by Vince Flynn
Book #5 in the Mitch Rapp series (2001)
CIA director Thomas Stansfield is dead — a fact many individuals in and around the nation’s capital are pleased to hear. But their happiness proves to be short-lived once they learn that Stansfield’s successor is the late director’s close friend and protégé, Dr. Irene Kennedy. Her plan of action is to pursue the very goals Stansfield established — something Stansfield’s fiercest enemies don’t want to hear. And something they refuse to accept.
Meanwhile, Israel has discovered that Saddam Hussein is close to entering the nuclear arms race — and they’ve vowed to stop the Iraqi madman before he can get his hands on the ultimate weapon. With the Middle East teetering on the precipice of chaos and devastation, the president of the United States is forced to act. The commander in chief’s secret weapon? None other than the CIA’s top counterterrorism operative, Mitch Rapp.
But the window for action on this crucial mission is incredibly tight. Israel has given the United States only two weeks to take the nukes out. After that, they’ll do whatever it takes to destroy the weapons themselves. With the haunting specter of World War III looming, Rapp races against time and impossible odds — navigating the deadly alleys of Baghdad, tearing through the corruption-riddled streets of Washington, D.C., and taking drastic measures against anyone who gets in his way.