The author has a simple subtitle to this book, “A Thriller.” I love the Mitch Rapp series and this book lives up to the subtitle as a thriller. Act Of Treason is different as Rapp is almost part of the sub-plot. The real story is about Washington power and those who would do most anything to achieve that power.
Author Vince Flynn uses the usual cast of characters in this exciting novel. Act of Treason doesn’t have as much of the covert operations-type danger as past Rapp novels which is a nice change. I could kind of figure out what was going to happen in many places and I liked that.
It slices, it dices, it does the work of many other home utensils. We have all seen the commercials and while we often turn the channel, a lot of times we watch…and even buy. In the first chapter of What the Dog Saw I was treated to the fascinating background and life of world famous pitchman, Ron Popeil.
Malcolm Gladwell is one of my favorite authors and Blink is on my top ten list. When I first saw his new book in the store I naturally picked it up to buy it, but was not enthused by the description and actually put it back down. The description that this was “the best of his writing from The New Yorker” did not interest me.
A had this book a while and thought that it would be a good one to follow The Law by Frederic Bastiat reviewed last week. Although published fifteen years ago The Death of Common Sense provides a direct insight into the substitution of common sense for bureaucracy in America. Common sense and responsibility is replaced with tens of thousands of pages of rules that promote inaction rather than progress. Having worked for many years in government I can attest to the ability of civil servants to skillfully avoid decisions contrary to the letter of the regulation even though they make complete sense.
My son introduced me to the world of Gary Vaynerchuk, a sort of Tony Robbins except that Mr. Vaynerchuk has some success beyond his lectures and books. I am not sure that came out right, but Gary Vaynerchuk (it is so much fun carefully typing his last name) cashed in on his passion (wine) and has used both conventional and unconventional methods to become successful, turning his family business from profitable to mega-profitable. While Robbins is best known for speaking, just speaking.