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Executive Power (Mitch Rapp #6)

4.3 of 5 stars 4.30  ·  rating details  ·  19,132 ratings  ·  439 reviews
Returning from a covert mission, Mitch Rapp was publicly hailed by the president for his role in the fight against terrorism. After years of working in the shadows, Rapp was caught in the media spotlight -- and marked for death by virtually every terrorist in the world. Now a CIA advisor, Rapp is ready to battle terror far from the front lines. But when a Navy SEAL team in...more
Paperback, 482 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Pocket Books (first published May 6th 2002)
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This was a disappointing entry into the stellar series in my opinion. There were three main plot elements and as it transpired there wasn't a great deal to link them in the end.

You can't fault Vince Flynn's ability to add a good bit of action/adrenaline sequence in which is what we got with a hostage rescue mission in the Philippines but there was no real need for this in the greater scheme of things. It's almost like the main plot wasn't long enough or filled with enough testosterone for...more
Dave Schumaker
Sometimes, I'm not sure why I keep reading these books. It's basically a guy's version of a romance novel. Spies! Bad guys! Action! Cheesy dialog! It's a literary version of the television show 24.

That said, any story involving Mitch Rapp is a page turner, no matter how poorly written or how much the author's disdain for things like the UN, diplomacy, and liberal universities seep through the story.

Break down:

+ 4 stars for mostly gripping story
- 1 star for a totally lame way to off the antagonis...more
Number 6 in the chronological order of the Mitch Rapp series, Executive Power, was another good read from author Vince Flynn. I have thoroughly enjoyed all of the previous 5 Mitch Rapp books, however, this story was somewhat slower than the others. Since Mitch's cover was blown in the previous book, Separation of Powers, Flynn sends Mitch's character in another direction. It appears that Mitch's life is now more administrative and husbandly that ever before. He is desperately trying to leave his...more
Jun 26, 2008 karl rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: recreation readers - planes, beaches
This is about the 3rd or 4th CIA, special ops, our stud hero is "Rapp", reads like believeable current events, fiction novel by Vince Flynn that I have read. I love his stuff, but maybe my Sunday Times friends would not stoop this low. It's exciting, there are two stories being developed at the same time, and those two stories meet near the end in a dramatic way. Flynn is from the Twin Cities. You can tell he probably is a fan of Dick Cheney, and not a fan of p.c. Prius-driving folks. Flynn thro...more
Linda Munro
Every time I ordered this book from the library it would arrive with several other 7-day books and I was never able to complete the book before it had to be back. This time, as soon as I got the book, I sat and read it.

The Mitch Rapp series are full of adventure, terror and page turners from the start; no wonder there is always a waiting list for these Vince Flynn books!

While all books in the series make the reader believe they are actually reading a case from a current newspaper account; this b...more
The author did something a little different in this, the fourth Mitch Rapp installment, compared to the others. He started two disparate storylines, each with its own cast of characters, ended one, and then proceeded into a third plotline that finally made the connection back to the other open line. Though the "short" story about a hostage rescue in the Philippines was both intense and entertaining, it was superfluous. I actually finished the book wondering if maybe I imagined that whole sequenc...more
The Cats Mother
6th in the Mitch Rapp series, if you include the two prequel books. This one has Mitch travelling to the Philippines to rescue an American family kidnapped by terrorists, while a Palestinian assassin is plotting to make the UN vote for statehood. This is the first book of the series set after 9/11 but it is only referred to in passing, which seems odd when read now, but it is over a decade old. There's the usual mix of action, intrigue and politics, and we get to see a more human side of Rapp -...more
This is a book that gives me mixed feelings.
There are two different plots that are not connected and a lot of time is spent building up the story and then things get resolved somewhat quickly and easily. Too easily for my taste...
And then when you think back about the plot of the bad guys, it doesn't make really sense from their point of view to have proceeded that way...
It was bound to happen. Mitch Rapp gets married in "Executive Power," the sixth book in Vince Flynn’s series featuring the hard-hitting CIA agent, Mitch Rapp. Although Rapp promises his wife Anna that he’ll stay out of harm’s way, his marriage has little impact on the counterintelligence agent’s MO. In a matter of days after their honeymoon, Mitch is fighting rebels in the jungles of the Philippines, side by side with his SEAL buddies, rescuing a kidnapped American family and taking down a trait...more
I'm not sure I could ever tire of Mitch Rapp, assassin working for the US Government or his boss, Irene Kennedy. I am, however, already tired of his wife who first appeared in the last book. Oh well. Otherwise, this series continues to delight from the first word to the last.
Of the Mitch Rapp books I've read I do think this is the weakest entry. The plot gets somewhat lost with two disconnected parts. Near the beginning of the book is also one of the most gruesome scenes I've read in a widely published novel.

I knew it would be difficult for Flynn since at the end of the previous novel Rapp's cover in the CIA had been blown, but obviously he is not one that is going to settle down.

The Israel/Palestine plot is explained in detail, because I'm sure many readers don't...more
This is... ummm... What do you call it?

Political porn. LMAO!

I finally get this, it makes so much sense.

This book series is 100% political porn. Sure it is pro America beat up terrorist, but it is also really too coarse with the political ramifications of people finding out, and then ten minutes later everyone knowing...

Spy vs. Spy is one thing.

Spy vs. Press is another.

This book is Political maneuver and global machinations take backseat to a single person's plan to hurt one nation, by making...more
Jeff Kent
I'm still surprised that this series hasn't been brought to the theater ala Cussler, Clancy or Ludlum. These are well thought out modern day thrillers.
Wayland Smith
This is another in the Mitch Rapp series. Rapp is the ultimate counter-terrorist-- he goes out and hunts them down. He, and the series, are very non-PC, so if that would bother you, skip these. He's a very conservative man, and, I suspect, so was the author, and that comes through a lot.

The Rapp books are heavy on action, which Flynn does well, so that part works nicely. He's a bit light on characterization. Everyone who opposes Rapp, either terrorists or liberals, comes across as vain, stupid,...more
Love Vince Flynn! I liked this one, but it did not have enough relational intimacy for me.
Not sure why these are so popular, but I'm one and done with Vince Flynn and Mitch Rapp. He's never wrong, never misses, everyone is scared of him and wants to be him. Including his lovably stern and matronly boss who lets him do whatever he wants.

Oh wait, he lies to his wife about just how much he's still a super hero and he gets shot in the ass. So minor guffaws and minor emotional turmoil with the Mrs. until it's time save America and kill all the baddies again.

I know this is trash, but it's...more
Toni Osborne
CIA field agent Mitch Rapp receives public acknowledgement by the president for his role in the fight against terrorism. The spotlight blows his cover as a covert operator making him a target for eradication by terrorist. Rapp is forced to take an office job in an advisory position behind the lines.

When a Navy Seal team is ambushed on a top-secret mission in the Philippines, it is suspected that a leak came from the State Department or in the diplomatic corps. At the same time another problem de...more
Not the most compelling writing style.... but moves at a fairly good pace, keeps my interest overall..... and the plot holds together in general.

"Mitch Rapp's cover has been blown. After leading a team of commandos deep into Iraq to prevent Saddam Hussein from joining the nuclear arms race, he was publicly hailed by the president as the single most important person in the fight against terrorism. But after years of working covertly behind the scenes, Rapp now lives in the glare of the public spo...more
So far Flynn is always a good read.

Book summary: Mitch Rapp's cover has been blown. After leading a team of commandos deep into Iraq to prevent Saddam Hussein from joining the nuclear arms race, he was publicly hailed by the president as the single most important person in the fight against terrorism. But after years of working covertly behind the scenes, Rapp now lives in the glare of the public spotlight, lauded by the nation and an easy target for virtually every terrorist from Jakarta to Lo...more
The story started out so, so promising. Unfortunately, it got lost somewhere along the way. Almost like it was exposition rather than serious story telling. More accurately, the book's two separate stories that were forcefully melded into each other for no rhyme or reason other than to add pages. To add insult to injury, neither story is very good standing alone.

Take the Abu Sayyaf angle.

Q: How does the Abu Sayyaf story relate to Omar and David's?

A: It doesn't, other than that Mitch Rapp stars i...more
Mar 13, 2013 Sw2015 rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who enjoy espionage and military books.
While looking for a new exciting series of books to read, I was fortunate enough to stumble upon the Mitch Rapp series of books by Vince Flynn on Barnes and Nobles website. These compelling series of espionage thriller books will have you sitting on the edge of your seat wishing you turn the pages faster. The book Executive Power is one such book.

Espionage, betrayal, and murder are all words C.I.A. agent Mitch Rapp is all too familiar with in his line of work where there are no days off. In Ex...more
Linda Stephens
I don't usually read spy/thriller novels. I wanted to read a spy book for the seasonal challenge task 5.6 and my husband recommended this one.
It is a terrific spy novel. It is very engaging and has many twists and turns in the book and you really don't figure out what really is and has happened and why it happened until the end. This book also has characters that I care about. Thriller novels tend to concentrate on the action and not the characters and character development. I am an unabashed fe...more
Oct 13, 2009 Ed rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Spy thriller fans.
Quite simply, Vince Flynn books are one of my guilty pleasures. I read this one in two days while traveling from Billings, MT to LA and back.

This particular story isn't one of Flynn's best. Mitch Rapp gets involved in a situation in the Philippines after returning from his honeymoon with White House correspondent, Anna Rielly (Yes, Rielly really). Meanwhile in a major sub-plot, a Palestinian terrorist, Jabril Khatabi, code name David, assassinates a number of people to put pressure on the U.S....more
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At some point reading the early Rapp books, I decided to read all of the paperbacks in publication order, one right after the other. Going into the fourth book, I already had many of the next ones ready on my shelf. Though I am tempted to write about my state of mind at this time, I will keep it short: this kind of quick, modern fantasy fit my appetite at the time, and the idea of binging them all was the literary equivalent of binging a tv show.

I don't remember much anything from this book, but...more
For whatever reason I enjoyed this 6th book a little more than the last few in the series. Mitch has slowed down some but he can still perform as the tip of the spear. This book expanded the personal and political narratives that had less of a role previously. What I liked most was the complexity of the interrelations between the various nations and how well Flynn depicted a believable Palestinian/Israeli conflict. The stress the conflict placed on France, the U.S, and others was palpable.
This was book five of the series and I can't tell you how disappointed I am in this book. While the skill is a bit improved over the last book, I don't think I have the patience to finish the series even though I know Vince's writing improves with each book. The fault of this book lies with the editor as they are supposed to catch the mistakes. Life is too short to not read amazing writing...and I've read Vince's amazing writing in his last few books. I don't expect the first, second or third bo...more
Luke Montgomery
The book is split into two completely unconnected parts. Obviously "unconnected" does not mean dissimilar. The bad guys are, once again, Muslims. In the Philippines, they have abducted an American family and must be taken out by Rapp, who ends up getting shot in the gluteus maximus less than two weeks after his marriage. This section was typical mind-candy. Lots of action, suspense and killing but totally predictable. The second storyline in the book is far more interesting but, in my opinion, u...more
The weakest by far of the Mitch Rapp books we have read. The plot was either about the rescue of a kidnapped family in the Philippines or a Palestinian Terrorist. It's like Flynn had two stories, but neither of them were long enough, so he just slapped them together so he could make a book thick enough to sell. A little disappointing in spite of the humor created by Rapp's very inconvenient gunshot wound.
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Vince Flynn died June 19, 2013 after losing his battle with prostate cancer.

The fifth of seven children, Vince Flynn was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1966. He graduated from the St. Thomas Academy in 1984, and the University of St. Thomas with a degree in economics in 1988. After college he went to work for Kraft General Foods where he was an account and sales marketing specialist. In 1990 he l...more
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