As I contemplated this review of Vince Flynn’s latest (until this November) Mitch Rapp novel which I finished last night, I found an Associated Press article that best expresses one of the main themes of the novel. I have often wondered, hell even hoped, that America had men and women dedicated to the destruction of our enemies. Those who are focused on doing harm to the United States need to be dealt with. We never really know them, their exploits, and how they keep us safe.
The newspaper article is about one such individual, Darren James LaBonte. LaBonte’s family, though sworn by Darren to remain silent on his job have shed some light on this murdered CIA employee. He, along with six other agents were killed by a suicide bomber last December. Unfortunately there are bad people in the world and we need heroes like LaBonte to keep us safe.
Flynn has been consistant in his Rapp novels showing the harm that politically correct politicians can have toward our safety. In Pursuit of Honor the price of the war on terror hits too close to home for some politicians. It seems like their memory fades with the headlines, but some are forced to face harsh reality in this novel. In his last book, Vince Flynn introduced a new protege for Rapp named Mike Nash. He seemed like an up-and-coming, future Rapp. Much of the drama centers on Nash and how he deals with the CIA life, the secrecy and persons looking to destroy the agency. Many who will use any means necessary to hamstring its efforts;
“He uses rules as a weapon. He gets extremely upset when he thinks anyone has acted inappropriately, or has broken the law, yet he sees nothing wrong when he decides to break those very same laws. I’m not even sure he is aware of it. He’s so narcissistic, so in love with himself, that he thinks he’s privileged. Rules are for the commoner, not someone like him, who is destined to make a difference in the world…the narcissistic sociopathic combination is extremely dangerous.”
The best way to end this is with the words of LaBonte’s widow;
“Most of the people in the CIA are just like the rest of us but they have dangerous jobs. He loved his family. He loved his job. It’s not about killing people. It’s about saving people.”