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Mitch Rapp and his protege, Mike Nash, may have met their match. The CIA has detected and intercepted two terrorist cells, but a third is feared to be on the loose. Led by a dangerous mastermind obsessed with becoming the leader of al-Qaeda, this determined and terrifying group is about to descend on America.

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

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Family man spy? Not a good formula

Lots of bravado, chest beating, and saber rattling...and if you don't like these larger than life characters you might want to pass on this book, because not only do you have one character li,e that but there are two.
This book gives some insight to the fact that strict adherence to system rules will cause many to go to sleep at the switch.
And in the era of political correctness everything that can go down the toilet will and be defended all the way to the septic tank!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Mitch Rapp wins again

Another good Mitch Rapp story. I love how he talks about what really needs to be discussed in America. Even though it's fiction, not beyond reality. This is my 11th Mitch Rapp book and I only have two more to go to finish the series. That presents the problem of finding a similar author. Thanks Vince!

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Good but not as good as others

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I loved the two Vince Flynn books before this one. " Extreme Measures" was gripping but also a little frustrating and left me unsatisfied. I'm old fashioned in that I want good to triumph over evil. The bad guys seemed to be mostly winning throughout the story. Perhaps the author is trying to make a statement about the future dangers of terrorism in this country, which I can appreciate. Right after this book I read Ben Coes' "Power Down." Many similarities in the two stores, but that one was more complete, satisfying, and even inspiring for me. Both books are very relevant for what we may face in our country in the future. "Power Down was a better read for me.

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A Challenge Met

I picked up Extreme Measures as part of an editors challenge - we decided to listen to books outside of our comfort zone, and for me a hard-core thriller was exactly that. I’ve only ever listened to one book that could be called a thriller - but it had literary and supernatural themes, so my fellow editors quickly dismissed it as “not counting”. I tried to get away with going the Stieg Larsson route, but no dice due to its wide-spread appeal. I needed to pick something ultra-macho and gun-toting, and Vince Flynn fit the bill. And while I’ve always considered myself to be a fairly lefty liberal, I was raised in the south in a family of hunters, so I was way more receptive to the tone of this book than I ever thought I would be. The fast-paced (and frankly, witty) dialogue pulled me right in. The political debate was actually way better than the action scenes. There’s nothing quite like hearing a bunch of burly Navy SEAL types, lunatic jihadists, and slimy politicians barking at each other about who’s the most heroic in the privacy of your own headphones. This was top–notch entertainment and definitely worth a return visit.

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  • NOKWISA
  • Garland, Texas, United States
  • 12-15-10

Part 1 vs Part 2

It was like I was reading two books that had the same Characters. I thought Part 1 was a bit 'slow moving' and too much Nash after all this is a Mitch Rabb book. Part 2 was much better and moved faster and finally the two characters came together in a common purpose. If I could give it 3 1/2 stars for a better second half I would. I am hoping American Assassin is much better.

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  • Bill
  • Middlebury, VT, United States
  • 12-07-10

A Paean to Torture

Let me start by saying that I *used* to be a big fan of Vince Flynn, but this (unfortuantely) may be my last book of his. If you're a big fan of the 2000s, you're gonna love this book: A full-blown Ayn Rand-ian lecture on torture, preemptive war and the whole neocon world view.

The only book that was more ridiculously right-wing that I've managed to get through is Crichton's "State of Fear," which was also the only other book I've ever given one star.

What a truly awful book this is. Very little action, almost entirely political lecture (just like "State of Fear"). I'll probably try another Flynn because I used to consider him one of my favorite thriller writers ("Consent to Kill" was one of the best I've read), but if it veers down this path again I'll have to give up on him which I really don't want to do.

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Enjoyed it !

I've been following this series (Mitch Rapp character) for about five years and have enjoyed watching this character evolve. Vince Flynn is a good writer and understands the limitations on what a spy character can and can't do (they are not superman and they never get the girl at the end). The plots that Flynn uses are realistic and could happen today. George Guidall is an excellent narrator, using a mixture of voices that be differentiated from each other (see his other readings). If you like these types of reading start with Flynn's first book before you get this one, you might appreciate it more.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Extreme Measures

Good Book, well read. The book leaves you hanging at the end as it does not come to a conclusion. At the end of the book I went back to the Audible web page to verify that I had not forgotten to download the final part. Mitch Rap is stil the Jack Bauer of literature but Vince Flynn needs to finish a story rather than try to addict you to the next novel.

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"Where's the Beef?"

I'm a rabid Mitch Rapp fan. I choose this book based on the ratings. What the hell happened to the reviewers? Did they drink the cool-aid? This book was "Mitch Lite".
Is Vince preparing us for Rapp's retirement and Nash 's taking over?I hope not. In this book I kept waiting for Mitch to come in and bust things up but got too much of Nash's home life.Sorry, this was a dud for me.

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  • David
  • ROANOKE, VA, United States
  • 06-08-12

Mitch Rapp or Mike Nash

The sudden introduction of Mike Nash and focus on he and his family did not land on me well. I don't think Vince Flynn knows how to write about women and family life very well. I usually like the Mitch Rapp books but the focus on Mike Nash in this turned me off.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful