Framing the Dialogue

Lethal Agent

It’s hard for me to believe that Lethal Agent is the 16th in the Mitch Rapp series started by the late Vince Flynn.  Though deceased, Kyle Mills has maintained the integrity of the series in the most recent novels.  Kudos to Mr. Mills.  I cannot say that I don’t notice a slight difference, but I still find them keeping me on the edge of my seat and longing for the next book.

In Lethal Agent, rogue actors look to take advantage of a dysfunctional American political climate to unleash a terrible weapon upon the United States and probably the world.  Rapp and his team race to neutralize the threat, a feat that may expose them to the deadly weapon.

““I’ve worked closely with the Americans on their homeland security protocols and preventing terrorist attacks on their soil. It’s given me an intimate knowledge of their borders and immigration policy, their power grid and nuclear plants. Even their water supply. If we strike surgically, we can turn the tide of the war. We can make the Americans lash out against all Muslims and turn your thirty thousand soldiers into a billion.” Halabi stared down at Nassar”

Many novels in this genre tend to paint liberals (Democrats) as only caring about power.  Unfortunately for many citizens like me there is no independent source of news that doesn’t slant for their side.  We are generally left wanting of real news!

“What if this goes beyond politics, Senator? What if our actions actually do help the terrorists?” She shrugged.  “How would that hurt me?” “I don’t understand.” “You read the briefing. It’s anthrax. It can’t be used as a weapon of mass destruction. We’re talking about a few high-profile targets. Hysteria grows and Alexander’s administration gets the blame.” “People will die.” “According to Gary Statham, fewer than a hundred. What would be much worse for us is if Alexander’s people actually succeed. What I don’t need to see on television is a bunch of spec ops guys busting up terrorist cells. Or even worse, one of them putting a bullet in Sayid Halabi. That could give Alexander’s party a bump at the worst possible moment.”

“The malignant glee in Barnett’s voice was clearly audible and Kennedy took comfort in it. The senator wasn’t as calculating as she was given credit for. At her core, she was at the mercy of her infinite greed for power. This was going to get ugly and no one was going to escape without getting bloody. But, as Stan Hurley had been fond of saying, it’s not how you play the game, it’s whether or not your opponent ends up dismembered in the woods.”

Another “keep me up late reading” novel.  My lack of sleep was worth the lackluster feeling the next morning…nothing that a cup of coffee didn’t help ease.  There is no better praise that I can give a book that that I couldn’t put it down.

Sorry about the overuse of quotes from the book.  There were just so many snippets that I wanted to use.  I always try not to give too much away in my reviews.  Good reading!

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