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Kill Shot Audiobook

Kill Shot: An American Assassin Thriller

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#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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    Carolyn Oshkosh, WI, United States 02-18-12
    Carolyn Oshkosh, WI, United States 02-18-12

    If I am not reading I am listening to a story sometimes both.

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    "Listened all in one Day"

    I thought with this book being another "younger days" prequel so to speak it might not be all that good but I was wrong. It is a continuation of American Assassin and so "all" the characters from the first ten books are of course younger which gives room for more overall personality expansion.
    It has to be difficult to write these kinds of books since technology expanded so quickly in the last twenty years it is hard to remember what was available when even though there are no dates given.
    If I were reading this series for the first time I would start with the last two books and there will probably be at least a third considering the way this one ended.
    Of course this is all pure fantasy like comic book hero's, in the real world I doubt we have such a man nor would I actually want one. Lyn

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    OldRetiredGuy 02-10-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Early days of Mitch Rapp better than a new series"

    Seems like a long wait since American Assassin, but worth it. This installment continues to give us the background story of Mitch Rapp's early days with Stansfield, Kennedy, Hurly, and in this novel much more on the character of Victor who first appeared in American Assassin. The story works as a stand alone, but when taken within the context of the entire Mitch Rapp series, provides more detail on the characters we have grown accustomed to. Mr. Flynn maintains his great story telling and is complimented by the competent narration of George Guidall. Recommended both for new readers and devoted followers of Vince Flynn's work.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 02-21-12
    Michael 02-21-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Not Vince's best, but still entertaining"
    What did you like best about Kill Shot? What did you like least?

    Seemed a little shallower than some of his past work. Ended too quickly and unbelievably. Very good narration, and I still enjoy this series.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Vince Flynn? Why or why not?

    Yes. I like the character, the narration, and the series.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Brandon 02-16-12
    Brandon 02-16-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Vince Flynn is Back!"
    Would you listen to Kill Shot again? Why?

    Yes, I usually wait a year or two to re-listen to a book, but it is rare that I listen to the same story twice. This one goes on the list though.


    Any additional comments?

    Vince Flynn is my favorite author. I was sad to see the medical news, and was a little worried about the quality of this book. It was great! This one has vaulted to the 2nd or 3rd on my best of this series (Consent to Kill will be hard to ever knock off #1).

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Al Louisville, KY, United States 02-18-12
    Al Louisville, KY, United States 02-18-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Enjoyable for Regulars"

    The plot is fairly predictable, but the execution of the narrative is the reason you read/listen to a Vince Flynn book. George Guidall is excellent as the narrator and makes listening to the story a fun experience. People who like Flynn will love this and people who haven't tried Flynn might be a little confused by the characters. The cast is pretty much the same as other "Assassin" books and Flynn doesn't bore his regular readers by reconstructing his characters, but newbies might not understand or appreciate some of the conflict between characters. So it is a good book but not one that new Flynn readers should start with.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 04-01-14
    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 04-01-14 Member Since 2016

    Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant

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    "Interesting but not very thrilling"

    “Kill Shot” is the second in the Mitch Rapp CIA/Spy thriller series. The book is well written and has a good plot but fails to really deliver the action and adventure of the first book. There are a few good action scenes but they’re too few and far between. As the plot developed the author does a good job of filling in background and immersing the reader into the brutal world he creates. I really enjoyed this and it made the book interesting but it’s not a thriller. Also the plot is pretty straight forward except for a bit of a twist at the end. There was very little to keep me guessing. I found the book interesting and fun but it wasn’t the pull me along rollercoaster ride I was hoping for.

    George Guidall does a good job a narrating this story and bringing the characters to life.

    3 of 3 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.

    3 of 3 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!!!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Matthews, NC 05-12-16
    Wayne Matthews, NC 05-12-16 Member Since 2016

    I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!

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    "Espionage thriller about the young Mitch Rapp!"

    Kill shot is Book 2 in the Mitch Rapp series based on his age, but the novel was actually written 12th of the 13 Rapp novels written by Vince Flynn. After a series of successful missions, Rapp is shot when he kills a crooked Libyan diplomat and child rapist who had much more protection than anticipated. Rapp is concerned that the CIA turned against him so he goes underground. Over the objections of Irene Kennedy the CIA sends Stan Hurley to find him and return him home.

    Kill Shot features the Stan Hurley and his bravery, or maybe it's his insane tenacity.

    I cannot rank novels in the Mitch Rapp series because every one deserves a rock solid 5 star rating. Vince Flynn often said that Hurley is his favorite of all of the characters he created. Kill Shot and American Assassin (Rapp Book1) feature the crusty old Hurley at his best and at his worse respectively.

    George Guidall does the narration fabulously well.

    Vince Flynn was THE master of the espionage thriller. He is missed!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Shauna Pasadena, CA, United States 07-30-12
    Shauna Pasadena, CA, United States 07-30-12 Member Since 2016
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    "More Politics than Espionage"

    Mitch Rapp comes close to being captured and realizes there is traitor within the hierarchy of his agency.Until Mitch can ferret out the impostor he goes rogue. The setting is Paris so both the local police force and the French National Security agency become involved.Each agency has it share of incompetent and self-serving actors. Mitch's handlers go to Paris, thus introducing a third agency into the mix. Mitch doesn't know who he can trust.

    The book has some exciting action sequences. The near-capture scenario is cleverly plotted as is another part wherein Mitch and his girlfriend observe a badly played ambush. George Guidall's narration is excellent.

    So why did I give the story only 3 stars? There were too many stereotypical characters and I would have preferred less focus on internal politics and more on the adventures of Mitch Rapp.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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  • 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
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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
  • Derek
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    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.

    1 of 2 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 1 people found this review helpful
  • Marcus
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    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 2 people found this review helpful

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