Mitch Rapp is someone we hope exists. He's a dedicated federal government employee charged with fighting terrorism in the top-secret Orion unit. Rules and laws are to be tossed aside when Rapp fights terrorism: results, the extinction of the threat and the enemy are all that counts.
Flynn's Mitch Rapp is a delight. In "Executive Power," a shadowy Palestinian is determined to cause world-shaking changes. A man of many names, "David" has enlisted the sponsorship of a fabulously wealthy Saudi prince to move his sinister plans ahead. But David also works with Israeli intelligence, Palestinian terrorists and anyone else who will help advance his cause. David is a reuluctant murderer, but murder he does on a global scale. Hebron, New York, Washington all have corpses littering their street.
Rapp spends much of the novel avenging the deaths of two U.S. Navy SEALS who were betrayed by an errant State Department employee, an ambassador and corrupt Filipino general. Flynn writes great action scenes. Rapp, ever the sensitive assassin, is in the thick of the action, troubled only later by concerns of his new wife. Yes, Rapp is a married man.
Only compartively late in the novel do the machinations of David the reluctant murderer and Rapp, the thoughtful assassin, intertwine - and at that point David becomes prey to Rapp. If, of course, Rapp can acheive small wonders, such as identifying David and then finding him.
Flynn is a master at building suspense. His plots are tightly woven and although they depend on a great deal of fortuitous coincidences, they work. Rapp is definitely a super-hero, but not a bombastic one. He is the kind of person we all sincerely hope exists in the U.S. government, protecting us from the nation's enemies.
Great, fun reading for the lover of thrillers.
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I am an e-discovery strategist, computer forensics specialist and testifying expert witness - and an avid reader. Aside from technology books, I love thrillers, suspense, mystery, … more
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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 ...