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Extreme Measures

(Mitch Rapp #11)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  45,048 ratings  ·  959 reviews
The latest pulse-pounding thriller by #1 "New York Times" bestselling phenomenon Vince Flynn explodes onto the scene with a deadly and charismatic hero fans will cheer for all the way to the last riveting page.Vince Flynn's thrillers, featuring counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp, have dominated the imagination of readers everywhere. Time and again, Flynn has captured th ...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published October 21st 2008 by Atria Books
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Mitch Rapp takes on terrorism and another evil monstrosity. Politicians. Yuck, they’re just the worst. Terrorist aren’t that cracking either. Who will win the day?

This wasn’t a normal Mitch Rapp outing in that the action took a back seat for the majority of the novel and placed more focus on the battle that he and the CIA have on convincing the politicians that there methods shouldn’t be questioned as they get results and that people who aim to blow people up shouldn’t really ha
Dec 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.

G.H. Eckel
Jul 24, 2017 rated it liked it
This novel is a thinly veiled argument for the necessity of torturing prisoners, which made the book difficult for me to read. I think I'd probably sit on the opposite side of the aisle from Vince Flynn. So, reading about something repugnant, like torture, was torturous reading. Yet I continued. Here's why.

Flynn's writing style is rich and fluid. His characters are generally well drawn. So,
Ed Armstrong
Nov 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 01, 2013 rated it did not like it
Another disappointing novel from this used to be good author. I was a Mitch Rapp fan, but this latest rendition reeks. The first half of this story should have been edited out. Then, there would be no need for the torture, mayhem, death and Extreme Measures of crap. 1 of 10 stars.
Jul 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Jun 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
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 stor
Jun 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thrillers, ebooks, fiction
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
Nov 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Paul Pessolano
Feb 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 Fo
Nov 11, 2008 rated it liked it
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
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Flynn again chooses a plot that tends to bring home the problems that we have with our current military conflict. I don't see this ending soon. This is a different conflict that is not going to end with an armistice or surrender. i.e. Under Democratic leadership, we dropped a whole lot of explosives on the peoples of Indo China. But to my knowledge, the victims have never brought revenge to the USA.
My main thoughts while reading this is about the US Senate. Established as a bala
Toni Osborne
Jun 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009
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
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
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Three and a half stars. Less action than previous installments. Introduces new character, Mike Nash. Spends too much time on Mike's domestic issues, always my least favorite part of a Flynn novel. Rapp spends most of the book under investigation. Heats up at the end to segue into next book .
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I have this theory that Vince Flynn novels are basically romance novels for men. Now, hear me out. Your typical blouse ripper is the epitome of vicarious experience, guilty pleasure reading. Many ladies (and some guys) get a thrill from reading the exploits of their stoic yet vulnerable heroine pursuing the tall, dark and handsome tough guy who wears his bad-boy nature on his sleeve but has a hidden romantic streak just waiting to be unleashed. It's fun to read fantasy stories about characters l ...more
Narrator: George Guidall

This installment kept me up till 3am and as soon as it ended, I went straight to the next book, Pursuit of Honor, which picks up where Extreme Measures leaves off.

There were times when I felt like I was following an 80s primetime soap called 'CIA' but that's not a complaint, just something I noted as it wasn't all just terrorists or Rapp falling for another stupid cow. This time Flynn threw in Mike Nash, who wa
Jan 26, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Rob Smith, Jr.
Mar 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2011
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 firs
May 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Even though Extreme Measures focuses on Mitch Rapp's War on Terror like in the previous installments, this one focuses more on the Political aspects minus Rapp being in the field beating up the bad guys.

Mitch Rapp joins forces with friend, colleague, and new-comer to the series Mike Nash, an Ex-Marine and elite operative. The CIA has captured 2 terrorist cells, but a third is believed to still be at large, run by a sadistic mastermind known as Karim. Rapp goes to extreme measures (he
Alan Marston
Dec 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Vince Flynn does it again, or, rather, his creation, Mitch Rapp does. Flynn always manages to create credible terrorists, whose twisted sense of revenge, heroism and martyrdom, leads them into ever more complicated attempts to damage the US or the Great Satan that they term that country. As usual there are politicians and others, some of them members of the military, who wish to curtail Rapp's activities. In this novel they e3ven bring him before a Judicial Inquiry, but this only serves to allow ...more
Nov 27, 2008 rated it liked it
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 do
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

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 knowsman.


May 13, 2012 rated it liked it
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.
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. ...more
Oct 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-suspense
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
Nov 15, 2015 rated it liked it
After reading American Assassin my expectations were really high It took me a while to understand or rather figure out what exactly it is extreme in this book.

The plot of EXTREME MEASURES is Mitch and Mike Nash collaborating to extract information from two terrorist leaders. Mitch and Mike fear there is a third cell trying to wreak havoc on American soil. Their goal is to stop the cell before it can reach the designated target, but in the mid way Mitch Rapp's role becomes quite limited and stor
Kenny Bellew
Nov 16, 2016 rated it liked it
This is book 11 in this series, and, frankly, the story line seems like a regurgitation of several parts of previous books in the series. This would be a great book, if it was book 3 or 4, but its the same old story about interdepartmental conflicts, the average person not understanding what it takes to fight terrorism, and a ticking-bomb-like scenario. Again, it's a fine read...unless you've read the previous 10 books in the series (IMHO).
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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 left Kraft to accept an aviation candidate slot with the United St

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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)” 23 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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