Term Limits

Term Limits

by Vince Flynn

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ISBN-13: 9780743449236
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: 10/30/2001
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 656
Sales rank: 17,335
File size: 8 MB

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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Chapter One

The old wood cabin sat alone, surrounded by trees and darkness. The shades were drawn, and a dog lay motionless on the front porch. A thin stream of smoke flowed out of the chimney and headed west, across the rural Maryland countryside toward Washington, D.C. Inside, a man sat silently in front of the fireplace, shoving stacks of paper into the hot flames.

The papers were the product of months of tedious and meticulous work. Each sheet represented hour upon hour of surveillance notes, in-depth subject profiles, and maps of neighborhoods throughout the D.C. metropolitan area. He knew when the police patrolled, when the newspapers were delivered, who jogged and at what time, and most importantly, where his targets slept and what time they awoke.

He and his men had stalked them for months, watching and waiting, patiently discerning which part of their daily routine could be exploited -- and when they would be most vulnerable. His strong hands reached for the fire and stopped short. Letting them hang near the flames, he flexed them straight, then pulled them into tight fists. The men he had been stalking had sent him to some of the most obscure places on the face of the planet to kill people who were deemed a threat to the national security of the United States of America.

He had lost track of the number of people he had killed in the service of his country. He had not intentionally blocked the tally from his mind, it was just something he had never bothered to calculate. Whatever the number was, he held no regrets for the men he had killed. They were honorless, evil psychopaths -- killers of innocent civilians.

The solitary figure sitting in front of the fire was an assassin of assassins, an exporter of death, trained and funded by the United States government. His short blond hair glowed as he stared deeper and deeper into the flames, the crisp fire eventually turning into a hypnotic blur. Tomorrow he would kill for the first time on American soil. The times, places, and targets had all been chosen. in less than twenty-four hours the course of American politics would be changed forever.

The sun rose over Washington, D.C., marking the start of what would be a long and busy day. With the president's annual budget twenty-four hours away from a full House vote, the town was in a frenzy. Congressmen, senators, bureaucrats, and lobbyists were making a last-minute push to amend or strike certain elements of the budget. The count was too close to call, and the leaders of both parties were exerting great pressure on their members to vote along partisan lines.

No one was exerting more pressure than Stu Garret, the president's chief of staff. It was nearing 9 A.M., and Garret was ready to explode. He was standing in the Blue Room of the White House watching the president read "Humpty-Dumpty" to a group of kindergartners, and his anger was increasing by the second. Garret had told the president that the photo op with the kids was out of the question, but the White House press secretary, Ann Moncur, had convinced the president otherwise. It was rare for Garret to lose to anyone; even on the smallest point. But Moncur had sold the president on the idea that, in the throes of a cutthroat budget battle, it would be good PR for him to look as if he were above the dirty political horse-trading of Washington.

Garret had been working around the clock for the last month trying to get the votes needed to pass the budget. If the budget was defeated, their chances for reelection would be severely hampered. The count would be close, but there was a plan to make a last-minute charge. The only problem was that Garret needed the president back in his office making phone calls, not sitting in the Blue Room reading nursery rhymes.

As was typical of everything at the White House, the event had started late and was now running over its original half-hour slot. Garret looked down at his watch for the tenth time in the last five minutes and decided enough was enough. Looking to his left, he glared at Ann Moncur, who was standing several feet away. Garret slid between the wall and several other White House staffers and worked his way toward Moncur. When he reached her, he pulled her back and cupped his hand over her ear. "This is the dumbest stunt you've ever pulled. If the budget gets torpedoed tomorrow, you're history. This circus has gone fifteen minutes over schedule. I'm going to the Oval Office, and if he isn't there in five minutes, I'm going to come back in here and personally throw your ass out on the street."

Moncur strained to smile and look relaxed. She glanced around the room and noticed that some of the other staffers and several members of the press were watching. She nodded her head several times and was relieved when Garret stepped away and headed for the door. For obvious reasons, Moncur didn't care for the older, crass chief of staff. Simply put, he was a pain in the ass to work for.

Michael O'Rourke walked purposefully down the hallway of the Cannon House Office Building. It was just after 9 A.M., and the building was crowded with people. O'Rourke avoided making eye contact with anyone for fear of being stopped. He was not in a good mood. O'Rourke didn't like Washington; in fact, it was safe to say he hated Washington. Midway down the hall, he turned into an office and closed the door behind him.

Inside were five men wearing dark suits and drinking coffee. O'Rourke shot his secretary a quick glance, but before she could respond, all five men closed in on him.

"Congressman O'Rourke, could I please have a moment of your time? I just need five minutes," pleaded the man closest to the door.

A short, pudgy man pushed his way to the front.

"Congressman, I would like to speak to you about how the farmers in your district will be affected if you don't vote for the president's budget."

The thirty-two-year-old freshman congressman held up his hands. "Gentlemen, you're wasting your time. I've already made up my mind, and I will not be voting for the president's budget. Now if you will kindly vacate my office, I have work to do." The group started to protest, but O'Rourke opened the door and waved them into the hallway. All five men stumbled to grab their briefcases and then headed off dejectedly, in search of another congressman to cajole.

The portly lobbyist hung back and tried to give it another shot. "Congressman, I've talked to my people in your district, and they've told me you have a lot of farmers waiting for the crop-failure money the president has in his budget." The lobbyist waited for a reaction from O'Rourke but got none. "If this budget doesn't pass, I wouldn't want to be in your shoes come next election."

O'Rourke looked at the man and pointed toward the door with his thumb. "I have work to do."

With the vote so close the lobbyist was not willing to give up easily. "Mr. O'Rourke, if you vote no on the president's budget, the American Farmers Association will be left with no other choice than to support your opponent next year."

O'Rourke shook his head and said, "Nice try, but I'm not running for a second term." Waving goodbye, the young congressman grabbed the door and closed it in the lobbyist's face. O'Rourke turned to face his secretary, Susan Chambers.

Susan smiled and said, "I'm sorry, Michael. I told them you had a full calendar, but they insisted on waiting around to see if you would fit them in."

"No apologies needed, Susan." Michael left the main reception area and walked into his office. He set his briefcase on the chair beside his desk and picked up a stack of pink messages. Yelling toward the door, he asked, "Has Tim come in yet?"


"Has he called?"

"Yes. He said that since there isn't a snowball's chance in hell of the president taking the funding for the Rural Electrification Administration out of the budget, he's going to get some errands done and be in around one." Tim O'Rourke was Michael's younger brother by two years and his chief of staff.

"I'm glad everyone is so positive around here."

Susan stood up from behind her desk and walked to the doorway of O'Rourke's office. "Michael, we're only being realists. I admire that you're trying to do what's right, but the problem is, guys like you don't win in Washington."

"Well, thank you for your vote of confidence, Susan."

Susan looked up into O'Rourke's bloodshot eyes. "Michael, were you out again last night?" O'Rourke nodded his head yes. "This bachelor life is going to kill you. Why don't you make an honest woman out of that adorable girlfriend of yours?"

O'Rourke had been hearing it from everyone lately, but he was in no position to get married. Maybe in another year...after he got out of Washington. He looked down and sighed, "Susan, I'm Irish, we tend to get married late in life. Besides, I'm not so sure she'll have me."

"That's a lie and you know it. She adores you. Take it from a woman: I've seen the way she looks at you with those big brown eyes. You're the one, so don't screw it up. There aren't too many like her out there." Chambers slapped him in the stomach. "I hope being crowned the most eligible bachelor in Washington hasn't gone to your head!"

O'Rourke frowned and shook his head. "Very funny, Susan."

Chambers turned and walked away, laughing.

"I'm glad you're getting such a kick out of this, Susan. Hold all of my calls. I have an appointment at noon, and until then I don't want to be disturbed."

"What if your grandfather or Liz calls?"

"No one, I don't want to be disturbed." O'Rourke shut the door and sat down behind his desk.

Copyright © 1997 by Vince Flynn

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Term Limits 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 452 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When you discover Vince Flynn's charachter Mitch Rapp, you first find him in Flynn's second book, 'Transfer of Power'. With Flynn's latest book due out at the end of October that will make 8 Rapp books in the series. That being said, one MUST read Term Limits. Although Rapp is not mentioned in any way in this book, it builds the foundation for Dr. Irene Kennedy and CIA head Stansfield. Dr. Kennedy is a key player in the rest of Flynn's books and this is a great way to fully understand her. There are also other charachters who appear throughout the series that have there origins in 'Term Limits'. I was captured from page one, and have never been disappointed with Mr. Flynn's work
Non-reader More than 1 year ago
I can count the number of books I have read on one hand for the last 7 years. I have read two of Mr. Flynn's books in the last 4 months. With the first book I read (of course not in the order of the series) Protect and Defend it took me a little bit to finish but was really good. This Novel had me from the start and I finished it in 6 days!! Again, I am not a reader by any means, but the plot of the book could not be any closer to what is almost (ALMOST) happening with our country and politics today!!! I would recommend anyone trying to get the NON-READER to pick up a book, Choose this one!!! I am actually looking forward to getting all the books of the Mitch Rupp Series now!!! Thank you Mr. Flynn for giving me something to ENJOY!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is an incredible first offering from the author! It held my interest and kept me in suspense from beginning to end. I had a very difficult time putting it down until I finished it. I highly recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Typical excellent novel by Vince Flynn. However, the amount of typos are the most I've seen in an ebook to date. I find that extremely bothersome.
sangria More than 1 year ago
this is a book to read because of the time we are living in..even though it was written a few years ago, it goes along with what is happening in Washington DC today with our elected officials...a little scarcy to think of how Washington does work in real life...it is a novel but very interesting...just change the names and it would be today's Washington DC
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Term Limits is highly readable and thought-provoking in a creative and yet unthinkable way. Term Limits captures the present political dysfunction in DC, and it has a powerful message: set aside partisan politics and restore power to the peopleor else.... Why this hasn't been made into a major motion picture is incomprehensible.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the most exciting books I've read. I will continue to read through the entire series. I love his writing, characters. He keeps your interest from the very beginning of the book.
BellaSB More than 1 year ago
This is the first book, introducing you to many of the key players in subsequent books by this author. I thought it was great. Plenty of action, great plot, and really kept you guessing. The end was magnificent. A must read for anyone who likes books on the cold war, spies and intrigue. Plus, lots of bad guys get whacked, what could be better?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love all of Vince's books, but this is still my favorite!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All congress needs to read this book and limit themselves to true term limits. Serving the country should not be a career make them work and live within the laws they create
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book many years ago and I have to reread it at least once a year because thats how much I like it. This is my favorite of all of Mr. Flynn's books.
Bluebonnetteri More than 1 year ago
This is the first book by Vince Flynn I've read and am already hooked. Great author, lots of action, and timely subject matter. I highly recommend Flynn's books...I've already bought the next one.
Stacy_M More than 1 year ago
This book is so suspenseful and fits today's political environment even though it was written in the 1990's. I couldn't put the book down and once I finished I went out and bought the next four books. You have no idea what you are missing until you read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book based upon the customer reviews. Great read; couldn't put it down. I'm looking forward to Flynn's next novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My first Vince Flynn book, truly enjoyed it, will be reading more of his books!
Barb-RN More than 1 year ago
I read this book because it is the first in the series. Many of the characters appear in books after this one but Mitch Rapp is not in it!I kept waiting for him to come in and fix everything like he always does. I was disappointed. Mitch Rapp enters in book two and he really is the glue that holds the stories together.Keep reading the series. Memorial Day is my favorite. All others are well done and enjoyable.
TomBarnes39 More than 1 year ago
Vince Flynn¿s political thriller, Term Limits, has tapped into a large vein of American thinking.
In one night the political fat cats of Washington DC got a shot across their bow. Three of the top corrupt politicians were executed with the precision of smart bombs ¿ leaving not a trace of forensic evidence that could lead the FBI in any direction.
The following morning the assassins deliver an ultimatum to the government. In their text they quote from Thomas Jefferson¿s words, `that when any form of government becomes destructive¿ it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government.¿
We are invoking this right to rise up and alter the course of our government. You have had your chance to correct America¿s course and you have failed.
A joint task force was formed including FBI, CIA and Military Intelligence to meet at the White House and develop a plan to cope with the grave situation. The first meeting had little success and ended in squabbles and finger pointing, done mainly by the president¿s chief of staff in order to deflect blame from the White House.
A young congressman and former Marine, Michael O¿Rourke is the first to put some of the pieces together and he leads the reader from hypothetical questions to undisputable evidence.
Flynn has shined the light on the muck and mire of Washington¿s Foggy Bottom and gives us a glimpse of our present political class.
When you get to the end of this fast paced story about corruption you want to stand up and cheer for the good guys.
Tom Barnes author of Doc Holliday's Road to Tombstone
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm actually originally a fantasy genre fan - but this political thriller got me hooked into those books of intrigue. After I read TERM LIMITS, I read the rest of Flynn's books as soon as I could. The plot is fast, fun, and crazy dangerous, and the characters are so fascinating. Scott Coleman is by far one of Flynn's best creations.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From page 1 until the end this was just a nailbiter! I gurantee you will love it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Vince Flynn's Term Limits reads faster and better than Tom Clancy. He jumps right into the action in chapter one and never lets up, without the detail overload Clancy usually piles on. This is professional plotting and writing guaranteed to entertain.
ParadoxicalBum on LibraryThing 22 days ago
This was my first Vince Flynn book. I was looking for a hole to fill Tom Clancy's place and I am disappointed to say that this is not going to completely do the job. The plot is decent, but it misses some opportunities late to really expand on things and surprise the reader. The writing is sub-par and technical details don't seem as accurate and well researched as in Clancy's work.I'm not completely turned off by Flynn, but I am disappointed. I'll probably try another few books and see if they get better from here.
JeanneMarkert on LibraryThing 22 days ago
Polital intrigue in the WA.D.C. Good, but not the best that Flynn has written. Politicians are assinated one right after the other. No one seems out of the reach of their reach - not even the President. It seems the killers are former commando.
LisaMaria_C on LibraryThing 22 days ago
It wasn't long before I developed a visceral hatred for this book. If I put its politics aside, at best this is yet another silly, not very well written thriller. With the politics... In one night, United States Senator Daniel Fitzgerald, Senator Robert Down and powerful congressional leader Jack Koslowski are assassinated. From the description of each, it's clear the first is supposed to be Senator Edward Kennedy (or maybe Daniel Moynihan) the second Robert Dole, and the third Dan Rostenkowski. (The book was published in 1997) The next day the demands of the assassins are delivered to a major network. Among the demands are a balanced budget with no new or raised taxes and means-testing medicare and social security. In other words, the Tea Party Agenda--which by the way I'm actually sympathetic to. (Quaint, and scary, that the horror scenario of the book is a debt of a mere 5 trillion.) If their demands are not met, more will be killed and they promise not even the (very Clintonesque) president will be safe. So, what's the reaction of our "hero" ex-marine and Freshman Congressman Michael O'Rourke? He considers the murdered men "scum" and calls those that slew them "freedom fighters." I kid you not. Flynn lost me right there. Do I really have to spell it out? Because I could rant for pages. Look, I'm right of center and have been known to enjoy Tom Clancy novels. Flynn according to the wiki was inspired to write the book by The Government Racket: Washington Waste from A to Z, by Martin L. Gross. I'm sympathetic to the cause--really am. But my goodness. I can't enjoy this or take this seriously.
JustAGirl on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Very disappointing. Not as good as his later books. This was very silly, even for an action thriller it was stupid and unbelievable.
kysmom02 on LibraryThing 25 days ago
Loved it! This book gripped me from the get go and kept me running along with it. It actually surprises me that I like these political stories. I am not a political person at all, but these books seem to interest me. I think it's because it seems so unreal that these things go on, but I'm sure that it's not all that far out there. I'm sure that there is corruption in our government but it makes me wonder just how much.This story follows the good guys and the bad guys through assassinations of prominent congressmen and senators. There are so many different people and agencies involved in trying to track down the killers, that I sometimes found that I had to reread paragraphs just to figure out who was doing what. I'm actually not saying that in a negative way! I liked that there were this many people. It worked. And, as much of a "boy book" this was, there was a woman involved which I thought really added to the story. I'd have liked to have gotten to know her better in this book.The ending to this book normally would have made me mad. It was a little abrupt, but I actually liked it. It just kind of ends with one of the characters walking away. It leaves a little to the imagination even though it's pretty obvious where things go from there.Overall, I liked it a lot and look forward to checking out other books by Flynn.