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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"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)

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Comic book prose

Chose this book because plot sounded intriguing. Was disappointed to experience the story in detail, action description & dialogue was cheese corny, trite and dull. As just one example, who cares to hear a detailed description of how 3 stacked sheets of information are passed from one person down the line to two more people??!! The narrator was also often aggravating & annoying to listen to. Voice portrayal of characters was also trite and high school play-like.

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So this is how it started!

A riveting book. A great listen on long drives and in the end...finding every opportunity to find some alone time to finish the last few chapters!!!!

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Loved it

loved it! Was secretly hoping they would get away with it...had me on the edge of my seat!

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Excellent story and reading

All of Flynn's work is phenomenal. This was no exception. The reading was great as well.

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More relevant now than before!!

With the current political climate, this book rings very interesting tones. I have read the book twice and the Audible book was a great pleasure to listen to.

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Slow start but a fantastic finish.

Eerie parallels to current political climate. No doubt other people have connected the dots too.

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Outstanding Book

Everyone should read this book. It is so close to the truth about our current political system. Certainly makes a case for Term Limits. Great read. Loved it. Could not put it down.

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captivating story and very well performed

really enjoyed the story! fast paced for almost the entire time. Vince Flynn really knows how to captivate an audience.

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  • malcolm
  • Irving, Texas, USA
  • 05-20-17

Best ever

Sounded plausible in today's world.. could be factual, depressing to think this is the government that we hold up.

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Excellent read

Couldn't put it down. Lots of action and suspense. I was surprised by the ending.