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A high-octane thriller that was written ahead of it's time!
on October 23, 2015
Of the fourteen novels written by Vince Flynn, this is one of my very favorites. Memorial Day has it all: Nonstop action, a thrilling plot that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end, and a character that any red-blooded American can get behind and cheer for in Mitch Rapp.
The story opens with Rapp interrogating a jihadist that holds information regarding a a planned attack on American soil. The interrogation scene is far from over the top or gruesome, and likely won't bother anyone with a weak stomach. From that first chapter on, Rapp is connecting dots and chasing breadcrumbs, trying to locate a nuclear weapon that may or may not already be in the country.
Flynn had knack for understanding geopolitics, and wrote a scene where Mitch and some delta force guys rode into Pakistan via helicopter without notifying the Pakistani government. Their target was a terrorist compound, housing a high priority al -Qaeda leader. The scene in general bears a remarkable resemblance to the real life raid on the compound of Osama bin Laden - which took place many years after Memorial Day was written.
Aside from Mitch Rapp, who is at his absolute best in this novel, all the series regular supporting cast of characters have strong roles. The lone exception being Rapp's wife, Anna, as she's conveniently away on holiday while the bulk of the plot unfolds.
Another hallmark of Flynn's writing was his ability to create compelling bad guys that readers love to hate. This is especially true in Memorial Day, as you'll soon find yourself counting down the pages until the story's leading dirt bag comes face-to-face with Mitch Rapp. In the end, nothing about this book disappointing. It's a total thrill ride that will leave you thoroughly satisfied!
- Ryan Steck is known as “The Rappologist” for his unmatched knowledge of Mitch Rapp, the hero of Vince Flynn’s many novels. Steck runs MitchRappFan.com and loves discussing books, especially thrillers on twitter @MitchRappFans.