This is the first book I’ve read by Vince Flynn and I am definitely going to read more. I first heard of Flynn and Pursuit of Honor during a radio interview with Hugh Hewitt. I then saw it at the library and thought I would give him a try. Well, I read the book cover-to-cover in less than two days and really enjoyed it.
The book, and I’m assuming most of Flynn’s books are like this, was not a profound discussion of the major topics of the day. But it was a quiet commentary on some of the most fundamental and pressing issues our government is facing. It captured the character of a terrorist very well, and show the depth of depravity that some will go to in order to achieve their ends. And the book gave a glimpse into the hard work performed by men and women in the CIA. While this is a work of fiction, it is, I fear, all to close to reality.
Mitch Rapp, Flynn’s central character is a CIA operative who has been involved in many secretive missions throughout his career. Those missions and his training gave him the tools necessary to win the day in this thriller. The nation, caught off guard by a small cell of Al-Qaeda terrorists, is plunged into a massive search for those who planned and carried out a vicious attack in the center of Washington, DC. Hiding out in quiet midwestern towns, the terrorists make a few key mistakes that put them on the run. When dissension arises among the three remaining terrorists, and the CIA agents who foiled their plans receive accolades from the president, pride takes over and sends the terrorists on a suicide mission back to DC. When the terrorists get personal and go after Mitch’s friend and partner, he has to take things into his own hands.
The story moves quickly and it is a book you will likely not want to put down. I recommend Pursuit of Honor to anyone interested in current affairs, military thrillers, and a quick end-of-summer read.