Working under the assumption that he really was in his third year during Term Limits , that means everything in the book took place in Rapp was a junior at Syracuse University then, and just twenty-two years old. Half a year later, Rapp went on his first operation and loged his first kill. He goes on at least two other operations, one solo, and one with Hurley, directly following that. After the second, he meets Greta, whose Grandfather is a Swiss banker, and friends with Stan.
Rapp begins a romantic relationship with her that lasts at least a year. While carrying out an operation in Paris, Rapp is ambushed, shot, and barley escapes with his life. After cleaning up that mess, which is the storyline for Kill Shot , Hurley drops Mitch, now twenty-five, off at a Metro station in France. He tells Rapp to lie low for a few weeks, and Mitch plans to take a couple buses, hop a plane, and get off the grid.
Vince Flynn had actually planned to write one more prequel novel, which would have completed the trilogy that started with American Assassin and Kill Shot , chronicling the days of a younger Rapp. We know that Rapp was a natural runner. Especially with the running. At some point, Mitch began utilizing his running ability by competing professionally in triathlons. We know that he won the famed Ironman competition in Hawaii at least once, posting three more top five finishes along the way.
Can anyone else even picture Rapp losing, at anything, ever? Anyways, eventually Mitch got too busy hunting terrorists, and had to give up his days as a professional triathlete. In the Mount Everest of triathlon competitions, the Ironman in Hawaii, Rapp had posted three top five finishes and a first place. Three years before that would put him around twenty-eight years of age. Another theory, and the one I find most probable, is that Mitch Rapp was out of the country hunting the man he joined the CIA to kill.
Rafique Aziz was one of the masterminds behind the bombing of Pan Am flight In the process Rapp had himself been shot, stabbed and hunted, and every step of the way his quarry had managed to stay just out of his reach.
Six months earlier, on a rainy Paris night, Rapp had had his chance and blown it. A moment of hesitation, of stupid indecision, had allowed Aziz to escape by the narrowest of margins. Never again, Rapp had sworn a thousand times. Next time he would pull the trigger — innocent bystander in the way or not. It was a constant reminder of the man he had sworn he would kill when he started on his crazy journey ten years ago.
The plastic surgeons had done a great job minimizing the mark to a thin line, but more important to Rapp, the man who had given him the scar was now dead. The Third Option, however, provides some additional details not told in any of the other books. He had worked with Villaume and Lukas on three separate occasions, all of them in France, and he had been impressed by both men. They were proficient and dependable.
They had helped Rapp hunt Rafique Aziz, a Palestinian terrorist who was one of the men responsible for the downing of Pan Am flight over Lockerbie, Scotland. Villaume and Lukas had been there the night when Rapp had come inches within losing his life. We know the hunt for Rafique Aziz was long, dangerous, and ended with Rapp almost being killed.
Somehow, Aziz had gotten an innocent bystander between himself and Rapp, probably using someone as a human shield like he does in the epilogue of Transfer of Power, which is also when we find that incident occurred in Paris when he saw Mitch.
In return, Rapp was saved by Lukas, and Rafique got away. I really hope that if Kyle Mills ever decides to write a book between Kill Shot and Transfer of Power , this is the plot he crafts the story around. It would serve as the perfect bridge between the prequel trilogy, and when we were first introduced to Rapp. How about you, where do you think Rapp was when the events of Term Limits were taking place? Like Liked by 1 person. Thanks for putting in time for this research, Ryan.
Flynn fans everywhere will appreciate it. Kyle Mills should have coffee with you sometime. Now that would be a treat! Gosh I miss Vince! He was the Picasso of writing action scenes, yet could still detail a love scene and capture, perfectly, the banter between a man and women in love.
The absolute only thing I can figure is that God was an even bigger Rapp fan then me, and brought Vince home to tell Him stories first hand. I liked the dedications to his wife before the story begins!
That was more romantic than any of the love scenes! He was truly in love with his beautiful wife and family. Thanks for this blog. It reminds me of Vince and his amazing talent. You could be writing Mitch Rapp books! A couple years ago I started my own novel, different than Rapp — but never finished it. With all the ways to self publish nowadays, such as through e-book platforms, I can no longer let the excuse of publishers being uninterested be my reasoning to quit.
Kyle Mills has been gracious to me, swapping numerous emails and talking Rapp. Well, Rapp began his career on the Orion team…. Whether or not that might ever happen, I do not know. But I think it would be the perfect type of book to fill the year long void between Rapp novels!
Just got done reading this and it was awesome, fantastic job. He mentioned it in Protect and Defend while searching for Irene Kennedy. Rapp had been tortured years before. He desperately wanted to spare her the pain, suffering, and degradation. He started to think of the ways it would be worse for a woman and then forced himself to stop.
I hope Mills incorporates that into the storyline when he writes a prequel novel taking place after Kill Shot! Thank you so much! Thanks for providing more insight and background stories to the Mitch Rapp saga… I started reading it almost 8 years ago … but I had only read Memorial Day and the beginning of AA American Assassin. I really wish they would make a movie series of these books. They are outstanding American Espionage.
I would envision they knew him before the white house event…? Term Limits is about a solution to what is wrong with Washington: It sounds like pretty thin soup, but man! Talk about a pager turner! I couldn't put it down.
There is much, much more to the story, of course: 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.
Even as the noble SEALS unleash their assassination, the violence they set loose is used by less noble men for ignoble reasons We can all fantasize about politicians who we hate taking a dirt nap Violence, of course, has no place in our political system I haven't read a political thriller for years I think the last one was a Tom Clancy novel in the late 90s , but I am all over this guy.
Sep 29, Brint Hite rated it really liked it. It did not disappoint. In fact, it provided some background and answers to questions I often had while reading the Rapp series.
He seemed every bit the badass that Rapp was and I always knew that his would be a back story worth telling. Another is Michael O'Rourke. I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it to all.
Jan 13, Kristen rated it really liked it Shelves: If you love great thrillers, you'll love this stand alone political thriller by Vince Flynn. In every page, we watch how Michael's trapped. Due to heated politics in Washington D. We see how close he is to his family. We witness the love he has for his girlfriend, Liz Scarpatti, a reporter, and how embroiled he is into the mess. I felt ba If you love great thrillers, you'll love this stand alone political thriller by Vince Flynn.
I felt bad for Liz, who has a duty to report the facts for her paper, and how her lies are sealed on keeping his secrets, until something happens that turns up the tables.
We're shocked and awed by the actions of this players and how payback is returned with retribution. This would get you hooked into the drama and sucked in, right away.
A lot of violent drama, when it deals with politics, then and now, and how it can affect the presidency. To see those executions, it didn't make me sick to my stomach. Jan 19, Megan rated it really liked it. This book was amazing. It stayed interesting the whole way through.
It's a political thriller. My sister-in-law introduced me to Vince Flynn after she received his latest novel as a Christmas present. 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.
I was definitely not disappointed! While the storyline might be a little far-fetched, as the story unfolds you really start to wonder if something like this could ever happen in America. It's quite a hefty book, but I really had a hard time p My sister-in-law introduced me to Vince Flynn after she received his latest novel as a Christmas present. It's quite a hefty book, but I really had a hard time putting it down when I had to do other things Flynn's writing is fast-paced and more than once I found my heart pounding as certain key events took place.
If taken too seriously, it doesn't make you feel particularly good about our government or its many agencies and politicians, though there are thankfully a few exceptions.
Oh, and just when you think the story's got to end, it gets interesting in a hurry But that's all I'll say on that subject! Feb 17, Corey rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is Vince Flynn's first ever book published, a stand-alone, and not part of the Mitch Rapp series. But it could be considered by some people kind of a prequel and start-up to the series. O'Rourke is slowly drawn into a deadly conspiracy, working solo, trying to get to the bottom of it before the FBI does.
A great story from beginning to end, never a dull moment! Has a very different feel to it than the Mitch Rapp series, but as I said up above, some may consider it a prequel to the series, and it has some recurring characters you'll recognize, such as CIA Director Thomas Stansfield, Dr.
Very easy to follow, and it gives you an idea of every day corruption and cover-ups within the Government. Dec 27, Melanie rated it it was amazing. One of my favourite Vince Flynn books. A definite must read! Sep 30, Lisa Harmonybites rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Way to the Right. Recommended to Lisa Harmonybites by: 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. From the description of each, it's clear the first is supposed to represent Senator Edward Kennedy or maybe Daniel Moynihan the second Robert Dole, and the third Dan Rosten It wasn't long before I developed a visceral hatred for this book.
From the description of each, it's clear the first is supposed to represent Senator Edward Kennedy or maybe Daniel Moynihan the second Robert Dole, and the third Dan Rostenkowski. The book was published in The next day the demands of the assassins are delivered to a major television network. Among the demands are a balanced budget with no new or raised taxes and means-testing of 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 national 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. Apparently neither this group nor Flynn sees any irony that another demand is a new crime bill. He considers the murdered men "scum" and calls those that slew them "freedom fighters. 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: I'm sympathetic to the cause--really am.
I can't enjoy this or take this seriously. View all 5 comments. Sep 16, Bev Walkling rated it really liked it Shelves: I found this book to be well-written, fast moving and rather frightening in that it seems all too possible that governments do indeed run the way the American government is described in this novel. It describes what happens when people are fed up with a corrupt government and corrupt politicians and decide to take out some of the bad guys and hold the government to ransom.
A section on page really stood out for me. You see, we are not only taught how to kill, but for our own sanity, we are taught to look at killing as a justifiable action in a world where there are good and bad people, where the bad people are not supposed to win.
Think for a minute about what we ask a commando to do. We send them to do some very ugly things, and we tell them they are doing it to protect the United States of America. As commandos, we rationalize that we are ridding the world of a bad person, that we are protecting America. What do you think would happen if one of these highly trained individuals realized that the politicians running his own country pose a bigger threat to the security of America's future than the religious extremist that he just flew halfway around the world to kill?
View all 7 comments. Not even a mention of Mitch Rapp here, but many other characters that fans of Vince Flynn will recognize. A stand alone story with a lot of good background information on certain characters.
Surprisingly, I have not seen them in other Vince Flynn works as yet. In the story, dirty Senators and Congressmen are being assassinated for working for themselves rather than being representatives of the people.
N Not even a mention of Mitch Rapp here, but many other characters that fans of Vince Flynn will recognize. All the President and his Chief of Staff care about are the public opinion polls and their reelection chances. Typical politics in Washington until two honest Senators are killed. Only this time their federal agent bodyguards are killed along with them. Secrets are threatened to be unleashed and no one knows if and when the assassins will strike next.
And there is no Mitch Rapp to save the day and even if Rapp wasn't still in college or High School he probably would have opted to help the assassins so that is the tone of the story.
This is my 7th Vince Flynn novel and Term Limits is just as good as his other works even without his star character Mitch Rapp. Jan 10, Devon Hernandez rated it it was amazing. Fast-paced political intrigue is excellent!
Read this on the recommendation of a friend, and wasn't disappointed. Working on the rest of the "Mitch Rapp" books by this author. It also made me think hard about the plot and how that would play out in real-life: Definitely makes the brain waves work. Oct 19, Jeff rated it really liked it Shelves: American citizens are shocked—and even pleased—when several corrupt politicians are assassinated. A group of commandos is responsible for the killings. While the president and his administration are justifiably befuddled, a second group who kills more politicians muddies the water even further.
The storyline is relevant to today. Compared to his other books, this is more reading. Dec 22, Robert Beardsley rated it liked it Shelves: Liked it didn't love it because the viewpoint is so far right wing it borders fascism and that soured me.. Yes, i am angry at some of the crap that goes on in government but not as angry as the novel portrays.
The novel could have more likely been set in a third world country when people take the law into their own hands and depose politicians at will.
Despite its viewpoint, the novel is imminently readable and very well constructed. View all 6 comments.
Not an easy book to write this, I guess. When just about everyone - certain politicians excepted - would think "Yeah! That's what I'm talking about! And a brave theme for Vince Flynn to take on in his first outing as a writer. Though, it may not be his very, very first I suspect.
Either that, or he sprang into the game from nowhere as a fully-fledged brilliant writer of this sort of thing. Because, this is an absolutely superb book. From the "oh, good lord, Not an easy book to write this, I guess. From the "oh, good lord, how is he going to write that! It features several characters who also continue into the Mitch Rapp series proper, including one, I won't say who, who really shouldn't get out of this book either alive, or without having spent a long time in jail, but nothing of what they do here, is ever mentioned in the subsequent series.
I did find that a little strange. Read it, see what you think. It's here that you can see why the political stuff in the later books was so good, so compulsive. He really can write this sort of thing absolutely perfectly. I can't guess his politics, but I'd be pretty sure he sees the world the same was as me, which is very cool.
I read this after I've read all the Mitch Rapp series, through not really knowing about it, rather than meaning to. I'd say, like me, you could read this wherever you are in the series. Start with it and the rest will make sense. Finish with it and your admiration for Vince Flynn will just increase. What a talent was taken away from us. The best book blog: Speesh Reads The best Facebook Page: Apr 01, William rated it it was amazing.
Very good stand alone that, without given credit, turned into the Mitch Rapp series. From the point of view of this site, and others like it, I find no reason that this book was not tagged as a prequel to Rapp series; there are a half dozen characters that will carry on. I've read six Rapp books and Coleman was explained more in "Term Limits" than those six. So, if someone wants to start Rapp I would recommend "Term Limits" first. This was another action packed thriller from Vince Flynn.
This one featured a protagonist other than Mitch Rapp which made for an interesting change. The action was pretty much non-stop, and ended with a great climax. This book gives new meaning to the phrase "term limits". An amazing suspenseful tell all tale about corruption, assassinations and a perfect example of the need for term limits on elected officials in Washington. In this thriller three Congressmen are assassinated by Ex-American Commandos merely carrying out what they have been trained to do.
Protect America from its enemies by any means necessary. The only catch is, they have realized the more potent threats are actually in Washington rather than overseas. The national debt was only trillion at t An amazing suspenseful tell all tale about corruption, assassinations and a perfect example of the need for term limits on elected officials in Washington. The national debt was only trillion at the time of this book's writing and that was unacceptable to these Ex-Navy SEALS, imagine today, with
I found that, separate from the Mitch Rapp books, there was a standalone novel called Term Limits. I'm sure some people chose This site is a tribute to Vince Flynn – the greatest author of his generation, and an even better man.
Vince Flynn, the bestselling author of the Mitch Rapp thriller series died in after a long battle with prostate cancer. He was The fifth of seven children, Vince Flynn was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, on April 6,
"Term Limits" is the first book published by the late Vince Flynn and shows all the page-turning, adrenaline-packed writing that made him so famous with his Mitch Rapp series. While Rapp is not in this book, many of the characters in later books are there, including Thomas Stansfield, then head of the CIA, and his chief analyst Irene Kennedy, and /5. Notes: While Mitch Rapp does not appear in it, the Vince Flynn book Term Limits, published in , features various characters that will appear in future Mitch Rapp books. If you like the Mitch Rapp books, you will like Term Limits for sure.
"Term Limits" is the first book published by the late Vince Flynn and shows all the page-turning, adrenaline-packed writing that made him so famous with his Mitch Rapp series. While Rapp is not in this book, many of the characters in later books are there, including Thomas Stansfield, then head of the CIA, and his chief analyst Irene Kennedy /5(K). Term Limits** * The Survivor, while a continuation of the Mitch Rapp series, and a direct sequel to The Last Man, was written by Kyle Mills. Mills has taken over the series since Flynn’s passing in