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Executive Power (Mitch Rapp #6)

4.32  ·  Rating Details  ·  27,207 Ratings  ·  570 Reviews
CIA advisor Mitch Rapp is ready to battle terror far from the front lines. But when a Navy SEAL team in the Philippines is ambushed, all evidence points to a leak within the U.S. State Department. And a greater threat still lurks -- a ruthless assassin working for the most powerful men in the Middle East, who are bent on igniting a world war. With the world watching, Rapp ...more
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Published February 1st 2006 by Simon & Schuster Audio (first published May 6th 2003)
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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

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
Jul 13, 2015 Samuel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

“Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.”- Napoleon.

Welcome to the second story arc of the Mitch Rapp saga. I like to call this one the "matrimony arc", due to it spanning Mr Rapp's marriage. Don't worry though. White picket fences aren't for the war on terror's blunt instrument, and the three acts that make up this part of the series features some of the more severe threats Rapp encounters.
Back in the day, before Al Quaeda and Daesh made the Middle East a constantly
Dec 23, 2013 Fred rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 it was amazing  ·  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
Narrator: George Guidall

I must have been very tired as I couldn't follow the story. There were two storylines going on throughout the book and seemed unconnected but you know it is so it adds to the frustration. With audio, it's even more frustrating as I couldn't go back and check for something I missed. But in the end, it didn't seem to matter because all I needed was to listen to Rapp's rant in the final quarter and got the gist of the entire book in five
Linda Munro
Oct 17, 2012 Linda Munro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Mieke Schepens
Apr 21, 2015 Mieke Schepens rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Je wordt meteen in het verhaal getrokken door de prettige manier van schrijven van deze auteur. Korte zinnen en geen moeilijke woorden. Hierdoor leest het boek als een trein.
Het zijn eigenlijk twee verhalen in één boek. De hoofdpersoon Mitch Rapp kan zijn hartje ophalen als oplosser van de problemen die hij voorgeschoteld krijgt.
Navy Seals, CIA en Geheime dienst zijn volop aanwezig in deze spannende actie-thriller.
Bovendien is Mitch pas getrouwd en Anna, zijn vrouw is niet bijzonder blij met zij
Mr. Gottshalk
Jul 04, 2016 Mr. Gottshalk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, I have never read the series before this year, and I believe I am now a Mitch Rapp fan. Although this novel reads like two stories in one, it was filled with entertaining characters in a fast-paced narrative. I like how the author uses characters both with and against each other, and the chapters are just long enough to keep on turning pages. I recommended it!
Winter Sophia Rose
Action Packed, Edge Of Your Seat Read!!! I Loved It!!!
Feb 07, 2014 D.R. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Rupesh Goenka
The plot of the book can be divided into two different parts, one starting with the rescue of American family held hostage in Philippine & the other revolving around American involvement in the conflict between Arabs & Israelis about a separate Palestinian statehood. AVERAGE POLITICAL THRILLER.
Jan 14, 2011 Robin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, 2011
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
Benjamin Thomas
This one didn't seem quite up to Vince Flynn's standards although I am having trouble putting finger on exactly why. It might be because it deals a lot with the Israel/Palenstine political situation which isn't my favorite. Or it might be because there are really two seperate stories here, two novellas really, that only minimally tie-in together.

And Mitch Rapp's wife is really starting to annoy me.
Mar 07, 2016 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, audio-book, 2016
Recently married Mitch Rapp has promised his wife that he will no longer do anything risky. He would now sit on the sidelines and direct the action. However, when it comes to sitting still Mitch finds it hard to do.

Six months ago an American family was kidnapped by a terrorist group and when a Seal Team is sent in to rescue them two men die when the team realizes they have been compromised. Mitch is then asked to direct a plan to get the family out but he is to do it from a safe distance. Of cou
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...
Jul 04, 2015 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this to be one of the best "Mitch Rapp" thrillers that I have read. This is actually two novels in one as the author weaves together two entirely separate story lines in one book. On the one hand, there are Islamic terrorists in the Phillipines who have kidnapped an Ameircan family who was there on vacation, and on the other hand, there is an idealistic Palestinian who believes he has come up with a means of creating a Palestinian state that could exist along the state of Israel.

As is th
Sam Wezniak
Oct 11, 2015 Sam Wezniak rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book Executive power by Vince Flynn is one of the best books in the Rapp series in my opinion. It is the sixth book in the series, so if you are interested in the Rapp books I would recommend with starting with the first in the series. The start is a little slow for most readers but it definitely heats up. Rapp is an American assassin who works for the CIA. Something that is very interesting about his character is that he scares every person he comes across in the book. Most likely because t ...more
Dec 03, 2014 Nikhil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I recently realized that Vince Flynn is no more and I'm really sad to know this. May his soul rest in peace now!
It doesn't feel good knowing there won't be any more books coming from Mr. Flynn.

Review : Vince Flynn is undoubtedly the grand master of writing Political thrillers, he chose the most sensitive topic and explained it with ease. Although Mitch Rapp was not exactly on the field but he was not out of the action either. Never in the entire novel I felt as if he was rushing or he added unw
Bob Ryan
Sep 07, 2015 Bob Ryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In my review of the previous book in the series, Separation of Power, I noted how that story had become more of political thriller than an action thriller in contrast to the earlier books of the series.

There is no reason to be concerned about the lack of action in this book. A new plot line and our hero Rapp has a new position in the government and a new personal situation. This story line is resolved in one book as were the earlier volumes before the two parter that were covered in books 4 &
Jan 07, 2008 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 25, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#6 in the Mitch Rapp series.

Mitch Rapp is the CIA's number one assassin, recently lauded by the president as "the single most important person in America's fight against terrorism." Recently married to a high-profile anchorwoman and given a desk job, Mitch is having a hard time settling into the brain center of the CIA and giving up the gritty end of operations. He can't seem to resist seeking hands-on involvement in his latest assignment: unraveling a murky plot to create a Palestinian state. A
Sep 25, 2014 Jeff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 29, 2014 Peggy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this book on CD's on a long car trip. It is two stories in one - the first shows Mitch Rapp, former CIA assassin is now a special advisory to the President. Mitch takes a team to the Philippines to rescue a family held by terrorists. Then he must help find a Palestinian terrorist who is trying to force the world to accept a Palestinian state by murdering around the world. This is a thriller to be sure, lots of adrenaline. Mitch is newly married and having to juggle his need for sec ...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
Jeff Kent
Aug 11, 2012 Jeff Kent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
Mar 26, 2015 Gina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened
Executive Power by Vince Flynn,

Few authors can put a story together like Vince Flynn, he's one of the elites up in the tier of Tom Clancy.

What was up with Irene Kennedy going emotional and yelling at Rapp? I wish Flynn had kept Thomas Stansfield alive for a few more books, he was truly amazing in his spycraft and strategizing. Kennedy seems okay but not as good as Stansfield was.

Rapp's wife: sigh, you know how I feel about her. She's married to someone that works at the CIA, needs to leave tow
Sep 07, 2012 Joyce rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love Vince Flynn! I liked this one, but it did not have enough relational intimacy for me.
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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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