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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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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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    William Brooklyn, NY, United States 11-25-10
    William Brooklyn, NY, United States 11-25-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Yung Operative's Beginning"

    Vince Flynn is one of the top authors that I would highly recommend to anyone with an interest in this subject area. I waited a long time for this book like others because it marked the beginning of Mitch Rapp's career with the CIA and the challenges he faced becoming an operative. The only thing that was sad in the end one of the operatives was killed which is a harsh reminder of the dangers the career presents. Also, like how Vince ends his books leaving you with enough you can almost see where the next book will come in.

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    E. A. Jacques Michigan USA 11-25-10
    E. A. Jacques Michigan USA 11-25-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Good Listen for Series Fans"

    So this is where it all started with Mitch Rapp. I wasn???t sure this would be an interesting plot but Flynn pulled it off with a lot of interesting characters from Mitch???s past and not to over complicated story line. Not simplistic by any means, but not as twisted and mysterious as in his other books. This is not a negative comment though. However, there could have been a bit more action at the end for my taste. There was this long buildup, beginning with the flash forward at the start, to the end which was a bit anticlimactic. Just a bit of a letdown, hence the four star rating, but I enjoyed the story and recommend the book to readers of the series. I would not recommend it for someone new to the series. Start from the beginning, read a couple then go back to this one if you???re interested in knowing a little more about the main character. This book makes me want to re-read Transfer of Power to see if this story stays true to the first in the series. It does make me wonder if Vince is running out of ideas for our hero. I hope not. I truly enjoy the series and look forward to the next installment. All in all a credit well spent.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dan El Paso, TX, United States 11-24-10
    Dan El Paso, TX, United States 11-24-10 Member Since 2006
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    "A little too much torture"

    The story wasn't bad, but the torture segments were a little over the top. It was as though the author was attempting to make it clear that the "American" assassin only kills the "really bad people".

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    Craig Campbell austin, TX United States 11-24-10
    Craig Campbell austin, TX United States 11-24-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Racist and endorses torture and murder"

    The book was somewhat entertaining, but the storyline and language were racist. Evil Palestinians and Russians versus brave Americans who practiced the same behavior they were condemning. Torture and murder are in violation of laws of this country. This is where people get their ideas about conflicts in the Middle East. There needs to be some context and nod to reality. Heroes don't murder and torture people.

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    Michael Jacksonville, FL, United States 11-23-10
    Michael Jacksonville, FL, United States 11-23-10
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    "To sleep is to postpone something great!"

    Since I have to make a four hour drive every Friday and Monday, audio books are proving to be a life saver, and an addiction.
    This book in particular fed my addiction in ways that can only be described as euphoric. A splendidly crafted use of flashbacks, real time, and insights created a book that I will have to read, even though I've already listened to it, know the outcome and experienced the thrill of this all consuming story!
    I have to know what it's like to sit up until the wee hours of the morning, not wanting to wait to see what the next page brings; yes it's that good! I will forgo the sleep!

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    Bryan Waco, TX, United States 11-22-10
    Bryan Waco, TX, United States 11-22-10
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    "I want more!!!"

    The book was “Awesome”, it answers a lot of questions that you have often asked yourself when you start reading a series. This goes back to the beginning and now a lot of things just fall in place. The end of the book went really quick, actually too quick. I wish Vince would have drawn it out a little more like the rest of the book, but for me it was wonderful.

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    Moku 11-20-10
    Moku 11-20-10 Member Since 2007
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    "An excellent prequel"

    Having been disappointed by his most recent outings, I was almost ready to conclude that Vince Flynn had run out of ideas and had begun phoning it in. But I was pleasantly surprised by the freshness and flair of this story developing Mitch Rapp's backstory. I normally prequels, but Flynn pulls it off with the kind of skill he showed in his earlier books. This is a well-crafted thriller that I thoroughly enjoyed. As usual, George Guidall's nuanced narration adds great value to the listening experience.

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    Chris Overland Park, KS, United States 11-15-10
    Chris Overland Park, KS, United States 11-15-10
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    "Maybe one of the best Vince Flynn works"

    I have been a solid fan of the Rapp novels for sometime. However, I had found the last few at times turned too modern political and got away from the spycraft. This story really just works, on almost every level, as an intro to who Rapp is. I won't deny that the storytelling works much better if you've read other Rapp books - in part because seeing some of these characters at an earlier point in the timeline gives you a very unique way to look at this book. Still, the book rotates between some very solid spycraft, solid dialogue, as well as scenes that seemed as though they were grafted from a book like "Ender's Game" :) The "A" story, revolving around the maturation of Rapp and his entrance into the program is a great work in that it looks at the root of a well known story and doesn't wreck it. It's often that writers go back and do a "prequel" type book and find themselves creating storms of continuity errors. Here, Flynn has managed to use all of the well known elements of the Rapp story and work them while staying true to past books.

    Out of all the Rapp books, this is in the top 3 for me, and the best work he's done in the Rapp series in several years, a real return to form book.

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    Robert M McCann Pittsford, NY, US 11-14-10
    Robert M McCann Pittsford, NY, US 11-14-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Fantastic Flynn"

    Vince Flynn keeps getting better. The story of how Mitch Rapp began at the CIA is well done and captivating. I felt bad when the book was over. There is no better narrator than George Guidall!
    Bob McCann, Rochester NY

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    T. J Kasper Orlando, FL USA 11-14-10
    T. J Kasper Orlando, FL USA 11-14-10 Member Since 2007

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    "Choppy and beyond belief"

    Probably a better read than listen, found the pace to be quite slow for this Superhero.

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