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
Never disappointed in Vince Flynn or Mitch Rapp. The only disappointment is that it has to end.
This was my first exposure the character Mitch Rapp. This was a fast read with lots of action. There is a segment where the character Stan Hurley is kidnapped & tortured that had me pumping my fist in the air with kick-butt enthusiasm. I did listen to a couple more Vince Flynn stories featuring the Mitch Rapp character but they all fell short in comparison to this story.
I love the way Vince Flynn has made his main character into the type of person that makes his opponents look stupid. I like it when Mitch Rapp wins. For so many years the good guys never won the battles. Now we have a character who does it right and is good at it.. This audio was very entertaining; The time just flew by for me.
The book was barely engaging with its 2D characters and predictable plot.I kept hoping that something interesting would happen and it did, it ended and I was able to move on to another story.
Frankly I am surprised this book got the rave reviews it did. That actually worries me - since it will make me second guess other selections with high ratings.
Not only is this the best Vince Flynn book ever, it is the best Mitch Rapp story and the introduction of his mentor (Hurley) is fantastic. The narrator is perfect and I didn't want the story to end.
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
Another great book by Vince Flynn, It is great to finally get a look at how Mitch Rapp became Mitch Rapp.
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.
If your a Flynn Fan you will like to go back with Mich Rapp to how it all started
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