#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
Haven't missed one Flynn and certainly wouldn't miss any read by the great George Guidall.
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'.
I enjoy any character in the Rapp series, but particularly like George reading as the gruff Stan.
This is another Flynn book worth a listen.
If I am not reading I am listening to a story sometimes both.
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
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.
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.
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).
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.
Seemed a little shallower than some of his past work. Ended too quickly and unbelievably. Very good narration, and I still enjoy this series.
Yes. I like the character, the narration, and the series.
I love espionage and detective thrillers but will listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
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!
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.
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.
"Once again very poor narration"
Yes, book good narration poor
Most from the genre: leather, Robotham, Ryan, Baldaccie etc. - fast, pacey etc
Yes, but probably only to confirm my dislike for his performance!
Yes, it was great to listen to whilst doing the gardening
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.
"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.
"Another great novel with Mitch Rapp"
Excellent narration by Guidall. A story that will keep wanting more. I wish Flynn was with us today!
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.
"American assassin tale with good plot"
No don't have time and have lots of books I want to read
When counter attacks the CIA people attempting to kill him
Bedroom attack that goes wrong is good and explains his thinking to escape
No - it's a violent story
Action brought to life by the narrator was well done
A plot and less super heroes
added reality and depth.
Too much of the dialogue is cheesy beyond belief
It was good
I struggle to find one I liked
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