Memorial Day Mass Market Paperback – Jul 19 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
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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Top Customer Reviews
Going through the documents and the computer disks, Mitch and other operatives believe that the terrorist group is trying to smuggle a nuclear bomb into the United States. Through diligent effort and good investigative work, they are able to locate the bomb which was being shipped into the country by boat. Further Intel lead Mitch to believe that a second bomb has already been smuggled into the country and it is set to go off at the White House festivities on Memorial Day if Mitch can't locate it in time.
Vince Flynn is one of the best writers of action thrillers on the world scene today. His protagonist is a true patriot, willing to get his hands dirty if it means saving innocent lives. He can't stand or deal with the politics that get in the way of catching terrorists and believes the legal rights belonging to ordinary people should be suspended for active terrorists. Readers won't know until the last paragraph if the hero finds the nuclear bomb and is able to prevent it from going off. MEMORIAL DAY is more frightening than a horror tale because the premise of the story is all too plausible.
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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If you like a good spy novel this whole series is for you. RIP Vince.Published 20 months ago by rsmith60
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 on March 12 2014 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 Sandi 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