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Kill Shot: An American Assassin Thriller | [Vince Flynn]

Kill Shot: An American Assassin Thriller

For months, Mitch Rapp has been steadily working his way through a list of men, bullet by bullet. With each kill, the tangled network of monsters responsible for the slaughter of 270 civilians becomes increasingly clear. He is given his next target: a plump Libyan diplomat who is prone to drink and is currently in Paris without a single bodyguard. Rapp finds him completely unprotected and asleep in his bed. With confidence in his well-honed skills and conviction of the man’s guilt, he easily sends a bullet into the man’s skull. But in the split second it takes the bullet to leave the silenced pistol, everything changes.
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Publisher's Summary

#1 New York Times best-selling author Vince Flynn is back with another nail-biting political thriller that follows the young Mitch Rapp on a deadly mission to hunt down the men responsible for the Pan Am Lockerbie terrorist attack.

For months, Mitch Rapp has been steadily working his way through a list of men, bullet by bullet. With each kill, the tangled network of monsters responsible for the slaughter of 270 civilians becomes increasingly clear. He is given his next target: a plump Libyan diplomat who is prone to drink and is currently in Paris without a single bodyguard.

Rapp finds him completely unprotected and asleep in his bed. With confidence in his well-honed skills and conviction of the man’s guilt, he easily sends a bullet into the man’s skull. But in the split second it takes the bullet to leave the silenced pistol, everything changes. The door to the hotel room is kicked open and gunfire erupts all around Rapp. In an instant the hunter has become the hunted. Rapp is left wounded and must flee for his life.

The next morning, the news breaks in Washington that Libya’s Oil Minister has been killed along with three innocent civilians and four unidentified men. The French authorities are certain that the gunman is wounded and on the loose in Paris. As the finger pointing begins, Rapp’s handlers have only one choice - deny any responsibility for the incident and pray that their newest secret weapon stays that way, avoiding capture and dying quietly. One person in the group, however, is not prone to leaving things to chance. Rapp has become a liability, and he absolutely cannot be allowed to be taken alive by the French authorities. But it will soon become clear that nothing is more dangerous than a wounded and cornered Mitch Rapp.

©2012 Vince Flynn (P)2012 Simon & Schuster Audio

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    Scott Orr 02-10-12
    Scott Orr 02-10-12 Member Since 2007
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    "This is a must read!!"
    What did you love best about Kill Shot?

    I have read all of Mitch Wrapp Series. This by far is the best one yet.


    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis 02-21-12
    Dennis 02-21-12 Listener Since 2004

    Like action, adventures, war stories, militay happenings, historical readings-fiction, & mysteries. Unabridged only! Reader IMPORT!

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    "Great (read) listen!"

    Kept my attention in MOST every page! Guidall's reading is unsurpassed --- he made the characters come alive!

    WELL WORTH YOUR TIME!!!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    J East Haddam, CT, United States 05-07-14
    J East Haddam, CT, United States 05-07-14

    I'm a narrator for Audible and a lover of recorded fiction in the mystery/thriller genre. A great book needs a great narrator.

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    "Loved This Book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, as long as they liked fast paced international crime thrillers like I do!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Kill Shot?

    When Rapp shoots the Libyan oil minister which drives the story.


    Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    N o


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Really liked the book but felt it's credibility was stretched a bit thin in closing chapters. If not for that would have given it 5-Stars. George Guidall's narration was superb!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. Carver KY 11-29-13
    J. Carver KY 11-29-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I am now a Flynn FAN"
    What did you love best about Kill Shot?

    The detail and development of the characters of Mitch and the others. It was slow and deliberate but never lost me for a second.


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

    Absolutely. It was riveting and I could feel the future assignment coming.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The inevitable showdown between Rapp and his trainers who thought he had went rogue. I felt the betrayal and cunning and imminent revenge Rapp felt as it approached. The scene when Rapp gets to exact his revenge in the last scene was incredible.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The capture of Stan was PRICELESS! His interaction with his captors was hilarious. I laughed out loud almost the whole time.


    Any additional comments?

    I have only listened to the first 2 so far but I am disappointed Stan did not return and there was a 10 year gap and his absence.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Derek LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 05-14-12
    Derek LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 05-14-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Most enjoyable Mitch Rabb yet"

    Liked the story, the locale in which it was told and the intrique within the CIA.
    Enjoyed the sequence of events leading to the solution of the problem
    Believable characters in a believable scenario!

    Good ending.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Deron Baker Winter Park, FL 04-25-12
    Deron Baker Winter Park, FL 04-25-12 Listener Since 2010

    angry music fan

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    "Very impressive!"

    For people who enjoy television shows like "24" or Tom Clancy type of movies/books, you'll likely love this book as much as I did. A unique story with some action, lots of suspense, and good dialog. I also like that the story remained focus on events that happen over a few days and doesn't try to become overly epic. It has the right amount of depth without getting overly complicated. The great story is topped off with a brilliant narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    KD 03-12-12
    KD 03-12-12 Member Since 2009

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    "Too Much Biographies - Not Enough Action/Story"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoy Mitch Rapp and all the characters as with all the other books I have purchased and listened to over the years. Finding out more about how they got started was nice and American Assassin did a great job. Since I am a fan of the series, I endured. This book is well written (preformed) however, it did feel like this book stalls many times with the collection of biographies on all the characters rather than sticking to the action. Since it is a prequel, you know Mitch (and all the other characters in the series) survive another day. However, knowing the background of one of the lessor character's father and childhood didn't add too much to the story except time. (filler pages)

    I know the story takes place over three days or so, but more story would have been better.

    It is not even close, this is my least favorite book of the series. Hopefully, Vince is doing better and November will bring another classic Mitch Rapp adventure.


    What was most disappointing about Vince Flynn’s story?

    The amount of biographical details on characters that don't matter too much.


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

    All


    Did Kill Shot inspire you to do anything?

    Writer a review.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Xavier 03-10-12
    Xavier 03-10-12 Member Since 2011

    I enjoy counter-terrorism, westerns, historical fiction, detective mysteries, and old school comedy like "A Christmas Story".

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    "Enjoyable as always"

    As always, George Guidall, is the undisputed champion of narrators in my humble opinion. The story was good but I reserve a "5" in "story" and "overall" to the international intrique characteristic of Vince Flynn's previous "Mitch Rapp" novels. Although I still enjoyed the story, I was not as thrilled as I had been in previous stories set hunting down extremist terrorist in international locations. Vince Flynn and George Guidall are my favorite team for providing me thrilling counter espionage entertainment.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ed 02-26-12
    Ed 02-26-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Vince does it again!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Kill Shot the most enjoyable?

    Waiting to see what was going to happen next made it enjoyable, but at same time I had to keep from fast forwarding to see what was going to happen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love that Vince has taking us back in time to when Rapp was just starting his journey.


    Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. He's one of my favorite readers.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    In my opinion this was one of Vince's best books was worth the wait..I've listened to it Twice so far.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Angie Alvaton, KY, United States 02-23-12
    Angie Alvaton, KY, United States 02-23-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Very very good"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Kill Shot to be better than the print version?

    It had just the right number of characters to keep up with audio. Too many & it gets jumbled. Fast moving - I liked it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot was great and caught me from the beginning.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Great book, third time of listening!"

    I enjoy the Rapp series, everyone loves a hero...especially when they are not totally invincible. The performance for me was just about perfect, the characters came to life but I such a way I could allow my mind to form its own pictures- unlike other performers who have such strong accents for characters that you can't see them as you wish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Churchill1940
    ILFORD, United Kingdom
    4/6/15
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    "Another great novel with Mitch Rapp"

    Excellent narration by Guidall. A story that will keep wanting more. I wish Flynn was with us today!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel
    12/1/14
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    "Once again very poor narration"
    Would you try another book written by Vince Flynn or narrated by George Guidall?

    Yes, book good narration poor


    What other book might you compare Kill Shot to, and why?

    Most from the genre: leather, Robotham, Ryan, Baldaccie etc. - fast, pacey etc


    Would you be willing to try another one of George Guidall’s performances?

    Yes, but probably only to confirm my dislike for his performance!


    Was Kill Shot worth the listening time?

    Yes, it was great to listen to whilst doing the gardening


    Any additional comments?

    This narrator completely spoiled what could have been a good book. He emphasised the wrong words in sentences, took breaths in the middle of sentences and didn't even bother to try different voices for the characters. Overall he was appalling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alan
    DUNSTABLE, United Kingdom
    12/16/13
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    "American assassin tale with good plot"
    Would you listen to Kill Shot again? Why?

    No don't have time and have lots of books I want to read


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Kill Shot?

    When counter attacks the CIA people attempting to kill him


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Bedroom attack that goes wrong is good and explains his thinking to escape


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No - it's a violent story


    Any additional comments?

    Action brought to life by the narrator was well done

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marcus
    UK
    6/14/14
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    "Incredibly average"
    What would have made Kill Shot better?

    A plot and less super heroes


    What could Vince Flynn have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    added reality and depth.
    Too much of the dialogue is cheesy beyond belief


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    It was good


    What character would you cut from Kill Shot?

    I struggle to find one I liked


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Derek
    Maspujols, Spain
    2/14/12
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    "formula"

    Goerge Guidall - like a comfortable old pair of slippers, takes us through some more 'textbook' Mitch Rapp. Not as gripping as some earlier books (actually later in timeframe) and the ending is a bit odd. I'll post no spoiler here, but it seemed tacked on for want of getting rid of it to the publisher... Come on Vince, you can do better.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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