Pursuit of Honor by Vince Flynn;2009; $27.99; 431 pages; Atria Books, New York, NY; 978-4165-9516-8; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Midland; 4/22/16-4/26/16
Why did I read this? I am trying to read the whole series to see how a new author handles the character with the newest book, The Survivor.
Following close on the events in Extreme Measures, Mitch Rapp and Mike Nash are feeling the political pressure that is applied after an attack. Mitch is feeling it professionally and politically while Mike is feeling it in his personal life. While they are dealing with the fallout there are still three terrorist on the road in Middle America looking to continue with their attacks on citizens of the United States. Mitch and CIA director Irene Kennedy find a way to help Mike deal with his family problems and Mitch and Mike confront the terrorist directly and end the conflict inside one of the United States monuments in Washington, D.C.. Vince portrays a zealot’s mindset with one of the terrorist actions and how people’s motivations change sometimes.
Grade A- a successfully written thriller that reflects some attitudes that exist today.
Extreme Measures by Vince Flynn; 2008; $27.95; 430 pages; Atria Books, New York, NY; 978-0-7432-7042-7; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Library Outreach; 3/22/16-3/25/16
Why did I read this? Because I enjoy the series and am trying to read them all in chronological order.
Mitch Rapp and partner Mike Nash are before a Senate committee to answer for what some Senators see as their sins. Meanwhile there is a team of terrorist headed for Washington D.C., to wreak havoc on the Capitol. Mitch and Mike are officially taken off the case but work back channels to keep up with the case. There are all kinds of complications which cause havoc for the covert operatives. Things change after the terrorist carry out their plans and kill many people in D.C..
Grade A, exciting thriller with its root in our struggles in the middle east.
Separation of Power by Vince Flynn; 2001; $9.99; 515 pages; Pocket Star Books, New York, NY; 978-1-4391-3573-0; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Midland; 1/22/16-1/25/16
Once again Mitch Rapp takes on the enemies of America, but this time he has been targeted and exposed by some in his own government. Mitch also has to deal with relationship problems in a romantic fashion. Mitch is being used as a political pawn by those who would seek to summit the mountain that is politics in the United States.
Did I enjoy it? Yes it was an exciting action thriller, but at the same time it made me question several things. Why play by the rules if those opposing you don’t? Why work for some who would sell you out as soon as possible? The stories work on many levels.
What is with the title of the review? At a couple of points there are people who think they are all powerful (much like the Wizard of Oz) put Mitch pulls aside the curtain and severs their connection to power.
Code of Honor by Alan Gratz; 2015; $17.99; Scholastic Press, New York, NY; 978-0-545-69519-0; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Albina: 9/16/15-9/17/15
A high senior with a brother in the Rangers is caught up in a battle of right wrong, certainosity and assumptions. His brother is a Army Ranger who seemingly has defected to help the Taliban in Afghanistan. His brother is inserting messages into the video tapes that only his younger brother understands. Everyone jumps to the conclusion that the entire family is suspect because the mother is from Iran. Their house is torn apart by over zealous homeland security teams, they are transferred to a high security off the books location. One CIA agent believes that the family is innocent of any wrong doing and helps the younger brother escape and assembles a team to help him find his brother and prevent the attack the terrorist are planning. The action ranges all over the States and the brothers believe in a code of honor that the wrote when they were much younger.
Did I enjoy it? Alan Gratz is a good storyteller who crafts very compelling characters and makes them multi dimensional. He is able to draw me in and he has shown here how to blend contemporary events into a good story.
What is with the title of the review? This a fictional story but there is so much of it that could be real that it makes it that much more compelling.
American Assassin by Vince Flynn; 2010; $27.99; 435 pages; Atria Books, New York, NY; 978-1-4165-9518-2; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Gregory Heights; 9/13/15-9/16/15
I had read some of the books in the Mitch Rapp series and enjoyed them so I thought I would see what made Mitch who he is. Mitch was an ordinary college student whose girlfriend was killed on Pan Am 103 that was blown up over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988. Mitch was an excellent lacrosse player who was recruited by the CIA as a covert operative. He is trained in all kinds of spycraft, martial arts, weapons and such. He is then set loose on the terrorist responsible for the bombing of the flight. He travels around the globe acting outside the laws of the United States to put the terrorist out of business, since only a small group know what he is actually doing there is a sense of plausible deniability among the uppers echelons of the government. He is assisted and also hampered by a small group of other operatives and handlers.
Did I enjoy it? Yes it was an exciting adventure and full of action, travel and intrigue.
What is with the title of the review? This is the first book in the Mitch Rapp series by Vince Flynn, who passed away in 2013 after a three year battle with prostate cancer.