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 you want to get into the Mitch Rapp series, start here. This is a great book. If you listen to it you will find the underworld of espionage and what it takes to fight the war on terror. Mitch Rapp is my favorite character in any novel. He is this generations Jack Ryan. Flynn did a wonderful job of story telling and character development. He goes into detail where many other authors would just glance over. Although he doesn't go into extreme depth like Clancy often does. His style is wonderful. I would highly recommend this to anyone that is looking for a heart pounding thriller that has many books in the series for you to enjoy. I envy you if you have not listened to any of Flynn's novels yet. You have hours and hours of great listening ahead of you!!!!
Rapp going one on one with Stan Hurley.
Stan Hurley, just a crotchety old vet that really helps to kick off this series, as he trains a young Mitch Rapp become a methodical if at times, lose cannon, terrorist killing machine.
Being American Assassin is a prequel to an already established series it is hard to compare this to another series without comparing it to the series itself. Mitch Rapp is a man among men who has a no-nonsense look at life especially with the burning desire for retribution for his girlfriend's and many other's deaths during a terrorist attack. This book starts out as Rapp is recruited and trained for the future career as an off the books CIA wet man. He has to prove himself not only to instructors but in several incidents to himself that he can do this work and live through it.
At the beginning of Rapp's training he tells Hurley "Let's get this over with." and in the next few paragraphs Hurley and Rapp beat each other bloody. Because according to Hurley this recruit without military training at worth his time, but in fact Hurley has to break his own rules and grab Rapp by the gonads to not lose the fight.
I have enjoyed listening to all of the Mitch Rapp series via Audible and Audible’s mobile App. I feel the narrator does a great job making each character different and discernible when listening for a long period of time and when your mind might wander briefly it is easy to catch back up. The material (plot) is relevant to now and really not something so unbelievable it's hard to follow. So if you enjoy military thrillers check out the Mitch Rapp series of books by Vince Flynn.
So very much like Brad Thor and Clancy but with some funny characters that just drip with the GI smart@$$ness I use to deal with in the Army. I cracked up so many times it made my side hurt.
Even though he is an older narrator. He really does help to make the characters come alive. I like his animated way of reading.
YES... YES.... YES... If I did not have to work to pay for these audiobooks I would have finished it in one day.
I will be getting the rest of these, either in book or audiobook. Fantastic writing and I am excited to read the rest of the series.
The story is good enough for me to check out the next book in the series.
It really took awhile to get use to this narrator. It was not the manly voice I was thinking for for this kind of spy novel.
Yes, because if that person liked thrillers yes!
The twists and turns!
He brought great narrtortion to the book, it starts off slow but picks up!
Over the years, I've enjoyed the "kick-butt" stories involving Mitch Rapp. While he's always been a pretty straight-forward character, I've always felt that Flynn had a backstory in mind. This is his backstory. Chronologically, it's the first of the Rapp series.
I especially enjoyed learning more about Irene. She's more of a character in this story than a cut-away "oh, Mitch, you're really a good person under all that bad-ness" reminder.
I am a big fan of Vince Flynn and the Mitch Rapp character. I advise listeners to start with one of the later books and come back to this later for the back story. Had I started with American Assassin I may well have missed out on the excellent later books.
Only as a third or later book by Flynn. The only real thing about American Assassin that kept my attention was an interest in understanding Mitch Rapp's beginnings. Without the knowledge of knowing where the series is headed and the unique character Mitch Rapp becomes, this book would have been quite dull.
He is a very good narrator. This is on par with others.
I've been searching for a 4 or 5 star read for almost two years now and finally I stumbled upon Vince Flynn. Great book, great narration, I'm starting book two in the Rapp series tomorrow and I can't wait.
This was my first Vince Flynn and I thought this would get me into the series but I found it was too much information and just not enough action I think all the action was in the last two chapters and then it ended.......................???????
Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant
Well written with intrigue and action around every corner. The prequel to the Mitch Rapp series is a great spy thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Being new to the series I started at the beginning even though I know this is one of his newer books, and I will surely be continuing on. The characters are bad-ass as they whip through craft but there is just enough dark humor to make you smile every once in a while. Highly recommended for lovers of spy thrillers.
Performance was great from his accents to all his different voices, he really captured the characters.
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