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Memorial Day [Mass Market Paperback]

Vince Flynn
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Book Description

July 19 2005
Fighting terrorism on foreign ground, CIA superagent Mitch Rapp does whatever it takes to protect American freedom.
CIA intelligence has pointed to a major terrorist attack on the United States, just as the nation's capital prepares for a grand Memorial Day tribute to the veterans of World War II. Racing to Afghanistan, Mitch Rapp leads a commando raid on an al Queda stronghold in a remote border village -- and defuses plans for a nuclear strike on Washington. The crisis averted, the special ops work is done. But Rapp knows, in the face of a new kind of enemy, nothing is as it seems -- and it's up to him alone to avert a disaster of unimaginable proportions.

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Clancy, Move over. No, Move out. July 17 2004
Flynn has surpassed Clancy's ability to tell a griping story of political intrigue with good, solid, research at the heart of the story. Flynn focuses on the story, and unlike Clancy, doesn't need to prove how much knowledge he personally has acquired on his story material.
Flynn has the authority of an insider in his material, and stays close to realistic terrorism scenario studies. This is evidenced by the stunning accuracy of his plot lines in his previous books - everything from predicting Saddam's behavioral patterns, to the way the world has reacted to ongoing terrorism conflicts.
He's obviously a student first, writer second. I've found a new favorite author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rapp is back... and Flynn is back in the Pantheon June 22 2004
By D. Ross
At last. High-level CIA operative Mitch Rapp is back. A Rapp-led special forces team wreaks havoc on a terrorist enclave located in no-man's land on the Pakistani/Afghani border. What they find in a terrorist bunker is literally earth-shattering: a map of Washington DC complete with concentric blast circles. And it's apparently a damage estimate based upon the planned detonation of a 20-kiloton nuclear weapon near the DC downtown.
Through violent, but off-the-record means, Rapp interviews the five remaining terrorists. Only a couple survive the interviews, but Rapp has most of the information he needs. A nuke is scheduled to enter the U.S. on a container ship from Karachi. While the weapon is being tracked down, an ironic turn of events is occurring within the Attorney General's office. The Patriot Act is a political hot potato and senior members of the State Department are moving to kill the Act to save the president's re-election bid.
Rapp, true to form and ignoring politics completely, is more concerned with another issue: is another nuke entering the country as a fallback plan for the terrorists? And when the State Department starts treating the nuclear threat inside the US like it's a law enforcement problem, Rapp unleashes the dogs of war.
After Flynn's last book -- a disappointing effort in my view -- I made a few suggestions. Amazingly, he seemed to take them or, at least, arrive at them on his own.
1) Anna Rielly out of the picture: check
2) The real war on terror is now front and center: checkety check
3) Rapp goes on a Creasy*-like revenge extravaganza: check and mate, beeotch
Memorial Day is more than a pot-boiler thriller; it raises the compelling issue of human rights.
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This is a fast paced, violent, well plotted thriller devoted to the topic du jour - a terrorist plot directed by Islamic extremists to launch a covert nuclear attack within the United States. It is written utilizing the same style as Flynn's other books featuring Mitch Rapp (see 7/31/03 review of EXECUTIVE POWER); it consists of rapid fire action sequences mixed with occasional detailed technical discussion of various aspects of intelligence work and weapons systems and coupled with frequent asides concerning Mitch's extreme frustration with the political interference which he encounters. The plot is relatively straightforward, with just enough feints to keep it mildly interesting. The author retains the reader's interest through the detailed storyline which he weaves combined with the compelling nature of Rapp's character and the timeliness of the tale.
The story begins shortly before MEMORIAL DAY 2004, when Mitch uncovers evidence of a plot by a cell of al Queda terrorists which leads to a highly secret Army raid across the Afghan border into Pakistan. Detailed files and maps are unearthed which inescapably lead to the conclusion that the terrorists are planning an attack on DC. Information is gradually assembled that indicates that the attack is to being planned so as to inflict the maximum number of casualties of high ranking political figures by being timed to coincide with the Memorial Day dedication of the new WWII Memorial on Washington Mall. (I don't consider this a spoiler since the title effectively reveals this fact.) As the terrorists and their weapons are tracked to the US through a combination of high tech means and the old fashioned technique of torture, plot complications soon arise.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner From Flynn! May 28 2004
The CIA discovers a plan to launch a terrorist attack on the
United States by Al Qaeda. CIA assassin Mitch Rapp is sent to
Afganistan to capture three terrorist leaders who are due to have
a meeting in a village in Afghanistan.American forces capture the al Qaeda leaders.Using his own methods of interrogation Rapp
finally discovers the terrorist plan In the meantime they also
discover a hidden room in the village.In this room are details of a plan to detonate a nuclear weapon in Washington D.C.Using
this intelligence the U.S. forces inyercept the bomb in a port
In Charleston N.C.Rapp discovers evidence that this may not be the only bomb in this plan.Raoo has to overcome interference from
within his own government to stop another terrifying plot.The
forces of al Qaeda have a final plan. This is a action packed book that will keep you on the edge of your seat. It seems like this book comes out of today's headlines.This is the besr Vince Flynn bppk yet.Read it.
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Published 4 days ago by Roly Churchill
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our first attempt at ordering a book form Amazon and we were a little disappointed at the quality of the book for the money paid
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Published on June 24 2011 by J Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick and Dirty
The nation's capital is buzzing with Memorial Day preparations. Despite the energy of the city, CIA operative Mitch Rapp senses trouble and the intelligence gathered is pointing to... Read more
Published on Jan. 29 2008 by Toni Osborne
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The star character of Memorial Day is Mitch Rapp. He is a dedicated, determined, independent, bold, and sometimes ruthless intelligence agent. Read more
Published on July 19 2004 by P. N. Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars A frighteningly realistic scenario
Vince Flynn, in my mind, is one of the top two or three thriller writers working today. His novels, always topical, can be considered almost nightmarish but highly plausible... Read more
Published on July 13 2004 by Larry
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Summer Read
Makes one wonder, how much fact, how much fiction. Flynn makes this story of a terrorist attack on the United States all too real. Read more
Published on July 13 2004 by BK
5.0 out of 5 stars Flynn Delivers Again!
The newest novel from Vince Flynn is as incredible and fast-paced as ever. Mitch Rapp is on fire, and he is taking no prisoners. Explosive action, great story! Read more
Published on July 13 2004 by Scott Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars This Political Thriller is a Novel for All Seasons
MEMORIAL DAY, ironically enough, was the perfect book to read over the Fourth of July Weekend. It is as current as today's headlines, and a welcome break from the fantasies of... Read more
Published on July 10 2004 by Bookreporter
5.0 out of 5 stars Fiction I Hope!
CIA counterterrorism agent Mitch Rapp is called upon to investigate and prevent a suspected terrorist attack using a nuclear device. Beyond this, I'll let you read the book. Read more
Published on July 1 2004 by John Matlock
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