While better than the last two Rapp novels, this 'origin issue' could have been a lot better. It seems like Flynn has run out of ideas for Rapp and is just going through the numbers now with this series. This truly could have been much better in the character development behind the American Assassin. Instead, we get a Superman story. For example, when Rapp, immediately after being recruited by Kennedy arrives at a spy training camp in Virginia, there is nothing for him to learn. Rapp, after having done nothing more than 'taken a few months of courses at a strip mall dojo' manages to immediately and embarrassingly beat his instructor in hand to hand combat, a man who's been training Special Forces soldiers day in and out for years who also has decades of fighting experience. The rest of the time at Spy camp is spent exercising. We don't get one shred of insight as to how Rapp learns his spycraft or his great 'dirty tricks' he uses on the terrorists in the earlier novels. It only takes about 5 minutes on the gun range for the 'never been taught to shoot' Rapp to become an expert and the best shot in the service. The latter portion of the novel is Rapp's first mission in Beirut and you can already see the ending many chapters before it arrives. There just wasn't much suspense or surprises that could have been done with a little more effort from Vince Flynn. And it's a shame because I own nearly all of his books except for the last few and I know he has the talent in him.
I made the mistake of starting to listen to this book at about 11pm. Finally turned it off at 4am so I could get 3 hours sleep before the alarm went off. After 5 minutes, you're into it.
I had hoped the book would have gone on for a couple more chapters, but the ending was appropriate and well done.
The easiest 5 stars ever assigned. This is actually a good first read for those new to Vince Flynn. Then do the Vince Flynn books in order.
Flynn hits a home run again! The only thing wrong with the experience of hearing Guidall bring Rapp to life as only he can is that it's just like dining out on a good steak...it's so delicious that you know you should take your time and savor every minute, but just can't help yourself when you devour it like a maniac and suddenly it's over before you know it. Pure genius to take us back to the beginning, Vince. Hold on tight, Rapp fans. Another great kick in the teeth to the PC crowd.
This may be a very good book in the genre (of which I'm not a regular listener), but I found the plot, prose and character development simplistic at best. Overall, I was entertained (if unimpressed) and I do not regret using a credit on the purchase. The narrator was very good.
great series start
yes, and ive listen to it twice
George Guidall, is Mitch Rapp !!!!!!
But this is simply not his best. A fairly predictable plot, with not the usual intrigue and suspense. I have read all the Mitch Rapp books. This is my least favorite.
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I read this when it was first published and, for the most part, followed the Mitch Rapp story arc thru the years. However, it hasn't aged well at all .
The positive aspect is that Geo. Guidall can read the Yellow Pages and make it thrilling. Since I've been listening to the Longmire series it was easy for me to get confused with Henry Standing Bear and Mitch Rapp. Great job Mr Guidall-on both series.
As for the intro to the series -well, it was lacking in 2013 what it might have had when published. If you're new to the series, I understand the need to listen to the backstory...I'm sure I'm not the only person who picked up one of the middle of the series books on special from Audible. Just don't expect too much from Vince Flynns Mitch Rapp at 22.
Sorry. It just didnt age well.