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
In fact, I'd never have carried it around...one advantage of an audio book is that nobody knows what you are reading. See, my next book is Villette, and I bet I'm the only Flynn reader who goes next to Charlotte Bronte, with equal delight.
So now that you know what a snob I am, you should know that I LOVED this book, found myself listening at every opportunity. Violent, casual about civil liberties, women all ciphers...none of that interfered with the fun.
So yay for Flynn, I"ll read another now, thank you, and always look for George Guidall, one of the best readers ever.
Keeps true to form without being formulaic. Hard to imagine sometimes how to continue a series, and often jumping to the beginning doesn't work. This one did, enjoyed it immensely.
This was my first time listening to a Vince Flynn novel. It will not be my last. This was a very entertaining spy thriller. If you like the Bourne series, this will be a welcome addition to your library. The narrator's voice is rugged yet expressive and almost perfect for this type of story telling. I was very entertained by this book.
I live on Puget Sound and my wife and I spend our summers on our boat out on the water.
The characters in the book mouth a lot of words like honor, courage, and values. The author has little of these has he does a thinly veiled smear of a number of Americans that do not share his political views. While the story line and action are certainly compelling, his Fox Network view of the world is a bit off putting.
This is the 6th audio book i have listened to,i can only say it was awesome,George should get an academy award for this narration,Great Great book
I must have a read a completely different book from most of the reviewers. This book was boring, boring, shallow, prosaic, full of stereotypes and ultimately unrealistic. I have liked the narrator with other books, but he was totally inappropriate for this type of novel. Every character sounded the same and most sounded like crotchety old men. I found the plot confusing and hard to follow. The author was unable to generate any empathy (or sympathy) for any of the characters. The ending was totally predictable and quite unsatisfying. This was my first, and last, Vince Flynn book
The Mitch Rapp series is EXCELLENT and I recommend it to anyone that love the USA and wants to believe we would do the right thing when is comes to our safety. We MUST have a MITCH RAPP in our intelligence groups or we will be domed. Our politicians CANNOT and WILL NOT get the job done because they only care about their own future and being politically correct.
Excellent job bringing Mitch's past to the present. Should grab new readers and give them the "start" they need to jump into the Mitch Rapp series. Well played Mr. Flyyn.
This novel is boring and out of sync with all the other novels with Mitch Rapp. His story line had built over the years. But this, the story line about the CIA training is fantasy. The plot was too predictable and where did the suspense go. F___this and F___ that Stan Hurley. The profanity is too extreme and Stan Hurley’s character is just too bizarre. American Assassin reminded me of why I prefer English novels. This novel was a waste of my time. I gave up half way though, then after a three week break I thought to myself, ‘It’s got to get better’, but no it never did. It will be years before I try another Vince Flynn novel if ever. This is a two thumbs down book and I’m sorry to say I listened to the whole things and I’m worse off for doing so. I’m raving against the book!
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