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
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.
The plot and the narration
George Guidall brings the story to life. Unlike many other narrators, he delivers the story so smoothly, so convincingly, so seamlessly, that the listener doesn't hear George (other narrators can be heard breathing, trying too hard), they hear the story. George is a natural. Best narrator I've ever heard. I only search for books he narrates now.
If you like action and thrillers, you can't beat this.
strong story line. Very realistic. painting pictures with words.
yes. Praise for George Guidall. Enjoyed his performance
amazing, characters solid
Faultless performance. Characters consistant throughout the book. Spot on the money. No holes barred escapism
Cant wait to obtain all the Mitch Rapp series
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