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Tom Clancy fans who have not yet discovered bestseller Flynn (Consent to Kill) and his maverick, do-whatever-it-takes hero, CIA operative Mitch Rapp, will find this page-turner right up their alley. When an al-Qaeda–style bomb attack on the motorcade of the Democratic presidential candidate, Georgia governor Josh Alexander, in Washington, D.C., a month before the November election kills the candidate's wife and several Secret Service agents, Rapp uses all the tools at his disposal to investigate the claim of the now discredited head of the protective detail that a mysterious figure in a red baseball cap set off the fatal bomb. Rapp soon finds that the motive for the outrage may be personal rather than political. While the underlying plot elements require a great deal of suspended disbelief, Flynn will pull most readers along with his taut writing and plausible vision of the real work of the intelligence community. Author tour. (Oct.)
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"Tom Clancy fans who have not yet discovered Vince Flynn and his maverick, do-whatever-it-takes hero, CIA operative Mitch Rapp, will find this page-turner right up their alley.... Taut writing and [a] plausible vision of the real work of the intelligence community." -- Publishers Weekly

"Act of Treason is a fun, finger-blistering page-turner." -- Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN)

"The suspenseful conclusion of this terrific story is exciting, satisfying, and totally unexpected. Act of Treason has what one desires in a thriller -- a multilayered and complex plot full of twists and turns with a charismatic main character." -- The Roanoke Times (VA)

"CIA operative Mitch Rapp is back. And he's as fearless as ever." -- Saint Paul Pioneer Press (MN)

"Nonstop action [with a] surprising twist." -- The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News (FL)

"Whether you're a fan eagerly awaiting the next installment or a curious reader wondering what all the fuss is about, Act of Treason will make your day." --

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Product Details

  • Series: The Mitch Rapp Series (Book 7)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Reprint edition (August 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416542264
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416542261
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1.1 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (647 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The fifth of seven children, Vince Flynn was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1966. He graduated from the St. Thomas Academy in 1984, and the University of St. Thomas with a degree in economics in 1988.

After college he went to work for Kraft General Foods where he was an account and sales marketing specialist.

In 1990 he left Kraft to accept an aviation candidate slot with the United States Marine Corps. One week before leaving for Officers Candidate School, he was medically disqualified from the Marine Aviation Program, due to several concussions and convulsive seizures he suffered growing up. While trying to obtain a medical waiver for his condition, he started thinking about writing a book. This was a very unusual choice for Flynn since he had been diagnosed with dyslexia in grade school and had struggled with reading and writing all his life.

Having been stymied by the Marine Corps, Flynn returned to the nine-to-five grind and took a job with United Properties, a commercial real estate company in the Twin Cities. During his spare time he worked on an idea he had for a book. After two years with United Properties he decided to take a big gamble. He quit his job, moved to Colorado, and began working full time on what would eventually become Term Limits.

Like many struggling artists before him, he bartended at night and wrote during the day. Five years and more than sixty rejection letters later he took the unusual step of self-publishing his first novel. The book went to number one in the Twin Cities, and within a week had a new agent and two-book deal with Pocket Books, a Simon & Schuster imprint.

Term Limits hit the New York Times bestseller list in paperback and started a trend for all of Flynn's novels. Since then, his books have become perennial bestsellers in both paperback and hardcover, and he has become known for his research and prescient warnings about the rise of Islamic Radical Fundamentalism and terrorism. Read by current and former presidents, foreign heads of state, and intelligence professionals around the world, Flynn's novels are taken so seriously one high-ranking CIA official told his people, "I want you to read Flynn's books and start thinking about how we can more effectively wage this war on terror."

October 2007 marked another milestone in Flynn's career when his ninth political thriller, Protect and Defend, became a #1 New York Times bestseller. A few months later, CBS Films optioned the rights for Flynn's Mitch Rapp character with the intention of creating a character-based, action-thriller movie franchise. Lorenzo di Bonaventura, who previously launched the Harry Potter and Matrix films as head of production at Warner Bros., and Nick Wechsler (We Own the Night, Reservation Road) will produce the films.

Flynn's 10th hardcover, Extreme Measures, was published in October 2008. It was also a #1 New York Times bestseller. His most recent novel, Kill Shot, was published in Fenbruary 2012.

The Mitch Rapp story begins with American Assassin, followed by Kill Shot Transfer of Power, The Third Option, Separation of Power, Executive Power, Memorial Day, Consent to Kill, Act of Treason, Protect and Defend, Extreme Measures and Pursuit of Honor.

Influences: Ernest Hemingway, Robert Ludlum, Tom Clancy, J.R.R. Tolkien, Gore Vidal, and John Irving. Flynn lived in Minneapolis with his wife and three children until he died in June 2013.

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94 of 108 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey S. Stanley on October 11, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Well, I just finished reading Act of Treason. I have been highly anticipating this book and did thoroughly enjoy reading it for the most part. I have to say I was disappointed with the ending and was expecting much more from Vince Flynn. I will not give away any spoilers from the book but I will say that as I read through the book, I couldn't help but get a feeling almost as if Vince Flynn was kind of trying to get the reader of this book ready for a transition. I didn't feel that Mitch Rapp was carried through this book as he has been in the series since he was introduced. I couldn't help but wonder if maybe we are being given the first stage of withdrawing Mitch from the Vince Flynn novels. I certainly hope not but there were some nuances in the book that gave me that feeling. It was good to see some of the guys from previous novels back in such as Scott Coleman and his team. After reading Consent to Kill I had to wonder what direction Rapp would be taken in. Mitch is being portrayed as getting older and while still at the peak of his game, I can only wonder how much longer he will be kept at that level. The first few reviews of this book have thoroughly stated much of the book so I won't go into repeating statements. With a new administration to deal with, I hope Mitch can get back to the action that carried him through his first few novels and made for such a page turning read. If you are a fan of Mitch Rapp, you most certainly won't be disappointed with this new book, atleast that is until you get to the end.
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55 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Martin Andrade on October 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
During the heat of a presidential election a terrorist group in the Middle East threatens violence to try to influence the results. Some weeks before the election is to take place a car bomb goes off near one of the presidential candidate's motorcades and kills the wife of the presidential candidate and dozens of innocent bystanders. The voters decide that they won't be pushed around by terrorists and vote in the presidential candidate who was attacked. Mitch Rapp and his friends at the CIA are left to uncover the plot as ruthless and dangerous people are afoot. Sounds like a great thriller but Act of Treason is not up to the standard we expect from Vince Flynn.

Vince Flynn deserves a lot of credit for an almost prophetic handle on the continuing war on terror. Before the 9-11 attacks Flynn had written novels about militant Wahhabism attacking the United States. While on the book tour for his last book, Consent to Kill, Vince Flynn talked about secret CIA prisons where Iraqi and Afghani insurgents and terrorists where interrogated outside the view of the public eye. A year later there were stories in the popular press about those same secret prisons. Flynn has been a bestselling author thanks to his research and his connections to U.S. servicemen out in the field. He combines his solid research with a great storytelling ability which typically makes all of his novels thrilling page turners.

Act of Treason abandons some of the formulas that have worked so well for Mr. Flynn in the past. Vince plays around with different themes. In his past works there was the "ticking time bomb" mentality which has driven much of the motivations for the protagonist Mitch Rapp.
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48 of 58 people found the following review helpful By W. P. Strange on October 12, 2006
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For mystery/thriller fans this is pure nirvana. I read the entire book in two sessions and lost a night's sleep. The only disappointing thing about this Mitch Rapp adventure is that it was over too soon. If you enjoy reading for pleasure, to escape the troubles of your day, this is just what the doctor ordered. Vince Flynn just gets better and better. The writing is fast paced, and easy to read. The tension and plotting are believable and the characters, good and bad are enjoyable.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Peter Thomas Senese - Author. on October 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I am a very big fan of author Vince Flynn and have more expectations from this writer than almost every other storyteller. If you are like me, and have a penchant to be drawn to the genre' of clandestine political espionage and back-channeled international suspense, then you will dive right in to what I believe stylistically is a page-turning, mind-absorbing, savvy political thriller in Vince Flynn's `Act of Treason'. Similar to `Consent to Kill', the author has mastered the three important facets necessary for exceptional historical fiction: believability, currency, and valuably innovative plot line development. Splashed in throughout is a keen understanding about the world of operatives and the intelligence community very few individuals know or talk about. Furthermore, the author uses other fascinating factual tidbits of information that keep the reader moving, and allowing the necessary balance to occur that provides great credibility to the what if points author Flynn is clearly making during this ongoing state of war against terrorism individuals of freedom must persevere through.

As a writer who concentrates in the genre of international espionage such as Mr. Flynn, I openly want to say that CIA operative Mitch Rapp is such an engaging and cleverly created character. As I want to relate in part to my own protagonists that push the pages of some of my own novels, there is a great connection between Rapp and the reader. Well done!

The story begins with a presidential motorcase explosion that throws the administration upside down, and ignites would-be-voters to stand strong behind their current president seeking reelection. Conspiracy theory lovers unite? Maybe . . . but Flynn has a series of surprises that spin one after the other.
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