Before he was considered a CIA superagent, before he was thought of as a terrorist's worst nightmare, and before he was both loathed and admired by the politicians on Capitol Hill, Mitch Rapp was a gifted college athlete without a care in the world... and then tragedy struck.
Two decades of cutthroat, partisan politics has left the CIA and the country in an increasingly vulnerable position. Cold War veteran and CIA Operations Director Thomas Stansfield knows he must prepare his people for the next war. The rise of Islamic terrorism is coming, and it needs to be met abroad before it reaches America's shores. Stansfield directs his protégé, Irene Kennedy, and his old Cold War colleague, Stan Hurley, to form a new group of clandestine operatives who will work outside the normal chain of commandmen who do not exist.
What type of man is willing to kill for his country without putting on a uniform? Kennedy finds him in the wake of the Pan Am Lockerbie terrorist attack. Two-hundred and seventy souls perished that cold December night, and thousands of family and friends were left searching for comfort. Mitch Rapp was one of them, but he was not interested in comfort. He wanted retribution.
Six months of intense training has prepared him to bring the war to the enemy's doorstep, and he does so with brutal efficiency. Rapp starts in Istanbul, where he assassinates the Turkish arms dealer who sold the explosives used in the Pan Am attack. Rapp then moves onto Hamburg with his team and across Europe, leaving a trail of bodies. All roads lead to Beirut, though, and what Rapp doesnt know is that the enemy is aware of his existence and has prepared a trap. The hunter is about to become the hunted, and Rapp will need every ounce of skill and cunning if he is to survive the war-ravaged city and its various terrorist factions.
©2010 Vince Flynn (P)2010 Simon and Schuster Audio
Vince Flynn is one of my all time Favorite Authors and American Assassin is one of the BEST of the Series!!
Yes. This book is unique for the genre. It is not only Exciting it is also Amusing. The "Twenty Questions" section with Stan Hurley is down right Hysterical!
George Guidall's narration helps to make the book especially when portraying Stan Hurley
My husband and I laughed quite a bit! The Stan Hurley's "20 Questions" scene and when Rapp first meets Greta standout!
Several sections were very entertaining!
One of Vince Flynn's best books. My husband and I have listened to it a few times and we are listening to the entire series again in preparation for Flynn/Kyle Mills latest book. Kyle Mills is a decent author and has done a good job subbing for Robert Ludlum. We hope he honors Flynn's memory as well.
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.
Emergency physician and fantasy nerd in Chicago.
Not sure, someone who liked generics spy novels?
The whole book seems to be about Hurley's temper tantrums. Also I have to say that Rapp is a completely cardboard character. I've rarely read a book with so little development of the main character.
He has a great voice, but he sounds the way you'd expect Hurley to sound (gruff) and so it seems weird for him to be voicing all the other characters.
A few parts are pretty fun.
For those who like Archer, I think the show may have been slightly influenced by this book.
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.
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