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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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If you like a good spy novel this whole series is for you. RIP Vince.Published 9 months ago by aslakeview
our first attempt at ordering a book form Amazon and we were a little disappointed at the quality of the book for the money paidPublished 18 months ago by Mrs. Judith C. Easley
This book reads like an action adventure novel should. A fast pace with suspense from the first page to the last. Read morePublished on June 24 2011 by J Reader
The star character of Memorial Day is Mitch Rapp. He is a dedicated, determined, independent, bold, and sometimes ruthless intelligence agent. Read morePublished on July 19 2004 by P. N. Anderson
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 morePublished on July 13 2004 by Larry
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 morePublished on July 13 2004 by BK
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 morePublished on July 13 2004 by Scott Clark
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 morePublished on July 10 2004 by Bookreporter