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" Fearless counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp is called upon to fight against the world's most deadly terrorists in this harrowing political thriller by New York Times bestselling author Vince Flynn. It's just seven days before Memorial Day, and the nation's capital is buzzing with last-minute preparations for the unveiling of the magnificent new memorial honoring the men and women who fought in World War II. Despite the hopeful energy of the city, Mitch Rapp senses trouble. A spike in CIA intelligence has pointed to a major terrorist attack on the United States. Now it's up to Rapp to pull out all the stops. Rapp immediately leaves for Afghanistan, where he leads a special forces unit on a daring commando raid across the border into a remote Pakistani village. Their target: an al Qaeda stronghold. Within a subterranean room, Rapp and his team discover a treasure trove of maps, computers, files, and bills of lading for multiple freighters heading to U.S. ports -- all pointing to plans for a catastrophic nuclear attack on Washington, DC. Information is quickly relayed back to CIA headquarters, and a nuclear emergency support team scrambles to the scene. In a few hours, the freighters have been located and disarmed and the danger has been averted. Or has it? Despite all the backslapping and congratulations, Mitch Rapp can't shake the feeling that the operation seemed just a bit too easy. Rapp follows his instincts on a quest to unearth the whole truth. What he finds is truly terrifying, and with Memorial Day closing fast, Rapp must find a way to prevent a disaster of unimaginable proportions. Packed with the heartstopping action and political intrigue that Vince Flynn's fans love, here is a stylish thriller exalting America's past battles for freedom as well as its continued fight for peace. "
- The West Wing meets 24
In this latest Mitch Rapp installment, terrorism goes nuclear and Rapp must use his skills as a CIA operative to attempt to stop them before Washington, DC and the surrounding area is destroyed. All of this happens amongst election-year politics and Rapp's efforts at saving the world are frustrated by those who only understand political considerations, not real life terror threats.
Once again, Vince Flynn's writing packs a punch and this is another page turner. As is typical, some of the plot is a bit unbelievable, but that is part of what makes it so fun and exciting. This is a perfect read for the beach or a lazy weekend....more info
- Where is the movie?
Astonishing in detail and concept. Fast page turning action and language you will be be eager to read aloud in places. I would like to send a copy to hundreds of Washington politicians with an empty lubricant tube attached....more info
- Great story, Fast Paced
I started reading books last year and I got hooked reading Memorial Day. Fast paced and a great plot. Mitch Rapp character goes back about four books and his stories are great. I recommend the whole Vince Flynn series and I hope he continues wiritng with Mitch Rapp in mind....more info
- Another Great Read From Vince Flynn
I have read all the Mitch Rapp books and like them all, this one didn't let me down. It was a great page turner which makes it difficult to put down.
A very believable plot that all Americans fear might become reality - Mitch Rapp fights with all his power to put an end to this international crisis and he'll stop at nothing. While everyone thinks that the first terrorist flop was the main scheme Mitch saves the day by not giving up so easily.
If you have enjoyed his previous books then this one will not let you down. Great read!...more info
- not as good as his early work
This one just didn't have "it" the early books did. Disappointing, though palatable....more info
Great read in the series. You need to start with the first book....more info
- Realistic Thriller about How to Stop Terrorists
Many thrillers are so abstracted from reality that they are describing a world that could never exist. The best thrillers take our natural paranoia and build from there to create a living nightmare that thrills and chills us.
Memorial Day is a rewarding addition to the gradually developing subgenre of the anti-WMD terrorist thriller. Naturally, we all fear terrorists killing millions with WMD. How might they go about it? How might we stop them? Memorial Day provides many rewarding answers to the former and fewer realistic answers to the latter.
Mitch Rapp is a one-man wrecking crew who knows no limits to his ability to protect the United States. He's very much in the vein of an American James Bond except that he is a family man with no obvious vices. In that sense, he's more like Superman without the super powers.
As the book opens, the CIA observes unusual activities and levels of terrorist "chat" which makes it look like an attack may be coming soon. Mitch Rapp learns that a number of al-Qaeda leaders are together in a Pakistani village and organizes a "black" raid on the village. That raid allows him to interrogate several prisoners and he learns that the U.S. is at risk in the near-term. Fortunately, the raid also provides documents that help pinpoint the sources of the risk and counter-terrorist efforts begin quickly and smoothly. But is there enough time?
The main false note in the story is that Mitch Rapp knowingly ignores legal and ethical limits on what the U.S. can do whenever he feels the need to accelerate responses. In the process, the book condones murder, torture and unlimited violence as long as it helps us defend ourselves. At a time when many are rethinking how far we should go in interrogating prisoners, this book suggests no limits. That point is a gratuitous one that was not required for the story to develop in an exciting and realistic way.
Many will be cheered, though, by the attacks in the book on those who pursue antiterrorism primarily for political gain. There's been too much of that going on.
The action parts of the story are the best. So if you like to read about raids and commando actions, you will enjoy this book very much.
- Mildly interesting, but deeply flawed.
I am a great fan of Flynn's earlier work, especially TERM LIMITS - where he was tight, edgy, and was using a well-worked plot. However, he misses the mark with MEMORIAL DAY.
There are several problems with this work. First, he breaks no new ground. The idea of terrorists acquiring nuclear material as a plot premise is hardly new - becoming tiring in fact. Its a far cry from the edgy plot of TERM LIMITS. Second, the characters are beyond stereotypical. There are no character dynamics at all - they will not surprise you nor engage you in any way. This is unfortunate because the topic of American/Muslim relations has potential for character depth - but I haven't found a thriller writer able to capture it yet. Third, Flynn makes several logical errors. I don't want to point out all of them and give away critical plot information in case you do read this book but for example there are several instances when Flynn flat out states that a nuclear attack on the US would likely result in the US making retaliatory nuclear strikes against Saudi Arabia - despite the fact that the Saudi government cooperates with our antiterrorism efforts and that terrorists hate that government nearly as much as they hate us, not to mention the fact that a US nuclear strike would result in the loss of tens of thousands of innocent lives. Simply, nukes can't be used against a guerrilla movement and, amazingly, Flynn doesn't seem to grasp this. Fourth, there are no plot twists. I was amazed by the amount of overly blatant foreshadowing used by Flynn and was disappointed when there was NOT ONE instance when I was surprised or taken back by a new plot twist. The whole story is so predictable you can pretty much just read the cover synapses and you will know what happens. No surprises here folks.
I like Flynn and I know he can do better. If you are new to his work I would suggest trying TERM LIMITS instead. If not, you might consider skipping this one - I personally didn't find it compelling enough to be worth the time. ...more info
- As always, good read!
I just LOVE all of the Flynn (Mitch Rapp) books, and have read them all. "Memorial Day" is another good one...I can read till my neck and eyes can't take anymore....more info
As I was reading this dreadful book, I kept wondering why I continue to read Vince Flynn's novels, considering that every one I read is somehow less entertaining than the previous. Perhaps I am just getting older and his sort of "Clancy Lite" approach seems more ridiculous now to me than it used to. Flynn's version of Jack Ryan, "Mitch Rapp" (who might as well have been built out of spare parts from crappy Jerry Bruckheimer films) is a pathetic excuse for a protagonist. The dialogue is amazingly asinine ("get your [...] down here, or you'll hear about it later"), the plot disasterous (a ticking bomb as the climax? Are you serious?), the writing overall is about on a 5th grade reading level, and every last character is so one dimensional that I was seriously hoping that the bomb would kill each and every one of them, but spare the innocent civilians that had no part in the book. I'm actually amazed that this worthless drivel has received so many positive reviews here. One can only hope that Mr. Flynn doesn't get wind of all this praise, for that could only lead to one thing: Mitch's next intense mission, where he travels to Bagdad in order to thwart Saddam Hussein's breakout from prison. It will culminate with Mitch giving one of his eloquent lines that would probably go something like this: [...] Bruce Willis will play Mitch in the movie version, and Glenn Close will be Dr. Kennedy. I can't wait....more info
- Awesome Novel
Vince Flynn is easily one of my favorite authors. This was the first book I read of his and ever since then I have been hooked to the rest. Memorial Day stands out as one of my clear favorites, but I highly highly reccommend all of his other books as well....more info
- memorial day with a bang
terrific!!! the whole series is spellbinding. compares to John Jakes!!...more info
- fridgidly exciting
As you read this novel all that's on your mind is the method we seem to be conducting our war on terror. Our leaders seem more concerned with rights of the enemys of our country than seeing our troops have armored equipment I hope with all my heart that there is a Mitch Rapp or a group of them that are proceeding the way this great novel discibes This will be the only way we will win this war with the cave dwellers. You must fight fire with fire.It's a wonderful novel. I have read all of them and will wait for the next. ...more info
- Actually raises some issues
This is another in the series of Mitch Rapp books written by thriller writer Vince Flynn. Each of the books has a very formulaic format and plot that's pretty standard and stable. Rapp works for the CIA, killing Arab terrorists mainly, and while he's something of a maverick, he's no Ann Coulter, either. For one thing, when it suits him he allies himself with more moderate Muslims who are eithe our allies or Americans, and for another, while he kills people, he only tortures captured terrorists once in a while.
In the current installment, Rapp's in Pakistan chasing an Al Qaeda cell that's been hiding in a remote village. Fearing that the leadership will be warned, Rapp organizes a raid of Army Rangers, who capture some senior terrorists, kill all of the others, and clean out a communications room the terrorists were using. In that room the Americans discover a treasure trove of documents, including a map of Washington D.C. wiht blast radii drawn on it, the distances involved making it clear that the device involved is nuclear. Things, of course, swiftly get more complicated.
This is another good, strong, quick novel by Flynn. In addition to everything else. the author brings up a good point: If a terrorist is captured, and there's obvious evidence that he knows the whereabouts of the atomic bomb that's going to destroy a major city, should someone torture him to discover his secrets.? Rapp of course doesn't hesitate at all, and the plot goes from there.
I enjoyed this book a great deal, and would recommend it....more info
- If You Like 24
You will love Memorial Day. This was my first Flynn novel and I went right out to get the rest. ...more info
- Doesn't Disappoint
I've read all of Vince Flynn's novels and this latest one certainly uses current events for his greatest suspense ride yet.
I agree with another reviewer in that the editing is very poor in this edition.
I am slightly disappointed with the almost complete absence of Anna Reilly but understand that the intensity of this story leaves the reader with little time to ponder Mitch and Anna's relationship as in the prior works. Also, it would be tiresome to hear the endless quarrelling between them regarding Mitch's job-related activities.
Although not required, I suggest that you read the prior Flynn books to fully appreciate the characters especially the development of CIA Director Irene Kennedy. Her predecessor/mentor (Thomas Stansfield) was an excellent character and understanding their relationship will give you depth to the job they face.
Without repeating the plotline, essentially this is a continuation of the Mitch Rapp story begun in Flynn's second novel, "Transfer of Power". Rapp almost singlehandedly has to deal with global terrorism on the most urgent of deadlines to try and thwart another deadly attack on U.S. soil.
The use of torture tactics to extract information from the terrorists will certainly raise a few eyebrows but, as other reviewers have noted, this is done in a very direct yet welcome manner from the perspective of the foes of radical Islamic terrorists. Flynn certainly expresses many of our thoughts using Rapp as the anti-PC rogue CIA operative.
Even though this is fiction, you are left to ponder the plausibility of the terrorist's actions and the surprising ease with which they are carried out.
- DON'T GIVE MITCH A BAD RAP.....
Although liberals and the ACLU would no doubt be horrified by the tactics of our protagonist, Mitch Rapp, I firmly believe that the general population of readers will find themselves cheering his methods of extracting information as he attempts to track down a group of terrorists attempting to cripple the infrastructure of the U. S. and kill hundreds of thousands by setting off an atomic device in Washington D.C. (No more plot details from here on).
My first Vince Flynn book, Term Limits, hooked me completely and I have been a Vince Flynn fan ever since. Once again, he has crafted a clever story that could easily have been taken from your daily paper.
If you like complex, action packed thrillers featuring the most elite of alpha males, then Mitch Rapp is your kind of man, and Memorial Day is your kind of book....more info
- Flynn's best to date
In my opinion this is Flynn's best book. The ending was weak, but the first 99% was great. I appreciated that he left Rapp's wife out of the book. I think Flynn finally sees that she should not have been brought into the series....more info
- This Book is Blatant Right-wing Propaganda
This author is a raving, right-wing hack. I couldn't even finish the book. The story line is very simplistic and predictable, and every other chapter involved gagging on the author's simplistic right-wing preaching:
Brown People = Evil
Torturers = Courageous
Democrats = Weak/Shifty
It's impossible to enjoy this book unless you're a big fan of right-wing propaganda. If you're a thinking person who is paying attention, you'll despise this author and abandon the book before finishing it. Definitely a book designed to appeal to knuckle-draggers.
There should be a warning on the cover. I'll never buy another book by this author....more info
- Well written and read
I love to listen to Vince Flynn books when I am driving from one end of the state to another. Wish there were more out there like him....more info
- First Class Flynn
A raid of a terrorist camp yields vital intelligence regarding a planned nuclear attack against the United States. CIA counter-terrorism expert and operative Mitch Rapp knows this threat must be promptly addressed before the terrorists can strike. Rapp's interrogation techniques offer a 50% survival rate but provide the necessary information to take action against those who attempt to harm the US. The nation's civil and military forces must meet this challenge or face carnage 100 times worse than 9/11. Mitch Rapp will once again lead the charge to defend America from the terrorists and from our own bureaucracy.
"Memorial Day" is vastly improved over some of Flynn's previous books. He addressed a number of fan criticisms and revitalized the series by adding contemporary and more complex plot lines, downplaying stale characters, and broadening the supporting cast. "Mitch verses The Bureaucrats" is still boilerplate for Flynn. I feel the antagonist could stand for some better development and perhaps turn into an arch-enemy by losing the battle but living to fight another day. These are minor criticisms in what is otherwise an enjoyable book.
Taken for what it is, "Memorial Day" is action-packed fiction with a strong sense of ultramodern realism. I thought the tie in to current events was a big plus. Old school Rapp fans will really enjoy this book as will new readers who enjoy the spy/assassin/international intrigue novels. I am once again excited to see where Flynn will take us in his next book "Consent to Kill" scheduled for release in October 2005.
I recommend this book....more info
AMAZING, nothing more to say! Just incredible. Will leave you rivited and wanting more!...more info
- Very entertaining airplane reading material...
Whenever I'm flying home from a conference or vacation, I usually go looking for something recreational to read... no demands, not much thought, just action and entertainment. Coming back from Ireland last week, I picked up the novel Memorial Day by Vince Flynn. All things considered, it fit the bill perfectly. And it didn't hurt that I was actually *reading* it on Memorial Day, too...
Mitch Rapp is a trained operative who is very effective in getting information from those who have it. The results may not be pretty, but he realizes that there are few rules when dealing with terrorists. The CIA catches wind of a meeting involving high-level al Qaeda leaders, and they send Rapp in on a commando raid to try and bring back the terrorists for further questioning. For the most part, they succeed, but they find plans that point to a nuclear attack against certain cities in the United States. The facts are all verifiable, so now it's a search for the bomb material that might already be on US soil. Even worse, there may be more than one bomb. Any success in finding one has to be tempered against the real possibility of others still floating around. Rapp has to walk a fine line between legal rights and potential nuclear holocaust, and he's convinced that terrorists forfeited their rights some time back... But if he makes a mistake, literally hundreds of thousands of people will end up dying.
From an action and plausibility standpoint, the book was executed perfectly. Pacing was constant, and you didn't have to make any enormous "suspensions of reality" to follow the plot. I thought the ending was exceptionally well-done, also. The only quibble I had was with some of the secondary characters. A few of the early characters in the book seemed to be set up for significant roles in the plot, but in the end they weren't much of a factor. Or maybe by hour 14 on a plane, I was too numb to catch it. :)
If you're looking for something with action and reality, you'd probably enjoy this one. I wouldn't hesitate to pick up another one of his novels down the road.
- One of the BEST!
This is one of the best Mitch Rapp books in the series. 5 stars all the way!...more info
- What you DON'T read in the papers!
Memorial Day is the book that you don't read about in the papers. It's the stuff you only see on TV, such as 24, or in Bond films. This story is too realistic, and frightening.
Rapp has been hunting terrorists now for many years. He is very high up in the chain of command at the CTC in the CIA. The CIA gets word that something BIG, REALLY BIG is going down sometime soon. Some info is dug up, and a secret invasion using SEALs, Delta, and Rangers, are sent into a small village in the mountains between Afghanistan and Pakistan. The discovery? Too scary to write about, but all to conceivable.
This book contains it all. It's fast pace action, great political back drop, people who will stop at nothing to finish what they started, both the good guys and the bad guys.
Folks, this the real deal. This is the stuff you wish never to hear or read in the news!...more info
- Scary to Think It Could Happen, Awesome Read...
Vince Flynn hits the target with this installment. Is it possible for terrorists to sneak a nuclear bomb into the United States? To what ends should the United States go to in order to prevent the entry of the bomb or its detonation? Torture? We don't do that in the United States, ever...or is there a time when the end results do call for it? This book will keep you guessing and is difficult to put down.
This book is part of a series, so I do recommend reading the other books first to totally understand the characters and the history behind them....more info
- Ok, what happened
This is the first Flynn thriller that pretty much let me down. I don't know the politics involved in writing and publishing books but deadlines, other interests, or just plain writers block seemed to have overshadowed this book. Too bad because it only gets worse after this one. Sorry Vince....more info