Consent to Kill
Vince Flynn
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Consent to Kill: A Mitch Rapp Thriller
Vince Flynn
Pocket Star
704 pages
August 2006
rated 4 of 5 possible stars
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Vince Flynn, a very popular New York Times bestseller list member after five geopolitical thrillers, has published another in the Mitch Rapp series which undoubtedly will repeat that distinction. In the shadows of Tom Clancy, Robert Ludlum and Clive Cussler for many years, Flynn has emerged from the dim glow of twilight into the bright sunshine of the day and his own well-deserved prominence. Flynn, like most of his readers are intrigued, or disgusted, with politics in the Nation’s Capital and manages to convey that information to the reader in a brilliant, sometimes subtle manner. It has been said that Flynn does his homework well, and indeed he does. Both ex-military and lovers of the espionage/intelligence genre will be thrilled with the details in this book and Flynn’s attention to the tradecraft of counter-espionage.

Consent To Kill revolves around Rapp and his intended killers. Rapp, no stranger to assassination himself, has caused the death of a Saudi terrorist. The dead man's father, a billionaire, seeks revenge against the CIA contract employee, hires a couple of French killers, and off we go on a wild adventure tale of murder, explosions, wire-tapping, political intrigue and, of course, barrels of danger. Alternating the chapters, Flynn expertly allows us to follow the day-to-day operations of the perfectionist would-be killers as they lay out their plans and place them in motion to eliminate Rapp. The next chapter takes us on a trip into Rapp's efforts at accomplishing his assigned task in the world of anti-terror. Then, back to the killers.

As if Rapp doesn’t have enough problems, he is also burdened with a political appointee as his superior, the National Security Advisor to the President, who detests Rapp and his partner, Scott Coleman. The security advisor, Mark Ross, is also opposed to the way they do their and the government’s business, which is always unofficial and, quite often, illegal. Still, Rapp usually gets results. Ross serves as an obstructionist throughout the book, disrupting Rapp’s efforts and methods to combat world terrorism.

Even as tragedy strikes Mitch and his family, he manages to convey his strength and character to all who know him or about him. His real strength and abilities are evident when those who want to kill him think more about the danger they are in, if he survives any attempts on his life. They know he’ll be coming for them against all odds, and he’ll be coming with every weapon in his arsenal.

This title, compared to his others in the Rapp series, is exceptional. Without a doubt, all of Flynn’s work is excellent, and it is difficult to compare. But suffice to say, the story, as perfected by Flynn, hurtles along at the speed of a spacecraft in flight.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Lawrence McMicking, 2006

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