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Power Down

You can add author Ben Coes to the list of my favorite thriller writers Vince Flynn, Ted Bell, Brad Thor, and Daniel Silva.  In Power Down the United States is attacked by fundamentalist terrorists after burrowing into our country’s infrastructure for decades.  The attacks are concentrated on our ability to produce energy.  As intelligence agencies race against time to stop future attacks two unlikely characters become heroes in the cause. 

American Assassin

I don’t know how author Vince Flynndoes it, I just hope that he does it for a very very long time.  In his latest Mitch Rapp novel Flynn takes us back to the beginning of Rapp’s “career” navigating in the World’s sleazy underworld of terrorists, mobsters, gun dealers, corrupt bankers, and crocked politicians.  After intense training, super hero Mitch Rapp becomes an American Assassin as he brings the fight to our enemies.  We get to hate the Russians and Islamic Extremists in the same book.  Cocky and brash would be appropriate words to describe Rapp, but you would have to add highly successful to the list of the CIA’s covert operative.  Covert may not be the proper term as there is no direct, official connection between Rapp’s group and the CIA. 

Warlord

“S.O.A. [Sword of Allah] was one of the newer Muslim gangs to take power within the American prison system, after only two, maybe three years of existence in hte United States.  It was a group that had already proven itself extraordinarily capable of any atrocity.  Scary things?  Harry told him CIA estimated that total American S.O.A. prison membership already at over five thousand and climbing.  That’s five thousand suicidal terrorists sitting around in the slam every day thinking up new ways to kill Americans.”

Path of the Assassin

Secret Service Agent Scot Harvath is back tracking down bad guys (terrorists) who had responsibility for the president’s kidnapping as detailed in The Lions of Lucerne. Author Brad Thor again has written a gripping, exciting, attention-grabbing novel with Path of the Assassin.   Hero and former SEAL Team member Scot Harvath continues his battle against Middle Eastern terrorists, foreign governments, and even the CIA. 

The strained relationship continues between lone-wolf Harvath and other United States’ agencies.  Even with a common goal Harvath often is at odds with them as they try to capture or kill a mysterious silver-eyed assassin.  In an unusual twist a group apparently turns the tables on Islamic terrorists by engaging in a determined campaign to seek vengeance using their own terrorist tactics. 

Extreme Measures

Torture, enhanced interrogation, or Extreme Measuresare different ways to describe an attempt to gather information from an enemy using techniques that may make many squeamish.  Most of us are abhorrent to any methods that involve knives, bullets in sensitive areas, whips, or even razor blades.  What if the enemy had knowledge that you needed right away to save your father, mother, wife, or child?

What then would you do to get that information?  If you only had 20 minutes to save your loved one and the person wanted his lawyer would you provide one?  My guess is that you would do pretty much anything to save your child.  I would.  So what happens to you after the dust has settled?  You have broken the law.  Vince Flynn tackles this subject with CIA operative Mitch Rapp.

Executive Power

Executive PowerMitch is back and that means another great book for me to read.  Author Vince Flynndoes it again with CIA operative Mitch Rapp.  I am going to be very disappointed when I finish reading these books.  In the fourth novel, Executive Power, Rapp continues to battle global terrorism.  Though supposedly “retired” from the field he keeps his hand in the battles to protect our country. 

In this novel, America is not directly threatened, but Rapp and the CIA travel the world to combat extremists.  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.  I found these two excerpts particularly interesting:

Making The Connection…NOT

today_showI was watching the Today show this morning not out of choice, but out of love.  My wife likes to watch it and I was with her this morning.  I am not sure why she does not ask me to leave the room as I always feel the need to comment on their embedded bias.  They are not overt about their bias; I am pretty sure that they probably do not even recognize it.

Transfer Of Power

transfer of powerGlenn Beck had an interesting show a few weeks ago.  His entire television broadcast featured an interview with best selling author Vince Flynn.  The interview was fascinating and Beck hit a home run with his guest.  Flynn is probably best known for his spy novels with super ghost Mitch Rapp.  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.  This started my quest for all of his books.  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.  I also do not like dishevled paperbacks.  I know, I am weird.

Separated At Birth – Whiplash/Holder

Whiplash - Holder

Snidely Whiplash was the tireless antagonist to Canadian Mountie, Dudley Do-Right, in the 1960s cartoon.  The tireless villain in the cartoon melodrama often made Nell Fenwick the object of his schemes where she often ended up tied to a railroad track.  Often foiled by Do-Right, Snidely never gave up his machinations to do evil.  Whiplash was portrayed as a bright yet evil man who was often beaten by a lesser Dudley.  One senses that the dual for “right” had been going on long before the series.