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Flynn At His Best
Memorial Day - Vince Flynn
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Memorial Day - Vince Flynn
Advantages: very thrilling "second half" of the book which by far makes up for the shortcomings
Disadvantages: starts out a bit slow, anna reilly is virtually nonexistant, conflict a bit over the top
"Memorial Day" is the 6th book in Vince Flynn's series, and the 5th to feature CIA agent Mitch Rapp. Coming off of "Executive Power" which, in my opinion, was one of the greatest parts of the series so far, I wasn't if Memorial Day would be a letdown or not. Luckily, it was not, and I have to say that now that I've finished it, I really am having a conflict over whether or not the NEXT book will top this one.
The plot of Memorial Day is much more complex than what we're used to seeing in this series, mainly because it has so many twists and turns. It begins with Mitch Rapp flying over to Afghanistan and helping coordinate a commando raid on an al-Qaeda village. After the raid, Rapp finds plans for a nuclear strike on Washington. With the plans of the strike in hand, a snowball of events begins in D.C. Since it is an election year for President Hayes, the story involves lots of classic Mitch Rapp-Valerie Jones arguing over politics versus the actions that need to be taken to ensure safety.
What I really enjoyed about the plot though, is that there was much more depth to it than what first meets the eye. Believe it or not, finding the nuclear bomb was actually the "boring" part of the novel. For example, what I described in the above paragraph is really just the first 150 pages or so of the book. So what are the other 400 pages about? Well, after the bomb is found (yes, I hate to spoil it but they don't set off a nuke in Washington), Mitch Rapp continues to hunt down the terrorists that smuggled it into the country in the first place. For whatever reason, the rest of Washington doesn't seem too concerned about them, at least until Rapp finds evidence that leads them to believe there is a SECOND nuke, and that's where the story really kicks off.
Although Memorial Day might be my favorite book in the series, there are still a couple of things about it that bug me a bit. Although raiding a remote al-Qaeda village and finding a nuclear bomb may seem quite thrilling.. it just really isn't. I think the way it's written doesn't help it either. Basically a bunch of characters are introduced that don't help advance the plot throughout the rest of the novel, making it all appear rather pointless as you go from chapter to chapter.
Another thing I found a bit questionable about this book was the lack of Anna Reilly as a whole. Early on in the book it is mentioned to the reader that she is visiting her family in Wisconsin, and that Rapp is going to join them as soon as possible for the holidays. I realize that by taking her character out of D.C., Flynn is given more room to work with with the nuclear bombs and such, for now there is no need for Mitch to make plans to get her out of the city or anything. Still though, maybe a phone call here or there.. anything really, would at least remind us of the fact that the two of them are married.
Lastly, as I foreshadowed above, the entire predicament of the story is just a little too extraordinary for me. A nuclear bomb in Washington D.C... seriously? I mean, it's probably the absolute worst thing that Flynn could have the terrorists doing, therefore it allows the politicians to have some of the craziest reactions. At the same time though, it's a little frustrating when the reader knows deep down that the are going to fail because, let's be honest, Vince Flynn is not going to end a story with thousands of people getting nuked. I realize you could say the same thing about most other novels, but this one in particular stands out because you know the terrorists are going to really have no success at all. Like in "Transfer of Power", you know the terrorists will die in the end, but at least they claim some success in capturing the White House. Whereas in Memorial Day you know that whatever they do, it's going to fail.
Despite what may seem like a lot of "critiquing", this is still my favorite book in the series. To be perfectly honest, I think that's why I can critique it so well, since I love the book so much it makes it much easier to point out a couple of flaws. Seriously though, don't let the drawbacks I discussed earlier prevent you from picking this book up, it's definitely worth the read.
Summary: My favorite Mitch Rapp book yet!