Pursuit of Honor by Vince Flynn

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

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.

Consent to Kill by Vince Flynn

Consent to Kill 
by Vince Flynn; 2005; $9.99; 675 pages; Pocket Star Books, New York, NY; 978-1-4165-0501-3; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Sellwood; 2/6/16-2/11/16

After all these years of Mitch Rapp targeting and taking out terrorist around the world, one of them has decided to take him out.  The contract is out through a couple of different cutouts, Mitch is targeted and the assassin starts planning how to take Mitch down.  Meanwhile Mitch is tracking a couple of other terrorist threats.  The assassin moves on Mitch and pulls off his plan, but things don’t go according to his plan.  Now there are people tracking the assassins to make thing right.

Grade A

Did I enjoy it?  Yes it is a good quick page turner that fills some time and progresses the story of Mitch Rapp.

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.