Executive Power is the 5th book written by Vinvce Flynn that takes place in Washington, DC. The recurring characters from the first four books are back and we again find Mitch Rapp up to his butt in a swamp full of alligators as he takes his new position in the CIA.
Mitch and Anna are married, but this new job assignment is going to put a strain on their relationship that neither expected, and is ready to cope with. Mitch has always worked under cover - now he is out in the front line, having to explain his every move and decision and this grates on him, pulling him in directions he doesn't find comfortable.
Navy Seals are ambushed on a covert mission in the Phillipines. A new assassin in the Middle East begins to implement the plans of a power broker intent on starting another World War. Somewhere in the U.S. government is a leak. Is there a mole in the State Department? Just one more thing for Mitch to worry about.
Again, Vince Flynn has come up with a story that is plausible given today's world tensions. And he has given his characters more problems than anyone deserves. I find this one of the best parts of reading a Flynn novel - how the people in the book manage to do their jobs, maintain their relationships, trust and love, and remain true to their values. Honor and committment to their country is at the core of Flynn's heroic players, and the same can be said for the vilians.
The portrayal of David, the elusive assassin is excellent. This guy is a real sleaze, his agenda is his own. Just because he is paid by Prince Omar doesn't mean that he has to play by the Prince's rules. And anyone who crosses David finds out the hard way that it is not a good idea.
The inner workings of the CIA, Special Forces, Dept. of Defense, NSA, and all the federal agencies that make up our first line of defense against international terrorism are portrayed as accurately as I whink they really are. Which means that there is alot of infighting, backstabbing and mistrust. And of course, they all really don't like each other and they especially don't like Mitch Rapp. All this makes for a perfect Vince Flynn book!
Title: Executive Power