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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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    Edward Wolcott, VT, USA 12-08-12
    Edward Wolcott, VT, USA 12-08-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Where is Mitch when we need him"
    What made the experience of listening to The Last Man the most enjoyable?

    the irony of the present day political insanity engulfing this wonderful USA being presented in a fiction novel or is it what is really occuring in our out of control political environment.


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

    All of Rapps actions are indelible


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

    yes i have, and consider Mr. Guidalls performances outstanding


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I feel it would be a travisity to attempt to put this in a film version,one needs to internalize the statement that Vincent Flynn is presenting.


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    Simon Saratoga, CA, USA 12-08-12
    Simon Saratoga, CA, USA 12-08-12 Member Since 2001
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    "Mitch is back"
    What made the experience of listening to The Last Man the most enjoyable?

    The storyline is familiar to those who've listened to this series before, revisiting Afghanistan and with familiar characters. The narrator is excellent: his voice, pacing and done are excellent and very suitable for the novel.


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

    Mitch Rapp. Definitely, although, interestingly enough, Kennedy is good too.


    Any additional comments?

    Just a good, tight novel with characters I've become familiar with over the rest of the series.

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    Keith Alexandria, VA, USA 12-08-12
    Keith Alexandria, VA, USA 12-08-12 Member Since 2005
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    Where does The Last Man rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would not say this is the best in the Mitch Rapp series (my personal faves are Executive Power and Extreme Measures), but the author delivers a gripping tale that had me riveted till the end.


    What did you like best about this story?

    What originally made me enjoy Clancy's Jack Ryan and Robert Ludlam's (now Erik Von Lustbader's) Jason Bourne is the action, espionage, and intrigue. Clancy petered out near the end, obvious farming the series out to ghost writers. Von Lustbader has beautifully picked up the torch from the Ludlam estate and consistantly delivers fun, engaging spy stories. As does Mr. Flynn with this series!


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

    George Guidall, as usual, nails the vocal performance on all the characters in the novel. His voice is Mitch Rapp in my head. It was hard to go back and listen to first three books in the series (recorded before they signed Mr. Guidall on to read the series), they all pale to George.


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

    Most definitely. Kept my attention for the entire listening.


    Any additional comments?

    I came into this series on Book 4: Executive Power. I loved it so much, I plowed through all of them up to Book 12, which was the newest at the time. I eagerly await each new novel as they are released.

    I went back to listen to 1-3 but really could not get into the pre-Guidall narrators, he is so far superior that the others paled in comparison.

    If you love spy novels, this is a must-read (listen) series!

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    snpt Wayne, NJ, United States 12-08-12
    snpt Wayne, NJ, United States 12-08-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Flynn, Guidall and Rapp a match made in Heaven!!"
    What did you love best about The Last Man?

    Everything


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

    Yes


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    The Best


    Any additional comments?

    I love the story line, i think George Guidall is the best narrator for this series and any book for that matter. Mr Flynns Mitch Rapp series is one of the best if not the best series, its a great combination of suspense, great plots with twists and it makes us feel good to be "an American that can". Please keep this trio together!!

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    nancy boynton beach, FL, United States 12-07-12
    nancy boynton beach, FL, United States 12-07-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Vince Flynn writes a good story"

    So many of the writers who have long standing series simply fail to give us a story. Vince Flynn is an exception. I happen to love George Guidall and I think he deserves the very high standing he has a narrator. The thing about Guidall is that I do not get possessive about what he reads. Some narrators simply become too memorable and do not transfer well to other writers.

    Vince Flynn has provided a good puzzle in a timely story. There are several authors I no longer have confidence in their story telling. Vince Flynn continues to deliver. This is not his best but it is much better than his least interesting and far better than his peers. The story and narrator are good company and a credit well spent.

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    Jack St Petersburg, FL, United States 12-06-12
    Jack St Petersburg, FL, United States 12-06-12

    Blind Vietnam veteran. Antique weapons collector. Outdoor enthusiast. Florida State University graduate with Business major. Owner of home health agency. registered nurse.

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    Well thought out. Exciting. Very well narrated. The story has some good twists and turns and it is an exciting read.

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    Kim United States 12-04-12
    Kim United States 12-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    Vince Flynn never fails to entertain. I've enjoyed every journey with Mitch and this one had me just as entralled as the others. George Guidall is also great. My only criticism would be that the story seem to move a little too fast. Vince Flynn usually builds up events a little longer. I like that it really helps you get into the scene. This time I found myself having to rewind a few times because it seemed like I missed something. All in all though this was great.

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    walter BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA, United States 12-04-12
    walter BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA, United States 12-04-12 Member Since 2012
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    This was good, when car turned off I stayed to listen and almost missed my appt.

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    Todd Glenview, IL, United States 12-04-12
    Todd Glenview, IL, United States 12-04-12 Member Since 2009

    Electrical Engineer, 51 years old father of 3.

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    Mitch is back and once again he is flexing his muscles. I love Mitch’s no nonsense approach to getting things done that nobody wants to do. Vince please keep writing and will keep reading.

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    Duck SEADRIFT, TX, United States 12-04-12
    Duck SEADRIFT, TX, United States 12-04-12 Member Since 2011

    I love to read espionage and criminal thrillers. My lifestyle doesn't allow time to sit and read so audio books is really an enjoyment.

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    Where does The Last Man rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of Silva's best books


    What did you like best about this story?

    All the secrets and how they were brought to light.


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

    George is my favorite narrator. He adds so much to a book in how he shows feeling in the read.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Rome is not innocent!


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    "Rapp @ his best!"

    Great story, fabulous narration and as always a ripping good yarn!! Good to see a vulnerable side to Rapp.

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  • Paul
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    12/23/12
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    "another average Mitch book"

    I have read or listened to all Vince Flynn books, this is below average, same old formula, read it all before, come on Vince you last 2 books were brilliant.

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