It's basically a guy's version of a romance novel. Break down: + 4 stars for mostly gripping story - 1 star for a totally lame way to off the antagonist - 1 star for awkward discussions and moments involving Mitch's wife and his boss.
There were three main plot elements and as it transpired there wasn't a great deal to link them in the end. I will continue this series though even with slight concerns on the direction it will take as Vince Flynn was a great author able to weave a complex, action fuelled tale.
Number 6 in the chronological order of the Mitch Rapp series, Executive Power, was another good read from author Vince Flynn. I have thoroughly enjoyed all of the previous 5 Mitch Rapp books, however, this story was somewhat slower than the others.
Welcome to the second story arc of the Mitch Rapp saga. But Mr Flynn saves it with some great plotting, and the introduction of a character who manages to steal the show from Mitch Rapp. In Monte Carlo, a Palestinian agent provocateur meets with a patron he loathes to begin the implementation of a very complex business proposal. These threads come together to create one of the more audacious schemes Mitch Rapp has faced. Nevertheless, one of them, featuring the Palestinian agent provocateur, is some of Flynn's best writing, while the other, Mitch Rapp's Philippine business trip, has a few good action scenes, despite being a bit more bland at times. The settings are also a bit more varied compared to later Mitch Rapp novels. From laying down the law on a hapless paper-pusher who catastrophically forgot about the things he wasn't supposed to have said, to taking on half the Abu Sayaf organization with nothing but a few friends and his suppressed Beretta 92FS, this is the book which signaled Mitch's evolution from just another government assassin, to the man who quite possibly inspired Jack Bauer. And it's the antagonist of all people, a character who is by far the most sympathetic and complex villain in the Mitch Rapp series. It's tragic that Jabril and Rapp never got to have a confrontation, but it's also unfortunate that Flynn never again tried to make his antagonists as captivating or complex as David. While the some of the story arcs drag the book down, it's saved by Mitch's evolution into the counter-terrorist operative we all know and love, along with Flynn's best antagonist executing the false flag operation to end all false flag operations.
The previous reiterations, especially the first three books of the series, were quite good! One would expect to see Mitch Rapp involved in death defying high action sequences against terrorists in this latest book.
This is about the 3rd or 4th CIA, special ops, our stud hero is "Rapp", reads like believeable current events, fiction novel by Vince Flynn that I have read.
The first time I listened to this I didn't know where Flynn was going with the dual arcs - one featuring David aka Jabril Khatabi and the other, Mitch Rapp, of course. These two arcs do not come together until towards the end of the book and it took a second attempt before I could follow. This second time around, I allowed Flynn to tell David's story and let him tie up the two threads when he was ready to do so. Despite my enjoying the book very much, there are weak spots and the weakest was the way Flynn offed the villains - not just the scene where David and Omar are killed off (both so anti-climactic) but I felt rather mislead by Flynn where these two characters are concerned. But in the end, it didn't seem to matter because all I needed was to listen to Rapp's rant in the final quarter and got the gist of the entire book in five minutes. In any case, I felt somewhat derailed - it wasn't really the kind of Rapp book I've come to enjoy not just because this stranger called David hijacked it, but because Mitch is still battling that cow he's married to.
In 1990 he left Kraft to accept an aviation candidate slot with the United States Marine Corps. This was a very unusual choice for Flynn since he had been diagnosed with dyslexia in grade school and had struggled with reading and writing all his life. Having been stymied by the Marine Corps, Flynn returned to the nine-to-five grind and took a job with United Properties, a commercial real estate company in the Twin Cities.