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"CIA operative Mitch Rapp follows a trail of contract killers leading directly to the heart of our nation's capital in New York Times bestselling author Vince Flynn's eighth explosive thriller. It's a gorgeous autumn day in Georgetown. The Democratic candidates for president and vice president of the United States are dutifully glad-handing voters and the media outside a grand estate where a national security conference has just been held, bringing together the world's greatest minds to discuss the issues that are threatening the country. It's American politicking at its best. That's when all hell breaks loose. When presidential candidate Josh Alexander's motorcade is ambushed by a group of terrorists, the nation is thrown into turmoil. Two weeks following the attack, Alexander is carried to victory by a sympathy vote, but his assailants have not been found. On the surface it appears to be the work of al-Qaeda, despite the tremendous job that the U.S. and her allies have done eliminating terrorist cells within the heart of America. While the FBI and the rest of the government begin scouring the world for jihadists, CIA director Irene Kennedy and Special Agent Skip McMahon are presented with classified information so toxic that they consider destroying it altogether, as it contains intelligence pointing to some of the most powerful players in Washington. Enter Mitch Rapp, the one man reckless enough to follow the evidence to its explosive conclusion. His journey takes him through the shadowy world of contract killers, into the darkest corners of the globe, and eventually back to Washington, where the fragile pillars of power are shaken to their core. "
- Act of Treason
Great book! I am a big fan of Vince Flynn and always enjoy reading his books. Mitch Rapp is extremely like-able with his no nonsense attitude and approach to a situation. ...more info
- great ride - flynn does it again
I just recently started reading Flynn. Add his name to the list of must reads...more info
- Satisfying Read
The Mitch Rapp novels are predictable, and the characters other than Rapp (and his wife) tend to be unidimensional -- but the books are a fabulous read -- like potato chips that you want to gobble down. The information on how various special forces operate is very realistic, and of course we all hope there are a few Mitch Rapps out there for real..... This is the core of Flynn's novels' attraction -- he describes people with intestinal fortitude and clear eyes who see the real enemies we face....more info
- what goes around comes around
not the most action packed of the mitch rapp novels, but not a bit less satisfying. this one proves that no one is safe if they cross rapp, no one....more info
- Great Book
Great book. couldn't stop reading it. Seems that Vynce hate polititions like I do, so no problem enjoing thier fall.
Couldn't stop reading it. Nice prespective reading it on October on Election year......more info
- The Fizzle Out to Summer Reading....
This summer was the summer of the light read including Deception Point by Brown, Lisey's Story by King, a stalled attempt at the Bourne Identity by the Ludlam group and finally ending with Act of Treason by Vince Flynn.
Of all of them (excluding Borne) which just didn't grab me, Act of Treason was the most cliche and I have to say disappointing in the genre of grocery store novels. The description of the book on the back cover pretty much describes the whole novel and really nothing beyond the back cover really takes place.
The characters are not very well developed and the biggest disappointment for me was the lack of interesting technology used by the characters who were placed across the alphabet of secret agencies - FBI, CIA, KGB etc. Research was lacking. A book may be predictable but it can still keep you engaged if the research is thorough and well presented through the characters.
Why did I finish it? Because of only one character - Mitch Rapp - the iconclastic CIA operative who puts the puzzle together and solves problems in his own very physical, bull in a china shop, way. He is the only character worth mentioning and the only one that made the book worth buying and reading.
Flynn can write, but he needs to write better; research his stuff a little more, and not make the story arcs so darn predicatable. If he doesn't even Mitch Rapp may not be able to save the day, the ink on the page, and the dollar in Flynn's wallet.
- Another Great Mitch Rapp Novel
Vince Flynn has done it again with another amazing Mitch Rapp Novel. Act of Treason like the other's would make a great movie, however it would be too realistic and cause the American people to truly see how corrupt our own government really is. Thanks Vince Flynn...more info
- Lots of bang for your buck
Oddly enough this was the first Flynn book I ever read, and I went in a little skeptical. However this is a terrific thriller, not only filled with action and suspense, but surprisingly full of emotion as well. There are some real surprises in here that hit me pretty hard, and I can imagine how readers who've followed these characters for a long time must have liked it even more. Rapp is not the most three dimensional character ever created--he's kind of a juiced-up Jack Ryan--but he cares just enough for us to root for him not just as an action hero, but as a person. A great thriller, and I'll definitely be checking out more of Flynn's stuff....more info
- Rapp is the man!
You see a news story involving a corrupt politician, known terrorist, or murderer getting candy-coated treatment - your immediate thought is "why can't someone just take this guy out back and deal with him?". If you sometimes have the itch to skip the formalities and skip straight to the "justice" in due process, then Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp is a man need to know.
I picked up the first book in this series a couple of years ago and have since waited for new releases with the same anticipation I used to have for Tom Clancy to share the latest Jack Ryan/John Clark exploits. Who knows at this point whether Clancy will ever give us another in that series, but in the meantime the Rapp character is filling a void for me. Flynn's writing is crisp and fast-moving, allows you to put yourself in Rapp's shoes and thought process and, as noted, satisfies your internal need to sometimes "just deal with the problem". Compared to Clancy's characters, Rapp is definitely more Clark, and Flynn skips the multi-layered plots and techno-thriller language and moves straight to the action. The closest character comparison I see for Rapp is Jack Bauer on "24", which probably explains why Flynn has been involved on story-line development for recent seasons of "24". I could easily see Flynn's efforts one day turning into a series of Rapp movies in the Bourne vein - interestingly, there now seems to be some chatter about doing just that.
For me, Flynn is one of the few writers who make me say "just one more chapter" before hitting the sack or taking care of chores. I think "Act of Treason" is another solid effort in the Rapp series and very satisfying for a Rapp devotee, but will be much more enjoyable to a new Flynn reader if you go back and pick the series up from the beginning to see how the character has been developed over the first seven books (see FAQ's at [...] for the chronological order)....more info
- Move over Jack Ryan
If you are thinking about venturing into this spy series you may as well start from the beginning. Mitch Rapp is an exciting character and his exploits over the years are page turning. Start at the beginning and read in order for the best roller coaster. ...more info
- Disappointing - Vince, you can do better!
I think that Vince's stories would be more believable if he didn't make his characters so extreme! Why does Rapp have to be the best at everything (judo, karate, jujitsu - black belt of course)? Why is Irene Kennedy the smartest woman in DC? Why are the villains (Ross, Green, Spiere) the most wealthy, megamaniacal? Why are the women (the president elect's wife in this book, Mitch's late wife Anna in the earlier books) the most beautiful, or the most talented (Whitehouse TV anchorwoman marries CIA agent)? I think the story would still work if they were a bit more regular - it is what they do and think that matters, not that they are the most.....
In this book, it was too unrealistic to have Green, Spiere and the campaign manager discuss their guilty conspiracy in a restaurant near the end of the book. And finally, why did Flynn depart from all rationality by having Kennedy do something so extreme and out of character at the conclusion of the book. Flynn needs to do better....more info
- I'd give it a "24".
If you like the TV series "24", you will like this book and any of the Mitch Rapp series....more info
- Rapp is back!
Rapp is back, baby! Flynn has taken the overhead out of Rapps life and made him more heroic. Rapp is superhero-esque in this world of terrorism. Flynn puts out quality products with well researched stories. Reading Flynn is like taking a course in politics, the CIA, world affairs and espionage all at once. I always look forward to a Flynn book. ...more info
- Weakest of Flynn's Novels
I have enjoyed Flynn's novels since Term Limits, but I hate to admit that I think this was his weakest moment. The story seemed to be put together too fast, and the characters would appear extremely one dimensional if a reader had not read the previous Mitch Rapp novels. Here, Rapp appears as a stereotypical gung-ho "do things my way" agent with little or no thought process. While he was always anti-politician, Flynn drills it into the reader's head at every opportunity.
While the twist of who the terrorists are is a nice departure, the bad guys also did not have much depth. Of course Flynn always makes his politicians the most unsavory characters, (and in his previous efforts it is usually enjoyable) but the characters in Act of Treason are way too cookie cutter, even for Flynn.
The ending sealed the deal for me, which I thought extremely unrealistic and a fantastic departure of the usual rationalism Flynn evokes; the ending seemed to be the least thought out segment of the book. Disappointing....more info
- Mitch Rapp novel
Not the best Rapp/Flynn. I would recommend any of the other novels over it but if you are a fan, go for it....more info
- Good and bad
I've read all the Mitch Rapp novels and I loved this book, with exceptions. I did not like that Anna was killed off and no longer part of the story. I was really disappointed in that respect. I know that Mitch is suppose to be the ultimate in getting things done, but he should be human also. I was very glad to see Scott Coleman and "crew" back in action. I hope Mr. Flynn does bring someone for Mitch and not another person of his kind....more info
- Rapp Attack!
While this was only by second foray into Vince Flynn's universe (I tend to read more historical fiction), I loved it and couldn't put it down from the first paragraph. "Act of Treason" is indeed incredibly fast-paced, timely and relvant (considering the upcoming elections, terrorism, etc) and the character of Mitch Rapp fully defined and heroically intriguing. I have to agree with some other reivewers that the ending was somewhat abrupt and flat. However, taken as a whole, I loved the novel and highly recommend it for readers interested in fast-paced political espionage, or simply a quick, fun, adventurous read! ...more info
- best one yet: a good ending
I feel like Flynn has matured in this book. The plot was more complex and the story had more turns than his previous ones. I have always been let down a bit by the endings of his book, until now, finding the endings a bit trite. This was a high paced, addictive book without a lame ending.
A lot of the book focuses on Irene Kennedy. The role she places at the end of the book was a suprise, but it was poetic justice. ...more info
- An awesome read per usual Vince!!
I have now read 4 Flynn books. They are all fantastic IMO. The get you and hold you throughout. Easy to read and understand. A plus for me. I can highly recommend Vince Flynn books. Mr. Flynn writes about what you WISH would happen in the US government and black ops situations. You will not be sorry when you pick this one up! ...more info
- Keeps moving
Corridors of Power as seen from the third cubicle on the left.
Nice simplistic plot and characters. Good guys are good, bad guys are evil, sexually perverted, and probably vote Democrat. No ambiguity. Good guys get to kill the bad guys, exercising god-like powers of assassination. That evil NY Times gets its comeuppance too.
Really, its good because Flynn is a good writer. Even his filler, descriptions of DC neighborhoods, thoughts and bios of irrelevant characters, etc. are unobtrusive, I even read a few.
First, but probably not the last of the series I will read....more info
- Fast Paced Thriller
It has been several years since I had read a Vince Flynn novel. I thought that he was a great writer before and this book did nothing to change that.
This is a treat most of the way through. The action is continuous. The superhero CIA agent Mitch Rapp is as good as ever. This particular tale is set around the bombing of the motorcade of a U.S. presidential candidate and its aftermath. There are many twists and turns.
The only down side to this is that the ending is a bit anticlimactic. It is still very good. I just would have preferred a bit more of an explosive ending. In spite of that, it is a great story and is hard to put down. I recommend it....more info
- Pure fun
This was my first Vince Flynn novel, and thus my introduction to Mitch Rapp. I listened to the audio-book, and found it to be pure fun from start to end. I admit that, looking back, the book does seem a bit light and unashamedly manipulative. It's not the kind of book that I would normally rate as a 5 star book. Yet I found myself riveted throughout. Without even reading other reader reviews, I too thought of the TV series 24 throughout the book. Act of Treason does not have all the twists and turns of a 24 series, but Mitch Rapp might as well be Jack Bauer. The novel makes up for fewer plot twists with a sense of humor that is skillfully intermingled with the action and suspense. Most thrillers bore me these days, but this didn't. I think that it was a very well paced story. This is not a great novel. It's light beach-reading, but it's a light thriller that was tons of fun to me. I will certainly try another Vince Flynn novel, though I usually get bored with sequels and series. This was too enjoyable to not go back for seconds....more info
Say what you will about "24", but it's unpredictable and riveting. After the first segment, "Act of Treason" is laughably predictable and completely devoid of even a drop of adrenaline. It's just heavy-handed right-wing drivel, using the most ham-handed and contrived scenarios and characters imaginable to make its grotesquely oversimplified, ends-justify-the-means, good versus evil arguments.
From the technology to the plausibility to the characterizations, Vince Flynn writes with the depth of silly 8 year old....more info
- You have GOT to be kidding.
(Warning to conservatives with no sense of humor: this review contains satirical material and irony, however bald and slimy. Get over yourselves. And yes, I did read it!)
This wet dream for the right wing is just plain silly. Another Good Guy with a name that sounds like a cough. He's so tough, he's even tougher than that hot female secret service agent who whips all the NORMAL secret service wimpy guys in martial arts. Now, that's tough!
The bad guys are Democrats, one of which had the philandering wife of his running mate rubbed out (good riddance -- she's as bad as that woman who messed around with Newt Gingrich! Oh, wait -- he divorced his wife and married that woman!). This Dem is so unbelievably nefarious that he leaks secrets (Just like that . . . that . . . that treasonous JERK who leaked CIA agent Valerie Plame's identity to that liberal commie at CNN) to the incredibly biased New York Times (almost as bad as that pinko outfit Fox News that reported on Obama's energy plan that urges people to save energy by keeping their tires full of air, then immediately after the story advertised how to get an "Obama's goofy energy plan" tire gauge for a $25 donation to the Republicans! Alert!! Media bias!!)!!!
Fortunately for the free world, our hero manages to convince the American people that torture is OK, having put together a really convincing Power Point presentation that his boss at the CIA shows on TV. After that, he's free to just kill most of the rest of the bad guys, you know, just kind of walk up and shoot them. Woo hoo! America rocks! And he's a good shot, too! Kind of wish we'd done that to that evil nefarious guy who spread anthrax around after 9/11, what was his name, Steve Hatfill -- no, wait, he didn't do it! Shoot! Or wait, DON'T shoot!
Don't read this. This is a ridiculous book. Read John LeCarre instead -- oh, wait, Liberals aren't supposed to read LeCarre, so only read him if you're a Conservative. OK?...more info
- Another poor ending by Flynn
Absolutely another great thriller except the ending. This is the second Flynn book in a row that I have read that needed a better ending. Up until the ending I was ready to give this book a five star plus. Flynn had me so drawn into the book that I actually was in a hurry for the bad guys to get discovered and punished, but Flynn was too concerned about his next novel to give this one a proper ending.
When writing my first novel, al-Qaeda Strikes Again, one of my proof readers said that I should give my book a better ending and not worry about setting up a beginning for my next book which is what Flynn did in Act of Treason. The most important parts of a novel are the beginning and the ending. When Flynn tries to bridge the ending of one book into the beginning of his next book then he robs the reader even if the reader reads all his books in order, but it was even worst than that as the ending was wham bam that's it! Part on the ending for this book is the beginning of Protect and Defend: A Thriller and in that book the beginning has no connection with the rest of the book.
The ending in this book was the worst that I have read in an otherwise fabulous thriller....more info
- Fiction counter terror at it's best
Has anyone read a bad Flynn/Rapp book yet?
I could go on forever but I won't, all I will say is that Flynn/Rapp books are some of the most entertaining and face paced that I have ever had the pleasure to read. Tell Mr. Flynn to write more or I will camp out in his front yard with a sandwich board and protest. ...more info
- Not the best Flynn novel, but still pretty good!!
This book seems a little less dramatic. Perhaps because politicians are a target of terrorists? Harvesting the fruits of bad labors if you ask me. Otherwise, a truly enjoyable book. The storyline is just a little less punchy....more info