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.
Our Country has lost its moral blueprint and is full of PC nonsense. The right and left seem to be further apart today then ever before and no one wants to take a stand on putting an end to it. Muslims flew planes into building and killed thousands of Americans and today we actually have a large segment of society that will allow them to build a mosque there and accuse all that appose as being racist. What in the World has happened to us? In reality we may not be able to do anything about our direction but Mitch Rapp can! He doesn't take crap from anyone and I love reading about his "Cowboy Ways"! This book is terrific. Please keep him going.
I was looking forward to this book, but the narrator almost put me too sleep after 20 minutes. I will probably just read the book. Too bad I can't get my credit back.
Weak story line. Annoying narration.
R.C. Bray Narrated book. "Mountain Man"
It was like listening to an old drunk Cartman. ( from Southpark.)
I really tried to push through it but couldn't. I believe it could have been good but there just wasn't enough depth in the characters. And Cartman narration was just too much.
A veritable book-on-tape-worm.
Exceptionally crafted storytelling.
It's a little like Without Remorse by Tom Clancy. Much like John Kelly, Mitch Rapp is a noble protagonist motivated to reckon with those who've wronged him; however, American Assassin delivers the back-story to Flynn's earlier Rapp novels, making Rapp a fledgling right-setter in the early stages of his training and career. This adds depth and humanity to his character while his wounds are still fresh.
The scene after Rapp's training where Hurley educates Rapp on his missteps on his first operation. The scenes where he sets the stage for Rapp and Richards in the car on their way to Hamburg are also wildly entertaining. Despite his rough edges, you can tell that Hurley has a sincere sense of honor and duty. Not only to his country and his job, but to those he's charged to train. Hurley is a real character -- your achetypical "old school" assassin who takes no lip and has no problem telling people what he really thinks -- and Guidall plays him to a tee.
The end, although a little anti-climactic, gave me hope for our Government -- if there truly are people like Thomas Stansfield in positions of power.
Despite this being the 11th Rapp novel, it was the first one I listened to after my dad turned me on to Flynn. It was just the luck of the draw that it was the book where it all started with Rapp, but I've been hooked on Rapp novels ever since. I've listed to every one George Guidall has narrated and each one has been a nail-biter the whole way through. The kicker is that they have tremendous replay-ability. However, Guidall is the only one who can really capture the essence of the characters so I can't bring myself to buy any of the other Rapp novel audiobooks that he doesn't read. I'm not going to quit Flynn by any means, but I'll be getting the paperbacks to read manually. I'll just have to read them in Guidall's voice.
Indeed I would. Story & performance kept me involved the whole way. Couldn't wait to get back to it when I had to other things (like sleep!).
Too many to mention
Every single one of them.
More of this quality, please
This was my first Vince Flynn novel and I am now a fan of his and planning to buy previous works of his. This is a great spy book as it seems very realistic in that it has real politics and views the people behind the spies and realistic action situations. George Guidall did a great job with the narration as he has a great voice for this type of book and used great inflections for each character. As I listened to it I found that I had a hard time stopping it, as it was addictive to listen to.