Their assassins then deliver a shocking ultimatum to the American government: No one, they warn, is out of their reach—not even the president. A joint FBI-CIA task force reveals the killers are elite military commandos, but no one knows exactly who they are or when they will strike next. Only Michael O'Rourke, a former U. Marine and freshman congressman, holds a clue to the violence: Paperback , pages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Term Limits , please sign up.
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Lists with This Book. Jun 23, C. This was my first Vince Flynn novel and I was thoroughly impressed. The plot was very well constructed. I never felt like there was a major plot twist, but rather the characters were working hard to battle each other and all felt like powerful adversaries.
As with many good books, when the end came, I expected the outcome, but was pleased by the way the author got me there. The book tapped a number of emotions for me with despicable characters facing chiseled heroes. I would gladly recommend this book to any thriller fan. View all 4 comments. Dec 25, Katie rated it it was amazing. View all 3 comments. May 17, Alison rated it it was ok. The pace and plot of this political thriller were, well, thrilling. The intricate details of the various reconnaissance and other operations were fascinating and kept me absorbed throughout.
Yet, at the end of the book, I felt saddened that the book so clearly promotes the idea that it is acceptable for a tiny handful of self-righteous and narrow-minded individuals to take a democratically-elected government hostage by murdering congressmen and senators in order to force the government to impleme The pace and plot of this political thriller were, well, thrilling. Yet, at the end of the book, I felt saddened that the book so clearly promotes the idea that it is acceptable for a tiny handful of self-righteous and narrow-minded individuals to take a democratically-elected government hostage by murdering congressmen and senators in order to force the government to implement their ideas, then justifies the violence by saying that the politicians were corrupt and pointing out that America was founded in a bloody revolution.
I can accept books with main characters who have different motives, beliefs and values from mine, and who might do things I would consider depraved. After all, literature gives authors and readers the chance to explore the dark side of humanity safely, and I like exploring viewpoints other than my own. But in genre fiction like this, I expect that the good guys, while flawed, will at least genuinely BE good guys.
In this book, neither the good guys or the bad guys are moral - the only difference between the "good guys" and the "bad guys" was that the "good guys" actually convinced themselves they had honor and integrity, when what they really had was megalomania. Anyone who enjoys political thrillers, intrigue, and who enjoys seeing bad men get theirs.
However, at the encouragement of my Flynn acolyte friends, I read Term Limits and was pleasantly surprised. Term Limits is an exciting story of a group of former American commandos who recognize that, in many cases, corrupt and immoral politicians threaten the security and welfare of the country they love far more than the foreign terrorists, dictators, and extremists they have fought and killed in the name of national security.
In an attempt to bring attention to, and eliminate the corruption and greed that have come to dominate much of government, they target the worst of these politicians for assassination. Jun 30, Wendy rated it did not like it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. About the only reason that I finished this book was to see just how ridiculous the plot got before the author put it out of its misery. I'm not sure who the people are who liked this book - and there are many - I just didn't get it.
The premise was interesting. A group of assassins targets corrupt politicians and kills several of them, demanding an end to deficit spending, special interests, pork, and partisan politics keep in mind, the book was written in , so any resemblance to our current About the only reason that I finished this book was to see just how ridiculous the plot got before the author put it out of its misery. A group of assassins targets corrupt politicians and kills several of them, demanding an end to deficit spending, special interests, pork, and partisan politics keep in mind, the book was written in , so any resemblance to our current political situation sadly just means that some things never change.
From there, things went downhill in a big way. The main character, Congressman Michael O'Rourke, was about as bad as the murdered "bad guys". The problem was that he was portrayed as the noble good guy. He actually said numerous times that the other men deserved to die. Further, he knew who the assassins were and told no one, just let them go on murdering people.
Aside from an unlikeable protagonist, the characters were as thin as smoke to such a degree that it was hard to remember who was who. Weak characters are combined with horrendous dialogue resulting in a special treat for readers. The author also apparently never heard the old adage "show don't tell" as much of the book was just a recapping of who said and did what. For example, a congressman who participates in covert operations with a group of political assassins to kidnap a former CIA honcho?
Participates, as in staking out the guy's house and busting in with automatic weapons. Give me a break. Here's another - an audio tape with enough damning information that it would "literally destroy the CIA, the office of the presidency and our political system" ends up in the hands of Congressman O'Rourke and his journalist girlfriend.
The CIA director asks them if they give their word that they won't tell anyone else about what's on the tape. They do and he says "your word is good enough for me". Add to all of this misery the author's annoying tendency to interchange character first and last names in a single paragraph "O'Rourke looked at Scarletti and then Michael handed Liz a drink" , his tendency to repeat entire passages of the book for example, a phone conversation between 2 characters may be retold verbatim between one of those characters and a third - the reader doesn't need to reread the whole thing!!
This one is a big stinker. Unless you want to check your brain and logic at the door, you would be better off skipping this one entirely. Aug 08, Michael rated it it was amazing. I can't think of the last time I enjoyed a fiction books this much. Term Limits is about a solution to what is wrong with Washington: It sounds like pretty thin soup, but man!
Talk about a pager turner! I couldn't put it down. There is much, much more to the story, of course: I also thought that the author--a very conservative man I first heard about this book on Glenn Beck --did a good job of showing how wrong this 'solution' actually is, even as I acknowledge a certain emotional satisfaction in reading this story about killing the people who are killing our country.
Even as the noble SEALS unleash their assassination, the violence they set loose is used by less noble men for ignoble reasons We can all fantasize about politicians who we hate taking a dirt nap Violence, of course, has no place in our political system I haven't read a political thriller for years I think the last one was a Tom Clancy novel in the late 90s , but I am all over this guy. Sep 29, Brint Hite rated it really liked it.
It did not disappoint. In fact, it provided some background and answers to questions I often had while reading the Rapp series.
He seemed every bit the badass that Rapp was and I always knew that his would be a back story worth telling. Another is Michael O'Rourke. I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it to all. Jan 13, Kristen rated it really liked it Shelves: If you love great thrillers, you'll love this stand alone political thriller by Vince Flynn. In every page, we watch how Michael's trapped. Due to heated politics in Washington D. We see how close he is to his family.
We witness the love he has for his girlfriend, Liz Scarpatti, a reporter, and how embroiled he is into the mess. I felt ba If you love great thrillers, you'll love this stand alone political thriller by Vince Flynn.
I felt bad for Liz, who has a duty to report the facts for her paper, and how her lies are sealed on keeping his secrets, until something happens that turns up the tables. We're shocked and awed by the actions of this players and how payback is returned with retribution.
This would get you hooked into the drama and sucked in, right away. A lot of violent drama, when it deals with politics, then and now, and how it can affect the presidency. To see those executions, it didn't make me sick to my stomach. Jan 19, Megan rated it really liked it. This book was amazing. It stayed interesting the whole way through. It's a political thriller. My sister-in-law introduced me to Vince Flynn after she received his latest novel as a Christmas present.
After hearing what his subject matter was, and knowing how hooked on 24 I am, I thought I'd give Flynn a try and decided to start with his first novel.
I was definitely not disappointed! While the storyline might be a little far-fetched, as the story unfolds you really start to wonder if something like this could ever happen in America. It's quite a hefty book, but I really had a hard time p My sister-in-law introduced me to Vince Flynn after she received his latest novel as a Christmas present.
Atria Books got worldwide rights to four books by the author. On February 1, , in his fan newsletter, Flynn announced that he was being treated for advanced Stage III prostate cancer. Mitch Rapp , as portrayed by the author, is an undercover CIA counter-terrorism agent. Rapp's primary focus is thwarting terrorist attacks on the United States, and he is presented as an aggressive operative willing to take measures that are more extreme than might be considered commonly acceptable.
His constant frustration with procedures and red tape is a major theme throughout the entire series. The Mitch Rapp series has been continued by Kyle Mills. The latest book in the series, Enemy of the State , was released in September From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved 19 June Archived from the original on Retrieved September 16, Archived from the original on June 24, Retrieved February 28, Retrieved February 14, Retrieved January 5, We know that Rapp was a natural runner.
Especially with the running. At some point, Mitch began utilizing his running ability by competing professionally in triathlons. We know that he won the famed Ironman competition in Hawaii at least once, posting three more top five finishes along the way. Can anyone else even picture Rapp losing, at anything, ever? Anyways, eventually Mitch got too busy hunting terrorists, and had to give up his days as a professional triathlete.
In the Mount Everest of triathlon competitions, the Ironman in Hawaii, Rapp had posted three top five finishes and a first place. Three years before that would put him around twenty-eight years of age. Another theory, and the one I find most probable, is that Mitch Rapp was out of the country hunting the man he joined the CIA to kill. Rafique Aziz was one of the masterminds behind the bombing of Pan Am flight In the process Rapp had himself been shot, stabbed and hunted, and every step of the way his quarry had managed to stay just out of his reach.
Six months earlier, on a rainy Paris night, Rapp had had his chance and blown it. A moment of hesitation, of stupid indecision, had allowed Aziz to escape by the narrowest of margins.
Never again, Rapp had sworn a thousand times. Next time he would pull the trigger — innocent bystander in the way or not. It was a constant reminder of the man he had sworn he would kill when he started on his crazy journey ten years ago. The plastic surgeons had done a great job minimizing the mark to a thin line, but more important to Rapp, the man who had given him the scar was now dead.
The Third Option, however, provides some additional details not told in any of the other books. He had worked with Villaume and Lukas on three separate occasions, all of them in France, and he had been impressed by both men. They were proficient and dependable. They had helped Rapp hunt Rafique Aziz, a Palestinian terrorist who was one of the men responsible for the downing of Pan Am flight over Lockerbie, Scotland. Villaume and Lukas had been there the night when Rapp had come inches within losing his life.
We know the hunt for Rafique Aziz was long, dangerous, and ended with Rapp almost being killed. Somehow, Aziz had gotten an innocent bystander between himself and Rapp, probably using someone as a human shield like he does in the epilogue of Transfer of Power, which is also when we find that incident occurred in Paris when he saw Mitch. In return, Rapp was saved by Lukas, and Rafique got away.
I really hope that if Kyle Mills ever decides to write a book between Kill Shot and Transfer of Power , this is the plot he crafts the story around. It would serve as the perfect bridge between the prequel trilogy, and when we were first introduced to Rapp. How about you, where do you think Rapp was when the events of Term Limits were taking place?
Like Liked by 1 person. Thanks for putting in time for this research, Ryan. Flynn fans everywhere will appreciate it. Kyle Mills should have coffee with you sometime. Now that would be a treat! Gosh I miss Vince! He was the Picasso of writing action scenes, yet could still detail a love scene and capture, perfectly, the banter between a man and women in love.
The absolute only thing I can figure is that God was an even bigger Rapp fan then me, and brought Vince home to tell Him stories first hand. I liked the dedications to his wife before the story begins! That was more romantic than any of the love scenes! He was truly in love with his beautiful wife and family. Thanks for this blog.
It reminds me of Vince and his amazing talent. You could be writing Mitch Rapp books! A couple years ago I started my own novel, different than Rapp — but never finished it. With all the ways to self publish nowadays, such as through e-book platforms, I can no longer let the excuse of publishers being uninterested be my reasoning to quit. Kyle Mills has been gracious to me, swapping numerous emails and talking Rapp. Well, Rapp began his career on the Orion team….
I found that, separate from the Mitch Rapp books, there was a standalone novel called Term Limits. I'm sure some people chose This site is a tribute to Vince Flynn – the greatest author of his generation, and an even better man.
Vince Flynn, the bestselling author of the Mitch Rapp thriller series died in after a long battle with prostate cancer. He was The fifth of seven children, Vince Flynn was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, on April 6,
"Term Limits" is the first book published by the late Vince Flynn and shows all the page-turning, adrenaline-packed writing that made him so famous with his Mitch Rapp series. While Rapp is not in this book, many of the characters in later books are there, including Thomas Stansfield, then head of the CIA, and his chief analyst Irene Kennedy, and /5. Notes: While Mitch Rapp does not appear in it, the Vince Flynn book Term Limits, published in , features various characters that will appear in future Mitch Rapp books. If you like the Mitch Rapp books, you will like Term Limits for sure.
"Term Limits" is the first book published by the late Vince Flynn and shows all the page-turning, adrenaline-packed writing that made him so famous with his Mitch Rapp series. While Rapp is not in this book, many of the characters in later books are there, including Thomas Stansfield, then head of the CIA, and his chief analyst Irene Kennedy /5(K). Term Limits** * The Survivor, while a continuation of the Mitch Rapp series, and a direct sequel to The Last Man, was written by Kyle Mills. Mills has taken over the series since Flynn’s passing in