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Memorial Day (A Mitch Rapp Novel) Mass Market Paperback – July 19, 2005
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The latest entry in Flynn's popular Mitch Rapp series (after 2003's Executive Power) offers a gripping look at what could transpire if a terrorist group were to sneak a nuclear weapon into the U.S. Rapp, the relentless, marble-hearted CIA assassin and terrorist hunter, would never let that happen, of course, and Flynn's description of the process of bringing a nuke ashore and the lengths to which the government's counterterrorism force will go to prevent harm to U.S. citizens add up to another page-flipping extravaganza. Rapp, back in the field after a long stint on desk duty for insubordination, unearths the bomb plot during a daring commando raid on an al-Qaeda stronghold in Afghanistan. A U.S. strike force manages to intercept and disarm the nuke moments after it arrives by freighter in Charleston, S.C. Everyone, including series stalwart President Robert Hayes, congratulates themselves on a job well done, but Rapp isn't convinced; he believes al-Qaeda leader Mustafa al-Yamani has smuggled a second nuke into the country and plans to detonate it in Washington, D.C., during Memorial Day celebrations. Rapp, a ruthless terrorist pursuer by temperament and training, turns it up several notches this time around, following al-Yamani's scent with feverish abandon. Flynn trots out his usual assortment of characters to keep the action tense—wishy-washy cabinet members, political climbers, invective-spewing terrorists and a selected assortment of ice queens who use sex as a weapon. Yet his skillful use of converging plots, particularly the panic created by having a nuke on the loose, is enough to keep Flynn's growing fan base more than willing to overlook the formulaic components.
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“[Mitch Rapp] recited verses from the Koran that condemned the killing of innocent civilians.” Yep… all those many verses… that people say are more often than they actually produce them.
Mitch Rapp again: “Have you never read the Koran and wondered how the imams derive such hate from a book that is so filled with peace and beauty?” Well, I’ve read the Koran. I wonder how anyone derives anything peaceful from a book so full of hate – unless they’re really determined to see what they want to see.
The interrogation scenes are somewhat unrealistic in other ways. Jihadis do not fear death (they call it martyrdom), so threatening to kill a captured terrorist is not going to make him break. Maybe Flynn picked up on this in later books.
Again, as others here have pointed out, this is an entertaining story. I just thought I’d get a few things out.
This book is probably my favorite until I read the next book.
Mitch Rapp once again is the center point of the book. He is on mission to save thousands of Americans from the devastating ramifications of a nuclear explosion. The story is vivid and real, portrayed through fictional characters the places and possibilities are real. From Afghanistan to the sordid nuclear waste fields in the old USSR, Flynn is able to paint a picture that will keep us on our toes. He is also able to bring to life the politics that play into the every day decisions are elected leaders face. Is re-election and a new Vice President truly happening for the reasons that the media is telling us? Is the upcoming Deputy AG one of the countries brightest or did she sleep her way into power? Mitch Rapp hates the drama, he hates the politics but more importantly he wants what terrorists want to do to our country.
This book will keep you engaged, you will skip dinner to read just a couple more pages and before you realize you will be hooked. You will being asking yourself was that an earthquake or was it the lifesaving work of a real Mitch Rapp!