In one bloody night, three of Washington's most powerful politicians are executed with surgical precision. Their assassins then deliver a shocking ultimatum to the American government: set aside partisan politics and restore power to the people. 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.S. Marine and freshman congressman, holds a clue to the violence: a haunting incident in his own past with explosive implications for his country's future.
©2009 Vince Flynn (P)2011 Simon & Schuster
"A page-turning read." (Larry King, USA Today)
"Ingenious....Outpaces anything recently published, including Baldacci and Clancy." (Florida Times-Union)
"A roller-coaster, edge-of-your-seat thriller with loads of insiders' lowdown on D.C. politics." (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)
My first encounter with Vince Flynn was "Consent To Kill" which I found magnificent. So of course I went to his first book to start them in series IE "Term Limits". I found "Term Limits" very well written, exciting and entertaining. I also like George Guidall as a Narrator but I thought this narrator (Nick Sullivan) was just superb. I can't wait to download "Transfer of Power" which is the next in sequence.
"IN THE BEGINNING"
First off...I know there's some who think that the only Vince Flynn worth listening to is read by George Giddal and having the complete series I can understand that, but Nick Sullivan does a pretty good job too. I found myself not even noticing the different reader once the story really got going.
As others have said this is sort of the set up for what was to become the Mitch Rapp series.....Without Mitch....Oh and it's a bit dated because mobile phones were either carried in bags or were car phones. None the less this was a great insight to the setting that eventually Mitch Rapp became part of with most of the main characters on board.
One thing I get a kick out of with Vince Flynn is that he really has a very low opinion about politicians and those who work under them. This is consistant in almost every book. They are evey bit as big of a problem as the terrorists.
Vince Flynn is such a good story teller. I'm a trucker and his books really help chew up miles because they really keep me interested in what's going to happen next. I was just looking to see if I missed any and found out I have them all...Damn good listens...
"What A Concept! :o)"
What a concept. We rid Washington of greed and coruption by killing off all the crooks but there is just one problem with that... the list is way too long ! LOL. Seems to me other Flynn fans just want Mitch. I thought this book and it's characters was just as exciting as any of the Rapp books and shows Flynn's ability to take those characters and wrap them into a well crafted plot that didnt really need Mitch. In fact, I would like to see more of Nash and Coleman incorporated into the Rapp books. Even though I am a big Mr G. fan, I thought Nick Sullivan did a great narration. The tone of his voice is very pleasing, he knows how to control his breathing, and is able to match voice pace to story flow. Having read all Flynn's work, I highly recomend this one.
"Vince Flynn's first novel"
Action thrillers are my favorite novels. Vince Flynn is my favorite author and Term Limits, published in 1997, was his first book. It is also the only one of his 14 books that is not part of his Mitch Rapp series. All of Flynn's novels are in my Audible Library and I also own hard cover copies of all 14. Vince Flynn died at age 47 of prostate cancer in 2013. His foundation selected Kyle Mills to complete The Survivor, the 14th Mitch Rapp novel and to write future novels in the series. The Survivor will be released on October 6, 2015.
Term Limits is about the efforts of fa group headed by freshman congressman Michael O'Rourke l to return the government of the US from career politicians to the people. The novel introduces several characters that appear in later novels in the Mitch Rapp series. Most important is Dr. Irene Kennedy, a counter terrorism expert with the CIA (and later CIA Director). Kennedy is the only character to appear in all 14 of Vince Flynn's novels. Other characters in Term Limits that reappear in some of the Rapp series novels are ex-Navy Seal Scott Coleman, CIA Director Thomas Stanfield, and FBI agent Skip McMahon.
All of Flynn's 14 novels earn a 5 star rating, but it is unusual for ant new writer to start out with a novel of the extreme high quality of Term Limits.
Nick Sullivan narrates Term Limits and does a good job. He also narrated the first two Rapp books written. Ken Kilban narrates the third Rapp book. George Guidall narrates the other 10 novels in the Mitch Rapp series. Guidall is superb.
Although I have been an Audible member since December 2006 (yes I know that my profile says "Audible Member since 2015" - it's invalid) and I have more than 750 books in my Audible library more than half of which are action thrillers, I have only recently begun to write reviews. I doubt that I will ever have time to catch up on reviews. But I do want to mention other action thriller series authors that I really like and whose complete works I own and have read. A partial list follows:
Jack Ryan series by Tom Clancy taken over by Mark Greaney
Gabriel Allon series by Daniel Silva
Scott Harvath series by Brad Thor
Jack Reacher series by Lee Child
Dewey Andras series by Ben Coes
Pike Logan series by Brad Taylor
Delta Force series by Dalton Fury
The John Corey Series by Nelson DeMille
Tessa Leoni series by Lisa Gardner (note: Audible does not recognize this as a series. The books in order are Love You More, Touch & Go, and Crash & Burn)
FBI Profiler series by Lisa Gardner (Audible does not recognize but the books in order are The Perfect Husband, The Third Victim, The Next Accident, The Killing Hour, Gone, Say Goodbye)
The Jonathan Quinn series by Brett Battles
The Project Eden Series by Brett Battles
The John Puller series by David Baldacci
The Camel Club series by David Baldacci
The Lincoln Perry series by Michael Koryta
The Jerico Quinn series by Marc Cameron
The Jack Pendelton series by Chuck Barrett
The Nathan McBride series by Andrew Peterson
The Jon Milton series by Mark Dawson.
The Beatrix Rose series by Mark Dawson
The In the Company of Killers series by JA Redmerski (audible has only the first 4 books so you will need to get Kindle ebook versions of the 5th and the soon to be released 6th)
The list above is not all inclusive. For example, I did not mention the DD Warren series by Lisa Gardner, either of Karin Slaughter's excellent Will Trent of Grant County series, Baldacci's Maxwell and King series, either of Michael Connelly's Mickey Haller and Harry Bosch series, either of John Sandford's Luke Davenport and Virgil Flowers series, Robert Ludlum's Jason Bourne series (now written by Kyle Mills), Ken Follett, etc.
Having been EOD and trained with several Seals I can place this in real life and I had a ball with the book. Good story line, filled with intrigue and twists, and not all that far from what some in our present government are doing. Recommend this to everyone it's a good read/listen. you'll enjoy it if you like spy vs spy. The performance was pretty good but he just doesn't sound like a woman but no big deal you get the picture clear enough to remain enjoyable.
"Unfortunately It's Fiction"
Clearly the writer was so dissatisfied with how our federal government is being run, he chose to write this provocative story to make his point. Three high ranking congressional persons are killed by unknown assassins just to get people to pay attention to their demands. Even the President is warned that he is well within their reach. If you are one of the many who feel Washington has let us all down with their political arrogance and profligate spending. You will enjoy this book. The bad guys are exposed, and subjected to the potential of a very literal "term limit."
"Win one for the Gipper!"
This book has it all...corruption, liars,cheaters ,scumbbags...and last but not the good guys handing out due punishment for all the trash that has been strewn upon the citizenship of America.
I am glad to see a writer with a cause!
Thank you, Vince Flynn j
"Improbable, but somewhat absorbing..."
I might be in a dark mood, but I considered this book to be long, and probably worth the many times I had to back up and re-listen due to falling asleep or just allowing my attention to stray. I am horribly handicapped and I need Audible for my survival. I listen to far too many books, so my need for this obvious form of escape is quite high. This book is in a way creative and it is jammed with details about the equipment of all sorts that is used in every aspect of it. The people, however, were not well developed -- at least not as well as they are in so many other of the books I love. I am a Nora Roberts -- specifically J.D. Robb -- fan, so if that shows the character development I need.
So if you are less into character and a whole lot more into the plot, perhaps you will like this.
"An eye opening look at Washington Politics"
Wow. What a powerful book dealing with the corruption in Washington Politics. It is down-right frightening to see what could happen if a group of disgusted American patriots could do if they decided that political lies and back room deals had gone too far. When they decided to do something about it, it was refreshing at the least. great reading as fiction, but
it could happen.
"Not bad for first book"
I believe this was Vince Flynn's first book so it's not as concise and exciting as some of the more recent ones. Not too bad for a first attempt though. However, the narration doesn't do the book any justice. The narrator makes all the agents sound old, unhealthy and extremely boring. I almost couldn't finish listening to it. Please redo this audiobook with George Guidall as the narrator. I will never buy another Mitch Rapp book not narrated by George Guidall. Thats for sure.
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