This is the second novel I read by Vince Flynn. He knows how to spin a story and certainly induce a patriotic fervor. I found myself harboring violent thoughts towards the antagonists in this novel, so he did get "my Irish up". If you don't already cultivate negative thoughts toward terrorists this should add a little motivation. Good listening and was surprised how often I found myself cranking up my ipod to get "the rest of the story...."
Vince Flynn is one of the top authors that I would highly recommend to anyone with an interest in this subject area. I waited a long time for this book like others because it marked the beginning of Mitch Rapp's career with the CIA and the challenges he faced becoming an operative. The only thing that was sad in the end one of the operatives was killed which is a harsh reminder of the dangers the career presents. Also, like how Vince ends his books leaving you with enough you can almost see where the next book will come in.
So this is where it all started with Mitch Rapp. I wasn???t sure this would be an interesting plot but Flynn pulled it off with a lot of interesting characters from Mitch???s past and not to over complicated story line. Not simplistic by any means, but not as twisted and mysterious as in his other books. This is not a negative comment though. However, there could have been a bit more action at the end for my taste. There was this long buildup, beginning with the flash forward at the start, to the end which was a bit anticlimactic. Just a bit of a letdown, hence the four star rating, but I enjoyed the story and recommend the book to readers of the series. I would not recommend it for someone new to the series. Start from the beginning, read a couple then go back to this one if you???re interested in knowing a little more about the main character. This book makes me want to re-read Transfer of Power to see if this story stays true to the first in the series. It does make me wonder if Vince is running out of ideas for our hero. I hope not. I truly enjoy the series and look forward to the next installment. All in all a credit well spent.
The story wasn't bad, but the torture segments were a little over the top. It was as though the author was attempting to make it clear that the "American" assassin only kills the "really bad people".
The book was somewhat entertaining, but the storyline and language were racist. Evil Palestinians and Russians versus brave Americans who practiced the same behavior they were condemning. Torture and murder are in violation of laws of this country. This is where people get their ideas about conflicts in the Middle East. There needs to be some context and nod to reality. Heroes don't murder and torture people.
Since I have to make a four hour drive every Friday and Monday, audio books are proving to be a life saver, and an addiction.
This book in particular fed my addiction in ways that can only be described as euphoric. A splendidly crafted use of flashbacks, real time, and insights created a book that I will have to read, even though I've already listened to it, know the outcome and experienced the thrill of this all consuming story!
I have to know what it's like to sit up until the wee hours of the morning, not wanting to wait to see what the next page brings; yes it's that good! I will forgo the sleep!
The book was “Awesome”, it answers a lot of questions that you have often asked yourself when you start reading a series. This goes back to the beginning and now a lot of things just fall in place. The end of the book went really quick, actually too quick. I wish Vince would have drawn it out a little more like the rest of the book, but for me it was wonderful.
Having been disappointed by his most recent outings, I was almost ready to conclude that Vince Flynn had run out of ideas and had begun phoning it in. But I was pleasantly surprised by the freshness and flair of this story developing Mitch Rapp's backstory. I normally prequels, but Flynn pulls it off with the kind of skill he showed in his earlier books. This is a well-crafted thriller that I thoroughly enjoyed. As usual, George Guidall's nuanced narration adds great value to the listening experience.
I have been a solid fan of the Rapp novels for sometime. However, I had found the last few at times turned too modern political and got away from the spycraft. This story really just works, on almost every level, as an intro to who Rapp is. I won't deny that the storytelling works much better if you've read other Rapp books - in part because seeing some of these characters at an earlier point in the timeline gives you a very unique way to look at this book. Still, the book rotates between some very solid spycraft, solid dialogue, as well as scenes that seemed as though they were grafted from a book like "Ender's Game" :) The "A" story, revolving around the maturation of Rapp and his entrance into the program is a great work in that it looks at the root of a well known story and doesn't wreck it. It's often that writers go back and do a "prequel" type book and find themselves creating storms of continuity errors. Here, Flynn has managed to use all of the well known elements of the Rapp story and work them while staying true to past books.
Out of all the Rapp books, this is in the top 3 for me, and the best work he's done in the Rapp series in several years, a real return to form book.
Vince Flynn keeps getting better. The story of how Mitch Rapp began at the CIA is well done and captivating. I felt bad when the book was over. There is no better narrator than George Guidall!
Bob McCann, Rochester NY