I'm an inveterate Vince Flynn/Mitch Rapp fan, so this review is bound to be biased. I always look forward to the next book in the series, and this one was a bit of surprise, taking us back to Rapp's recruitment. It was no disappointment.
The characters continue to be fresh and believable. The action is intense and coupled with great suspense. Further, that great catharsis always present in Flynn's novels does not disappoint. George Guidall does his usual masterful narration. I cannot imagine a different narrator now that I have coupled the voice with this series.
Ordinarily, I get these books through our Carnegie Library. It was impossible for me to wait for this one to become available, so I downloaded it. It was well worth it.
The big downside of having such a reliable author is having to wait for his next release.
I enjoy counter-terrorism, westerns, historical fiction, detective mysteries, and old school comedy like "A Christmas Story".
Mitch Rapp is my favorite American hero character. When it's time to get hard core, he gets hard core. He thinks, he acts with extreme prejudice when necessary, and he has no remorse. Why? Because the people he eliminates don't care about hurting innocents as they plan death and destruction in the name of their extremist religious beliefs. I know we could never enjoy this character on the big screen like James Bond(our closest would be Jack Bower in the series "24") because it would be too politically incorrect. I'd love to see a new Mitch Rapp movie come out every two years just as James Bond did beginning in 1960.
This book started moving from the first few minutes clear through to the end. I found myself driving around the block a couple times just to finish a chapter. The narrator, George Guidall, was amazing. This is not my usual type of listen but I took a gamble and loved it.
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I normally read the reviews before buying, and I did with this book. I almost walked away and I actually started looking elsewhere but I came back to this book. This is one of a few books who had my attention from beginning to end. The one review who complained about grafic torture was far from truth. This was a well written book, and very enjoyable. A must read!!!!
Good story outlining the early years of Mitch Rapp. Loved the characters. Narration was a bit annoying at times - trying too hard in the action parts, but loved the voice he gave to Hurley!!
Where did the story go? Man captured by the bad guys, man rescued by the good guys. There was a lot of middle eastern dialog and then where did the story go?
Really now, what are these people reading??
Nice to hear all about Rapp???s indoctrinations but only for a chapter or two-- not the entire novel! This was a serious disappointment to me, almost didn???t finish it???so predictable, pass?? and extremely boring. Not really sure what to expect since Rapp has endured just about everything expected of a ???special ops??? action character. I guess I???m still upset about Flynn???s disposal of Mitch???s wife and tired of the same old politico scenario concerning rendition and internal government power plays. Perhaps Flynn doesn???t know where to go next with his aging and battle-worn hero. How many more terrorists??? plots and hostage rescue missions are there??
What a book! Great writer, great narrator, and Mitch. This book is almost as good as Act of Treason. Since Act of Treason is as nearly perfect as this genre can get, this book is probably the best choice one could make this season.
I loved this book. Great prequel. Flynn has become better with time. And as is true of most prequels of characters that have earned some traction with the audience, it's very enjoyable to read about how it all started. best Flynn yet.