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
Excellent job bringing Mitch's past to the present. Should grab new readers and give them the "start" they need to jump into the Mitch Rapp series. Well played Mr. Flyyn.
This novel is boring and out of sync with all the other novels with Mitch Rapp. His story line had built over the years. But this, the story line about the CIA training is fantasy. The plot was too predictable and where did the suspense go. F___this and F___ that Stan Hurley. The profanity is too extreme and Stan Hurley’s character is just too bizarre. American Assassin reminded me of why I prefer English novels. This novel was a waste of my time. I gave up half way though, then after a three week break I thought to myself, ‘It’s got to get better’, but no it never did. It will be years before I try another Vince Flynn novel if ever. This is a two thumbs down book and I’m sorry to say I listened to the whole things and I’m worse off for doing so. I’m raving against the book!
Vince Flynn did a nice job filling in the gaps on how Mitch Rapp became Mitch Rapp. I enjoyed this book as I have with all of his novels.
I am now hooked on the Mitch Rapp series. I really enjoyed this audio book and story. So much so that I have started ready the entire Mitch Rapp series. I wish more of the Mitch Rapp books were UNABRIDGED.
Should of been the first Rapp book. Not The latest. It's very disconcerting after all
Rapp has been through to go back to his beginning
I never liked Authors who go back in time, after a long list of novels going foward in time. However, I can say that no more. Vince Flynn's American Assassin if the first book written looking in to a characters beginning that works. I have read all the Mitch Rapp series and this one is a home run.
I'm an inveterate Vince Flynn/Mitch Rapp fan, so this review is bound to be biased. I always look forward to the next book in the series, and this one was a bit of surprise, taking us back to Rapp's recruitment. It was no disappointment.
The characters continue to be fresh and believable. The action is intense and coupled with great suspense. Further, that great catharsis always present in Flynn's novels does not disappoint. George Guidall does his usual masterful narration. I cannot imagine a different narrator now that I have coupled the voice with this series.
Ordinarily, I get these books through our Carnegie Library. It was impossible for me to wait for this one to become available, so I downloaded it. It was well worth it.
The big downside of having such a reliable author is having to wait for his next release.
I enjoy counter-terrorism, westerns, historical fiction, detective mysteries, and old school comedy like "A Christmas Story".
Mitch Rapp is my favorite American hero character. When it's time to get hard core, he gets hard core. He thinks, he acts with extreme prejudice when necessary, and he has no remorse. Why? Because the people he eliminates don't care about hurting innocents as they plan death and destruction in the name of their extremist religious beliefs. I know we could never enjoy this character on the big screen like James Bond(our closest would be Jack Bower in the series "24") because it would be too politically incorrect. I'd love to see a new Mitch Rapp movie come out every two years just as James Bond did beginning in 1960.
"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!
This narrator completely spoiled what could have been a good book. He emphasised the wrong words in sentences, took breaths in the middle of sentences and didn't even bother to try different voices for the characters. Overall he was appalling.
I would recommend the paper book but not this audiobook.
Everything. See above for the worst points but he also sounded very old.
It was difficult to ascertain but underneath the narration it could possibly be a good book.
"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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