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
This book started moving from the first few minutes clear through to the end. I found myself driving around the block a couple times just to finish a chapter. The narrator, George Guidall, was amazing. This is not my usual type of listen but I took a gamble and loved it.
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I normally read the reviews before buying, and I did with this book. I almost walked away and I actually started looking elsewhere but I came back to this book. This is one of a few books who had my attention from beginning to end. The one review who complained about grafic torture was far from truth. This was a well written book, and very enjoyable. A must read!!!!
Good story outlining the early years of Mitch Rapp. Loved the characters. Narration was a bit annoying at times - trying too hard in the action parts, but loved the voice he gave to Hurley!!
Where did the story go? Man captured by the bad guys, man rescued by the good guys. There was a lot of middle eastern dialog and then where did the story go?
Really now, what are these people reading??
Nice to hear all about Rapp???s indoctrinations but only for a chapter or two-- not the entire novel! This was a serious disappointment to me, almost didn???t finish it???so predictable, pass?? and extremely boring. Not really sure what to expect since Rapp has endured just about everything expected of a ???special ops??? action character. I guess I???m still upset about Flynn???s disposal of Mitch???s wife and tired of the same old politico scenario concerning rendition and internal government power plays. Perhaps Flynn doesn???t know where to go next with his aging and battle-worn hero. How many more terrorists??? plots and hostage rescue missions are there??
What a book! Great writer, great narrator, and Mitch. This book is almost as good as Act of Treason. Since Act of Treason is as nearly perfect as this genre can get, this book is probably the best choice one could make this season.
I loved this book. Great prequel. Flynn has become better with time. And as is true of most prequels of characters that have earned some traction with the audience, it's very enjoyable to read about how it all started. best Flynn yet.
I immensely enjoyed this audiobook! I have not read any of the other installments of the Mitch Rapp series, but after listening to this one I plan on starting on the first book immediately. Great storyline and great characters.
If you enjoy the macho man, you will love Mitch Rapp as the CIA recruit and his relationship with his "drill instructor". The plot was excellent and filled with humor. Vince Flynn is the master in this genre. His most usual narrator is George Guidall and he couldn't be better. George also narrates Craig Johnson's wonderful series placed in Wyoming with Sheriff Walt Longmire. If you have missed these I recommend them-different than Flynn's novels but also FIVE STAR quality in writing and narrating.
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