Conspiracy and treason fill the pages

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By Pat Wellington

When the motorcade carrying Democratic Presidential candidate Josh Hamilton and his Vice-President is ambushed, terrorists are the assumed culprits even though Hamilton had been trailing the Republicans badly and was not expected to win.

On the day of the incident, Secret Service agent Maria Rivera is on the job and scanning the crowds for anyone suspicious.

Up ahead, barely half a block down, a man caught her eye. He was partially shielded by a tree and was holding something. Even though the man was wearing a red baseball hat and sunglasses, she could sense intensity in the way he was watching the motorcade.

Suddenly, almost as if he were trying to hide from someone, he disappeared behind the tree. Before Rivera could give it another thought, there was a thunderous explosion, the limousine started to rise in the air, and then everything went black.”

The targeted limousine carried not Josh Hamilton, but his beautiful blond wife who was often compared to Princess Diana. An outpouring of sympathy for the young widower put him over the top and he won the election.

Enter CIA bad boy Mitch Rapp, a loose cannon, take-no-prisoners sort of a guy who’ll remind readers of TV’s Jack Bauer. He’s the only man reckless enough to get down to the truth because something about the case smells fishy.

He is persuaded by the CIA Director that no change in the line-up of vehicles in the motorcade was ordered on the fateful day, which ruled out a mistake the terrorists made.

Something deeper is at work here, and Rapp is determined to discover what it is no matter how high up it goes or whom it involves.

Besides the intrigue and conspiracy theory going on in Act of Treason is author Flynn’s attempt to level the playing field where Republicans are portrayed as bomb-anything-redneck hicks. So he makes Democratic Vice- President Mark Ross a cynical, power hungry scumbag capable of doing anything that would elevate him politically.

And timely, too, is Flynn’s assertion that the CIA should be given a free hand to do its job and keep Americans safe.

CIA Agent Rapp is a man’s man who writes his own ticket and outsmarts all those he encounters. The novel moves at a good clip and is a real page turner.

Pat Wellington is a retired English professor, freelance writer, and faculty member of On Top of the World’s Master the Possibilities who shares her passion for books with others.