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Executive Power (A Mitch Rapp Novel) Mass Market Paperback – May 25, 2010
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Packed with likable characters and undergirded by an in-depth understanding of the tangled politics of the 21st-century Middle East, Flynn's latest spy thriller (after the bestselling Separation of Power) can rightly be termed a post-September 11 espionage novel. Mitch Rapp is the CIA's number one assassin, recently lauded by the president as "the single most important person in America's fight against terrorism." Recently married to a high-profile anchorwoman and given a desk job, Mitch is having a hard time settling into the brain center of the CIA and giving up the gritty end of operations. He can't seem to resist seeking hands-on involvement in his latest assignment: unraveling a murky plot to create a Palestinian state. A mysterious operative, "David," plans to assassinate the heads of the major terrorist groups in the region and pin the deaths on Israel, simultaneously creating sympathy for the Palestinian cause while striking a fatal blow against terrorism, which he despises. Though the novel never strays far from the many conventions of the genre-a cadre of international agents, pedantic bureaucrats, spoiled sheikhs, and a U.S. president and military unfailingly portrayed as noble-Flynn spins an entertaining narrative. Though the book deals with an Iraq still firmly under Saddam's control, it should appeal to Americans' burgeoning awareness of-and interest in-the complex affairs of the Middle East. Perhaps the book's greatest accomplishment is its oblique questioning of the politics of vengeance. "The only way to make them stop is to hit them harder than they hit us," says the leader of Israel's intelligence agency. As Flynn's book demonstrates, the tragedy is that those same words could easily come from either side.
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After the events in Separation of Power (2001), Mitch Rapp's identity as a covert CIA operative (read assassin) is more overt than covert, and in the public eye is the last place he wants to be. In spite of his promises to his wife that he'll take a desk job now that his anonymity has been compromised, Mitch doesn't hesitate to tackle another covert mission involving the rescue of a family being held hostage in the Middle East. With his mentor, Irene Kennedy, now heading the CIA and with President Hayes' supreme trust, Mitch has more leeway than ever in his operation, and rather than sit back and watch his team at work, Mitch puts himself on the front line. Flynn's timing with these thrillers is uncanny (even though his reference to Saddam Hussein as a key villain here is a beat or two late). Another explosive tale of international intrigue from a master of the high-concept thriller. Mary Frances Wilkens
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Shot, listed as Mitch Rapp #2. Eh.....it was okay too...a little better. Then I had to decided if to continue or just search for another series I might like better. What the heck!?!?! I bought Transfer of Power, listed as Mitch Rapp #3. WOW!! What a diference....spectacular book....had trouble putting it down...was staying up half the night!! After finishing with it, I purchased the rest of the series and did a little more research on Vince Flynn. I found that he had passed away in 2013 and the 1st 2 novels were written as a sort of "prequel" for the series by another writer, Kyle Mills. I'm sure it is difficult to insert yourself into the writing style of another author, especially if you're trying to go backwards and "redevelop" an existing character. If I'd paid attention to the published dates, I probably would have figured this out and started with the 3rd one. This is certainly not meant to slam Kyle Mills as an author. But in comparison to the 3rd book in the series and forward, the first 2 prequels seemed cumbersome, forced and left questions unanswered.
There were two unrelated plots in this story. The fact that these two plots were unrelated (other than Mitch Rapp being central to both of them) might bother some readers, but it didn’t bother me. For whatever reasons, I never expected the two plots to intertwine so there was no disappointment on my part when the separation became totally evident (I had always expected such). It’s true that Flynn’s characters mostly see the world as black or white, good or bad, right or wrong. There is very little gray area. While the almost universal lack of gray forces these stories away from having any true real-world similarity
The above being said, the primary antagonist in this story, David (aka Jabril Khatabi) is a “gray” character. He’s doing a lot of wrong in the hope of creating a lot of right. But the author firmly confirms that such "grayness" in a black and white world is not part of these stories, when, in the end, David’s character is depicted as foolishly naïve, just moments before he is murdered by another character who totally believes in a black and white version of the world. The apparent moral to these events: “idealists are stupid and will end up dead.”
The story moves along at a nice pace, not too fast, not too slow. I don’t like Anna Rielly, but thankfully she doesn’t take up much story space. She is so wrong for Rapp, yet the author keeps trying to force her upon the reader as a counterbalance for Rapp. I think that effort is not working, and maybe even backfiring. I would not be saddened by her demise. Maybe she is supposed to bring a “gray” aspect to Mitch Rapp, but I don’t think it’s working.
In summary, Executive Power was an enjoyable reading experience and a novel I would recommend to anyone who enjoys political thrillers populated with many steadfast characters.
I finished very other Flynn/Rapp novel preceding this one within 3 days. So this one wasn't really one of those "once I picked it up I could not put it down!" type of books. I unfortunately put it down several times and even dozed off a few times. (Very late at night mind you but another Flynn novel would have kept me awake. )
I'm not saying don't get it, I am saying that this book has a bit of a bit different Mitch Rapp than we are accustomed to. Still - it is a good entertaining book.
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