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The action begins six days after a series of explosions devastated Washington, D.C., targeting the National Counterterrorism Center and killing 185 people, including public officials and CIA employees. It was a bizarre act of extreme violence that called for extreme measures on the part of elite counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp and his trusted team member, Mike Nash.

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

Critic Reviews

"Flynn demonstrates that he truly understands the psyche of the enemy.... Really scary, so realistic." (BookReporter.com)

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    4 out of 5 stars

An Excellent and Exciting Listen!

This book, probably due to the fact that it's somewhat short, introduces a lot of characters very quickly at the beginning of the book. It almost lost me there. After awhile though, I did catch on to all of the characters, and it blossomed into a very exciting story. This is my first Vince Flynn book, so I'm now going to go backwards thru the Mitch Rapp series!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars

Not My Favorite Mitch Rapp Story

This one was not as good as I expected from Flynn, I love the Mitch Rapp character, but this book was not up to the usual standards. I know fiction takes liberties, but this was a bit too far fetched. Worth the credit if you are a Flynn/Rapp fan, but it might be time to send Mitch into retirement, maybe one more book left, find him a new wife and let the guy enjoy his old age.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars

Good read

Although I agree with the author's politics and characterization of the 'INSIDE THE BELTWAY' it does detract from the storyline.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

Action packed, fast paced, the BEST reader

I rarely write reviews but this one deserves high praise. It helps if you read Extreme Measure, the preceding book but is not necessary. Quick paced, just enough description, and great story telling. George Guidall is absolutely the very best reader there is. His reading is real story telling. Thank you Vince Flynn and George Guidall

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Alan
  • Woodstock, GA, USA
  • 10-25-09

Can't wait for the next one.

Another great book. Love chapter 50. Regarding earlier books, we found a couple at our library's audio network and the rest we ended up buying.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

The way it should be...

After fighting the self-serving, entrenched, arrogant politicians for so many years it is a fantasy escape to read a story where they get slapped down and truth and justice prevail even if it is the hard way. The ACLU, whacky enviro and pseudo human rights groups and the like are exposed for what they are by Flynn through his patriotic characters. I think that is a major appeal of this and other Flynn books. The plots are interesting, too. I liked this book also because many of the characters are identifiable in today's congress. Flynn shows with examples that relate to current problems in the country today like political correctness and the negative influence of lawyers our overly litigious society. It is a good read, or should I say listen. The narrator is excellent, too.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    2 out of 5 stars
  • Rosemary
  • NEWTONVILLE, MA, USA
  • 11-19-09

A weak Vince Flynn book

I am a big fan of Vince Flynn's but thought this book was boring. There wasn't much of a plot and the "grand finale" was pretty disappointing. I also thought Flynn used the book to be preachy about some of his political views, which I found tedious.

6 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • John M
  • Lafayette, CA USA
  • 12-08-09

Boring...

Previous reviews have called out the "realism" of Pursuit of Honor and I expect from a certain point of view that can be considered an asset.

Unfortunately in the real world there isn't a whole lot of action and there are a lot of meetings. That is OK in my day-to-day life but not what I want in an action-oriented novel.

I immensely enjoyed early Mitch Rapp novels but have been disappointed in the last two novels in the series. Mitch spends much more time talking about his feelings and the feelings of his partner than taking down bad guys.

I typically listen while jogging (about 45-50 minute chunks) and there were several times in this book when I would finish my run and realize that for my entire run there was nothing but boring dialog going on between the same 2 or 3 people. Even the terrorists were boring and talked too much...


3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars

Wish the narrator was different.

Not to be disrespectful to George Guidall, he has a classic voice and an impressive resume. But when he is doing 4 characters together in an interrogation room, they sound like a bunch of cranky old men at a poker game. I'm a fan of Vince Flynn, but I'd like Mitch Rapp to sound younger.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Daniel
  • Lighthouse Point, FL, USA
  • 10-14-09

Disappointed

This is the first time I've been disappointed with this series. It seemed a bit too much of a rehash and actually a bit boring.

8 of 14 people found this review helpful