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Mitch Rapp and the terrorist attack

  • Jul 12, 2012
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+5
Once again Mitch Rapp is faced with trying to out a terrorist plot against the U.S., only to be thwarted at every turn by politicians and bleeding hearts who care more for the rights of terrorists than they do about the country's safety. Vince Flynn pulls no punches in this book, basically telling the readers that our undercover protectors can't do their jobs correctly if they must be nice to their prisoners, and treat them under the Geneva Convention.

The plot concerns a group of terrorists who plan to conduct an attack against Washington D.C.. Rapp and his colleague Mike Nah discover that there is a plot in motion, but they can't get the information they need to ferret it out because a group of politicians and Justice Department officials won't allow them to use "extreme measures" with their prisoners, who have the information they need. In fact, it gets to the point that Rapp is arrested for assault.

There are scenes of Rapp before a congressional committee headed by a chairperson who seems heel-bound to get Rapp into jail, rather than find out about the threat to the country. When the almost unthinkable happens, and the plot literally explodes in D.C., Rapp is shown to be correct, but that doesn't help the hundreds of people who are killed and wounded, including many in Rapp's own organization.

The book ends, not with a bang, but a whimper (sorry about that), leaving the author the plot for the next book in this exciting and thought-provoking series. I'm looking forward to reading it!

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Any hope this contrived thriller had of suspending disbelief for most readers who weren't already fans of bestseller Flynn's Mitch Rapp series (Protect and Defend, etc.) is lost early on. Rapp's CIA chief, Irene Kennedy, is on a date at a fancy Washington, D.C., restaurant when one of her aides informs her that Rapp, an Oliver North for the war on terror, has fallen into yet another jam with his unorthodox, maverick ways. Under false pretenses, Rapp has gotten access to two high-value terrorists being held at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. Believing that an Islamic fundamentalist cell is about to launch an attack on the homeland, Rapp resorts to violence to get information. His actions lead to his arrest by the base commander, but with precious hours ticking down, Kennedy decides to finish her meal before intervening. Even then, incredibly enough, it takes two days to secure Rapp's release. The rest of the less than convincing plot includes a grandstanding senator's efforts to hang Rapp out to dry and the inevitable race to prevent disaster.
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