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
Read order on the Vince Flynn Website, is American Assassin, Kill Shot and then the rest of the books in order listed in Audible. I listened to Term Limits first which was I good start. I found it annoying when I listened to the series as in Audible and found two books out of order.
Yes, I listened to most of it while traveling from the U.S. to Japan. It definitely made the flight go by quickly!
We drove from Gig Harbor, WA to Houston. This story was a very stimulating story for this trip. The reader did a wonderful job of taking on the personality of the key players.
When the American bit the ear of his captor.
Like I said, his voice did a chameleon adaption of the key people.
Vital American plants.
I picked this book up mostly because I love the "jack Reacher" novels, this looked very similar, and it was. I would suggest starting with an earlier book in the series, I didnt notice this was book eleven until i already bought it, so I was a little lost, but I was able to figure it out none the less. I would read another one in the future I love the hard hitting story lines with the strong characters.
Still like the "Reacher" novels more but still a fun read.
It is one of the finest in it's genre.
I love Hurley because he reminds me of people I know. I enjoy how his character plays off the others.
It's hard to say because there are so many fine moments in this book.
This is my second Vince Flynn book and I can tell I am now on my way to reading/ or listening to all of them. I enjoy his writing style.
I would listen to this book while walking my dog , and our walks got longer and longer.
This installment in Mitch Rapp series takes us back to the beginning - how Mitch Rapp became Mitch Rapp.
Story line was interesting, enough action to keep you in the edge of your seat.
Fast paced and the story flowed with in a most entertaining way
Mitch Rapp due to his physical and mental abilities and insight
Well performed as it was read with enthusiasm
I was thoroughly entertained
It was identified as Book 11.I thought I was reading the next installment of Mitch Rapp's Saga. It was the first book - only this time read by George Guidell. A nice review, but disappointing.
Reader's voice and gripping story line
I have listened to many Guidall readings. He is as good as it can ever get.
Rapp and the gang, are Rapp and the gang.
"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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