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Act of Treason (Mitch Rapp #9)

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CIA operative Mitch Rapp follows a trail of contract killers leading directly to the heart of our nation's capital in New York Times bestselling author Vince Flynn's eighth explosive thriller.

It's a gorgeous autumn day in Georgetown. The Democratic candidates for president and vice president of the United States are dutifully glad-handing voters and the media outside a g
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published October 10th 2006 by Atria Books (first published January 1st 2006)
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Jan 02, 2011 Susan rated it really liked it
My friend handed me two Vince Flynn books a year and a half ago, saying that I'd like them. I stared at the plot descriptions skeptically, wondering how my friend could have confused me for an action book reader. The closest I had come before was Dan Brown, and I hadn't really liked the experience. So when I finally started Act of Treason, I only expected to read a hundred pages and then apologetically return them to the friend, telling her that they weren't my thing. But then I couldn't stop re ...more
May 15, 2012 Michael rated it it was amazing
If I was condensing a review of this book into a bumper-sticker, it would be 'Rapp Is RAD.'

Mitch Rapp is my new favorite CIA 'bad hombre,' replacing John Clark and faithful sidekick/Son-in-Law Ding Chavez. Those guys occasionally feel remorse when dispatching America's enemies, whereas Rapp shoots first, shoots often and the only question he asks afterwards is ' target?'

This is even more Machiavellian than your standard foreign terrorists target Americans story. This curveball on the usua
T.H. Waters
May 05, 2012 T.H. Waters rated it really liked it
I enjoy reading a thriller once in a while and have wanted to give Vince Flynn a shot, mainly because he is from my hometown in Minnesota. "Act of Treason" turned out to be a good choice for this genre. There's no question that Flynn has done his homework. As I was reading "Act of Treason" I felt that I was getting a genuine sneak peak into the U.S. intel community and the tricky business they face daily -- something which fascinates me. Flynn's writing style remains true to this particular clas ...more
Linda Munro
Sep 13, 2012 Linda Munro rated it it was amazing
In my opinion, this should have been the first book in the Rapp series to be made into a movie; but nope, they chose Consent to Kill! Oh, well, what do movie directors and producers know anyway?!

What would happen if a bomb wiped out a Presidential candidates spouse? He would win the seat by the sympathy vote alone.

What would happen if one of the Secret Service Guards felt that something was wrong, and either the explosion that claimed the President elect's wife should have claimed his instead.
Jul 11, 2012 Josh rated it it was amazing

Wow, what a blast! This was definitely the best thriller I've read to date. There isn't a dull moment at all throughout this entire book. It keeps you on the edge of your seat and was written masterfully. Vince Flynn shows a knowledge and expertise about every subject covered, from international relations to politics, to weapons and martial arts combat techniques. The character relationships are deep and complex, and the dialogue is probably better than just about any other author I've read.

Mike (the Paladin)
Feb 29, 2012 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it
Shelves: action
We open here with a shattering assassination attempt. Assumed to be the actions of terrorists when Irene Kennedy "looks into things" the pillars of the government and indeed the basis of a lot of assumptions are shaken.

Who will Kennedy, Director of the CIA turn to?


Mitch Rapp again thrown into harms way and handed a hot potato no one should have to handle does what's needed. This novel I didn't find as "memorable" as some of the other Flynn works I've read. We have an ending that leaves som
Nov 21, 2008 Steven rated it really liked it
Tom Clancys Jack Ryan was great, but he immersed you in techno babble... John LeCarre gave you insight into the spy game, and Robert Ludlum made you a Jason Bourne fan, but now I am infatuated with Mitch Rapp, Vince Flynns man in the CIA. Forget about how the damn thing works, just get on the damn roller coaster and hang on... I have been on a drunken Flynn stupor for two days and finished Act of Treason and his folluw up novel.... Love it! Warning if you pick it up you wont put it down until yo ...more
Winter Sophia Rose
May 23, 2015 Winter Sophia Rose rated it it was amazing
Insightful, Educational & Intense!!! A Fascinating Read!!! I Loved It!!!
My least-liked book so far. It was the usual slow start up to the halfway mark. Maybe even slower than usual. Picked up after that and I was enjoying it. Not as much as the other installments but at least I wasn't thinking of ditching it.

Then came the ending. The resolutions. I went W.T.F.???

That's it? It may be Rapp's way of resolving things but I expected different from Kennedy and disagree with her decision to go along with Rapp's idea. Can't give details but since I'm the only one who though
Jun 30, 2010 Sarah rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
Political thriller starring rogue CIA operative Mitch Rapp. About every ten trips cross-country, so about every 3-4 months, I have to buy something in the airport bookstore because I ran out of book on my way out. Usually Jeffery Deaver or James Patterson has written something new by that point, so I just figure out what Lincoln Rhyme or Alex Cross is up to in their ever more convolutedly-plotted but thinly-written respective series. But alas! This time Lincoln Rhyme cost a cool 27 bucks in hard ...more
Frederick Bingham
Another in the "Mitch Rapp" series of thrillers. In this one, a terrorist sets off a bomb in the motorcade of a candidate for President in the middle of an election campaign. The bomb kills the candidate's wife and a Secret Service officer. Mitch is given the assignment of hunting down the killer, who is a professional assassin from Cyprus. Rapp captures the killer just as he is about to be killed by some Russian mafia types, and brings him back to the US, along with one of his almost-killers. P ...more
Jul 30, 2010 Dean rated it it was ok
Shelves: vince-flynn
Unfortunately I was disappointed with this book for one specific reason. I think it had probably 10 times as much profanity as all of his previous Mitch Rapp books combined. Having an F-bomb on almost every other page was really disappointing.
Feb 25, 2014 Rick rated it really liked it
Another book by the late Vince Flynn. Book 9 in
The Mitch Rapp series. In this one, we have an attack on a presidential candidate and his entourage just two weeks before the election. He survives but not everyone is so lucky. Then what first was thought to be terrorism begins to look like another kind of hit. Mitch Rapp is dispatched to try and sort it out. Very interesting storyline, but probably not as much real action as in some of the other books in this series. That's fine by me, because th
Joseph Geiser
Jan 02, 2014 Joseph Geiser rated it really liked it
When returning from AZ this summer, my MIL lent me Protect and Defend for the airplane ride. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed that novel and so started reading the series from the beginning. I've now caught up to the book I read first.

I enjoyed this novel even though I found it quite predictable, following the pattern set by the other books in the series. As my wife with a sleepy brain just said "formulaic but fun. Just like Rainbow Fairies."
Ralph McEwen
May 18, 2015 Ralph McEwen rated it really liked it
Another well written, fast paced, thriller by Mr. Flynn. I enjoy reading this series as much as I like the Jack Reacher series by Dean Koontz. The plot is twisted enough that you need to pay attention or get lost. The characters are interesting and the scenes are described in just enough details to allow you picture them without gettimg annoyed with minutiae.
Nadine Jones
I'm giving this four stars not because it was a fantastic book, but because it was exactly the book I wanted it to be. I've been looking for an audio book that could replicate the old time radio show, Suspense. This one did it: short scenes, powerful characters, tough guys, jerks, witticisms, dramatic pauses, action, espionage, mystery, resolution. Perfect. I accidentally got the abridged version from my library, so I guess I missed out on some stuff, not sure. I'll try to get the unabridged ver ...more
Toni Osborne
Feb 08, 2009 Toni Osborne rated it liked it
The nation is thrown into turmoil when Presidential candidate Josh Alexander's motorcade is ambushed and the car is rocked by a car bomb killing Alexander's wife and many others. On the surface it appears to be the work of jihads terrorists. The FBI and CIA are hot on the case. The CIA director is presented with classified information pointing to some of the most powerful players in Washington. Mitch Rapp is the only man reckless enough to get down to the truth. His mission leads him eventually ...more
Sean Menon
May 19, 2011 Sean Menon rated it it was amazing
The Act of Treason by Vince Flynn is a classical CIA type mystery by Vince Flynn. In the begining of the story, the President elect's wife is killed in a bomb that was meant for him. After the attack, Agent Rapp and many other spies from the CIA and FBI work together to find the person or people responsivle for the killing of the soon-to-be first lady. When the undercover mission takes Agent Rapp all the way to Cyprus then Greece to find the killer, the CIA find out he is a hired assasin. Islami ...more
Apr 27, 2012 Jerome rated it really liked it
Good, well-paced action read, but reads like a superhero comic book.
Action sequences are interrupted by unnecessary explanations of the hero's extraordinary training/experience and simple minded presentations of today's global political problems suitable for a radio talk show. It also had an anticlimactic climax.
The author seems to think Cyprus is part of Greece. The ethnic Greeks dominate half of Cyprus but it is an independant country. In fact it's now part of the EU. The author has the Greek
Scott Widener
Jan 20, 2014 Scott Widener rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What did you love best about Act of Treason? The action and the adventure in which we see not only Rapp involved with but also Kennedy. I mean, righteous, poisoning in the Oval office. So freaking cool
Who was your favorite character and why? Rapp-he just is so cool with a no BS attitude for politics or stupid things get in the way of taking care of business and making sure America is safe from foreign or domestic enemies
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Jack Chalmers
Jan 09, 2015 Jack Chalmers rated it really liked it
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Carlos Kiema
Dec 17, 2014 Carlos Kiema rated it liked it
Act of treason features CIA operative Mitch Rapp who sets about uncovering the truth behind an attack on the US Presidential-elect motorcade, that claimed the life of the would-be First Lady. His mission leads to him uncovering a shocking truth(or is it?) about the incident.

I had a few problems with the book hence the 3 stars rating. First, it felt like the author was trying too much to make Mitch Rapp seem like this super spy who can conquer all. The problem with this trend of writing in, my op
Michael O'Leary
Dec 10, 2014 Michael O'Leary rated it it was amazing
Act of Treason is #9 in Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp series, another great read. Here's what Publisher's Weekly had to say: "CIA operative Mitch Rapp returns in another taut thriller. With the presidential elections close at hand, it looks a little iffy for Democratic candidates Josh Alexander and running mate Mark Ross, but when a bomb attack on their motorcade leaves Alexander's wife and numerous others dead, the sympathetic vote sweeps the two men to a bittersweet victory at the polls. At first t ...more
Gareth Otton
Jun 17, 2014 Gareth Otton rated it really liked it
Act of Treason was another strong outing for Mitch Rapp in Vince Flynn's continuance of the Mitch Rapp series. It is clear that Vince Flynn has entered a golden age of Rapp by this point. The last three novels () have all been brilliant and though this one didn't quite live up to the standard of the last two novels, it really didn't fall far from the mark.

In this novel Rapp and the CIA are in a fight for their life. A hostile vice president who wants to see all of them out of a job and hopefull
Jun 26, 2015 Jim rated it really liked it
This is another good piece of fiction by Vince Flynn. I would not say it is his best, but is certainly entertaining, light reading with a plot that moves quickly along. My only concern was that the plot line was a bit too obvious from early on, and it was just a matter of time for Mitch Rapp to figure out what was happening and to put things right. In this case, the reader knows the denouement well before Rapp or his boss, the CIA Director, do.

A car bomb explodes in downtown Washington, just as
Anne Murphy
Jan 14, 2016 Anne Murphy rated it liked it
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Jan 21, 2009 Jessianne rated it it was ok
Gosh, this was the crummiest book written so far. Just stupid writing, giving you details that were unnecessary and slowed down the pace too much. But an OK story, and one of those you just can't put down no matter how much you don't care about hearing what side Kennedy was sleeping on when she woke up to her alarm clock.
Ryan Van Meter
Apr 26, 2015 Ryan Van Meter rated it it was ok
Easily my least favorite Rapp book so far. The plot conceit - what happens if a presidential campaign creates a tragedy to help it win the race?- is classic Flynn and an opportunity for a great story. Unfortunately, the novel fails to live up to the promise. The cast of characters is unusually flat, and you are much more aware than usual that Flynn's world is incredibly small for such a large stage. Even Rapp disappoints in his first book after the death of his wife - more one dimensional, and a ...more
Mar 18, 2012 Kw rated it really liked it
I suppose reading this series in order would make more sense, but these books are just totally absorbing, and none more than this one. I read it way too fast, but found it almost impossible to stop. Mitch Rapp is among my favorite "heroes." I could cite an item or two I disliked, but I'd still have read it. ;-)
Frank Kendralla
Nov 10, 2014 Frank Kendralla rated it really liked it
Good book over all but believable? Maybe?

Many tout this as one of the best Mitch Rapp books yet but no other Rapp book compares to Memorial Day as a novel to get you thinking about its "believably".

The final third of the book is much better than the first third and if I were not a Mitch Rapp fan, it doubt I would have made it through the first third of the book for a variety of reasons. Could Mitch Rapp go 'AWOL' and someone not find him?

I needed a book for a long trip and this served the purp
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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
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