I've read/listened to all Vince Flynn's books, and while I thought the series got a bit tired over the last four books or so, he's shot new life into it with this work. I hope he's smart enough to take this gap between American Assassin and his first Rapp novel, Transfer of Power, and fill in that decade with a decade's worth of new Rapp material from his younger years. He could easily squeeze out eight or nine more annual offerings just by doing that, without allowing the series to get stale. While I'm not a fan of the guy doing the unabridged version, I love Armand Schultz, as both Mitch Rapp and Brad Thor's Scott Harvath. And he did a wonderful job here, bringing Rapp back to a younger, more naive version of the scorned, crusty guy he was by his 43rd birthday in the last novel. Great stuff from both writer and narrator!
This is, undoubtedly, the worst John Sandford novel to date. Next to nothing happens in it, and the author insists on dragging out the most minute, implausible details in order to push his page count up high enough to demand a "novel" price. I kept falling asleep listening to it. In fact, two-thirds of the way through the unabridged version, I had to switch to the abridged version, just to cut out some of the filler and actually FINISH the thing!
What a mess. As a writer, I can honestly say that I could've written this story better in one-fourth the page count.
Terrible stuff. Stick with his earlier work.
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