93 of 107 people found the following review helpful
on October 11, 2006
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.
55 of 63 people found the following review helpful
on October 10, 2006
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. Flynn also tries to tackle the controversies that plague presidential administrations as they close, especially presidential pardons. In fact, much of the plot of the book involves pardons in a thinly veiled discussion of all the last minute pardons of the Clinton Administration.
Without the immediacy of a clear threat against the United States, the reader is left wondering why there is such a hurry. Can't Mitch Rapp just take his time killing all the bad guys? Unlike in most of Flynn's previous books like Memorial Day, there's no climatic finish where at the last possible moment the U.S. is saved from disaster. In reality, the only pressures which push us to the end of the novel is to see how everything is played out. Even in this department Act of Treason is lacking.
The novel doesn't actually resolve itself. Early on the reader is made to think Flynn is going to take on the philosophy of many liberals that terrorism is a law enforcement issue and not a military issue. At one point it even looked like there would be a court scene involving a torture case. Flynn even had a chance to play around with the ideas of the new online journalists like Matt Drudge and their effect on public opinion. None of these possibilities ever panned out. Flynn wasn't interested in testing out those waters at all.
This book had so much potential for Flynn to expand his scope as a novelist and tackle some very big and complex issues. Instead those were glossed over and even forgotten by the end of the book. Sure, the book was still very readable and had some entertaining points. It just lacked the page turning qualities that made Vince a bestseller while it didn't show any expansion in his possibilities as a novelist. Would I still recommend reading it? Probably not for any but the most fanatical Mitch Rapp fans. Those new to Vince Flynn novels are best off looking to his earlier works to fully appreciate how good Vince Flynn can be.
48 of 58 people found the following review helpful
on October 12, 2006
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.
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on October 10, 2006
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. Enjoyably, 'Act of Treason' is not solely a shoot-em-up story: it is thoughtful, insightful, and educational while always keeping the reader is a state of suspense. As an educated 'read', this is where, in my opinion, Vince Flynn is coming completely into his own mastering the craft mystery/suspense writing.
In the historical thriller, regardless of the micro genre', the fact remains that the credibility of the story must never be questioned. In `Act of Treason', readers will find Vince Flynn delivers high marks across the board. Once you put `Act of Treason' in your hand, good luck putting it down! Well done, Mr. Flynn.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on September 14, 2009
If you like the television show 24, you'll love Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp. I can't help but think that Jack Bauer was modeled in part after Mitch Rapp.
Act of Treason is the story of a politician that wants it all and takes it all. He goes unchecked until Mitch's subtle but sure investigative talents begin to bring the truth into the light. It is a great book that is tough to put down. Flynn's books may cost you a little sleep. But you won't be sorry.
I advise you to read them in order. Transfer of Power, The Third Option, Seperation of Power, Executive Power, Memorial Day, Consent to Kill, Act of Treason, Protect and Defend, Extreme Measures and due out in Oct '09, Pursuit of Honor.
Amazon.com can provide you with them all.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on October 19, 2006
Flynn, with his latest novel, "Act of Treason" manages to punch his time card and, I would imagine, collect on his Mitch Rapp annuity. But this book is on balance a great disappointment. My wife and I have both eagerly awaited each of Flynn's new novels and have yet to be disappointed. But this book disappoints. Not so much so that I wouldn't recommend buying it and reading it but it ends up being a mundane and ordinary effort particularly in comparison to his early Mitch Rapp books. My wife, father, and both in-laws will all end up reading this book but it will only be with a lukewarm recommendation from me.
As anyone who has read the dust jacket knows, Rapp is still reeling from the death of his beloved wife Anna and only returns to action when asked by his mentor, CIA director Irene Kennedy. A terrorist has struck within the beltway detonating a car bomb and killing the president elect's wife and her secret service lover (I HATE that word!!). Mitch is enlisted to hunt down the killer. And of course, predictably, he succeeds. Problem is the entire book is monotonously PREDICTABLE!
But, thankfully, the book is a short read and can be racked up as an evening's entertainment. Think of it as a "guilty pleasure." Don't expect much and perhaps you won't be as disappointed as I.
20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on October 21, 2006
Vince Flynn and his publisher strrreetttched this book by publishing in a large font with lots of blank space between paragraphs and chapters. Although the book, at 400 pages, is nominally the same length as his previous efforts, it achieves this by a classic student maneuver of writing big and leaving lots of space to meet those 400 pages. The actual content would make about 200 pages of a normal book.
The writing is without the detail that I have come to expect from Flynn. At points, there is a glimmer of character and depth, but for the most part, the action and characters are briefly sketched out. The first half of the book starts with the detail that Flynn does so well, but by the end, it reads like a draft. In "Act of Treason", Flynn seems to have written this book too close to his publisher's deadline.
The editing missed at least 3 grammatical errors.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on October 18, 2006
If this is your first introduction to Mitch Rapp, then this is a 5 star book. But for those of us who have read the first seven, this one is a little thin on plot (wasn't difficult to see where it was going) and character development (nothing new).
It reminds me of Nelson DeMille's last book, Night Fall. While still required reading for fans, it had nowhere near the depth of his other work. The same, in my opinion, can be said about Act of Treason. I'd rather Mr. Flynn take an extra year and come out with something that rivals Memorial Day, than whip up a page turner that can be finished in less than a day.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on May 16, 2007
I'm a huge Vince Flynn and Mitch Rapp fan, read 'em all.
I was disappointed in this hopefully final installment in the Rapp series. First, it was gratuitously vulgar. I found myself wincing a few times. I mean, what does that really add to the work?
Second, I thought it spent way too much ground going over the past. I realize that it must be done for the reader who started the series with this novel, but it was not enough info for them, yet too much for me.
Third, Rapp seemed almost a minor character at times.
Mr. Flynn needs to get back to what he does so well, anti-terrorism fiction.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on October 16, 2006
I've read all of Flynn's novels, and I'm sad to report that I felt this one was the least good of all 7 Mitch Rapp books. Flynn's first 4 novels were action-packed, thought provoking, and highly entertaining with plot twists and plenty of terrorist butt-kicking. However, there were really only 2 scenes of 'action' where our boy Mitch took the bad guys to task.
It's a good read and I'm glad I bought it, but after reading many other books while waiting for Vince Flynn's new offering I found it lacking.