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Glenn Beck: New Vince Flynn Thriller—“Conservative Porn?’

October 14, 2009

Monday night, Glenn Beck interviewed mega-selling author Vince Flynn, whose thrillers star Mitch Rapp, a CIA agent who makes Jack Bauer and Dirty Harry seem like members of the Nobel Committee.  His new book, Pursuit of Honor, came out Tuesday.

Flynn is particularly popular with conservatives, and invariably makes an appearance or two with Beck—and even Limbaugh—when his new book is released.  And to answer the question I get from readers nearly every time I review fiction, yes, I AM working on a review right now.

Glenn liked the book—a LOT…

BECK: Vince Flynn, author of a brand-new thriller – it is called Pursuit of Honor, hits the bookstores tomorrow. I finished it. I actually tweeted about it this weekend. You don’t get my tweets?

VINCE FLYNN, No, not really. I need to time to…

BECK: Sure, sure, sure. Whatever. I was going to say this is a fantastic book – in fact, I think the best he has ever written. In fact, I know it is the best. And let’s just say chapter – is it 50?

FLYNN: Chapter 50.

BECK: Chapter 50 – I don’t want to give anything away. But let me just say it is almost conservative porn.

FLYNN: Hey, my mother’s watching today, all right?

BECK: It’s where the main character goes into Congress and gives them a piece of his mind. And you almost think, “oh, yes. Oh, that’s erotic.” It’s great. So congratulations on the book

It’s a good thing Glenn Beck is obviously very in love with his wife, and I’m starting to get his sense of humor, or at that point I would have had to cover my ears and leave the room shouting “too much information!”

But for anyone who ever wanted to call a liberal on the carpet for the fact that they are more sympathetic to murdering scum than innocent unborn babies, it definitely IS an exciting moment—and that’s ALL I’m going to say about it.

And, I should mention that this book is almost calculated to give card carrying members of the ACLU a collective stroke.

Of course, Flynn and Beck talked about the Obama Administration’s betrayal of the CIA through Eric Holder’s investigation with some tough analysis and even a bit of news a the end:

BECK: We’re dismantling the financial system by destroying the dollar. What is happening in Afghanistan is an abomination. It’s shameful on how we’re treating our soldiers over there. And then, all the guys that we sent on September 11th, from Nancy Pelosi to Dick Cheney. Said “Get them.”

FLYNN: Go get them –

BECK: Do whatever you have to.

FLYNN: Bring their head back in a box.

BECK: Now, those same people – half of those same people are now saying bring the CIA agents that went and got them – bring their heads to me in a box.

FLYNN: Starting back two books ago, my writing took a change, because a lot of my context at the CIA – I saw the personal toll this war was taking on them. Marriages were falling apart. Moms or dads were gone for years on end while teenagers, you know, started doing drugs because their parents weren’t around.

And they are the unsung heroes on the War on Terror. And a lot of them left. They were run out of the agency where they just said, “I can’t do this anymore.” And what is left now – there is still a lot of good men and women there, especially in the clandestine service. But they are fighting a rear guard of a retreating army. They are literally –

BECK: Who is watching our country? I mean, look, the CIA has its problems. But every department has their problems, you know what I mean? These guys executed what we told them to execute.

FLYNN: When the IRS has a problem, typically somebody doesn’t die. These are the people – they are the tip of the spear. These are the people that, prior to 9/11, if we would have had our act together, would have been out assassinating Osama Bin Laden who had declared war against us.

BECK: Let me ask you this – I have less than a minute. Do you see a moment, like in chapter 50, Mitch Rapp comes in front of Congress and he lets them have it. Do you see any of these guys, if they keep being betrayed?

FLYNN: I think the frustration is mounting. I think there is a lot of good men and women. Fortunately, there are a lot of lawyers volunteering their time right now.

But a couple of weeks ago, they sent a letter up to the Hill and they said, “You keep it up and we are going to start to tell our side of the story.”

BECK: Good.

FLYNN: We sat in this meeting with Speaker Pelosi and we told her everything. And then she acts like, “Oh, I had no idea they were doing it.”

That’s some great stuff, but about what you’d expect from the conversation.  Here’s the part that made me really like Vince Flynn even more than I already did (besides the fact that he doesn’t tweet):

BECK: OK. I want to talk to you a little bit about the Nobel Prize.  My first thought was this is just so revealing on how this whole system works, you know what I mean?   But the second is it may be more revealing on how Europe and the rest of the world views Obama. He is dismantling the United States one piece at a time.

FLYNN: Well, it’s interesting because I know where you’re coming a little bit. In their mind, he absolutely does deserve it … which is interesting because I go back and look at – you know, these are the people, these five Norwegians – they were the ones that came up with the ideas like, “Don’t discipline your children. Always give them several choices.”

BECK: Yes, that’s worked out well for them.

FLYNN: Let’s not keep score when our kids play T-ball and… think about how this, you know, feeds into where we’re going with all of this. They’re taking away the idea that this country was built on a meritocracy, that you actually work and achieve, through your God- given talents, and you progress in the world. How he got this, I don’t know…

BECK:… Let’s not keep score on what he has actually done.   He tried really hard. It is the first – I think it’s the first Nobel Prize given for attendance.

Zing!

FLYNN: And this is – it’s starting to become a bit of a punch line. Now, there is a way, I think, for him to redeem himself on this. I don’t know if he’ll do it, but he should go over there to accept it on behalf of the men and women in the United States Military. And then, he should take the prize money and he should give it to the Gold Star Mothers and the Wounded Warriors.

Hoo-ah!  Please don’t hold your breath waiting for THAT to happen…

I’m not sure if Pursuit of Honor is Flynn’s best book, I liked his last one, Extreme Measures an awful lot, and if pressed for my favorite, Protect and Defend, where Mitch has to take on the Iranians, al Qaeda in Iraq, and some American liberals is hard to top.

Check Frontpage for a review coming soon of Pursuit of Honor, along with great books by Jonathan Kellerman, Brian Haig, Stephen White and a the debut of a new series by Michael Walsh which has ambitions to establish a new Mitch Rapp-type of hero.

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15 Comments
  1. Brent Smith permalink
    October 15, 2009 5:23 am

    I have read all of Flynn’s books and own them all as well. I’m sure the new one is great, and I’m sure I will like it every bit as much as I liked the others. As far as for my favorite it is either Memorial Day or Term Limits (which doesn’t involve Mitch Rapp but is a must read).

  2. David Forsmark permalink
    October 15, 2009 5:38 am

    Memorial Day was one I considered as a fave, as was Executive Power, his first post-9/11 book, and the one where I thought he came into his own as a writer.

    Term Limits is the only Flynn book I can’t recommend. Despite the qualifiers, it was a bit too sympathetic to the Timothy McVeigh brand of political change for my taste. The fact that it was super-patriotic ex-Special Forces types who were assassinating politicians, no matter how heinous their betrayal of American principles, bothered me. It was like Seven Days in May, but opposing the mutineer/coup leaders was bittersweet. It’s one thing to have a lone veteran commit such acts, it’s another to propose an organized group of them. It’s a close call, but I thought the reader was called to only regretfully want the shooters brought to justice.

    However, that said, the provocative nature of the book probably had a lot to do with Flynn being a big deal right out of the gate, and launched a great great career.

    • Jack Hampton permalink
      October 15, 2009 7:16 am

      I have never read a book by this man. What book would you suggest I start with and then progress to?

      • Debbie Wakefield permalink
        October 18, 2009 8:12 pm

        Flynn’s first Mitch Rapp book is Transfer of Power. That’s where I would start because it follows his life… both career and family. Then the following books in this order: The Third Option, Separation of Power, Executive Power, Memorial Day, Consent to Kill, Act of Treason, Protect and Defend, Extreme Measures, and finally, Pursuit of Honor. Personally, I loved Term Limits, which is his first novel, but not a Mitch Rapp novel, per se.

        • Jack Hampton permalink
          October 19, 2009 4:16 am

          Debbie
          Thanks, I will keep that list on my nexy trp to the book store.

  3. David Forsmark permalink
    October 15, 2009 7:46 am

    I started with Executive Power and went on from there. I suppose starting with Separation of Power would be fine, but Executive Power is really where he came into his own– and it’s a post 9-11 scenario so it still feels current. Separation dealt with Saddam trying to get nukes from North Korea.

  4. Brent Smith permalink
    October 15, 2009 9:38 am

    I can’t remember the name for the first book in the Mitch Rapp series, but I believe it involves a hostage rescue at a promient D.C. government building and it’s a thrill ride for sure. Maybe David could help me out on the title there.

  5. Maureen permalink
    October 15, 2009 1:21 pm

    I always liked Vince Flynn the author, but I really adore Vince Flynn the person. His recommendation to Obama to accept the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of our military and to donate the money to Gold Star Mothers and Wounded Warriors – that was brilliant!!!

  6. Esteban Cafe, World permalink
    October 15, 2009 7:41 pm

    So, your American president got into office by voting “Present” in the US Senate–where he had what, 144 total ‘working’ days of experience? By logical extension, one can conclude that just 11 days as the US President qualifies him in like manner for the Nobel Peace Prize.

    Nobody in his party is embarrassed that he received either unearned prize. That is because it is a way of life and entirely consistent in the Democrat Party…people receiving what they have not earned.

  7. Mark Waldman permalink
    October 16, 2009 11:41 am

    Am now reading Flynn’s latest for the second time – got it on my Kindle the first day it was out. It’s not one of his best, but still pretty darn good. The scene where Mitch Rapp is called to testify before Congress was a little clunky — Flynn obviously wanted to make a point — that I agree with, but it lowed the book down a bit. The dynamic of the book — Rapp’s search for the terrorists and the contrast between Rapp and Nash in their private lives — makes his point about what’s happening to our counter-terrorist warriors in a very poignant way. I just hope that there are some real life Mitch Rapps out there, don’t you?

  8. Hello permalink
    November 1, 2009 5:28 am

    Here is the real stuff!!!

  9. katlin permalink
    November 30, 2009 5:54 pm

    i am looking to buy a book for a friend, who is an extreme left-winger…do you think that Flynn’s Pursuit of Honor would be of interest to her? i know that he is more of a right-wing favorite…thanks for your input.

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