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Term Limits

4.29 of 5 stars 4.29  ·  rating details  ·  21,851 ratings  ·  913 reviews
What if America's politicians were held accountable for their broken promises -- and made to pay for their corruption?
With a unique flair for heart-pounding dramatic tension, meshed with the technical precision of Tom Clancy, author Vince Flynn brings to life a chillingly credible scenario of Washington under siege -- in a provocative, edge-of-your-seat political thrille
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Published June 1st 1998 by Simon & Schuster Audio (first published August 1st 1997)
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C.J.
Jun 30, 2008 C.J. rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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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
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Alison
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
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Wendy
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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.
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
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Lisa (Harmonybites)
Oct 01, 2011 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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
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Jeff
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.
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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.
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.
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Ed
Nov 18, 2009 Ed rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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,
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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
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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
Kari Trumbo
Congressman Michael O’Rourke is a newly-elected representative of Minnesota. He goes into politics to change the way things are done in D.C. On the eve of a big vote, three statesmen are murdered by assassins and O’Rourke soon finds himself thick in the plot. The assassins are revolutionaries that have ideas about Washington similar to O’Rourke, but with a whole different plan to promote change.
This book has the same characterization of politicians as I do, they are untrustworthy, lying, cheati
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Red Heaven
Term Limits is a very strong debut - it reads as the work of a polished writer at least halfway into his career. It brings up an interesting moral conundrum - should America's broken political system be fixed by force? Around this is built a great, complex plot where the good guys are not entirely good, and the bad guys are definitely all bad. The pace rarely flags, and at the first sign of slowing down, another assassination is thrown into the mix. It all comes together in an electric final sho ...more
Nilesh
This early Flynn has all the signs of what was to come far better for years later. And many others of an author yet to mature.

The novel predates the birth of the legendary Rapp. As a result, the leads appear somewhat purposeless. This is not to glorify the serial novels which are of far worse quality in general. However, this should not take away the fact that the good guys of the novel who take law in their hand to mete out justice have little long-term agenda despite preparing extensively to a
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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
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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
Gloria Bernal
Some things we're better off not knowing... or are we? This was written in 1997 when the national debt was just over $5 Trillion and American citizens were in an uproar over nothing being done by our elected officials about it. Now, in 2014, when that figure has tripled to over $17 TRILLION, and we see no end in sight to the spiral, it blows the mind and one wonders if desperate measures are the answer, and if so, which ones? This is a fiction novel, of course, but it open your eyes to a lot of ...more
Prashanth Kanichar
good prose...narration is good
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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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