Best ofthe best
Boy, hard to compare. This is an outstanding Mitch Rapp book. Vince Flynn is most definitely not coasting. He must have incredible sources in intelligence and special operations and have spent a lot of time in Afghanistan/Pakistan. The texture and granularity are outstanding without in any way detracting from the story. Flynn is inside the heads of the opposition. You are THERE.
This is a fine performance. I have listened to other Mitch Rapp stories. Guidall does a great job.
This is an action story, so I would not use the word "moved." Engaged? You bet. Nobody does action like Vince Flynn.
the attitude is one of false innocence, of surprise at worldly things
the first chapters
I have only started listening, so this review may be unfair. However, the book is very slow and wordy. It makes me wonder if it was ghostwritten. It is flat and devoid of texture. And I have to say that the author's characterization of the Valerie Plame outing is tendentious and political. He ascribes her unveiling as a CIA agent as due to people on George W Bush's staff. This is only true if you take the view that everybody in the Executive Branch is "on Bush's staff." It is well-known that Plame's unveiling was due to a comment by Richard Armitage at the State Department and that the CIA did not wave off the columnist when it was queried by him. The characterization of the unveiling as coming from Bush's staff and Libby's conviction for perjury as a confirmation of this is simply political cant. And this interpretation is coming from an INTELLIGENCE officer who presumably deals in nuance. It destroyed the believability of the book for me.
Rob Lowe turns out to be a great writer and narrator. Perhaps because of his extraordinary good looks, one expects him to be shallow. He is anything but. This is by far the best Hollywood (auto)biography I have ever "read." It is real literature, which is not to put anybody off. It is not in any way stuffy or boring. It is filled with riveting episodes and insights. I could not stop listening!
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