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
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.
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.
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....
This is one of the best
I couldn't stop listening to this.
George Guidall is a supurb narrator!
Overall, one of the best yet!
This was my first Vince Flynn book in the Mitch Rapp series. I looked around on the internet to find out in which order I should buy the books, and American Assassin turned out to be the first.
The books is great. Good story, great tempo, there never real was a dull moment. So why no 5 stars? Simple, the last chapters were good, but the end of the story just seemed to be rushed.
Without giving any spoilers, the end, before the epilogue, it was pale in comparison to how the other action sequences were written.
Will it keep me from reading other Vince Flynn books? Nope. Just started on number 2 in the series (according to the timeline) Kill Shot.
Great book but it really is the start of Mitch Rapp and should not be listed as number 11 in the list.
What is most important to me is the story, the characters and the pace. These reviews are rated "Dude".
At some point, sure.
The first hand to hand fight.
If circumstances were ideal, i would have considered it.
This is my first Audible book by Vince Flynn and narrated by George Guidall. I just finished listening to American Assassin and really enjoyed the story, the characters and the development of the Mitch Rapp character. I am picking up more of Vince Flynn's Audible books and especially those narrated by Mr. Guidall.
I read many Thor, Flinn, Clancy, Cussler style books, and this one was the best I have seen since first reading the old school Clancy novels a decade ago.
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