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I've been gone a while. I started reading fanfiction to escape and I got sucked in an abyss.

I have no idea if someone else is hosting similar challenges. I just grabbed some of what I have hosted before.

Here's to a happy year of great reading
Jan2023: Not much has changed. Writing a fanfiction now O_o as well as reading but I bought 7 new books in December and hope to get those read soon. Crossing fingers about adding challenges (late!)

Monday, June 11, 2012

Thoughts on...Consent to Kill by Vince Flynn

I wasn't going to review this book. It was just going to be a pleasant read but there are so many great characters I had to.

Mitch Rapp. The kind of man that countries don't want to meet in a dark alley. The kind of man who you won't know is there until it's too late, if then. The kind of man who doesn't miss. The kind of man you'd be insane to kill. Want? Oh yes, but try? No way.

The prelude tells us that and explains why. Chapter two starts with ..."I want a man killed." Want to guess who? Yup. Apparently, while doing his job with the CIA, Mitch killed a man. Now the man's dad wants him killed and has the money to do it.

Anna Rapp. Beautiful and successful journalist attached to the White House. Mitch's wife. Anna is so nice I'd like to be friends with her or at the very least a neighbor/co-worker.

Mark Ross. The new Director of National Intelligence. Former Senator. The kind of guy you think of when someone says "politician" in a swearing manner. A man too involved in his own importance and plans that he disregards intel (!) and advise from those who have been in the business longer.

That's just three. Mitch's direct boss, Irene Kennedy (Director of the CIA) is fabulous so are several of Mitch's friends/co-workers.

Then there are the, ahem, oily Saudis. Really. Mr. Flynn takes the stereotyped attitudes from Saudi Arabia and expands on them. Add in some 9-11 feelings and you've got some great characters.

Throw in several Congressmen out to extend their terms and cover their backsides. Plus ex-Military men who haven't forgotten what it's like. And don't forget various locations around the world and a mixed bag of assassins.
"The international espionage community was a loose affiliations of spies, analysts, and operatives who were bound by the unique nature of their careers.... Rapp was an icon in their world, admired by friend and foe alike. He was a man who had worked in the field and come up through the ranks-something they could all respect..."

off to read...

by the time I hit page 650 I didn't want to finish the book. My heart was racing and I wanted to know what happens but I didn't want it to be over.

Several times, Mitch Rapp's time is brought up, fifteen years, and I am happy that there is another book in this series waiting for me. This can be read without having read the previous books but there are references to them that you might consider spoilers.

Overall, the book was reminder why I like Vince Flynn and gave me a good kick to read the others that I've missed. Hey, it's been long enough, I could start at the beginning!

Grade: A

Disclaimer: This title came from my personal library. The opinions expressed in this post are mine and may differ from yours. Book information courtesy of the publisher and Barnes&Noble

Consent to Kill
by Vince Flynn

Pocket Star
tall Mass Market Paperback
Spy Thriller
18+ (I'd let my 8th grader read this)
674 pages
ISBN: 9781416505013

Product Description:
For ten years Mitch Rapp has fought on the frontline of the War on Terror. His bold actions have saved the lives of thousands -- but in the process his list of enemies has grown inexorably. There are even those within his own government who would like to see him eliminated. Thousands of miles away, the influential father of a dead terrorist demands retribution for the death of his son. He wants Rapp dead -- and his hate-filled plea has found sympathetic ears. In the tangled, duplicitous world of espionage, there are those, even among America's allies, who feel Rapp has grown too effective. They've been looking for an excuse to eliminate America's No 1 counterterrorism operative -- and they've decided to seize the chance.

The Hunter has become the Hunted. A tragedy of unimaginable proportions is about to befall Mitch Rapp -- and he must use all his cunning, skill and ruthless determination to stay alive and seek vengeance against the traitor who would bring him down.

Started just because but it fits the "Big Book Summer Challenge" to read a book over 400 pages. I also used this title for several other challenges.

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Sue Jackson said...

This sounds great! I love a good suspense movie, and I've never read anything by Vince Flynn before - I will have to check him out now!

And thanks for participating in the Big Book Summer Challenge - this sounds like it was a good one to start with!


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The Relentless Reader said...

You have to love a book that gets your heart racing! :)


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