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CIA operative Mitch Rapp follows a trail of contract killers leading directly to the heart of our nation's capital in New York Times bestselling author Vince Flynn's eighth explosive thriller. It's a gorgeous autumn day in Georgetown. The Democratic candidates for president and vice president of the United States are dutifully glad-handing voters and the media outside a g CIA operative Mitch Rapp follows a trail of contract killers leading directly to the heart of our nation's capital in New York Times bestselling author Vince Flynn's eighth explosive thriller. It's a gorgeous autumn day in Georgetown. The Democratic candidates for president and vice president of the United States are dutifully glad-handing voters and the media outside a grand estate where a national security conference has just been held, bringing together the world's greatest minds to discuss the issues that are threatening the country. It's American politicking at its best. That's when all hell breaks loose.When presidential candidate Josh Alexander's motorcade is ambushed by a group of terrorists, the nation is thrown into turmoil. Two weeks following the attack, Alexander is carried to victory by a sympathy vote, but his assailants have not been found. On the surface it appears to be the work of al-Qaeda, despite the tremendous job that the U.S. and her allies have done eliminating terrorist cells within the heart of America. While the FBI and the rest of the government begin scouring the world for jihadists, CIA director Irene Kennedy and Special Agent Skip McMahon are presented with classified information so toxic that they consider destroying it altogether, as it contains intelligence pointing to some of the most powerful players in Washington.Enter Mitch Rapp, the one man reckless enough to follow the evidence to its explosive conclusion. His journey takes him through the shadowy world of contract killers, into the darkest corners of the globe, and eventually back to Washington, where the fragile pillars of power are shaken to their core.


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CIA operative Mitch Rapp follows a trail of contract killers leading directly to the heart of our nation's capital in New York Times bestselling author Vince Flynn's eighth explosive thriller. It's a gorgeous autumn day in Georgetown. The Democratic candidates for president and vice president of the United States are dutifully glad-handing voters and the media outside a g CIA operative Mitch Rapp follows a trail of contract killers leading directly to the heart of our nation's capital in New York Times bestselling author Vince Flynn's eighth explosive thriller. It's a gorgeous autumn day in Georgetown. The Democratic candidates for president and vice president of the United States are dutifully glad-handing voters and the media outside a grand estate where a national security conference has just been held, bringing together the world's greatest minds to discuss the issues that are threatening the country. It's American politicking at its best. That's when all hell breaks loose.When presidential candidate Josh Alexander's motorcade is ambushed by a group of terrorists, the nation is thrown into turmoil. Two weeks following the attack, Alexander is carried to victory by a sympathy vote, but his assailants have not been found. On the surface it appears to be the work of al-Qaeda, despite the tremendous job that the U.S. and her allies have done eliminating terrorist cells within the heart of America. While the FBI and the rest of the government begin scouring the world for jihadists, CIA director Irene Kennedy and Special Agent Skip McMahon are presented with classified information so toxic that they consider destroying it altogether, as it contains intelligence pointing to some of the most powerful players in Washington.Enter Mitch Rapp, the one man reckless enough to follow the evidence to its explosive conclusion. His journey takes him through the shadowy world of contract killers, into the darkest corners of the globe, and eventually back to Washington, where the fragile pillars of power are shaken to their core.

30 review for Act of Treason

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Kuhn

    Sleazy politicians, a surprise presidential election result, and an investigation into that presidential election questioning if it were manipulated with the help of Russians. Sound familiar, guess again, this fictional novel was written in 2006 by Twin Cities native Vince Flynn. Vince Flynn wrote a series of thirteen novels staring a fictional CIA agent name Mitch Rapp. Flynn is a fascinating story himself as he forced himself to read challenging literary novels and write to overcome his diffic Sleazy politicians, a surprise presidential election result, and an investigation into that presidential election questioning if it were manipulated with the help of Russians. Sound familiar, guess again, this fictional novel was written in 2006 by Twin Cities native Vince Flynn. Vince Flynn wrote a series of thirteen novels staring a fictional CIA agent name Mitch Rapp. Flynn is a fascinating story himself as he forced himself to read challenging literary novels and write to overcome his difficulties with dyslexia. He started with a self-published novel, which did well in the Twin Cities which in turn, led to a traditional book deal for his Mitch Rapp series. Several Mitch Rapp novels hit the New York Times bestseller list. Flynn was also a consultant for the television series “24”. Unfortunately, he passed away in 2013 after a long battle with prostate cancer. In 2016, the first Mitch Rapp movie, “American Assassin” was release and grossed over $66 million worldwide. Well, this is my first Vince Flynn novel and while it took me a bit to get into it, it eventually pulled me in and grabbed me until the last page. The main character, Mitch Rapp, is a savvy, shoot first – ask later, American CIA version of James Bond. He’s not afraid to skirt the law a bit to get a righteous outcome. This novel feels a little too realistic with a couple of unscrupulous politicians caught up with shadowy contract killers. The story is tight, the action regular and stirring, and the characters are well constructed. It’s masculine action-adventure for sure, but its also smart and just plain fun. An example of Flynn’s clever observations is that when someone is constantly late, they are either idiot savants, perfectionists, or egomaniacs. And the one to be most wary of, is, of course, the third category. Little remarks like that greatly increased my enjoyment of the story. I wish Flynn were still around writing more Mitch Rapp stories, but at least I have twelve more to read. An entertaining political thriller that highlights the dangers of power and betrayal, but also finds hope that there are those that will stop at nothing for truth and justice.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Natalie Vellacott

    Another cheap second hand novel I picked up to see what people are reading. I think this is meant to be a crime thriller involving the CIA/FBI etc. However, it reads almost like a superhero book with one man, Rapp, constantly swooping everywhere and single-handedly saving the day. The slightly fantastical plot involves a conspiracy to assassinate the soon to be President of the USA, or at least, that is what is assumed when the motorcade he is traveling in is blown up....The investigation leads t Another cheap second hand novel I picked up to see what people are reading. I think this is meant to be a crime thriller involving the CIA/FBI etc. However, it reads almost like a superhero book with one man, Rapp, constantly swooping everywhere and single-handedly saving the day. The slightly fantastical plot involves a conspiracy to assassinate the soon to be President of the USA, or at least, that is what is assumed when the motorcade he is traveling in is blown up....The investigation leads to Russia, Cyprus and Belarus, but should those that seek answers really be looking in Switzerland? This wasn't a page turner and I don't understand the many five star ratings. It was good enough to keep reading to the end. It was quite predictable apart from the odd twist-a bit like a Jack Bauer scenario; lone agent constantly going off book to bypass bureaucracy and everyone else trying to clean up his messes whilst looking on with a degree of admiration. There was a lot of swearing and blasphemy in this and some sexual content. There is a lot of violence including torture scenes. I probably wouldn't read another book in this series unless there was nothing else to read!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Richard

    7/10 Another decent read in the series but it didn’t meet my high expectations overall. The bar has been set quite high by this series and whilst nothing really changes here too much from the usual outline it falls a bit flat overall and is really let down by the ending. The story starts with a terrorist exploding a bomb killing the wife of a candidate for the presidency and some other less important people but not all is as it seems. This leads to some of the usual exploring and hunting by the pr 7/10 Another decent read in the series but it didn’t meet my high expectations overall. The bar has been set quite high by this series and whilst nothing really changes here too much from the usual outline it falls a bit flat overall and is really let down by the ending. The story starts with a terrorist exploding a bomb killing the wife of a candidate for the presidency and some other less important people but not all is as it seems. This leads to some of the usual exploring and hunting by the protagonist, Mitch Rapp, and some internal politicking in the CIA to try and work out if there is more than first thought. Of course there is but it’s too easily signposted along the way. There weren’t many twists or turns here and what we’ve seen before was done again. From the off you knew the overall outline and where things would go. This doesn’t mean it was a bad read, it was enjoyable and a palette cleanser after the tomb of A Dance with Dragons. The thing that really got my goat was the ending. I was panicking that it would be a cliffhanger ending as no real resolution was upcoming and there was a handful of pages left. What can be done?! (view spoiler)[Give the man a gun and let him get bang banging and then also regurgitate an ending from another book where poison is put into someone’s drink to kill them easily (hide spoiler)] . Too easy to tie it all up, I would have preferred the cliffhanger and dragged it out into something a bit more tense in the next book. Not to be, I still enjoyed the ride if not the ending. It’s a good series which is like a literary version of 24/West Wing.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mike (the Paladin)

    We open here with a shattering assassination attempt. Assumed to be the actions of terrorists when Irene Kennedy "looks into things" the pillars of the government and indeed the basis of a lot of assumptions are shaken. Who will Kennedy, Director of the CIA turn to? Guess. Mitch Rapp again thrown into harms way and handed a hot potato no one should have to handle does what's needed. This novel I didn't find as "memorable" as some of the other Flynn works I've read. We have an ending that leaves som We open here with a shattering assassination attempt. Assumed to be the actions of terrorists when Irene Kennedy "looks into things" the pillars of the government and indeed the basis of a lot of assumptions are shaken. Who will Kennedy, Director of the CIA turn to? Guess. Mitch Rapp again thrown into harms way and handed a hot potato no one should have to handle does what's needed. This novel I didn't find as "memorable" as some of the other Flynn works I've read. We have an ending that leaves some...well some loose ends, but I assume that's by design. So, I drop the rating to 4 stars, but still that's good. Another reliable page turner about characters we're getting to know. Sometimes we get a bit more about some aspects of their lives than I care about, but then I'd be willing to bet that those are the aspects that other readers like best... It's all a matter of taste. Good book, enjoy.

  5. 5 out of 5

    G.H. Eckel

    A 500-pound bomb hidden on the streets of D.C. obliterates the second limo in a presidential motorcade killing the vice president's wife. This terrorist act appears to be committed by a professional from Greece who has Russian ties. But not everything is the way it appears. It takes super-CIA-agent Mitch Rapp and the head of the CIA, Irene Kennedy, to unwind the tendrils of the plot that leads back home. This is a deft, fast-moving thriller that takes place in the arena of global politics. Pros: G A 500-pound bomb hidden on the streets of D.C. obliterates the second limo in a presidential motorcade killing the vice president's wife. This terrorist act appears to be committed by a professional from Greece who has Russian ties. But not everything is the way it appears. It takes super-CIA-agent Mitch Rapp and the head of the CIA, Irene Kennedy, to unwind the tendrils of the plot that leads back home. This is a deft, fast-moving thriller that takes place in the arena of global politics. Pros: Great writing. Great characters. Great action. Great plotting. Cons: Flynn occasionally lets the story get bogged down in backstory. Just skip that. Warning: This novel is flooded with testosterone. Mitch Rapp is an expert, brutal assassin. The only reason we can stomach such a killer is that he's on "our side." Expert shot, proficient at torture, he has a God-like understanding of who the bad guys are, which gives him license to use any means of squeezing out confessions. This novel is not for the faint of heart.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    My friend handed me two Vince Flynn books a year and a half ago, saying that I'd like them. I stared at the plot descriptions skeptically, wondering how my friend could have confused me for an action book reader. The closest I had come before was Dan Brown, and I hadn't really liked the experience. So when I finally started Act of Treason, I only expected to read a hundred pages and then apologetically return them to the friend, telling her that they weren't my thing. But then I couldn't stop re My friend handed me two Vince Flynn books a year and a half ago, saying that I'd like them. I stared at the plot descriptions skeptically, wondering how my friend could have confused me for an action book reader. The closest I had come before was Dan Brown, and I hadn't really liked the experience. So when I finally started Act of Treason, I only expected to read a hundred pages and then apologetically return them to the friend, telling her that they weren't my thing. But then I couldn't stop reading, and found that I was completely enjoying myself. Vince Flynn's perspective is "24" + "The West Wing" so the capture and interrogation of terrorism suspects is complemented by Washington officials protesting possible illegal action. Despite the protests of the White House, super-CIA-agent Mitch Rapp is able to solve the mystery and exact justice for the culprits. Along the way, the ramifications of anti-terrorism initiatives and corruption within Washington politicos are worth thinking about.

  7. 5 out of 5

    T.H. Waters

    I enjoy reading a thriller once in a while and have wanted to give Vince Flynn a shot, mainly because he is from my hometown in Minnesota. "Act of Treason" turned out to be a good choice for this genre. There's no question that Flynn has done his homework. As I was reading "Act of Treason" I felt that I was getting a genuine sneak peak into the U.S. intel community and the tricky business they face daily -- something which fascinates me. Flynn's writing style remains true to this particular clas I enjoy reading a thriller once in a while and have wanted to give Vince Flynn a shot, mainly because he is from my hometown in Minnesota. "Act of Treason" turned out to be a good choice for this genre. There's no question that Flynn has done his homework. As I was reading "Act of Treason" I felt that I was getting a genuine sneak peak into the U.S. intel community and the tricky business they face daily -- something which fascinates me. Flynn's writing style remains true to this particular class of books -- very action-based and to the point, no flowery prose or introspective character building here. He did an excellent job of setting up a solid plot and building his characters around it, remaining focused and on target throughout. Each chapter fleshed out more and more of the puzzle, adding just the right mix of information and intrigue as the pages turned. I was thankful that he didn't include any silly love story or gratuitous sex -- it just isn't meaningful to this type of a story line. I typically would prefer to become attached to the protagonist of any book I read, but I must confess that it was difficult with this one. Mitch Rapp was simply too cold and calculating. But then again, I have to chalk that up to probably being true to life - another score for Mr. Flynn for creating an accurate character depiction. Although I've never personally known any, I imagine that most real-life intel people simply can't afford to be warm, emotional or even multi-dimensional to any great degree. All in all, I thought "Act of Treason" was a well-written thriller. I have another one of Vince Flynn's books and look forward to reading that one as well.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    If I was condensing a review of this book into a bumper-sticker, it would be 'Rapp Is RAD.' Mitch Rapp is my new favorite CIA 'bad hombre,' replacing John Clark and faithful sidekick/Son-in-Law Ding Chavez. Those guys occasionally feel remorse when dispatching America's enemies, whereas Rapp shoots first, shoots often and the only question he asks afterwards is '...next target?' This is even more Machiavellian than your standard foreign terrorists target Americans story. This curveball on the usua If I was condensing a review of this book into a bumper-sticker, it would be 'Rapp Is RAD.' Mitch Rapp is my new favorite CIA 'bad hombre,' replacing John Clark and faithful sidekick/Son-in-Law Ding Chavez. Those guys occasionally feel remorse when dispatching America's enemies, whereas Rapp shoots first, shoots often and the only question he asks afterwards is '...next target?' This is even more Machiavellian than your standard foreign terrorists target Americans story. This curveball on the usual 21st century cautionary tale has Americans hiring a terrorist - more accurately an assassin - to kill other Americans to rig a Presidential election. When the FBI and Secret Service get bogged down in the swamp of political red tape and due process, the CIA calls 'BS' and sends-in Rapp, and the bad-guy body count begins piling-up.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Linda Munro

    In my opinion, this should have been the first book in the Rapp series to be made into a movie; but nope, they chose Consent to Kill! Oh, well, what do movie directors and producers know anyway?! What would happen if a bomb wiped out a Presidential candidates spouse? He would win the seat by the sympathy vote alone. What would happen if one of the Secret Service Guards felt that something was wrong, and either the explosion that claimed the President elect's wife should have claimed his instead. In my opinion, this should have been the first book in the Rapp series to be made into a movie; but nope, they chose Consent to Kill! Oh, well, what do movie directors and producers know anyway?! What would happen if a bomb wiped out a Presidential candidates spouse? He would win the seat by the sympathy vote alone. What would happen if one of the Secret Service Guards felt that something was wrong, and either the explosion that claimed the President elect's wife should have claimed his instead. And, what if that same Secret Service person recalls a moment prior to the blast that makes everything that occurred appear wrong or fixed? As usual, the Director of the CIA would call Mitch Rapp in to figure out the truth! The question is, who will Rapp determine must be responsible? And, who will be taken down! Another awesome political thriller in the Mitch Rapp series (#9)

  10. 4 out of 5

    Steven

    Tom Clancys Jack Ryan was great, but he immersed you in techno babble... John LeCarre gave you insight into the spy game, and Robert Ludlum made you a Jason Bourne fan, but now I am infatuated with Mitch Rapp, Vince Flynns man in the CIA. Forget about how the damn thing works, just get on the damn roller coaster and hang on... I have been on a drunken Flynn stupor for two days and finished Act of Treason and his folluw up novel.... Love it! Warning if you pick it up you wont put it down until yo Tom Clancys Jack Ryan was great, but he immersed you in techno babble... John LeCarre gave you insight into the spy game, and Robert Ludlum made you a Jason Bourne fan, but now I am infatuated with Mitch Rapp, Vince Flynns man in the CIA. Forget about how the damn thing works, just get on the damn roller coaster and hang on... I have been on a drunken Flynn stupor for two days and finished Act of Treason and his folluw up novel.... Love it! Warning if you pick it up you wont put it down until you finish!!!!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Josh

    Wow, what a blast! This was definitely the best thriller I've read to date. There isn't a dull moment at all throughout this entire book. It keeps you on the edge of your seat and was written masterfully. Vince Flynn shows a knowledge and expertise about every subject covered, from international relations to politics, to weapons and martial arts combat techniques. The character relationships are deep and complex, and the dialogue is probably better than just about any other author I've read. O Wow, what a blast! This was definitely the best thriller I've read to date. There isn't a dull moment at all throughout this entire book. It keeps you on the edge of your seat and was written masterfully. Vince Flynn shows a knowledge and expertise about every subject covered, from international relations to politics, to weapons and martial arts combat techniques. The character relationships are deep and complex, and the dialogue is probably better than just about any other author I've read. Of course, the experience is doubled with the incredible delivery of the narration by George Guidall. One of the most loved narrators out there, it is true that you could probably enjoy him reading the phone book. With the Mitch Rapp novels, he brings them to life in such a realistic way. During some of the heated dialogue exchanges you just lose yourself and it feels as though you're actually there, or at the very least, see it unfolding in your mind as everything else fades away. Also, I enjoy main characters who are tough and really hold their own, who make plans that actually succeed and totally outmatch the bad guys. Mitch Rapp kicks butt in this book, and it is awesome. That's not to say the character is perfect; he has flaws of his own that make him a complex character. I am so sick of characters who are weak, either mentally or physically, and always ends up failing or being victimize. That doesn't always make a strong, developed character. Flynn writes characters that are strong yet have weaknesses that don't turn them into victims. I feel like some authors don't have the skills to pull this off.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Political thriller starring rogue CIA operative Mitch Rapp. About every ten trips cross-country, so about every 3-4 months, I have to buy something in the airport bookstore because I ran out of book on my way out. Usually Jeffery Deaver or James Patterson has written something new by that point, so I just figure out what Lincoln Rhyme or Alex Cross is up to in their ever more convolutedly-plotted but thinly-written respective series. But alas! This time Lincoln Rhyme cost a cool 27 bucks in hard Political thriller starring rogue CIA operative Mitch Rapp. About every ten trips cross-country, so about every 3-4 months, I have to buy something in the airport bookstore because I ran out of book on my way out. Usually Jeffery Deaver or James Patterson has written something new by that point, so I just figure out what Lincoln Rhyme or Alex Cross is up to in their ever more convolutedly-plotted but thinly-written respective series. But alas! This time Lincoln Rhyme cost a cool 27 bucks in hardcover and Alex Cross was, I guess, on vacation from the bestseller list, so I ended up with Mitch Rapp. I almost gave this book one star but I try to reserve that for books that are actually terrible instead of books I just hate. Honestly, I think this could have been an excellent plot if all the potential twists had not been revealed in the first two chapters. But even if the plot had been great, I didn't like anything else. Sorry, Mitch Rapp, but this was our first and last airport flirtation.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Dean

    Unfortunately I was disappointed with this book for one specific reason. I think it had probably 10 times as much profanity as all of his previous Mitch Rapp books combined. Having an F-bomb on almost every other page was really disappointing.

  14. 5 out of 5

    ElaineY

    My least-liked book so far. It was the usual slow start up to the halfway mark. Maybe even slower than usual. Picked up after that and I was enjoying it. Not as much as the other installments but at least I wasn't thinking of ditching it. Then came the ending. The resolutions. I went W.T.F.??? That's it? It may be Rapp's way of resolving things but I expected different from Kennedy and disagree with her decision to go along with Rapp's idea. Can't give details but since I'm the only one who though My least-liked book so far. It was the usual slow start up to the halfway mark. Maybe even slower than usual. Picked up after that and I was enjoying it. Not as much as the other installments but at least I wasn't thinking of ditching it. Then came the ending. The resolutions. I went W.T.F.??? That's it? It may be Rapp's way of resolving things but I expected different from Kennedy and disagree with her decision to go along with Rapp's idea. Can't give details but since I'm the only one who thought it was a lame way to end the book, I don't see the point in giving any, even with a spoiler alert. I hope the rest of the books bring back the Vince Flynn I've come to love. Update added November 26, 2015: I only realized this book continues in the next installment, Protect and Defend and it would have been good to know that before I posted my review. However, having DNF'd Protect and Defend, I stand by my posted review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Winter Sophia Rose

    Insightful, Educational & Intense!!! A Fascinating Read!!! I Loved It!!!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Corey

    Act of Treason opens up not too long from where we left Mitch Rapp in Consent to Kill. President Hayes term is coming to an end, deciding not to serve as President for a second term, due to some health issues. During his final weeks, a Motorcade carrying Presidential Candidate Josh Alexander is attacked by a car bomb, killing his wife and wounding many others, but Alexander survives the attack and is carried to victory by a sympathy vote, but the attacker is still unknown. CIA Director Irene Ken Act of Treason opens up not too long from where we left Mitch Rapp in Consent to Kill. President Hayes term is coming to an end, deciding not to serve as President for a second term, due to some health issues. During his final weeks, a Motorcade carrying Presidential Candidate Josh Alexander is attacked by a car bomb, killing his wife and wounding many others, but Alexander survives the attack and is carried to victory by a sympathy vote, but the attacker is still unknown. CIA Director Irene Kennedy and Special Agent Skip McMahon receive intelligence on Washington's most powerful players, and Mitch Rapp is called back into action to hunt down the bomber and find out who hired him to kill Alexander. Filled with non-stop action and suspense, left with a cliffhanger that I'm guessing will pick right up in the next book, Protect and Defend.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Frederick Bingham

    Another in the "Mitch Rapp" series of thrillers. In this one, a terrorist sets off a bomb in the motorcade of a candidate for President in the middle of an election campaign. The bomb kills the candidate's wife and a Secret Service officer. Mitch is given the assignment of hunting down the killer, who is a professional assassin from Cyprus. Rapp captures the killer just as he is about to be killed by some Russian mafia types, and brings him back to the US, along with one of his almost-killers. P Another in the "Mitch Rapp" series of thrillers. In this one, a terrorist sets off a bomb in the motorcade of a candidate for President in the middle of an election campaign. The bomb kills the candidate's wife and a Secret Service officer. Mitch is given the assignment of hunting down the killer, who is a professional assassin from Cyprus. Rapp captures the killer just as he is about to be killed by some Russian mafia types, and brings him back to the US, along with one of his almost-killers. Political intrigue follows, including the election of the candidate out of sympathy. Rapp, of course, would have simply liked to torture the bomber to get the information he needs, but is stymied by a bunch of effete civil-liberties loving types.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jerome

    Good, well-paced action read, but reads like a superhero comic book. Action sequences are interrupted by unnecessary explanations of the hero's extraordinary training/experience and simple minded presentations of today's global political problems suitable for a radio talk show. It also had an anticlimactic climax. The author seems to think Cyprus is part of Greece. The ethnic Greeks dominate half of Cyprus but it is an independant country. In fact it's now part of the EU. The author has the Greek Good, well-paced action read, but reads like a superhero comic book. Action sequences are interrupted by unnecessary explanations of the hero's extraordinary training/experience and simple minded presentations of today's global political problems suitable for a radio talk show. It also had an anticlimactic climax. The author seems to think Cyprus is part of Greece. The ethnic Greeks dominate half of Cyprus but it is an independant country. In fact it's now part of the EU. The author has the Greek government protesting the "kidnapping" of a Cypriot citizen and Rapp threatens a Cypriot banker with an onslaught of Greek investigators from Athens if he doesn't help. No the Greek Cypriots and Greeks are close but the Greeks don't run things in Nicosia or Larnica. The author's English is not very good. He misuses words and makes grammatical mistakes. For instance, in Chapter 26 we read, `The people who flocked to San Diego sunk their money into real estate.' Ok everybody, repeat after me, ring rang rung, sing sang sung, sink sank sunk. They sank their money into real estate, not sunk. Flynn should have thunk about that one. The editor had probably already fallen asleep.Or maybe the editor was too busy trying to cheer Flynn up. Look at the scowl on his face in the author photo. He looks like somebody who's got the runs and just discovered the bathroom door is locked and the key is missing. Why was he in such a bad mood? Maybe just before the photo session he reread his book and asked the photographer, They're going to put my name on this? Yup. And my photo? Yup. So people will know who I am? Yup. So my neighbors might read this? Yup. My family might read this? Yup. My high school English teacher might read this? *click

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rick

    Another book by the late Vince Flynn. Book 9 in The Mitch Rapp series. In this one, we have an attack on a presidential candidate and his entourage just two weeks before the election. He survives but not everyone is so lucky. Then what first was thought to be terrorism begins to look like another kind of hit. Mitch Rapp is dispatched to try and sort it out. Very interesting storyline, but probably not as much real action as in some of the other books in this series. That's fine by me, because th Another book by the late Vince Flynn. Book 9 in The Mitch Rapp series. In this one, we have an attack on a presidential candidate and his entourage just two weeks before the election. He survives but not everyone is so lucky. Then what first was thought to be terrorism begins to look like another kind of hit. Mitch Rapp is dispatched to try and sort it out. Very interesting storyline, but probably not as much real action as in some of the other books in this series. That's fine by me, because the story is so interesting. Good book!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Joseph Geiser

    When returning from AZ this summer, my MIL lent me Protect and Defend for the airplane ride. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed that novel and so started reading the series from the beginning. I've now caught up to the book I read first. I enjoyed this novel even though I found it quite predictable, following the pattern set by the other books in the series. As my wife with a sleepy brain just said "formulaic but fun. Just like Rainbow Fairies."

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ralph McEwen

    Another well written, fast paced, thriller by Mr. Flynn. I enjoy reading this series as much as I like the Jack Reacher series by Dean Koontz. The plot is twisted enough that you need to pay attention or get lost. The characters are interesting and the scenes are described in just enough details to allow you picture them without gettimg annoyed with minutiae.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Wow! I thought Consent to Kill was the best of the series, but this topped it. Although Mitch is still mourning his wife Anna, at least it hasn't dragged down the series like another author who I won't mention. Mitch is at the top of his game here. Irene Kennedy has a bigger role, which I like as well. And a very dislike letter character from Consent to Kill gets what's coming to him at the end. Overall a very satisfying read. I highly recommend this series!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rajan

    A very good thriller. It is my first novel of both Mitch Rapp and Vince Flynn. But definitely not the last. Story is very simple. Alexander the President hopeful is trailing badly. His deputy Ross and campaign manager Stuart Garret are despondent. The wife of president hopeful is killed in a terrorist act and they wins on a sympathy wave. Rivera the head of their security detail is crucified. Enter Mitch Rapp with the blessing of Kennedy, CIA director and he finds Gaziach ho detonated bomb. What A very good thriller. It is my first novel of both Mitch Rapp and Vince Flynn. But definitely not the last. Story is very simple. Alexander the President hopeful is trailing badly. His deputy Ross and campaign manager Stuart Garret are despondent. The wife of president hopeful is killed in a terrorist act and they wins on a sympathy wave. Rivera the head of their security detail is crucified. Enter Mitch Rapp with the blessing of Kennedy, CIA director and he finds Gaziach ho detonated bomb. What follows is typical politics over this and how Kennedy and Mitch deal with it. The novel picks up pace from page one and pace is unrelenting through out. Story is somewhat outlandish but still believable. Mitch Rapp is like James bond as much as he does what he feels right and does not always play by rule. Some excerpts from the book: Washington was the grand stage of espionage and diplomacy, not some backwater, mosquito infested Third World hellhole. This was elephant hunting, and Gazich had tracked the real beast. ----- Many of them killed for an idea. Often, the idea was a perversion of Islam. These were all men. No women were allowed to join their crusade of intolerance. Yes, occasionally the Palestinians had used female suicide bombers, and so had the Chechens, but they were few. Others killed for a paycheck, like Gazich. ------- No, the target was two political candidates. And what was their crime? Did they preach death to Islam and the Arab world? Did they advocate the wholesale murder of every Palestinian? No. They did no such thing. That was what the mullahs and clerics preached in places like Iran and Saudi Arabia. Death to America, the Great Satan. Death to Israel. Nuke the entire Zionist state and push the infidels into the ocean. -------- Like all good reporters, I know how to keep politics out of the story.” - - - - - - It made him think of the old adage that sometimes it’s easier to ask for forgiveness than permission. This time around Rapp would be asking for neither. --------- “I’ve never been one to live life with regrets. Even more so since the Parkinson’s.” “It is one of your most admirable qualities, sir.”

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sean Menon

    The Act of Treason by Vince Flynn is a classical CIA type mystery by Vince Flynn. In the begining of the story, the President elect's wife is killed in a bomb that was meant for him. After the attack, Agent Rapp and many other spies from the CIA and FBI work together to find the person or people responsivle for the killing of the soon-to-be first lady. When the undercover mission takes Agent Rapp all the way to Cyprus then Greece to find the killer, the CIA find out he is a hired assasin. Islami The Act of Treason by Vince Flynn is a classical CIA type mystery by Vince Flynn. In the begining of the story, the President elect's wife is killed in a bomb that was meant for him. After the attack, Agent Rapp and many other spies from the CIA and FBI work together to find the person or people responsivle for the killing of the soon-to-be first lady. When the undercover mission takes Agent Rapp all the way to Cyprus then Greece to find the killer, the CIA find out he is a hired assasin. Islamic radicals paid the man $1,000,000 to strike a blow to the United States for Islam. Sadly, the assasin fails to achieve his goal on killing the president and know is being held captive by the CIA. On the way back to the United States, Agent Rapp gets calls from the Greek prime minister ordering him to release the terrorist. Agent Rapp ignores the prime minister and continues back to the United States. Later that day, the FBI want credit for the capture so they sue the CIA for unnessasary torture. Sadly, Agent Rapp shot the terrorist 4 times so he has nothing to back him up. When the Agents and the "cargo" arrive in Washington DC, the FBI takes control of the terrorist and Agent Rapp fleds the scene. Read what happens to Agent Rapp when you read this book!!! ~$ean Menon

  25. 5 out of 5

    Toni Osborne

    The nation is thrown into turmoil when Presidential candidate Josh Alexander's motorcade is ambushed and the car is rocked by a car bomb killing Alexander's wife and many others. On the surface it appears to be the work of jihads terrorists. The FBI and CIA are hot on the case. The CIA director is presented with classified information pointing to some of the most powerful players in Washington. Mitch Rapp is the only man reckless enough to get down to the truth. His mission leads him eventually The nation is thrown into turmoil when Presidential candidate Josh Alexander's motorcade is ambushed and the car is rocked by a car bomb killing Alexander's wife and many others. On the surface it appears to be the work of jihads terrorists. The FBI and CIA are hot on the case. The CIA director is presented with classified information pointing to some of the most powerful players in Washington. Mitch Rapp is the only man reckless enough to get down to the truth. His mission leads him eventually back to the heart of the Nation's capital and to the Oval Office... The writing is as fast-paced and as dramatic as ever. The plot is the typical political intrigue found in Flynn's previous books, nevertheless quite satisfying. The book's climatic moments are when Mitch goes into action, the author knows how to stage elaborate action sequences and ends the story in a very controversial way. Mitch Rapp's role is intriguing and cleverly created. The additions of new characters add to the suspense. Once again Flynn has created a novel hard to put down.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Scott Widener

    What did you love best about Act of Treason? The action and the adventure in which we see not only Rapp involved with but also Kennedy. I mean, righteous, poisoning in the Oval office. So freaking cool Who was your favorite character and why? Rapp-he just is so cool with a no BS attitude for politics or stupid things get in the way of taking care of business and making sure America is safe from foreign or domestic enemies Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry? What did you love best about Act of Treason? The action and the adventure in which we see not only Rapp involved with but also Kennedy. I mean, righteous, poisoning in the Oval office. So freaking cool Who was your favorite character and why? Rapp-he just is so cool with a no BS attitude for politics or stupid things get in the way of taking care of business and making sure America is safe from foreign or domestic enemies Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry? No extreme reaction except pure enjoyment and not wanting to turn off the audio and listen until the end of the book Any additional comments? As always Vince Flynn has taken Mitch for a ride and amazingly Mitch fixes the nation's problems and prevails in the end even though he may not personally get ahead or even come out even, for Mitch its all about America and making sure she's safe and sound and prospering.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Michal Angelo

    * This is book 9 of 13 in Vince Flynn's American Assassin series (with two follow-on's by Kyle Mills). * Like Memorial Day this volume spends much of its' time in the White House. Mitch Rapp is everywhere and nowhere at the same time--analyzing an attack on the presidential-elect motorcade thru "the wrong prism". * If you liked the movie Swordfish (John Travolta) then you won't be disappointed here. Too, the story-line is reminiscent of an old Colombo TV episode where the President-Elect was 'col * This is book 9 of 13 in Vince Flynn's American Assassin series (with two follow-on's by Kyle Mills). * Like Memorial Day this volume spends much of its' time in the White House. Mitch Rapp is everywhere and nowhere at the same time--analyzing an attack on the presidential-elect motorcade thru "the wrong prism". * If you liked the movie Swordfish (John Travolta) then you won't be disappointed here. Too, the story-line is reminiscent of an old Colombo TV episode where the President-Elect was 'collared' on inauguration day with evidence of "...a single bite of cheese." (I'm dating myself :-) )

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jack Chalmers

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book is about a CIA assassin named Mitch Rapp. He Donets take orders from anyone, not even the director of the CIA. In this book, the president-elect's wife is killed in a presidential limo bombing meant to take out the president-elect. Mitch finds the man who killed the mans wife, and delivers him to justice. Done and done right? Nope. Rapp has to overcome the inter workings of DC, and all the politics that surround it. With potential snitches within the CIA and the houses themselves, Rapp This book is about a CIA assassin named Mitch Rapp. He Donets take orders from anyone, not even the director of the CIA. In this book, the president-elect's wife is killed in a presidential limo bombing meant to take out the president-elect. Mitch finds the man who killed the mans wife, and delivers him to justice. Done and done right? Nope. Rapp has to overcome the inter workings of DC, and all the politics that surround it. With potential snitches within the CIA and the houses themselves, Rapp must be incharge of cleaning up the CIA. This book is really about overcoming adversity in the eyes of fear. Rapp never backs down from a fight. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a thriller based action in the real world.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Nadine Jones

    I'm giving this four stars not because it was a fantastic book, but because it was exactly the book I wanted it to be. I've been looking for an audio book that could replicate the old time radio show, Suspense. This one did it: short scenes, powerful characters, tough guys, jerks, witticisms, dramatic pauses, action, espionage, mystery, resolution. Perfect. I accidentally got the abridged version from my library, so I guess I missed out on some stuff, not sure. I'll try to get the unabridged ve I'm giving this four stars not because it was a fantastic book, but because it was exactly the book I wanted it to be. I've been looking for an audio book that could replicate the old time radio show, Suspense. This one did it: short scenes, powerful characters, tough guys, jerks, witticisms, dramatic pauses, action, espionage, mystery, resolution. Perfect. I accidentally got the abridged version from my library, so I guess I missed out on some stuff, not sure. I'll try to get the unabridged version next time I listen to a book from this author. Because surely there will be a next time! Oh the Suspense!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rishi Prakash

    This is my first Vince Flynn/Mitch Rapp after hearing and reading quite a lot about the series! All credit to my friend who went and got 5 books together so i get to meet them :-) If you are looking for a nice quick action novel, you need look no further. The book/story has all the elements to keep you glued and make it a page turner. The story has a back drop of the much vaunted Presidential election of USA which has been in the news a lot lately! So that further adds to the excitement. I thoug This is my first Vince Flynn/Mitch Rapp after hearing and reading quite a lot about the series! All credit to my friend who went and got 5 books together so i get to meet them :-) If you are looking for a nice quick action novel, you need look no further. The book/story has all the elements to keep you glued and make it a page turner. The story has a back drop of the much vaunted Presidential election of USA which has been in the news a lot lately! So that further adds to the excitement. I thought the ending a bit abrupt, too, but despite that I will recommend it to all those who love excitement and that " ticking time bomb" scenario!

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