What We’re Reading for May 29th!

Who: Eastview Students
What: Memorial Day by Vince Flynn
When: Lunch – Friday, May 29th
Where: Room C234
Why: Because REAL MEN READ!!!
Students – our next book for RMR is Vince Flynn’s, Memorial Day. Flynn is a local author who has written several NY Times best sellers which feature CIA agent, Mitch Rapp as the main character.
Vince Flynn grew up in Apple Valley and attended Valley Middle School and then went to high school at St. Thomas Academy. I’ve read all of his books and I’m really excited for you to experience at least one book from the Mitch Rapp series.
This past winter, I had a chance to listen to Mr. Flynn talk about his latest book, Extreme Measures at the Barnes & Noble at the Galleria in Edina. He is really an interesting person and was able to share some really interesting experiences which have come to him because of his engaging and extremely realistic albeit fictional writing.
The latest entry in Flynn’s popular Mitch Rapp series (after 2003’s Executive Power) offers a gripping look at what could transpire if a terrorist group were to sneak a nuclear weapon into the U.S. Rapp, the relentless, marble-hearted CIA assassin and terrorist hunter, would never let that happen, of course, and Flynn’s description of the process of bringing a nuke ashore and the lengths to which the government’s counterterrorism force will go to prevent harm to U.S. citizens add up to another page-flipping extravaganza.
Rapp, back in the field after a long stint on desk duty for insubordination, unearths the bomb plot during a daring commando raid on an al-Qaeda stronghold in Afghanistan. A U.S. strike force manages to intercept and disarm the nuke moments after it arrives by freighter in Charleston, S.C. Everyone, including series stalwart President Robert Hayes, congratulates themselves on a job well done, but Rapp isn’t convinced; he believes al-Qaeda leader Mustafa al-Yamani has smuggled a second nuke into the country and plans to detonate it in Washington, D.C., during Memorial Day celebrations.
Rapp, a ruthless terrorist pursuer by temperament and training, turns it up several notches this time around, following al-Yamani’s scent with feverish abandon. Flynn trots out his usual assortment of characters to keep the action tense-wishy-washy cabinet members, political climbers, invective-spewing terrorists and a selected assortment of ice queens who use sex as a weapon. Yet his skillful use of converging plots, particularly the panic created by having a nuke on the loose, is enough to keep Flynn’s growing fan base more than willing to overlook the formulaic components. Agent, Sloan Harris. (May) Copyright 2004 Reed Business

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