Term Limits

Term Limits

by Vince Flynn

Alternate-cover edition for ISBN 9780671023188 here TAKING AMERICA BACK ... ONE POLITICIAN AT A TIME In one bloody night, three of Washington's most powerful politicians are executed with surgical precision. Their assassins then deliver a shocking ultimatum to the American government: set aside partisan politics and restore power to the people. No one, they warn, is out of their reachnot even the president.A joint FBI-CIA task force reveals the killers are elite military commandos, but no one knows exactly who they are or when they will strike next. Only Michael O'Rourke, a former U.S. Marine and freshman congressman, holds a clue to the violence: a haunting incident in his own past with explosive implications for his country's future ...

  • Language: English
  • Category: Fiction
  • Rating: 4.30
  • Pages: 612
  • Publish Date: July 1st 1999 by Pocket Star Books
  • Isbn10: 0671023187
  • Isbn13: 9780671023188

What People Think about "Term Limits"

I never felt like there was a major plot twist, but rather the characters were working hard to battle each other and all felt like powerful adversaries.

I can accept books with main characters who have different motives, beliefs and values from mine, and who might do things I would consider depraved.

A group of assassins targets corrupt politicians and kills several of them, demanding an end to deficit spending, special interests, pork, and partisan politics (keep in mind, the book was written in 1999, so any resemblance to our current political situation sadly just means that some things never change). The main character, Congressman Michael O'Rourke, was about as bad as the murdered "bad guys". For example, a congressman who participates in covert operations with a group of political assassins to kidnap a former CIA honcho? Add to all of this misery the author's annoying tendency to interchange character first and last names in a single paragraph ("O'Rourke looked at Scarletti and then Michael handed Liz a drink"), his tendency to repeat entire passages of the book (for example, a phone conversation between 2 characters may be retold verbatim between one of those characters and a third - the reader doesn't need to reread the whole thing!!), his insistence on referring to cell phones as digital phones, and stupid statements like "he blinked away the drop of sweat forming on his brow" - and Geez Louise, there's not much here to like.

Term Limits is an exciting story of a group of former American commandos who recognize that, in many cases, corrupt and immoral politicians threaten the security and welfare of the country they love far more than the foreign terrorists, dictators, and extremists they have fought and killed in the name of national security.

So, naturally, I skipped past Term Limits (since its not listed as part of the Mitch Rapp series) and jumped right into his other books. As I read more and more, I couldnt have been happier to find that this book weaves nicely into the Rapp series and overall Flynn universe. Overall, and perhaps oddly, this book gave me closure to Vince Flynns passing and the end of Mitch Rapp.

I also thought that the author--a very conservative man (I first heard about this book on Glenn Beck)--did a good job of showing how wrong this 'solution' actually is, even as I acknowledge a certain emotional satisfaction in reading this story about killing the people who are killing our country. Violence, of course, has no place in our political system...but I admit, it sure was fun to read about!

In every page, we watch how Michael's trapped. Due to heated politics in Washington D.C., we watch the fireworks fly between the White House and Michael and potential threats.

After hearing what his subject matter was, and knowing how hooked on 24 I am, I thought I'd give Flynn a try and decided to start with his first novel. But in the context of a fictional work, I was really impressed with the level of detail provided, not to mention the fact that it was a fast-paced, attention-grabbing read for a 600+ page book.

In 1990 he left Kraft to accept an aviation candidate slot with the United States Marine Corps. This was a very unusual choice for Flynn since he had been diagnosed with dyslexia in grade school and had struggled with reading and writing all his life. Having been stymied by the Marine Corps, Flynn returned to the nine-to-five grind and took a job with United Properties, a commercial real estate company in the Twin Cities.