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.
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Thrilling Creative and Gutsy
Thomas Stansfield talking about Rapp
When Rapp took down Hurley when he joined the CIA
Rapp's smart acting and his reflexes were awesome
Simply put you must listen to this book. It is an amazing story with twists and turns that keep you on the edge. I highly recommend a listen to!!!!
American Assassin provides great background on Mitch Rapp, but you may be disappointed if you have read other Mitch Rapp books first. From future books, we know Mitch to be a die-hard super killing machine--so it is a bit awkward to see him as a wet-behind-the-ears recruit. However, the story is still amazing and Vince Flynn continues to entertain. George Guidall is once again AWESOME at narrating the story of Mitch and really brings the characters to life.
Knowing how Mitch Rapp came to be "The Mitch Rapp".
When young Mitch beat the crap out of Hurley. No one could believe it. I loved the humor in this book. I found myself laughing out loud.
George Guidall is the very best! His gravely voice and inflections are perfect.
It made me laugh!
This will be a great start to a wonderful film series. We now have our own American James Bond!!
I didn't do the print version.
The main character, Mitch Rapp
Where he saves his mentor
If I had the time I would
I just did the next book in the series, "Kill Shot" and it was even better.
I am a professional driver so this a great way for me to do while I am driving
Top 10 the series as a whole is great Tom Cruise should not be in this. Need a larger than life actor.
Time to Fight Back
Good starter for series Characters are Great
I LOVE THIS CHARACTER. EVERYTHING IN THIS SERIES FEELS LIKE THE REAL THING AND IT COULD HAPPEN. AS MY CREDITS BUILD UP I WILL BE ORDERING ALL 12 BOOKS IN THIS SERIES.
THE "GOOD GUYS" WIN FOR A CHANGE.
ANYTIME STAN HURLEY GETS INVOLVED.
THE WHOLE STORY MOVED ME.
CAN'T WAIT UNTIL I CAN AFFORD THE NEXT INSTALLMENT.
Some parts are so fast paced I want to make sure I didn't miss anything.
Yes. My husband and I listen during 4-hour drives to visit college children. When we get to the campus, we'd sit in the car breathlessly waiting for the end of a chapter.
Voices bring out the characters' personality
This is my first Mitch Rapp book and I rely a lot on "reader" reviews regarding the narrators. The reviews of George Guidall were so positive, I didn't think I could go wrong. Wow. Did I go wrong! Love the story line and characters but the narration ruined it for me. He sounded like an 85 year old man with loose dentures. It was almost impossible to experience the young, virile characters and action through his narration. His voice and intonation reminded me of my grandfather reading a fairytale to my kids. I'm baffled by the reviews.
"Narrator doesn't cut it"
I couldn't get into this book, narrator would be far better suited to family Christmas stories not assassins...
First book I've listened to twice after finishing this series of books about spies and assassins!
"Not too bad"
Story just ok in terms of content. Narrator not so good. Have been spoilt by excellence of Paul Thornley narration and measure all against. Not sure about continuing series.
"Excellent cant wait to listen to the rest !"
I found the author Vince Flynn through an Audible recommendation based on my previous purchases. They could not have been more right.
What a find !
I was gripped from very early on as the back story and characters were skilfully built.
The worst part of the book was ... it ended could have listened for hours more.
I haven't listened to any others but loved his narration in this book
Just a well written well performed story
Just added the rest of the series to my Wish list !
Say no more
"Exactly what it says on the жестяная"
An entertaining book, without the usual overindulgence of back story, enjoyed it and thought it kept the same pace throughout.
"Good action story, well read"
I am a Baldacci fan and have become used to his style of drama. This story was well paced with a good plot some twists. Bad language a little much but mostly in context, so did not distract from story. I have come to like the main character so will listen to another.
"Vince Flynn introduces Mitch Rapp a masterpiece!"
I have become a Vince Flynn addict. He is masterful writer keeping your pulse racing until a great climax as you will find.
George Guidall one of Audible best narrator's brings forth the excitement of Flynn's writing. His character changes, just remarkable. 5* should be used as a narrator more often. Bar-Humbug to anyone's else's opinion!
"Excellent, a Gripping Story"
Exciting, Detailed, Spirited
I loved it and kept switching it back on at every opportunity. I found the story gripping and really exciting, I got very nervous when it came to scenes of torture, as I can't bare to know the details of such things and if I was watching a movie or reading the book I would skip past any gory bits, but there is no such luxury when listening to audio. Thankfully the torture scenes were kept to a minimum and the details not too gory.
"Fast paced, but not at the expense of depth of storyline"
Discovered this book while browsing for my next "read" wow what a find!!
Interesting characters, and set in the recent past. I just couldn't put it down.
This narrator completely spoiled what could have been a good book. He emphasised the wrong words in sentences, took breaths in the middle of sentences and didn't even bother to try different voices for the characters. Overall he was appalling.
I would recommend the paper book but not this audiobook.
Everything. See above for the worst points but he also sounded very old.
It was difficult to ascertain but underneath the narration it could possibly be a good book.
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