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
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.
it was nice to have an entire story on how Rapp became who he is today. worth a listen for sure. it is also good as a stand alone book and will get you hooked into the series.
I am a person that tries and get through 1 book a week if possible. I am Dyslexic so this is really the only way I can get through a book. I have listened to more book in a year than I read my first 20 years of my life. I found the joy of audio books in the early 2000 and have been a audible customer since 2000 or 2001. I have over 490 books in 2 different accounts and listened to 90%.
Mitch was the underdog and proved everyone wrong
Mitch always Mitch
Hurley and Mitch. They both had a love hate relationship. Hurley loved to hate Mitch for no reason.
This was a great book and you can listen to any of Flynn's book without having to read any other books before hand. It helps but not required.
the ending left a bit to be desired. We are going 100 MPH and then epilog but other than that this was a great read with a lot of interesting humor thrown into a really good spy novel.
The who experience from the narration to the storyline was amazing
Mitch Rapp is a great character. I am going to listen to the whole series
Mitch Rapp I hope there is a real Rapp protecting the USA
I hated to pause this book
People who enjoy fantasies.
He animated the characters very well.
Detailed radio frequencies during the flight from Europe to South America - are they really necessary? Very annoing - for several minutes just digits and dots, absolutely meaningless.
As far as contemporary fiction stories, it's probably at least in my top ten. I have been searching for a new author, and Flynn is definitely it. I started with American Assassin, and was hooked. As far as character development and adventure, it was a fun, action packed book. SInce reading this one, I started at the beginning of the series, and am up to Separation of Power. I will say that the American Assassin has been my favorite out of all of them, but each one has been hard to put away once I started.
I really enjoyed all of the encounters with Hurly in the book. He was a fun and hilarious character.
The scene were Hurly & Rap were fighting for the first time & Hurly was about to have his ass handed to him, and he cheated. How funny.
Yes. It was hard to put away once I started.
Though probably not the best ever in any chategory, it definitely ranked as far as entertainment goes. Non-stop adventure. Since I started reading Flynn I'm afraid to talk on the phone!! ;)
Listened to this one again. Love the story & performance. Vince Flynn passed away a few years ago, and I miss having new Mitch Rapp exploits. Thank you Mr. Flynn for your remarkable stories and well done.
"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 !
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"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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