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Term Limits

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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
Paperback, 612 pages
Published July 1st 1999 by Pocket Star Books (first published December 31st 1997)
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Jun 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
May 17, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Dec 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Gloria ~ mzglorybe
Aug 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 we were promised by the incoming liberal President that he would decrease it, 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, whic ...more
Aug 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 30, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: unfinished
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Jun 16, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Brint Hite
Sep 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Jun 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Sep 30, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is Vince Flynn's first ever book published, a stand-alone, and not part of the Mitch Rapp series. But it could be considered by some people kind of a prequel and start-up to the series.

3 unknowingly corrupt Washington Politicians are executed by a group of unknown assassins, and their list of demands, that the US Government set aside politics and restore peace and order to the American People, and they claim that nobody is out of their reach, not even the President. With the FBI investigati
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of my favourite Vince Flynn books. A definite must read!
MitchRappPod No Limits
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well, I guess you could say that my review of the book is best summed up in the form of a limerick:

A blond-haired assassin we now love,
knew which politicians to get rid of.
As fatcats in DC play,
Coleman makes sure they pay.
An adventure previously undreamed of.

The first book he self-published;
companies considered it rubbish.
Rejected for years,
he didn't shed tears.
A thriller universe Flynn would establish.

My full review is available in audio format on Ep. 2, 4, and 5 of "No Limits: A Mitch Rapp Po
Bev Walkling
I found this book to be well-written, fast moving and rather frightening in that it seems all too possible that governments do indeed run the way the American government is described in this novel. It describes what happens when people are fed up with a corrupt government and corrupt politicians and decide to take out some of the bad guys and hold the government to ransom.

A section on page 292 really stood out for me. To quote: " General Heaney let his arm drop down on the table. "I have been i
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
Devon Hernandez
Jan 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Robert Beardsley
Dec 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: thrillers
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. ...more
Jul 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was an amazing thriller that is as relevant in today's world of politics as it was when written in 1997. The plot and characters were so engaging that though this was a long book, I was up many late nights reading on and not wanting to put it down. This book makes you question where the line is between right and wrong and delves into high power politics. When some of the hardware jargon became technical it really didn't detract from the story. Great book!

Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very good stand alone that, without given credit, turned into the Mitch Rapp series. From the point of view of this site, and others like it, I find no reason that this book was not tagged as a prequel to Rapp series; there are a half dozen characters that will carry on. I've read six Rapp books and Coleman was explained more in "Term Limits" than those six. So, if someone wants to start Rapp I would recommend "Term Limits" first. ...more
Wenzel Roessler
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you are tired of corrupt politicians this book is for you. This book has a great plot and has a great cast of: bad politicians, a small group of good politicians, and hard working law enforcement. It also has the most annoying character ever in Stu Garret. Sure, there are parts of the book where you have to suspend some belief and take it at face value but all of the turns in this book work in the story's framework. ...more
Jan 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Even without Mitch Rapp, the freshman congressman Michael O'Rourke filled in some of that role, along with Scott Coleman. Some interesting themes came out in the book, including the idea of how corrupt politicians can become. Definitely a good read. I love that Vince Flynn was rejected by over 60 publishers on this book (his first one), so he published it on his own. ...more
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Not an easy book to write this, I guess. When just about everyone - certain politicians excepted - would think "Yeah! That's what I'm talking about!" after reading the set-up on the back. And a brave theme for Vince Flynn to take on in his first outing as a writer. Though, it may not be his very, very first I suspect. Either that, or he sprang into the game from nowhere as a fully-fledged brilliant writer of this sort of thing. Because, this is an absolutely superb book. From the "oh, good lord, ...more
Garlan ✌
This was another action packed thriller from Vince Flynn. This one featured a protagonist other than Mitch Rapp which made for an interesting change. The action was pretty much non-stop, and ended with a great climax. This book gives new meaning to the phrase "term limits". A solid read. ...more
C.G. Cooper
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Does it have Mitch Rapp? No. Is it awesome anyway? YES. This book pushed me to write in the thriller genre. I'd hug Vince if he were still with us. What a great way to start a career. Thanks, VF. ...more
Most definitely with 'Term Limits' was the late Vince Flynn, way ahead of the game, this one is written in 1997, about balancing the budget, wasteful spending, along with it leading to chaos and crisis and corrupt politicians.

Which is happening now, could so see this happen and especially with the moronic idiot in charge.

Flynn writes a plausible, believable storyline but feel the ending would have been better had he had the CIA, using the Seals, to take out the politicians, verse having former
Dec 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spy-espionage
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
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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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