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Fighting terrorism on foreign ground, CIA superagent Mitch Rapp does whatever it takes to protect American freedom.
CIA intelligence has pointed to a major terrorist attack on the United States, just as the nation's capital prepares for a grand Memorial Day tribute to the veterans of World War II. Racing to Afghanistan, Mitch Rapp leads a commando raid on an al Queda stronghold in a remote border village -- and defuses plans for a nuclear strike on Washington. The crisis averted, the special ops work is done. But Rapp knows, in the face of a new kind of enemy, nothing is as it seems -- and it's up to him alone to avert a disaster of unimaginable proportions.
- Not his best...
...but I didn't think it was terrible. If the author had left out the main character's commentary about interfering politicians (the politicians are in the plot - we get it!) it would have been better. Anna Rielly barely even shows up in this book. Hopefully the next one will be better. I am greatly anticipating reading that....more info
- Memorial Day
Another great segment in the Vince Flynn series. Well worth the time to read....more info
- Scary to Think It Could Happen, Awesome Read...
Vince Flynn hits the target with this installment. Is it possible for terrorists to sneak a nuclear bomb into the United States? To what ends should the United States go to in order to prevent the entry of the bomb or its detonation? Torture? We don't do that in the United States, ever...or is there a time when the end results do call for it? This book will keep you guessing and is difficult to put down.
This book is part of a series, so I do recommend reading the other books first to totally understand the characters and the history behind them....more info
- Like a rock song with a good beat but no variety to the chords...
An exciting plot line about terrorists attacking America loses impact as a repetitive series of "Mitch Rapp, the can-do CIA guy vs. the political feather merchants in DC" scenes repeat themselves in a way that grows wearisome. Most of the action is well described and exciting.
Why do authors of these geopolitical thriller books describe all the weapons as "X-K497 Austrian-Sudanese inverted Glockenspielers" each time one is used rather than stating a small handgun was pulled from his pocket and fired? At least Davy Crockett named his rifle "Old Betsy" rather than "a later production Eli Whitney Connecticut factory muzzle loader model with three spare flints and a powder horn (second powder horn optional)". This cloying devotion to such armament detail eventually subtracts from the plot. Does anyone care about this armament minutia on the numerous occasions when it doesn't advance the action?
Finally, it's so wretchedly implausible when Flynn has the main Islamic terrorist in his internal dialogs refer to his devoted cause as a crusade at least three different times. A crusade is by definition a Christian effort-- the word crusade derives from the Latin crux = cross and by definition refers to a Christian cause, carrying the cross forward... It is never a generic kind of military muster by another faith and certainly not by Islamic fanatics who are by definition on the opposite side of the conflict. Throughout history all crusades have been waged by Christians against Muslims over control of the pitiful patch of turf we still insist on calling the "Holy Land". Weird, huh?
But the point is mean old al-Yamani ain't no crusader, never could be, never will... It's a jihad and one can't just substitute crusade in the spirit of using a thesaurus to improve one's grade in English class...
This is the kind of standard thriller stuff to read on an airline flight with three connections and a screaming baby just across the aisle....more info
- If You Like 24
You will love Memorial Day. This was my first Flynn novel and I went right out to get the rest. ...more info
- What an exciting ride!!!
This book is about something we really don't want to think about.....terrorists having a nuclear bomb(s). This is a well-written, fast-paced book. I really, really enjoyed the trip!
Highly recommend this one....more info
- Great book. Well written. But too realistic and therefore a downer.
Scary but realistic story but not for me. I'd rather escape if I'm going to read fiction. However if you like hard hitting, current event based action and intelligence genre novels, you will love this....more info
- over-sized paperback
be aware that this paperback edition is a new format that is over sized (about 2 inches taller than normal mass-market paperbacks). In order to justify this format, the type appears to be slightly larger and the spacing between lines is noticeably larger. And, of course, the publisher had to increase the price to reflect the "bigger book". It is awkward to hold and won't fit on the bookshelf with the rest of your Vince Flynn paperbacks (Mr. Flynn - your publisher is using an experimental book size and it will affect your sales)...more info
- Mitch Rapp Fan
Vince Flynn is the best when it comes to military, action adventure books. He makes you feel as if you know Mitch Rapp personally or would really want to meet him if he was real. Another stellar book!...more info
I had trouble going on with my daily activities because i had not yet finished Memorial Day. It's a great read about terrorism and if you love the Fox show 24, then Mitch Rapp is your new Jack Bauer. He's gritty, aggressive, and insubordinate which are the only qualities of heroism against terrorism. Trust me, if you like CIA novels, this will be an excellent addition to your Vince Flynn arsenal....more info
- Awesome Novel
Vince Flynn is easily one of my favorite authors. This was the first book I read of his and ever since then I have been hooked to the rest. Memorial Day stands out as one of my clear favorites, but I highly highly reccommend all of his other books as well....more info
- Well written and read
I love to listen to Vince Flynn books when I am driving from one end of the state to another. Wish there were more out there like him....more info
- Very entertaining airplane reading material...
Whenever I'm flying home from a conference or vacation, I usually go looking for something recreational to read... no demands, not much thought, just action and entertainment. Coming back from Ireland last week, I picked up the novel Memorial Day by Vince Flynn. All things considered, it fit the bill perfectly. And it didn't hurt that I was actually *reading* it on Memorial Day, too...
Mitch Rapp is a trained operative who is very effective in getting information from those who have it. The results may not be pretty, but he realizes that there are few rules when dealing with terrorists. The CIA catches wind of a meeting involving high-level al Qaeda leaders, and they send Rapp in on a commando raid to try and bring back the terrorists for further questioning. For the most part, they succeed, but they find plans that point to a nuclear attack against certain cities in the United States. The facts are all verifiable, so now it's a search for the bomb material that might already be on US soil. Even worse, there may be more than one bomb. Any success in finding one has to be tempered against the real possibility of others still floating around. Rapp has to walk a fine line between legal rights and potential nuclear holocaust, and he's convinced that terrorists forfeited their rights some time back... But if he makes a mistake, literally hundreds of thousands of people will end up dying.
From an action and plausibility standpoint, the book was executed perfectly. Pacing was constant, and you didn't have to make any enormous "suspensions of reality" to follow the plot. I thought the ending was exceptionally well-done, also. The only quibble I had was with some of the secondary characters. A few of the early characters in the book seemed to be set up for significant roles in the plot, but in the end they weren't much of a factor. Or maybe by hour 14 on a plane, I was too numb to catch it. :)
If you're looking for something with action and reality, you'd probably enjoy this one. I wouldn't hesitate to pick up another one of his novels down the road.
- Typical Rapp Book
I thought this was the best book so far in the Mitch Rapp series. The premise seems very plausible ... nukes smuggled in to the US. It is similar to the others in that the politicians once again get in the way. At least his wife wasn't featured in this book! While the outcome is predictable, it is an enjoyable ride along the way.
As with the previous books in the series, you can't help but think about what really goes on behind the scenes in Washington ... how much are we really told??? How close are the terrorists to striking us again?
The nice thing about Vincy Flynn is that each books works as a stand alone even though the same characters are featured. He gives enough background for the reader to know the players.
Overall I really like this series of books and will faithfully continue to read the rest of the series.
Happy Reading / Vote Libertarian!...more info
- One of the finest Mitch Rapp novels
This may be my favorite Rapp novel. I like the threads and how they weave together. I read this one the quickest of all Flynn's books, so that is a very strong endorsement....more info
- Better Every Book
Vince Flynn is an exceptional writer. The only thing I would like to say here is that as good as his first book was, he has gotten better and better with each writing. It is as if we have watched him evolve into a first class author every bit as good as Clancy and the rest. I can't put his books down. Thanks Vince...more info
- As always, good read!
I just LOVE all of the Flynn (Mitch Rapp) books, and have read them all. "Memorial Day" is another good one...I can read till my neck and eyes can't take anymore....more info
- This Book is Blatant Right-wing Propaganda
This author is a raving, right-wing hack. I couldn't even finish the book. The story line is very simplistic and predictable, and every other chapter involved gagging on the author's simplistic right-wing preaching:
Brown People = Evil
Torturers = Courageous
Democrats = Weak/Shifty
It's impossible to enjoy this book unless you're a big fan of right-wing propaganda. If you're a thinking person who is paying attention, you'll despise this author and abandon the book before finishing it. Definitely a book designed to appeal to knuckle-draggers.
There should be a warning on the cover. I'll never buy another book by this author....more info
- Action packed but lacks depth
Flynn uses the same protagonist (a counterterrorism expert) in this novel as he did in "Transfer of Power". This one is not nearly as good, it lacks depth, especially with the characters. Flynn is not at the level of Clancy, Higgins, and others of that genre, as some have espoused. Even so, "Memorial Day" is still an exciting read----a page turner, action packed, full of technical weapons, and you don't need to think too much.
Centered around political espionage and a Muslim terrorist plot on the United States. The assassin, Mitch Rapp is back again to save the country.
Flynn uses his novels to get out sound political messages: how should we be treating terrorists?; torture?; is the terror war a law enforcement issue?; should not the professionals be allowed to do their work?
Wish you well
- Where is the movie?
Astonishing in detail and concept. Fast page turning action and language you will be be eager to read aloud in places. I would like to send a copy to hundreds of Washington politicians with an empty lubricant tube attached....more info
- DON'T GIVE MITCH A BAD RAP.....
Although liberals and the ACLU would no doubt be horrified by the tactics of our protagonist, Mitch Rapp, I firmly believe that the general population of readers will find themselves cheering his methods of extracting information as he attempts to track down a group of terrorists attempting to cripple the infrastructure of the U. S. and kill hundreds of thousands by setting off an atomic device in Washington D.C. (No more plot details from here on).
My first Vince Flynn book, Term Limits, hooked me completely and I have been a Vince Flynn fan ever since. Once again, he has crafted a clever story that could easily have been taken from your daily paper.
If you like complex, action packed thrillers featuring the most elite of alpha males, then Mitch Rapp is your kind of man, and Memorial Day is your kind of book....more info
AMAZING, nothing more to say! Just incredible. Will leave you rivited and wanting more!...more info
- Great Book
Move over Clancy. Finally, a military writer who gets with the action and sticks with it.
Is it perfect? No, but what writer is. Vince is excellent. I must say that he has far surpassed some of the writers who have been around for a while.
I wish Vince all of the luck in the world and hope he continues to pump out the quality of books I've already read.
I have very few favorite authors and Vince has just moved into that category.
These are the type of action books that make you feel sad when it is over because you don't want it to end.
If you enjoy reading military and high-tech, try this book. You won't be able to put it down.
Excellent, Vince, keep up the great work. Someday, I hope to sit down and have lunch with you and pick your brain....more info
- Can't recommend this one
Well, we seem to have a lively disagreement here. Everybody either loves or hates it.... so, I thought I'd add my sixpence too. I picked this one up because I liked some of this authors previous stuff. This one DID dissapoint. It was unoriginal. There are better novels on the topic. Nothing personal against Mr Flynn, but it is a big letdown after his other Mitch Rapp novels. Facts are facts. But maybe the next one will be better?...more info
- Vince Flynn does it again.
Vince Flynn has again written another excellent, un-put-downable book. His main character Mitch Rapp is a no-nonsense CIA operative who does what it takes to combat terrorists and win the war on terror. Flynn combines action with domestic political conflict in a way that is never boring and never dry. I am not sure that someone with a Liberal viewpoint would agree with the way Rapp handles the fight against terrorism but in order to win the fight we have to be willing to unleash people like him.
I had a hard time putting this book down and read it cover to cover in just two sittings (I was too tired to finish it in one). The action never stops and the best part about it is is that it's very believable (with one exception) and not made into a Hollywood action scene with foolish and impossible acts. While Flynn's other Rapp books have dealt with Rapp's personal relationships that was almost completely absent from this book (good or bad you decide).
The only reason I didn't give this book 5 stars is because the paperback version is printed in some strange size which is about 3/4" taller than a normal paperback. This means that I had to pay $2 more for it and it doesn't fit in with my other books. A publishing company ploy which soaks people for $2 more. I certainly hope this isn't a new trend....
Hint: If you like Vince Flynn try Daniel Silva....more info
- Not bad. Not as strong as Flynn's others.
This one really slowed down in the middle. I would say at about the 3/4 mark it picked up and I enjoyed it from that point forward. This one is not as strong as some of Flynn's others like "Consent to Kill"....more info
- Well done action novel
Some time ago, I read Vince Flynn's "Term Limits" and while I enjoyed it a great deal, I thought it was missing a little something. It seems as though what was lost, has been found.
Mitch Rapp, a CIA "case worker" is back at it. He must thwart a nuclear attack that is headed for somewhere on the eastern seaboard.
Now, I've not read the previous Rapp novels, but will do so shortly. However, characters such as FBI honcho Skip McMahon, CIA Director Irene Kennedy, and President Hayes are all back, and were originally introduced to us prior to the Mitch Rapp series, in "Term Limits."
Vince Flynn doesn't disappoint. There is plenty of action. The plot flies along at a frenetic pace. The character development isn't in-depth, but doesn't need to be. This is a great novel to dive into while reading on your breaks at work (though I was late returning from lunch a few times...just didn't want to put the book down), or while relaxing in your favorite over-stuffed chair.
The new book size is a bit strange (and $2 more as well), but it's not enough to detract from my enjoyment of the book. I'll certainly go back to "Transfer of Power" and read through the series while waiting for Daniel Silva's next book!...more info
- Definitely NOT the best Rapp so far
I enjoy the Mitch Rapp novels a lot, and this is the worst one by far. It was a complete fizzle. But come on, give Mr Flynn a chance. One bad hit now and then is okay, right? The problem here is the choice of story. Its overpopular at the moment, and Mr Flynn simply didn't do as good a job as others have done. I am not going to give a long review here. There are several excellent and on-the-mark reviews here already: check out those by Karina Jensen, Rory Morty and Action Book Enthusiast. I agree with everything that they have written. Come on - you guys awarding five starts to this one can't be serious - it's not worth half of that. But that fact aside, I remain excited for the next Mitch Rapp novel....more info
- Entertaining terrorist thriller
My last terrorist thriller was by the master Nelson DeMille and so perhaps my rating and viewpoint are nudged a bit. Flynn gives us the secret agent novel the way Grisham gives us the lawyer novel. I prefer Turow over Grisham, but it doesn't mean I don't enjoy the latter.
I also prefer the first person viewpoint that gives DeMille books their flavor. I feel like the protagonist is a friend when I read his works. The Flynn model of showing us the main character through the eyes of others is a weaker form, in my opinion.
In any case this book deals with terrorists bringing nuclear weapons into the states, which should be a concern of everyone, but sadly isn't. Just today I read an editorial in my local paper written by a journalist in the UK. He thinks that those of us that believe that the terrorists are a major concern are stupid. He feels we are fools being brainwashed by the Bush administration. I can complain about many things being done by the current pols in power, however taking terrorism seriously isn't one of them. In fact I think that Flynn hits the nail on the head in this book when he has characters (acting in the book) that stand in the way of fighting terrorism and dealing with terrorists (just like in real life).
I found the story a quick and interesting read, it's certainly not a Clancy novel by any means, but it does get into a little bit of the nuts and bolts of operations and tactics (or lack thereof) in fighting terrorism. If you enjoy fast paced thriller/spy/agent type books, you'll enjoy this one. I'll try some more myself....more info
- One of the BEST!
This is one of the best Mitch Rapp books in the series. 5 stars all the way!...more info
- Ok, what happened
This is the first Flynn thriller that pretty much let me down. I don't know the politics involved in writing and publishing books but deadlines, other interests, or just plain writers block seemed to have overshadowed this book. Too bad because it only gets worse after this one. Sorry Vince....more info
- Too much politic'n, not enough Mitch
Just as Clancey began to run into trouble when Jack got too important/old, so too Flynn is having problems keeping Mitch real as he ages and gets more advanced in his career. Flynn also wastes a lot of time praising the Patriot Act, denegrating the left, and justifying torture. Rapp does what we does because it needs to be done (and he always has). We don't need the author to waste our time and his pages trying to politically justify those actions and vilify those with whom he disagrees....more info
- Flynn's best to date
In my opinion this is Flynn's best book. The ending was weak, but the first 99% was great. I appreciated that he left Rapp's wife out of the book. I think Flynn finally sees that she should not have been brought into the series....more info
- Mitch Rapp For President!
This is one terrific read. I'd had it sitting on my shelf for months and months without picking it up to read. Finally, one night, after not being able to get into any of the current books on my nightstand I picked this one up, and boy am I glad I did. I literally had a 2 day reading bonanza with this one. Scary, thrilling, realistic (okay somewhat), and set in today's world. Forget any of the bozos running for president currently in both parties, let's elect Mitch Rapp as President! Vince Flynn, you have earned a reader for life with this one. I can hardly wait to read the next adventure of Mitch Rapp. Pick it up and get going....go on what are you waiting for?...more info
- Memorial Day
Good book, the first I've read from Vince Flynn. Current day problems and interesting twists. I will be reading more from him....more info