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Executive Power

(Mitch Rapp #6)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  42,315 ratings  ·  933 reviews
CIA superagent Mitch Rapp battles global terrorism in a high-octane follow-up to The New York Times bestselling Separation of Power -- another chillingly authentic adventure from the master of the political thriller. Mitch Rapp's cover has been blown. After leading a team of commandos deep into Iraq to prevent Saddam Hussein from joining the nuclear arms race, he was publi ...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published April 27th 2004 by Pocket Star Books (first published May 6th 2003)
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Paul O'Neill
Nov 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent, best one so far!!

If you enjoyed the tv show, 24, then you'll love this. One of my favourite series, Flynn never fails to disappoint.
Dave Schumaker
May 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: serial-thrillers
Book 6 in the Mitch Rapp series published 2002.

Super agent Mitch Rapp has just one job, make the world a safer place. This is achieved, under the auspices of the CIA, by killing off anybody deemed a threat to World peace.
An oxymoron I know, killing makes for a safer environment. Just as well his only a novel!!!!

The back drop for this tale is the confrontation between Israel and Palestine as at 2011.

David is a young Palestinian man with one driving ambition, to see the State of Palestine ratified
May 03, 2013 rated it really liked it

“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

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
Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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P.S. Winn
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Global terrorism is on the rise and CIA agent Mitch Rapp is on the case. The author does a great job on a fiction novel that has the feel of reality.
Dec 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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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

This time EP was a 5-star listen from the start until the final lap. I felt Flynn dropped the ball at the end and I had to take away a star. Two stars the first time I listened to this, four stars this time round.

The first time I listened to this I didn't know where Flynn was going with the dual arcs - one featuring David aka Jabril Khatabi and the other, Mitch Rapp, of course. These two arcs do not come together until towards the end of the book and it took a
Jun 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another enjoyable read and continuation to the series. This series is fun to read in between my fantasy books. I will continue to read the series to see what happens to Mitch Rapp
Mohamed Shady
Jul 06, 2019 rated it did not like it
This is a complete pullshit
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
Imagine: going to the movies and not being able to eat popcorn; or ordering a burger and french fries and not having ketchup available or even going to the beach and not being able to swim in the ocean!

This is how frustrating this book felt to me! This is the sixth installation of Mitch Rapp's adventure, you know the super agent from the CIA who is a leader in covert operations, a martial arts expert, who takes pleasure in killing terrorists and enemies of the state.

The previous reiterations, es
Linda Munro
Oct 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Benjamin Thomas
This one didn't seem quite up to Vince Flynn's standards although I am having trouble putting my 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 separate stories here, two novellas really, that only minimally tie-in together.

And Mitch Rapp's wife is really starting to annoy me.
Ashish Iyer
Apr 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seemed to be shorter than other Mitch Rapp books but had all of the elements you come to expect for this series. No real complaints but I didn't really feel "wowed" at the end of it. I wouldn't say I was disappointed though. All in all it was a good read.
Angela Watts
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, thrillers

Unlike the previous Rapp novels, this one took a bit of time before I was fully invested in the story line. Once I was hooked, though, I was hooked good and couldn't stop reading. The story follows Mitch as he maneuvers his new role as a CIA adviser.

A part of what didn't snag me is this very fact: Mitch has a new role. He's married, has a wife who doesn't want him in danger, and can't just go "fix" things. It got a bit tedious but plots must move forward and characters must grow, so I can't
Jan 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
We learn linguistically by 'pushing the envelope' absorbing a better word, but not by dumbing down a word's meaning to the level of colloquial misuse. :>decimate means to reduce by 10% not annihilation as used in the book
I don't like Anna Reilly. The character of Mitchell Rapp, as I know him, would not place himself in that position. She is very strong willed reporter. I wouldn't see a nature biologist picking up a coral snake barehanded because they admire it's beauty.
I like to listen to audio
Demetrius Smith
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
CIA super-agent Mitch Rapp is the man. He makes everyone else look like an amateur. This was a great read packed with lots of action and some great plot twists.
Sep 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook

It's really lazy to copy & paste your own work into a book without changing it up a bit. Word for word. Exactly the same. Not just once but in multiple books of the series.

Otherwise, still movie quality fun. There are sparks of really great description/action but they get overshadowed by the general tone of the plot/characters.

Also 2 thumbs up for George Guidall being back as the narrator. I kinda missed him. =)
Seán B
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vince-flynn
Love the Mitch Rapp series and enjoyed this one too. Although, I agree with the others who posted less than positive reviews, it was missing some of the great elements of previous books. Mitch's wife Anna had a bit part and annoying role to play in this one compared to the previous two books - hopefully book 7 puts her in a better light. The antagonist David was excellent and I am disappointed with how that turned out - would of thought of much better conclusion to that element of the story.

Mr. Gottshalk
Jun 30, 2016 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!
Jul 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
Overall, an exciting thriller. I liked what Flynn did with the two simultaneous story lines early on, but ultimately I wish they were better integrated. The plot and ending is a bit far-fetched, not impossible just not all that plausible. But that's what one would expect from this genre.
Winter Sophia Rose
May 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Action Packed, Edge Of Your Seat Read!!! I Loved It!!!
4.5 stars

Well. The ending was a bit anticlimactic. However, that isn't a bad thing. Sometimes, the unexpected happens.
Jun 16, 2018 rated it liked it
This is the 6th of the Mitch Rapp series and the 6th that I've read as I've read them all in order.

This was a notch below the previous 5 books. Not a bad book but not what I've been led to expect considering those 5 books. Mitch didn't seem quite the same, whether that was due to his personal relationships or the change in jobs or that he is now much less than covert. Another factor could be that I've read so many of the series in a relatively short period of time that I'm somewhat burnt out.

Terry Cornell
Nov 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Now that I've read the sixth of this series I certainly see the formula here. I really enjoy the intricate plot, the covert operations, and the political maneuvering. However, I'm finding Rapp's relationship with his newlywed wife a bit tiresome. She marries a govt. agent/assassin, and expects him to sit in an office. If you married a bartender, would you not expect him to work in a bar? Hopefully, this gets better in the remainder of the series. Favorite line from the book: "It was not possible ...more
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
While this wasn't the best in the series, it was still a very enjoyable read. Unlike a lot of others who were disappointed the two plot lines didn't connect, I really enjoyed that they were two totally separate threats and issues that Mitch had to deal with -- it felt more real than having both of them linked for the sake of neat storytelling.
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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 States Marine

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