- Paperback: 528 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK; 1 edition (6 July 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1847390811
- ISBN-13: 978-1847390813
- Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 3.4 x 17.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 111 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Extreme Measures (The Mitch Rapp Series) Paperback – 6 Jul 2009
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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 ...
About the Author
Vince Flynn's fifteen thrillers have been published in twenty countries. Visit his website at www.vinceflynn.com.
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If you like books with a super secret hero former navy SEAL warrior who kills bad guys you will probably enjoy it but it's more political than normal which doesn't really work.
The book starts with Mitch Rapp, superstar CIA assassin trying to interrogate/torture some Al-Qaeda bad guys. To stop you from feeling sorry for them the author has made them truly awful i.e. one blows up schools with kids in them and the other recruits people with down syndrome to use as suicide bombers. However just as Mitch is about to beat the details of a terror attack on US soil from the nasty lips of the terrorists he is interrupted by some people who clearly believe torture is wrong even if the subjects are clearly and unequivocally evil.
The rest of the book spends a lot of time with various US senators trying to drag Mitch and his colleagues through a number of senate committee meetings to prove to the public that the CIA is torturing people. Whilst this is happening the terrorist cell is finishing its training and is sneaking into Washington.
The end is pretty incredible with the terrorists actually actual the Senators who seem to hell bent on protecting their rights. The main political character does the biggest U-turn possible.
The action is enjoyable and the CIA team are the same as the other books but it feels like all of the other characters in the book are total extremes from the aforementioned terrorists to Senators who are keener on making themselves look good than actually stopping terrorist attacks. There are no normal people in this book
It is a good page turner which didn't take me long to read but it tries to take the moral high ground and fails. I hope the next Vince Flynn book reverts to pure action and less politics
A brilliant read as always from one of the Masters of the genre.
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