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
What a marvelous pictorial of how my favorite agent arrived. How spectacular it would be if he were indeed functioning as Flynn describes. Keep up the good work.
After having listened to several Mitch Rapp novels, it is nice to finally read about the beginning - too bad it's after I've listened to nearly all of the others. The author should have started with book one. Book one turns out to be one of the best I've read.
A must for followers of Vince Flynn's, Mitch Rapp series. This book stands alone extremely well. If you have never read a Vince Flynn book before, you could easily start with this one and then read the rest of his Mitch Rapp books in order. This book has earned a spot as one of my favorites - second only to Memorial Day. And I cannot fail to mention that George Guidall truly brings Mitch Rapp to life!
Worth Every Penny and Credit! Highly Recommended!
This was great book and I hope if movie is made they don't change too much from book and ruin wonderful work!
I thought this was a very enjoyable listen to the point of riding around just to listen. I thought there was plenty of action and humor and a story that was interesting. I have become an instant Vince Flynn fan.
I've enjoyed this action type book forever, and I have to say the narration and story s the best yet! do your self a favor,..and listen to this hit!!!!!!
I wasn't sure if I was going to like this as I don't usually go for prequels but wow this was great!!!
I only wish it was twice as long!!
I just cant wait for his next book to come out! We need more Mitch Rapp!!!
I loved this audio book. The story kept you on the edge and narator could have read a tech manual and kept it entertaining.
"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.
First book I've listened to twice after finishing this series of books about spies and assassins!
"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.
"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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