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Act of Treason Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook, CD
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"CIA operative Mitch Rapp is back. And he's as fearless as ever." -- "Saint Paul Pioneer Press" (MN)
"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)
"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." -- FrontPageMagazine.com
"Nonstop action [with a] surprising twist." -- "The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News" (FL)
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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.
Why is this important? Because from this we learn that the FBI had thoroughly infiltrated the Communist Party, and in fact, 17% of the members of the Communist Party were, in fact, FBI informants. Thus, the fact that Lee Harvey Oswald was a communist means that there was, on this evidence alone, a 17% chance he was an FBI informant!!
Anyway, lots of other great information on Hoover. It's not necessarily the best written book out there, but there are going to be facts in this book you aren't going to find in any other book.