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Memorial Day (Flynn, Vince) Hardcover – 1 May 2004

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  • Hardcover: 407 pages
  • Publisher: James Bennett Pty Ltd (May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743453972
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743453974
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 3.8 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,574,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The king of high-concept political intrigue."

-- Dan Brown



"You'll be hooked....Move over, Jack Ryan!"

-- "Portland Oregonian"



"You'll be hooked....Move over, Jack Ryan!" -- "Portland Oregonian"

"The king of high-concept political intrigue." -- Dan Brown

"The king of high-concept political intrigue."
-- Dan Brown

"You'll be hooked....Move over, Jack Ryan!"
-- "Portland Oregonian"

"You'll be hooked....Move over, Jack Ryan!"
-- Portland Oregonian --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

About the Author

Vince Flynn is the New York Times bestselling author of eleven thrillers, including most recently EXTREME MEASURES and ACT OF TREASON. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and three children. Visit www.vinceflynn.com --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.


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Just finished this one and all I can say is - Wow! A terrific story from the master of the political/military nail biting plot, makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end at times and heaved a sigh of relief on completing this book. So realistically written you could imagine this happening for real. Could not recommend this book highly enough to any reader of this genre. Would have given it more stars if I could. The shame is that Vince Flynn is no longer with us so the number of stories are limited, I'm half way through his titles and each one has been a pleasure to enjoy!
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American Assassin (Mitch Rapp #1)
Kill Shot (Mitch Rapp #2)
Transfer Of Power (Mitch Rapp #3)
The Third Option (Mitch Rapp #4)
Separation Of Power (Mitch Rapp #5)
Executive Power (Mitch Rapp #6)
Memorial Day (Mitch Rapp #7)

Consent To Kill (Mitch Rapp #8)
Act Of Treason (Mitch Rapp #9)
Protect And Defend (Mitch Rapp #10)
Extreme Measures (Mitch Rapp #11)
Pursuit Of Honor (Mitch Rapp #12)
The Last Man (Mitch Rapp #13)
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I am gradually working my way through the "Rapp" novels. This particular book whilst at times introducing improbable scenarios nevertheless represents an enthralling rollercoaster of a story. Great stuff! Now on to the next one.
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If you accept the premise that America has the right to use torture and assassination against citizens of its own and other countries without any due process in their fight against terrorism then Vince Flynn writes an excellent novel, fast paced and with good detail.
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The books are getting better as you go through them.
Although the endings do seem to be a little short.
I am starting to wonder just how many times the White House can be attacked or Washington under threat.
It's a shame Rapp has been exposed but interesting how he try's to deal with not being a secret.
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By Nick Brett TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 July 2004
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This is the latest in the author's series of books featuring Mitch Rapp and, like all the others, it is very good stuff.
Rapp is a front line CIA agent/assassin, the guy who gets his hands very dirty behind the scenes. What is unsual with these books is that the main character does interact with the President so there is a political aspect to the story that compliments the action.
The story deals with a planned al-Qaeda attack on the States using a nuke, just when the bad guys are sorted out, it appears they may be another nuke and time is running out to find it in time. While this is nothing new it is told well and the pages do fly by. It did remind me of 'Liberty' by Steve Coontz but it is far, better in both content and style.
I think the author is right on the top of his game and I am not sure if there is anyone writing better action thrillers at the moment.
Recommended.
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Memorial Day is probably my favourite Mitch Rapp story that I have read to date (I am currently reading them in order starting with the prequels). The reason for this is very simple, this story had Mitch Rapp as the protagonist.

Now I know what you're thinking, all of the other books did as well didn't they? Technically that is true, they did, but not in the same way as Memorial Day. The Mitch Rapp series has been very much a multi-character series from the very beginning. Each book seems evenly split over seven or eight view point characters often to the point where I have felt that Rapp takes a co-star role at best, sometimes even being relegated to the supporting character role.

In this story he takes pride of place and though content and story structure is very much the same as what has come before (Mitch Rapp and the CIA takes on terrorists and washington at the same time) it still felt much better for focusing on the star of the series.

Like my other favourite of this series (Transfer of Power) this one takes place on American soil and is less about a military strike as it is about the good guys discovering and thwarting the enemies plans, which in this case involves detonating a nuclear bomb in Washington DC.

The story was very high tension from the beginning but the characters felt more prominent in this story and because of that there were a lot more feel good moments and even a few laugh out loud moments.

The only fault I have with this novel (and the series as a whole really) was the lack of a satisfaction factor. Vince Flynn has a tendency to write up to the climax of every situation and then abruptly cut it there, never allowing you the satisfaction of seeing the aftermath.
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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Jan. 2005
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Many thrillers are so abstracted from reality that they are describing a world that could never exist. The best thrillers take our natural paranoia and build from there to create a living nightmare that thrills and chills us.
Memorial Day is a rewarding addition to the gradually developing subgenre of the anti-WMD terrorist thriller. Naturally, we all fear terrorists killing millions with WMD. How might they go about it? How might we stop them? Memorial Day provides many rewarding answers to the former and fewer realistic answers to the latter.
Mitch Rapp is a one-man wrecking crew who knows no limits to his ability to protect the United States. He's very much in the vein of an American James Bond except that he is a family man with no obvious vices. In that sense, he's more like Superman without the super powers.
As the book opens, the CIA observes unusual activities and levels of terrorist "chat" which makes it look like an attack may be coming soon. Mitch Rapp learns that a number of al-Qaeda leaders are together in a Pakistani village and organizes a "black" raid on the village. That raid allows him to interrogate several prisoners and he learns that the U.S. is at risk in the near-term. Fortunately, the raid also provides documents that help pinpoint the sources of the risk and counter-terrorist efforts begin quickly and smoothly. But is there enough time?
The main false note in the story is that Mitch Rapp knowingly ignores legal and ethical limits on what the U.S. can do whenever he feels the need to accelerate responses. In the process, the book condones murder, torture and unlimited violence as long as it helps us defend ourselves. At a time when many are rethinking how far we should go in interrogating prisoners, this book suggests no limits.
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