If you are new to the Mitch Rapp series, don't read this book until you have read The Third Option. This book resolves events from the previous book. Although Flynn does provide some background, IMHO it would be best to not jump into the series here.
This book starts out a little slow, focusing on Mitch's relationship with Anna and sort of assassin mid life crisis before the action starts. However, the character of Mitch Rapp is more fully fleshed out, and as usual Flynn turns the politics and corruption in Washington into nail biting suspense.
I was not sure I was ready for another Vince Flynn tale about the intrigues and politics of Washington, but this is one of the best so far. Certain parts were fraught with susupense, such as the scenes in Milan, some had antipated results, such as the raid in Iraq, but the most fun were the denouements toward the end, as the villians got their deserved desserts. Will this be the end of the Mitch Rapp series? Have no fear, according to the website, there are five more books in this series.
Like the other " Mitch Rapp " books by Vince Flynn, the action is fast and furious. What amazes me is how often his plots have actually come to pass. It's like he can see the future. First class like all his others
This book continues the plot started in The Third Option. It was slow-starting, with a lot of time spent recapping the events of that book. Two hundred pages in the action picks up and it is a thrilling read. It is a little dated as one of the story lines revolves around Saddam Hussein and his pursuit of nuclear weapons.
I have just fairly recently started the Mitch Rapp series and went back to read the in order. Flynn has me hooked and I am determined to get them all read before the summoer of '13.
Rapp is fantastic and I have to set a limit or I will keep reading way late into the night.
Love this series
CIA agent Mitch Rapp is back in action, and newly appointed CIA director Dr. Irene Kennedy is the target of an inside plot to destroy her and prematurely end the American President's term. To make matters worse, Saddam Hussein is close to entering the nuclear arms race -- something Israel has vowed to stop. With the haunting specter of World War III looming, the President calls on his secret weapon: top counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp. But with only two weeks to take out the nukes, Rapp is up against a ticking clock -- and impossible odds. Great book in the on-going series of Mitch Rapp.
I loved Flynn's 2 other books I read prior to this one. But, this book just dragged and his "relationship" with Anna is ridiculous. She's a petty, self-centered, annoying, whiny woman-child. He's a tough as nails Assassin. Except when he's with her. She reduces him to mush. He rescued her from a terrorist, so it's not like she doesn't know what he does for a living. But, she's a reporter, so she has to know everything. Even when a woman has been shot and National Security is involved, she's yelling at him that he was late and breaks up with him! ! Then she's crying/angry that he didn't leave her a note! He's crying and trying to do his job, which in the last 20 pages, he finally does. Then the idiot actually proposes to her. Ugh. I think I threw up a little in my mouth. I don't read political thrillers for mush.
I think I'm done with Vince Flynn novels not just because of the mush factor, but because of his huge Republican bent. Everything that goes wrong is the fault of the Democrats. It's really sickening how he inserts his political views into this book. Even if I wasn't disgusted by Mitch and Anna getting married, I'd be done with these books.
Vince Flynn is one of the best, if not the best, writers in the spy, action, kick butt, counter-terrorism genre. This novel is not only highly entertaining, but points up some of the painfully transparent political shenanigans that our very own politicians practice on a daily basis. Informational "leaks","from a usually reliable source", and quotes "from a person who is not authorized to comment" are the daily fare in our Capitol. Couple that with irresponsible "news" organizations, irresponsible politicians, and you have a recipe for disaster. In the end justice is very well served. Much of that justice is arranged by the main character, Mitch Rapp.
Good job. Very well done.