Recently I finished reading Vince Flynn’s thriller, Memorial Day. This is the fifth book in his main series starring Mitch Rapp, a super commando who works with the CIA.
First published back in 2004, Memorial Day is the story about an upcoming terrorist attack here in the United States. The Muslim extremists have their sights set big in a dual attack that’s supposed to not only destroy the top level of leadership in the country but also cripple the economy and send the country into the deepest recession in history. For part of the country, the attack itself will leave the land inhabitable for hundreds of years.
Memorial Day begins with Mustafa al-Yamani, a Muslim extremist, killing the captain of a private yacht and sneaking his way from Cuba into the southern part of the United States. Al-Yamani meets with his target and successfully enters the country near Merritt Island at Cape Canaveral, Florida. The man is committed to his mission and time is of the essence as al-Yamani is suffering from advanced stages of radiation poisoning, and he literally has only a few days left to live.
In Washington, D.C., Mitch Rapp, an analyst with the CIA and expert on international terrorism, gains information about an upcoming meeting of terrorists scheduled to take place somewhere in Pakistan. The few pieces of intelligence point to terrorist chatter about a bomb, a really big bomb, and Rapp is set on flying to Pakistan and conducting a raid on the camp with other special forces soldiers. Rapp’s boss and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Dr. Irene Kennedy, clears Mitch for the secret raid into Pakistan.
The commando raid commences and five terrorists are ultimately captured, two of them allegedly had direct ties to the planning on the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Along with the terrorists, a vast collection of new intelligence into the recent terrorist actions was also captured.
Computer specialists begin accessing the captured files, and it’s quickly noted that a big terrorist attack was either in the final stages of planning, or it’s already been authorized by the terrorist leaders. The information is pointing towards a high profile bombing, something that will create a tremendous amount of damage from a single blast. One of the images shows a map with projected damage circles radiating away from a major city. It’s a similar type of map used to analyze the power of nuclear weapons. Continue reading