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Vince Flynn is the New York Times bestselling author of seven thrillers, including most recently CONSENT TO KILL and MEMORIAL DAY. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and three children. Visit www.vinceflynn.com

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After taking care of a loose end from Act of Treason (2006), Mitch Rapp looks into the destruction of Iran's secret nuclear weapons facility in bestseller's Flynn's predictable eighth thriller to feature the counterterrorism agent. Given the absence of any indication of either a U.S. or an Israeli air strike, Rapp takes the opportunity to persuade the U.S. administration to plot an operation to destabilize the fanatical Iranian regime by having an Iranian dissident group claim responsibility for what he suspects was an inside job by an Israeli spy. When the Iranian government sinks one of its own ships and blames the U.S., Rapp and CIA chief Irene Kennedy travel to Iraq to try to defuse the crisis, only to fall victim to an ambush (reminiscent of one in Tom Clancy's A Clear and Present Danger) that results in Kennedy's abduction. Rapp races the clock to rescue his boss before she's tortured into revealing what she knows. Despite a backstory replete with personal loss, Rapp comes across as a one-dimensional killing machine, willing to do whatever needs doing to complete the mission. (Oct. 30) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Israel bombs Iran's nuclear facilities to smithereens, the United Nations rages, Lebanese master terrorist Imad Mugniyah sharpens his swords, CIA director Irene Kennedy tries to calm everyone down, and famed terrorist hunter Mitch Rapp finally saves the day-again. With a ten-city tour. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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