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
“Mitch Rapp is still the best CIA-trained human weapon this side of Jason Bourne.” (Contra Costa Times)
"Captivating.” (Glenn Beck)
I've read/listened to all Vince Flynn's books, and while I thought the series got a bit tired over the last four books or so, he's shot new life into it with this work. I hope he's smart enough to take this gap between American Assassin and his first Rapp novel, Transfer of Power, and fill in that decade with a decade's worth of new Rapp material from his younger years. He could easily squeeze out eight or nine more annual offerings just by doing that, without allowing the series to get stale. While I'm not a fan of the guy doing the unabridged version, I love Armand Schultz, as both Mitch Rapp and Brad Thor's Scott Harvath. And he did a wonderful job here, bringing Rapp back to a younger, more naive version of the scorned, crusty guy he was by his 43rd birthday in the last novel. Great stuff from both writer and narrator!
Shiloh Bound Doc! University of Iowa graduate. Iowa Writer's Workshop fan. Hawkeye Fan! Believer. Husband. Father. Physician.
A friend thought I might enjoy this after I suggested she might enjoy Daniel Silva's "Gabriel Allon" series. She has and though I might enjoy Vince Flynn's "Mitch Rapp" series.
It is non-stop action and an interesting premise but I found the narrator's accents odd and somewhat off-putting.
Some suspension of credulity is warranted to allow the listener to flow with the narrative.
I enjoyed the story and I probably will try a couple more. I suspect it will not be a sustainable series for me.
But ENJOY! That's the beauty of Audible! 😱
Retired former trial and corporate lawyer practicing his craft for over 40 years. Loves legal thrillers, mysteries, and dog related stories.
Yes - audio usually breaths life into the story personalyzing it to the extent the written word usually can not.
Although his books are abridged in audio they are on par with Brad Thor's characters and story lines. American Assassin was a bit to short for the full impact of character development but still ranks in a highly recomended list.
With Armand his vocal changes make each character as real as life. It is hard to say which I like better than another. Mitch Rapp is the hero as always, however he is a tad too perfect for his assignments which ranks him behind Brad's series hero.
The Enemy Has NO Rules
Vince please insist on unabridged and use Armand on all your audio books
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