Act of Treason Paperback
by Vince Flynn
Part of the The Mitch Rapp Series series
He's got a plan. He's got an enemy. Time to execute them both. There are two weeks to go to the US presidential election when the hot favourite, Josh Alexander, is ambushed by a terrorist bomb.
He narrowly escapes, but members of his entourage are not so lucky.
Alexander is carried to victory by a sympathy vote. On the surface, it appears to be the work of al-Qaeda.
But then CIA director Irene Kennedy is presented with classified information so toxic that she has no option but to call on MItch Rapp, Amerca's top counterterrorism operative: the one man reckless enough to follow the evidence to its explosive conclusion ...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 464 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
- Publication Date: 24/05/2012
- Category: Thriller / suspense
- ISBN: 9781849835770
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Review by SteveAldous
The book equivalent of a Hollywood conspiracy/action movie - you can see Steven Seagal in the Mitch Rapp role. To say this book runs to c 400 pages there is little in the way of plot that needed to extend beyond half that length. The author fills the book with too much detailed exposition, which sucks all the tension away. It picks up in the final pages but the ending becomes rushed and unsatisfying. Additionally a number of interesting characters are introduced and disappear - notably FBI agent Skip McMahon. Whilst I found the premise of the plot interesting the characters were often two-dimensional - despite Flynn's attempts to add back story - and the dialogue and situations risible. There were the occasional flashes of inspiration and wit, but these were undone by the overly familiar approach to the subject matter.