This is one of the best books in the Mitch Rapp series so far. As the story opens, Mitch is struggling with adjusting to his new life as a husband and a bureaucrat. When a hostage rescue goes wrong, Mitch and his usual crew of Scott Coleman et al are sent in for clean up. He angers both his wife Anna and his boss at the CIA by getting in the line of fire rather than just strategizing from the sidelines.
Meanwhile, an unlikely terrorist is involved in a dangerous game between a spoiled but wealthy Saudi prince and Ben Friedmen of Israeli intelligence. Although this second storyline seems unrelated for much of the book, the cast of characters eventually come together in an action-packed finish.
I particularly enjoyed the storyline about the Middle East conflict. Flynn presents a more balanced account of the conflict than does some of his contemporaries (e.g. Daniel Silva.) The pacing of Executive Power is excellent and reminiscent of the can't-put-it-down suspense of Term Limits.
This book is 482 pages long (rather thick), but I finished it in two days! It never gets draggy or bogged down in unnecessary details, but speeds from one suspenseful action to the next.......one of my fav heroes, Mitch Rapp! I love political mystery/thrillers; it's like sneaking around the White House peeking in doors:) Definitely recommend!
Returning from a covert mission, Mitch Rapp was publicly hailed by the president for his role in the fight against terrorism. After years of working in the shadow, Rapp was caught in the media spotlight-and marked for death by virtually every terrorist in the world.
With the world watching, Rapp must hold back the flames of Armageddon...
Compared with other Mitch Rapp books I've read, this is below average, but that still makes for a good read. Flynn really put two short stories together, with a minimal connection/relationship between them. What he does well, though, as always, is to tell stories with good character development and insights. A worthwhile read, but not his best.
I am totally hooked on Mitch Rapp, this is yet another great fast paced mystery I could hardly put down! If you love this series then you'll love this book and if you've never met Mitch Rapp, it's time you did.
From Publishers Weekly
Packed with likable characters and undergirded by an in-depth understanding of the tangled politics of the 21st-century Middle East, Flynn's latest spy thriller (after the bestselling Separation of Power) can rightly be termed a post-September 11 espionage novel. Mitch Rapp is the CIA's number one assassin, recently lauded by the president as "the single most important person in America's fight against terrorism." Recently married to a high-profile anchorwoman and given a desk job, Mitch is having a hard time settling into the brain center of the CIA and giving up the gritty end of operations. He can't seem to resist seeking hands-on involvement in his latest assignment: unraveling a murky plot to create a Palestinian state. A mysterious operative, "David," plans to assassinate the heads of the major terrorist groups in the region and pin the deaths on Israel, simultaneously creating sympathy for the Palestinian cause while striking a fatal blow against terrorism, which he despises. Though the novel never strays far from the many conventions of the genre-a cadre of international agents, pedantic bureaucrats, spoiled sheikhs, and a U.S. president and military unfailingly portrayed as noble-Flynn spins an entertaining narrative. Though the book deals with an Iraq still firmly under Saddam's control, it should appeal to Americans' burgeoning awareness of-and interest in-the complex affairs of the Middle East. Perhaps the book's greatest accomplishment is its oblique questioning of the politics of vengeance. "The only way to make them stop is to hit them harder than they hit us," says the leader of Israel's intelligence agency. As Flynn's book demonstrates, the tragedy is that those same words could easily come from either side.
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I didn't care for it. Preachy. Relatively boring and straightforward plot. Over-the-top negative portrayals of the Iraqis, Palestinians, Israelis, and Saudis. After reading a few of Flynn's books I think I've finally lost interest.
I was looking for a new author to read, and I picked Vince Flynn. I started with the first book in this series and I haven't been able to put his books down. I really love everything about his books. I gets you involved from the very beginning.