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5.0 out of 5 stars Extreme Measure - Vince Flynn
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...
Published on 14 Mar 2009 by Mr. Anthony D. Phinn

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3.0 out of 5 stars Flynn Stumbles
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...
Published on 1 Mar 2009 by A. P. Mason


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3.0 out of 5 stars Flynn Stumbles, 1 Mar 2009
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A. P. Mason - See all my reviews
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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. A fault that many authors seem to be falling prey to (James Patterson, Matthew Reilly, etc), and which always leaves me feeling cheated (I bought the book in the belief it would be resolved by the last page, not under the belief it would just be the lead up to a cliffhanger meaning I needed to read another book in a years time to discover how it ends) but which Flynn has typically managed to avoid, until now that is.

If you're a fan of Flynn, or a fan of Rapp's, you'll probably still enjoy this but whereas the previous entries will have left you wanting more through the sheer talent of the writing, this one will have the same effect just so you can know how the story actually ends.

My advice to Flynn is to spend less time using his work to sermonize about what he sees as the politicians stance on the rights of terrorists and the use of, "Extreme Measures," in battling such men and more time on writing the lean, mean, exciting thrillers I know he typically excels at.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Extreme Measures, 17 Jan 2009
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A. R. Sherley-Dale (Croydon, UK) - See all my reviews
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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
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Mr. Anthony D. Phinn (Farnborough UK) - See all my reviews
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Slow-Moving Legal and Political Wrangling as Background to a Terrorist Threat, 3 Nov 2008
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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.

In a parallel story line, there is a terrorist cell finishing its training in South America under Karim Nour-al-Din who dreams of creating much carnage for Allah. You follow the cell step-by-step as it approaches closer to its target.

In the story, there are several sources of tension:

- will the terrorists be stopped?
- will Mitch Rapp beat the rap?
- will Mike Nash survive the pressure?
- will Mike's family deal with the consequences?
- will the CIA be able to do its job in the future?

Although that sounds pretty thrilling, the book moves slowly from its opening so that the tension merely simmers along for the first two hundred pages or so. Frankly, the story would probably have made a better novella than novel by cutting out most of the background conflicts and focusing on the more imminent parts of the threat.

If you can't get enough of Mitch Rapp, don't miss the book. If you want mostly Mitch Rapp, skip 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
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C. Green "happily low brow" (Quenington, Glos, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Extreme Measures (Paperback)
'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. Unfortunately Flynn feels the need to ram home all Nash's 'not Mitch Rapp' character traits ad-infinitum and forces us to spend too much time getting to know the man's family, a group who could have been given far less prominence in the story without any sense of loss. All of this simply serves to slow down and pad out the narrative and give the whole thing the feeling of being one long prologue to a larger story.

That story would seem to be an attempt at a more realistic portrayal of the US fight against Muslim fundamentalist terrorism. Unfortunately Vince Flynn subscribes to the same set of beliefs when it comes to what are acceptable measures for fighting this battle as the producers of 24 on TV do and this informs much of Extreme Measures (including the title). From the word go it is obvious that Flynn considers extreme interrogation measures to be a perfectly acceptable method of obtaining information from enemy combatants, and that he sees anyone not prepared to countenance such measures to be ill-informed, lily livered liberals who are a danger to national security. Extreme Measures seems to be Flynn's attempt to argue for what he believes in, but by allowing his personal political beliefs to come to the fore too strongly the book often ends up feeling like an excuse to justify the use of torture, rather than just a simple work of enjoyable fiction. It makes for a strangely unbalance read with sudden shifts in tone or focus.

With an open ending that confirms this book to simply be an extended introduction to the all new 'Rapp & Nash Show', Extreme Measures is a less than satisfying read. Personally speaking the hawkish views the book expressed left a slightly unpleasant aftertaste in this reviewer's mouth, but how you react to Flynn's viewpoint will very much depend on your own political leanings. What is undeniable however, is that whilst Mike Nash has the potential to revitalise Flynn's books Extreme Measures itself is a less than thrilling introduction to the character.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More please, at once!, 24 Mar 2009
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I read Mr Flynn's Protect and defend when it came out last year and immediately I finished it, ordered all the others in the series. Real cutting edge fun! As usual, it's slightly "The US government are an untrustworthy bunch of (fill in your favourite epithets here)" but I dont care, it is still an excellent read. Just a quick note to those who read the official synopsis and worry - Mitch is on his way back - never fear....
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read, 30 Jun 2014
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 23 May 2014
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However over the top some of the situations the books provide much room for thought as well as being a cracking fast read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars yet again an excellent book from Vince Flynn, 9 May 2014
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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 individually I think you will get more pleasure out of reading them as a series. The quality of the writing is a real tribute to the late Vince Flynn.
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4.0 out of 5 stars liked it but not but not enough plot, 3 May 2014
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Perhaps this story held together and is well paced but I felt there was something missing. A stronger characterisation of the main character?
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