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American Assassin Audiobook

American Assassin

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Barbara eugene, or, United States 06-26-12
    Barbara eugene, or, United States 06-26-12
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    What did you love best about American Assassin?

    Well written


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Pretty well. kind of wondered how they were going to get injured or killed.


    What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I like reading so this was so I could get some work done. His voice characterization was very good.


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    auditor9157 LAKEWOOD, CO, United States 06-25-12
    auditor9157 LAKEWOOD, CO, United States 06-25-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Good but not great."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I have read all of Vince Flynn's books and this one was okay. After knowing all all of Rapp's history, it was hard to go back to the beginning and keep my interest. I will still keep listening to Rapp books and hopefully the next one will be more interesting.


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    Edward Chelsea, AL, United States 06-11-12
    Edward Chelsea, AL, United States 06-11-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Best Audiobook I've Ever Read"
    Where does American Assassin rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Am Assassin is the atop my all-time list of best audio books ever produced. Very few books deserve 5 stars in every category, this one certainly does.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of American Assassin?

    Stan Hurley, Mitch's mentor, being interrogated and tortured is perhaps the most memorable scenes I've ever read. His encounter with torture portrays how every man hopes he himself would be able to respond.


    Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

    George Guidall Is Mitch Rapp... I can't imagine Mitch's voice being any different that that of George.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    CIA's Mitch Rapp, responsible for terrorizing the terrorists. Fighting terrorism with a new strategy - making terrorists terrified.


    Any additional comments?

    Although not the the first book in the series, this book would be a very good starting point to begin reading Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp series of books. The story begins at Mitch's induction and training for his career as a spy and assassin.

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    Sharon Fort Pierce, FL, United States 06-11-12
    Sharon Fort Pierce, FL, United States 06-11-12
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. Did not like the narrator, and for me, this can make or break an audio. Sorry.....


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Undecided.


    What didn’t you like about George Guidall’s performance?

    I did not.


    Was American Assassin worth the listening time?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I would hope that the author would choose another narrator for his audio books.

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    Sheba LANCASTER, TX, United States 06-07-12
    Sheba LANCASTER, TX, United States 06-07-12 Member Since 2011

    AVID READER!!!!

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    "How It All Began!"

    I always enjoy when the author goes back to the beginning and let you see how it all started. It gives you so much insight on the lead character and it helps when the author makes that read as exciting as this one.

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    David Mobile, AL, United States 06-05-12
    David Mobile, AL, United States 06-05-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Where he came from"

    Love the early years of Mitch! Great read and great narrator. I was very hesitant at first and thought this would be fluff, but Flynn did not disappoint with this great book. You can truly see the neofite that Mitch was and can better understand why he became the man he is. Can't wait for more!!

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    Darron D. Russ POWDER SPRINGS, GA, US 05-24-12
    Darron D. Russ POWDER SPRINGS, GA, US 05-24-12 Listener Since 2007

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    "Fun story but a little thin on plot line"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would, it was a good read. The author could have developed the characters more and added details about relationships. I was a little thin. The main character is a mystery man for most of the book and even at the end you really don't know him very well.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Arthur Clarks 2001


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The rescue in Beirut, but it could have been much more detailed than it was. Too fast, too predictable, no chance for the good guys to lose.


    Could you see American Assassin being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It would be fluff - so look for Johhny Depp and Emilo Estevez


    Any additional comments?

    Going back to Grishom

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    Sarah-Jane Calgary, Alberta, Canada 05-23-12
    Sarah-Jane Calgary, Alberta, Canada 05-23-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Vince Flynn has gone back to action books"

    In a review of the previous Mitch Rapp book I had commented that the series seemed to be moving towards more politics and less action. This book was a marked deviation from that trend. It delivered exactly what I expected, a fast paced high action spy book. Very little discussion of Washington politics and lots of action.

    George Guidall once again does an excellent job of reading the book and really paces well with the story.

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    Alex - Discerning Consumer 05-02-12
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    "Very filthy, but great storyline and performance"

    The performance was excellent! The storyline was excellent. The language, metaphors, and imagery were very filthy quite often. Although this may be the reality, it was somewhat sickening. Overall, I recommend the book if you have the mind to wade through the feces of language and content.

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    Sam Clifton Hill, Australia 04-19-12
    Sam Clifton Hill, Australia 04-19-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Great airport fiction"

    I am not sure why I keep buying these - they are really quite objectionably right wing and extreme. But I love them as fast paced yet detailed thrillers that imagine a cut throat world of clandestine agents saving us all from the bad guys. So if you like airport fiction, you'll love this. But don't think too hard....

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