your-seat thriller with loads of insiders' lowdown on D.C. politics." (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)
this book was interesting from the very beginning to the very end not at all predictable and certainly a good representation of the frustrations that many service members must feel
incredible story telling of a well crafted espionage tale. narration is gold standard due to we'll differentiated voices...never got lost as to who was speaking. Story hits close to home.
Live near Yosemite National Park. Listen to Audible books while hiking.
This was an exciting story but was about as realistic as a Marvel comic book story. The hero was barely discernable as there were several other heroic characters described in the plot. The story was about a group of retired Seals and Rangers who began murdering corrupt politicians in D.C. and presenting demands that the remaining politicos stop playing partisan politics and reduce the debt. These killers can’t be caught because, well, they are Seals and Rangers. It turns out that a corrupt unelected director of national security is also killing politicians for his own personal reasons, which makes everything in the White House one big mess. One of the author’s points is that politicians are corrupt if they are influenced by money, such as campaign support dollars, instead of “doing the right thing.” This is goofy. As a once-famous politician in California, the Speaker of the Assembly and later the State Treasurer, once said, “Money is the mother’s milk of politics.” Spending money to influence policy is not corruption; it is politics plain and simple. The idea that money does not run politics (but runs everything else in the world) made this book silly from the start.
Other reviews warned of a peculiar political bent by this author, but I'd never heard of him so I took a chance because "political thriller" sounded intriguing. The book started off great, a detailed series of assassinations told with fascinating precision. But the story devolved into stupidity, with the "hero" (I guess) being as despicable as the assassins. I waited and listened and waited for the story to change, and then gave up. I switched to a better book at about halfway.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story and this is now one of my favorite Vince Flynn novels. The plot twists and turns were not what I thought was coming at times which is rare for me. I thought most of the characters were believable and the plot line was ingenious. What would happen if our own elite warriors decided our elected leaders were more corrupt and more of a threat to the United States Constitution than the foreign powers they have been training to fight? Great premise.
I never, ever, EVER fail to finish a book I start.
This was so tedious, and so uninteresting, and so contrived (the story, the dialogue, the overall writing) that I simply couldn't make myself do it.
The characters are not real.
The plot is not believable even if you willingly suspend your disbelief.
I just don't care how it ends.
In fact, I'm looking into whether I can send it back and get a refund...which is something else I almost never do.
I would give it a 3
How I could relate it to the current political events
I was not impressed with the narrator but I thought it was funny when he tried to switch to a female role. Somehow it just didn't work.
I wouldn't make a movie out of this one
Highly recommend this fast paced political drama. Appealing characters and insight into a fictional government underworld. Excellent reader creates memorable characters. Murder, greed, brotherly camaraderie loved those Seals.
I have narrow genre interests and mostly gravitate to thrillers. Mostly espionage & crime thrillers. Flynn, Clancy, Connelly, Thor, Baldacci
When I read Term Limits for the first time, I was immediately hooked. It so fed into my need for a little selfish schadenfreude. The story was - and is - so timely in our political landscape and provides many of us disgusted with selfish, amoral and corrupt politicians and cronies a little dark and harmless outlet for our frustration.
It is hard to believe that Flynn had to self-publish this book originally. Perhaps the content was a little too harsh for those with a less than hearty constitution.
I was glued to the book and then when the Audible version came out on sale, I had to grab it. The audio book version didn't disappoint.
Perhaps the best thing to come from this book is the creation of the Mitch Rapp universe, although he doesn't appear in this work.
"A great modern thriller!"
A great read don't miss it! worth every page. not to be missed.. Add it to your library. You won't be sorry
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