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
If your a Flynn Fan you will like to go back with Mich Rapp to how it all started
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
It was like chocolate cake at midnight! Ummmmmmmm Good. I have read all the Rapp books and I was delighted to meet a young verison of this character, however, now I am ready for the older and mature verison to return in the next novel. I am hoping Flynn is writing that now and will be out soon to quench the chocolate craving. Guidall was magnificant as usual. He has become the voice of Mitch Rapp in my head.
This book is highly rated, so I trusted the community, but was deeply disappointed in this audio book. George Guidall's naration of this didn't help at all and nearly put me asleep many times. It was hard to finish this one. This is my 6th audio book, and this was by far the worst one I listened to. Story line was predictable, nothing suprised me, and I knew the outcome of the book before it was half way over. It also didn't help that every other word coming out of Hurley's mouth was foul, violent language. This one was not for me. I wish I had used my credit on another book.
The story was okay, but I admit I am not one for grueling descriptions of torture. If that doesn't bother you, go for it!
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