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Pursuit of Honor (Mitch Rapp Series #10)

Pursuit of Honor (Mitch Rapp Series #10)

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by Vince Flynn

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An exhilarating political thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Vince Flynn, praised as “the best pure adrenaline-charged action writer out there today” (The Providence Journal).

When Washington, DC’s National Counterterrorism Center is struck by a series of devastating explosions, the results are


An exhilarating political thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Vince Flynn, praised as “the best pure adrenaline-charged action writer out there today” (The Providence Journal).

When Washington, DC’s National Counterterrorism Center is struck by a series of devastating explosions, the results are catastrophic—185 killed, including public officials and CIA employees. Such an act of extreme violence calls for extreme measures—and elite counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp, joining forces with trusted team member Mike Nash, finds himself in the frustrating position of having to illustrate the realities of national security to government officials up in arms over the agents who rushed in to save countless American lives. Meanwhile, with three al Qaeda terrorists still at large and Nash traumatized by the horrors he witnessed during the attack, Rapp must help his friend while threading his way through the naysayers on Capitol Hill—and silently, swiftly, do what he must for the sake of his country and the pursuit of honor.

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Covert agent Mitch Rapp is in New York City on assignment, but he is preoccupied with other problems, most glaringly the recent Washington, D.C., terrorist bombing that killed 185 people. Three of the zealots who committed this savage act successfully fled the scene. Understandingly worried that this outlaw cell will strike again. Government officials have handed Rapp an order to neutralize the group by any means necessary. Unfortunately, finding these well-trained terrorist killers won't be easy.
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"Fantastic." -- GLENN BECK

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IT was nearing ten o’clock in the evening when Mitch Rapp decided it was time to move. He stepped from the sedan into the April night, popped his umbrella, clutched the collar of his black trench coat, and set out across a rain-soaked East Twentieth Street. He navigated the puddles and swollen gutter without complaint. The weather was a blessing. Not only did it clear the streets of potential witnesses, it also gave him a reasonable excuse to hide his face from the city’s ever-increasing array of security cameras.

Rapp had traveled to New York City to decide the fate of a man. At an earlier point, he had debated the wisdom of handling the situation himself. In addition to the inherent risk of getting caught, there was another, more pressing problem. Just six days earlier a series of explosions had torn through Washington, D.C., killing 185 and wounding hundreds. Three of the terrorists were still at large, and Rapp had been ordered, unofficially, to find them by any means necessary. So far, however, the investigation had been painfully complicated and had yet to yield a single solid lead. The three men had up and disappeared, which suggested a level of sophistication that few of them had thought the enemy capable of. The last thing Rapp expected, though, was that he would still be dealing with this other issue. In light of the attacks in Washington, he thought the fool would have come to his senses.

Beyond the significance of deciding if the man should live or die, there was the aftermath to consider. Killing him had the very real potential to cause more problems than it would solve. If the guy failed to show up for work there would be a lot of questions, and the majority of them would be directed at Rapp and his boss, Irene Kennedy, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency. One tiny misstep, and the shit storm of all shit storms would be brought down on them.

The head of the surveillance team had tried to talk him out of it, but Rapp wasn’t the kind of man who was going to start pulling the trigger from a climate-controlled office a couple hundred miles away. He needed to see with his own eyes if they were missing something—if there wasn’t some unseen or unpredictable factor that had caused the bureaucrat to jump the tracks. Rapp was keenly aware of the universal disdain for the man he had followed to New York. There were plenty of people on the clandestine side of the business who had cause to wish the prick dead, and that was another reason Rapp needed to be absolutely certain he was guilty of what they suspected. His dislike for the man would make it all that much easier to pull the trigger, and Rapp knew he had to fight that urge. He needed to give this idiot every last chance to save himself before they did something that could never be undone.

It would be a mistake to read too deeply into Rapp’s cautious attitude, though. If he found the proof he was looking for, there would be no hand-wringing or queasiness. He’d killed too many people to begin acting like an amateur, and although the man was a fellow American, he was also very likely a traitor. And not some low-level, paper-pushing traitor, this guy had one of the highest security clearances in the federal government and his hypocrisy had likely gotten one of Rapp’s agents killed.

Rapp moved down the sidewalk toward Park Avenue at a casual pace. He was dressed in a fashion similar to that of the thousand-plus executive car drivers who were shuffling their clients around the city on this rain-soaked evening—black shoes, black suit, white shirt, black tie, and a black trench coat. To anyone who happened to notice him, he would look like just another driver out stretching his legs, trying to kill a little time before his client finished his meal and was ready to head someplace else or call it a night.

As Rapp took up a position across the street and one door down from the Gramercy Tavern, he reached into his pocket and fished out a pack of Marlboros. Standing in the rain in New York City doing nothing might get you noticed, but throw in a cigarette and you looked like all the other addicts battling the elements to get their fix. Rapp turned away from the street and faced the blank faÇade of the building behind him. He tilted the umbrella so it looked as if he was trying to block the wind and flicked his lighter. He was not worried about the wind, but he was worried about one of the other drivers’ catching a glimpse of his face in the glow of the flame.

After a deep pull off the cigarette, Rapp casually looked out from under the rain-soaked umbrella and across the street. The target was sitting in one of the restaurant’s big windows sharing a meal, a lot of booze, and too much conversation with a man Rapp had never met, and hoped to keep that way. The other man was a concern, to be sure, but Rapp was not in the habit of killing private citizens simply because they were witnesses to the ramblings of a bitter man who was past his prime.

Despite every effort to find a different solution, Rapp’s mood was decidedly fatalistic. The surveillance team had the restaurant wired for sound, and for the last two hours he had been sitting in a parked Lincoln Town Car listening to his coworker trash-talk the Agency. As Rapp watched him take a drink of wine, he wasn’t sure what bothered him more, the man’s self-serving criticism, or his reckless behavior. One would think that anyone who worked at the CIA would be a little more careful about when and where he decided to commit treason.

So far his associate had done little more than espouse his political and philosophical views. Bad form, to be sure, but nothing that had risen to the level of outright sedition. Rapp, however, could sense that it was coming. The man had been drinking heavily. He’d downed two gin martinis and four glasses of red wine, and that wasn’t counting the bump or two he’d probably had on the flight up from D.C. and possibly at the hotel bar. Rapp had ordered his surveillance people to steer clear of the airports. There were too many cameras and trained law enforcement types who would eventually be interviewed by the FBI. If the night went the way it was looking, every moment of this guy’s life would be rewound and scrutinized, and they’d start with that U.S. Airways commuter flight he’d taken out of Reagan National up to LaGuardia earlier in the day.

Rapp casually took another drag from the cigarette and watched as the waiter placed two snifters of cognac in front of the men. A few minutes earlier, Rapp had listened as the other man tried to pass on the after-dinner drink. Rapp got the feeling the man was starting to think the dinner meeting had been a waste of his time. Rapp’s coworker, however, insisted that they both have a drink. He told the other man he was going to need it after he heard what he was about to tell him.

Now, with the rain softly pelting his umbrella, Rapp watched the waiter place two snifters on the table. The waiter was still within ear-shot when the man from Langley leaned in and began to tell his story. Rapp heard every word via a wireless earpiece. For the first few minutes it was all innuendo. Rapp’s coworker put his information on the table in a series of hypotheticals, and while Rapp had no doubt that the lawyers at the Justice Department would have found wiggle room in the statements, Rapp saw them as further proof of the man’s reckless intent. Anyone who had been read in at this level of national security knew what could be discussed and what was strictly off limits.

Rapp was in the midst of lighting his second cigarette when the conversation moved from the abstract to the concrete. It started with the specific mention of an operation that was known to only a handful of people, including the president. This is it, he thought to himself. The idiot is really going to do it.

As casually as he could, Rapp brought his eyes back to the big window of the restaurant. There, the two men sat, hunched over the table, their faces no more than a foot apart, one speaking in hushed tones, the other looking more horrified with each word. The classified designations came pouring out in a rapid-fire staccato of dates and targets. One secret after another was tossed onto the pile as if they were inconsequential nuggets of gossip. The breadth of the damage was even worse than Rapp had dared imagine. So bad, in fact, that he began wondering if he shouldn’t simply march across the street, pull out his gun, and execute the idiot on the spot.

As quickly as things had heated up, though, they came to an abrupt halt. Like some belligerent drunk who’d consumed one ounce too much of alcohol, the man from Langley put away his wares and announced that he’d divulged only a fraction of what he knew and that before he said anything further they needed to come to an agreement.

Up until now, Rapp had thought his coworker’s rigid principles had driven him to take this risky step, but as he listened to the two men discuss the financial details of their new relationship, that last shred of grudging respect vanished. Rapp looked through the rain at the traitor and realized that like the hundreds of miscreants who had gone before him, his coworker’s often-flaunted idealism came with a price, just as with all the other bastards.

Rapp flicked his cigarette into the gutter and watched it bob and swirl its way into the sewer. As he turned toward Park Avenue he felt not even the tiniest bit of remorse over what he had just set in motion. Without having to look, he knew that a man bearing a striking resemblance to the traitor was now climbing into the back of a Lincoln Town Car. Every detail had been arranged from the eyeglasses, to the tie, to the hair color—even the black and orange umbrella from the hotel. All that was left for Rapp to do was walk a block and a half and wait for the idiot to come to him.

© 2009 Vince Flynn

Meet the Author

#1 New York Times bestselling author Vince Flynn (1966–2013) created one of contemporary fiction’s most popular heroes: CIA counterterrorist agent Mitch Rapp, featured in thirteen of Flynn’s acclaimed political thrillers. All of his novels are New York Times bestsellers, including his stand-alone debut novel, Term Limits. The Mitch Rapp story begins with American Assassin, followed by Kill Shot, Transfer of Power, The Third Option, Separation of Power, Executive Power, Memorial Day, Consent to Kill, Act of Treason, Protect and Defend, Extreme Measures, Pursuit of Honor, The Last Man, The Survivor, Order to Kill and Enemy of the State. American Assassin will be released as a major film in 2017.

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Pursuit of Honor (Mitch Rapp Series #10) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 633 reviews.
Dave_Brooks More than 1 year ago
In this, Flynn's latest thriller, a lot of people in Washington, including CIA counterterrorism agents, are killed after a bombing. Mitch is disenchanted because things seem like they're right back where we were after 9/11, and a member of his team begins to crack. Mitch is asked to capture those responsible however he needs to, without the president's knowledge. This one is as good, if not better, than the last. I don't want to say more and spoil it. Another book I suggest you read (and I'm not a big personal development guy but this one is GREAT) that was given to me at a company leadership retreat is EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE 2.0.
DebbieinSeattle More than 1 year ago
Being an avid Vince Flynn reader, I was rather disappointed in this book. It took 230 pages to have any 'action', I was getting bored by this time, but was bound and determined to continue on. If it had been an author I was not familiar with, I would of stopped reading the book. I hope this is nothing more than a 'hiccup' and this very talented writers repertoire.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It sure is tough to put the book down. No sooner does one chapter end and I just have to keep on reading. Can't wait for the next one.
ILOVEBOOKSAJD More than 1 year ago
The Mitch rapp series is a great and thrilling series. It gives you everything you would want. I have read Transfer of Power, The Third Option and am almost done with Seperation of Power. I plan on reading the rest of the series. I am hooked. I know that Pursuit of Honor will not disappoint. I can't wait for October 13. Mitch Rapp Rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Wei More than 1 year ago
Sometimes a person tries new authors and it just doesn't work out. I have never read a book by Vince Flynn so I thought I would try to read one. Maybe it was because I was too busy with other things but the book just didn't grab me and make me want to read it. I finally gave up and didn't finish it. I love to read Daniel Silva books so I thought this book might be good. It may be a great book for very many readers but just not for me.
Robynn More than 1 year ago
This was not a favorite for me. My all time favorite is Consent To Kill. This plot dragged and sagged and not enough action nor character development for me. I love Vince Fynn and devour his books but this one? Not so much.
MathewCandee More than 1 year ago
I think this is a Great book, that I Recommend to everyone
SteadfastJS More than 1 year ago
I love the Continuing character development, the book holds your interest, sheer readers enjoyment! Like all of his books, I hate for them to end!
MsAudio More than 1 year ago
Flyn has another winner. This book was not disappointing. Well paced, interesting, great read!
LovesToReadMN More than 1 year ago
I've read all of Vince Flynn's books since I picked up "The Third Option" at the Boston airport just a few days before 9/11/2001. I loved the book and went back to start his books at the beginning. Since then, I've gotten every book when they first came out. They're all so topical. He's one of the few authors I can't wait for and end up buying the hardcover. I've gotten all my friends to read his books. "Pursuit of Honor" picks up where his last book left off. It's a great story and stands on its own but to those of us who follow all of his books, it had a bit of an "epilogue" feel. It tied up loose ends left from the last book and has its own action, but I missed a little of the originality feel. Also, I would have liked to see more of Irene Kennedy in the story. Overall, though, it was a great book and I can't wait for the next one. I just wish this seemed more like fiction than a possible "real life" scenerio.
Coinmn More than 1 year ago
This book was just an extension of the Mitch Rapp series. Good read, quick read, but getting to be like many big name authors who do a series, they all start to sound alike, and in their defense, they only have so much to work with to remain true to the character/plot that has made them successful. I hear that the next Mitch Rapp novel will be "the early years" his college days and recruitment in the covert ops world.
AlexPlechash-Marine More than 1 year ago
Vince Flynn's newest book - Pursuit of Honor - is every bit as good, if not better than, all ten of his previous books; which are in themselves the best of his genre. Vince Flynn has an uncanny ability to describe the realities of the current worldwide terrorist threat with information gained from actual players in this very serious and real-world drama but set in a fictional setting. Every red-blooded American male will relate to this book. Every concerned citizen should read it too. Vince Flynn has the guts to say and write what the vast majority of politicians are too scared to say publicly. This is not just another gripping story, it is an accurate portrayal of the threat America faces and a clue as to how we should handle it. A must-read for anyone interested in the future of freedom. It is also an edge-of-your-seat thriller. Read one, and you'll forever be a Vince Flynn fan.
Educator85 More than 1 year ago
As a bookseller, army veteran, and avid reader, I have been reading Vince Flynn since the release of his first book, "Term Limits". I own all of his titles in hardcover. Booksellers and fans consider him the successor to the throne vacated by Tom Clancy. I'm afraid to say that Vince Flynn has now, like many authors before him, found an easy, comfortable formula to follow. His earlier works were plotted more carefully, and seemed to have an insider's knowledge of the CIA, black ops military, the FBI, DC politics, and how they all work with and especially, against each other. "Pursuit of Honor", as fast-paced an fun as it is, seems to have taken very little time to plan, research, and write. Earlier Mitch Rapp adventures were epic in spectacle and scope, playing like a spectacular big-budget film. This one seems like a fun one-hour episode of a "24". When I finished this book, I realized that I probably wasn't going to read it again, and I probably wouldn't read his other works either, so I'm going to ebay my Vince Flynn hardcovers, and "Nook" his future releases. ("Nook" means that I'll be buying a Barnes & Noble Nook and download the them instead of filling up my bookshelves with something I wouldn't read twice.)
Reader_Haven More than 1 year ago
I have found myself wating for the next Mitch Rapp book and was not disapointed again. I am waiting for the next one already. If only we did get things done the Rapp way, we would be a better country. This book is a page turner. I can't speak to the mindset of the terrorists, but it plays well and I can imagine that the dynamic of Hasim and Karim is real enough to make one hopeful. (spoiler alert) I was glad when Mr. Flynn did not make another Mitch Rapp.
frog1901 More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of Vince Flynn's novels and was glad that I had read his prrevious novel( Estreme Measures). I would have to say that Pursuit of Honor is a sequal to Extreme Measures and made me understand and follow the plot more than if I had not read Extreme Measures. I throughly enjoyed and look forward to getting and enjoying his next novel. I would highly recommend both novels if not all to anyone enjoying the Clandestine,CIA, FBI, etc. plots and stories.
BigDaddyTR More than 1 year ago
As usual Vince Flynn has a winner with another Mitch Rapp novel that keeps you turning pages at a fast pace. Great counter terrorism stories, action packed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Our hero Mitch Rapp comes to the rescue again. Kind of leaves you hanging at the end, but I guess we'll find the answers in the next Mitch Rapp book. I'm not sure I would have liked this book as much as I did if I hadn't read the ones before this one. All in all though, great book.
lemme14 More than 1 year ago
Not a bad read, but definitely not one of Flynn's best. At times it seemed to drag out. Other times, it did turn into a page turner. All in all, decent, but just not enough to draw me in for 400+ pages. I think it's about time for Flynn to branch out into something beyond Mitch Rapp. For the time being, I think he's taken him about as far as he can.
Archer2000 More than 1 year ago
This book is the followup to Extreme Measures and continues the stories that were started with the prior book. We immediately begin after the aftermath and political changes that have shaken up the powers-that-be in Washington and the antagonists that survived but have not yet fled the country. The story also continues to push the reader into answering questions about what rights Americans provide to criminals, foreigners living in America, and the presumed innosence of terrorists that have not yet been tried in an American court. As the story unfolds we see how the antagonists remorselessly break laws, use the freedoms ofthe U.S. for their own purposes and flaunt our values to achieve their ends. The story is gripping and and culminates in an exciting finish that thrills us all and leaves our nerves jangling. And yet, we each must still answer the questions about abiding by our laws or serving swift justice without Mr Flynn's choices overtaking our own.
Drewano More than 1 year ago
Just when I thought the series was turning it goes back to its old ways. As exciting as “Extreme Measures” was “Pursuit of Honor” was boring. Even the other books in the series you could consider suspenseful but this book just seemed like a bunch of filler to get a book out this year. The terrorists are just driving around the country and Mitch is planning a surprise party. The end part is exciting but predictable and by then I was pretty annoyed by the lack of action and plot that I just wanted it to be done.
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ChargerFanDS More than 1 year ago
Anothr excellent Vince Flynn novel with Mitch Rapp. A swquel of his previous book which held together very well even if you hadn't read the other book. What a real shame that Flynn is gone; he should have had many more years of great books to write./
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