Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Act of Treason by, Vince Flynn

It's a gorgeous autumn day in Georgetown. The Democratic candidates for president and vice president of the United States are dutifully glad-handing voters and the media outside a grand estate where a national security conference has just been held, bringing together the world's greatest minds to discuss the issues that are threatening the country. It's American politicking at its best. That's when all hell breaks loose. When presidential candidate Josh Alexander's motorcade is ambushed by a group of terrorists, the nation is thrown into turmoil. Two weeks following the attack, Alexander is carried to victory by a sympathy vote, but his assailants have not been found. Enter Mitch Rapp, the super CIA agent star of Vince Flynn's hugely successful series.

When Flynn died last year from prostate cancer, I realized I hadn't read a Rapp novel in a long time.  They're all good stories that can be easily adapted to movies: high-octane spy stuff with gunfights and action sequences.  This was probably my first Rapp book in about 5 years or more, but it felt a bit more talky than I remember the series being.  After the first 50+ pages with the motorcade attack and Rapp tracking down the would-be assassin, I don't remember a single action scene.

Not bad, but not great.  A fun summertime diversion.

Act of Treason is the ninth book in the series.

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