This was my first encounter with a Flynn novel and I have to say it was enjoyable. I was a bit nervous starting the Mitch Rapp series with this book and not his first, but since this is really the introduction of the character anyway it works out just fine.
I was a bit disappointed at the ending (not with the outcome, but the pacing).
Stan Hurely..More More More !!! please we need him in these books I love this guy,Ive never laughed from a book like I did crying with tears in my eyes God bless the narrator and the author
The only problem with this book is that it ended as soon as it did! The combination of Flynn and Guidall is unbeatable. In latter pages I was literally crying from laughter at one of the character's (who is a character) behavior. The writing and performance are superb! Let's have another!
If you are fan of Vince Flynns' avenger, Mitch Rapp, you won't want to miss this story. It tells of the origin of Mitch Rapp, the trained assassin. the story also introduces many of the characters that have appeared in his other books, including Irrene Kenney, Thomas Stansfield and Stan Hurely. It starts when a young Irene Kennedy recruits a a recent college graduate, Mitch Rapp for a 'dark ops' group. Most of the story deals with Rapp's training at the hands of Stan Hurley. Although their relationship is the often chronicled conflicts between the hardened drill instructor knocking heads with a young trainee, Flynn's description is anything but boring. After training, the story continues with the first mission that Rapp is sent on...he and Hurley are sent to kill enemies of the United States. As the mission is not the main point of the book, there are much fewer details, planning and complications than usually found in a Mitch Rapp story - but the writing is exciting nonetheless.
If you have not previously read a Mitch Rapp story, I suspect that you will be entertained by the story but the themes will be much clearer with knowledge of previous stories...perhaps this story will convince new readers to go back and read the other Rapp stories.
I have read Vince Flynn's previous two books and thought they were excellent adventures. This one was not so good. American Assassin follows a similar pattern to the last two books with Mitch as a highly skilled loaner working outside the government. Prisoners are taken, tortured, rescued by Mitch. I think its the torture part with detailed descriptions of fingernails being pulled out with pliers that turns me off. The adventure is pretty good but very similar to his previous books. Also, it is pretty unrealistic that a single guy can overwhelm numerous armed enemy without a scratch.
Please note: If your are a person that listens to a book while trying to go to bed or zone out into the book while commuting, I can almost guarantee you will be late for work. Especially if you work in a building where no electronics are allowed. The first night I listened to American Assassin, I stayed up 4 hrs later than I should and woke up an hour later than I should. Days 2, 3, 4 I found myself taking the long way to work, eating lunch in my car, and anxiously running errands for the family just to have uninhibited time with the book. The flow of the book break neck speeds, the narrator sharp & on point, the characters...Mitch Rapp = All American Bad A**
Retired Ex-Pat living Near San Jose, Costa Rica.
Book: A prequel and it works! Flynn writes a fine tight action novel of how how our favorite terrorist killer (Rapp) gets started and ties up a few stray ends covering various goodies he has thrown to us in other books. Excellent read all they way through... though I would have liked to have him develop and string us out a bit more during the final showdown with the baddies. He ended it a bit too quick. Maybe deadline? Grade A- because he rushed the finish
Reader: Guidall? Always solid. I like the way he speeds up when the action is hot. Exactly what I do when really "reading" a book. Not perfect with all the voices, but still a fine job. Grade B
It is a ride of constant excitement and wondering what will come next. This was especially good because it gives an early history of the characters before they became the main character. It was excellent and worth your time and money.
Watch out Scott Harvath, Jack Ryan, etc. Mitch Rapp is the new super hero. Flynn does great job on this book. This is the first audio book that I had to listen to end-to-end where most I just listen to in my commute to work. If you love spy thrillers where the good guy kills a lot of terrorists, this book is for you.