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Vince Flynn
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6 July 2009
With Mitch Rapp away on assignment in Pakistan, CIA Director Irene Kennedy turns to his protege, Mike Nash. Nash has served his government honourably for sixteen years, first as an officer in the Marine Corps, then as an operative in an elite counterterrorism team run by Rapp, never wavering in his fight against the jihadis and their culture of death. Fighting the War on Terror in secret, he has been forced to lie to everyone he cares about, including his wife and children. He has soldiered on secure in the knowledge that his hard work and lethal tactics have saved the lives of thousands. But the one thing he never saw coming was that his own government was about to turn on him ...

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (6 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847390811
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847390813
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Vince Flynn is the New York Times bestselling author of nine thrillers, including most recently EXTREME MEASURES and ACT OF TREASON. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and three children. Visit www.vinceflynn.com

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Flynn Stumbles 1 Mar 2009
I have been a fan of Flynn's novels since his very first and of the opinion that Mitch Rapp is one of the great creations of the thriller genre in the past ten years, eagerly looking forward to each new novel, but with this one I am sorry to say that Flynn has stumbled.

He has fallen into the Tom Clancy trap of thinking that his readers are more interested in his characters and, one would assume his own, political beliefs, in particular on the rights of the terrorist and how we fight such people, as opposed to just creating the a great thriller as we know he is more than capable of.

Far too much time in his latest novel is spent creating a back story for his newest character, and the one who it seems is going to take over the mantle for Rapp, Mike Nash, and in repetetively going over the politcial machinations and deluded, when it come sto fighting terrorists at least, beliefs of various Washington politicians.

Whereas in his previous works, backstory was interwoven into the plot seamlessly so as not to slow things down, here the plot grinds to a halt so we can be treated to page after page of exposition on our main characters home life and how his work affects it.

If you are expecting the non-stop thrills of Flynn's previous works you should be warned that such things are in short supply here. Whilst it is still a decent read, far too much time is spent expounding political beliefs via character exposition and far too little on the main, thriller-type plot. In fact, the main action of the novel takes place entirely in the last fifty pages or so and serves merely as set-up for the next in the series.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Extreme Measures 17 Jan 2009
Three stars only this time round, not because "Extreme Measures" isn't intelligently written and well constructed, but because with the Mitch Rapp series, Flynn has created something so utterly gripping, that anything even slightly slow paced will come as a disappointment to fans. That said, the fact that Rapp's unorthodox methods of preventing terrorist attacks have come under scrutiny by the pc do-gooders, this is a necessary and logical next stage of the overall storyline if the series is to maintain credibility. Flynn's mistrust and distaste of politicians is all too apparent but he once again plays to his strengths, creating odious characters, on both sides, who get deliciously and satisfyingly "dealt" with. In Mike Nash, we have a new interesting character, who injects a little sensitivity and humour, and should play a major part in future storylines. Fear not, those of you who think Vince Flynn has lost his touch for it is abundantly clear from the last page that Rapp is going to be back with a bang. I can hardly wait.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extreme Measure - Vince Flynn 14 Mar 2009
Excellent read. The latest instalment of Mitch Rapp's exploits to save the planet from terrorist extremists. Also introducing his protege who will no doubt assume the mantle of super-spy once Mitch decides to hang up his holsters. Once again, Vince Flynn captures the intensity and concerns of the world today and refines them into a gripping story, leaving you at the end anticipating the next novel.
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Mitch Rapp fans should be warned that Extreme Measures features Mike Nash (a counter-terrorism agent who has been trained by Mitch) as the protagonist with Mitch Rapp making occasional explosive appearances. When Mitch Rapp appears, the thrills will curl your toes. The rest of the time, however, you may feel like you are listening to either C-Span or a boring prosecutor on Court TV.

There seems to be a serious purpose behind the book: To demonstrate the advantages of suspending constitutional limitations on the government when there is a clear and present danger of immediate harm from terrorists. If you want to know more about the benefits of that approach, you will find plenty to engage you in this story that will probably strike you as very plausible.

From a thriller reader's perspective, this isn't a total thriller. It's more like a book about political intrigue with thriller scenes in it.

So what's it all about? Two terrorist cells have been stopped that had been headed for the U.S. Two well-connected Taliban leaders have been captured in Afghanistan (Abu Haggani organizes suicide operations using Down syndrome children and Mohammad al-Haq is the liaison with al-Qaeda) and are in custody of the U.S. Air Force. A group from Congress has visited the detainees and promised them rights under the Geneva Convention. The CIA desperately wants to find out if there is a third terrorist cell still functioning . . . and where it's headed. Mike Nash and Mitch Rapp descend under the pretense of being Air Force personnel . . . and get caught in the act before they can find out what they want to know. The repercussions reverberate throughout the book.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Restarting The Mitch Rapp Adventures 4 Mar 2009
'Extreme Measures' is Vince Flynn's attempt to draw a line under Mitch Rapp's previous adventures and restart the series on a slightly new footing. Gone are the slightly outlandish plots involving cunning master terrorists for hire and constant action and in their place is a story that seems to be trying hard to stay within the realms of realism. The narrative pace is still rapid, and the book manages to hold your attention, but at least fifty percent of its length is more interested in political power games in Washington and establishing new recurring characters than in actually thwarting terrorism. Whilst Flynn has used US politics as a plot device previously its usually been in the form of scheming, corrupt senators bent on personal power. Here the motivations of the politicians, although painted as often being misguided, are generally honourable.

This focus on political machinations means however, that Extreme Measures is a far less exciting book than Flynn's previous novels. To add to the time spent in the corridors of power there is also the introduction if his new character, Mike Nash, a CIA officer who Flynn seems have invented in order to deal with the limitations posed by Rapp's well established character. Rapp has always been something of a one-note individual and his take no prisoners, Jack Bauer from 24 style schtick had become slightly old hat in recent Flynn novels. Nash by contrast is a solid family man with kids who demonstrates more doubts about the methods he and Rapp use to catch bad guys than his colleague ever did. This does bring a fresh angle to Flynn's well established fictional world.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another great one from Vince Flynn. Mitch Rapp rules!
Published 11 days ago by Lews Therin
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Have read all previous ones in series and love these books. A bit like the the Jack Reacher series. If you like them you will this series.
Published 1 month ago by Lyndsey Johnston
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
However over the top some of the situations the books provide much room for thought as well as being a cracking fast read.
Published 2 months ago by Barbara Round
5.0 out of 5 stars yet again an excellent book from Vince Flynn
I have read all the Mitch Rapp series and they make an excellent read. If you haven't read any I would suggest you start at the beginning as although you can read each book... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kay
4.0 out of 5 stars liked it but not but not enough plot
Perhaps this story held together and is well paced but I felt there was something missing. A stronger characterisation of the main character?
Published 3 months ago by AliN
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
A great read that keeps you turning the pages and makes it difficult to put down. Well written and not drowning in irrelevant detail. Well done.
Published 3 months ago by D. English
5.0 out of 5 stars First class read!
Well written, full of suspence and intrigue.Would recommend to all "thriller" readers. Vince Flynn has the capacity to capture your imagination. Read more
Published 3 months ago by stephen michael holmes
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Very good read,great Author. Riveting read, can't put it down once started. Enjoying all in the series. Eagerly awaiting the next.
Published 4 months ago by Lesley
5.0 out of 5 stars Mitch Rapp
Another CIA tale, well told. I personally find this series of books an excellent read. I have difficulty in putting the books down.
Published 6 months ago by Jeffco101
3.0 out of 5 stars Must be another.
Great book ending leaves you wanting more. Very detailed well written cannot wait to read more of his books .
Published 6 months ago by John M Gray
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