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The Last Man: A Novel | [Vince Flynn]

The Last Man: A Novel

The four dead guards didn’t concern Mitch Rapp as much as the absence of the man they’d been paid to protect. Joe Rickman wasn’t just another foot soldier. For the last eight years Rickman had ran the CIA’s clandestine operations in Afghanistan. It was a murky job that involved working with virtually every disreputable figure in the Islamic Republic. More than a quarter billion dollars in cash had passed through Rickman’s hands during his tenure as the master of black ops and no one with a shred of sense wanted to know the details of how that money had been spent.
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The four dead guards didn’t concern Mitch Rapp as much as the absence of the man they’d been paid to protect. Joe Rickman wasn’t just another foot soldier. For the last eight years Rickman had ran the CIA’s clandestine operations in Afghanistan. It was a murky job that involved working with virtually every disreputable figure in the Islamic Republic. More than a quarter billion dollars in cash had passed through Rickman’s hands during his tenure as the master of black ops and no one with a shred of sense wanted to know the details of how that money had been spent.

At first glance it looks as if Rickman has been kidnapped, but Rapp knows certain things about his old friend that cause him to wonder if something more disturbing isn’t afoot. Irene Kennedy, the director of the CIA, has ordered Rapp to find Rickman at all costs. Rapp must navigate the ever-shifting landscape of Afghanistan as the Taliban, Iranians, Pakistanis and Russians all plot to claim their piece of the war torn state.

With Afghanistan crumbling around him, Rapp must be as ruthless as his enemies and as deceitful as people in his own government if he has any hopes of completing his mission.

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

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    Les 02-11-13
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    "Engaging Performance"

    I'm certainly glad this was my first Vince Flynn novel because I love a good story, and he delivered from the start. The depth of his characters, as narrated by George Guidall, gave such a sense of intrigue that I couldn't get enough. I am now a fan, and I highly recommend to anyone who appreciates good storytelling.

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    RFRMAC Cottonwood Heights, Utah United States 02-08-13
    RFRMAC Cottonwood Heights, Utah United States 02-08-13 Member Since 2012

    I love good history books about WW II, the Civil War, and the Revolutionary War. I like other good books about life and cooking.

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    "The Last Man is a very good book."
    Where does The Last Man rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The book and performance was as good as it gets in this type of fiction. I loved the ending.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked all of the characters. The major characters were all needed for the book to work.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    Outstanding!


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

    It kept me in suspense all of the way. The women's parts in the book where very good because they where real.


    Any additional comments?

    I would highly recommend this book to those that like this type of fiction. It is well written and holds your interest. And Mr. Guidall did the book proud.

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    Xavier 02-07-13
    Xavier 02-07-13 Member Since 2011

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

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    "Mitch Rapp is the Best!"

    Vince Flynn is my favorite author of the counter--terrorism genre. I have never been disappointed with any of his counter-terrorism novels and I have read all of them. He never "dials in" his next book, riding on the success of his last. This story is thoroughly satisfying giving us a fast moving "surprise ending" plot set in current period Afghanistan. It gives us a vision of the complexity of working with challenging allies. As always, our hero Mitch Rapp, "kicks ass and takes names". I also enjoyed Vince's insight on U.S., as well as, Afghanistan inter-governmental intrigue. As always Mitch Rapp satisfies by rooting out the terrorists. I look forward to Vince Flynn's next Mitch Rapp adventure! I recommend highly.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Larry M Sodus Point, NY 02-05-13
    Larry M Sodus Point, NY 02-05-13 Member Since 2011

    Love mystery, Favs-Clancy, King,

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    "GREAT STORY! Great chance on Vince Flynn!"
    Where does The Last Man rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Up with the best!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Last Man?

    The description in detail of the torture and attacks


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    Very good.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Going to read more of the Rapp series now!

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    William 02-05-13
    William 02-05-13
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    "The writing and characters are great."
    What did you love best about The Last Man?

    The determined Mitch and his boss and other members of the team, efforts to expose the mole in their mist.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Last Man?

    Recognition that the damaged camera left at the site where the abducted agent, was tortured was left with intent to convince team that the abduction was real.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the FBI agent was sent back to the US, without achieving his goal of pursuing Mitch for misappropriation of funds. Also the scene in the bank vaults.Yes


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    None

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    oscar de vries 02-04-13
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    "A typical Vince Flynn novel. I hated to see it end"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes


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

    Yes


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

    Mitch Rapp


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

    How closely it mirrored the truth as to what goes on in our government.


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    Timothy J. Oneill 02-04-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Better and better"
    If you could sum up The Last Man in three words, what would they be?

    Flynn wins again


    What other book might you compare The Last Man to and why?

    Reminiscent of most of the Mitch Rapp series.


    What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The reader keeps up the cadence and flow of the narrative.


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

    As usual there is a lot of dark humor in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Vince Flynn's books are very fast paced reads. If you care for the genere, this book won't dissapoint. Mitch Rapp's straight forard methods of dealing with miscreants is always refreshing. If only real life were so simple.

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    Merv Auckland, New Zealand 02-04-13
    Merv Auckland, New Zealand 02-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "An excellent story and extremely well read."

    As always, Vince Flynn adds that extra thrill to the plot. I have listened to many of his books and always look forward to a gripping story and a great climax. Keep up the good work Vince.

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    Michael 02-04-13
    Michael 02-04-13
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    "Engaging.... A great page tuner"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Twist and turns combined middle east intrigue make this book woven with current events an exciting listen.


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    Peter San Francisco, CA, United States 01-31-13
    Peter San Francisco, CA, United States 01-31-13 Member Since 2015

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    "A real cliffhanger - can't wait to read more"

    This is the first in the Mitch Rapp series that I've read, and I was spellbound. Although the level of violence is higher than I like, I think it goes along with this genre (spy thriller). I think it says a lot about a novel when the first thing you want to do when you finish is read another one by the the same author, which is what I'm doing now.

    I researched the author a bit. Although he remains cagey about his own politics, it turns out Flynn is a regular on Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh, so there is no question where his opinions lie. I didn't realize this when I read "Last Man", and I enjoyed it more because of my ignorance. Now I'm on to another Rapp series, and I now notice the ranting against Democrats and liberals (sort of Ayn Rand, but subtler and in pants), and it greatly reduces my interest in the series, being a Democrat and liberal myself.

    I've heard this narrator doing more books than I can count, but he's good, and keeps the tenor and pace of the book nicely.

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