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Memorial Day (The Mitch Rapp Series)
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114 of 125 people found the following review helpful
on May 18, 2004
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Vince Flynn's books are essentially primers on what is needed to combat and defeat terrorisim and the "bad guys." It will not be everyone's cup of tea, because it is painfully honest in it's assessment of where our problems lie and unfortunately they often lie with some of us. If you genuflect to the altar of political correctness, this will be a tough read.
Mitch Rapp returns. Flynn introduces him bluntly to those who have not read his prior novels as he prepares to interrogate five al Qaeda operatives who have been captured in a raid on a secret stronghold: "Calling Rapp a counterterrorism operative was essentially a polite way of ducking the truth. When everything was stripped away, the reality was that that he was an assassin. He has killed, and killed often, for his country, and in his mind 9/11 was proof that he hadn't killed enough."
His interrogation produces the picture of a terrorist attack on the United States that involves a nuclear weapon. The picture is clear enough to cause alarm, but fuzzy enough to make the entire plan a puzzle.
Slowly the puzzle seems to be solved and just when it looks like the threat is past, well, it isn't.
This is vintage Flynn. It is an absolute page turner. It will make you think. It may cause some angst. It should. This is a realistic picture of where we are and what we are doing, both the good and the bad. That's where the angst comes in.
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66 of 71 people found the following review helpful
Format: Hardcover
Although I had heard of Vince Flynn's series of novels featuring Mitch Rapp, MEMORIAL DAY is the first one I decided to take for a test run. What I found what an action-packed thriller set at a blistering pace and a main character that may not stay inside the box that the government would like for him to, but you like him anyway. You have to...he does things the way you'd like to see them done and he gets results.

MEMORIAL DAY is also a prime example of the way that the CIA/Spy/International Thriller genre is headed in a post-9/11 world. In the 80s, the villians tended to be Russian. Now, the targets have become Al-Qaeda and those countries that harbor and support them. Not to worry...there are still plenty of Russian villians running loose in popular fiction. MEMORIAL DAY's premise begins with Mitch Rapp foiling an attempt to smuggle a nuclear weapon onto American soil, and right around one of the biggest tourist holidays on the calendar. This plot element alone makes the entire storyline plausible. This is something that every American citizen fears whenever there is a large event planned. New Year's Eve in Times Square...the Super Bowl...the World Series...name it. I won't go into any more detail on the plot...you'll just have to read it.

I was very impressed with the writing as well. Sharp, concise, and to the point but not over the top vocabulary. Everything is organized well and easy to follow for any reader.

All in all, I was very impressed with this very enjoyable read and look forward to checking out the rest of the Mitch Rapp series...not to mention the next installment.
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76 of 88 people found the following review helpful
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Intel learns that countries harboring terrorists are transferring their stock and bonds into gold while at a top-secret installation a Pakistani terrorist is being interrogated by CIA black ops agent Mitch Rapp. Intel finds out that Al Qaeda is preparing to strike at the United States, making the World Trade Towers destruction seem like a child destroying a toy. Mitch and a group of commandos raid a small Pakistani mountain town where they find proof that Al Qaeda is getting ready to attack America.
Going through the documents and the computer disks, Mitch and other operatives believe that the terrorist group is trying to smuggle a nuclear bomb into the United States. Through diligent effort and good investigative work, they are able to locate the bomb which was being shipped into the country by boat. Further Intel lead Mitch to believe that a second bomb has already been smuggled into the country and it is set to go off at the White House festivities on Memorial Day if Mitch can't locate it in time.
Vince Flynn is one of the best writers of action thrillers on the world scene today. His protagonist is a true patriot, willing to get his hands dirty if it means saving innocent lives. He can't stand or deal with the politics that get in the way of catching terrorists and believes the legal rights belonging to ordinary people should be suspended for active terrorists. Readers won't know until the last paragraph if the hero finds the nuclear bomb and is able to prevent it from going off. MEMORIAL DAY is more frightening than a horror tale because the premise of the story is all too plausible.
Harriet Klausner
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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Although liberals and the ACLU would no doubt be horrified by the tactics of our protagonist, Mitch Rapp, I firmly believe that the general population of readers will find themselves cheering his methods of extracting information as he attempts to track down a group of terrorists attempting to cripple the infrastructure of the U. S. and kill hundreds of thousands by setting off an atomic device in Washington D.C. (No more plot details from here on).

My first Vince Flynn book, Term Limits, hooked me completely and I have been a Vince Flynn fan ever since. Once again, he has crafted a clever story that could easily have been taken from your daily paper.

If you like complex, action packed thrillers featuring the most elite of alpha males, then Mitch Rapp is your kind of man, and Memorial Day is your kind of book.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Format: Hardcover
Although I never read books of this genre a Bill O'Reilly article inspired me to give this one a try. "Memorial Day" is a cold slap reminder that we are at war, and if we are ever going to put a stop to this insidious menace the politicians, protesters,lawyers and bureaucrats--along with their career concerns--need to take a backseat to folks with intuition and common sense . Flynn's damn-straight style of writing complements the hero Mitch Rapp very well. Flynn's epilogue is thought provoking and curiously ominous.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on July 10, 2004
Format: Hardcover
MEMORIAL DAY, ironically enough, was the perfect book to read over the Fourth of July Weekend. It is as current as today's headlines, and a welcome break from the fantasies of hygienically challenged movie directors and the political aspirations of perfumed princes.
Vince Flynn has made a career of writing espionage thrillers that read as if they could be subtitled "The Real World for Dummies." His creation, CIA operative Mitch Rapp (great name), is the type of guy you hope and pray exists and is on our side. Rapp is a pragmatist who is in constant trouble with everyone, from the President on down, because he consistently refuses to color inside the lines. If you've lost a wink of sleep over the fraternity hazing, locker room towel-snap to which a few Iraqi prisoners of war were subjected, you'll probably find Rapp's methods a bit extreme. But Rapp is that rarity, a guy who does what needs to be done in the most effective way possible. The fact that this behavioral aberration on his part results in him saving the country's bacon time after time never seems to enter into the equation, at least with those who tend to treat terrorist acts as grist for intellectual discussion and nothing more. The learning curve is temporary, and steep, for those folks; Rapp's approach is that he will go over them or through them if they do not get out of the way.
Flynn and Rapp are at the top of their respective games in MEMORIAL DAY. Intelligence indicates that a major terrorist attack is in the offing. Rapp leads a daring --- and secret --- commando raid into Pakistan to take out an al-Qaeda vipers' nest. That is just the beginning of the story, however. Rapp and the Special Forces unit he commands discover plans for a devastating nuclear attack on the United States. Rapp acts quickly and decisively, and the attack is thwarted. Or is it? Rapp feels that there are some loose ends to the whole matter and, despite the best efforts of the career second guessers and pencil pushers who have the ear of the President, soon discovers that the plot is far deadlier than they thought --- and that it is still operative. Rapp leads a team in a race against time --- and against liberals in the President's cabinet --- to thwart a plot aimed at the very highest levels of government.
Flynn demonstrates that he is an absolute master of his craft in every way that matters. His writing style creates a work that is built for speed; the pages fly by while the suspense quotient is ratcheted so high that it makes your hair hurt. The title of the book may be MEMORIAL DAY, but it's a novel for all seasons. Highly recommended.
--- Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on May 20, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Remember Lt. Colonel West who held a gun to an Iraqi terrorist's head in order to get time sensitive information to save his men's lives? If you agreed with his actions and were outraged by the attempt to court martial him and deny him his pension, you'll love MEMORIAL DAY!
Mitch Rapp, Vince Flynn's hero, and he IS a hero, is a CIA assassin, who both tortures and assassinates Islamofascistic terrorists in order to thwart a pending Al-Queda nuclear attack on the U.S.
Mitch Rapp is the very opposite of the *seven idiots who almost lost us the war,* and shamed us all. He knows the death-worshipping, life-hating, fanatical nature of the enemy and although he is political incorrectness personified, I have no problem with his actions.
Mitch's nemesis, Valerie Jones, the President's Chief of Staff (think Judy Davis), and a new villainness, the beautiful, super-ambitious Peggy Stealey, a deputy asst. attorney general who loathes and wants to gut the Patriot Act keep getting in the way of getting the job done. Tony Jackson, the *mouth of the south* is hired as an attorney by an Islamofascist terrorist who cannily became an American citizen and keeps demanding his rights. (Can you immediately revoke someone's citizenship if he's proved to be a terrorist? I hope so).
Because we as a society are wrestling with issues of torture, assassination, rights, and how we deal with this enemy without becoming like them or abandoning our principles, MEMORIAL DAY is my favorite of all the thrillers I've recently read. I found it more persuasive and interesting than all the blather of the chattering classes on cable TV.
I'll be rereading MEMORIAL DAY again.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on September 14, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The thing that comes to mind when reading this is, "Tom Clancy-Lite". The style and subject matter bring to mind an early Tom Clancy, but without all the unnecessary political grandstanding. And at 400 pages, it's a much quicker read. This is an excellent, fast-paced, and timely thriller. There are constant twists throughout the novel, and not just one climax at the end, which makes it a more entertaining read. This is the first book by this author that I have read, but I'll be picking up some of his earlier work. This isn't great "literature", but it's perfect for the beach or on a long plane ride.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on August 20, 2004
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
I have read all of Vince Flynn's books and enjoyed each and every one. Each book is well written, fast-paced, fascinating , and a great climax. If you like Robert Ludlum's Bourne Series, Tom Clancy, Stephen Coonts, Dan Brown and Brad Thor you will love Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp character. I rate it a Five Star.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on August 23, 2004
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Vince Flynn has written an amazing book that everyone should read. Though it is fictional, it really makes you wonder what is possible as far as terrorism is concerned in the US. The book was so good, I could barely put it down. It is scary that this seems all too real.
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