Friday, January 8, 2010

Term Limits by Vince Flynn (spoiler alert)

Paperback. 640 pages. Published 1997

This is Vince Flynn's first published novel and only non Mitch Rapp novel to date.


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 of their reach -- not even the president.

And then things get very interesting. A leak in military intelligence causing soldiers to lose their lives caused former Navy Seals to conduct the assassinations and demand changes in the way the United States conducts business. Not wanting to let a good crisis go to waste (where have we heard that before), white house officials without the President's knowledge launch an operation to rid the country of a few more politicians they felt were hindering their own warped agenda believing the assassinations will be grouped with the original three. Freshman Congressman Michael O'Rourke learns the leader of the former Navy Seals is his good friend Scott Coleman. Torn between his loyalty to his country and his friend, O'Rourke quickly finds himself in a battle to prevent his friend from being framed for the murders he didn't commit.

This is an excellent first novel and a very fast read. I found the book very hard to put down and kept wanting to glance ahead to see if things worked out. If you like conspiracy theories, cloak and dagger, and military thrillers, you will like this book. I give it an 7.8. The score would be higher but in spots you can easily tell this is Vince Flynn's first novel.

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