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
This book marks the return from the Mitch Rapp of his 20’s back to his early 40’s. The last two books focused on Mitch’s recruitment and the beginning of his CIA career, but now Vince has returned to modern times with this book. The book follows pretty much the same formula as all the other Vince Flynn books. Something happens things look really bleak. Then someone in Congress gets wind of these happens and threatens to bring a heap of trouble on the CIA, but just in time the plot is foiled and Mitch and his compatriots tie up all the loose ends in a nice neat orderly fashion. It is a formula that has served Mr. Flynn for quite a while and I keep coming back as well as millions of others.
Overall the story is well thought out and well written. My only complaint is that there are a couple of characters that are introduced some time is spent developing them but then they kind of fall off the radar and nothing more than a sentence or two is dedicated to them after that. I am not sure if these characters are going to resurface in future books of if this was just to throw the reader off the trail.
Mr. Guidall delivers yet another amazing performance. And it serves to remind me that Mr. Flynn really should just pony up the money and have George Guidall narrate the two previous books of his that he chose to have other narrators read.
I myself finished the book in about three days. And as always I now find myself in a book hang over not knowing where to go to next. Maybe I will re-listen to a couple of the older Mitch Rapp books……but Mr. Flynn if you are reading this I think you should start a new series with Stan Hurley and explore some of his exploits. Or even some of the corporate espionage that Scott Coleman was involved in. I know I would pay for those books!
This is truly a great listen from start to finish. There are new characters and old ones that come back into the story which is great. Very engaging book which keeps you on your toes. Great great listen. One of the best of the Mitch series.
Great listen....George is the best. I got little sleep because of this book. Download it now!
You won't be sorry. Thanks Vince
I am rarely seen without my headphones on and my iPod clipped on my waist. I love my books.
Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp is something that I look forward to. I have not been disappointed yet. I love the George Guidall's narration.
I listen to these books to be entertained. That is what they do... entertain me!
right up there at the top. Rapp & Kennedy are believable and unpredictabe
Rapp is always a favorite; he's human, with flaws and a background.
Treason against the USA? Knowing Rapp was coming, what were you thinking?
I'm gonna miss Stan Hurley. He's so cantankerous and foul, yet such a patriot. I love that about him.
Love George Guidall, now he can tell a story! I could listen to anything he reads!
I pre-ordered this book thinking that it was a sequel to "Kill Shot" - another book about Mitch Rapp's past. Instead, I was surprised to find that this book actually follows "Pursuit of Honor" chronologically, so make sure you are caught up there first. This book takes place in the Present Day and Vince Flynn brings the story into the forefront of today's issues as the US continues to work on its withdrawal from Afghanistan.
"The Last Man" has a lot of new and welcome twists and turns - some old faces return, and some unexpected things happen to Rapp. I won't spoil it for you though; you'll just have to listen and find out!
It's great to have Mitch Rapp back on the job...I mean Vince Flynn. Great book, hard to put down. Feels like part one of a two-parter, so I am really looking forward to the next in the series.
Special mention for the narrator - love his voice acting, especially for the character of Stan Hurley. I am not sure if the voice created the mental picture of Stan that I have, or whether the voice matched the picture I had, but it's perfect.
You are the sum of what you read!
Only those that love the genre! Mitch is a complex character that you will either love or hate. If you have read the other Rapp books in the series, then you are a fan. He is wildly entertaining, he is able to say what we in the real world cannot say and he is a results oriented kinda guy. Who wouldn't love him?
Yes. He is superior in this role and disappears from the script, exactly what a great narrator should do. The books I've listened to that have not had Mr. Guidall narrate were only satisfactory or even irritating due to the narrator. Mr. Guidall shines!
I'm sorry I will need to wait for another year to ride along with Mitch again.
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