|Plot Summary of Executive Power|
Atria, May 2003, 25.00, 372 pp.
Following his last assignment, preventing Saddam Hussein from obtaining nuclear weapons, CIA field agent Mitch Rapp receives public acknowledgment by the president in response to the latest Congressional leak to the media. Though the praise is of the highest quality, singled out as the most important person in the fight to counter terrorism, the President might as well have placed a bulls-eye on Rapp's chest and that of his loved ones. The spotlight makes the former covert operator an ideal international target for eradication by terrorists as the symbol he has become.
As special advisor on counterterrorism to CIA director Dr. Irene Kennedy, Rapp uncomfortably sits in an office. However, everything changes when radical Islamic terrorists ambush Navy SEALS on a top-secret rescue mission in the Philippines. The leak had to be in either the State Department or the Philippine diplomatic corps, but nobody knows for sure. However, worse yet is that someone is trying to cause a jihad on a scale never before seen and that unknown invisible individual is close to achieving the goal with only a too visible Rapp in the way.
This reviewer plans to obtain previous tales of Vince Flynn because EXECUTIVE POWER is political thriller at its best and it is clear that this author has much writing talent. The story line is non stop action and Mitch is a great protagonist as he struggles with a fame that he does not want at the cost of his first love field work. No bums rap: this winner may prove to be the political thriller of the year.
Harriet Klausner, Resident Scholar
|"Mitch Rapp is back from his honeymoon. An American family vacationing in the Philippines has been kidnapped, and our military tried to rescue them, but the rescue attempt went terribly wrong. Now Rapp has to rectify the problem personally.
While in the Philippines, a new problem is developing in the Middle East. A terrorist is composing a master plan to ensure that the Palestinians will get the land that they have longed for from the Israelis. "
Natasha Joiner, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Executive Power|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 10%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
Time/era of story:
- 2000+ (Present)
Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:
- stopping a saboteur/spy
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Who's the terrorist enemy here?
- generic terrorists
- government investigator
- Super genius
- Southeast Asia
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Explicit sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
- descript of kissing
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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