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American Assassin | [Vince Flynn]

American Assassin

Before he was considered a CIA superagent, before he was thought of as a terrorists 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Mona houston, TX, United States 02-11-11
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    "Classic ignorant"

    I cannot get over the fact that americans are the ones invading Iraq and killing all innocent people. They are the ones who support Israel keep its inhumane occupation to Palestine yet here we have a novel of an american assassin who tries to do justice!
    I look for the day when we have novels of palestines doing sting operations in USA or overseas against the zionists and the agents who tortured innocent people

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    Lance Littleton, CO, United States 02-07-11
    Lance Littleton, CO, United States 02-07-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Can't get enough of Mitch Rapp"

    Another great book by Vince Flynn, It is great to finally get a look at how Mitch Rapp became Mitch Rapp.

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    02-01-11
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    "Ho - Hum except for the graphic tortures"

    I was really looking forward to this book. Maybe I listened to too much hype about it, but it didn't live up to the expectation. Fairly weak plot, but boy can he write some really, really graphic torture passages. Yuck. You can write this terrorism and torture stuff without the gritty details and leave some of it to our imaginations. So, if you like that sort of stuff you'll love this.

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    01-27-11
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    "Best yet"

    If your a Flynn Fan you will like to go back with Mich Rapp to how it all started

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    Stephanie Zaza 01-22-11 Member Since 2011
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    "More of the Same"

    I keep trying to break my Vince Flynn habit because these books are all the same - righteous and violent. Why do I keep going back? Probably because they are like potato chips - you can't stop with one! I was interested to see how Vince Flynn had envisioned the "creation" of Mitch Rapp, but the development part of this fell short for me. OK, he is a gifted athlete so we don't need the details on the physical training, but what about the indoctrination? We got very little of how someone goes from being a college student to a cold-blooded assasin. George Guidall is terrific as usual, but I've always envisioned Rapp as someone much younger than Guidall's voice sounds to be (even in the later books where Rapp is in his 40s). Guidall is so much better cast in Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire books with his older, raspier voice and slight western drawl.

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    Stephanie Lynn, MA, United States 01-20-11
    Stephanie Lynn, MA, United States 01-20-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Unable to suspend my disbelief"

    Apparently this is one of a series? Really? No thanks! I love George Guidall and everything, but even he could not save this one. And the gratuitous graphic violence was just nasty. None of this is realistic, much less believable. Le Carre this guy ain't.

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    Tom Mourning 01-18-11 Listener Since 2006
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    "Vince Rules!"

    Vince Flynn's books are absolutely incredible! He has spoiled me for writers I used to think were really good. They pale by comparison. It makes it frustrating that he only does one a year. So I have to go read the other guys and yawn...

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    Steve Las Vegas, NV 01-17-11
    Steve Las Vegas, NV 01-17-11 Member Since 2010
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    "4.5 stars. Did not disappoint."

    Love all of Vince Flynn's books. He's my favorite author for this type of book. You don't want them to end.

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    Wm Bruce Ford 01-16-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Sappy cussleresque story line."

    Starts out good and then degenerates into unblievable superhuman silliness. Hero sustains disabling wounds but soldiers on to rescue little kids held in evil castle against unbelievable odds aided by wealthy ex-spy (with lots of guns) and kindly french nurse.

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    Thomas T. Veldhouse 01-14-11 Member Since 2014
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    "One of his best books yet!"

    Vince Flynn takes you back to the beginning of Mitch's career and it is a real smack ... he lets the reader have it with all his creative power! The plot is actually very simple, but the interaction of the characters and the reality of how they interact really makes the book. Vince Flynn is my favorite author in this genre bar none at the moment. I am really looking forward to his next book; even if he creates a new character and/or series.

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    "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.

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  • Churchill1940
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    "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!

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  • MR
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    "Dreadful Narration"
    What disappointed you about American Assassin?

    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.


    Would you recommend American Assassin to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend the paper book but not this audiobook.


    What didn’t you like about George Guidall’s performance?

    Everything. See above for the worst points but he also sounded very old.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was difficult to ascertain but underneath the narration it could possibly be a good book.


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  • Kirsteen
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    "Excellent, a Gripping Story"
    If you could sum up American Assassin in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, Detailed, Spirited


    Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favourite?

    Mitch Rapp


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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