“ Author: Vince Flynn / Format: Paperback / Date of publication: 02 June 2003 / Genre: Crime & Thriller / Subcategory: Thriller / Suspense General / Publisher: Simon & Schuster / Title: Term Limits / ISBN 13: 9780743468244 / ISBN 10: 0743468244 „
This is one of my favorite novels by Vince Flynn for a variety of reasons. First let me explain for fans of the Mitch Rapp series, this book was written prior to Transfer of Power (the first of the Rapp books). Mitch Rapp is NOT a part of this story. However, the book sets up the environment we become familiar with in the first couple books. Dr. Irene Kennedy is in this book, though she's still up-and-coming at the time. Thomas Stansfield is in this book, though he isn't portrayed as old and feeble as he is in Transfer of Power/Third Option. Special Agent Skip McMahon is more of a main character than we ever really see him in the Rapp series. Scott Coleman is in this book, being one of the main characters. Michael O'Rourke (whom you probably remember from The Third Option) is I guess who you would consider the "Rapp" of this book. No, he isn't going to be running around squeezing necks like we're used to Mitch doing but the reader learns of how he was a Recon Marine before he got into politics. All in all it's interesting to see these characters and learn about what they are like "before Rapp".
If you have not previously read any of the popular Mitch Rapp books, then the above paragraph probably didn't make any sense to you. Don't despair, from now on I will be talking strictly about the plot of this book (SPOILERS ALERT).
The book mainly focuses on freshman Congressman Michael O'Rourke, a former Recon Marine who got into politics after his parents were killed. Though it is never officially said, due to his attitude towards Democrats, it is assumed that O'Rourke is a Republican. O'Rourke awakens one morning to learn how three of Washington's most corrupt politicians were assassinated the previous night. The assassinations are discovered to be the work of true professionals. No civilians at all are harmed from any of the attacks, even one of the victims dogs is alive and healthy. However, each of the politicians were assassinated in a different way; one with a silenced pistol at point-blank range, one with a sniper rifle from hundreds of yards away, and one who's neck was snapped with bare hands. This is the first half of the book, which is basically finding out who the killers are. Remember, spoilers up ahead!
The second half of the book focuses on taking down the conspiracy inside the current presidents administration. The assassins are found to be Scott Coleman, former commander of Navy S.E.A.L Team 6, one of the most elite groups of men in the Special Forces, and two of his colleagues from his S.E.A.L days. O'Rourke works with Coleman (the two are old friends) to take down some of the corrupt officials in the president's administration, which eventually leads all the way up as high as Chief of Staff Stu Garett and National Security Advisor Mike Nance. After the two are discovered, they try a last-ditch desperate attempt when they kidnap O'Rourke and torture him. Eventually though, Mike Nance is located and O'Rourke rescued, largely due to help from Scott Coleman. Due to how much trouble Nance created, the head of the FBI thinks it would be better if he were to be eliminated, and gives Coleman consent to kill Nance so long as it is made to look like an accident.
Sorry if my book description doesn't really make too much sense or if it seems complicated, really Vince Flynn is not a complicated writer, you just need to get used to him. If you at all enjoy the Mitch Rapp books, rest assured you will like this. And if you just want to start reading Rapp, then I recommend you start here. This book proves that Flynn can be a fantastic writer without the use of a slightly-crazy Special Forces black ops guy like Rapp.