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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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    Elle United States 02-09-12
    Elle United States 02-09-12 Member Since 2007

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    "I'd listen to Guidall read the tax code, so..."
    Would you try another book from Vince Flynn and/or George Guidall?

    Haven't missed one Flynn and certainly wouldn't miss any read by the great George Guidall.


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

    Perhaps I was inattentative, but knowing Mitch Rapp and all the other characters, I was unaware this book was retrospective, which made following Rapp's trust issues confusing. But I liked the plot and thought it made for some great 'bad guys'.


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

    I enjoy any character in the Rapp series, but particularly like George reading as the gruff Stan.


    Any additional comments?

    This is another Flynn book worth a listen.

    36 of 37 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn Oshkosh, WI, United States 02-18-12
    Carolyn Oshkosh, WI, United States 02-18-12 Member Since 2009

    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

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    David Olympia, WA, United States 02-10-12
    David Olympia, WA, United States 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.

    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 2009
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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.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Prasanna Sundaragopalan Hopkins, MN United States 02-26-12
    Prasanna Sundaragopalan Hopkins, MN United States 02-26-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Nothing new: Another typical Mitch Rapp story"

    I wouldn't rate this as a great book or a page turner. The story is more around Mitch (of course) but you could see Irene, Thomas stansfield and Stan Hurley being involved as well. The plot it not that great and you don't have any event that races against time. If you have already read many Mitch Rapp series, then this book may well seem to be reduntant to you in terms of explanation of attributes of Mitch, usage of his techniques, rules around CIA etc.

    George Guidall gives a stellar performance (as usual).

    READ IT IF YOU ARE A MITCH RAPP FAN or VINCE FLYNN FAN only.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Brandon Fort Worth, TX, United States 02-16-12
    Brandon Fort Worth, TX, United States 02-16-12 Member Since 2010
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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).

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Anaconda, MT, United States 02-21-12
    Michael Anaconda, MT, United States 02-21-12 Member Since 2002

    Mike Grayson

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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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Corey brooklyn, NY, United States 02-13-12
    Corey brooklyn, NY, United States 02-13-12 Member Since 2009

    Hi, I'm Corey I'm a student at NYU studying international relations. If you ever wanna talk about books facebook me Gunslingermoore@gmail

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    This is another outstanding work in the series. the setting was Paris which was good and the characters were extremely compelling and deep. Overall I'm satisfied with the book and not at all disapointed.

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    Scott Lake stevens, WA, United States 02-10-12
    Scott Lake stevens, WA, United States 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 Seattle, WA, United States 02-21-12
    Dennis Seattle, WA, United States 02-21-12 Member 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!!!

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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


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  • Alan
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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
  • Derek
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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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