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Alternate-cover edition for ISBN 9780671023188 here TAKING AMERICA BACK ... ONE POLITICIAN AT A TIME In one bloody night, three of Washington's most powerful politicians are executed with surgical precision. Their assassins then deliver a shocking ultimatum to the American government: set aside partisan politics and restore power to the people. No one, they warn, is out of Alternate-cover edition for ISBN 9780671023188 here TAKING AMERICA BACK ... ONE POLITICIAN AT A TIME In one bloody night, three of Washington's most powerful politicians are executed with surgical precision. Their assassins then deliver a shocking ultimatum to the American government: set aside partisan politics and restore power to the people. No one, they warn, is out of their reach—not even the president. A joint FBI-CIA task force reveals the killers are elite military commandos, but no one knows exactly who they are or when they will strike next. Only Michael O'Rourke, a former U.S. Marine and freshman congressman, holds a clue to the violence: a haunting incident in his own past with explosive implications for his country's future ...


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Alternate-cover edition for ISBN 9780671023188 here TAKING AMERICA BACK ... ONE POLITICIAN AT A TIME In one bloody night, three of Washington's most powerful politicians are executed with surgical precision. Their assassins then deliver a shocking ultimatum to the American government: set aside partisan politics and restore power to the people. No one, they warn, is out of Alternate-cover edition for ISBN 9780671023188 here TAKING AMERICA BACK ... ONE POLITICIAN AT A TIME In one bloody night, three of Washington's most powerful politicians are executed with surgical precision. Their assassins then deliver a shocking ultimatum to the American government: set aside partisan politics and restore power to the people. No one, they warn, is out of their reach—not even the president. A joint FBI-CIA task force reveals the killers are elite military commandos, but no one knows exactly who they are or when they will strike next. Only Michael O'Rourke, a former U.S. Marine and freshman congressman, holds a clue to the violence: a haunting incident in his own past with explosive implications for his country's future ...

30 review for Term Limits

  1. 4 out of 5

    C.J.

    This was my first Vince Flynn novel and I was thoroughly impressed. The plot was very well constructed. I never felt like there was a major plot twist, but rather the characters were working hard to battle each other and all felt like powerful adversaries. As with many good books, when the end came, I expected the outcome, but was pleased by the way the author got me there. The book tapped a number of emotions for me with despicable characters facing chiseled heroes. The theme of corruption in W This was my first Vince Flynn novel and I was thoroughly impressed. The plot was very well constructed. I never felt like there was a major plot twist, but rather the characters were working hard to battle each other and all felt like powerful adversaries. As with many good books, when the end came, I expected the outcome, but was pleased by the way the author got me there. The book tapped a number of emotions for me with despicable characters facing chiseled heroes. The theme of corruption in Washington politics was easy to identify with and I felt the author had an excellent knowledge of sophisticated weaponry and surveillance / countersurveillance tactics. I would gladly recommend this book to any thriller fan. CJ

  2. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    this guy is AMAZING - term limits was published in 1997 and it talks about the budget and how the failure to balance the fed budget will lead to crisis and chaos - which is happening - I believe I will go out and buy all of his books after the holidays - if anyone knows the order in which they were written I would love to get a list I have finished this book and LOVED IT - had everything I like - power struggle - "insider info" on how DC works - great characters and great story - I cannot wait to this guy is AMAZING - term limits was published in 1997 and it talks about the budget and how the failure to balance the fed budget will lead to crisis and chaos - which is happening - I believe I will go out and buy all of his books after the holidays - if anyone knows the order in which they were written I would love to get a list I have finished this book and LOVED IT - had everything I like - power struggle - "insider info" on how DC works - great characters and great story - I cannot wait to read the next one thanks and happy holidays

  3. 5 out of 5

    Alison

    The pace and plot of this political thriller were, well, thrilling. The intricate details of the various reconnaissance and other operations were fascinating and kept me absorbed throughout. Yet, at the end of the book, I felt saddened that the book so clearly promotes the idea that it is acceptable for a tiny handful of self-righteous and narrow-minded individuals to take a democratically-elected government hostage by murdering congressmen and senators in order to force the government to impleme The pace and plot of this political thriller were, well, thrilling. The intricate details of the various reconnaissance and other operations were fascinating and kept me absorbed throughout. Yet, at the end of the book, I felt saddened that the book so clearly promotes the idea that it is acceptable for a tiny handful of self-righteous and narrow-minded individuals to take a democratically-elected government hostage by murdering congressmen and senators in order to force the government to implement their ideas, then justifies the violence by saying that the politicians were corrupt and pointing out that America was founded in a bloody revolution. I can accept books with main characters who have different motives, beliefs and values from mine, and who might do things I would consider depraved. After all, literature gives authors and readers the chance to explore the dark side of humanity safely, and I like exploring viewpoints other than my own. But in genre fiction like this, I expect that the good guys, while flawed, will at least genuinely BE good guys. In this book, neither the good guys or the bad guys are moral - the only difference between the "good guys" and the "bad guys" was that the "good guys" actually convinced themselves they had honor and integrity, when what they really had was megalomania.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Anthony

    “What if America's politicians were held accountable for their broken promises -- and made to pay for their corruption?” Oh, if only… oops, I was lost for a moment in the sweet, sweet fantasy of having corrupt, immoral, and self-serving politicians systematically eliminated by a thoughtful group of elite, patriotic American assassins… After reading Vince Flynn’s rather disappointing, often sophomoric Consent to Kill, I was reluctant to give him another try. However, at the encouragement of my Flyn “What if America's politicians were held accountable for their broken promises -- and made to pay for their corruption?” Oh, if only… oops, I was lost for a moment in the sweet, sweet fantasy of having corrupt, immoral, and self-serving politicians systematically eliminated by a thoughtful group of elite, patriotic American assassins… After reading Vince Flynn’s rather disappointing, often sophomoric Consent to Kill, I was reluctant to give him another try. However, at the encouragement of my Flynn acolyte friends, I read Term Limits and was pleasantly surprised. Term Limits is an exciting story of a group of former American commandos who recognize that, in many cases, corrupt and immoral politicians threaten the security and welfare of the country they love far more than the foreign terrorists, dictators, and extremists they have fought and killed in the name of national security. In an attempt to bring attention to, and eliminate the corruption and greed that have come to dominate much of government, they target the worst of these politicians for assassination. Term limits presents a real moral and ethical paradox and will likely have you questioning your notions of ‘justifiable’ violence in pursuit of the ‘greater good’. The story is exciting and fast paced, and may just leave you wondering “what if…” Term limits contains significant military/combat style violence, profanity, and deals with philosophically complex themes making it appropriate for mature late teens.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. About the only reason that I finished this book was to see just how ridiculous the plot got before the author put it out of its misery. I'm not sure who the people are who liked this book - and there are many - I just didn't get it. The premise was interesting. A group of assassins targets corrupt politicians and kills several of them, demanding an end to deficit spending, special interests, pork, and partisan politics (keep in mind, the book was written in 1999, so any resemblance to our current About the only reason that I finished this book was to see just how ridiculous the plot got before the author put it out of its misery. I'm not sure who the people are who liked this book - and there are many - I just didn't get it. The premise was interesting. A group of assassins targets corrupt politicians and kills several of them, demanding an end to deficit spending, special interests, pork, and partisan politics (keep in mind, the book was written in 1999, so any resemblance to our current political situation sadly just means that some things never change). From there, things went downhill in a big way. The main character, Congressman Michael O'Rourke, was about as bad as the murdered "bad guys". The problem was that he was portrayed as the noble good guy. He actually said numerous times that the other men deserved to die. Nice. Further, he knew who the assassins were and told no one, just let them go on murdering people. Really nice. Aside from an unlikeable protagonist, the characters were as thin as smoke to such a degree that it was hard to remember who was who. Weak characters are combined with horrendous dialogue resulting in a special treat for readers. The author also apparently never heard the old adage "show don't tell" as much of the book was just a recapping of who said and did what. Further, the plot was at times a stretch (somewhat to be expected in a thriller/action novel) but many times, it was just flat-out unbelievable. For example, a congressman who participates in covert operations with a group of political assassins to kidnap a former CIA honcho? Participates, as in staking out the guy's house and busting in with automatic weapons. Give me a break. Here's another - an audio tape with enough damning information that it would "literally destroy the CIA, the office of the presidency and our political system" ends up in the hands of Congressman O'Rourke and his journalist girlfriend. The CIA director asks them if they give their word that they won't tell anyone else about what's on the tape. They do and he says "your word is good enough for me". WHAT??? Add to all of this misery the author's annoying tendency to interchange character first and last names in a single paragraph ("O'Rourke looked at Scarletti and then Michael handed Liz a drink"), his tendency to repeat entire passages of the book (for example, a phone conversation between 2 characters may be retold verbatim between one of those characters and a third - the reader doesn't need to reread the whole thing!!), his insistence on referring to cell phones as digital phones, and stupid statements like "he blinked away the drop of sweat forming on his brow" - and Geez Louise, there's not much here to like. This one is a big stinker. Unless you want to check your brain and logic at the door, you would be better off skipping this one entirely.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    I can't think of the last time I enjoyed a fiction books this much. Term Limits is about a solution to what is wrong with Washington: killing politicians. An elite team of former Navy SEALS decides to take out the most entrenched and corrupt politicians in DC, and demands that the President clean up our beloved capital. It sounds like pretty thin soup, but man! Talk about a pager turner! I couldn't put it down. There is much, much more to the story, of course: the FBI, the CIA, NSA, rouge intell I can't think of the last time I enjoyed a fiction books this much. Term Limits is about a solution to what is wrong with Washington: killing politicians. An elite team of former Navy SEALS decides to take out the most entrenched and corrupt politicians in DC, and demands that the President clean up our beloved capital. It sounds like pretty thin soup, but man! Talk about a pager turner! I couldn't put it down. There is much, much more to the story, of course: the FBI, the CIA, NSA, rouge intelligence agents, top secret programs and assault teams, and a tremendously realistic description of a White House in total spin-control. I loved it! I also thought that the author--a very conservative man (I first heard about this book on Glenn Beck)--did a good job of showing how wrong this 'solution' actually is, even as I acknowledge a certain emotional satisfaction in reading this story about killing the people who are killing our country. Even as the noble SEALS unleash their assassination, the violence they set loose is used by less noble men for ignoble reasons...and that, of course, is the problem. We can all fantasize about politicians who we hate taking a dirt nap...but what if it were a politician who we like or admire? Violence, of course, has no place in our political system...but I admit, it sure was fun to read about! Highly recommended book. I haven't read a political thriller for years (I think the last one was a Tom Clancy novel in the late 90s), but I am all over this guy.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Brint Hite

    Let me begin by saying that I’m a huge Mitch Rapp fan, so this brief review is written from that mindset. I began reading Vince Flynn about a year ago after hearing Neal Boortz and others sing the praises of Mitch Rapp. So, naturally, I skipped past Term Limits (since it’s not listed as part of the Mitch Rapp series) and jumped right into his other books. I’ve since completed all of that series and turned to Term Limits to get my final Vince Flynn fix (RIP, sir). It did not disappoint. Because Te Let me begin by saying that I’m a huge Mitch Rapp fan, so this brief review is written from that mindset. I began reading Vince Flynn about a year ago after hearing Neal Boortz and others sing the praises of Mitch Rapp. So, naturally, I skipped past Term Limits (since it’s not listed as part of the Mitch Rapp series) and jumped right into his other books. I’ve since completed all of that series and turned to Term Limits to get my final Vince Flynn fix (RIP, sir). It did not disappoint. Because Term Limits isn’t part of the Rapp series, I assumed that it wouldn’t share any of the canon of those books. As I read more and more, I couldn’t have been happier to find that this book weaves nicely into the Rapp series and overall Flynn universe. In fact, it provided some background and answers to questions I often had while reading the Rapp series. For example, the whole time I’m reading any of the Rapp books, and Scott Coleman comes into the scene, I found myself wondering about Scott’s past. He seemed every bit the badass that Rapp was and I always knew that his would be a back story worth telling. Another is Michael O'Rourke. An early Rapp novel made many references to him that I couldn’t quite place, so now things make much more sense. Chronologically, I estimate that Term Limits happens somewhere between Kill Shot and Transfer of Power. Even though this isn’t a Rapp novel, it’s pretty cool knowing that he’s still an unknown to the world at that time and is secretly conducting covert ops overseas and killing bad guys. Though indirectly, it’s very nice that this book fits into the overall Rapp story in that way. Overall, and perhaps oddly, this book gave me closure to Vince Flynn’s passing and the end of Mitch Rapp. I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it to all.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    If you love great thrillers, you'll love this stand alone political thriller by Vince Flynn. In Term Limits, Michael O'Rourke, a young congressman, knows a secret. In every page, we watch how Michael's trapped. Due to heated politics in Washington D.C., we watch the fireworks fly between the White House and Michael and potential threats. We see how close he is to his family. We witness the love he has for his girlfriend, Liz Scarpatti, a reporter, and how embroiled he is into the mess. I felt ba If you love great thrillers, you'll love this stand alone political thriller by Vince Flynn. In Term Limits, Michael O'Rourke, a young congressman, knows a secret. In every page, we watch how Michael's trapped. Due to heated politics in Washington D.C., we watch the fireworks fly between the White House and Michael and potential threats. We see how close he is to his family. We witness the love he has for his girlfriend, Liz Scarpatti, a reporter, and how embroiled he is into the mess. I felt bad for Liz, who has a duty to report the facts for her paper, and how her lies are sealed on keeping his secrets, until something happens that turns up the tables. We're shocked and awed by the actions of this players and how payback is returned with retribution. This would get you hooked into the drama and sucked in, right away. A lot of violent drama, when it deals with politics, then and now, and how it can affect the presidency. To see those executions, it didn't make me sick to my stomach.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    This book was amazing. It stayed interesting the whole way through. It's a political thriller. It reminds me of Tom Clancy, but with less of the weapons/model # info that makes my eyes glaze over.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    My sister-in-law introduced me to Vince Flynn after she received his latest novel as a Christmas present. After hearing what his subject matter was, and knowing how hooked on 24 I am, I thought I'd give Flynn a try and decided to start with his first novel. I was definitely not disappointed! While the storyline might be a little far-fetched, as the story unfolds you really start to wonder if something like this could ever happen in America. It's quite a hefty book, but I really had a hard time p My sister-in-law introduced me to Vince Flynn after she received his latest novel as a Christmas present. After hearing what his subject matter was, and knowing how hooked on 24 I am, I thought I'd give Flynn a try and decided to start with his first novel. I was definitely not disappointed! While the storyline might be a little far-fetched, as the story unfolds you really start to wonder if something like this could ever happen in America. It's quite a hefty book, but I really had a hard time putting it down when I had to do other things... Flynn's writing is fast-paced and more than once I found my heart pounding as certain key events took place. If taken too seriously, it doesn't make you feel particularly good about our government or its many agencies and politicians, though there are (thankfully) a few exceptions. But in the context of a fictional work, I was really impressed with the level of detail provided, not to mention the fact that it was a fast-paced, attention-grabbing read for a 600+ page book. Oh, and just when you think the story's got to end, it gets interesting in a hurry... But that's all I'll say on that subject!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Corey

    This is Vince Flynn's first ever book published, a stand-alone, and not part of the Mitch Rapp series. But it could be considered by some people kind of a prequel and start-up to the series. 3 unknowingly corrupt Washington Politicians are executed by a group of unknown assassins, and their list of demands, that the US Government set aside politics and restore peace and order to the American People, and they claim that nobody is out of their reach, not even the President. With the FBI investigati This is Vince Flynn's first ever book published, a stand-alone, and not part of the Mitch Rapp series. But it could be considered by some people kind of a prequel and start-up to the series. 3 unknowingly corrupt Washington Politicians are executed by a group of unknown assassins, and their list of demands, that the US Government set aside politics and restore peace and order to the American People, and they claim that nobody is out of their reach, not even the President. With the FBI investigating the deaths of the Politicians, and who the killers are, only former US Marine turned Congressman Michael O'Rourke, holds a clue to the murders. O'Rourke is slowly drawn into a deadly conspiracy, working solo, trying to get to the bottom of it before the FBI does. A great story from beginning to end, never a dull moment! Has a very different feel to it than the Mitch Rapp series, but as I said up above, some may consider it a prequel to the series, and it has some recurring characters you'll recognize, such as CIA Director Thomas Stansfield, Dr. Irene Kennedy, and Navy SEAL Scott Coleman. Very easy to follow, and it gives you an idea of every day corruption and cover-ups within the Government.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    One of my favourite Vince Flynn books. A definite must read!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lisa (Harmonybites)

    It wasn't long before I developed a visceral hatred for this book. If I put its politics aside, at best this is yet another silly, not very well written thriller. With the politics... In one night, United States Senator Daniel Fitzgerald, Senator Robert Down and powerful congressional leader Jack Koslowski are assassinated. From the description of each, it's clear the first is supposed to represent Senator Edward Kennedy (or maybe Daniel Moynihan) the second Robert Dole, and the third Dan Rosten It wasn't long before I developed a visceral hatred for this book. If I put its politics aside, at best this is yet another silly, not very well written thriller. With the politics... In one night, United States Senator Daniel Fitzgerald, Senator Robert Down and powerful congressional leader Jack Koslowski are assassinated. From the description of each, it's clear the first is supposed to represent Senator Edward Kennedy (or maybe Daniel Moynihan) the second Robert Dole, and the third Dan Rostenkowski. (The book was published in 1997) The next day the demands of the assassins are delivered to a major television network. Among the demands are a balanced budget with no new or raised taxes and means-testing of medicare and social security. In other words, the Tea Party Agenda--which by the way I'm actually sympathetic to. (Quaint, and scary, that the horror scenario of the book is a national debt of a mere 5 trillion.) If their demands are not met, more will be killed and they promise not even the (very Clintonesque) president will be safe. Apparently neither this group nor Flynn sees any irony that another demand is a new crime bill. So, what's the reaction of our "hero" ex-marine and Freshman Congressman Michael O'Rourke? He considers the murdered men "scum" and calls those that slew them "freedom fighters." I kid you not. Flynn lost me right there. Do I really have to spell it out? Because I could rant for pages. Look, I'm right of center and have been known to enjoy Tom Clancy novels. Flynn according to the wiki was inspired to write the book by The Government Racket: Washington Waste from A to Z, by Martin L. Gross. I'm sympathetic to the cause--really am. But my goodness. I can't enjoy this or take this seriously.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Bev Walkling

    I found this book to be well-written, fast moving and rather frightening in that it seems all too possible that governments do indeed run the way the American government is described in this novel. It describes what happens when people are fed up with a corrupt government and corrupt politicians and decide to take out some of the bad guys and hold the government to ransom. A section on page 292 really stood out for me. To quote: " General Heaney let his arm drop down on the table. "I have been i I found this book to be well-written, fast moving and rather frightening in that it seems all too possible that governments do indeed run the way the American government is described in this novel. It describes what happens when people are fed up with a corrupt government and corrupt politicians and decide to take out some of the bad guys and hold the government to ransom. A section on page 292 really stood out for me. To quote: " General Heaney let his arm drop down on the table. "I have been involved in the Special Forces for over thirty years, and I couldn't begin to count how many times I've heard one of my fellow commandos say that they would love to kill this congressman or that senator. You see, we are not only taught how to kill, but for our own sanity, we are taught to look at killing as a justifiable action in a world where there are good and bad people, where the bad people are not supposed to win. Think for a minute about what we ask a commando to do. We send them to do some very ugly things, and we tell them they are doing it to protect the United States of America. As commandos, we rationalize that we are ridding the world of a bad person, that we are protecting America. What do you think would happen if one of these highly trained individuals realized that the politicians running his own country pose a bigger threat to the security of America's future than the religious extremist that he just flew halfway around the world to kill?"

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    Not even a mention of Mitch Rapp here, but many other characters that fans of Vince Flynn will recognize. A stand alone story with a lot of good background information on certain characters. Congressman Michael O'Rourke and his Grandfather, Seamus, are introduced. Surprisingly, I have not seen them in other Vince Flynn works as yet. In the story, dirty Senators and Congressmen are being assassinated for working for themselves rather than being representatives of the people. There's a surprise! N Not even a mention of Mitch Rapp here, but many other characters that fans of Vince Flynn will recognize. A stand alone story with a lot of good background information on certain characters. Congressman Michael O'Rourke and his Grandfather, Seamus, are introduced. Surprisingly, I have not seen them in other Vince Flynn works as yet. In the story, dirty Senators and Congressmen are being assassinated for working for themselves rather than being representatives of the people. There's a surprise! No one seems capable of stopping the assassins and 37% of the people seem fully supportive of the assassins rather than the crusty, old crooked politicians. All the President and his Chief of Staff care about are the public opinion polls and their reelection chances. Typical politics in Washington until two honest Senators are killed. Only this time their federal agent bodyguards are killed along with them. Secrets are threatened to be unleashed and no one knows if and when the assassins will strike next. And there is no Mitch Rapp to save the day and even if Rapp wasn't still in college or High School he probably would have opted to help the assassins so that is the tone of the story. This is my 7th Vince Flynn novel and Term Limits is just as good as his other works even without his star character Mitch Rapp.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Devon Hernandez

    Fast-paced political intrigue is excellent! Read this on the recommendation of a friend, and wasn't disappointed. Working on the rest of the "Mitch Rapp" books by this author. I know some details of secret service, White House layout, CIA and FBI are changed for protective reasons, but it definitely gives you a glimpse behind the scenes, which is fun/interesting. Makes you realize that Americans and Congress are way too quick to pooh-pooh things that willing and able servicemen/women do in the n Fast-paced political intrigue is excellent! Read this on the recommendation of a friend, and wasn't disappointed. Working on the rest of the "Mitch Rapp" books by this author. I know some details of secret service, White House layout, CIA and FBI are changed for protective reasons, but it definitely gives you a glimpse behind the scenes, which is fun/interesting. Makes you realize that Americans and Congress are way too quick to pooh-pooh things that willing and able servicemen/women do in the name of protecting our country and instead of making a stink (Gitmo, anyone?), we should be thankful that these things don't have to be done by us, and that there are people willing to, for us. It also made me think hard about the plot and how that would play out in real-life: a small group of former SEALs taking out a few politicians who are widely known for corruption and running this country into the ground - is it an act of terrorism, or an act of a freedom fighter doing the work of a revolutionary? I'd have to go with the latter, especially since there seems to be no hope of term limits for senate/congress, pay decreases, and wiping the slate clean of lobbyists and special programs. Definitely makes the brain waves work. Awesome book!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    SUMMARY: American citizens are shocked—and even pleased—when several corrupt politicians are assassinated. A group of commandos is responsible for the killings. While the president and his administration are justifiably befuddled, a second group who kills more politicians muddies the water even further. An ex-marine Congressman knows more than he’s letting on, and is convinced to reveal some details about the responsible party to his reporter girlfriend. PROS: The storyline is relevant to today. SUMMARY: American citizens are shocked—and even pleased—when several corrupt politicians are assassinated. A group of commandos is responsible for the killings. While the president and his administration are justifiably befuddled, a second group who kills more politicians muddies the water even further. An ex-marine Congressman knows more than he’s letting on, and is convinced to reveal some details about the responsible party to his reporter girlfriend. PROS: The storyline is relevant to today. Because this is the 2nd book I read from Vince Flynn (the first was “Protect and Defend”), I know what’s going to happen to Stu Garret, which makes the story a little more enjoyable. CONS: Compared to his other books, this is more reading. Because the storyline is relevant to today, it makes the reader wonder, “How much has really changed in American politics?” Unfortunately, from reading this book, not much. (Of course, the latter I can’t hold against the author.)

  18. 5 out of 5

    Robert Beardsley

    Liked it didn't love it because the viewpoint is so far right wing it borders fascism and that soured me.. Yes, i am angry at some of the crap that goes on in government but not as angry as the novel portrays. The novel could have more likely been set in a third world country when people take the law into their own hands and depose politicians at will. Despite its viewpoint, the novel is imminently readable and very well constructed.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Speesh

    Not an easy book to write this, I guess. When just about everyone - certain politicians excepted - would think "Yeah! That's what I'm talking about!" after reading the set-up on the back. And a brave theme for Vince Flynn to take on in his first outing as a writer. Though, it may not be his very, very first I suspect. Either that, or he sprang into the game from nowhere as a fully-fledged brilliant writer of this sort of thing. Because, this is an absolutely superb book. From the "oh, good lord, Not an easy book to write this, I guess. When just about everyone - certain politicians excepted - would think "Yeah! That's what I'm talking about!" after reading the set-up on the back. And a brave theme for Vince Flynn to take on in his first outing as a writer. Though, it may not be his very, very first I suspect. Either that, or he sprang into the game from nowhere as a fully-fledged brilliant writer of this sort of thing. Because, this is an absolutely superb book. From the "oh, good lord, how is he going to write that!" of the premise, to the compulsive, plausible and exciting execution. It features several characters who also continue into the Mitch Rapp series proper, including one, I won't say who, who really shouldn't get out of this book either alive, or without having spent a long time in jail, but nothing of what they do here, is ever mentioned in the subsequent series. I did find that a little strange. Read it, see what you think. It's here that you can see why the political stuff in the later books was so good, so compulsive. He really can write this sort of thing absolutely perfectly. I can't guess his politics, but I'd be pretty sure he sees the world the same was as me, which is very cool. For us both. I read this after I've read all the Mitch Rapp series, through not really knowing about it, rather than meaning to. I'd say, like me, you could read this wherever you are in the series. Start with it and the rest will make sense. Finish with it and your admiration for Vince Flynn will just increase. What a talent was taken away from us. The best book blog : Speesh Reads The best Facebook Page : Speesh Reads

  20. 5 out of 5

    William

    Very good stand alone that, without given credit, turned into the Mitch Rapp series. From the point of view of this site, and others like it, I find no reason that this book was not tagged as a prequel to Rapp series; there are a half dozen characters that will carry on. I've read six Rapp books and Coleman was explained more in "Term Limits" than those six. So, if someone wants to start Rapp I would recommend "Term Limits" first.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Garlan ✌

    This was another action packed thriller from Vince Flynn. This one featured a protagonist other than Mitch Rapp which made for an interesting change. The action was pretty much non-stop, and ended with a great climax. This book gives new meaning to the phrase "term limits". A solid read.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Slopez1022

    An amazing suspenseful tell all tale about corruption, assassinations and a perfect example of the need for term limits on elected officials in Washington. In this thriller three Congressmen are assassinated by Ex-American Commandos merely carrying out what they have been trained to do. Protect America from its enemies by any means necessary. The only catch is, they have realized the more potent threats are actually in Washington rather than overseas. The national debt was only 5-6 trillion at t An amazing suspenseful tell all tale about corruption, assassinations and a perfect example of the need for term limits on elected officials in Washington. In this thriller three Congressmen are assassinated by Ex-American Commandos merely carrying out what they have been trained to do. Protect America from its enemies by any means necessary. The only catch is, they have realized the more potent threats are actually in Washington rather than overseas. The national debt was only 5-6 trillion at the time of this book's writing and that was unacceptable to these Ex-Navy SEALS, imagine today, with 12.6 trillion in debt, and if Congress continues, possible financial ruin. Violence, of course is not the answer, but you can make a difference at the voting booth. This book is very capable of waking up the apathetic people of America to the self serving political games being played in Washington. A must read!!!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Craig

    This is a political/US special forces thriller set in the nation's capital. A certain faction, not pleased with the litany of broken promises and misguided programs made by corrupt politicians (deemed destructive of the nation's national security and continuance), take matters into their own hands and kill two Senators and two Congressmen within a matter of days. This sets in motion a cat-and-mouse intrigue involving the White House, FBI, CIA, Secret Service, Pentagon and the assassins. There ar This is a political/US special forces thriller set in the nation's capital. A certain faction, not pleased with the litany of broken promises and misguided programs made by corrupt politicians (deemed destructive of the nation's national security and continuance), take matters into their own hands and kill two Senators and two Congressmen within a matter of days. This sets in motion a cat-and-mouse intrigue involving the White House, FBI, CIA, Secret Service, Pentagon and the assassins. There are many twists and turns. The plot is well conceived (although significant portions of the plot line are implausible and diminish the viability of the story). Nevertheless, it was an engrossing read. End note: I disagreed with the author's use of profanity and believe a truly great author can tell a story without stooping to profanity. In my estimation, a great writer need not (and will not) use profanity. It is beneath him/her.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mr. Gottshalk

    Well, I have never read Vince Flynn before, but now I see why his books have sold millions of copies worldwide! There are many layers to the plot, many characters who are all after various things - from justice, to power, to money, to revenge. I have to admit that there was enough intrigue to keep me turning pages in this lengthy novel, although the more I read, the stinkier it got (like an onion), because it exposes what ails Washington, D.C. I would hope that the real politicians in our nation Well, I have never read Vince Flynn before, but now I see why his books have sold millions of copies worldwide! There are many layers to the plot, many characters who are all after various things - from justice, to power, to money, to revenge. I have to admit that there was enough intrigue to keep me turning pages in this lengthy novel, although the more I read, the stinkier it got (like an onion), because it exposes what ails Washington, D.C. I would hope that the real politicians in our nation's capital are not this corrupt, but it's hard to say. The book is nearly 20 years old but the subjects of national debt and security are prevalent today.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Syd (deertales)

    this book is exactly what i needed during a reading slump. i did nothing but listen to it non-stop, and not only was it immensely entertaining, it was mildly thought provoking, which i enjoy in these political spy thrillers. after reading all the other mitch rapp books, it was fun to go back and revisit the world that vince flynn created, minus rapp. thinking that this book was self published blows my mind. it is now in my top 5 flynn books :)

  26. 4 out of 5

    David Lafferty

    Fun DC thriller. I heard good things about the late Vince Flynn. Although I enjoyed this book, I still find myself comparing his writing to Daniel Silva. It's good, but doesn't measure up to Silva. Some cool domestic politics stuff, but I found the characters kind of thin, and frankly while the writing is very good, it's not great. I guess I'm just spoiled. Good plane read though.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Todd Hickman

    This novel is full of excitement and full of plausible insider tidbits about the workings of Washington, DC, behind the scenes. The premise is a bit impossible and I felt a bit guilty in rooting for the brutal way that the small band of "patriots" decided to turn the country toward a path of fiscal responsibility. But it made for a fast-paced read, with lots of twists. Nothing much seems to have changed since the novel was written: we still seem to be spending taxpayer money like drunken sailors ( This novel is full of excitement and full of plausible insider tidbits about the workings of Washington, DC, behind the scenes. The premise is a bit impossible and I felt a bit guilty in rooting for the brutal way that the small band of "patriots" decided to turn the country toward a path of fiscal responsibility. But it made for a fast-paced read, with lots of twists. Nothing much seems to have changed since the novel was written: we still seem to be spending taxpayer money like drunken sailors (apologies to drunken sailors!). I liked it and think it's worth a look.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Joshua Peters

    I describe this book as an extremely exciting adventure hike full of action and mystery, but this one detail at the end was the equivalent to having a little pebble stuck in your shoe for the whole hike. That is why I gave it 3 stars and not the 4-5 stars I honestly probably would have if it wasn't for it. This detail to me was just a thorn in my side for the rest of the story, but that's me and I'm pretty sure almost everyone else would over look it. I would still highly recommend this book as I describe this book as an extremely exciting adventure hike full of action and mystery, but this one detail at the end was the equivalent to having a little pebble stuck in your shoe for the whole hike. That is why I gave it 3 stars and not the 4-5 stars I honestly probably would have if it wasn't for it. This detail to me was just a thorn in my side for the rest of the story, but that's me and I'm pretty sure almost everyone else would over look it. I would still highly recommend this book as a GREAT read!! This book did spark a now growing interest in genres/books like this one.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    Breaking my own rule and giving five stars to a thriller. My first Vince Flynn book, and I immediately started on a second. Term Limits is taut, fast paced, totally believable, and nearly impossible to put down. The assassination of two senators and a congressman put Washington into an uproar. Then there's another, and two more. Tracing the perps and their reasons as the story unfolds is breathtaking. Character development is fine, and the story is extremely well written.

  30. 4 out of 5

    John

    "Term Limits" is the first book published by the late Vince Flynn and shows all the page-turning, adrenaline-packed writing that made him so famous with his Mitch Rapp series. While Rapp is not in this book, many of the characters in later books are there, including Thomas Stansfield, then head of the CIA, and his chief analyst Irene Kennedy, and Scott Coleman, ex Navy SEAL. The background to the plot is almost contemporary. The President and Congress cannot agree on a budget and a debt ceiling. "Term Limits" is the first book published by the late Vince Flynn and shows all the page-turning, adrenaline-packed writing that made him so famous with his Mitch Rapp series. While Rapp is not in this book, many of the characters in later books are there, including Thomas Stansfield, then head of the CIA, and his chief analyst Irene Kennedy, and Scott Coleman, ex Navy SEAL. The background to the plot is almost contemporary. The President and Congress cannot agree on a budget and a debt ceiling. The Budget is packed with funding designed to buy the votes of individual members of Congress and the White House is manipulating the budget to get it passed. "The country is going bankrupt, both morally and financially. We need some drastic changes or the most powerful country in the world is going to go the way of Rome". Sounds familiar, doesn't it? The main difference is that, with a small number of carefully planned and targeted assassinations of corrupt leading politicians, a group of angry ex-military try to force The President and Congress to make major changes - or they will target the President. The demonstration of how they might target the President is Vince Flynn action-writing at its best. Combine all of this with an egotistical Chief of Staff, a retired and dangerous ex-CIA covert ops killer and an ambitious and unscrupulous National Security Advisor and you have a very explosive situation. There are few laugh-out-loud situations in the White House so reminiscent of Mitch Rapp where FBI and CIA staff are able to face up to the President's helpers and make them look stupid. The action scenes are meticulously planned and detailed and most of the plot is plausible. I understand that Vince Flynn had to self-publish this book before it was picked up and promoted by a publisher when it immediately became a NY Times bestseller for several weeks. While there are signs of a debut novel, the writing is good enough to stand the test of time as an exciting first book of a popular author who would set the standard for so many other books in the politico/CIA/assassin genre.

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