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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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    Tommy Albemarle, NC, United States 11-07-10
    Tommy Albemarle, NC, United States 11-07-10 Member Since 2006
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    I'm just gonna keep it simple and say "The best Rapp novel EVER!" This is the story of how it all began. I couldn't stop listening.. it kept me awake until it was over. Great book!

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    Steve Kinston, NC, United States 11-04-10
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    When I find myself sitting in the driveway, waiting for a chapter to end, I know it's a good book. Great book and Guidall has always been my favorite, back to the Stephen King days. More than worth a credit..

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    Andrew PALMYRA, VA, United States 11-03-10
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    "Good book but..."

    I couldn't help to notice that hosts mouth was watering a lot. I mean he is reading the text, emotional and all but a lot of times I've had a feeling like he has mouth full of salaiva and he really needed to swallow before reading again... It pulled my attention a lot off of the story. Sometimes I got really into the story but now and again it almost sounded like George was spraying salaiva while reading... I couldn't get over it. Book otherwise is really interesting. I suggest to take a listen.

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    "Best Flynn So Far"

    I have either read or listened to all Vince Flynn books. They are well written with action and heart for the various characters. If there is a vote for MVR, Most Valuable Reader, it would be George Guidall. His inflections and tone are absolutely the best. I think his reading of the phone book would be compelling.

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    "Great way to start!"

    I had not listened to a Vince Flynn book before. A friend recommended him to me - and this was my first. What a great way to start! I am addicted. I understand that this is a "flashback" book, but it fits into any order. Love it.

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    John 11-03-10
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    "My favorite so far"

    Read my first Mitch Rapp story back in 2002 - Term Limits. I've enjoyed every one but the last couple seemed to have lost their edge. American Assassin is fantastic. So far, I think it's my favorite. I'd also note that the narration is wonderful. Very dynamic and engaging. A pleasure to listen to.

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    Extremely good book read by one of the best readers in the business. It doesn???t get any better.

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    "American Assassin, Vince Flynn"

    Fast moving. Excellent job. It was very entertaining. I give it four stars.

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    Vince Flynn aced another one. Action packed thriller. I enjoyed every bit of this thriller, and can't wait for the next one.

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    "Great Narration...."

    George Guidal is testament to the power of narration in taking a good story across the finish line..........thoroughly enjoyed Flynn's latest page turner.

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