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Memorial Day [Mass Market Paperback]

Vince Flynn
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Book came without dust cover and had a broken spine March 12 2014
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Quick and Dirty Jan. 29 2008
By Toni Osborne TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 a major terrorist attack on the United States. Rapp wants to get to the sources and 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, once there, Rapp and his team discover plans for a catastrophic nuclear attack on Washington DC. With Memorial Day closing fast, a way must be found to prevent a disaster of unimaginable proportions. The counterterrorism team is on a quest to prevent a tragedy...

Vince Flynn is a great action thriller writer. Fans of the TV program "24" will love this fast pace book, action is quick and dirty, highly entertaining. The main characters are: Rapp an unbelievable super hero, Irene Kennedy Rapp's handler and boss, a woman with an exceptional outlook towards his attitude and President Hayes a trusting man giving Rapp unrealistic freedom to act. The book is fun to read, a real cliff-hanger, very hard to put down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read to start out the summer! June 8 2004
Another great Mitch Rapp book! Vince Flynn knows how to put together an action filled thriller and considering today's world this book is very timely! In fact after reading this book you should be very scared. If you are already a fan you should like this book, if you are new to Flynn, but like Clancy, Cussler, ect. then you should like this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Flynn just keeps getting better! May 21 2004
Mr. Flynn has done it again, with another great Mitch Rapp story! Flynn has the ability to write fiction that reads like an unfoldiong news story. In fact it is creepy because you can imagine this really happening! The descriptions of torture and abuse depicted in the book, are especially timely (and disturbing). The author's Style has matured over the serries and just keeps getting better. I would say that the Author now must be considered the equal of Clancy, Brown, Grisham etal.
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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 Flynn Delivers Again! July 13 2004
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! Absolutely worth picking up. Flynn delivers a powerful message on how we should treat terrorism, and this book is dynamite!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great! Fast Read. June 24 2011
By J Reader TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This book reads like an action adventure novel should. A fast pace with suspense from the first page to the last. The characters are developed well enough to empathize with and the bad guys are smart and well organized. Which I appreciate in a thriller.

Memorial Day deals with the topical issue of terrorism in the U.S. and suspense will carry the reader forward from chapter to chapter.

If you enjoy Ludlum, Child, or Diehl you should enjoy this fastpaced action packed read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great ride...a bit scary! June 26 2004
If you like to stay upate reading great escapist fiction, read this thriller. The title give a lot away, and the timing is an added thrill to the ride. Undoubtedly the best Vince Flynn yet. The sole flaw is the epilogue, 5 pages that were just a rightwing rant that detracted from the total effect, and in future editions I think it could be jetisoned without harm. After all, this is fiction...or is it?
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4.0 out of 5 stars How to Fight Terrorism
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 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - Vince Flynn Rocks
Another great chapter in the saga of Mitch Rapp. Too bad our country didn't share his views on how to fight the real war on terror!
Published on June 26 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Rapp is back... and Flynn is back in the Pantheon
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. Read more
Published on June 22 2004 by D. Ross
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