The author has a simple subtitle to this book, “A Thriller.”Â I love the Mitch Rapp series and this book lives up to the subtitle as a thriller. Act Of TreasonÂ is different as Rapp is almost part of the sub-plot.Â The real story is about Washington power and those who would do most anything to achieve that power.
Author Vince FlynnÂ uses the usual cast of characters in this exciting novel.Â Act of Treason doesn’t have as much of the covert operations-type danger as past Rapp novels which is a nice change.Â I could kind of figure out what was going to happen in many places and I liked that.Â
“…politicians were all that way.Â They honestly believed in their personal power of persuasion.Â These were the men and women who never stopped campaigning.Â Every dry cleaner, bar, and cafe they stopped in, every golf outing and fund raiser they hit, they shook hands, smiled, remembered an amazing number of names and convinced people though nothing more thatn their personality that they were likable.Â These men and women excelled in politics.Â They were willing to make to make concessions and be flexible so others thought them reasonable.Â On the international stage, though, these types got taken to the cleaners.Â Neville Chamberlain, the British prime minister at the onset of WWII, was the classic modern example.Â He had met Hitler, looked him inÂ the eye, made him laugh, and concluded that he was a decent chap despite the evidence to the contrary that had been provided by the British intelligence services.Â Hitler took Chamberlain for a fool and played him through the occupation of Austria, the invasion of Poland, and right on up to the invasion of France.Â Somehow Hitler had been able to resist the irresistible charm of Chamberlain.”
“It should not have come as a surprise to him that in a town like Washington and in a place like the White House, politics played such an important role but, in an irritating and undermining way, it did.Â Add to all of that a convoluted, misguided, and rabid political correctness that permeated nearly every meeting, and you were left with an environment in which the inconsequential was debated and dissected, and the issues of real importance we obfuscated and put off for someone else to deal with at a later date.Â It was not a place where a man of action felt at ease” [emphasis added]
Mitch is back and that means another great book for me to read.Â Author Vince Flynndoes it again with CIA operative Mitch Rapp.Â I am going to be very disappointed when I finish reading these books.Â In the fourth novel, Executive Power, Rapp continues to battle global terrorism.Â Though supposedly “retired” from the field he keeps his hand in the battles to protect our country.Â
In this novel, America is not directly threatened, but Rapp and the CIA travel the world to combat extremists.Â I am obviously reading the Rapp novels years after they were first published (Executive Power was published in 2003) and it is interesting to think about what was happening in American back then.Â I found these two excerpts particularly interesting:
I just cannot get enough of Vince Flynn to satisfy my thirst for “edge of my seat,” thrilling action.Â Flynn combines Washington backstabbing (AKA politics) with a world-wide crisis in which most of the world is unaware to keep us up far into the early morning reading.Â In my case IÂ was awake until after 2:00 AM reading Separation of PowerstarringÂ CIA operative Mitch Rapp.Â
There is a strong connection between this book and Flynn’s previous novel, The Third OptionÂ as Rapp works to find out who tried to have him killed.Â The intrigue reaches the top of American and foreign governments while the President wrestles with the confirmation of a new CIA director and the fact that Saddam Hussein is close to having three nuclear weapons.Â
Glenn Beck had an interesting show a few weeks ago.Â His entire television broadcast featured an interview with best selling author Vince Flynn.Â The interview was fascinating and Beck hit a home run with his guest.Â Flynn is probably best known for his spy novels with super ghost Mitch Rapp.Â I had heard several talk show hosts talk about the series and decided to start reading them and I wanted to start at the beginning.Â This started my quest for all of his books.Â I prefer hardback books and do not like to pay full price unles it is a new release that I can read and quickly re-sell.Â I also do not like dishevled paperbacks.Â I know, I am weird.