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
Story does an excellant job of holding attention. Author makes you bond with Rapp.
Mitch Rapp first then Stan.
I never read a Vince Flynn story before and downloaded this one because it got many great reviews. Although I found the story most time entertaining, it lacked depth in character building and plot line. Some characters, like the bully instructor was, more a caricature than a real person. Perhaps the characters are more fleshed out if you have read the other books, that come chronologically after this book. But as a starter it did not quite work for me.
The narrator did a great job and made me stay throughout the book.
This rates very high. I was familiar with the character of Mitch Rapp and is adventures, so it was great to see how he became the super-secret and deadly CIA operation/ assasin he is in today. The story never dragged, and always kept moving forward, leaving you wondering how was this going to work out.
Stan Hurley was my favorite this go around. Such a tough, nasty guy, he could be the only man to help make Mitch Rapp the man he would be. Plus, the narrator did an excellent job of bringing this character to life.
This was my first time hearing Mr. Guidall, and I would highly recommend him and cannot wait to hear another one of his narrations.
Most definitely. I wish I could have!
It was a nice "in the past" Vince Flynn book. I've read all that I know are out there so this was fun getting the picture of how Rapp started out. George Guidall sells all the Mitch Rapp books to me.
Introspective, humble, modest...i surround myself with loving people, i enjoy good conversation almost as much as comfortable silence.
Mitch Rapp is my hero
I loved the introduction to Rapp's career and all the magnetic characters
George is the man, he really brings these characters to life
There is new reason for terrorists to reconsider their occupation. That reason is Mitch Rapp.
All time favorite book.
Very compared to other novel by Flynn.
The background information about Rapp, how he got started and his relationship with Stan. You get to understand the where the loyalty came from.
This rate about the same with the other books.
Yes, the length is just right for a good day of reading ot listening.
A must read for fans, it answers some very important questions about the early Rapp.
I graduated in 2011 from Saint Michael's College with a degree in English and American Studies. I love all types of writing, from Stephen King to James Joyce. I especially like short stories.
This one was good. Like all Vince Flynn it was entertaining. I feel like the plot was lacking. I also felt like the backstory (which should have been the best part of the whole serious) was just not where it could have been.
Just a quick note - the story (only my 2nd reading of Flynn's work) was just as intriguing as the first. However, the narrator was not as satisfying. Hard to say why - the technique was just not as pleasing. Certainly not bad, no. Just...lacking in a subtle way the sense of urgency one might expect from the storyline. The cadence was a bit forced, too, so that you hang on his last sentence, waiting on the next.
This may seem picky but for me the story needs to be enhanced with the telling. So I am a bit more demanding perhaps. Do not let it stop you from buying the book!! Just know that it may be a bit much after the first few hours...
Best of series, reader brings story to life. Characters are ones you love and hate at the same time. Listened to it three times. Glad they went back to George G to narrate subsequent series, the others just didn't measure up.
"Narrator doesn't cut it"
I couldn't get into this book, narrator would be far better suited to family Christmas stories not assassins...
First book I've listened to twice after finishing this series of books about spies and assassins!
"George Guidall is a fantastic voice actor"
A fantastic first book in a great series. mitch rapp will become a real badass who you will become to love along with all of the other charachters. George Guidall does a great job reading all of the Rapp books as he breathes life into each amd every charachter.
"I always enjoy a good story! "
Vince Flynn's hero, Rapp, is introduced to the start of his new life as an assassin.
This is a prequel to other Mitch Rapp novels but just as good to read!
"Not too bad"
Story just ok in terms of content. Narrator not so good. Have been spoilt by excellence of Paul Thornley narration and measure all against. Not sure about continuing series.
"Excellent cant wait to listen to the rest !"
I found the author Vince Flynn through an Audible recommendation based on my previous purchases. They could not have been more right.
What a find !
I was gripped from very early on as the back story and characters were skilfully built.
The worst part of the book was ... it ended could have listened for hours more.
I haven't listened to any others but loved his narration in this book
Just a well written well performed story
Just added the rest of the series to my Wish list !
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"Exactly what it says on the жестяная"
An entertaining book, without the usual overindulgence of back story, enjoyed it and thought it kept the same pace throughout.
"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.
"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.
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