Act of Treason (Unabridged)
by Vince Flynn
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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. On the surface, it appears to be the work of al-Qaeda, and soon the FBI and the rest of the government begin scouring the world for jihadists. But then CIA Director Irene Kennedy and Special Agent Skip McMahon are presented with classified information so toxic that they consider destroying it altogether, as it contains intelligence pointing to some of the most powerful players in Washington. Enter Mitch Rapp, the one man reckless enough to follow the evidence to its explosive conclusion. His journey takes him through the shadowy world of contract killers, into the darkest corners of the globe, and eventually back to Washington, where the fragile pillars of power are shaken to the core.
Act of Treason
Great love 'em all
A great thriller involving the war on terrorism
You can agree or disagree with the politics but the writer never sacrifices story or thrills to make some political point. Reviewers who want to judge the book based on their perception of the writer's politics must really choose their books carefully so as to avoid any work of fiction that presents a point of view different from their own. For what it's worth, the presidents are all strong -- and Democrats. The hero is a take-no--prisoners anti-terrorists superhero type. Not surprisingly, the writer consulted on 24 for one season. The pace is great; the details of weaponry and the diplomatic scene are spot on. It's simply great fun.