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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 Simon & Schuster ; 2008 Vince Flynn

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  • South Orange, NJ, United States
  • 10-24-08

Kickass Thriller - With Politics!

I hate myself for liking this book so much.

Basically, I'm a knee-jerk liberal who hates the real life excesses of our intelligence community. And I was sort of uncomfortable with the actions of the ultra macho secret agents that populate the Flynn-iverse.

But I kept listening every chance I got and pretty soon I was making up not-so-important errands so I could listen in the car.

I've heard a couple of these Vince Flynn stories now and even though I don't think he writes the most three dimensional characters - he's just really good at crafting these plots that just rope you in and never let up.

How come they're not making these things into movies?

54 of 55 people found this review helpful

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Mitch Rapp is the MAN

Okay. I read thrillers to be thrilled. The books don't have to be literature, they have to be entertaining!

Vince Flynn seldom disappoints at all and I have never been disappointed by a Rapp novel. The Audible versions also have voice appropriate readers that seem to have a good time reading the book.

If you like old fashioned action, where the main character still loves his country and is willing to die to defend it or his women, read these books.

If you want a book where the main character spends more time crying than solving the problems before him, you need to move along because this is not that type of book.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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A Riveting Read

This book started out a little slowly. But it quickly picked up the pace, and, after that, I could not put it down. I think it is one of Flynn's best novels. George Guidall, the perfect narrator for a thriller, was excellent with his authoritative, trademark style. The ending came as a surprise, and although it was a well conceived ending, I wished the book could have gone on a bit longer.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Joel
  • Newport Beach, CA, USA
  • 12-30-08

One of the Best Audible Books Out There

I couldnt have picked a better book to get back into my fanboyism. This is a thriller in every sense of the word and is made even better by the tremendous voice narration done by George Guidall. I hear that this is a series of books about the two characters and I look forward to not only going back and reading past novels by Vince Flynn but also reading future ones. If Extreme Measures is any indication of Flynns ability to write a great thriller, then count me in.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Melissa
  • Arlington, TX, USA
  • 03-30-09

My First Vince Flynn Novel

This was my first Vince Flynn novel and it was teriffic!

I really enjoyed someone writing about the radical muslim world as sick and twisted without a sympathetic ear - whatsoever.

No quarter is given to the radicals in this book. This book will be a breath of fresh air for true Muslims and non-Muslims alike!

Great non-stop story that will keep you riveted. George Guidall does a great job on narration.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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Best one yet

If you are fan of the Mitch Rapp character you should love this book. It is, in my opinion, the best of this series. The story is good, the characters come to life and you can't wait to turn the the page. If you have not read any of these stories. Mitch Rapp is a member of the CIA and is essentially an american version of James Bond in that he is discharged with a great deal of latitude to carry out missions in ways that are usually not politically correct. However, this story reads well and is easily followed even if this will be your first Mitch Rapp story.

Some of the previous Rapp stories have suffered from too much violence and ranting at the sacrfice of a more complex tale. However, this story does a particularly good job in weaving in politics, terrorists, bureaucrats and, of course, just a touch of romance.
You should be forwarned that this appears to be a lead in to the next book so don't expect all the loose ends to be tied up. If you get this book, be ready for the urge not to put it down until you get the end...

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Love Vince Flynn's series

I just started to listen to Flynn a couple of months ago. I have now listened to every one of them! I'm addicted to Mitch Rapp. I wonder in my mind what he would look like. I guess that's a woman thing but I do enjoy the books. I don't even mind the cursing... It's just real life and if you don't think so then your head is in the sand. I can't wait until is next one is out. October for the book...not sure about the audio.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Sy
  • Aventura, FL, USA
  • 10-25-08

the best of Flynn

I have read most of Mr. Flynn books I beleive that this is one of Mr. Flynn"s best novels.
The introduction of a partner for Mich Rapp makes Extreme Measures a great adventure

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Mark
  • Huntington, NY, United States
  • 03-29-10

Great book.

It is an excellent listen that you can't put down. Shows exactly how our politicians in DC have no interest it what is really good for the American people. I am sure most of this is true. it is amazing that a person like Mitch Rapp would continue to work within this environment. Enjoy

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Thomas
  • Huntington, WV, United States
  • 04-12-09

Discovered a new favorite author

I've been listening to audio books for quite some time, and this is the first time I've been motivated to write a review. Extreme Measures turned out to be a an Extreme Pleasure to read (listen). Take it for what it is, sit back, and enjoy. I've listened to one other Vince Flynn book and have gotten to like the characters. This book has gotten me already on the edge of my seat waiting for the next one.

It might not be your cup of tea, but I like the outlook of the characters on the G.W.O.T. (not called "overseas contingency operations"), but then again, I like Clint Eastwoods movies too. So, this is a meat and potatoes kind of book with heroes that don't have a vegan mindset on life. If you don't like red meat, this book isn't for you!

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Pammy
  • 06-17-16

Slips down like a vanilla milkshake

Narration is excellent. The plot trots along at a good pace and it is does exactly what you would expect, maverick CIA, Middle Eastern terrorism, the moral question of torture, sage old boys veterans of politics and war.
My only reservation is the home life oh please stay away from that domestic arguments a wife who is on one hand the legal brain of Socrates and Perry Mason and is a complete emotional bitch. Sorry just making her work and brainy is still a nagging emotionally bankrupt woman.

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  • Philip
  • 02-18-16

Rapp continues his trade with a cool partner

Would you listen to Extreme Measures again? Why?


Who was your favorite character and why?

Rapp naturally but Nash is sounding good

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Nash, despite his hard job makes a great and funny dad

Any additional comments?

Language a bit on the strong and over used side, which is a shame, but the story is great

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  • R.B
  • 02-06-16

Not one of Vince Flynn's best.

I am a massive Vince Flynn(RIP) fan. But this book, unfortunately, wasn't that good. I found it a bit too drawn out. It seemed to me, like a lot of this book was just filler, with no real reason for it being there. If this is your first Vince Flynn book, and your don't like it, don't let it put you off, because most of his books are fantastic. I find George Guidall to be an excellent narrator, especially for the character of Mitch Rapp.

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  • W. Macpherson
  • 08-24-15

Extreme Measures

Yet another great read made all the better by the narrator . Off to get the next one now.

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  • Churchill1940
  • 04-19-15

Another brilliant novel by Vince Flynn

Flynn's stories just keep getting better. He will be dearly missed
The story line of each novel continues to grow with intensity!