Extreme Measures (Mitch Rapp Series #9)

Extreme Measures (Mitch Rapp Series #9)

by Vince Flynn

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ISBN-13: 9781416505044
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication date: 08/25/2009
Series: Mitch Rapp Series , #9
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 515
Sales rank: 21,595
Product dimensions: 4.12(w) x 7.56(h) x 1.14(d)

About 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, Enemy of the State, and Red War. American Assassin was released as a major film in 2017.

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Extreme Measures

  • MIKE Nash glanced anxiously at his watch and then eyed the twin flat-screen monitors. Both prisoners were sleeping soundly. If all went according to plan, their slumber wouldn’t last much longer. The prisoners had been picked up seven days earlier on a routine patrol. At the time, the young GI’s had no idea whom they had stumbled upon. That revelation came later, and by accident. The brass at the Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan quickly separated the two men from the other 396 enemy combatants and alerted Washington.

    Nash was one of the first people called. The secure phone began ringing at 2:23 in the morning the previous Sunday. The watch officer at the National Counterterrorism Center gave him the news. Nash thanked him, hung up, and contemplated whether or not he should get out of bed and head in to the office. Catching a couple of high-value targets was exciting, but Nash knew from experience that people would be tripping over each other trying to take credit. Having just returned from London, he needed the sleep a hell of a lot more than he needed recognition.

    Less than a minute later the phone started up again. This time it was his boss’s boss, Irene Kennedy, the director of the CIA. Nash listened without comment for a good twenty seconds and then replied, “I’m on it.” With that, he kissed his wife, got out of bed, threw on some comfortable travel clothes, checked on each of his four kids, grabbed his go-bag, which was always packed, left a brief note by the coffeepot, and was out the door. Given his job, it was all too likely that his family would not be surprised by Nash’s absence when they awoke.

    Twenty minutes later he arrived at the private airstrip and climbed aboard a fully prepped Gulfstream V. As soon as they were airborne, Nash’s thoughts turned to the two prisoners. He didn’t need to look at their files. He’d already memorized them. He had been building them for years, each time a new piece of intelligence came in. That was one of Mike Nash’s gifts. It didn’t matter if it was baseball stats or the details on the who’s who of terrorists around the world. If he read it, he could recall it. Nash began to construct his line of questioning. With as much instinct as logic, he laid his traps and anticipated their lies. It would likely take weeks to completely break them, but they would talk. They always did.

    Somewhere over the eastern Atlantic he received his first secure message that there was a problem. As the plane raced along at 47,000 feet the drama unfolded via a painful exchange of updates from Langley. Three senators, who had been at the base on a fact-finding mission, had caught wind of the two new detainees and requested to see them. The base commander, through either sheer stupidity or a calculated desire to please those who could advance his career, relented and let the senators sit down with the high-ranking prisoners.

    If Nash had been forced to compile a list of the three politicians he most despised, two of these “Fact-Finders” would have been on it, and the third would have made honorable mention. As chairmen of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, the Senate Committee on Armed Services, and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, they were a powerful group. They also happened to despise the CIA. After their one-hour meeting with the prisoners, the three senators told the base commander in very stark terms that his ass was on the line. The chairman of the Judiciary Committee went one step further and told him if the Geneva Conventions weren’t followed to the letter she would haul him before her committee and make him answer for his crimes in front of the American people.

    The fact that one of the prisoners had earned his stripes with the Taliban by blowing up coalition-built schools with little Afghani children in them seemed to be of little consequence to the chairman of the Judiciary Committee. Neither did she care that the prisoners and their organization were not signatories of the Geneva Conventions. Apparently, she had other priorities. Affording tolerance, respect, and compassion to the bigoted, sadistic, and cold-hearted sounded very noble in principle, but in reality it was a great way to lose a war.

    One of the most difficult aspects of Nash’s job was dealing with the opportunistic politicians he answered to. These same senators had clamored for action in the months after the attacks on New York and Washington. Behind closed doors they expressed concern that the CIA wasn’t being aggressive enough with their interrogation techniques. They pushed for the use of extreme measures, and gave Langley assurances they would be protected. Now, Nash was reminded of the fable about the scorpion who promises the frog he will not sting him if the frog gives him a ride across the river. They were now halfway across the river, and just like in the fable, instincts had taken over, the stinger was out, and they were all on the verge of drowning.

    Nash looked at the two prisoners sleeping peacefully in their warm, clean beds. On the left screen was Abu Haggani, a senior Taliban commander in charge of suicide operations in Afghanistan. It was estimated that his attacks had claimed the lives of more than three thousand civilians and another forty-three coalition soldiers. The man was notorious for intentionally targeting women and children in an effort to intimidate his fellow Afghanis from cooperating with coalition forces. The second man was Mohammad al-Haq, the Taliban’s liaison with al-Qaeda and one of Mullah Omar’s most trusted aides. While Nash unashamedly relished the thought of inflicting severe pain on Haggani, it was al-Haq who interested him most. The man was an integral link between al-Qaeda and the Taliban. The secrets he held would be invaluable.

    Nash had been allowed a maximum of four hours with each man per day for the first three days. Everything was strictly supervised and recorded. No stress positions, no sleep deprivation, no loud music or yelling, no hitting or slapping, no manipulation of diet, and no manipulation of temperature in their cells. Even the mere threat of physical violence had to be approved by lawyers back in Washington.

    On Wednesday, Nash’s session was ended early when he told al-Haq that he had spoken to General Abdul Rashid Dostum. The former Northern Alliance commander and leader of the Uzbek community was widely known for his hatred of the Taliban. Nash told al-Haq that he had arranged to have him transferred to Dostum’s custody in the morning. Al-Haq nearly shit a brick over the prospect of being handed over to a man who was every bit as vicious as he and his colleagues. The fear in al-Haq’s eyes was obvious. Nash watched him closely as the prisoner searched for a way to forestall the nightmare. Nash had put dozens of men in this situation before. They always looked down at first and then nervously to the left and then the right as they scrambled to come up with something that would save their asses. The truth didn’t matter so much at first. Nash just wanted them talking. He could sort out the lies later.

    Unfortunately, just as al-Haq was about to start talking, an air force officer burst into the room and stopped the questioning. Nash was put on the phone with the Justice Department lawyers back in D.C. and warned that he had crossed the line. The incident set off a firestorm between the CIA, the White House, the Justice Department, and Senator Barbara Lonsdale, the chairwoman of the Judiciary Committee. While the lawyers argued, Nash began to look for a way to get around the wall rather than over it. That was when he put a call in to Mitch Rapp.

    Nash glanced at his wristwatch. It was a few minutes before midnight. Rapp and the cavalry were due to arrive any minute. The two sleeping thugs were in for a rude awakening. They’d been given three square meals a day, beds nicer than the cot Nash was sleeping on, prayer rugs, a fresh copy of the Koran, and hot showers. Their defiance had grown with each passing day as they realized they would not be subjected to torture. That false sense of security was about to vanish in a very real and possibly violent way.

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    Extreme Measures (Mitch Rapp Series #9) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 431 reviews.
    Technothriller_Fan More than 1 year ago
    EXTREME MEASURES was published in October 2008, which means the manuscript was finished in 2007. At that time America's homeland still enjoyed the protection by our dedicated intelligence services and elements of our military. Today Senators like the fictional Senator Lonsdale, aided by the Justice Department, are attempting to prosecute the real Rapps, O'Brines, Ridleys and Nashs that have kept us save since 9/11. I agree with other reviewers that said there was too much of Nash's diaper changing and bedroom problems. The zero tolerance episode was cute, but tended to distract the reader from the story line. As for profanity, when I write dialogue the characters talk like they should. Some use profanity and some don't. Characters should speak like their real world counterparts do. Flynn tells a compelling story of another terrorist attack. Three al-Qaeda cells have been trained and then sent to attack three American cities. Two are captured in route. The book is the story of the third cell. There are two main story lines: political intrigue in Washington and dedicated terrorists bent on making another attack in America. Unfortunately, the Senators, Congressmen, and staffer depicted in the story are all to similar to the ones we see on Sunday morning talk shows and the news networks. Men and women who either have no concept of the danger lurking in Islamic lands, or are willing do anything to promote their careers and agendas. Flynn does a credible job of demonstrating the difference between "enhanced interrogation" and torture. It is probably to much to expect that the real Senators like Lonsdale will read and understand the author's message. Some reviewers have called EXTREME MEASURES a right wing rant. Like Senator Lonsdale, they will not believe it can happen (I guess 9/11 or the first World Trade Center bombing never happened) until it does. Unless they are at ground zero, then they will believe. Flynn has written a compelling and realistic story of the next Islamic terrorist attack, but I think he has underplayed the magnitude of the attack I believe is now being planned. An attack that must be at least one order of magnitude greater than 9/11. A nuclear, radiological or biological attack. Some may say the terrorists are cardboard two dimensional characters, but in reality they are much like the ones described in the book, religious fanatics willing to die for Allah. Flynn uses several characters to illustrate the different type of terrorist: Harkim, the cell leader and total fanatic; Karim, the practical terrorists who knows when to quit so he can fight another day; Haggani, another fanatic that love to kill children and would require a very long time to debrief; and al-Haq, a man who knows when to make a deal. EXTREME MEASURES is a book all bleeding hearts should read. The real bad guys are worse than Flynn describes. We must all remember where the demonstrations of joy occurred on September 12, 2001.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I found Vince Flynns, Extreme Measures, to be totaly unexpected. This is the first of his books I've read. I will pick up the rest of his books and read them with enthusiasm. Infact a close friend is offering me his librairy of Vince Flynn novels. I felt his character development to be great..along with the plot. I read the book on a trip to San Antonio and back. I believe he is not far off of what could happen if the US is not attentive to the responsabilites of protecting the 'home' land.
    I have recommended this book to others.
    Futurprez More than 1 year ago
    In this book, the next installment of the Mitch Rapp series, readers are once again not disappointed. The author, Vince Flynn, keeps up the suspense until the last second as Rapp must make a point to politicains too selfish to understand what he does while at the same time, he must find and thwart a terror attack. Vince Flynn delves into the politics of our nation's capitol and gives an honest depiction of what goes on behind the closed doors of the D.C. insiders. Mitch Rapp's complex character is once again displayed as he ignores political correctness and his superiors to do the right thing as he attempts to rid the world of evil. A true fan of suspense novels will be very appreciative of the novel Extreme Measures as it goes beyond any thriller I have ever read in plot and politics.
    MemphisBo More than 1 year ago
    I've been a huge Vince Flynn fan since a friend of mine turned me on to him a few years ago. Now I can't wait for every new release. This is absolutely one of his best. The only knock I had heard against it beforehand was that there wasn't as much action as his other books. While that is accurate, there's not as much action, it really doesn't matter with his writing style. I was flipping pages as fast as I ever had before. Normally, I have to say, 'political thrillers' bore the life out of me. Not this one.

    Awesome book! A must read for any action lover
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    The CIA Director sends counterterrorism expert Mike Nash to Afghanistan to interrogate two prisoners, Taliban Commander of Suicide Operations Abu Haggani and Taliban Liaison Officer to al-Qaeda Mohammed al-Haq. However as he is performing his duty, Justice Department lawyers deployed in DC called insisting he crossed the legal line. Nash calls in the cavalry counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp.--------------- They learn of two cells that are easily destroyed and hints of a third group led by an ambitious fanatic mastermind Karim Nour-al-Din, who is to become chief of al-Qaeda. To even be considered as heir to Bin Laden, Karim needs a new 9/11 his target DC where Congress and the Justice Department tie the hands of field agents Nash and Rapp.--------------- EXTREME MEASURES is an exhilarating fast-paced thriller, which asks whether the means justifies the end if violating the Geneva Convention and other anti torture laws could have prevented 9/11 would that make it acceptable especially since the enemy can claim likewise. The story line is fast-paced as Nash and Rapp are restricted from doing their full duty while Karim is free to do what he wants. Although extreme on one side of the debate, Vince Flynn insures the opposition is heard inside a tense thriller.------- Harriet Klausner Dangerous Heart
    StrangeCloud More than 1 year ago
    EXTREME MEASURES is Vince Flynn's best book to date. A tremendous plot carefully developed in multiple locals with interconnected events moving along at a steady pace. In this type of novel the characters are so often simple, with no deveopment. Flynn on the other hand presents many of his characters as complex individuals, providing background detail not often found in thrillers. Even the "good guys" have their own demons. The political relevance of this story is timely and thought-provoking. Should be required reading for those on the left.
    kbwest More than 1 year ago
    I loved the introduction of Mike Nash and the "real life" he leads. Many political thrillers end up being terrific adventures but at times the hero seems almost too "kick-butt" to believe. In this novel Rapp is vintage Rapp and focused in a way I haven't seen in the last two books. Don't get me wrong, I loved the last two books where Rapp was raw and vengeful, but the story line in Extreme Measures was focused and brilliant. With Nash and Rapp you get the perfect combination. I can't wait for more Rapp/Nash novels! It was awesome in the "extreme"!
    thedutch More than 1 year ago
    I found this novel very fluid. I think that the addition of Mike Nash and his plotline, as well as the other two, kept the story fresh and crisp. Typical Vince Flynn.
    Robynn More than 1 year ago
    I loved this book! I wish Flynn would write more frequently. I was hoping ex-SAC Rivera would appear in this book as Rapp's love interest but alas, no mention of her. Kennedy also took a back seat in this thriller.
    It is chilling to realize how much the enemy learns from us and angers me when politicians do not support the war on terror. Vince is so good at
    making these points. I also loved having Mike Nash brought into the plot.
    Good job, Vince. Keep 'em coming!!!!
    dntwrybout_it More than 1 year ago
    This is the best Vince Flynn book since before Memorial Day. I couldn't put it down, not that I could put down any of his books. I love the politcal undercutting taking place in Washington, Rapp's unshakeable determination and confidence and there is a great side story with Mike Nash. Flynn even worked Scott Coleman back into the mix reminding us he is still around, hopefully to play a bigger role in a novel to come.
    vwclarkSunCity More than 1 year ago
    Recommended reading for those interested in action/political novels and a hero like Mitch Rapp.
    lemme14 More than 1 year ago
    Fast paced with an excellent and exciting ending. Once you start reading, it will be difficult to put down.
    BarbaraLyn More than 1 year ago
    Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp is a wonderful character to read about. Mitch always "gets his man" and the ways in which he does it, keeps the reader (listener) on the edge of his/her seat to the very end of the book. Mr. Flynn's writing makes it hard to put the book down until it is finished. EXTREME MEASURES finds Mitch and Mike Nash collaborating to extract information from two terrorist leaders. Mitch and Mike fear there is a third cell trying to wreak havoc on American soil. Their goal is to stop the cell before it can reach the designated target. Making their job harder is the fact that Senators have visited the jail where the terrorists are being held and are now demanding that they be given better treatment. Meanwhile, the third cell is gathering its final information and moving on the target. They are brought before a Senatorial hearing committee to be questioned on their methods of interrogation. During these hearings, the third cell bombs three prominent Washington DC lunch spots. Killed in one of the restaurants is one of the Senate committee member's Chief of Staff. This loss is the turning point of how the committee thinks about Mitch and Mike. They are now supported whole-heartedly by those on the committee who wanted to stop them. This story is written with today's threat to the US in mind. Armand Schultz brings a wide range of voices to the reading of this book. He is easy to listen to. I have never been disappointed in one of Mr. Flynn's books and EXTREME MEASURES is no exception.
    Mitch_Ryan More than 1 year ago
    If not his best yet. Just finished reading Extreme Measures and I must say that I couldn't put it down. Some humorous parts from Mitch Rapp that I thought fit the moment that he used them. I enjoyed the character developement of the book's other character of about equal time, Mike Nash. All in all, a great read from Vince Flynn. He has become my favorite author of this genre and I cannot wait for his next book. I highly recommend Extreme Measures for any thriller fan or somebody looking for a new author.
    AVEG More than 1 year ago
    Flynn's main protagonist, Mitch Rapp, is simply the best agent/operative in fiction today. He makes james Bond and Jason Bourne seem like school crossing guards. The plot is believable and current. This is a book that you could read several times and still love it. A+
    GIC More than 1 year ago
    What another great by Vince Flynn!
    GenieJH More than 1 year ago
    Mr. Flynn has allowed his main character, Mitch Rapp, to mature throughout his books. This book represents Mitch coming back to the fight after personal dramas that almost derailed him permanently, both professionally and socially.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I've just recently found the Vince Flynn books. With each I find it hard to get to the next page...so much explaining of charcaters. Once I get to the action, I can't put them down. I really enjoyed Extreme Measures even though Mitch Rapp wasn't himself. I thought the character of Mike Nash was wonderful. I really hadn't given much thought to these people who work so hard at protecting us as mothers and fathers. They seem more like recluses than members of a family. Little Charlie was a breath of fresh air after all the mayhem of bombs and beatings. I hope Mitch isn't as sanctimonious in the next book. I really like him better when he's out searching for the bad guys. And, it's been long enough since his wife died, he really should have the comfort of a girlfriend when he comes home. I hope Mr. Flynn will bring in a new character for Mitch. I would recommend this book even though it's different from his previous ones.
    Knittinmom More than 1 year ago
    I have read the whole series and found this the best Mitch Rapp book yet. It is very fast-paced and i was happy not to be in Iran for the whole story again. It feels very topical and 'insidery' as it pertains to the CIA and the terrorist threat. Very suspenseful and fast moving. I read it in two days.
    JayInAmes on LibraryThing 23 days ago
    A surprise ending in this one, didn't see the change of heart coming.
    rarache on LibraryThing 23 days ago
    I really liked Extreme Measures by Vince Flynn, as he always keeps you interested and wanting to keep reading. I had a hard time putting this book down, but managed to read it in record time. I would recommend it to everyone that likes thrilling fiction. Looking forward to reading Flynn other books.
    pierthinker on LibraryThing 23 days ago
    Literary fiction this ain¿t. This is a book by a man for men. And not just any men. This is squarely aimed at those who are (or want to be) the rootin¿st, tootin¿st, shootin¿st man around. Women and children are just ciphers. Children appear solely to show the soft side of all these tough guys. Women are present for three reasons: more softiness; to be wrong; and, to act like the men, thus validating the tough guy attitude.The story whizzes along and draws on enough American fears to keep the pages turning. I found the characterisation a little weak. The cover blurb implies Mitch Rapp is the central hero, but I found his supposed sidekick Mike Nash to be the more finely drawn character and to be more central to the action. He has a real life, outside interests and a less black-and-white approach to his job.The book touches on important themes. In defending America, or attacking America¿s enemies, how far is too far? This book argues that the `line¿ is way beyond the boundaries set by the Geneva Conventions for the treatment of prisoners and portrays America¿s clandestine operators as heroes for being prepared to go so far. In a particularly weak section the book unconvincingly tries to argue that torture is OK if you don¿t actually plan to extensively harm or kill the victim. So, simulated drowning is reasonable because the drowner knows that he is not actually going to allow the victim to drown. Maybe drownees are just too soft. This is compared to the Saudi terrorist who actually causes direct physical harm to the CIA agent he tortures.As a piece of light adventure reading for the airport this is well written, pacey and, overall, worth the effort. My concern is it will be read as reportage rather than fiction and reinforce those stereotypical views that might is always right, especially when it is American might. It is clear from the current political situation that Americans hate and want to destroy each other, so how can we stop them doing the same or worse to everyone else?
    Sentinel83 on LibraryThing 23 days ago
    I usually like the Mitch Rapp series, but this book didn't have as much action as some of Flynn's other books. It centered completely around the bureaucracy of the US government and had a lot of legal maneuvering but not much else.Almost felt like Mr. Flynn ran out of scenarios to write about and forced this one.
    alice443 on LibraryThing 23 days ago
    I am having serious difficulty with this book because of the political views expressed. The other book I read in this series allowed for some bits of grey, but this is just way over the top. Everyone and everything is either black or white -- bad or good and the good guys can do what ever they want and remain good guys.
    amacmillen on LibraryThing 23 days ago
    Rapp and his protégé, Mike Nash, may have met their match. The CIA has detected and intercepted two terrorist cells, but a third is feared to be on the loose. Led by a dangerous mastermind obsessed with becoming the leader of al-Qaeda, this determined and terrifying group is about to descend on America. They move from South America to Washington DC and terrorize the city. Ending up taking over the Antiterrorist agency building before being killed.