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The latest pulse-pounding thriller by #1 "New York Times" bestselling phenomenon Vince Flynn explodes onto the scene with a deadly and charismatic hero fans will cheer for all the way to the last riveting page.Vince Flynn's thrillers, featuring counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp, have dominated the imagination of readers everywhere. Time and again, Flynn has captured th The latest pulse-pounding thriller by #1 "New York Times" bestselling phenomenon Vince Flynn explodes onto the scene with a deadly and charismatic hero fans will cheer for all the way to the last riveting page.Vince Flynn's thrillers, featuring counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp, have dominated the imagination of readers everywhere. Time and again, Flynn has captured the secretive world of the fearless men and women, who, bound by duty, risk their lives in a covert war they must hide from even their own political leaders. Now, with Rapp away on assignment in Pakistan, CIA Director Irene Kennedy turns to his protegee Mike Nash. Nash has served his government honorably for sixteen years -- first as an officer in the Marine Corps and then as an operative in an elite counterterrorism team run by none other than Mitch Rapp. He has met violence with extreme violence and has never wavered in his fight against the jihads and their culture of death. Nash has fought the war on terrorism in secret without accolades or acknowledgement of his personal sacrifice. He has been forced to lie to virtually every single person he cares about, including his wife and children, but he has soldiered on with the knowledge that his hard work and lethal tactics has saved thousands of lives. But the one thing he never saw coming was that his own government was about to turn on him. In "Extreme Measures," Flynn introduces a modern-day patriot -- a hero who loves his country, even when it betrays itself. Using his insider knowledge of intelligence agencies and the military, Flynn once again delivers an all-too-real portrayal of a war that is that is waged every day by a handful of brave, devoted souls.Smart, fast-paced, and jaw-droppingly realistic, "Extreme Measures" is "the" political thriller of our time.


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The latest pulse-pounding thriller by #1 "New York Times" bestselling phenomenon Vince Flynn explodes onto the scene with a deadly and charismatic hero fans will cheer for all the way to the last riveting page.Vince Flynn's thrillers, featuring counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp, have dominated the imagination of readers everywhere. Time and again, Flynn has captured th The latest pulse-pounding thriller by #1 "New York Times" bestselling phenomenon Vince Flynn explodes onto the scene with a deadly and charismatic hero fans will cheer for all the way to the last riveting page.Vince Flynn's thrillers, featuring counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp, have dominated the imagination of readers everywhere. Time and again, Flynn has captured the secretive world of the fearless men and women, who, bound by duty, risk their lives in a covert war they must hide from even their own political leaders. Now, with Rapp away on assignment in Pakistan, CIA Director Irene Kennedy turns to his protegee Mike Nash. Nash has served his government honorably for sixteen years -- first as an officer in the Marine Corps and then as an operative in an elite counterterrorism team run by none other than Mitch Rapp. He has met violence with extreme violence and has never wavered in his fight against the jihads and their culture of death. Nash has fought the war on terrorism in secret without accolades or acknowledgement of his personal sacrifice. He has been forced to lie to virtually every single person he cares about, including his wife and children, but he has soldiered on with the knowledge that his hard work and lethal tactics has saved thousands of lives. But the one thing he never saw coming was that his own government was about to turn on him. In "Extreme Measures," Flynn introduces a modern-day patriot -- a hero who loves his country, even when it betrays itself. Using his insider knowledge of intelligence agencies and the military, Flynn once again delivers an all-too-real portrayal of a war that is that is waged every day by a handful of brave, devoted souls.Smart, fast-paced, and jaw-droppingly realistic, "Extreme Measures" is "the" political thriller of our time.

30 review for Extreme Measures

  1. 5 out of 5

    Richard

    7/10 Mitch Rapp takes on terrorism and another evil monstrosity. Politicians. Yuck, they’re just the worst. Terrorist aren’t that cracking either. Who will win the day? This wasn’t a normal Mitch Rapp outing in that the action took a back seat for the majority of the novel and placed more focus on the battle that he and the CIA have on convincing the politicians that there methods shouldn’t be questioned as they get results and that people who aim to blow people up shouldn’t really have human rig 7/10 Mitch Rapp takes on terrorism and another evil monstrosity. Politicians. Yuck, they’re just the worst. Terrorist aren’t that cracking either. Who will win the day? This wasn’t a normal Mitch Rapp outing in that the action took a back seat for the majority of the novel and placed more focus on the battle that he and the CIA have on convincing the politicians that there methods shouldn’t be questioned as they get results and that people who aim to blow people up shouldn’t really have human rights similar to a normal American citizen. It sits very much on the right wing, as does the whole series really, but it’s a fun read and sort of makes sense in the grand scheme of this novel. There is more emphasis on a legal hearing about the methods and at no point was there any tension here which was a shame. You always knew Rapp would lay it on thick and then give some home truths which made him sound extreme but then due to what happened in the book made him seem a wise messiah. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting where the last 20% of this book was going and it was a nice change of pace but due to where it happened in the book meant it was never going to be resolved in this outing and has rolled into the next novel. So not a great deal of resolution here. Not terrible by any means but this is an excellent series so this one sort of felt like a weaker entry but it still made for an easy comfort read. I’ll try and pick the next one up quick to see how things are resolved.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rodger

    This one is a page turner. It is hard to put down. A third terrorist cell is on its way to the US. Can Rapp and Nash intercept them or will the senate judiciary committee chairman have her way and toss our heroes in the clink, for using extreme measures? This may help explain the somber look on Obama's face when he exited his first briefing with the president. He needs our prayer because while the book is fiction, the issues are not.

  3. 5 out of 5

    G.H. Eckel

    This novel is a thinly veiled argument for the necessity of torturing prisoners, which made the book difficult for me to read. I think I'd probably sit on the opposite side of the aisle from Vince Flynn. So, reading about something repugnant, like torture, was torturous reading. Yet I continued. Here's why. Flynn's writing style is rich and fluid. His characters are generally well drawn. So, I admired the book for its writing. And he does an interesting job moving you from finding torture deplora This novel is a thinly veiled argument for the necessity of torturing prisoners, which made the book difficult for me to read. I think I'd probably sit on the opposite side of the aisle from Vince Flynn. So, reading about something repugnant, like torture, was torturous reading. Yet I continued. Here's why. Flynn's writing style is rich and fluid. His characters are generally well drawn. So, I admired the book for its writing. And he does an interesting job moving you from finding torture deplorable toward questioning yourself if you'd actually permit it under the right circumstances. Of course, the senator who is prosecuting the protagonist, Rapp, for his inexcusable treatment of prisoners comes around to Rapp's way of thinking at the end. That's not a surprise given the side of the argument we know the author is on. But Flynn is more creative at stirring the reader's feelings and making him/her think again about the topic. A main character, Nash, says that almost everyone is against torture. It's repugnant, unethical and not how we want to think of ourselves as human beings. That's the sentiment of most readers and the people Flynn wants to talk to the most. Then, Nash turns the table and asks if a man were to kidnap and sodomize 25 children under 12, would you be willing to castrate him? We get that logical argument but are still resistant. What the author then does is push our faces into such a situation: he has terrorists cut the toes off and kill a cia agent. At that point, most readers are abhorred by the torture and would be willing to do anything to the torturer. The conundrum is that it's too late; the deed was already done. Knowing what we do now, should we have acted differently earlier? What Flynn brings us to... is both our noble desire (Rapp eventually calls impractical) to treat people like we'd want to be treated, vs a deep set need to revenge awful deaths, an eye for an eye. He asks the question that would divide opinion: If torture would reveal secrets that would prevent the deaths of innocents, like children, would you permit it? If torture would have prevented 911, would you have permitted it, or would you be willing to let 2000 innocents die for the sake of a terrorist's Geneva Convention rights? If you ask the widows and widowers of 911, you can imagine the answers. Flynn is clear where he lands on the subject. I think most of us are left somewhere in the middle, which is a different place from where we might have been when starting the novel. Unsaid in the novel is the issue of presumed guilt, not innocence, and the use of torture for any reason, not just suspected terrorism. Were we to say the police had the right to torture anyone they suspected of anything, we would protest. If we say, well, just do it on foreigners or foreign nationals who are suspected of terrorism, our opinion softens. There's our moral dilemma. Can we afford the risk of two measuring sticks? If we were God and knew the terrorists were terrorists, no problem. But we're not God. We only sometimes act like Him. Torture and terror are an unfortunate reality of the world we now find ourselves in. This book is like reading about how cows and chickens are slaughtered so they can end up on our plates. It's something that goes on that most of us are eager to forget. As for the story itself, the book picks up half way through. The first part looks like the story will be about tracking down a terrorist cell. Exciting! But that gets put on hold for more than half the book as Flynn develops a courtroom type of drama where the merits of torture are argued. I think the author was so bent on making a point, he was willing to sacrifice the plot. I nearly put down the book as a result. The second half is dramatic and Rapp does his super human stuff at the end, which comes off, to me, as a little too far over the top. So, the writing at the end missed the mark. I look forward to reading another Flynn novel because of the language and, next time, a better execution of the plot.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ed Armstrong

    I just finished this book by Vince Flynn. It's only the second of his books I've read, both being "Mitch Rapp" stories. I enjoyed this one and I'm sure for those who have read many of Flynns books starring Mitch Rapp, this one follows along a similar pattern. I guess what I enjoyed most (and I don't usually enjoy "preaching" in stories) is the obvious opinion of our current national attitudes towards the "War on Terror." The current administration, of course, denies there is such a war or at lea I just finished this book by Vince Flynn. It's only the second of his books I've read, both being "Mitch Rapp" stories. I enjoyed this one and I'm sure for those who have read many of Flynns books starring Mitch Rapp, this one follows along a similar pattern. I guess what I enjoyed most (and I don't usually enjoy "preaching" in stories) is the obvious opinion of our current national attitudes towards the "War on Terror." The current administration, of course, denies there is such a war or at least refrains from using that word. Well, no political correctness in Flynn's book. Congress gets "told." Specifically, the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Senate Intelligence Committee. One experiences a certain satisfaction seeing these elected pecksniffian characters get their comeuppance for failing to do what they are supposed to do, that is look out for the best interests of their constituencies. None of them do this and we need to fire all of them and start over. The thrill in this story of one man's fight against political correctness albeit through "extreme measures" gives one satisfaction that backs are being guarded. I purposely mention nothing about the actual story line here as I wouldn't want to spoil the suspense. I've not read all that many books dealing with the subject of terrorism and counterterrorism but I think Vince Flynn has this subject down pat. Read this, you'll enjoy it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sam

    Fox News fan fiction. We are treated to several long speeches from characters explaining the virtues of "enhanced interrogation" and a short story about a schoolyard fight as an analog for the justified use of violence. Throughout the book, women are constantly screwing everything up with their dumb womanly ideas and the men have to come in and save the day by punching some stuff. At one point Rapp even says something like "your mom doesn't understand because she's a woman. But I'm a man so I kn Fox News fan fiction. We are treated to several long speeches from characters explaining the virtues of "enhanced interrogation" and a short story about a schoolyard fight as an analog for the justified use of violence. Throughout the book, women are constantly screwing everything up with their dumb womanly ideas and the men have to come in and save the day by punching some stuff. At one point Rapp even says something like "your mom doesn't understand because she's a woman. But I'm a man so I know what it takes!" Ha! It was interesting to have the perspective of the terrorists thrown in, but the writing for them was pretty unbelievable. Their motivations were flat as were their personalities.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    I quite enjoy Flynn's books featuring Mitch Rapp. He's the literary equivalent to Jack Bauer - he does the dirty work that no one wants to acknowledge but it's to protect us all. While Rapp is a prominent character in this book, the focus is on Mike Nash. Nash also does secret stuff for the CIA but he's trying to balance his job with raising a young family. His wife doesn't quite know or understand what he does which makes it even more challenging. I liked the human aspect of the story a lot. Nash I quite enjoy Flynn's books featuring Mitch Rapp. He's the literary equivalent to Jack Bauer - he does the dirty work that no one wants to acknowledge but it's to protect us all. While Rapp is a prominent character in this book, the focus is on Mike Nash. Nash also does secret stuff for the CIA but he's trying to balance his job with raising a young family. His wife doesn't quite know or understand what he does which makes it even more challenging. I liked the human aspect of the story a lot. Nash and Rapp are on the hunt for an Al-Qaida cell that's about to launch a terrorist attack on US soil. They get a great lead but are stopped from pursuing it when a Senator decides to put the CIA on trial, so to speak, for "enhanced" interrogations. Flynn makes many points about political correctness, government policies and politicians all standing in the way of the front line people who are trying to keep the rest of the citizens safe. My political views aside, I love these books for their action and suspense. So much so that I read this in one sitting last night.

  7. 5 out of 5

    karl

    I enjoy Flynn's CIA/terrorist novels. The 400+ pages flew by in less than 2 days. This is his latest book, and I was happy to see my friend England still is the Secretary of Defense in this book (he paid to be in the last one!). The hero continues to be Mitch Rapp, who works in a clandestine group inside the CIA. Liberal politicians and bureaucrats concerned about human rights and dignity are out to hinder/stop the clandestine group from doing its job their "unlawful" way to protect the US from I enjoy Flynn's CIA/terrorist novels. The 400+ pages flew by in less than 2 days. This is his latest book, and I was happy to see my friend England still is the Secretary of Defense in this book (he paid to be in the last one!). The hero continues to be Mitch Rapp, who works in a clandestine group inside the CIA. Liberal politicians and bureaucrats concerned about human rights and dignity are out to hinder/stop the clandestine group from doing its job their "unlawful" way to protect the US from terrorists. A Nancy Pelosi seems-alike character is a key Senator trying to get Mitch and crew. The Islamic terrorist cells is well trained and hell bent to wrac havoc on a US city. Enough said. I didn't give 5 stars because I am getting bit bored with Flynn's books: Too similar, not quite enough thrill, the narrative can get repetitive, and some of the typical filler (e.g., what the baby is fed and its diaper issues) seems so out of place. But, I love the kick ass, whatever it takes, do it now, and make them pay main character.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Paul Pessolano

    Vince Flynn just keeps getting better with every book he writes. His character, Mitch Rapp, continues to make the reader want a man like him in our covert operations. Mitch again breaks all the rules, and you know you love him for it. He is attempting to get vital information from high ranking members of the Taliban. They have been apprehended by the United States and are being held on a United States Air Force Base. Mitch and his partner, Mike Nash, enter the base disguised as Air Force Personne Vince Flynn just keeps getting better with every book he writes. His character, Mitch Rapp, continues to make the reader want a man like him in our covert operations. Mitch again breaks all the rules, and you know you love him for it. He is attempting to get vital information from high ranking members of the Taliban. They have been apprehended by the United States and are being held on a United States Air Force Base. Mitch and his partner, Mike Nash, enter the base disguised as Air Force Personnel. Mitch, as his custom, uses methods just short of torture to get the informaion he needs, in his own words, "We're not cops. We're not soldiers. We're spies, and spies do nasty shit to nasty people". However, his plans fall apart when they are discovered. Two cells of terrorists have been discovered that intend to "strike a mighty blow" against the United States. The problem is that there is a rumor that there is a third cell still in operation. Mitch is unable to interrogte the prisoners because he is now being put in front of a Judicial Committee to explain his tactics. Those of you who have read Vince Flynn before know that Mitch Rapp have very little love for politics, politicians, and their laws and regualtions, especially when it stops him from doing his job. Mitch takes the bureacrats head-on and lets them know what he thinks of them and legislation. He also must walk a fine line because he does need their assistance to continue his search for this third cell of terrorists. Mitch does manage to win the day, but is he too late to prevent an attack on the nation's capitol? An exciting read that will keep you turning pages and wondering what will happen next, and maybe best of all, the ending leaves you wanting more and, as always, Flynn sets in up for Rapp's next assignment.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    In a world full of dime-a-dozen thriller writers who specialize in cardboard characters, cheesy dialogue, over-the-top action and plot choices that are beyond ridiculous, Vince Flynn reminds me once again that it's entirely possible to write (or read) a thriller without turning off one's brain first. There are no shoot-outs here where the hero kills 50 people with five bullets while dodging 100 rounds aimed at him. There are no stupid villains who eschew the easy kill so that they can leave the In a world full of dime-a-dozen thriller writers who specialize in cardboard characters, cheesy dialogue, over-the-top action and plot choices that are beyond ridiculous, Vince Flynn reminds me once again that it's entirely possible to write (or read) a thriller without turning off one's brain first. There are no shoot-outs here where the hero kills 50 people with five bullets while dodging 100 rounds aimed at him. There are no stupid villains who eschew the easy kill so that they can leave the hero in some convoluted predicament from which he will inevitably escape because no one sticks around and bothers to ensure that he actually, you know, dies. There is no insane person bent on taking over the world with the help of a ridiculously over-engineered master plan. And on and on. Rather, there is Mitch Rapp, perhaps too good to be true, but not overly so, and committed to keeping America safe--even if it means annoying some high-powered types who are too naïve and/or self-absorbed for their own good. This time around, Rapp has to deal with a terrorist cell that is intent on hitting the U.S. He knows that there were three cells out there and that only two have been put out of commission, but he's called off before he can get the critical information needed to ruin the third cell's day. Instead, that cell manages to make its way to Washington, D.C. where ... well, to say more would be a major spoiler. Let's just say that it's a good thing that Mitch Rapp is around. This is a very enjoyable book, and Flynn is a writer I would recommend to anyone who is thinking about dipping a toe in the thriller pool.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Anthony

    Vince Flynn’s Extreme Measures, his latest addition to a prolific collection of Spy Thriller novels, is not a bad read, but it is not his best. Based on the five Flynn novels I have read to date I have arrived upon a working hypothesis for choosing the best books from his collection. Take a look at the author photo on the back of the dust jacket. If the photo shows an unassuming guy you’d imagine having over for a barbeque with his wife and kids, give the book a shot, you’ll probably enjoy it. I Vince Flynn’s Extreme Measures, his latest addition to a prolific collection of Spy Thriller novels, is not a bad read, but it is not his best. Based on the five Flynn novels I have read to date I have arrived upon a working hypothesis for choosing the best books from his collection. Take a look at the author photo on the back of the dust jacket. If the photo shows an unassuming guy you’d imagine having over for a barbeque with his wife and kids, give the book a shot, you’ll probably enjoy it. If the photo is a ‘glamour shot’ of a too-suave, 007 (or Mitch Rapp) wannabe, choose another. Not very scientific I know but that seems to be the trend for me. (As it turns out, the ‘glamour shots’ are found on his later works.) I did enjoy the, undoubtedly accurate, account of the self-serving politicians, out of control political correctness, and bureaucratic machinations that impede the ability of our armed services and covert ops to do the jobs they must do, and do well, if we hope to maintain the freedom and security to which we have become accustomed in this country. Flynn hits those topics dead on. Flynn liberally uses the working man’s expletive (the f-bomb) in his novels, as an expletive. In Extreme Measures it is used several times as a verb, a perhaps subtle but significant distinction in my estimation. The obligatory Flynn torture, or Extreme Measures, inclusion is also considerably more disturbing in this novel as, in one instance, it occurs at the hands of the bad guys and is much more graphic and disfiguring. This IS NOT a novel for any but mature adults.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Toni Osborne

    Mitch Rapp, book 9 Having read all of his novels, there is no doubt Vince Flynn is one of my favourite authors. This latest thriller features Mitch Rapp and Mike Nash fighting one more battle against terrorism. This is a very addictive series that captures the secretive world of the fearless men and women risking their lives in covert operations hidden from the scrutiny of their political leaders. This story starts with the CIA detecting and intercepting two terrorist cells, a third is rumoured to Mitch Rapp, book 9 Having read all of his novels, there is no doubt Vince Flynn is one of my favourite authors. This latest thriller features Mitch Rapp and Mike Nash fighting one more battle against terrorism. This is a very addictive series that captures the secretive world of the fearless men and women risking their lives in covert operations hidden from the scrutiny of their political leaders. This story starts with the CIA detecting and intercepting two terrorist cells, a third is rumoured to be still at large. Rapp and Nash have to think on their feet and have to be at their fighting best; unfortunately this does not go well with their political leaders who wish to have them put on a short leash. But one afternoon everything changes…... terrorists make their way into the US, mayhem and destruction follows. This novel plunges us into a conspiracy with political intrigue, action packed with a lot of tension, violence and gory descriptions. In this novel the dominance of Nash and his domestic life have left Rapp and Kennedy with a lesser role. I found it added a different twist and removed some of the predictability we have been lulled into.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    Current events thriller Mitch Rapp is a continuing character in the Vince Flynn series. I am currently librarian in a prison and this is a very popular series with the male inmate population so I thought I would try one. Except for the language which is sad to say prevalent these days in movies and lots of best sellers and is to be expected with CIA, FBI, Congress and terrorists, this is a page-turner - top notch entertainment. Lead characters such as Mitch Rapp and Mike Nash are America's versi Current events thriller Mitch Rapp is a continuing character in the Vince Flynn series. I am currently librarian in a prison and this is a very popular series with the male inmate population so I thought I would try one. Except for the language which is sad to say prevalent these days in movies and lots of best sellers and is to be expected with CIA, FBI, Congress and terrorists, this is a page-turner - top notch entertainment. Lead characters such as Mitch Rapp and Mike Nash are America's version of James Bond only better. I will go back and read more of this series. Quick read. I vote for Mitch Rapp and the extreme measures over terrorists any day. Several reviews were not happy that the author upped the part Mike Nash played in the book, but even though this was my first Mitch Rapp book, I was clear - he is the hero sort of Lone Ranger and Tonto (with a family) style. I was caught up with both of them immediately and since this is my first read in the series, I feel like the author set the story up very well.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mark Sturgell

    Vince Flynn obviously seeks to prove a point with Extreme Measures, the latest entry in his thoroughly enjoyable Mitch Rapp series. This is my least favorite in the series, by far. This book explores the politics of violence related to terrorism and our country's response to terrorism, yet relies more on personal angst and interpersonal dialogue of the characters and less on action than his previous Rapp stories. Certainly, we have mixed emotions in this country - and sometimes short-lived emoti Vince Flynn obviously seeks to prove a point with Extreme Measures, the latest entry in his thoroughly enjoyable Mitch Rapp series. This is my least favorite in the series, by far. This book explores the politics of violence related to terrorism and our country's response to terrorism, yet relies more on personal angst and interpersonal dialogue of the characters and less on action than his previous Rapp stories. Certainly, we have mixed emotions in this country - and sometimes short-lived emotions - about the violence of terrorism and our nation's response to terrorism. After 9/11, everybody wanted blood; a few years later we want to Mirandize every terrorist we capture so they can "lawyer up" before revealing any knowledge held about planned attacks in the future. That's the plot of Extreme Measures; too bad Flynn didn't trade some of the angst for more action.

  14. 4 out of 5

    William

    ebook Flynn again chooses a plot that tends to bring home the problems that we have with our current military conflict. I don't see this ending soon. This is a different conflict that is not going to end with an armistice or surrender. i.e. Under Democratic leadership, we dropped a whole lot of explosives on the peoples of Indo China. But to my knowledge, the victims have never brought revenge to the USA. My main thoughts while reading this is about the US Senate. Established as a balance of power ebook Flynn again chooses a plot that tends to bring home the problems that we have with our current military conflict. I don't see this ending soon. This is a different conflict that is not going to end with an armistice or surrender. i.e. Under Democratic leadership, we dropped a whole lot of explosives on the peoples of Indo China. But to my knowledge, the victims have never brought revenge to the USA. My main thoughts while reading this is about the US Senate. Established as a balance of power in the government to represent the sovereignty of the states, it has evolved thru the 17th Amendment, to be an elitist class, representing the two national political powers, not the diversity of the states. I read many reviews of Flynn's books condemning torture. Besides asking them why they read the second book, I might ask "Aren't rules of engagement something that is agreed upon by all participants?" In this episode, the violence of war is brought back to the power center. Up until recent history, the rulers of power were on or near the battlefields. i.e. King Harald Gowinson, King of Angaland, died with an arrow in his eye at the battle of Hastings in 1066. Also, our Vietnam war ended mainly because of conscription putting more citizen skin in the game. Just some of my relections, former Sgt. Us Army 1965-1968 (I acknowledge my bias having served under Lyndon Johnson who ran as "the Peace President" in the 1964 election, and helped destroy the center of the Democratic Party)

  15. 4 out of 5

    Criticalmick

    Extremely Silly "Team America: World Police" had more realistic baddies than this Mitch Rapp whack-a-thon. (Team America is a movie from the creators of South Park. It is acted by puppets.) Though slightly more entertaining than picking my nose while stuck in traffic, Extreme Measures can't really be called a novel. It's polemic, pushing the idea that the CIA should be allowed to do anything it wants, wherever it wants because America's enemies are really, really bad guys. The plot's conflict aris Extremely Silly "Team America: World Police" had more realistic baddies than this Mitch Rapp whack-a-thon. (Team America is a movie from the creators of South Park. It is acted by puppets.) Though slightly more entertaining than picking my nose while stuck in traffic, Extreme Measures can't really be called a novel. It's polemic, pushing the idea that the CIA should be allowed to do anything it wants, wherever it wants because America's enemies are really, really bad guys. The plot's conflict arises when some liberal career politicians and an unpopular young Air Force officer disagree with Rapps' position- oh, and some psycho Islamic terrorists from central casting, too- but this persecution's 100% attributed to their own petty self-aggrandizement. How dare they throw Rapp in the slammer just so they will look good to their own constituents, etc etc. Flynn throws up some minority and gay characters too, but don't worry. They all get killed, and the surviving liberal politicians tearfully repent the naive error of their ways. It's repetitive, offers little fresh detail about how intelligence organizations operate, and spells out three times what MILF stands for. The analogous subplot involving sidekick Mike Nash's son punching a spoiled little punk and then being hounded with the threat of expulsion? Lame. Read two chapters, you've got everything about what this book is and where it's going. Critical Mick says: as a spy novel, Extreme Measures is about as satisfying as getting toenails ripped out by Mitch Rapp. As a way to cash in on the target audience's politics without pushing a single preconception one quarter of an inch, it's a bestseller. For espionage fans living two thousand miles beyond the range of AM radio stations, it's all as daft and aggressive as a white kid from the burbs trying to bust bad-ass gangsta rhymes. I've had more interesting entertainment from a jack-in-the-box.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Corey

    Even though Extreme Measures focuses on Mitch Rapp's War on Terror like in the previous installments, this one focuses more on the Political aspects minus Rapp being in the field beating up the bad guys. Mitch Rapp joins forces with friend, colleague, and new-comer to the series Mike Nash, an Ex-Marine and elite operative. The CIA has captured 2 terrorist cells, but a third is believed to still be at large, run by a sadistic mastermind known as Karim. Rapp goes to extreme measures (hence the titl Even though Extreme Measures focuses on Mitch Rapp's War on Terror like in the previous installments, this one focuses more on the Political aspects minus Rapp being in the field beating up the bad guys. Mitch Rapp joins forces with friend, colleague, and new-comer to the series Mike Nash, an Ex-Marine and elite operative. The CIA has captured 2 terrorist cells, but a third is believed to still be at large, run by a sadistic mastermind known as Karim. Rapp goes to extreme measures (hence the title) to get information out of the other 2 terrorist cells, whilst other parties of the US Government don't approve of Rapp's methods of interrogation. The only thing that's preventing me from giving this entry 5 stars is I feel it didn't have enough of Rapp in it, or Kennedy. The story seems to shift more towards Nash, who is an interesting character, very similar to Rapp, plays by his own rules. But other than that, great plot, great characters, and as always GREAT ACTION!!!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jeffrey

    Entirely predictable Vince Flynn novel which involves a terrorist raid on America and the efforts of Rapp to make the stupid politicians understand that extreme measures to stop terrorists were necessary to save human life. As an action novel, the book was decent not great but fast moving. As a thriller this is clearly not one of FLynn's gest However, FLynn's efforts to show how stupid politicians are that do not understand what the efforts of our special policmen and CIA are doing to thwart terr Entirely predictable Vince Flynn novel which involves a terrorist raid on America and the efforts of Rapp to make the stupid politicians understand that extreme measures to stop terrorists were necessary to save human life. As an action novel, the book was decent not great but fast moving. As a thriller this is clearly not one of FLynn's gest However, FLynn's efforts to show how stupid politicians are that do not understand what the efforts of our special policmen and CIA are doing to thwart terrorism and that sometimes you have to resort to extreme measures to get the terrorists to talk just takes up too much of the story.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Alan Marston

    Vince Flynn does it again, or, rather, his creation, Mitch Rapp does. Flynn always manages to create credible terrorists, whose twisted sense of revenge, heroism and martyrdom, leads them into ever more complicated attempts to damage the US or the Great Satan that they term that country. As usual there are politicians and others, some of them members of the military, who wish to curtail Rapp's activities. In this novel they e3ven bring him before a Judicial Inquiry, but this only serves to allow Vince Flynn does it again, or, rather, his creation, Mitch Rapp does. Flynn always manages to create credible terrorists, whose twisted sense of revenge, heroism and martyrdom, leads them into ever more complicated attempts to damage the US or the Great Satan that they term that country. As usual there are politicians and others, some of them members of the military, who wish to curtail Rapp's activities. In this novel they e3ven bring him before a Judicial Inquiry, but this only serves to allow the terrorists to be at least partially successful, before Rapp, and his assistant, Mike Nash, get down to sorting things out. A real page turner that leaves the way open for another instalment.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jon

    Three and a half stars. Less action than previous installments. Introduces new character, Mike Nash. Spends too much time on Mike's domestic issues, always my least favorite part of a Flynn novel. Rapp spends most of the book under investigation. Heats up at the end to segue into next book .

  20. 4 out of 5

    Clay

    I have this theory that Vince Flynn novels are basically romance novels for men. Now, hear me out. Your typical blouse ripper is the epitome of vicarious experience, guilty pleasure reading. Many ladies (and some guys) get a thrill from reading the exploits of their stoic yet vulnerable heroine pursuing the tall, dark and handsome tough guy who wears his bad-boy nature on his sleeve but has a hidden romantic streak just waiting to be unleashed. It's fun to read fantasy stories about characters l I have this theory that Vince Flynn novels are basically romance novels for men. Now, hear me out. Your typical blouse ripper is the epitome of vicarious experience, guilty pleasure reading. Many ladies (and some guys) get a thrill from reading the exploits of their stoic yet vulnerable heroine pursuing the tall, dark and handsome tough guy who wears his bad-boy nature on his sleeve but has a hidden romantic streak just waiting to be unleashed. It's fun to read fantasy stories about characters living lives you quietly wish you could live. I think Vince Flynn provides a similar vicarious experience for men. The bold, decisive and action oriented Mitch Rapp is the hero of many an American male's daydreams. Nothing much of importance is conveyed in these modern myths. That's not the point. These are just simple, blue collar, pulpy novels that strike a chord with the masculine side of our psyches and give us an out let for good old fashioned male machismo. And, man, is it ever a blast to plow through these novels. Extreme Measures tosses Mitch into an impending international incident revolving around the liberal use of "enhanced interrogation" techniques (read: mild torture) while trying to uncover a terrorist plot which may be on the verge of harming the United States. The narrative shifts rapidly between several character's story arcs and each one is intriguing in its own right. There's your devoted husband and father character who is trying to defend his country from a radical Islamic threat while also attempting to juggle the issues that arise from a typical American family life. We have a stern and idealistic United States Senator who is attempting to right perceived wrongs and ensure that America remains a nation of law and order. We also have the motivated religious extremist who desires the death of his enemies above all else and will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Toss it all in the mix with good old Mitch Rapp and sit back and enjoy the fireworks. I noticed that much of Flynn's typical action scenes took a backseat to more of a courtroom drama scenario in this go-around. Don't get me wrong, Rapp still puts bullets into a lot of bad guys in Extreme Measures, but we finally get to see what happens when the powerful, political elite - whom Mitch seems to innately rile up - finally have had enough and decide to make the attempt to nail his proverbial anti-terror hide to the wall. Full disclosure: I never really felt any tension during the courtroom drama portions. To be honest, Extreme Measures was quite light on tension throughout. However, I had a healthy sense of dread throughout the novel simply because I sensed where the somewhat heavy-handed foreshadowing was leading the plot. Despite all that, the final quarter had me riveted right up to the climax. There was a wee bit of fan service at the very end that felt a little too simplistic for me to swallow. But, taken with the whole, Extreme Measures was another solid Flynn outing. Man this guy wrote great stories! Four stars.

  21. 5 out of 5

    ElaineY

    REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK, NOVEMBER 28, 2015 Narrator: George Guidall This installment kept me up till 3am and as soon as it ended, I went straight to the next book, Pursuit of Honor, which picks up where Extreme Measures leaves off. There were times when I felt like I was following an 80s primetime soap called 'CIA' but that's not a complaint, just something I noted as it wasn't all just terrorists or Rapp falling for another stupid cow. This time Flynn threw in Mike Nash, who was trained by Rapp amd it REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK, NOVEMBER 28, 2015 Narrator: George Guidall This installment kept me up till 3am and as soon as it ended, I went straight to the next book, Pursuit of Honor, which picks up where Extreme Measures leaves off. There were times when I felt like I was following an 80s primetime soap called 'CIA' but that's not a complaint, just something I noted as it wasn't all just terrorists or Rapp falling for another stupid cow. This time Flynn threw in Mike Nash, who was trained by Rapp amd it's Nash tangling with a similar difficult home life - wife who's in the dark about what her dh does for a living. She knows he works in the CIA but he could be the janitor for all she knows. Nash's marital woes are not as hopeless as Rapp's was with Anna though I did want to put a bullet through Maggie's head earlier on. She redeemed herself so she lives... Sometimes it gets tiresome when Rapp has to battle politicians and here, though it worked well with the overall 'relationship' plot and suspense plot, I wish Rapp were back in the field doing what he does best. I wish all the politicking were left to Irene and Rapp let loose to go hunting. Anyway, I enjoyed this installment very much, despite the less-than-riveting portions dedicated to the terrorist's prep work. The Narration: In the first two Rapp books, I thought Guidall's voice too old for a young Mitch Rapp. I still would, I think, if I were to relisten to American Assassin and Kill Shot. I see now how Guidall is such a favorite with non-romance audiobook enthusiasts and he's become my top fav as well, toppling even Dick Hill. I hope he'll continue to narrate the future Rapp books. He not only has great pacing, his cadence makes listening pleasurable and he narrates with the appropriate expression for each situation and character. He's great as an older Mitch Rapp (who's 40 in this book, IIRC).

  22. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin Thomas

    Say what you want about these Mitch Rapp books but you can always count on them to be page turners. No it's not going to win any serious literary prizes but I don't read them expecting that. This one has less anti-terrorist action than most of Vince Flynn's books and more political discussion, especially about the controversial topic of "enhanced interrogation techniques". It's funny to watch reviewers line up on one side of that political debate or the other. Those that agree with Mitch Rapp's Say what you want about these Mitch Rapp books but you can always count on them to be page turners. No it's not going to win any serious literary prizes but I don't read them expecting that. This one has less anti-terrorist action than most of Vince Flynn's books and more political discussion, especially about the controversial topic of "enhanced interrogation techniques". It's funny to watch reviewers line up on one side of that political debate or the other. Those that agree with Mitch Rapp's methods seem to give it much higher marks than those who refer to this as "Fox News fiction" and dismiss it as right wing propaganda. While I think it's pretty clear which side the author falls on, I also think he did an admiral job of making his characters realistic, at least in this regard. Both sides presented good arguments from their point-of-view. As for me, for a novel to be interesting, the characters have to behave as their character would really behave. If a character holds a particular political view then they need to behave in that way and not be manhandled by the author in an attempt to cater to the audience. Vince Flynn is comfortable letting his characters be themselves. Overall, this is still a good guys trying to stop the bad guys kind of novel, and just what you should expect from a Vince Flynn novel this far through the series. I enjoy watching these characters and finding out what they will do next. Mitch Rapp has a big role in this one but really it tends to be more from the point of view of his protege, Mike Nash and his attempt to balance his family life with his extremely demanding job. I've read more than half of Vince Flynn's published work now and find myself wishing there were more waiting for me...but alas that is not to be. RIP Vince.

  23. 5 out of 5

    KarenC

    Mitch Rapp to the rescue again. I was about to say a "one-man army," but this time he has some significant help from his friend Mike Nash, family man.I liked this book the least of all by this author that I've read. It had more propaganda supporting torture, or as Mitch & Dick Cheney would put it, "enhanced interrogation methods," or "extreme measures," to pry information from suspected terrorists than Flynn's previous works. In the fictional world Vince Flynn creates, it works. Rapp always Mitch Rapp to the rescue again. I was about to say a "one-man army," but this time he has some significant help from his friend Mike Nash, family man.I liked this book the least of all by this author that I've read. It had more propaganda supporting torture, or as Mitch & Dick Cheney would put it, "enhanced interrogation methods," or "extreme measures," to pry information from suspected terrorists than Flynn's previous works. In the fictional world Vince Flynn creates, it works. Rapp always knows when the bad guys are lying, but gosh darn they tell the truth in the end.I do like the timeliness of his plots - definitely linked to current events or possible current conditions. I do hope the terrorists aren't reading Flynn's books, since some of his plots seem plausible and may give them ideas in case they haven't been alert or serious enough to come up with them on their own. The issues raised do make the reader think - do you want to support "extreme measures," ignoring legal rights; under what personal circumstances might they be acceptable? Is spying in a mosque acceptable, or is respecting religious freedom a more acceptable risk? But the dialogue is becoming predictable, as are some of the actions Rapps takes. Descriptive information is repeptitive - is Flynn being paid by the word? Anyone following the series knows that Rapp is dangerous & any new reader can figure it out after the first 50 pages; we don't need to be reminded every few chapters. After 10 books, many on the bestseller lists, I do wish his publisher or agent would get Flynn a better editor. As mentioned by another reviewer, the spelling & grammatical errors & dropped out words are more than annoying, especially when the action gets as slow & pedantic as Mitch's Senate testimony, or the descriptions of the terrorists' training.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    Enter Michael Rapp defender of the US even if his jobs takes him places a democracy cannot abide. This is a story about democracy and party politics and an impending terrorist attack on US soil. At the beginning of the book we the US in possession of two important terrorists and they also get a visit from leading congress members who will doing anything to defend the rights of these two. Rapp and his crew then come in to question these people and Rapp gets caught while the rest of his crew gets Enter Michael Rapp defender of the US even if his jobs takes him places a democracy cannot abide. This is a story about democracy and party politics and an impending terrorist attack on US soil. At the beginning of the book we the US in possession of two important terrorists and they also get a visit from leading congress members who will doing anything to defend the rights of these two. Rapp and his crew then come in to question these people and Rapp gets caught while the rest of his crew gets away. Rapp takes the rap for his deeds which are unwanted in a democracy. But as the book continues and the attacks on US soil begin, the politicians are finding out that to protect a democracy extreme measures are needed to defend any constitution /nation from those whose interests would otherwise be protected and could not be stopped. A very US black and white kind of novel in which the black deeds of the CIA are okay-ed and the politician and their party politics are shown to be a hindrance in the fight against terrorism. A rather silly premisse as it is somewhat of a one dimensional story. Vince Flynn does know how to write a good thriller too bad his ideas are somewhat basic and it does not really help the story to regain any depth. I am not really convinced that this is a good spy series, based upon this novel alone I would tend to say not. Easy to read annoying in its message if you got any education in your past.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jerome

    I must remember that the mark of the politico-military potboiler is a lurid depiction of the U.S. capitol on the dust jacket, generally dominated by other, enormous, capitals conveying the author's name. Predictable. The characters were shallow,the story disjointed. Lots of boring dialouges about the government's incompetence. Mitch Rapp is having problems with politicians on Capitol Hill...AGAIN, he's torturing terrorists...AGAIN, the bad guys happen to be Muslim Fundamentalists...AGAIN. But also I must remember that the mark of the politico-military potboiler is a lurid depiction of the U.S. capitol on the dust jacket, generally dominated by other, enormous, capitals conveying the author's name. Predictable. The characters were shallow,the story disjointed. Lots of boring dialouges about the government's incompetence. Mitch Rapp is having problems with politicians on Capitol Hill...AGAIN, he's torturing terrorists...AGAIN, the bad guys happen to be Muslim Fundamentalists...AGAIN. But also like many of the books in the series, after 475 pages of build-up and stage-setting when the climatic battle takes place Flynn rushes through it in about five pages - basically saying 'The bad guys bust into the building, rush up six flights of stairs, blow open the doors with C-4 explosives, and entering a room full of FBI, CIA, DEA, and Secret Service agents Mitch Rapp shoots 80% of the bad guys dead himself in about ten seconds.' What happened to the sniper the bad guys posted outside the building, or the information that the lead bad guy knows where Rapp's top aide and his family live?

  26. 5 out of 5

    Rob Smith

    I really don't know why I don't give this a solid 5 stars. It is just tremendous. The plot is very involved yet succinctly written. I read this over two weeks while flying from state to state, finishing large projects, plus driving around and finishing other projects and getting day to day stuff done. A chaotic two weeks. Yet, I could pick up this book and not be lost. The problem came as I closed in on the ending and couldn't put it down. It is the best job Flynn has done in his first 9 books in I really don't know why I don't give this a solid 5 stars. It is just tremendous. The plot is very involved yet succinctly written. I read this over two weeks while flying from state to state, finishing large projects, plus driving around and finishing other projects and getting day to day stuff done. A chaotic two weeks. Yet, I could pick up this book and not be lost. The problem came as I closed in on the ending and couldn't put it down. It is the best job Flynn has done in his first 9 books in fleshing out characters and really laying out directly conflicting views of extremist Islam and politics. I would highly recommend this book as a guide to understanding the different views from conservative to liberal to extremist Islam to actual Islamic attitudes to the complacent. The book is also laid out and ended in a way that is perfect in the book market being what it is today. This book is excellent. OK, I gave it 5 stars.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Karalee

    This is the ninth book in the Mitch Rapp series. Although the subject matter (America's war on terror) remains the same, the focus of the book is a little different than past Rapp installments. This book is a little more focused on the political side of the story rather than the hard-core action and suspense from earlier books, although it does contain some of both and has a really explosive ending. At first, I kept thinking "when will the action start? when will Rapp be unleashed?" but it didn' This is the ninth book in the Mitch Rapp series. Although the subject matter (America's war on terror) remains the same, the focus of the book is a little different than past Rapp installments. This book is a little more focused on the political side of the story rather than the hard-core action and suspense from earlier books, although it does contain some of both and has a really explosive ending. At first, I kept thinking "when will the action start? when will Rapp be unleashed?" but it didn't take long until I was really engrossed in the unfolding political drama. The book presents timely and relevant issues that should scare the crap out of people if there is any truth to them. Vince Flynn manages to raise these issues without being preachy and without losing the appeal of his typical plots. I really enjoyed this book, particularly the inclusion of both Mitch Rapp and Mike Nash as central characters.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Naddy

    After reading American Assassin my expectations were really high It took me a while to understand or rather figure out what exactly it is extreme in this book. The plot of EXTREME MEASURES is Mitch and Mike Nash collaborating to extract information from two terrorist leaders. Mitch and Mike fear there is a third cell trying to wreak havoc on American soil. Their goal is to stop the cell before it can reach the designated target, but in the mid way Mitch Rapp's role becomes quite limited and stor After reading American Assassin my expectations were really high It took me a while to understand or rather figure out what exactly it is extreme in this book. The plot of EXTREME MEASURES is Mitch and Mike Nash collaborating to extract information from two terrorist leaders. Mitch and Mike fear there is a third cell trying to wreak havoc on American soil. Their goal is to stop the cell before it can reach the designated target, but in the mid way Mitch Rapp's role becomes quite limited and story deviated from the thriller to Nash's family issues, changing diapers, schooling issues, or Rapp's accusations or hearing. In the last 100 pages it pick up pace, u ll feel like you are reading something thrilling and ended satisfactorily. Overall rating - an average read and don't read it as completed thriller flick - 3/5.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kenny Bellew

    This is book 11 in this series, and, frankly, the story line seems like a regurgitation of several parts of previous books in the series. This would be a great book, if it was book 3 or 4, but its the same old story about interdepartmental conflicts, the average person not understanding what it takes to fight terrorism, and a ticking-bomb-like scenario. Again, it's a fine read...unless you've read the previous 10 books in the series (IMHO).

  30. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    Interesting, but had to put it aside for a bit because of prolonged torture sequences...

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