Extreme Measures ★★★✬☆

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Title: Extreme Measures
Series: Mitch Rapp #9
Author: Vince Flynn
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Genre: Thriller
Pages: 412
Words: 132K


From Vinceflynn.com

Now, Rapp and his protege, Mike Nash, may have met their match. The CIA has detected and intercepted two terrorist cells, but a third is feared to be on the loose. Led by a dangerous mastermind obsessed with becoming the leader of al-Qaeda, this determined and terrifying group is about to descend on America.

Rapp needs the best on this assignment, and Nash, who has served his government honorably for sixteen years first as an officer in the Marine Corps and then as an operative in an elite counterterrorism team run by Rapp is his choice.

Together, they have made careers out of meeting violence with extreme violence and have never wavered in the fight against the jihadists and their culture of death.

Both have fought the war on terrorism in secret without accolades or acknowledgment of their personal sacrifices.

Both have been forced to lie to virtually every single person they care about, and both have soldiered on with the knowledge that their hard work and lethal tactics have saved thousands of lives.

But the political winds have changed in America, and certain leaders on Capitol Hill are pushing to have men like Rapp and Nash put back on a short leash. And then one spring afternoon in Washington, DC, everything changes.

My Thoughts:

This was a good thriller. My only real gripe is the ending. The politician who had been doing her hardest to get Rapp destroyed has a complete change of heart when the bombs go off and suddenly she’s all Super Patriot. It was bogus. People like her WANT this country destroyed, which is what makes them so insidious. It also makes them impervious to logic and all rational thought. Sadly, there is only one way to deal with people like that and it almost never turns out well. So that was my gripe.

Rapp takes front and center in this book. There have been times when Irene Kennedy, the director of the CIA plays as big a part but this time she is barely mentioned and pretty much lets Rapp loose. For the record, I am completely FOR enhanced interrogation methods. They work, despite what the media may trumpet. They are liars, pure and simple.

(Man, I keep going off about real world politics here, sorry about that)

Rapp isn’t just a meat head with a steady gun hand. He’s a smart and capable operator and the badguys and people who oppose him would do well to remember that. Rapp shows his brains through the whole book and it was great to see him outmaneuver almost everyone. There is one other guy, Mike Nash, who is similar to Rapp, but Nash has a wife and several kids. Part of the story centers around him and the stresses this creates. I was afraid the terrorists were going to kill his family much like Rapp’s family were killed earlier. Thankfully, that doesn’t happen. But up until the leader of the islamic jihadists was killed, I just couldn’t tell if the author was going to go there or not.

I had taken a break from Rapp last year and started up again in January. I am finding that 3 books is about the right amount for me. So after this book I’ll be taking another break, reading something else and then coming back to Rapp for another 3 books. Balancing my reading is getting more and more complicated but considering that I haven’t had a reading slump in over 6 or 7 years now, well, that means it is working. * pounds fist * Yeah, I am THAT good.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

16 thoughts on “Extreme Measures ★★★✬☆

    1. Kind of but they spread the shit pretty evenly.
      The president is always a democrat but more in the line of JFK than Clinton. Rapp is a-political in terms of party but makes what he believes pretty clear (kill the badguys, don’t let bureaucrats tie you up in red tape). So far the badguys have been from both liberal and conservative sides of the aisle.
      Overall though, I’d say this leans into a Libertarian mindset but then there are the odd moments where Rapp is all for things like the Patriot Act, etc.


  1. Rotating between genres and authors has also worked well for me. I don’t recall a time when I had a slump that stopped me from reading. If I get bored or feel what might become a slump coming I just rotate to something completely different, or to one of the genres or styles of story that almost always seems to work for me. That’s often a light hearted older-school fantasy, perhaps with a nice bit of humor. I’ve yet to try anything by Flynn, and haven’t really read all that many thrillers though I do enjoy them from time to time.

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    1. Sadly, Flynn died in his late 40’s I think? from some sort of cancer. Some other author was deputized to continue the Rapp novels, so when I get to that point in the series I’ll be deciding if I want to go on or not.

      I used to have reading slumps on a semi-regular basis but once I switched over to deliberately reading a set of series, it has disappeared. I love it 😀

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    1. I have thought about doing something like that actually. I’m not sure I could go cold turkey though. I’d have to ease off the reviews first 😉

      In reality though, I’m not sure what other hobby I could consider. It’s been a long time since I’ve done something as a hobby other than reading 🙂

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