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Pursuit of Honor by Vince Flynn Review

Title: Pursuit of Honor

Author: Vince Flynn

First published October 13, 2009

431 pages, Hardcover

ISBN: 9781416595168 (ISBN10: 1416595163)

Rating: 4.35

Overview

In the aftermath of a devastating terrorist attack on American soil, Mitch Rapp and his team are once again called upon to protect their country. With key officials in Washington questioning their methods and legality, Rapp must fight to prove that his extreme measures are necessary in the pursuit of national security.

As tensions rise and danger lurks around every corner, Rapp and his trusted partner must do whatever it takes to keep America safe, even if it means going against the wishes of those in power. Vince Flynn’s Pursuit of Honor is a heart-pounding thriller that will leave you on the edge of your seat until the very last page.

About the Author

Vince Flynn was born in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1966, and was the fifth of seven children. He attended the St. Thomas Academy and graduated in 1984.

He then went on to study economics at the University of St. Thomas, earning his degree in 1988.

After college, Flynn took a job at Kraft General Foods as an account and sales marketing specialist. In 1990, he left his job to pursue a career in the United States Marine Corps.

Unfortunately, he was disqualified from the Marine Aviation Program due to several concussions and convulsive seizures he suffered growing up, just one week before leaving for Officers Candidate School. While trying to obtain a medical waiver, he started thinking about writing a book.

Writing a book was an unusual choice for Flynn since he had been diagnosed with dyslexia in grade school and had struggled with reading and writing all his life. After being rejected by the Marine Corps, Flynn went back to work and took a job at United Properties, a commercial real estate company in the Twin Cities.

In his free time, he worked on his book idea.

After two years with United Properties, Flynn quit his job and moved to Colorado to work full-time on his book. To make ends meet, he bartended at night and wrote during the day.

After five years and over sixty rejection letters, he self-published his first novel, Term Limits. The book went to number one in the Twin Cities and within a week, he had a new agent and a two-book deal with Pocket Books, a Simon & Schuster imprint.

Sadly, Vince Flynn passed away on June 19, 2013 after a three-year battle with prostate cancer.

Editoral Review

Pursuit of Honor by Vince Flynn is a gripping political thriller that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. Flynn is a New York Times bestselling author and has written a series of novels featuring counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp.

The novel was first published on October 13, 2009 and is the tenth in the series. The book takes place in the aftermath of a terrorist attack on Washington D.C. Mitch Rapp, along with his team, is tasked with stopping a group of terrorists who are planning another attack on American soil.

The group is led by a ruthless man named Saleh Nur, who possesses a nuclear bomb that he is willing to use to further his cause. Rapp and his team must track down Nur and his associates before it’s too late.

Flynn has created an intricate plot with many twists and turns that will keep readers guessing until the very end. The characters are well-developed, including Rapp, who has appeared in previous novels in the series.

Rapp is a complex character who is driven by his desire to protect his country at all costs. The supporting characters are also well-drawn, adding depth and complexity to the story.

The writing style is fast-paced and engaging. The action scenes are intense and thrilling, but Flynn also takes the time to explore the motivations and emotions of his characters.

The settings are vividly described, taking readers from the streets of Washington D.C. to the deserts of the Middle East. One of the strengths of Pursuit of Honor is the way that it explores the moral dilemmas faced by those who fight in the War on Terror.

Flynn does not shy away from showing the harsh realities of this conflict, and his characters are forced to make difficult decisions in order to protect their country. However, the novel is not without its flaws.

Some of the dialogue is a bit clunky and the pacing can be uneven at times. Additionally, some readers may find the portrayal of Muslims and the Middle East to be stereotypical and insensitive.

Despite these shortcomings, Pursuit of Honor is a thrilling and thought-provoking read that will appeal to fans of political thrillers. It is a relevant book that explores the complex issues surrounding the War on Terror and the sacrifices made by those who fight it.

Overall, Pursuit of Honor is a solid addition to the Mitch Rapp series and a must-read for fans of Vince Flynn. The Washington Post would give this novel a rating of four out of five stars.

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