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Term Limits

4.28 of 5 stars 4.28  ·  rating details  ·  17,910 ratings  ·  830 reviews
TAKING AMERICA BACK ... ONE POLITICIAN AT A TIME

In one bloody night, three of Washington's most powerful politicians are executed with surgical precision. Their assassins then deliver a shocking ultimatum to the American government: set aside partisan politics and restore power to the people. No one, they warn, is out of their reach --- not even the president.

A joint FBI-C...more
Mass Market Paperback, 612 pages
Published July 1st 1999 by Pocket Star (first published August 1st 1997)
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C.J.
Jun 30, 2008 C.J. rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone
Shelves: thrillers
This was my first Vince Flynn novel and I was thoroughly impressed. The plot was very well constructed. I never felt like there was a major plot twist, but rather the characters were working hard to battle each other and all felt like powerful adversaries. As with many good books, when the end came, I expected the outcome, but was pleased by the way the author got me there.

The book tapped a number of emotions for me with despicable characters facing chiseled heroes. The theme of corruption in W...more
Anthony
Jul 07, 2008 Anthony rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys political thrillers, intrigue, and who enjoys seeing bad men get theirs.
Recommended to Anthony by: Dennis
“What if America's politicians were held accountable for their broken promises -- and made to pay for their corruption?”

Oh, if only… oops, I was lost for a moment in the sweet, sweet fantasy of having corrupt, immoral, and self-serving politicians systematically eliminated by a thoughtful group of elite, patriotic American assassins…

After reading Vince Flynn’s rather disappointing, often sophomoric Consent to Kill, I was reluctant to give him another try. However, at the encouragement of my Flyn...more
Katie
this guy is AMAZING - term limits was published in 1997 and it talks about the budget and how the failure to balance the fed budget will lead to crisis and chaos - which is happening - I believe I will go out and buy all of his books after the holidays - if anyone knows the order in which they were written I would love to get a list

I have finished this book and LOVED IT - had everything I like - power struggle - "insider info" on how DC works - great characters and great story - I cannot wait to...more
Wendy
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Alison Whittington
The pace and plot of this political thriller were, well, thrilling. The intricate details of the various reconnaissance and other operations were fascinating and kept me absorbed throughout.

Yet, at the end of the book, I felt saddened that the book so clearly promotes the idea that it is acceptable for a tiny handful of self-righteous and narrow-minded individuals to take a democratically-elected government hostage by murdering congressmen and senators in order to force the government to impleme...more
Michael
I can't think of the last time I enjoyed a fiction books this much. Term Limits is about a solution to what is wrong with Washington: killing politicians. An elite team of former Navy SEALS decides to take out the most entrenched and corrupt politicians in DC, and demands that the President clean up our beloved capital. It sounds like pretty thin soup, but man! Talk about a pager turner! I couldn't put it down. There is much, much more to the story, of course: the FBI, the CIA, NSA, rouge intell...more
Melissa
My sister-in-law introduced me to Vince Flynn after she received his latest novel as a Christmas present. After hearing what his subject matter was, and knowing how hooked on 24 I am, I thought I'd give Flynn a try and decided to start with his first novel. I was definitely not disappointed! While the storyline might be a little far-fetched, as the story unfolds you really start to wonder if something like this could ever happen in America. It's quite a hefty book, but I really had a hard time p...more
Kristen
If you love great thrillers, you'll love this stand alone political thriller by Vince Flynn. In Term Limits, Michael O'Rourke, a young congressman, knows a secret. In every page, we watch how Michael's trapped. Due to heated politics in Washington D.C., we watch the fireworks fly between the White House and Michael and potential threats. We see how close he is to his family. We witness the love he has for his girlfriend, Liz Scarpatti, a reporter, and how embroiled he is into the mess. I felt ba...more
Megan
This book was amazing. It stayed interesting the whole way through. It's a political thriller. It reminds me of Tom Clancy, but with less of the weapons/model # info that makes my eyes glaze over.
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Oct 01, 2011 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those Well to the Right of Thomas Clancy and Sarah Palin. Way to the Right.
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Ultimate Reading List
It wasn't long before I developed a visceral hatred for this book. If I put its politics aside, at best this is yet another silly, not very well written thriller. With the politics...

In one night, United States Senator Daniel Fitzgerald, Senator Robert Down and powerful congressional leader Jack Koslowski are assassinated. From the description of each, it's clear the first is supposed to represent Senator Edward Kennedy (or maybe Daniel Moynihan) the second Robert Dole, and the third Dan Rosten...more
Brint Hite
Let me begin by saying that I’m a huge Mitch Rapp fan, so this brief review is written from that mindset. I began reading Vince Flynn about a year ago after hearing Neal Boortz and others sing the praises of Mitch Rapp. So, naturally, I skipped past Term Limits (since it’s not listed as part of the Mitch Rapp series) and jumped right into his other books. I’ve since completed all of that series and turned to Term Limits to get my final Vince Flynn fix (RIP, sir). It did not disappoint.

Because Te...more
Jeff
Oct 19, 2012 Jeff rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
SUMMARY: American citizens are shocked—and even pleased—when several corrupt politicians are assassinated. A group of commandos is responsible for the killings. While the president and his administration are justifiably befuddled, a second group who kills more politicians muddies the water even further. An ex-marine Congressman knows more than he’s letting on, and is convinced to reveal some details about the responsible party to his reporter girlfriend.

PROS: The storyline is relevant to today....more
Robert Beardsley
Liked it didn't love it because the viewpoint is so far right wing it borders fascism and that soured me.. Yes, i am angry at some of the crap that goes on in government but not as angry as the novel portrays. The novel could have more likely been set in a third world country when people take the law into their own hands and depose politicians at will. Despite its viewpoint, the novel is imminently readable and very well constructed.
David Lafferty
Fun DC thriller. I heard good things about the late Vince Flynn. Although I enjoyed this book, I still find myself comparing his writing to Daniel Silva. It's good, but doesn't measure up to Silva. Some cool domestic politics stuff, but I found the characters kind of thin, and frankly while the writing is very good, it's not great. I guess I'm just spoiled. Good plane read though.
Jamie
Not even a mention of Mitch Rapp here, but many other characters that fans of Vince Flynn will recognize. A stand alone story with a lot of good background information on certain characters. Congressman Michael O'Rourke and his Grandfather, Seamus, are introduced. Surprisingly, I have not seen them in other Vince Flynn works as yet.

In the story, dirty Senators and Congressmen are being assassinated for working for themselves rather than being representatives of the people. There's a surprise! N...more
Devon Hernandez
Fast-paced political intrigue is excellent! Read this on the recommendation of a friend, and wasn't disappointed. Working on the rest of the "Mitch Rapp" books by this author. I know some details of secret service, White House layout, CIA and FBI are changed for protective reasons, but it definitely gives you a glimpse behind the scenes, which is fun/interesting. Makes you realize that Americans and Congress are way too quick to pooh-pooh things that willing and able servicemen/women do in the n...more
Craig
This is a political/US special forces thriller set in the nation's capital. A certain faction, not pleased with the litany of broken promises and misguided programs made by corrupt politicians (deemed destructive of the nation's national security and continuance), take matters into their own hands and kill two Senators and two Congressmen within a matter of days. This sets in motion a cat-and-mouse intrigue involving the White House, FBI, CIA, Secret Service, Pentagon and the assassins. There ar...more
Slopez1022
An amazing suspenseful tell all tale about corruption, assassinations and a perfect example of the need for term limits on elected officials in Washington. In this thriller three Congressmen are assassinated by Ex-American Commandos merely carrying out what they have been trained to do. Protect America from its enemies by any means necessary. The only catch is, they have realized the more potent threats are actually in Washington rather than overseas. The national debt was only 5-6 trillion at t...more
Eric_W
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John Dulley
"Term Limits" is the first book published by the late Vince Flynn and shows all the page-turning, adrenaline-packed writing that made him so famous with his Mitch Rapp series. While Rapp is not in this book, many of the characters in later books are there, including Thomas Stansfield, then head of the CIA, and his chief analyst Irene Kennedy, and Scott Coleman, ex Navy SEAL.

The background to the plot is almost contemporary. The President and Congress cannot agree on a budget and a debt ceiling....more
Ed
Nov 18, 2009 Ed rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Spy-political thriller fans with a low threshold for believability.
I was hoping for Mitch Rapp, Flynn's usual hero, instead I got Congressman Michael O'Rourke.

The story revolves around two assassination plots, one by the "good" guys killing evil politicians, hoping to force needed changes in the government and one by the "bad" guys, hoping to consolidate their power.

The biggest failing of the novel is Flynn's cardboard characters, the weak President, the petulant Chief of staff, the slimy National Security Advisor, the brave congressman, the beautiful reporter,...more
Nancy
A friend passed this book along to me and,in this oh-so-interesting political climate, I thought it would be fun to read this well-regarded author of "political intrigue." I loved the plot and the book was definitely action-packed but I couldn't get past the flatness and lack of sparkle in Flynn's prose.

Wikipedia states that the average "popular novel" is written at the 7th grade level; I think Flynn is a grade or two below that. What a shame that a writer with the creativity to develope a sizzl...more
Janet
I first learned about Vince Flynn from my husband, Randy, who happened to be (like everyone else) watching an interview with the author on Glenn Beck’s show. We’re now reading the series together and he’s cautioned me regarding this review not to reveal more than how timely the message, how thrilling this thriller, and in the best tradition of Tom Clancy (without the feminism), how fun! Glenn has been touted the new best friend of patriotic authors…..so along with our growing collection of Vince...more
Nicholas During
Despite it's ambiguous political reactionary themes I was able to read this book very quickly and easily, which must be a good thing. It suffers from the usual bad thriller flaws: female characters are present as beautiful girlfriends, with the requisite glasses-wearing egghead to show America is a meritocracy; unbelievable motivations and actions; plus some terrible dialogue.

In fact the interesting part is the political ambiguity here. Government is bad and politicians—ostensibly democrats as...more
Fred
Awesome, awesome, awesome read. After finishing all of the 13 Mitch Rapp novels, I purchased "Term Limits". I had some apprehension reading this book as I knew there would be no more Mitch Rapp and thought it just couldn't be the same. My apprehensions were soon relieved as I realized the story was sucking me in just as Vince Flynn had done in all of his other novels. To be honest, I got so caught up in the story line that I couldn't put it down. I read this book in two days. The story took some...more
Melanie Chabrol-
I give it a 3,not because it was bad, but other than long chapters, and i do mean long....half way thru the book you find out that ------------, is the one who killed the first 4 senators, congressman and then 5-7 chapters in it tells you about more deaths,don't like the ending and i am honest it was not one of my styles i would read, i chose it as goodreads recommended it, and they haven't steered me wrong. A tad bit too political for my liking
Swagato Barman Roy
Even though the book is primarily a thriller, somehow it seems to occupy a different genre altogether. I like the author's writing style and the way he describes events and people in a very straightforward manner, without too much detail but enough to grasp what is necessary. The plot is actually a bit too predictable, as are the actions of some of the characters. More over, since the novel seems to depend more on strategy rather than anything else, I think some of the acts do not make a lot of...more
Mark
Reads like an 800 meter race. Interesting start as competitors jockey for position and you get an understanding for who will be a major player. The 4th and 5th hundreds things slow down. Not much happens. The plot plods along. But then the last 300 metres your interest soars, the supporting cast falls away, and you just hold onto your hat as all heck brakes lose and you just hope you can keep up.
Cathy
Sorry, Julie. I really wanted to love this book but I didn't. There were too many characters but no character development of any kind. I had a hard time connecting with people who just killed people with no remorse and no consequences. I will read the next one you gave me though. Do you really think it is like that in Washington? Scary thought.....
Wayland Smith
I don't know for sure, but I suspect that this is Flynn's first book. Many of the supporting characters from his Mitch Rapp series are here, but slightly different. Also, he doesn't have the depth and detail he usually does.

Among the holes: there's so much about politics and the President, but never a mention of the First Lady or lack thereof; the Army is used on the streets of DC with no mention about the Posse Commitus (I spelled that wrong) act that would be such a huge political hurdle; and...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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