Extreme Measures by Vince Flynn

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.

Act of Treason by Vince Flynn

Act of Treason by Vince Flynn; 2006$25.95; 415 pages; Atria Books, New York, NY; 978-0-743270373;checked out from Multnomah County Library; Central; 3/16/16-3/18/16

Why did I read this?   I am trying to read through the series before I read the newest in the series.  The newest book is written by one of the authors I really like, Kyle Mills, after Vince Flynn passed away a couple of years ago.

The sitting President has decided not to run for re-election due to the onset of Parkinsons.  During a campaign stop the front runners motorcade is bombed and several people are killed and scores are injured.  A terrorist organization takes credit, the FBI runs their entire investigation ignoring testimony from the lead Secret Service agent.  The CIA sends covert operative Mitch Rapp overseas to investigate and what he finds leads right back to the United States and a corrupt Washingtonian (is that an anti-oxymoron) official.  Mitch is still reeling from the events of the previous books and the CIA is on the defensive because of the incoming administration.

Grade A, an exciting action adventure thriller.

Mitch separates power

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.

Grade B

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.

le’ tower de eiffel

Killshot by Vince Flynn; 2012; $27.99; 385 pages; Atria Books, New York, NY; 978-4165-9520-5; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Hillsdale; 9/23/15-9/26/15

Mitch Rapp is continuing to target the terrorist responsible for the bombing of Pan Am flight 103.  As he finishes a job in Paris he is attacked by five men who were waiting for him.  It turns out they knew he was coming and are to make him responsible for the carnage that erupts at the hotel.  Mitch must protect himself and his girlfriend while trying to figure out whom he can trust and who betrayed him. He doesn’t know who to trust and has to put in himself in some dangerous situations to clear his name.  He is being targeted by the Paris police, the French CIA, terrorists and a couple of his own people.  Mitch uses all the skills he has been taught and uses his wits to figure out who is chasing him and to save himself.

Grade A

Did I enjoy it?  Yes, it is an exciting adventure and a nice beach book.

What is with the title of the review?  Most of the action takes place in the City of Lights.

the first from the late

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.

Grade A

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.