Extreme Measures (Mitch Rapp, #9)
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In the secretive world where fearless men and women wage a daily covert war, the CIA has intercepted two terrorist cells—but a third, led by a dangerous mastermind, is feared to be on the loose. Counter-terrorist agent Mitch Rapp joins forces with a warrior as dedicated—and lethal—as they come: ex-Marine and elite operative Mike Nash. Both Rapp and Nash have stared down th...more
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Published October 28th 2008 by Atria (first published January 1st 2008)
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Rodger
This one is a page turner. It is hard to put down. A third terrorist cell is on its way to the US. Can Rapp and Nash intercept them or will the senate judiciary committee chairman have her way and toss our heroes in the clink, for using extreme measures?

This may help explain the somber look on Obama's face when he exited his first briefing with the president. He needs our prayer because while the book is fiction, the issues are not.

Ed Armstrong
I just finished this book by Vince Flynn. It's only the second of his books I've read, both being "Mitch Rapp" stories. I enjoyed this one and I'm sure for those who have read many of Flynns books starring Mitch Rapp, this one follows along a similar pattern. I guess what I enjoyed most (and I don't usually enjoy "preaching" in stories) is the obvious opinion of our current national attitudes towards the "War on Terror." The current administration, of course, denies there is such a war or at lea...more
karl
Nov 26, 2008 karl rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: someone who wants simple, but violent entertainment
I enjoy Flynn's CIA/terrorist novels. The 400+ pages flew by in less than 2 days. This is his latest book, and I was happy to see my friend England still is the Secretary of Defense in this book (he paid to be in the last one!). The hero continues to be Mitch Rapp, who works in a clandestine group inside the CIA. Liberal politicians and bureaucrats concerned about human rights and dignity are out to hinder/stop the clandestine group from doing its job their "unlawful" way to protect the US from...more
Kathy
I quite enjoy Flynn's books featuring Mitch Rapp. He's the literary equivalent to Jack Bauer - he does the dirty work that no one wants to acknowledge but it's to protect us all.

While Rapp is a prominent character in this book, the focus is on Mike Nash. Nash also does secret stuff for the CIA but he's trying to balance his job with raising a young family. His wife doesn't quite know or understand what he does which makes it even more challenging. I liked the human aspect of the story a lot.

Nash...more
Sam
Fox News fan fiction. We are treated to several long speeches from characters explaining the virtues of "enhanced interrogation" and a short story about a schoolyard fight as an analog for the justified use of violence.

Throughout the book, women are constantly screwing everything up with their dumb womanly ideas and the men have to come in and save the day by punching some stuff. At one point Rapp even says something like "your mom doesn't understand because she's a woman. But I'm a man so I kn...more
Toni Osborne
Mitch Rapp, book 9

Having read all of his novels, there is no doubt Vince Flynn is one of my favourite authors. This latest thriller features Mitch Rapp and Mike Nash fighting one more battle against terrorism.

This is a very addictive series that captures the secretive world of the fearless men and women risking their lives in covert operations hidden from the scrutiny of their political leaders. This story starts with the CIA detecting and intercepting two terrorist cells, a third is rumoured to...more
Anthony
Nov 17, 2008 Anthony rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mature adult Flynn fans who have real all of his earlier works.
Shelves: fiction
Vince Flynn’s Extreme Measures, his latest addition to a prolific collection of Spy Thriller novels, is not a bad read, but it is not his best. Based on the five Flynn novels I have read to date I have arrived upon a working hypothesis for choosing the best books from his collection. Take a look at the author photo on the back of the dust jacket. If the photo shows an unassuming guy you’d imagine having over for a barbeque with his wife and kids, give the book a shot, you’ll probably enjoy it. I...more
Jim
In a world full of dime-a-dozen thriller writers who specialize in cardboard characters, cheesy dialogue, over-the-top action and plot choices that are beyond ridiculous, Vince Flynn reminds me once again that it's entirely possible to write (or read) a thriller without turning off one's brain first. There are no shoot-outs here where the hero kills 50 people with five bullets while dodging 100 rounds aimed at him. There are no stupid villains who eschew the easy kill so that they can leave the...more
Donna
Current events thriller Mitch Rapp is a continuing character in the Vince Flynn series. I am currently librarian in a prison and this is a very popular series with the male inmate population so I thought I would try one. Except for the language which is sad to say prevalent these days in movies and lots of best sellers and is to be expected with CIA, FBI, Congress and terrorists, this is a page-turner - top notch entertainment. Lead characters such as Mitch Rapp and Mike Nash are America's versi...more
Jeffrey
Dec 08, 2008 Jeffrey rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Flynn fans, Clancy fans but not one of his bests
Entirely predictable Vince Flynn novel which involves a terrorist raid on America and the efforts of Rapp to make the stupid politicians understand that extreme measures to stop terrorists were necessary to save human life. As an action novel, the book was decent not great but fast moving. As a thriller this is clearly not one of FLynn's gest


However, FLynn's efforts to show how stupid politicians are that do not understand what the efforts of our special policmen and CIA are doing to thwart terr...more
Paul Pessolano
Vince Flynn just keeps getting better with every book he writes. His character, Mitch Rapp, continues to make the reader want a man like him in our covert operations.

Mitch again breaks all the rules, and you know you love him for it. He is attempting to get vital information from high ranking members of the Taliban. They have been apprehended by the United States and are being held on a United States Air Force Base. Mitch and his partner, Mike Nash, enter the base disguised as Air Force Personne...more
KarenC

Mitch Rapp to the rescue again. I was about to say a "one-man army," but this time he has some significant help from his friend Mike Nash, family man.

I liked this book the least of all by this author that I've read. It had more propaganda supporting torture, or as Mitch & Dick Cheney would put it, "enhanced interrogation methods," or "extreme measures," to pry information from suspected terrorists than Flynn's previous works. In the fictional world Vince Flynn creates, it works. Rapp always

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Rob Smith
I really don't know why I don't give this a solid 5 stars. It is just tremendous. The plot is very involved yet succinctly written. I read this over two weeks while flying from state to state, finishing large projects, plus driving around and finishing other projects and getting day to day stuff done. A chaotic two weeks. Yet, I could pick up this book and not be lost. The problem came as I closed in on the ending and couldn't put it down.

It is the best job Flynn has done in his first 9 books in...more
Karalee
This is the ninth book in the Mitch Rapp series. Although the subject matter (America's war on terror) remains the same, the focus of the book is a little different than past Rapp installments. This book is a little more focused on the political side of the story rather than the hard-core action and suspense from earlier books, although it does contain some of both and has a really explosive ending. At first, I kept thinking "when will the action start? when will Rapp be unleashed?" but it didn'...more
Mark Sturgell
Vince Flynn obviously seeks to prove a point with Extreme Measures, the latest entry in his thoroughly enjoyable Mitch Rapp series. This is my least favorite in the series, by far. This book explores the politics of violence related to terrorism and our country's response to terrorism, yet relies more on personal angst and interpersonal dialogue of the characters and less on action than his previous Rapp stories.

Certainly, we have mixed emotions in this country - and sometimes short-lived emoti...more
Criticalmick
Extremely Silly

"Team America: World Police" had more realistic baddies than this Mitch Rapp whack-a-thon. (Team America is a movie from the creators of South Park. It is acted by puppets.)

Though slightly more entertaining than picking my nose while stuck in traffic, Extreme Measures can't really be called a novel. It's polemic, pushing the idea that the CIA should be allowed to do anything it wants, wherever it wants because America's enemies are really, really bad guys. The plot's conflict aris...more
Jerome
I must remember that the mark of the politico-military potboiler is a lurid depiction of the U.S. capitol on the dust jacket, generally dominated by other, enormous, capitals conveying the author's name.
Predictable.
The characters were shallow,the story disjointed. Lots of boring dialouges about the government's incompetence. Mitch Rapp is having problems with politicians on Capitol Hill...AGAIN, he's torturing terrorists...AGAIN, the bad guys happen to be Muslim Fundamentalists...AGAIN.
But also...more
Benjamin Thomas
Say what you want about these Mitch Rapp books but you can always count on them to be page turners. No it's not going to win any serious literary prizes but I don't read them expecting that. This one has less anti-terrorist action than most of Vince Flynn's books and more political discussion, especially about the controversial topic of "enhanced interrogation techniques". It's funny to watch reviewers line up on one side of that political debate or the other. Those that agree with Mitch Rapp's...more
Michael
Feb 26, 2009 Michael rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any mystery fan.
Recommended to Michael by: I have read and enjoyed this author in the past.
Mitch Rapp and Mike Nash are counterterrorism experts. The CIA has detected and stopped two terrorism cells before they could act against the USA.

Now, a captured terrorist reveals that there is a third cell and when he is about to reveal more, his interrogation by Mitch is stopped by Congressional do-gooders who object to Mike and Mitch's interrogation techniques.

Mitch was going forward with the interrogation anyway but an Air Force Capt. interrupts the questioning and alerts the base command...more
Jamie
Reads like Right Wing porn. The plot I had predicted by page 3. The characterization of democrats as fools holding back the magic wand wielding Republicans is surely pleasing to those who already believe such things. An example of Mr. Flynn's world view is his scene where 6 special ops troops hold off a 200 man attack, killing almost all the attackers. Possibly true. Flynn's RW soldiers don't use magic wands but seems to me the analogy was fairly close. Those damn democrats keep screwing up the...more
Aj Hultgren
SPOILER ALERT!!
The CIA detected numerous terrorist cells that are entering the United States. They have stopped two of them, but CIA operative Mitch Rapp and his partner Mike Nash think a third will be coming in the near future. In hopes of finding out the specifics on the third incoming cell, the two of them arrive at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan and impersonate officers in the United States Air Force to question a detainee who took part in the second terrorist cell. They “roughed” him up a...more
Keith
Mitch Rapp, CIA agent extraordinaire, takes readers on a thrill ride once again but this one seems a little more subdued then usual. Here, Rapp demonstrates his ability to intellectually strategize as well as break the heads of the Republic’s enemies. Finding himself caught up in Washington’s milieu of egotistical political game players, Mitch keeps his cool—most of the time---and lets them see the outcome for themselves. I can’t think of any other fictional character that creates the sense of f...more
Jonathan
Extreme Measures, the tenth book in a series of Vince Flynn's novels following CIA Agent Mitch Rapp, details the story of agents Rapp and Mike Nash as they face scrutiny from the US government because of their questionable actions towards prisoners held in Bagram Air Base, Iraq. Meanwhile, there is a terrorist cell on its way into the US, with a mission to cause as much havoc as they can. It falls upon Rapp and Nash to stop them, dealing with meddling bureaucrats along the way. While I enjoyed t...more
Judy
Not as good as his previous books. Maybe it's because I'm participating in Nano right now, but I was highly sensitive to grammatical mistakes as well as plot flaws. There were many instances where the wrong character's name was used, or the conversation between two characters got so lost that I didn't know which person was saying what and when I went back to track it down I realized that the author had gotten lost as well and attributed a part of the conversation to the wrong person. There were...more
Ryan Mac
Another quick read with recurring character Mitch Rapp. This time, there are two enemies: liberal politicans and a terrorist cell in the United States. The politcians are too weak to let Mitch beat up and use "extreme measures" on the terrorists that were found because they want to hold up American values and the Constitution. It does make you think for just a minute about what the United States is turning into and how far we want to go to prevent additional terrorist attacks. I'm not sure if th...more
She-ra's A' DragQueen
I'm gonna give this 4 stars, although Vince Flynn easily had a 5 star novel on his hands here.

The point of view of the zealots- leave it out. I'm sure it's a good thing that Flynn considered the motivations and the stories being the shitbag terrorists to create this work of fiction- but that sure doesn't mean it should be included in the book. After a few passes through the curtain I gave to skipping any and all chapters from the terrorists viewpoint. Like Patrick Robinson with The Delta Solutio...more
Lola4
Now that's what I call a great read--fast, exciting, not a boring moment in it. The bad guys are really bad, the good guys are flawed but less bad, the shaves are close, and the politicians are as corrupt, self-serving, and pandering as the real-life jackasses, traitors, and criminals we stupidly manage to re-elect term after term. In these idiotically socialist-deceived, politically-correct times, it is nice to read a book by someone who has noticed that it wasn't the Samoans who crashed hijack...more
Jeff Zimmel
My boss turned me onto this author. I love the books. They're all about clandestine, CIA, spy-type fun stuff. There's not much more I have to say. If you're a guy, you're going to love these books. The main character is one cool, tough spy. The author does a great job of building the story and fill you in on the technical things without trying to oversell his grand knowledge of the topic - like some authors do. The story moves at a great pace and you feel like it has a great close. Give one a sh...more
E
This has to be one of the worst books I have read in a long time. The ironic thing is I have REALLY enjoyed Vince Flynn's books in the past. This one is too preachy, too slow, and just not a very good story. Too much thrown into the pot imo. Felt like he needed to get a book out to meet his publisher's deadline and this was it. Told 3 people at Costoc yesterday who were looking to buy not to waste their $6. That's how bad I thought this book was. BTW - I am one of those who once I start a book I...more
Nathan
I was hoping for a "lone cop saves the day against all odds" easy-reading type of book when I picked this off the shelf without reading the backcover copy closely. My mistake! This is 24-esque torture porn, mindless "damn politicians don't understand why we have to electrocute the bad guys", "'we will not be done until Americans are dead' growled Achmed sinisterly" auto-caricatured soldier fetish neocon wanksplash. I wouldn't wipe my arse with the pages of this book lest I catch 2004 from it. Av...more
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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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“That's the problem with this whole country. Fucking vast prosperity. No one has any real problems anymore. Ninety percent of the damn politicians in this town either think there's no war on terror, or if we'd just be nice to these zealots they'll leave us alone. Well, that ain't going to fucking happen. The Huns are circling, and we're sitting around arguing about gay rights and prayer and guns and global warming and all kinds of bullshit. These idiots will eventually wake up to the threat, but by then it might be too late. (Stan Hurley)” 12 likes
“Abu, torturing guys and breaking them down is not something I look forward to, although your case is a little different. I think you're such a despicable fuck that I might actually enjoy our little session. (Mitch Rapp to Abu Haggani)” 4 likes
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